Monday, June 1, 2020

Finito - CQ-WPX-CW 2020

Despite my previous intentions, I operated the contest entirely from the home station rather than doing a portion of it from a nearby park.

It started slowly with long down times. The weather was beautiful and it seemed a crime to be indoors on such a day. Saturday evening we had visitors and playing radio was the last thing on my mind. Most of my contacts were made on Sunday.

I did stick with one resolution though by operating most of the contest running a frequency rather than search-& pounce. The reward was, of course, a much faster accumulation of points for a given time period, but also the sensation of the passage of time, which surprised me.

On Sunday morning our visitors left and I got on the radio. Two hours later, they called to tell us they'd arrived home. I was still on the radio and it seemed as if only 15 minutes had passed. I was in a 26 wpm groove the whole time, dots and dashes flying out and arriving in, non-stop.

It was quite fun but, unfortunately, this is the only contest where such a thing is possible for me. My AE5 prefix has no value in any other contest, but in CQ-WPX, it draws them in. By the end of the weekend, I'd worked 43 DXCC entities, all of whom called me. Now that's a change from the norm...
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2 comments:

  1. Good evening John, excellent numbers and score you did great with the downtime and visitors and still a score of 271,081. I am still a S&P person I am just not confident of myself to call CQ test on a frequency. I know this would increase my score but I just don't have the balls to do it yet.
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

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    1. GM Mike, one of the things that helped me get over my reluctance were the weekly 1-hour sprints with the CWT group each Wednesday:
      https://cwops.org/cwops-tests/

      It wasn't the code speed that got to me - it was the idea of several people answering at once and not being able to make heads or tails of any single reply. Sure enough, this happened in CQ-WPX but I usually got 1 or 2 characters. I'd repeat only those and usually the applicable station would be the only one to respond, though often others did who had none of the repeated characters in their callsign.

      I was also surprised to see the number of stations who called me well off-frequency. I couldn't hear them but could see them on the pan display. Without such a display, I wouldn't have known they were there.

      73 - John

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