Monday, June 1, 2020
Finito - CQ-WPX-CW 2020
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...