CQ WW CW DX Contest Nov 2010

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CQ WW CW DX Contest Nov 2010

Postby n4mj » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:03 am

I played in the contest, nothing serious. As always it was fun to hear all the activity and to hear some of the best operators in the world of amateur radio - there's nothing like a good fist when it comes to Morse code. I am not musically talented, unfortunately, but receiving/sending good code is, to me, as pleasurable as it must be to a musician who plays good music.

Alas, age is catching up with me when it comes to sending CW, just can't get the wrist and fingers to cooperate as I would like.

For the contest environment I can send fairly well at 25 wpm, but that is short burst with a call and signal report. Ragchewing I do good to get 20 wpm out anymore, hence I rarely ragched on CW.

Receiving, well the old brain is still in fair shape. I can copy 30 -40 wpm in the contest environment, again calls and reports. Ragchewing about 20 - 25 would do it.

Of course there's another side to the story - not all CW is equal. OT CW ops, like Bob and Jamie know what I mean. Some ops are rather sloppy in their sending and that makes it difficult to copy.

Electronic keyers and computer generated code is consistent, thus copying it is much easier than a bad fist.

Regardless, I find working CW, be it in a contest or just having fun chasing DX, to be my favorite mode of operation.

No big score in the CQ WW CW DX Contest but then I didn't go at it seriously. Here's the results of my weekend venture into the world of contesting. Only 11 of the 66 contacts were stateside and a couple of those were the same stations on different bands.

66 contacts
94 multipliers
14194 total score
160 - 9 contacts, 6 countries, 5 zones -- Zones: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9
80 - 6 contacts, 5 countries, 5 zones -- Zones: 3, 7, 8 10, 14
20 - 18 contacts, 13 countries, 4 zones -- Zones: 5, 9, 14, 15
15 - 20 contacts, 19 countries, 13 zones -- Zones: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 32, 33, 7
10 - 13 contacts, 13 countries, 11 zones -- Zones: 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 33, 35, 36, 38
Total time logged ON: 5:16. a couple of hours were just listening or out to eat.

73 de n4mj
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