The NCCC held it’s monthly meeting this past Monday and the presentations centered around The 2010 CW World-Wide WPX Contest. This time around it is the CW version of the contest after the SSB that took place back in March. Our club is looking to take back a club victory after a long streak of wins by our East Coast rivals, PVRC. As luck would have it, the last time we won the club competition, we (they, since I was not in the club) set a new world record. Since then we have been chasing.
John, K6MM made a great statistical presentation and got inside the numbers so to speak. I decided to sit down and build a small spreadsheet in which I could juggle numbers in hopes of setting a personal best score for WPX. Looking back at my 2009 numbers I find it hard to believe I spent 17 hours in this contest and logged only 230 QSOs. This time around I am planning for a full 36 hour sit, taking 6 hours off for rest. The off time could change due to other personal commitments and if my XYL and son are home. If everything goes as planned, I will be holed up in the shack with the dogs.
While I have not finalized my personal goals as the contest is still some 2 weeks away. Currently I have goals of 259,200 points with 720 QSOs and 360 PFX. This QSO number would equate to a 20/hour rate, which is more than possible. Doing the math on the 2009 contest I was doing a 13/hour rate, so my numbers are well within reach. I am not planning on running a frequency either. That is NOT the way to score as high as possible, but I feel more comfortable in a S&P mode when operating CW.
So I will play with the numbers work on a goal that is challenging, but attainable. Right now I am modifying the numbers and 1210 QSOs would be a hell of a stretch for me in 36 hours. While not overly difficult at about 33/hour I will find 40M and more so 80M very challenging. Chances are I will run high power with the Alpha 76PA in line in order to achieve my best score.