Now that I have spent close to 4 weeks studying the numbers, watching the propagation and setting up Win-Test for the logging duties, it is nearly time to begin. I know this is the fourth update for my goals for this contest, but this could be the first time I put in a full 36 hour effort. Winning the club competition is a major goal, one in which I will have a hand in, but it’s my personal effort that is what is more important.
As I have mentioned previously, I am setting goals for final score, number of QSOs, QSO points and prefixes. Originally I was looking to do 250,000 points, but after reconsidering my position and effort I am putting forth 1,000,000 points sounded like a good, round number. With a bit of luck and some sun spots I should be able to achieve, if not exceed all my goals.
Along with the one million points as a final score I am hoping for 1,000 QSOs, 2,000 QSO points and 500 prefixes. Based on how I am going to work in this contest, this equates to a 25 rate. Achievable? YES! Looking at my spread sheet. With N6BV’s propagation forecast and K6MM’s numbers presentation to WPX, I am excited about how this contest it coming together.
As for a band breakdown, 20/40/80M will be the main bands I will operate on, but I do plan on checking 10/15M from time to time, which yields about 112 QSOs out of a total of 927. Those numbers could be made up on 20M, if 10M and 15M don’t materialize.
20M will continue to be my workhorse band, even though domestic contacts will only get me a single point, I am hoping for a combined 225 contacts with countries in North America and other different continents. Domestically, 300 QSOs is easy to achieve.
The big points will be on the lower bands, which leaves 40M and 80M. I will have two options for 40M this weekend as I look to raise my Alpha-Delta DX-EE, which can be used on 10/15/20/40M. I don’t believe I will have it connected to the amp at all and will mainly be used as a second option for 40M. Between the two bands I expect 300 QSOs, 140 on 80M and 160 on 40M.
Looking back on my electronic log I have not had very good luck working DX on either band. Knock that off to the BigIR, not having enough ground radials, which I plan on adding another 10, 60′ radials before the start of the contest. I must also admit that I rarely make it through the early hours during ANY contest, so my numbers being slim on these bands during a contest only seem logical. That will all change this weekend. The more contacts on 40/80M, the fewer I need to make on the high bands to achieve my goal.
While one million is my goal I won’t stop there. I will continue to work the bands until my 36 hours comes up. I am planning an 18 hour run from the start of the contest at 0000z until 1800z (1100am PDT). This should not be too much of a challenge. I will then take 6 hours off, most of the action would be on 20M beaming JA.
I will sit back down at 1700z and it will be back to beaming JA on the primary antenna and working the US. With any luck it will be another 18 hours stretch and my contest could conceivably be over by 1800z on Sunday. From 0500z until 1500z I will be on 40M and 80M, three of which will be 80M, unless 40M closes quickly.
WPX will be a real challenge, but one I am looking forward to knowing I have the entire block of time to put in a real effort. This could be the first contest I exceed 1,000 contacts and score of at least 1 million. Looking forward to the weekend.