Coming Soon: CW OPEN!

Coming…The World’s First “CW Open” Events

What? Three separate 4-hour contests, each separately scored and awarded

When? August 20, 2011 from 1200-1600Z and 2000-2400Z and August 21 from 0400-0800Z

Mode? CW

Bands? 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10

Categories? Single operator (QRP 5w or less; LP more than 5w up to 100w; HP more than100w up to legal limit); Packet, Skimmer, and Reverse Beacon systems are allowed

Teams? Yes, teams of 10 or less, no geography restrictions

Club competition? Teams (see above)

Exchange? Serial number + name

Scoring? Each 4-hour contest starts at 0 points, 0 mults; work someone once per band per event; score 1 point per QSO per band and 1 mult per call sign once per event

Awards?

*Trophy for 1st place in each time period.
*Plaque for 1st place in each power level in each time period
*Trophy for over all combined score of all three time periods.
*Plaque for 1st place for each power level in the combined score group.
Note: if the same entrant wins multiple awards, they may be combined.
*Certificates for achieving more than 100 QSOs in any or all time periods.

Logging software support? N1MM, WriteLog, TR4W, CQ/X, SD, GenLog (more, check “rules” page –see below)

Log submission? One log per event; Cabrillo format

Deadline for Log submission? By 2400Z on September 5, 2011

Rules? www.cwops.org/cwopen.html

2011 ARRL Field Day

Contest: ARRL Field Day
Date: June 26-26, 2011
Mode: Mixed
Period: Starts 1800 UTC Saturday; ends 2059 UTC Sunday

BAND/SSB/CW/DIGI
20 / 0 / 21 /0
15 / 0 / 2 / 0
10 / 1 / 1 /0
2 / 4 / 4 / 0
SCORE: 102 (TIME ON: 3 H 00 Mn)

SOAPBOX: Operated using a portable generator this year, but cut it very short due to the generator not really being strong enough to handle the output at 100w. Although it was better on CW than SSB, still I had problems, so I only spent a few hours on the air.

Contest Update

If it were not for the fact one of our dogs (with the help of another) dug a hole under the backyard fence, I would have start the ARRL DX Contest off very well. After about 61 minutes of operating (all search & pounce) I had worked 51 contacts and 10 countries. By no means were these record breaking numbers, but it was a steady stream of QSOs that provided for an enjoyable time spinning the dial and working what I could hear.

I was not sure where I wanted to start the contest. My first thought was 20M, since that seems to be my best band in nearly every contest. As I started tuning around before the contest I went to 10M and looked west, but the spots I saw, I could not hear. So I moved to 15M, which seemed to be very good, the 30 or so minutes leading up to the start of the contest.

I decided to stay on 15M for the start, which was a good move. I decided to point the Hexx Beam at about 305 my first trip through 15M, this was to work KL7, KH6 and any JAs I could hear. The second time through, I decided to move the Hexx to about 120 to work Central American and South America and if I had luck the Caribbean. I also took advantage of the BigIR and would toggle to that antenna when I came across a JA or another station (9M6 and BA for example). This allowed for the best flexibility and use of my 2 antennas.

As I said, I did not intend on setting any records, so this pace was good and honestly, probably one of my most productive in S&P on SSB. I had hoped to put in 2 hours, the second hour being on 20M, but the runaway dog seemed to cut into my operating time. With any luck I will be able to pick up on 20M and maybe 10M tomorrow around 2230z when I get home from work. At any rate, I will blow right by my previous best, which is all I can ask for.

As for the dog, I drove around for about 60 minutes, the XYL was pissed and having a panic attack, but she luckily found him, not but a few houses away, along the fence line, probably looking for the hole he had dug.

Weather&Noise

Just hours away from the start of the ARRL Sweepstakes- SSB Contest this weekend and I am not liking how the weather is shaping up. A cold front moved through last and another low is forming out of Alaska, which will bring more rain and the possibility of thunderstorms over the course of this afternoon and tomorrow.

I started Sweepstakes practice with the NCCC last night around 730pm local for 30 minutes. The first 10 minutes I spent spinning the dial on 40M looking for any contacts and was greeted with nothing more then S9 noise from rain static. It was terrible!

Jumping over to 80M wasn’t much better, I made a total of 5 contacts, all of which were different ARRL sections, which was a plus. The noise was still bad, S6-S7 for the 20 minutes I was there. Hopefully there will be a bit of relief when I move to 40/80 later this afternoon and into the evening.

Hopefully the NCCC rallies on 40/80M go well and I am able to work many contesters during that period. I might even knock off sooner than planned if the noise or weather is not cooperating. This would probably do in my goal of 634 contacts, but until we get about 4-5 hours into the contest I won’t know. With any luck I will be able to pull in some good numbers on 15/20M at the start of the contest and have a good foundation on which to build.

2010 WPX Award

I happen to have some free time while working today and I was flipping pages of the July 2010 CQ magazine. I had already read the write up by Ed, W0YK on the 2010 CQWW WPX Contest that took place this past February. What I missed was the fact I took home my first award. Yup, I had to look at the scores but there it was W6ONV in bold letters.

This was one of those contests I wrote about February 11 where my goals could see me achieve my first award, based on the final scores from 2009. As luck would have it I surpassed all my goals and I was justly rewarded. The award will be low power, all band in W6. Okay, so it’s not the US or North American, but just California.

Contesting is about competition, in my case it is about competing with myself achieving the goals I set. I know I won’t win any major contests, but that’s okay. I am pleased to hang my first award on the wall in the shack knowing I did well. Next year will be the challenging to see if I can break my record, win W6 and post a higher score.