It was arrl 160m cw contest this weekend and it would have been rude not to have given away a few points since I had an antenna up;-)
I worked a few on Friday evening up until around 2am and then got some sleep and set the alarm for 0530 Saturday morning. Worked a few states although struggled with some to get the arrl state / province code, and a few could not pull me out of the noise with my low dipole. Finished about 30 minutes after sunrise. Had another look around 2300z last night but only the big guns around and I was tired so set the alarm for 0430 and got some sleep. I had an hour lie in and regretted it as the band conditions seemed better this morning when I got on around 0530. I worked a few new states and more stations until after sunrise again.
Band QSOs Pts Sec
1.8 71 142 35
Total 71 142 35
Not bad going for a casual entry with 35 states or provinces worked.
Radio was Flex 6300 with amp running 400w into low 160m dipole. N1MMplus worked well again.
Issues again running 1.3.8 ssdr - and cwx with n1mmplus macros. I had a good run of W stations this morning on the greyline and with no warning the radio just kept sending random cw and the only way to stop it was to switch the radio off via the power supply as shutting down ssdr and then trying a soft reboot of the radio did not stop the cw sending. I had to reboot the radio and ssdr and therefore lost a bit of time at a crucial point in the propogation. I think I may have to sort out a cw keying lead from my microham keyer to key the flex 6300 in the short term until this issue is sorted.
Usual issues with lag on the rx and tx bandscope, and on sunrise I had a lot of noise come up which dsp anf nr and nb had no impact on.
I am hoping that 1.4 will solve a lot of these issues and give us a better and solid performance for contesting as well as general dxing. I am setting aside some time over xmas to learn how to drive my 6300 a bit better on rx and to try digi set up ready for rsgb data contests in new year, so it would be nice if 1.4 arrives at some stage before I go back to work.