My back and backside are really sore and tired!
I was on vacation this week, so I had a few more hours to play.
I put in 25:22 Hours, which is about 5 hours and 10 minutes more than last year.
Here is my score summary.
(Pts = Points, ZN = CQ Zones, Cty = Countries worked)
This is 70% more contacts than last year!
and the score (unprocessed) is 173% higher than last year!
The new antenna, and better band conditions combined to make for a much better result.
Another year of experience with the Flex-6500 and N1MM+ helped, too!.
Let's see some more scores, guys and gals...
Celebrate the continued evolving of a very capable contest rig.
Ken - NM9P
Congrats Ken. It sounds like you will be a powerhouse with the new rig, antenna etc. I have no idea if your score is good or not. But 173% more is certainly worth bragging about! Nice job.
I don't think I will have the antenna or persistence for a while to complete in these contests. Maybe in a year or so. For now I'll try to add a contact to two for you guys and watch my radio go crazy with activity while they are going on.
I love my 6300. While I know the 6500 and 6700 have more slices and more SCUs I can't imagine needing more than I have in my 6300. But then again I've spent more on ham stuff in 6 months than I figured I'd spend in 5 years!
I started building an Rx and Tx but they sit unfinished on my table. Just no time and the first test of my Rx failed pretty badly. Rx building is an art and one that I don't have the skills for yet. I've built Tx before and had not much trouble but frankly I'd spend way more than $2600 of my time on both and have a far less able radio.
I bought a 600w solid state linear but I think I'll buy myself a 3-500Z and build a tube amp for fun to keep me warm this winter. I just have to make sure I don't kill myself in the process. I always hated those voltages!
Anyway good work Ken. You are proof that the Flex will be the wave of the future in contesting I think!
This is probably an upper-mid tier level score for my region.
I have a long way to go to break into the top-tier with the big guns.
Ken - NM9P
Just to compare notes: I had a few other things I needed to do on Saturday and Sunday so I lost some daytime operating. On the West Coast I can run a frequency with JAs on 10 and 15 in the afternoon my time. On 20 I can usually get through pileups but can't run EUs. On 40 I'm still learning the ropes with my new antenna. On 80 I mostly listen to noise.
This year from my QTH 10 was great to South America and JA . 15 was solid during the day with strong openings to EU during my morning before their sunset. 20 was ok with some strong polar paths after dark to OH and UA0. 40M at night was like 10M during the day: hit or miss to EU with great Pacific openings before my sunrise. Africa was tough on all bands- got CN, ZD7, D4 and ZS. South Asia was completely AWOL. More VKs.
CQ WW SSB is probably my most fun contest.
Even with strong signals all my China Q's took multiple repeats. Not the same skill level as the Russian and East bloc ops. Those guys are good.
Did anyone else notice the Pan slow down from time to time? No crashes but occasionally slowed down for a few seconds. Not sure if cause was long operating sessions or lots of signals.
KK4QOE's Contest Summary Report for CQ-WW
Created by N3FJP's CQ WW DX Contest Log
Version 4.8 www.n3fjp.com
Total Contacts = 101
Total Points = 27,398
Operating Period: 2015/10/24 12:32 - 2015/10/25 14:41
Total Contacts by Band and Mode:
Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
20 0 8 0 8 8
15 0 25 0 25 25
10 0 68 0 68 67
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 0 101 0 101 100
Total Contacts by State \ Prov:
State Total %
----- ----- ---
AK 3 3
HI 1 1
Total = 2
Total Contacts by Country:
Country Total %
------- ----- ---
Brazil 10 10
USA 7 7
Federal Republic of Germany 6 6
Venezuela 5 5
Argentina 4 4
Mexico 4 4
Portugal 4 4
Spain 4 4
Alaska 3 3
Aruba 3 3
Chile 3 3
European Russia 3 3
Morocco 3 3
Sicily 3 3
Canada 2 2
Canary Is. 2 2
Cyprus 2 2
Ecuador 2 2
Hungary 2 2
Ireland 2 2
Japan 2 2
Uruguay 2 2
US Virgin Is. 2 2
Aland Is. 1 1
Bulgaria 1 1
Cape Verde 1 1
Ceuta & Melilla 1 1
Colombia 1 1
Curacao 1 1
Czech Republic 1 1
England 1 1
Finland 1 1
France 1 1
Hawaii 1 1
Iceland 1 1
Latvia 1 1
Mayotte 1 1
Netherlands 1 1
Poland 1 1
Puerto Rico 1 1
Serbia 1 1
Sint Maarten 1 1
Slovak Republic 1 1
Total = 43
Total Contacts by Continent:
Continent Total %
--------- ----- ---
EU 36 36
SA 31 31
NA 20 20
AF 8 8
AS 4 4
OC 1 1
Total = 6
Total Contacts by CQ Zone:
CQ Zone Total %
------- ----- ---
14 19 19
15 12 12
09 10 10
11 10 10
08 6 6
13 6 6
33 6 6
03 4 4
06 4 4
01 3 3
05 3 3
12 3 3
16 3 3
20 3 3
04 2 2
10 2 2
25 2 2
31 1 1
35 1 1
40 1 1
Total = 20
Ken - NM9P
My first SSB contest and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I only worked 24hours. It is more difficult from down here, trying to compete against you all, working into EU or Asia. But the new 4 element Steppir and the Acom 2KA helped. It was nice to see 10 wide open, and 20 showed up as wall to wall signals on the 6700, it was hard to break in.
418 QSO's, 30 zones and 69 countries.
Next year another go and I will have a beam on 40 as well.
Best wishes, congratulations
This was my first contest, I was not doing it for the points I was doing it so I could get 100 Country's, I made 81 contacts in 52 Country, not bad for my first time, I must say that I learned some tricks to help me since I am in Oregon and every time I point the beam 95 degree I have to go through everyone on the east coast to make a contact.
I have to say that using the Tracking Notch Filters is a game changer, they eliminate 98 percent of the Noise coming from everywhere.
I would have liked to work more but I had other commitments. I was pleasantly surprised that after working TO4K on 2 bands I found they were in St Barthelemy. I got a new country...and they already confirmed via LOTW. I hate the contest calls that confuse the country they are operating from.
We are legally limited to 500w in Barbados so trying to compete in the High Power with a third of the power is just not doable. I imagine it is the same case for UK hams.
Nonetheless my aim was to improve on the score I got on the same contest I run last year with the Flex 1500. This year doing it with the 6300 was great.
I am quite happy that I added about 50,000 points to my final score. Last year it was 391,368 points SO, Low Power SB (20m) Assisted which yielded #1 in Barbados, #1 in NA and #4 World for the category.
I like this contest because there are so many people out there that it tests the radio in a truly crowded environment and because cq is smart enough to have tons of categories. It is not that difficult to get a #1 in one of the many categories.
Hi Ken, I also played with the contest this weekend and managed to squeeze in a little more than 18 hours. The 6700 was flawless and absolutely no ADC overload with all of the strong signals. I particularly liked the ability to sharpen up the filters when going after the weak signals with very strong signals in their passband. Used N1MM and the integration was great. Looking forward to the next contest with this great radio.
btw, broken antennas on 160 and 80, gotta fix them for CW next month
Warning long! and flexless this time - but missed my flex 6500 bandscope and filtering
Its a while since I did single op all band in cqww ssb and as my current valley bottom home is not competitive, due to just having wires and vhf beams up and a huge hill to the west, I was kindly hosted by local friend GW6LHF in Cardigan, who has a fully automated station with a large Optibeam on HD homebrew tower (see the photos on his qrz.com page of him building new replacement tower sections this summer at the age of 73 years! Along with his clever disk brake idea to lock down the rotator in high winds).
Preparation and strategy is key to this contest and I failed, due to lack of time, to do enough of either. My band moving strategy came out of my head based on previous experience on Anglesey Isle at my last home. Preparation was limited to setting up an older version of n1mm which I had used at gw6lhf in IARU as it was quicker than loading my usual N1MMplus and setting up all of the automated stuff from scratch. At least N1MM is just as stable so no issues with the software all weekend. The Friday was spent in work with a full Board meeting most of the day so it was only around 8pm that I confirmed that I would be doing the contest and rushed to the supermarket to pick up some provisions before the drive down to Cardigan.
The large Optibeam at gw6lhf had been upgraded during the summer to a longer 36ft boom model and the elements of a 2 ele 40m Optibeam were reused on the new boom along with the addition of a third element on 40m. The tower has large auto winches on it and a microham auto switch at the bottom is driven by a band decoder off the back of the ic7800. I had had limited operating time with the ic7800 previously so I took a bit of time to find my way around the radio and testing the N1MM software controls out for turning the beam etc. The beam covers 10-20m with 4/4/8 elements plus has the 3 elements on 40m.
I decided to do low power section to see how the large beam and high dipoles for 80m and 160m over the salty earth approx. a field away from the tidal estuary of the river Teifi would play. The bonus aim was to set a new low power assisted soab record without having to do the full 48 hours. Its a while since I did more than 24 hours in an hf contest and the week in work meant I was likely to need sleep on the second night.
I started on 40m and moved around 20 80 and 160 as well as 40 during the night before looking for greyline mults on 160 and 80 before settling down for a split freq run on 40m after sunrise. As planned I stopped for breakfast after 40m and then moved to 20 15 and 10m. I did a mixture of s and p and running, but finding and holding a frequency with low power 100w was hard at times and I missed the large bandscope of my flex radio. The big beam helped hugely though on 40-10m in hearing the weaker mults and getting the qso with very few calls, which helped the zone and country scores to rack up.
I stopped for lunch and evening meal and then continued the same pattern on Sunday but did sleep for 5 hours or so after midnight - always looking for 3 pointer runs but found that the decent run rates of up to 400 q per hour were short lived and mainly due to being spotted on the cluster. I finished the contest around 9pm as I had to tidy up and drive back home to get sleep before work on the Monday - but the draft score was 1,3m which is the previous record times 4; so I was happy to happy to have a final cup of tea with my kind host and then head off home.
Draft score summary is as follows:
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty
1.8 74 79 5 31
3.5 171 254 12 55
7 281 522 19 81
14 376 858 26 90
21 228 493 25 82
28 153 356 22 64
Total 1283 2562 109 403
1 Mult = 2.5 Q's
Plenty of lessons learnt in terms of poor band move choices and poor energy levels at times but still enjoyable to use a large antenna system again which was turn up and play. Major mistake was not setting up the voice keyer so I ended up with a very sore mouth! Compared with the previous 2 ele optibeam the upgraded longer boom and extra third element on 40m made a big difference. The reports I was getting from usa on hf were very complimentary, and I am sure that if I had used the auto amp and entered the high power section the ability to run for longer periods of time would have made a big difference to the qso total. I enjoyed the instant band moving ability and was moved several times by some of the dx stations to give them the gw mult on another band by simply typing in their requested frequency into n1mm entry window - made a change from having to manually change antennas and re tune a manual amp.
Thanks to Danny GW6LHF and his wife for being great hosts and allowing me to have a play in the contest from a better location for USA and with a decent set up. Still nice to be back in my own shack today though with my flex 6300 and 6500 radios watching on hf and 4m bands whilst I catch up on emails:-)
73 and roll on cqww CW weekend for the best contest of the year
Steve GW0GEI / GW6J @ gw6lhf .
Hey Ken - This was my first CQWW contest w/ my 6300. In a fit of delirium, my grandiose plan was to test the SO2V capability of the 6300 in the Low Power (A) category. After the first 45 mins of the contest I came to my senses and switched to the HP category w/ my Ameritron 811. 100W and a HexBeam @ 24 feet is as much fun in a phone contest as dropping a bowlingball on your foot. Since my amp requires manual tuning, I did not pursue the SO2V approach.
In my advancing years, my enthusiasm for phone contests is dwindling but my love for CW lives on. I look forward to next month's CW contest. That mode is more appropriate for the LP category and I look forward to trying the SO2V capabilities of the 6300.
BTW - I really enjoy your instructional videos. They have been very helpful to me for adjusting my EQ settings.
All the best - Hunter K3IE
Well Walt .. working in technology now for the past 30 years or more I know one thing ... there is no wall .... brick by brick the wall gets moved, some times faster, sometimes slower. The worlds been moving forward, slowly but surely. AM to SSB, tubes to transistors, diode to uprocessor, to FPGA. Step by step, little by little, the wall moves a bit further.
Even the K3 has been developing. Better phase noise, better audio. I am quite sure that the 6K will move forward too. You can be sure at some point a Flex 7000 will appear which moves the bricks forward another row or 2 :)
But what we do know is that right now the bricks can be moved with software improvements and with some tweak and that's the exciting bit!
I love downloading the latest version when they come out .. even if there is some odd bugs or features not quite right or being developed, all very cool :)
I think when I had my IC7600 I got maybe 2 minor updates before I sold it. Now my radio gets an update every few months :)
So ..no wall ... just a steady chink of the bricks :)
We use K3 with P3 panadapters at NX6T contest station and a 6700.
There is no doubt that my unassisted rate in S&P is significantly higher on a 6700 than the K3 and P3. The 6700 panadapters with high resolution waterfall makes all the difference
However in the assisted S&P when I use NaP3 software which places spots directly into the panadapters then the K3 rate is significantly higher.
For Run situations the 6700 ergonomics suck as you have to take your hand off the keyboard to move the mouse to make minor adjustments. Hopefully Maestro will make the 6700 competitive.