|Julie was out and about snapping shots!!|
For me the ARRL DX CW
contest is over, I have some blog, email and cleaning to do for the rest of the day. Over all the contest was a success for me not that I broke any records with regards to points or number of contacts. I was very pleased with how the station and antenna were working, I find that contests are a great way to see how the rig and antenna preform. With regards to the rig and software I merged N1MM
logger and N4PY rig control software
and as an added bonus I was able to also use the Flexradio's flex control vfo knob
.....now that was a mouthful!! Lets break this down shall we N1MM is the
|At 40mW and below this is the reading|
contest logger that I use, N4PY is the software I use to control my K3. LP-bridge is a virtual port program that allows these two programs to somewhat talk to each other. I say somewhat as there are some minor issues. (there is another virtual port program VSP manager
that allows perfect integration but I did not want to install it just before a contest) Oh and the FlexRadio FlexControl works fantastic with N4PY's rig control program and through LP-Bridge also works with N1MM as well. Another software program I ended
up purchasing was MRP40 cw decoding program. Now my code is not to bad at all but during contests I have found that for some reason some stations send at the speed of sound. (not sure why as they may loose more contacts that gain as folks just move on being not able to understand the fast code) For those stations this is were MRP40
|Programs running during the contest|
This is as far as I am concerned one of the best decoding programs. For those who want to participate in a CW contest but your code is not up to par this program will get you in on the action. It's not free but is well worth the money!!
That was the software success for the contest other great events were being able to keep my power down to 1 watt....except for 2 contacts were the power creeped up to 3 watts. Did I say the power was kept to 1 watt? That was for a total number of 6 contacts the rest of the DX contacts went into the log with power numbers varying from 10mW's to 900mW's!!
Here is how the power numbers broke down
12 From above 500 to 900mW
6 1 watt
2 3 watts
I did say there was some records broken here at VE3WDM and they are
1. 69 DX contacts with under 1 watt in a contest!
2. Miles per watt bar is set higher.....CR3A with 10mW is 344,468 miles per watt
DL6FBL with 10mW is 400,126 miles per watt
|10mW on the QRPometer|
I was not concerned about QSO per hour rate as at these power levels most of the time I had to try more than several times to make a contact. My radio equipment was (for those of you wondering) the Elecraft K3
, Elecraft P3
, LP-100 meter
, Hendricks 41dB attenuator
and the last but not least the monster antenna......an attic dipole the Alpha Delta DX-EE.
......that's right an attic dipole!!