This weekend was the monthly SKCC Weekend Sprintathon (WES), and I was really looking forward to working this. I had hear there was lots of activity, and a great way to pick up additional SKCC member QSO’s as I work towards my Centurion (100 contacts).
|Map of contacts – most were on 40 meters (PR was on 15 meters, only 15 meter contact) – map by http://www.qsomap.org/
So I was up and at it at 7:00 AM local Saturday morning (12:00 UTC). Long story short, the bands really stunk here in Kansas the entire weekend. All total I probably was able to work about 8 hours of the contest.
I ended up making 24 contacts, 16 states/provinces (including Puerto Rico and France) for a total score of 774 points – all QRP at 5 watts with the KX3 and my 20/40 dipole that lays on my shingles on the roof.
I used the SKCC Logger program, and it made life really easy!
I dug out an old J-37 key that my father had, and it was a real pleasure to use!
|J-37 Key – KX3 on 3D printed stand my son made for me!
I added 16 new SKCC numbers, so right now I am sitting at 59 – just 41 more to go for my Centurion.
I will definitely be back next month! This was really fun, and if you’re worried about your CW skills, this is the perfect event for you. Nice and slow – not the break-neck speed of most CW contests!