CQ contest this weekend.

Ahhh the old setup along with a great antenna............
The blog keyboard has been quiet these past few weeks but I am coming along with my digi adventure! I did have some long evenings with trying to get the PC software and rig to talk and get along with each other. I really find the Yahoo groups to be a great help when Im ready to throw in the towel. There seems to be a group for most ham radio applications and very willing and knowledgeable folks out there more than happy to help. This weekend is the CQ CW contest and I have been spending some of my downtime getting things ready. The software I be using is N1MM+ I have not as of yet used this version in a contest I had been sticking with just plan old N1MM. As for rig software I migrated to Win4K3 and am very happy with it more on that in another post. Finally my logging software has changed as well I have just started to use Log40M again more on that in another post. I never planned it this way but it seems that all is new for the contest and that can be both exciting and a disaster!! I have spent time testing out N1MM+, Win4K3 and Log40M and all seems to be going just fine.....but then again there is Murphy. Some of my goals for the contest are:
1.  Stay with the contest and not to get frustrated.
2.  Try not to use the morse code reader and do most by ear....see how that works out.
3.  Have fun and not worry about the score as with my setup placing anywhere for anything is most likely out of the question.
I will keep you posted as to how things go in the contest.....oh and the new setup as well....maybe I will hang some garlic close to the shack to keep Murphy away....:)
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “CQ contest this weekend.”

  • Harry K7ZOV:

    Looking forward to seeing how N1MM+ works out for you in the contest. I am not a contester, but hope to jump in someday. N1MM seems to be the program of choice. As far a Win4K3suite goes I have been using it full time since 12/13 for both my KX3 KX3-Line and K3 K-Line with great success. I also went fom HRD Loggers to Log4OM and doubt I will ever switch. The combo of Win4K3Suite+Log4OM just can’t be beat IMHO… Adding a contest logging program would top it all off. Good luck on the contest…

    73 Harry

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Harry always nice to hear from you. Yes N1MM and CT seem to be the software that most contesters use. I have found the Win4K3suite just dandy and I hope that using it for a long period of time during the contest I will get very used to it. I will be posting a summy after the contest of how the software did.
    Have a great weekend

  • Harry K7ZOV:


    Have a great week-end and I hope you get a whole lot of action. Who knows maybe the band will be open big time…

    As far as Win4K3Suite, I have used it too long… When I don’t have my KX3 bolted to a netbook, laptop, tablet I have to pull out the manual to remember how to do things, that come natural with the computer… Now that I can finally use my KX3 and PX3 for digital I don’t need a computer in a lot of cases. (BTW I was a field tester for the Keyboard.. I had a few that did not work and sent them in. That moved the Keyboard to reality much faster).

    In any case looking forward to reading about your latest great adventures and words on Win4K3 and Log4OM.. Take care

    73 Harry

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