IARU contest in the books

I told Oliver (A.K.A RF) sleep is for after the contest
I always look forward to the IARU CW contest each year, I find it is just the right length and lots (most of the times) of DX to be had. This year I entered as Single op, QRP power, all band. Last year's IRAU contest I was QRPp for most of the time making some very amazing contacts and breaking my all time miles per watt record. This year it was tough going and then only having 5 watts as well made things more of  a challenge.
I found the bands during Saturday morning and afternoon were really only open to the U.S. There was  very occasional openings on 10m and 15m. It seemed 20m was the way to go and I found myself just checking 10 and 15m now and then . I did have what I considered a DX contact during the afternoon which was Mexico! Pretty sad for that being my early afternoon DX!!
The solar conditions were not to bad considering how the last few weeks had gone for solar flares and high K index's. As the afternoon wore on 20m started to have opening to Europe and South America. But again with only 5 watts it was a challenge. As the evening rolled around 40m was busy with lots of action. Europe was booming in but for some reason I have always had it tough on 40m. I am not sure why but the U.S has never been a problem but getting over the pond has been frustrating. Having said that I did make it into Germany, England, France and Italy. I was very surprised but did have to make many repeats and I got the feeling I was just making it over there.
My score is as follows.
144 contacts
23   HQ stations
21   ITU's
Overall I had a blast and again am looking forward to it again next year.
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “IARU contest in the books”

  • steve will:

    Hello Mike, I hope you can help me as I am not well versed in radios, I had a the luck to come across a Philco Tropic 3214 radio, at an auction, in a leather case in good condition for something produced in 1951 I believe. The A.M seemed to pick up the SW static, maybe need to try it outside, anyway it works as far as can tell, I am looking for someone where I might get schematics for it, I also want to know where I can find out what something like this is worth,, I got a deal at the auction anyway, I am not sure if this was the correct channel to try but if you can provide any guidance it would be much appreciated, best regards Steve in Virginia,

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Steve, I have been doing some searching on the web and not able to find a price anywhere. As for schematic I did come across a website that many on the net recommended. All I can say is give this site a go and see what happens. http://www.justradios.com/
    I will do some more digging and see what I can come up with for you.

  • steve will:

    thanks Mike, really appreciate that,,,kind of fun digging around,, learning a lot about this item, and thanks for the lead on schematics,, following up on that today,, have a great day,,

    Best Regards

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    The other lead I was thinking of was a writer in QST John Dilks. He deals with vintage radios and should be a good resource for you. His email is [email protected] give him a shout and see how it works out.

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