I always enjoy participating in this contest and in years gone past it allowed me add to my DXCC list. This year was a whole other story.......I was only able to contact and hear Canadian and U.S stations only. I came across a VE2 station calling CQ and he sounded like a distant DX station! I was not sure if it was just my station not hearing any Europe stations. I decided to listen in on a few of the big gun U.S station to see who they were contacting. The stations I choose to listen in on were contacting fellow U.S and Canadian stations only. I made 10 or so contacts all on 20m and with 5 watts QRP. My station setup was the Elecraft K3, MFJ 1788 loop antenna on the balcony, N1MM+ logging software and Win4K3 Suit rig control software. Also I use MRP40 CW decoding software for the "machine gun" code senders. I found in this contest the top end code speed was in around 35 wpm so no decoding software was needed. I have not been on the radio much as work has been very busy once again. It was nice to sit down and get on the rig again, I knew it had been a long time away from the radio when I wanted to spot a CW station and I had to actually look and look for the spot button on the rig!
73 from F5PXF, good contest.
Good afternoon Denis, over all it always is one of my fav contests but this year with the low solar cycle it is going to be a challenge for the next few years.
Thanks for stopping by and 73,
Mike, as you mentioned the low solar cycle showed it ugly head this weekend. I had half a dozen DX contacts, but that was it, the rest where all north american contacts I did hear one east coast US station asking for a GB station to repeat his calllsign.
Look forward to next year.
Good afternoon Dave, I am looking forward to the up coming NAQP CW contest! Making cross boarder contacts will make for a busy contest.
Thanks for stopping by 73
I agree, N.A. stations were much more prevalent but I was able to make QSOs with several over-seas and S.A. stations. I was not QRP so I’m sure that helped. My badge of pride for the contest is a QSO with Hawaii. Looking forward to the NAQP. Hope to see you in the log, 73.
Good morning Mike, for sure during a time of low sunspots Hawaii sure is a great contact! Over on this part of the globe with my MDJ 1788 is was just pulling in U.S stations. Hope to work you in the NAQP contest.