I was planning on spending some time this weekend participating in IOTA contest.
..but...I got called into work and by the time I got home and settled in I was only able to put in about an hour toward the contest. This is the first time I had taken part in the contest and was surprised at the turn out, this is a very busy contest for sure. I had hoped to add to my DXCC count by taking advantage of some of the rare islands. I did hear lots of rare DX but that was as far as it got to making any sort of contact. I found the bands to be so so there was an M6 flare along with an R2 radio black out that did not help out conditions. Despite the conditions I was able to make 8 contacts.
On all my contacts I tried with the lowest power possible and worked my way up until I made contact. If I was at full output (5 watts) and still could not make contact it was time to move along.
Below is how the hour of contesting worked out for me
1) K1VST NA046 5 watts
2) VE1AL NA010 5 watts
3) DL5AXX ------- 5 watts
4) M05BFL EU005 5 watts
5) DL8FBL ------ 500mW's 8,014 miles per watt
6) 9A/OM8AA EU016 500mW's 8894 miles per watt
7) S58VU ------- 3 watts
8) G6PZ EU005 100mW's 35,262 miles per watt
|Pile up for CY9M on my P3|
I had seen CY9M
on the band scope but they were super busy and with my 5 watts I felt I did not stand a chance. This morning there was an email on the Elecraft reflector from WB2LQF
stating he had worked CY9M on both 20m and 30m's with his Elecraft KX3 and using 5 watts to do it!!! So I am back at it now and it's still busy but I am going to give it a go again this afternoon and evening. I just checked out WB2LQF's web page (see link above) he also uses attic dipoles such as myself.....now it's GAME ON!!!