March 2010 Wrap-Up
Starting a new job this month has really cut into my quality ham radio time, but these are the sacrifices we make. Other than a few PSK contacts early in the month, all of my operation took place during the two major March phone tests. Only 6 QSO in the ARRL DX SSB, but was able to spend a little more time at the mic for the CQ WPX SSB in which I logged 69 QSOs during a few short operating stints (4.5 hours total), all on 15m which was alive and kicking. For once I was able to work damn near every station I could hear, most of them on one call, and didn’t have to repeat my callsign or report too often. In the end, 62 WPX prefixes in 23 DXCC countries for a somewhat lame total score of 8,494.
More important: I finally got to give N1MM Contest Logger a good shakedown and I’m happy to report that it worked flawlessly with the K3. I still like HRD’s logbook for general usage, but for contesting it’s a kludge. N1MM is super fast by comparison and obviously better suited for contesting. I may comment more on this later.
So… despite a limited amount of radio time, March put three new DXCC in the log –Uruguay (CX), Luxembourg (LX), and Haiti (HH) — and 16 new DXCC + 9 new WAZ on 15m. I’ll take it.
Stats through 31-Mar-2010: