Before you knew it 00:00 came and the ARRL international CW contest was a go. During my first 1/2 hour 20m was open but only to non DX to me. So it was off to 40m's and it was alive and hopping! Here at VE3WDM the contest power is 5 watts or less. The band was crowed and the pileups long I did give a few DX stations a call but the KW powered stations going back to the DX really gave me no chance. I did hang in for the whole 1/2 hour but it was just not happening to night. I shut the rig down for the evening just to crazy out there, once the contest adrenaline cools I will get back on. I am looking at Saturday to give 10m, 15m and 20m a go for some DX soup.
Until then....contest on!!
Mike, 15 was great from about 1330Z on this morning, and especially to Africa and Europe. I also just got 6O3A on 20 amidst the bedlam. I just do the contests to fill in band slots that I need and I got quite a few on 40 last night and this morning and then almost got DXCC on 15 in just a few hours today. That’s with 400 watts, a G5RV and a hexbeam.
Fun! Good luck…and 73,
Don Keith N4KC
Good evening Don, thanks for taking the time to comment and stopping by the blog. Well Saturday was great here and the bands were hopping. I did not get on the radio early enough for 10m’s but 15 was great. I made a lot of contacts there with only 500mW’s and all my other contacts on 15, 20 and 40 were made with a max of 5 watts. I made 50 contacts toward my diamond DXCC so far in this contest. I am not sure I will be able to make another 50 on Sunday but I am going to give it my best. I am running an attic dipole (alpha delta DX-EE) with 5 watts max. Have a great contest and do post on your blog how you did….good luck!!!