The start of the contest season

Plaque I received yesterday

The CQWW SSB is as always the beginning of the small contest season for me. I did a lot of contests in the past but since family life keeps me busy I choose to participate only the important ones. Some of those are only important for me as a Dutchman like the PA-beker contest, Friese elfstedentocht contest and the PACC. I placed myself 2nd in the PA-beker and 4th in the Friese 11 steden last year and this month I’ll try to improve myself, I guess it’s going to get difficult. Next thing to do is to set up the horizontal loop again, after that I will see if there is time and room for any improvements on the station. Anyway, one thing is for shure I really want to have fun that’s the most important thing. First contest coming now is the PA-beker contest which is purely a contest inside the Netherlands, I will participate again in the QRP section with my FT-817. Only this time I will use N1MM as contestlogger instead of the PA0FLE contestlogger I used in the past. Hopefully it will help to beat my score of last year.

Last years declare:

Place / Call  / Region  / QSO  / Multiplier  /  Score

1
PA1AT
19
118
61
7198
2
PE4BAS
19
73
48
3504
3
PA3DAT
49
69
47
3243

That means if I want to be at first place I need approx 120 QSO and 60 multipliers. Looks easy, but I can tell you it’s difficult to make so much QSOs in 2,5 hours especially when QRP.

Bas, PE4BAS, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Groningen, Netherlands. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “The start of the contest season”

  • paul K1LLR:

    i really dont have anything good to say about contests,but good luck anyways

  • Bas PE4BAS:

    Thanks Paul, of course participating in a contest is everyones own choice. It’s part of the hobby just like QRP, QRO, ragchewing, building equipment etc.
    Some like it and some don’t. I like to participate in the big CQWW contests and in some local (read Dutch) contests. But it could be in several years my interest in these things has completely changed….73, Bas

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