Up coming ARRL DX CW contest…….

Last years action
It's that time of year again for the ARRL international CW DX contest. The bands will come alive with CW, I hope my CW practice will pay off and I can copy the fast guys!! Last year my goal during this contest was to pick up as many DXCC's as I could. My plans were by year end to have 100 DXCC's QRP in the books. That plan did not work out as I was just a few short of the goal. Another goal back then was to spend more time in the chair operating. This is were I really struggle and end up shutting things down early so we will see what happens this year.
Goals for this years contest
  1. Operate the contest with max 5 watts QRP and venture down into the QRPp zone!!
  2. Try to pickup the remander of DXCC's needed.
  3. To stay in the operating chair longer would be great, have to think about that one this week before the contest starts. 
These three goals seems like a great start and somewhat manageable  Other things that I have to go over is some shack cleaning, make sure N1MM is running up to par and check out SWR on all operating band.....there are more but these being some of the most important.
Good luck to all of you and hope to make contact with you in the contest!!
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

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