VE3WDM's QRPower BLOG 2019-02-17 17:03:00

A screen shot of the ARRL DX CW contest
I was on for a short time yesterday afternoon but we had a dinner date to go to in the evening so things were cut short. I stayed on 20m as it seemed to be producing very surprising results including a contact into Japan. I was shocked when I heard his call just come from out of no where! I gave him a call and he came right back to me and in about 5 minutes after he was spotted along with some other JA's the pileup was huge. It was just luck I was where I was at the time and made the contact with 60 watts and my MFJ 1788 loop.
I will see if the propagation gods are smiling down on me today as I give the contest another go this afternoon.

Mike Weir, VE3WDM, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Ontario, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “VE3WDM's QRPower BLOG 2019-02-17 17:03:00”

  • Fred AE2DX:

    The bands were good even worked a load of DX on 15 meters today and 80 and 40 were buzzing even 160 was going good last night.

  • Gene W2BXR:

    In your screenshot of 17 Feb what is the software show in the various windows?
    Thanks. Gene

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Fred thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, I never made it down to 15 to make any contacts. Unfortunately we were out for dinner parties most of the evenings of the contest so I was not able to check out evening hours on 40m.
    Have a great week Fred,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Gene very nice to hear from you, as for the software…..one the screen of the PC is N1MM+ contest logger. Those windows for left to right are VFOA and the spotted contacts, below is my score broken down by band, then you have the spectrum (this is fed from the Icom 7610 into N1MM+) below that is the main window for entering contact info and logging contacts, below that is the telnet window and then for the far right is the log of my contacts. Now on the task bar below are some programs that are running on my second monitor screen. Google and Chrome, Dimensions 4 (clock sync program for digi) NordVPN, MRP40 (CW decode program for contester who send a machine gun speeds) then the N1MM+ program and finally a virtual keyboard program that is up and running. I use this program to take screen shots.
    There you have the “stuff” on the screen.
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

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