CQWW WPX Contest, CW Call: M4K Operator(s): M0BEW Station: M0BEW Class: SOSB20 LP QTH: ENGLAND Operating Time (hrs): 35 Summary: Band QSOs ------------ 160: 80: 40: 20: 1801 15: 10: ------------ Total: 1801 Prefixes = 672 Total Score = 1,862,784 Comments: Good contest. This one is not at a good time for me. My birthday is on the 23rd so I seem to spend half of the contest drunk and the other half hungover. Station performed as I've grown to expect. Solid and competive towards the east/south east and all round on shorter hops, and a complete dummy load towards the west. Only 339 qsos with NA and 35 with JA. Laughable really. After using a decent station for wpx phone and the cqww's I can confidently estimate I'm about 5-600 q's (and the mults that come with them) down from dx areas. As I have no other choice, I can almost keep up the pace ratewise making EU qsos, theres certainly enough activity, but in the end the the impact the 3 point difference has on the score is too much. But with the present setup I have now I can neither hear them or they hear me. The joys of suburban contesting. Heard M0C and GS2MP many times while tuning, they always seemed to be running heavily people I couldn't even detect, I had to try and put that in the back of my mind and carry on what I was doing, but it's never nice to hear. I'm sure they'll have impressive scores. gl. Got called by quite a few semi-rare calls which is always nice. Also ZS6DX, who I gather from reading 3830 was qrp and only made a handfull of qsos on 20m. Nice to think I was one of the few he got in the log. Managed to run across GJ2A when he had no pileup, would have never made it if he had. Condx in my view were average, I'd say the second day was certainly better then the first. We had a storm pass over with a tremendous amount of static rain during Saturday evening, I checked out and took an hour break while it passed through. Seemed to expereience a slight glitch Sunday morning, signals here became very attenuated during 0700-1000. Once again, niggles on trying to hold run freq's against people who were way out outside my filter. Seems unfair when I'm struggling to work the few DX stations I can hear calling me near my noise floor when I'm getting qrm from someone with an overly wide signal who would clearly be getting nothing back from me. Quite a few times I'd have say s7 of qrm (not always clicks, but actually being able to hear their tone) and I'd tune away to check their signal and they would be quite a distance way, and at zero beat be almost the same signal. It's quite easy to put it down to overload during peak times when they are 40 over 9, but during the times when EU start to drop away and the signals start dropping below s9 you can hear the problems are still there. Great activity all round which allowed to me keep putting calls in the log, pity condx didn't pick up that little bit more so I could make it into a few extra layers of NA but I supose this is the reality now the cycle is declining. We're getting to the times when that extra 10db makes all the difference. Tnx everyone who called. Tim-M0BEW
Monday, 26 May 2003
CQ WPX CW 2003 M4K(M0BEW) SO20LP
Tuesday, 13 May 2003
CQ-M INTERNATIONAL DX 2003 M0BEW SOSB20
CQ-M DX Contest Call: M0BEW Class: SOSB20 Operating Time (hrs): 9 Summary: Band QSOs Pts Mults ------------------------- 80: 0 0 0 40: 0 0 0 20: 453 979 64 15: 0 0 0 10: 0 0 0 ------------------------- Total: 453 979 64 Final Score: 64 x 979 = 62,656 Comments: Did a bit of this one as well. Condx did appear to begin to improve by Sunday evening, but still far from normal. Although predictions so they won't, I hope things settle down in time for WPX weekend. Tnx everyone who called. Tim-M0BEW.
Monday, 12 May 2003
VOLTA RTTY 2003 M0BEW SOSB20
ALLESSANDRO VOLTA RTTY DX Contest Call: M0BEW Class: SOSB20 Operating Time (hrs): 11 Summary: Band QSOs Pts Mults ------------------------- 80: 0 0 0 40: 0 0 0 20: 286 1779 58 15: 0 0 0 10: 0 0 0 ------------------------- Total: 286 1779 58 Total Score = 28,478,232 Comments: Insane high scoring system. Condx were awfull. Nearly nothing was breaking through from NA or JA. EU signals were heavily attenuated and incredible qsb with callers going from over s9 to the noise floor in the time it took to send the exchange. Score may drop a little as I couldn't cfm a serial from a possible JA mult. I rx'ed a number but I can't say 100% that what I rx'ed was correct. I may drop them from the log. Shame really. Tnx everyone who called. Tim-M0BEW.
Monday, 5 May 2003
ARI International DX 2003 M0BEW SOABLP
A.R.I. International DX Contest Call: M0BEW Operator(s): M0BEW Station: M0BEW Class: SOAB QTH: ENGLAND Operating Time (hrs): 23 Summary: Band QSOs Pts Mults ------------------------- 160: 0 0 0 80: 78 220 35 40: 345 1032 84 20: 744 2822 129 15: 121 284 35 10: 0 0 0 ------------------------- Total: 1288 4358 283 Total Score = 1,233,314 Comments: Used antennas for 80/40/20.
Nice call from KH2/JK1FNN on 20m RTTY at teatime, and suprise call from ZK1CG on SBB Sunday morning. A great little contest, good activity.
Thanks all that called. Tim-M0BEW.