Early summer catch up

Not a lot of radio activity right now but there are some updates.

Two weeks ago was the ARRL VHF contest and my club usually goes up to a mountaintop in NY to operate with a small tower for 6m and another small tower for 2m/220cm/440cm. The weather forecast called for thunderstorms and being on the highest point around with metal antennas and towers isn’t safe so we scrapped operating on Saturday but organized a small group to operate on Sunday.

On Saturday I spent 30 mins on the air operating the DRCG RTTY contest and quickly made 26 contacts.

On Sunday a small group met up where we store the club equipment, loaded up their vehicles and headed up to the operating site. It went well will setting up 4 antennas on a small mast and running 4 radios barefoot. We made 271 VHF contacts in a few hours operating even though we didn’t come across any significant band openings. Made for a good weekend even though it wasn’t a full effort.

This past weekend was Field Day and the weather forecast was for constant and heavy rain as well as overnight thunderstorms, so we reluctantly cancelled the club event. I got on for a short bit on Saturday but conditions were poor and didn’t make too many contacts (~50) and on Sunday I did other things and ended up on the air for a very short time making 7 more contacts for a total of 57 contacts. Operating from home on commercial power I was a 1D station. I did sneak in a quick SSB QSO with a Qatar station who was booming in and participating in the King of Spain contest.

Hopefully conditions will improve and if I don’t head out for the weekend I can work a few RTTY contacts in a contest this holiday weekend.

73 & good DX,
K2DSL

2015 CQ WPX SSB Summary with Map

A bit late but I had a busy week. Last weekend was the CQ WPX SSB contest where the multipliers are the prefix of the callsign worked, and any can work anyone else. I didn’t use the cluster and as I’ve always done, ran low power (100 watts).

Conditions were ok on Friday evening (finished with 84 contacts logged) and good on Saturday with decent activity on 15m with 10m picking up around noon ET.  I stayed on the air much of the day until around 11pm ET. Conditions weren’t great, but they were certainly fine with not a lot of noise on 10m or 15m.

On Saturday I heard 2 station in China (BY) coming in strong but they couldn’t hear me over the west coast stations.   I was hopeful that maybe I could find them again Sunday and log them, but when you read on you’ll see that didn’t happen.  That’s really the only DXCC entity I recall hearing that I didn’t get logged.  I finished Saturday right at 400 QSOs in the log.

On Sunday, the conditions were lousy. I wasn’t hearing anything on 10m and the stations I could hear on 15m I had worked. To quantify how poor the conditions were, I even volunteered to go food shopping with my wife. While I was out food shopping, I got a call from a high school friend that he was having an impromptu get together in a couple hours so I knew where my afternoon and evening were going to be spent. After food shopping and before I left for the party, I worked, and each took some work to get in the log, a whopping 41 contacts over the course of a couple hours. I logged just 41 contacts on Sunday and each was a chore.  I checked with another ham that works with me and he said the conditions were also crummy on Sunday.

In the end it looks like I worked 76 different DXCCs and 300 different WPX prefixes. Of the 441 QSOs logged, there were 344 unique stations worked. Some of the more interesting entities were Georgia,  the ITU HQ in Switzerland, San Andres Island, Israel, Kuwait & Qatar.

Here’s a map of the contacts made using ADIF2MAP (click to enlarge):

K2DSL_2015_CQ_WPX_SSB_Map

Here’s my N1MM+ score summary:

 Band     QSOs   Pts  WPX
  3.5      22     41   12
    7      44     89   28
   14     126    356   82
   21     145    381  105
   28     104    298   73
Total     441   1165  300

Score : 349,500

My log was sent in for the contest and uploaded to LoTW, eQSL, QRZ and Clublog with the score posted to 3830. I have a few weekend commitments coming up so we’ll see what’s the next contest I can put some time into.

Great ISS Ham Video

Saw this ad posted on an ISS blog and needed to repost it. Reminds me of what I felt like when I worked NA1SS back in 2010. Please watch the 1 minute long video – it’ll make your day.

2015 NAQP RTTY Summary

A quick but active set of contests are the NAQP contests where single ops can operate for 10 of 12 hours contest hours. It started at 1pm ET on Saturday and I took a 30 min break so I operated to 11:30pm ET.  This contest also has a 100w maximum and single ops can’t use the cluster.

I started out on 10m and 15m. 10m had some activity at the start but not much after the contest was a couple of hours old. I was able to work a lot of stations on 15m before moving to 20m. For a while in the contest, I had more Qs logged on 15m then 20m, but later in the day activity there picked up including until after dark here on the east coast.

In a North America based contest like the NAQPs, 40m is usually the band that has the most Qs and that was the case here. I worked both S&P and called CQ on 40m with some ok runs of activity, but nothing very long. Same went for 80m later in the evening with me switching off between S&P and calling CQ.

I only worked 1 station on all 5 bands and 9 other stations on 4 bands. 249 unique callsigns were logged out of the 435 Qs.  90% of the contacts were in the continental US, 9% in Canada and the remaining few various NA stations – Guantanamo Bay, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Barbados and St Pierre & Miquelon.

Here’s the N1MM+ score summary:

 Band     QSOs  Sec   Mt2
  3.5      83    34    0
    7     119    39    1
   14     111    42    1
   21      92    29    2
   28      30     8    1
Total     435   152    5

Score : 68,295

Right after I made the last contact, the log was submitted online. It’s since been uploaded to LoTW, eQSL, Clublog, QRZ and score posted to 3830.

73,
K2DSL

2015 CQ WPX RTTY Summary

This past weekend was the CQ WPX RTTY contest and I put in a part time effort. It was a very long week at work and I was pretty tired Friday evening. I called it quits at 100 QSOs in the log even though there was plenty of evening operating hours left. It has been extremely cold here in NJ/NY and Friday through Sunday was going to be near record setting temps.

Saturday morning I stayed in bed late and did some other things before getting on the radio around 1pm ET / 1800z. I even had to help out the rotor a little to get it moving since it was so cold (near 0F/-17C) and hadn’t been used in a week. Once it started moving it was fine the rest of the contest.

Saturday was also Valentine’s Day and went out to a nice dinner with my wife. When I got back home I spent some time on 40m and 80m though there wasn’t a lot of activity on 80m as you can see from my score summary below. I didn’t stay up very late on Friday or Saturday when 80m probably had the most activity vs 40m. There was a bit of DX to Europe on 40m but most were North America based contacts. 15m was doing well with contacts being made to Japan. I even heard a South Korea station but there were too many west coast ops to break through. Ended up with 289 contacts in the log at the end of Saturday.

Sunday I spent more time in the contest. It was real cold out on Sunday with the morning temp being -3F/-19C with a wind chill of -20F/-29C. The morning had good conditions on 15m and 10m to EU and elsewhere and I spent most of my day on those bands with brief spurts on 20m. 10m is a pleasure since most contacts are 1 or 2 calls at most no matter where they are. I had contacts made with just 1 call to Guam, New Zealand and even to some JAs. I guess I recovered a bit of energy from the past work week as it wasn’t a big effort to stay longer at the radio. Late in the contest, JAs were coming in very strong on 15m like they were the previous day. Wrapped up the contest with 576 total Qs in the log which was more then I thought it would be based on how I felt Friday & Saturday.

Looking at the stats, out of 576 contacts I worked 74 different DXCCs and 445 unique stations. I didn’t work any stations on all 5 bands but 7 stations on 4 bands and 18 stations on 3 bands. I worked a total of 363 different call prefixes.  Some of the more uncommon entities worked – Israel, Samoa, Qatar, Guam, Namibia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Logs were submitted to the contest robot, 3830, LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog, QRZ and Super Check Partial.

Here’s a map of the contacts made (click to enlarge) made with ADIF2MAP:

2015_CQ_WPX_RTTY_Map

 

N1MM+ Score Summary:

 Band QSOs  Pts  WPX
  3.5   19   42   11
    7  101  326   60
   14  132  279   82
   21  180  390  114
   28  144  382   96
Total  576 1419  363

Score : 515,097

73 & Good DX!
K2DSL

Lots of catchin’ up! Contests, DXCC & QSOs…

I have a lot of catching up to do in reporting my activities since I last posted on November 15th!!  I won’t cover  it all in detail here but this is what’s taken place related to operating since the WAE RTTY contest back in the beginning of November…

ARRL SSB Sweepstakes – 297 QSOs – SH5 Analysis

ARRL 10m Contest – 189 QSOs – SH5 Analysis

OK RTTY Contest – 382 QSOs – SH5 Analysis

Submitted my DXCC update based on new LoTW QSLs and I end 2014 with 234 DXCC entities confirmed.

RAC Winter Contest – 216 QSOs – SH5 Analysis

Made a lot of QSOs for wrapping up the ARRL Centenial QSO Party. As of now, it looks like I finished the year with 24,244 points from 2679 QSOs made with someone that resulted in points. Other then the last 2 weeks of December, all my points and QSOs were from my contest logs being uploaded to LoTW. Those last 2 weeks I went hunting specifically for points for this event.  I end up about 15th in NJ based on points.

ARRL RTTY Roundup – 985 QSOs (989 including dupes) – SH5 Analysis

A great start to the year with the Roundup!! Those almost 1000 contest QSOs moves me past 50,000 total QSOs logged since I got on HF in 2008.

Not a detailed summary of those contests, but I needed to get something posted to the site!

Happy New Year & 73,
K2DSL

 

2014 WAE RTTY Contest Summary

I’m a bit behind with getting this posted but it was a long week at work.  Just before the start of the WAE RTTY contest last weekend I worked RI1ANT in Antarctica so I figured that should be a good sign.

On Friday night I ended up with 101 QSOs in the log but hadn’t yet sent/received any QTCs, a twist in this specific contest where you can send or receive 10 other QSOs with an EU station that count as points but not mults. Since the contest started well after sundown here, 10m wasn’t very active and it was already past midnight in Europe, so a lot of activity was within the US.

I started out using the current version of N1MM+ which was working fine, but keeping an eye on the N1MM+ Yahoo group I saw reports of issues specifically around receiving QTCs. On Saturday morning I got back on the air and had no issue sending a batch of QTCs but couldn’t get receiving to work, so I decided to export my QSOs and import them into the older N1MM classic. I fudged the one batch of QTCs I sent and modified the cabrillo log at the end to match what N1MM+ had for that QTC batch. The rest of the contest I used N1MM classic.

On Saturday, 10m was ok early but seemed to sputter out. I spent most of my time moving up and down each band (10/15/20m) and then switching to another band and doing the same. After taking a break I came back and accidentally launched N1MM+, realizing after I called a station I would send the wrong #. I quickly closed N1MM+ and launch N1MM Classic and apologized to the station.  There were 2 or 3 instances when I sent “QTCS?” and a station came back and said “Can’t receive but can send” so I figured they might have been running N1MM+.  I ended Sat night with 394 Qs + 480 QTCs.

On Sunday, 10m seemed open for most of the contest.  I worked RA7A and noticed he was sending 005 to the person before me, me and the person after me. Will be interested to see, if a log is sent in, what it shows.  20m was rather quiet on Sunday with more activity on 10m & 15m.  During the afternoon I started calling CQ on 10m and GU0SUP came back to me immediately. You can always count on Phil to hand out Guernsey during a contest. Activity stayed pretty high through the entire contest where I wrapped up with 684 QSOs, 850 QTCs and 521 total multipliers, I think my highest WAE RTTY score to date.

According to my SH5 analysis I worked 429 unique stations and 70 different DXCC entities.  I only primarily on just 4 bands and I ended up working 15 stations on all 4 bands.

Score summary:

 Band  QSOs  QTCs  Mults
-------------------------
   80:   25     0     40
   40:  109    10     93
   20:  237   300    146
   15:  190   300    134
   10:  123   240    108
-------------------------
Total:  684   850    521  

Total Score = 799,214

Map of contacts made using ADIF2MAP (click to enlarge):

2014_WAE_RTTY_Map

73,
K2DSL

2014 CQ WW SSB Contest

Conditions were excellent for the 2014 CQ WW SSB contest this past weekend.  Starting Friday night at 8pm, I got on the air and worked some stations but not much. In total for the evening I logged just 35 contacts and it was the only time I was on 40m. I saw 10m stations being spotted in the cluster but I wasn’t hearing any when I listed on the band. It was well after dark and 10m usually won’t be open anyway.

Saturday morning I got on and worked stations on 15m and 20m before checking 10m and finding it open. When it’s open, it’s the best place to be and stations all migrated to 10m. There were stations on from the bottom of the phone band at 28.300 to 29.100.  In the late afternoon, I moved the hexbeam to the west and worked the following exciting, for me at least, sequence of stations on 10m:

VK9LM – Lord Howe (new DXCC)
VK2GGC – Australia
KL7RA – Alaska
KH7XX – Hawaii
ZL2AL – New Zealand
6 JA stations
AH2R – Guam
Some more JAs
AH0BT – Mariana

I was off the air at 7pm to head out for a Halloween party with my wife and friends.  Saturday ended with 396 Qs in the log and 88 different DXCCs which is 1 DXCC worked every 4.5 Qs.

On Sunday morning I slept in a little (late night at the Halloween party!) but 10m was still hopping when I got on the air. Though I worked stations on 15m & 20m, I spent most of my time on 10m where again a large portion of the 10m phone band was active with stations.  One station in England that was calling CQ asked me how the frequency was and I told him he’s 20+ so it wouldn’t matter what was around him but it was indeed a clear frequency. He replied he’s just running 100w into a dipole. When the band is open, the band is open.

I needed to stop operating at 3:30pm ET which is 4.5 hours before the end of the contest. it was hard to turn the radio off knowing there were more stations/entities that could be worked. I ended up logging 617 Qs and added 10 more entities on Sunday for a total of 98 DXCCs logged. Probably if I was aware, I would have gone DXCC hunting for 2 more entities to have logged DXCC in a weekend.

Here’s a map of the stations worked generated using ADIF2MAP (click to enlarge):

2014_CQ_WW_SSB_Map

Here’s my N1MM score summary:

 Band    QSOs     Pts    ZN   DXCC
    7       8      19     5      7
   14      94     264    17     53
   21     182     527    22     69
   28     333     976    25     85
Total     617    1786    69    214

Score : 505,438

Worked 28 of the 40 CQ zones. The top worked DXCCs logged were Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and France. Though I worked just 8 stations on 40m, 2 of them I worked on all 4 bands I operated. There were 23 stations worked on 3 bands. There were 498 unique callsigns in the log.

Terrific weekend on the air!

K2DSL

ARRL LoTW – Duplicate QSOs added

After LoTW had an outage this past weekend, it seems to have double processed some uploads which caused duplicate QSOs to be entered. There’s a discussion on the LoTW Yahoo Group on this but there were some issues with including screenshots so I’m posting it here.  Below is the post I sent to the Yahoo Group…

I seem to have this same issue with duplicated QSOs. I saw right after my upload was processed on Tuesday that LoTW processed the same log twice, and though my initial review showed that it detected the records as duplicates and ignored them, but that’s not the case. I’ll include screen snippets here for those that might want to check their own data and hopefully the screen snippets come out ok in emails. If not, the message might read better on the web in the Yahoo group pages.This overall issue would seem to be more appropriately resolved by the ARRL vs individuals contacting the ARRL as they should be able to query LoTW and find/remove any true duplicate which is where the uploaded data matches and the only difference is the LoTW generated id (and whatever else they might track and not expose on the front end).

On your Account Activity page at https://lotw.arrl.org/lotwuser/account?accountcmd=activity you would see a duplicate indicating your one upload was processed twice. Mine looks like the first 2 lines here:

 lotw_dup_1

 

The 2nd processing seemed to indicate that it ignored the duplicates as seen here:

lotw_dup_2
But it actually ended up adding duplicates. Go to Your QSO page at  https://lotw.arrl.org/lotwuser/qsos?awg_id=DXCC&ac_acct=1 and enter in a Starting Date of a record that was in the batch which LoTW double processed and click the Submit button. As you can see below, records with the same info are duplicated with the only difference being the record ID (which you can see if you click the details link on the left of each QSO).
lotw_dup_3
It really makes sense for the ARRL to clean this up behind the scenes as they *should* be able to identify these erroneous duplicates the system created.
K2DSL

2014 JARTS RTTY Contest Summary

This past weekend was the JARTS RTTY contest which is fun as the exchange is the age of the person – 00 for YLs, 99 for Multis and the actual age for everyone else. I had very little time to operate so it was a combined total time of about 7 hours on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday night I worked a couple 10m contacts so I was hopeful the band would have activity over the weekend. On 80m I called CQ for a bit and after being spotted it was nice for a couple EU stations to call me.  I ended Friday with 82 Qs and 8,044 points.

On Saturday I operated a short time in the morning and a short time in the early afternoon and then a very short time late in the evening. I only worked just over 100 contacts on Satuday for an ending count of 187 Qs & 49,140 pts.

Sunday was the same thing with a short time in the morning, a brief early afternoon session and 30 mins at the end of the contest. It gave me a total of 317 Qs and 122,400 points which is one of my lowest JARTS totals but given the short amount of time I had to operate I can’t complain.

Both during the contest and via email after I had multiple operators thank me for spotting them when I worked them on another band. Even HZ1PS in Saudi Arabia sent me a message during our 2nd band QSO during a pileup he had going.

With the contest exchange being age, I threw out the 00’s and 99’s and multiple contacts with the same call and ended up with 230 different calls worked. The youngest age sent was  24 by 2 operators and the oldest age sent was 85 by one operator.  The average age of those 230 operators was 58.5 years. The median age (middle value of all stations worked) was 60  and the mode (most common age reported) was 52.

Even with the short time available to be on the air, I was able to log 53 DXCC entities including Israel, Turkey, Crete and Saudi Arabia on 10m.

N1MM+ score summary:

 Band    QSOs     Pts  DXCC   Areas
  3.5      23      49     3      10
    7      43      91     4      13
   14     115     295    35      13
   21      92     241    34      10
   28      44     124    24       7
Total     317     800   100      53

Score : 122,400

Here’s a map produced using ADIF2MAP (click to enlarge):

2014_JARTS_Map

 

Thanks for all the contacts!
K2DSL