2011 BARTG Sprint 75
September 18th, 2011 by K2DSL

This afternoon was the 2011 BARTG Sprint 75 baud RTTY ham radio contest. Most RTTY contests run at 45 baud (60 words per minute) but this contest and a few others run at 75 baud (100 words per minute) so text sent/received just happens a bit faster. The exchange itself is also short with just a serial number and not even an obligatory 599 so you can whip through a contest QSO quickly.  It’s a 4 hour contest with a rule that you need to stay on any band for 5 mins if you make a contact so you can’t pop back and forth between bands without staying a while on each.

The money band was 20m though there was some activity on 15m. I’m not sure what impact the 5 min band change rule has on folks trying 15m  more. I guess if folks do make a contact, they need to hang around for at least 5 mins, but I wonder if folks avoided making a contact so they didn’t have to stick around?

My contacts started out being primarily NA based at the start, but the EUs eventually came in strong and stayed strong for me throughout the remainder of the contest. I spent a bunch of time calling CQ and then scanning the band and finding a spot to call CQ again. The band wasn’t too crowded, like it will be next weekend in the CQ WW RTTY contest, so finding a spot even with just 100w wasn’t difficult. I had many DX stations come back to me when I was calling CQ so thanks to all of them for finding me.

I popped over to 40m just near the end of the contest and made a few quick contacts and also the 3 call area which I didn’t log on 15m or 20m. I only worked 2 Canadian call areas and didn’t here any VK or JA stations. Not sure if folks on the west coast logged any VK or JAs.

Here’s a map of the contacts made during the contest (click to enlarge):

You can see from the map that there wasn’t anything logged into the pacific and other than 1 South America station I didn’t hear much in that direction.

 

Here’s the  N1MM score summary:

  Band    QSOs    DXCC   Areas   Cont
    7      10        0       1     0
   14      88       22      10     4
   21      19        1       1     0
Total     117       23      12     4

Score : 16,380

I’m looking forward to future 75 baud RTTY contests.

73,
K2DSL

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2 Comments

Posted By: N7VEA on September 19th, 2011at 10:12 am

Good morning David. Good to catch you yesterday. I was surprised because the band conditions out here in Idaho weren’t very good. Because of church and family commitments I only got to play a part of the last hour and didn’t make many QSOs. Could hear a few EUs but copy was spotty and I never completed any QSOs with them. I heard no JAs or VKs. 15M was empty for me.

The geomagnetic conditions were poor all weekend according to the propagation and space weather websites. I hope that changes for next weekend… I’m looking forward to the first really big contest of the Fall, hopefully with good conditions. I’ve treated myself to a new coax for the vertical, and the big brown truck of joy should bring it tomorrow. Hope to get a couple more radials into the system as well.

Just a thought… I haven’t taken a look into your archives, but have you ever played in the 160M contests?

Anyway, good luck next weekend, hope to catch you again. 73, Bill N7VEA

Posted By: K2DSL on September 20th, 2011at 7:02 am

Thanks for the comment Bill.

My first antenna, and for a while my only antenna, was a G5RV that permitted me something tunable on 6-80m though it wasn’t effective on 6m & 10m. I never rigged it for 160m so from home I’ve never made a 160m contact.

Thanks again,
David

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