2012 ARRL RTTY Round Up Recap
January 9th, 2012 by K2DSL

Happy New Year everyone!

It was a very busy weekend for me that prevented me from getting on the radio for about 6 hours during prime time on Saturday and 9 hours during prime time on Sunday. That left me with early morning and ┬álate evening operating which is reflected in the bands I was most active on. During my operating time there wasn’t a lot of DX, though I did manage to hit all but VT, ID and DC in the US and a few Canadian provinces.

I noticed a few stations that were dropping the last character of each of their transmissions and it was occurring regardless of what was being sent which eliminated it being just a bad macro. It wasn’t that they were weaker either but just completely dropped. With it being a few stations, I wonder if they might have been running a common program that had an issue.

I also noticed a few stations sending 5NN. which is actually slower in RTTY than 599. But at least they were on and participating.

I didn’t work anything new, though on Sunday after I got on there was a VK station calling CQ and ending his exchange with “… QRZ LONGPATH”. He was an easy copy for me and worked him on the first try.

Here’s a map (using http://www.levinecentral.com/adif2map ) of the contacts made during the RTTY Round Up (click for a larger view):

 

Here’s a zoomed in view of US contacts made (click to enlarge):

 

Here’s my score summary as generated from N1MM:

 Band    QSOs    Pts  Sec  DXC
  3.5     134    134   22    0
    7     111    111    8    7
   14      88     88    2    8
   21      66     66   13   17
   28      37     37    7    4
Total     436    436   52   36

Score : 38,368

My log is sent in and upload to LoTW and eQSL. See you in the next contest!

K2DSL

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2 Comments

Posted By: N7VEA on January 18th, 2012at 8:09 am

David, have you had a chance to read Don AA5AU’s write-up on his 2000+ QSO contest effort? Yikes! Good read though, and there are a couple points I’ll try to learn myself. Here’s the link

http://rttycontesting.com/contestnotes/2012_arrlru.htm

I should let my wife read it… she thinks >I’m< obsessed hihi

Bill N7VEA

Posted By: K2DSL on January 20th, 2012at 7:30 am

Bill – Thanks for the comment. Don’s recap is an informative read of what goes a top RTTY contester thinks about before/during a contest. Ed Muns W0YK/P49X posted a similar recap for his experiences from Aruba at http://www.w0yk.com/2012%20rtty%20roundup.htm

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