2012 DLDX RTTY Contest

Saturday morning started the 24 hour DLDX RTTY ham radio contest. I was able to participate in this after a couple months of a lot of non-ham radio activities and I was glad to hear the diddles in the headset. DX contacts are worth more than US contacts (3 times a US contact) and logging a station in Germany is worth the most (4 times a US contact).

Started out at the start of the contest (7am ET) and there wasn’t a whole lot of activity. Bands were on the crummy side and just 20m had any signals. It didn’t improve too much for me until the afternoon where 15m had a bit more activity. I checked 10m a few times and heard very little activity. I worked a couple TN stations and one in OH on 10m and that was it.

During the day I took a bunch of breaks and did some other errands and early in the evening I needed to head out for a couple hours. Otherwise, I would pop onto the radio, call CQ or S&P a bit and then take a break. Late in the evening I moved to 40m which was ok but found only 1 station on 80m. I don’t know if folks moved there much later in the evening but I called it quits before before 11:30pm.

An interesting note about this contest are the varied categories you can operate under. Besides the standard single-op/multi-op and low/high power categories, you can operate 6 hours or 24 hours and even a dipole/ground plane only category. Since I only have wire antennas, I qualify for the dipole category.

Here’s a map of the contacts run through Adif To Map (click map for a larger view):

 

and here’s the score summary from N1MM:

 Band    QSOs    Pts  DXCC  Area
  3.5       1      5     1     1
    7      21    145     4    12
   14     167   1365    26    14
   21      37    230     6     9
   28       3     15     1     2
Total     229   1760    38    38

Score : 133,760

 

All contacts loaded in eQSL, LoTW and my log sent in.

73 and good DX,
K2DSL

One thought on “2012 DLDX RTTY Contest

  1. Great work on the contest and I can understand about having to get “stuff” done on the weekend and leaving the contest for a bit. I find that the afternoon during the summer is the best time if you are going to break from the contest is the best time. I was very much into RTTY contesting but have moved to CW. No problem with RTTY but just wanted a change. The idea of more categories is great it gives those of us who don’t have beams and so on a notch to enter in and challenge those who are in our boat and maybe a chance to win in our category.
    Great blog and relevant topic.
    Mike
    VE3WDM

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