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The worst conditions ever for this contest, however i was able to work this contest
QTH Sakura-ku Saitama-city Saitam Portable operate. Built VDA Antenna on the Riverbank and QRV..
I could enjoy the good contest. Tnx for a fine contest again. IC-7600, Dipole-Ant.
FT-600/80W and Dipole
ICOM IC-718 100W SSB 30W CW DIPOLE UP 35FEET
DEAD CONDITIONS FROM MY QTH
very-very weak propagation.
Saturday morning was able to run and make most of my QSOs with 85 watts. Late morning band conditions shifted to deep, long QSB. Was able to make QOs while waiting almost 3 minutes for signals to peak up. Meteors? Saturday afternoon and evening the same deep QSB. Called with my 85 watts until blue in the face (CW). Sunday begam with the same QSB. but faster. Was able to make a few QSOs sunday morning but qucik QSB prevented making many QSOs. By Sunday afternoon fast, deep QSB set in and signals changed so fast by the time a station ended their CQ, QSB caused their signals to fade to unreadable and neglgible signals. To my surprise, Sunday yielded zero South American stations. four antennas a varying heights and my bread winner was a Hygain 5 element yagi pointed Northeast which was at 28 feet height. The high antenna and mid-height was not to receive any signals strong enough to make QSO. KH2, LU, PY and few VEs for DX QSOS. ARRL 10m Contest was tough in southern, middle Tennessee and played its toll on the operator. probably expected being at the bottom of the cycle. For example with low yagi pojnted to Northeast heard K0OO callng CQ, but higher antenna pointed Northwest towards K0OO yielded zero results and no copy. Switching to low antenna yield fair copy, but was not able to make QSO on low antenna as he could not copy my 85 watt signal. to give me the bulk of my QSOs during this contest. AC4G
Operated remote while on travel. Conditions where really good the first night, but not so good the second night. Had very good openings to the west coast.
Conditions were not very good here in Indiana. Rapid qsb took stations in and out of the noise. Still, it was fun to participate, and conditions can only get better from here! 73 Jim ac9ez
Went to an ISU basketball game first, then turned on rig about 4 pm. Band dying.
My meager attempt at the 10m contest. Only able to spend 3 hours total on the air and conditions were not good. Mostly TX stations, but found a brief opening to the east coast and then one to the west coast. I heard an XE but could not raise him. No caribbean or South American stations were heard from my QTH. Operated 100w to a Mosley TA-63 at 40 feet. There were stations I could hear but could not raise. At 0400z on Friday night (2200 local) I heard a MN station, but could not get him to hear me. All in all, I had a good time, despite poor conditions. SFI was only 68.
Just CW and only local.
Very poor conditions
Only had a few hours available in this contest. Friday night was fairly good with a mix of meteor scatter and Es, but signals were generally weak and erratic. I did manage a few QSOs on CW to the west coast, and that felt pretty good given the late night hour and the low point in the solar cycle. I did not have much luck running with just 100 watts and an all-band OCF dipole. I was pleased to get N1MM+ working with the K3 internal DVR to save my voice. Later in the weekend the propagation was absolutely nil.
TXV Kenwood TS-890; 100 W Ant.: MP2 on balcony abt 30 m up.
Siento mucho no haber podido efectuar más contactos, la propagación y mis condiciones no ayudaron, pero pudo más la ilusión de participar.
This was our first contest with my wife Pilar EA4AJ and me from home. Miserable conditions on Saturday with only 34 QSOs. Sunday showed better conditions with openings via sporadic-E towards Northern and Eastern Europe. The afternoon granted a weird opening towards Northeast US and Canada (ME, NH, VT & NB) with goods signals but no trace from most Southern states which would have been more likely to see at this very bottom of the sunspots cycle. Ten meters is always a box of surprises, HI. Rig: Icom IC-7610 + Acom 2000A Ant: 5 elem yagi @ 27 meters
One of my favorite contests, but in the years of little solar activity, it is very difficult to work openings from Europe. Will it be better next year? We will have to be in the contest again to know. See you next year. 73, EA5XA
YAESU FT-897D DIPOLE WINDOM 80 WATT
Antena Celwave de 6 a 40m Vertical. Tranceptor Kenwood TS-2000 DSP. Saludos.
SDR trcvr SunSDR2-PRO, SPE 1.3KFA, VERTICALS
No propagation at all for me
... and at the end, the (true) South Americans win. Location, location, location.
Band really dead so very hard work to make any QSO's
Saturday very poor. Sunday some useful Es and paths to AF and SA.
As expected the propagation was very poor. My aim was to complete a few QSOs that has really been realized finally. Many thanks for them and hope to see you next time. Rig TS-530SP 100W, ant end-fed wire 21 mtrs long and above flat roof.
In the sunspot number = 0 I could manage several QSOs. On the first day (14DEC) there was massive Gemini meteor shower and majority QSOs I made with antenna pointed to Gemini constelation not to station magnetic bearing. Very good experience and fun.
Absent propagation.Few QSO but funny. Equipment: KWD TS430S and inverted V. 73 to all
RTX: Renger2950 + attenuator for 5 W out ANT.: monobad 4 el. Yagi 20 m hihg Thanks to the availability of the corresponding operators, they still allowed me a hopeless log
2019 ARRL 10-Meter Contest
ciao to all
Thank you for QSO.
I enjoyed the contest.
Put your comments here. Use multiple lines if needed.
I enjoyed the contest.
ICOM IC7100 100W Vertical Inverted Vee
ANT 14mH 4ELE RIG IC-741S PWR < 5w
I enjoyed the contest.
Using IC7300S with 5W output and ANT is 8.5m LW.
TRx. IC-7410/100W Ant. Vertical
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
Thank you all stations!
I really enjoyed this contest. Thanks.
I enjoyed the contest.
OATH : I swer using QRP5W out. RIG: ANT 4el CQ (21/28MHz) RIG: IC-7300M Power down.
I enjoyed the contest.
FT817ND, 5watts. 5ele yagi
I used power less than 5W
Bad propagation. But I like DX contest on cw.
It's like a Japan domestic contest becasu of the poor condition.
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest with a FT-817 and HB9CV
I enjoyed the contest by QRP.
Condition was so bad. IC-7600 KPA500
I enjoyed the contest.
very poor propagation QSOs Pts/QSO Pts Mults CW 41 4 164 19 1 DX, 16 K, 2 VE, 0 XE SSB 2 2 4 2 0 DX, 2 K, 0 VE, 0 XE 43 168 x 21 = 3528
Only heard 7 stations and 3 of those couldn't hear me
2019 ARRL 10M Contest, QRP Portable from Genessee Mountain Park in Colorado. Ft817 and 10m Moxon. 19 degrees Fahrenheit, only one QSO but a fun time!
CW signals were IN/OUT..Most stations heard required time to confirm all info. The key used for the event 1959 Vibroplex Deluxe "Blue Racer" 73 Rick K0KEX
1st log submission in a few years .... only incented by MN Wireless with such poor condx.
The only state I heard but couldn't work was NV; I worked every country I heard (all 3 of them) with my little 49-foot wire. Pretty dismal results but I've heard worse; one year, there were no openings at all and I didn't work anything on meteors. Some guys QRQed to try to catch the meteors Friday night, but several others (including a famous NV contester) took their sweet time so I missed them.
Lots of slow periods interspersed with periods of increased activity on near every propagation mode possible -- groundwave, backscatter, tropo, meteor scatter, sporadic e. Openings to South America (both days) and to CT and EA (Sunday)added several nice mults.
After lunch on Sunday there was an opening to South America that lasted about a half hour here in Massachusetts. I managed to work six LU stations along with a CE and a CX station before the band closed again. It was quite a surprise after struggling all morning to work local stations in the W1 call area on ground wave and scatter.
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K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. N3UM and W3GB operated Multi-Op 1 Tx HP in the 2019 ARRL 10m. Our C3 beam with 10m. was unusable; SWR spiked to 6.5 and shut down the HPA. Desperate, we checked SWR of 40m. Falcon beam on 10m. Surprise! In shack, SWR=2 at 28.3 MHz, easy for tuner but 4 dB line loss. And, beacon peaked +/- 40 deg. from boresight and from rear. So, not much gain, but rotatable and high, on an 85-ft. tower atop a 43-ft hill. We did OK at start with this off-spec ant, 37 Qs and 10 state mults 00-0115Z, 25 of the Qs running on CW. No E skip; all Qs were in MD, DC, and 5 surrounding states plus CT. After supper N3UM came back 0211-03Z for 14 Qs and 7 state mults on CW, 5 via E skip; AL, FL, IL, NB, and TX; then rate died. Sat. AM 1410-1610Z N3UM on CW got 41 Qs, FY via F-layer, and 10 state mults via spotlight E skip; TN, AR, LA, and MS, then MI, WI, QC, MN, IA, and rare NE. Then W3GB on SSB 1612-1700Z got 16 Qs and 5 mults, 4 via Es; MS, LA, TX, and IA. From 18-19Z W3GB got 5 F- layer DX mults; PY, LU, and CX on CW, then PY and LU on SSB. From 1900-2045Z N3UM got 51 CW Qs, 33 of them in short runs, and CE, HI, and OA mults, our last F-layer DX. After supper, in 1 hr. from 0018Z N3UM found just 14 Qs and our last mult, NY. Sunday was SLOW, few Qs, no mults; 1430-1600Z N3UM got only 19 CW Qs, all LOS except MI and FL, probably meteors. W3GB did regular checks 1730-2400Z; he found NO skip and only 5 SSB Qs in MD, VA, and PA just after 20Z. We got no states W of NE and TX, and only 2 VE PVs; 42 total mults this year vs 70 in 2018. With zero sun- spots and SFI swinging wildly from 69 to 71, not much surprise.
100W and tribander at 60 ft
"There were only a few short band openings for QRP (5 watts), but great excited when they occurred."
It's a shame that so many people thought it wasn't worth it to even try.
Not much time and almost no propagation - maybe next year!
Band was very unusual, Friday and Saturday could hear West and East coast at same time. Signals would peak for a few seconds then go competently away. Worked mostly local and short skip stations on Sunday with occasional opening to East.
Computer crashed shortly after the contest! :( Luckily I uploaded to LoTW first and was able to manually re-enter my contacts. Double-lucky that I only made a few QSOs so it wasn't too much of a burden. Poor conditions.
Poor conditions, experienced a couple of good runs.
Thanks again to George K5TR for letting me use his station in this in this contest. This was my 18th ARRL 10 Meter Contest and while it was not my lowest QSO total or score, it was my lowest multiplier total to date. There was some Eskip into the upper midwest on Friday night and either Eskip or tropo scatter into Florida on Sunday. I made no contacts with stations outside of North and South America this year, and I never heard a station on the air from Mexico or Canada. Rate Sheet: ----------- HR TOT CUM TOTAL SCORE ------ --------- ----- 0 5/4 5/4 0.00M 1 10/1 15/5 0.00M 2 5/2 20/7 0.00M 3 25/6 45/13 0.00M 4 12/3 57/16 0.00M 5 --- 57/16 0.00M 6 --- 57/16 0.00M 7 --- 57/16 0.00M 8 --- 57/16 0.00M 9 --- 57/16 0.00M 10 --- 57/16 0.00M 11 --- 57/16 0.00M 12 --- 57/16 0.00M 13 --- 57/16 0.00M 14 5/0 62/16 0.00M 15 4/0 66/16 0.00M 16 6/2 72/18 0.00M 17 4/0 76/18 0.00M 18 10/4 86/22 0.00M 19 3/1 89/23 0.00M 20 3/0 92/23 0.00M 21 --- 92/23 0.00M 22 --- 92/23 0.00M 23 --- 92/23 0.00M 1 2/0 94/23 0.00M 2 --- 94/23 0.00M 3 1/0 95/23 0.00M 4 --- 95/23 0.00M 5 --- 95/23 0.00M 6 --- 95/23 0.00M 7 --- 95/23 0.00M 8 --- 95/23 0.00M 9 --- 95/23 0.00M 10 --- 95/23 0.00M 11 --- 95/23 0.00M 12 --- 95/23 0.00M 13 --- 95/23 0.00M 14 5/1 100/24 0.00M 15 1/0 101/24 0.00M 16 9/1 110/25 0.01M 17 24/2 134/27 0.01M 18 47/1 181/28 0.01M 19 12/0 193/28 0.01M 20 16/1 209/29 0.01M 21 12/1 221/30 0.01M 22 --- 221/30 0.01M 23 1/0 222/30 0.01M Multiplier Distribution: ------------------------ 1. Fl 65 2. Tx 45 3. Mn 17 4. LU 13 5. PY 13 6. Wi 10 7. Az 7 8. Ca 6 9. Ga 6 10. Sc 6 11. Il 4 12. Al 4 13. CE 4 14. La 3 15. Ar 2 16. Tn 2 17. Oh 2 18. Nv 1 19. Mo 1 20. Sd 1 21. Ky 1 22. Va 1 23. Ia 1 24. TG 1 25. Co 1 26. Ks 1 27. KP4 1 28. CX 1 29. PJ2 1 30. ZF 1
Threw up a simple dipole and had fun, with locals, Stateside...AND S.A. DX!
Not many openings when I was on. Was exciting to work anyone more than 100 miles away!
Like everyone else in the west, it was all about Friday night when the band was open to the northwest and parts east. I made 78 of my QSOs then. Saturday and Sunday were slow with occasional new stations. Worked a handfull of South American stations, sometimes strong. Fun propagation east to Arizona and Colorado - very weak stations would pop up strong for milliseconds. Worked a few of them on Sunday. Thanks for the QSOs everyone... Dana
WOW! Talk about tough conditions.
band dead sunday...
I woke up Friday moring with Shingles exploding onto the left side face that got worse each hour. Made me crazy with itch and pain - I had to give up Saturday. Next year...
One can look on the bright side. With band conditions like this, I had no trouble at all holding a run frequency. :-) Thanks to all who got on and answered my calls. 73, Jerry
Monday and Tuesday before the contest I reconfigured the VHF Tower trailer to end up with the 4ele 10M yagi up top at 30ft and the 6ele 6M yagi below it at 26ft. Everything tested great at 100W so called it good. For 3 days I have had that nagging feeling I forgot something. Friday morning I Configured N1MM+ for the 10M contest, loaded up the AL-80B Amp so it would be ready to go and BLAMMO! The SWR is through the roof, shifting all over the place. So with 2 hrs of light left Rosie and I Get dressed for the cold and 25MPH winds, lower the tower, tip it over, and loosen the boom to mounting plate clamps and swivel the ant over so the elements are parallel to the mast. Now we can lower it till the 6M Reflector hits the ground. On a Ladder I remove the Scotch 88 tape sealing the coax connector, remove it and use a brass bristled brush on the PL259 center conductor till its shiny, and use a brass bore brush on the inside of the SO-239 till clean. Replacing the Coax and raising the back to vertical and the 7 to 1 SWR remains. Lowering it back down, up the ladder in what little light is now left, I swap it out for a 20 ft test cable & raise it back up... 1.03 to 1 at 28.200 MHz. Damn, the feedline is BAD! Why? I will figure it out later. Since I removed the 144, 222, and 432 MHz yagis to make room for 10M, I now have my choice of low loss feed-lines to swap over too. The 2M run of 1/2 Heliax terminates to a short run of CQ-106 low loss coax with a PL-259 on the end, so it will not need any adapters. I remove the temp run of 3 sections of RG-8 that used to go to the 4WL 222MHz yagi and use the 2M feedline, Secure and weatherproof it as daylight fades, aided by a high power LED flashlight. Rosie steadies me on the ladder as I am getting cold and tired. It takes 10 minutes to cut out the bad coax and redo the rotor loop harness with Scotch 88, as its all I have that will work in the freezing cold. Once done We raise the tower a bit, Secure the antenna so its horizontal again, and raise the tower back to vertical. Running Inside I run a quick check and everything is perfect again. Back out & fully raise the tower trailer, gather up all the tools, secure the unused feedline and stagger back indoors where a roaring fire in the pellet stove is waiting to thaw out my frozen fingers! 3 minutes later I am in front of the radio and the band is filled with Plenty of loud signals, with rapid QSB, typical of Sporadic E (Es) propagation. So I start an hour late but as I write this report at 06:30Z the band is still open to VE7/WA/OR on CW. Time to call it a night! So... I thought I had it all covered 4 days early and Murphy shows up saying, " NO YOU DON'T!" with barely enough time to fix it before the contest starts! HI HI Off to bed I get up at Sunrise planning to play on the rocks. 28MHz MS with a KW and long yagi is usually a lot of fun! Unfortunately that's all she wrote as both Sat and Sun are very disappointing with horrid conditions and hardly any new stations to work. Still, what a blast to see 10M open like it was Friday night, reminded me of times past when the sunspots were not so stingy! 73s de Tim - K7XC - DM09jh... sk
Terrible conditions, but some relief provided Friday evening by the meteor shower.
Worst band conditions of all time.
Great contest entering for the first time. very interesting propagation. used 100 w and 80 meter dipole
ALL QSOS ARE CW
Bad Conditions is an understatement. Seams like folks were running amps and could not hear anyone calling them. Quite a challange, this contest is!
ONE SMALL OPENING FRIDAY NIGHT. TWO WONDERFUL DAYS OF DIAL SPINNING WITH NO RESULTS. NO I AM NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU MY WIN LOSE SCORE PLAYING FREE CELL FOR TWO DAYS. LOTS OF FUN BE BACK NEXT YEAR. LOOK FOR YOU ALL AGAIN. 73 GARY KB7QFE
Terrible conditions. I elevated my dipole from 15' to 40', new feedline, dedicated TS-570S to 10 meters and all I heard was three signals all within 50 miles of home. Oh well, the shape of things to come.
See you next year
Band open only from NY to MS
Operated less than 2 hours as time would permit.
Minimal time available for this contest. Did not find bands open when I had time to operate.
Another disappointing year.
Wow, that was a painful contest. Very poor band conditions in the midwest.
very poor conditions this year
Transmitted with an Elecraft KX3 at 12W using a 35' end-fed wire antenna sloping from 25'.
Other than a 1200 mile north - south path on Friday night, the band was dead, dead, dead. hopefully conditions will improve next year and the year after.
This was my first SSB contest. I tried numerous times throughout the weekend, propagation was roughly nothing... At least in my area.
Conditions were really tough. I heard South America better than state side.
Thank the Lord for local NC club operators. Worst 10m conditions in a long time. Had Fun
Very interesting experience. It was hard to contact stations do to heavy QRM. Next time i will improve my station antenna.
Worst condx I ever hrd in the 5 decades I've entered this contest from Montana. Most signals I heard and wrkd on Sat. had a gnd wave sound to them. Nothing heard east of 0 land, no DX, not even an XE. Band totally dead on Sun.
Started off nicely on Friday night. Had to come and go through the weekend with Holiday to dos, but was mostly dead in my location Saturday and Sunda y. Heard some DX but they could never hear me. 100 watts and a wire.
One for the count. Monitored off and on over the weekend to make a few contacts. The signals were very weak here in WI. KX3 and KPA500 running 100W into a 80MOCF.
Very bad condx only a couple hours of opening each day, mostly with NA. Almost nothing from EU/AF, nothing from AS. Consistent with low part of the sunspot cycle. Hopefully condx will start to improve bouncing from the bottom starting next year.
rig ic-7300 100w antena palombo 3 elementos en el patio de nuestro club bajo la sombra del arbol
This was our third consecutive ARRL-10M M/S from LosProfes station. We have had very nice runs with NA on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Southern Europe provided us only a few mults on Sunday. Only one JA station logged in this contest edition. Many thanks to all you who answered our calls. Specially those who needed to repeat calls and exchanges several times, due to heavy QSB. Muchas gracias especialmente también a todas las estaciones de latinoamérica que respondieron a nuestras llamadas. Hope to see you in ARRL-10M again next year. LW8DQ LW7DX LU2DX (AKA LosProfes)
I FEEL FORTUNATE TO HAVE MADE 6 CONTACTS WITH THE POOR CONDITIONS IN IOWA. I COULDN'T WORK ALL THAT I HEARD AND EVERYBODY'S SIGNALS WERE VERY WEAK.
Operated fixed mobile with 5 watts. Unusual opening Sunday around noon local time (1800z) to South America. Stations in Argentina and Chile were very loud. Wonder if a "Es -- TEP" link ? Es cloud located over Louisiana at the time. 1/4 wave whip antenna on car.
Band conditions were challenging throughout the contest. If not for CW I would not have made any contacts. Heard some aurora on the VE5 signal at my house but was able to make the qso.
I was not planning on doing much. A quick listen late Saturday night, made one QSO and heard more activity than I expected. A half hour at noon on Sunday, two contacts with Chile surprised me. Had other commitments for Sunday afternoon, got back into it for a few hours at the end.
Bands were the worst I have ever heard...
Wow - other than one short meteor skip opening, all contacts were local. Very tough conditions, very little heard. Still, it was fun. 73, N1JIE
13TH ARRL 10M CONTEST
check log only
Indoor dipole in my living room. 5w. Bottom of the solar cycle.
ANTENNA WAS A SHORTENED CB WHIP WITH 4 #14 WIRE RADIALS, UP 12 FEET. WORKED EVERYTHING I HEARD.
2019 ARRL Ten Meter Contest
I set my goal for seven QSOs and I got 8! Whoopee. hahaha
I wish there would have been a "Worked all Texas" contest running at the same time. I might have done better!
Fun even in a low sunspot time
E skip was fun, fun, fun Fri evening!
Good opening right at the contest start, with 7 land stns in steady for two hours. Operated mobile: ft857 and hi-sierra sidekick in the SFO area during my commute home.
Conditionswere dismal at best. Most qsos were not even moving my S meter!
Nice short haul opening at start of contest. Rig: 100 w & vertical
Icom IC-7300 with 90 watts output,Heil Pro Micro Headset.Vectronics HFT-1500 Manual Tuner and a modified ZS6BKW up 50 feet,runnung N-S at 6,053 feet elevation from Grid DN-71od in Laramie County Wyoming. Oh for the 10 Meter Band conditions of yesteryear! A real slog,with Mexico (CHH),as my only DX, and way too many (29) 6 Landers comprising 67 % of my 43 total contacts log. At least I doubled last years 16 contact, 352 final score.Got a lot done in the shack while my IC-7300 "canned voice" called CQ for many boring minutes at a time,and I can now confirm that the internal rig fan never allowed the radio to overheat in spite of this demanding high SSB duty cycle.Thanks to those that heard and worked me.I heard fellow GMCC club member W0ETT at S-2 to S-4 more than once,but alas he could not hear my 100 watt wire signal well enough to make a "good Q".It certainly wasn't for lack of trying. Another "100 Watts and a Wire" Adventure is in the books.
Fortunately there was a 60-minute Es opening Sunday afternoon. Other than that, limited propagation for me in SFL.
K3s, KPA1500, KT36xa - 6 element Yagi at 20 m AGL
poor band conditions
What kind of propagation was that? A bit of meteor scatter, backscatter, and sporadic-E all rolled in together bobbing up and down like a ship at sea only very slow in and out (mostly out) like playing Wack-a- Mole. Hey guys with prop knowledge, what was that? Oh never mind, it will all be different next year anyway. Spencer N8AP
1 contact, ground wave, 10 miles away
This contest was a lot of fun to try out 10 meters. I only made four contacts, all of which being very close to me, but still was a lot of fun. I am hoping next year, the band conditions will be a little bit better to allow more distant contacts.
IC-756 Pro and end wire/counterpoise. Bands were rough but had fun, GL TU 73 ALL.
Worst band condx I ever experienced. Used SD, a great logging program, like the old CT.
What a difference a year makes. Pbbbt on 2019!
Welcome to 10m at the bottom of the solar cycle! 100 watts to two elements at 37' makes for a bit of a challenge. Very PT as lots of prep going on for Christmas. Missed Friday night, and most of Saturday. Interesting meteor scatter prop Saturday and Sunday mornings. We shall see how well I copied calls through the fast QSB and drop outs! Bears were doing poorly against packers Sunday afternoon so skipped the second half and sat in the shack with head- phones on listening for signals to pop out of the abyss. CQd a lot and then tuned a lot. N1MM says 4 hours op time, probably more like 5 hours with all the dead time between Qs! Reminded me of a VHF contest, slow and slower going!! 73, Gene N9TF Rig, K3S 100 Watts to 2 element triband at 37'.
Summary of Contest: Friday evening: "Wow, this contest might even be fun!" Rest of contest: "Zzzzzzzz" 73 de NC6K
A few brief Es and MS openings, and very brief TE.
Second year in a row that 10M is open for about 5 hours at start then I think the Band gods turns off 10M. Fun contest but challenging! 73, Bob, NF7E
Well, it least my ground wave was fair...….I think
Rough conditions from Texas but had nice openings to Florida and East Coast on Sunday.
No gold stars for this contest after a somewhat successful 160 M test. Do what you have to do. de NJ4Q
This was more like the "Florida Contest Group - Frankford Radio Club - Texas QSO Party" here in Florida.
Good grief, that was painful I was hoping for 2018 condx, but we got 2017 propagation instead. After reaching a whole 160m WAS last weekend, my goal was to work the ones I'm missing on 10m (AK, ND, SD and NE). I entered the contest as Unassisted, but after exclusively working everybody and his brother from the East coast Friday night and not seeing any improvement during the first half of Saturday, I was tempted to bail out, as I did in the first half of this year's ARRL DX. To avoid what I might later regret, I decided to pull up RBN to see where I was heard and check out dxmaps.com (thanks to NP2X, I didn't know that page yet!), which changed my category to Unlimited. The rest of Saturday was an in-and-out-of-the-shack operation and killing time reading Wikipedia articles. Sunday was similar, except for a 2-hour Southwest opening that briefly extended into CA. Highlights: #1: being called by VK4CT; #2: working at least NE; #3: making it to the end of the contest. 73!
I've ran a lot of 10 meter contests and I have to say this was the most, uh, challenging of all. Meteor Scatter contacts on Friday night and NIL during the daytime left me with only 3800 points as a raw score.Come back sunspots!
I only worked 2 USA stations on SSB but plenty on CW.
Geminids meteors helped with the shorter range QSO's. Cheers/73, Zaba OH1ZAA
I forgot to send this log within the given time. Therefore I submit it as CHECKLOG.
ELERAFT K2-5W, ant. LW 42m
RIG 50 WATTS OUTPUT, ANT HB9CV
Vy bad condxs for my vertical ant.
Hope conditions are better next year.
Saturday all qso's via meteor scatter. On Sunday there was some Es to the south. Altough there were not many stations to work it was a lot of fun trying to get some stations in my log. 73, Kees PA5WT
All QSO's made with 5 watt QRP, and dipole antenna at 20M up QSL is via bureau. 73, tu PE2K
One of my favorite contests is this ARRL 10m contest. Equipment here IC-7300, 100W into a 4 element LFA beam at 14 meter above groundlevel. I had a great time especially sunday when we probabely experienced some winter-ES. A story can be found on my weblog: http://shorturl.at/sxQTY Till next year, 73, Bas PE4BAS
Terrible condx during contest.
Correcting the club name
May 6, 2019
TX 5Watts, ant - Magloop indoor
Icom 706 power 5 watts, ant : Multiband vertical ECO
THIS YEARS LOWEST SCORE! 73... DICK.
QSL Manager VE7BV
TRCVR: SW2012; ANT: DELTA
Really hard work from this part of the world. Nevertheless I enjoyed the contest here in my new QTH in Omaruru. Had some good south-north-openings.
Not many stations heard but did hear MA, NB, WI and VT. Deep QSB on weak signals. Still lots of fun!
Very poor conditions this year.
Some very loud South Americans in late afternoon
WASN'T EXPECTING MUCH, AND THATS WHAT I HEARD
Very poor condx.
Pretty poor conditions for this years 10 Meter Contest I had a lot of fun trying new to ne radio in my shack an IC-756Pro
Not completely dead. Friday night started with some Sporadic E skip including contacts to Arizona and California. Saturday a very short opening to Brazil but nothing else. It can only get better.
What lousy conditions but a surprise very localised opening to AZ and NM which helped with the multipliers. It still beats watching paint dry but only just !
Station consisted of TS-480HX at 100W to 2 hourglass antennas, one beaming NE/SW and the other NW/SE (yagi and mast are down for repairs after wind damage). Very quiet but interesting contest at solar minimum! Sporadic E during daylight hours. Heard West Coast US mid-Saturday afternoon only but couldn't work. EU and Middle East appeared Sunday evening, but all too weak to work. Heard ZL Saturday morning only despite lots of Es. Thanks to all who answered my calls, and the contest managers. Hope to hear you all again next year - with the yagi back up and working!
can only get better from here on tnx all till next year
Very bad conditions. Sad.
very quiet this year only a few ja's on the band no contacts inthe mainland US hopefully bettter next year. mainly cw this year
This was my first 10m contest and conditions were better than I expected, I managed 30 contacts on CW and SSB with 120w for CW and 400w for SSB and 4 a element beam. I only missed out on a few contacts from VK5, VK7 and ZL at the start of the contest due to QSB, otherwise I worked all I could hear. JA's were strong but not many around, same happened in the JA contest earlier in the year. 73 Brendan VK3MH
Challenging propagation with weak signals from all continents to VK4. Quiet location and four element mono-band yagi helped to catch the weak signals.
SSB Only. But Heard CW signals from USA, none called on SSB
Conditions to NA SA EU & AF were poor. Looking forward to Solar Cycle 25!
Tasmania is a long way from population centres - one skip only gets VK4 I
Terrible Propagation both days. Tx Icom 7000 Ant Dipole on apartment balcony 250ft AMSL .
Well this was a disapointment listened a lot only open a few times here heard n4 baked potato thought maybe bands were going to get better but only lasted a few minutes 73 John
Horrible conditions! Hope next year is better!
Rig was FTdx5000 and Butternut Vertical. Can't wait for sunspots to return.
Could not hear RI, but worked CV7, weird propogation.
Thank you for sponsoring the contest.
Poor band conditions from RI but still had fun. CW made the day. ZS6BKW antenna up 50'. IC 7600, Kent single paddle key.
A GRIND FROM BEGINNING TO END, BUT WITH A FEW SURPRISES. A SHORT BUT WELCOME T-E OPENING PRODUCED SOME NICE SOUTH AMERICAN QSO'S. OTHERWISE, THE USUAL GROUNDWAVE, BACKSCATTER, SHORT OPENINGS TO SOUTH AND WEST, AND A HANDFUL OF METEOR SCATTER CONTACTS. ON TO NEXT YEAR, PROBABLY FOR MORE OF THE SAME.
I started out at LP, but quickly decided I needed the full 490W my KPA 500 will supply. Condx generally not so good, but did work an LU, PY, several FL (expected N-S skip), and, to my amazement, a WA. Heard a couple VERY brief meteor bursts, but nothing long enough to make a contact.
Operated from an alternate station in WMA.
Home qth Massachusetts
Slim Pickins Happy Holidays to All
Used my Flex 6600 for the first time and there was only a small amount of lightning in my area during the contest forcing some off air time. I saw two band openings, one to the Northeast states and then one on Sunday to Texas. Most of the time the band was closed in my location.
14-year-old John, N0JSD joined me. An amazing young op! 73 Mike W4RN
worst conditions in my 48+ years of hamming.
ARRL 10 Meter Contest - 2019-12-14 0000Z to 2019-12-16 0000Z - 108 QSOs W5WZ - Off Times >= 30 Minutes 2019-12-14 0000Z - 2019-12-14 0247Z 02:48 (168 mins) (Start late) 2019-12-14 0349Z - 2019-12-14 1536Z 11:48 (708 mins) 2019-12-14 1616Z - 2019-12-14 2036Z 04:21 (261 mins) 2019-12-14 2115Z - 2019-12-14 2236Z 01:22 (82 mins) 2019-12-14 2238Z - 2019-12-15 0241Z 04:04 (244 mins) 2019-12-15 0246Z - 2019-12-15 2359Z 21:13 (1273 mins) (End early) Total Time Off 45:36 (2736 mins) Total Time On 02:24 (144 mins)
There was no skip for the contest from my QTH other than the first 3 hours. I wish I was able to work the first 4 hours as that was the time for SKIP.
Saturday: Contest and Army/Navy Game Sunday: Christmas Cards
Bring On The Sunspots I heard more signals via Meteor Scatter than I did any other way this weekend!
10m was dead.
It should have been Halloween because it was horrible and frightening. I heard NOTHING (well, in reality I heard ONE station) except static. Nothing in the distance, nothing intelligible. At first i even checked to see if my antenna was connected (it was). Thank heavens my wife wanted help decorating Christmas cut-out cookies.
Propagation!! What propagation!!!! This was a lot of work for 20 contacts. Oh well, see you all next year. 73 de w9mrh
Just a semi-serious effort. It was fun Friday and Saturday morning, then all downhill. TH5 at 75 ft BoB WA1FCN
ic-7000, ten tec 238C, INVERTED L, 120 RADIALS, KT-34A.
First ARRL 10M contest; Ant. 10M Ringo
The ten meter band was dead both days, except from some morning tropo and meteor scatter and then an occasional Es burst. The contest was fun anyway. I wish I could have worked more multipliers.
The contest is always interesting - some tropo, some Es, some Ms and some TEP
The band wave conditions were quite poor, but I still had fun. Thanks for the contest.
Was it volcanic dust that shut down the bands?
Propagation was tough for 5 watts and a dipole! It was interesting to listen to a very weak station then hear a sudden meteor enhancement for a few seconds before they faded back down. This weekend 10m was acting more like VHF. The station this weekend was a Flex 1500 into a dipole at 30 feet. Thanks for straining to copy my QRP CW signal from NTX! 73, Kerry, WD5ABC SKCC 12
10m is a band where my 30' high tribander is almost high enough (well, if you ignore the fact that I'm looking into a hill to the East.) The Reverse Beacon Network tells the story of this contest for me. On Friday night, I was spotted at 50dB at N2IC (and also spotted at K3LR, NC7J, and KU7T-2.) All Saturday and Sunday... ZERO skimmer spots! From the human point of view, first night was fun following the Es around. First nothing but AZ, then CO, then UT, then ID, etc. Best "DX" was MO. Not sure if that's a 2-hop or a long 1-hop. Went to bed in a good mood. Unfortunately, that was not to continue. Single digit rates and no more Es for the remainder of the contest. Saturday got on at 9 AM and it was nothing but a few CA all day, with the exception of one CE. Heard an LU but couldn't work him. Sunday got on at 9 AM and more of the same, except even fewer CAs. Managed one more CE. Not even K9YC's spotting me helped. Very little phone activity audible here. Also, discovered that my IC-7610 SD Card reader seems to have gone south, so couldn't use DVR for voice CQ. Total CA = 76, then AZ = 16, CO = 15, UT = 9, ID = 4, WY = 2, CE = 2, and one of each of NV, MO and MT. Local big gun stations were working more, but not here in Mudville...mighty WD6T has struck out.
Horrible band conditions.
Still feeling crappy from surgery but managed just over 2 hrs on the air. Next year....
This contest is like a "box of chocolates". During slow to no responses to my CQing I read half of the book "The Strange Death of Europe" by Douglas Murray. VK4CT pleasantly surprised me by calling in. TU fer all the Qs! 73 de RiC wo4o
VERY BAD CNDX AND BIRTHDAY OF MY GRANDDAUGHTER
No propagation for NA! I will try next year.
I just found to test the propagation in 10m. I was surprised to gain some stations. Not to many plans for score just to see how 10m band works! 73! by YO9RIJ/YP9J Petrica
The contact number 14 was deleted by me, due to wrong call sing copied, so i deleted that contact.
Very bad propagation in Venezuela's aerea. Only 4 qso during the contest.
"Class A" amateur radio permit on April 24, 2018