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approx 70-400W input, and a inverted vee @32 Ft. AGL/MSL 5430/DN35 grid square.
Good DX openings on quiet band. Most DX worked in this contest in years. Thanks all QSOs!
I had a lot of fun in this year's ARRL 160 meter contest. My antenna was an inverted L running most of the length of the back yard with 15-20 radials, each under 22 feet long. I only got to operate for about 2 hours on Saturday night, but even so, conditions were so good that I was able to run a frequency for an hour! The band was packed, with signals stretching from the bottom of the band all the way to almost 1.900. I look forward to next year's event. 73 and thanks for the qsos everyone! Jim ac9ez
I operated portable from unincorporatedNew Castle County Delaware at the PA state line. For a transmitting antenna 65 FT verticalT supported by trees. I use six 100 X 4 foot sections of welded plastic coatedwire fence for the ground plane. My receivingantenna a DX Engineering PRO-1 Magnetic Loop. My radio Icom IC-703 Plus with 250 Hz IF filter. For power I use two 205 AH Deep Cycle Marine Battery's. All set up in a 10 X 10 foot camo ezup shelter in the woods.
9/5/2018 EXTRA 0027511567
C6AGU was operating DXpedition style from Eleuthera Island using newly developed equipment for environmentally sensitive locations. Antenna was a 9 dBi array standing in salt-water.
Very nice contest again
IC 7300, ant: W3EDP
After two days working on the antennas, it was all ready on Friday morning to discover in the evening an horrid noise on all Beverages. To try a workaround, another 200m Beverage was laid in the wood across sharp thorn bushes, ending five minutes before the contest started. Totally shattered made the first QSO 10 minutes after the kick off. Glad the new one was a bit quieter so I decided to do mostly S&P. The next morning we found the noise came from a bad coax connection on the Beverages selection box. Unfortunately the following night was not as good as the first one. As always it was hard to break US/US pileups as well as finding a clear spot inside the Intercontinental segment which many US stns do not respect; Excerpt from the rules: "6.1. The segment 1.830 to 1.835 should be used for intercontinental QSOs only" TX antenna: 30m high inverted L. Beverages: 200m and 240 m long. Radio: Icom 7610 + OM Power amp. Nice dogfight in the cqcontest.net online scoreboard with my friends Oli, TM6M (F1AKK) and Drago, S59A. Thanks to all for calling and for their patience on repeats. Many thanks to my nice hosts Bego#a and Raul for their exquisite hospitality.
Had fun with 700-800W + INV L (15m vert and 30m horizontal) + BOG to NW.
FIRST LOG FOR MANY YEARS TKS FOR CONTEST
Generally good conditions on both nights - great to work the west coast and KL7SB.
Friday night and Saturday quite good. Lots of activity and stations easy to work. Conditions had gone poor on Sunday morning. The high point of the contest was working KL7SB at 16:08 local time on Saturday. The path was open for no more than 5 minutes and the op at KL7 has great ears !
Rig: YAESU FT2000 HENRY 3K Premier PA Ant_ Delta loops(NW-SE)(SW-NE) full size,verticaly polarized + K9AY Preselector from HA5IW improved significantly my RX quality and it solved the usage of my TX antennas with SDRPLAY RSP2. Nice job thanks again Simon!The highlight was working KL7SB at 16:40 UTC on Saturday. NI6W was also a new state for me on 160m. Thanks for QSO's! Vy73's es DX! Charlie HA4XH
We used this contest as an opportunity to test the new RX system (BevFlex 4x) It performed very well, but unfortunately the TX antenna wasn't ready so we just used a 20m high inv V dipole for TX; yes we had a hard time getting heard. Hope we'll be ready in time next year. Marco HB9CAT
Hello, My Address is: Cra 28 #71-06 apt 301 edif Sausalito. Tnx HK6J
Tnx FB Contest !!
We enjoyed ARRL 160m as usual.
I've never experienced such nice band conditions on 160m so far. I could hear West coast at 3pm in local time but I could not work them. Then condition was improved around 4pm(=07UTC) and the RUN was started. The condition had been kept so good on Sunday. The only one bad thing was the Sloper SWR went high suddenly at 1410utc. Anyway I really enjoyed 160m contest.
I QRV on a single OP low power. This yerar the condition was better than the last year. I QSOed with 71stations 2832 points in 2019, I QSOed with only 25stations 1680 points in 2018, I QSOed with only 25stations 768 points in 2017, I QSOed with 42stations 986 points in 2016, I QSOed with only 10stations 126 points in 2015, I QSOed with only 11stations 110 points in 2014, I QSOed with only 16stations only 330 points in 2013. I QSOed with only 47 stations only 2580 points in 2012. First day, When the sun set time in JA, We JA could hear many middle earea the U.S.A. stations, Every year, It is very difficuld to get answer from the U.S.A. station in the first day. But We could get to answer very easy in this year. It was the special condition in this year. I used my MV (Micro Vertical antenna) 12mHigh on my blcony + Elecraft K2 tranceiver. My MV antenna was only 3.6m length and it was up only 12m high from my balcony of my small condminium. I was surprised that I could QSO many U.S.A. stations with my MV antenna! It is the best to pick up a very weak singal in noise for K2.
Thank you all stations!
Thanks nice QSO.
I tried the contest.
FT817ND, 5watts. EH
I enjoyed the contest.
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330 QSOs (325*2 + 5*5) * (65 + 5) = 47250 (325 ARRL secs; 5 DX)
This was a fun contest. The noise here was the lowest I have ever heard it. Set up two receiving antennas and the old slopping wire was a quiet. Worked loads of COlorado station. First was K6XT,then Ke0UI, KV0Q,N0KQ,W0CP, W4SIG, N0KE, K7SCX, K0KR,N0KV, KF7MD,W0FD,AF0E, NC0B, W0IZ, AA0RS. Some dx, No EU heard. Fun for the time spent. God Bless
100w into an R7 vertical (10m thru 40m) from an IC735 that tolerates a 10:1 VSWR ...
Who wudda thunk it: I burned up my antler tuner using just 100W! Many folks didn't seem to be listening for weak signals between their CQs, especially those from rarer sections and DX. I nominate C6AGU for "Best Ears" award. I heard almost every section and those I didn't work, I never found CQing (other than common ones like GA, SFL, and a couple others). A real surprise was finding JT1CO CQing before he was spotted; but I could not get through to him this time. My 49-foot tree wire gave a decent account of itself, however.
First time in a big contest at this new QTH in northern NH...it was strange not hearing my neighbor, (and super Elmer) N1IX as I did in Newton. Luckily the deer didn't take out my two elevated radials for this contest :) Many thanks to N0UR for the suggestion to make this Inverted L even better!!! The one thing I"m extremely grateful for is the friendship and camaradiere of radio, it would never be possible for me to stay in this hobby without help and there are so many people over the years who I am blessed to have as friends in this hobby!!! Band seemed good early Saturday into Saturday am but by following night the noise level climbed. This is my first big contest in a few years, I've had caretaker duties during my dad's final years....all of us should be lucky enough to make it to 100!!! Hope I can stay healthy enough to keep ahead of the deer and those radials!!! 73/88 de K1QO Ann
DX WINDOW? WHATS THAT??
A whole lotta QRP fun!!! See ya next year!
Conditions were pretty good. Surprised to work as many people as I did when CQing. QRP is quite possible on 160M, but competing with the big guns makes every call tough.
VERY INTERESTING BAND, VERY DIFFERENT PROPAGATION
First time on 160, Lot of fun..Used 40 meter dipole with feed line connected as vertical with couple of radials
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. N3UM and W3GB did Multi-Op Single in 2019 ARRL 160. At start 2200-0126Z, N3UM ran at 72/hr. for 249 Qs, 43 easy sect mults, and EA. We took turns 0130-03Z and got 59 more Qs, 7 sects incl. far AZ, AB, and SD, and 3 ctys. W3GB did late shift 03-07Z for 69 Qs, 5 ctys, and 6 sects; LA, rare NE, and far OK, ID, MT, and SDG. N3UM ran 2015-2200Z for 84 Qs; no sect mults, but S5 at 2140Z. He got 4 more EUs via gray line 2205-2212 clicking spots; SM, F, OM, and CT. From 2213-0159Z W3GB got 71 Qs, 3 cty mults, and NNY in a pileup at 2230Z. On late shift 0215-0638Z, N3UM ran for 125 of 179 Qs, but only 3 cty mults, DL, D4, and GW; few late loud EUs this year. But, there were sect mults; PR plus far-west EB, OR, ORG, ND, WWA, and SV. We claimed 15 more Qs than in 2018 but 5 fewer sects and 7 fewer ctys, with ops, gear, and hrs. about the same, low QRN, and Kp = 0 or 1. The mults just weren’t there this year; 160m. propagation can be like that. We missed WTX, NV, WY, EWA, AK, PAC, 5 CA sects. and 5 VE sects.
100W and dipole
"Band conditions were better on Saturday evening."
Exceptionall good conditions on 160 for this years contest!
On account of horrible line noise except to the northwest, I planned only a token appearance. At the last minute, I realized spotting assistance would shorten my time identifying stations through the noise. So, unlimited class it was. Conditions were good, so I was able to hear more stations than I expected and put in 12 hours. I apologize to those calling me whom I could not dig out of the noise, especially the Europeans. I did work a few, though. If you got through from Europe, you have a good signal. Even with half my transmit array inoperative, giving me 4.5 dB less gain to the northeast, I was transmitting much better than I was receiving!
The band was jammed with signals. Terrific!
Only worked Sat evening. Europeans were very weak, but they kept calling in - helping the mults and the score.
NOTE: I operated our group's remote station about 60 miles north of here for the very first time from my home here in central San Diego (SDG). Out of habit, I sent everyone SDG as my section. However, after some reflection, I now realize that the actual transmitter is a few miles over the section boundary in the ORG section. After consulting with the ARRL, I was advised to "Leave the section “as sent” in the log lines- that way no one gets penalized for a busted exchange. Enter the correct section in the header so the results show you in the correct location." I apologize for the confusion.
Great conditions, I worked more DX than in any previous ARRL 160 that I can recall. Fun to be calling CQ and have DL2LDE call me just as strong as the east coast. Worked the countries below. Didn't seem to be an end to new stations to work, but I ran out of steam and missed the second morning worth of JA contacts. I worked 34 on Saturday morning. Worked all sections except for Nebraska, NL, SK and NT. Thanks for the QSOs Dana C6 CM D4 DL EA F GW HA HI JA LU OH PJ2 S5 TI UA UA9 UR XE YL YV ZF
Good conditions both nights. Four snake, and two loop receive antennas really played well. Thanks to all who participated. K7QBO
QRV Friday Night thru Saturday AM only. Conditions were variable from just OK to pretty good. Running low power you find those who can hear and those that cant. As things improved I was able to run rate a few times which was extremely fun. Was able to work a few DX stations during the night, XE, C6, ZF, KL7, JA, KH6, & VE. Thanks to all who put me in their log. C U in the ARRL 10M Contest Next.
One might think that a small town Ohio backyard with an S-6 RF noise level would be a deal breaker for the 2019 ARRL 160. But, signals were clear on an Active Receive Vertical and a nice big maple-supported Inverted-L wire base fed over 60 straight ground radial wires, all squeezed in, each only about 25 feet in length. RF Gain reduction, attenuation and phasing techniques with a Ten Tec Orion II and a DX Engineering NCC-2 helped snag about 920 Qs. Full legal limit really works on Top Band. Sure, there were a few stations I couldn't pull out of the noise, but it sure was fun getting nearly all of the sections; 78 out of 83 plus 16 DX mults! Not too shabby if my copy was all good. I was surprised to hear AK calling me! I hoped for, but didn’t hear, NT (Yukon/NW Territories) and PAC (Hawaii), and somehow I missed SJV, SK and WTX (?). All in all, it was a satisfying 24 hour contesting effort. Thanks everyone! 73, Rod K8RR
First time contesting at 160 meters! Had a great time.
First big Q number since cancer! I'm back!
Just made a few contacts to test a revised shunt feed on my tower.
Fun contest had a really good time. I love 160 and wish I had more room for rx antennas. I was a little hard hearing to the west but I'll be ready next year. Fred KB4QZH
I sure wish you would set sending speed limits. I have no idea why folks feel the need to send at 35 wpm and above. This is why we don't have more participation in these cw contests.
My first ever 160 meter contest and first week of operating on 160. I just got an antenna up, an inverted 1/4 wave L (70' up, 65' out), it seemed to work well but I need to build a quieter receive antenna. It was fun, except for the S5 white noise!
100W entire contest
First time in this contest. New to 160m and antenna not much, but had a good time!
S&P working when available time then from local gray line until 2211 CST local time, with breaks to catchup on chores. Appreciate those who copied my signal and gave me opportunity to practice CW contesting.
First time on 160m inv_L
K3/10 at 5 watts. Ant was a 45' tall vertical with a 50' T-top. Spent about 3.5 hours, rate for 160M QRP was good this year, noise was down and the band seemed to cooperate. Thanks for your copy of my QRP. Merry Christmas, and C U next time. 73, Dan ke0tt
2019 ARRL 160M CONTEST
Thanks to all who copied my 5 watt signal. New 160 inverted L put up for 160 this winter. Only got to operate a short time both days. Loads of fun and see you on the 10 meter contest. KF0XV
Friday night sounded like the night to operate. After a long day at work, it was not to be. As it was Saturday was ok till 06:00 and things went south in northern Michigan. I am still learning the new 101MP and it works great. Lots of new tricks and qrm is thing of the past.
Great contest. I'll be back next year!
rig: DX-100B & 51J4 ant: "T" flat-top; 60ft vert and 140ft horiz. (just like 60 years ago!) was going "great guns"...when 4 grandkids showed up for the weekend. They won.
Fun contest! Been several years since I entered this one. Surprised to be able to make a few Saturday night contacts on my 80/40/20 fan dipole!
Operated mobile from a motel parking lot in Broward County FL.
I operated this contest using a DX Eng. 43ft vertical and was pleased with ithe performance.
The ARRL 160 meter-CW contest is an enjoyable contest to work. Everybody going along at a comfortable 25 to 30 wpm so less chance of missed calls or sections. de KQ2N
JUST PLAYING AROUND FOR 11 HOURS. FUN!
If it wasn't for a xmas party at work and dozing off a few times and the 10 over 9 noise level to deal with might have done better but still didn't think cndx matched the 90s.
This was my first 160M CW contest and had a great time. I recently installed my first 160 antenna of an inverted L with about 50ft on the vertical. A handful of sections missed including WTX, SFL, and WY. Only heard a few DX countries, but I think the antenna explains that. I had a great time! KX3 KPA500 @ 150W Inverted L, 50ft vert, ~80 horz, ~24, 20-40ft radials.
All of us were very very disappointed in the number of DUPES. How can people not pay attention to the contest logger when it shows DUPE prior to you calling. We had stations work us and within 10 minutes back and call us again. It really takes away from a good contest. Bob, N0IS
Got on for a few minutes before going into work Sunday morning. Antenna a random wire thrown over a tree. Best DX worked WA0MHJ MN and N8OO LA. Heard JA and KH6LC.
Band never stretched out to the west; SD worked great! SD even handled gracefully unexpected Windows/update and reboot!
Band conditions both nights were about the most quiet I have ever observed at this location. Even though I only have a relatively low doublet for 80/160m, working a bit of DX is always nice. Operating time was cut short as a bum hip made sitting for long periods impossible and Saturday evening was even worse. Fortunately, a few hours of sleep enabled me to put in some good time on Sunday morning. I heard JA and UA9 for the first time ever on 160m this year. Participation seemed high again this year. Great to see such popularity for Top Band.
Took a 1/2 day of vacation to get everything in order, but the kid's dog had other plans. Once back from the animal hospital, I was able to get the radials hooked up, matching network tweaked and on the air before dark. Thanks to all the great ops that dug my signal out of the noise. Conditions were great!
Antenna is an Inverted L.
6TH ARRL 160 METER CONTEST
Band in good shape- just using a comprimising coil loaded dipole.
A piece of wire, tree and a lot of fun. No expectations of a high score. Just make contacts.
2019 ARRL 160 Contest
Need to improve my 160 meter antenna, 6 & 7 land were non-existant for me
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club
Just a little QRP fun, put about 4 hours into this, running 5W to a 20 foot end-fed wire. Noise and fun. Thanks for the QSOs. 73, John N6HI. GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS!
This is the one contest I look forward to. So many great hams doing this very well and having fun. I worked a very leisure effort, few hours both mornings and had fun. Thanks. N8BB K3 5 watts
IC-756 Pro and end-fed wire up a tree worked against ground rods. FB TU ALL VY 73.
I always enjoy this contest. This year, antenna work fell behind schedule. Consequently, my plans to shunt feed my tower and install rx antennas were waylaid, so I used the old trusty inverted L. I am still waiting for the first shipment of Elecraft K4s to hit the street, so I used the (old trusty) Omni VI+ at 5 watts. Not having a band scope feels like using stone knives and bearskins nowadays! A decent smattering of DX was worked, but the west coast proved difficult as usual with 5 watts on top band from this QTH. I hung in there most of Friday night and finished with just over 400 Qs around 5AM (I missed local sunrise both days). At the end of the first round I was sure I had set my goal of 700 Qs too high, but Saturday night was more productive than I expected. Eventually, my rate dwindled to single digits and I had worked everyone I could find who could hear me, so I finally threw in the towel around 2:30AM Sunday monring.
That was fun!! One of my most favorite contests of the year. If the scoring gods are in my favor, this may be a personal best. Opted to go unassited to focus on alternating runnig and S&P when appropriate. Didn't want distractions from chasing spots I might not even hear! Band was better Friday night as I was able to hear HI calling and west coast was strong. Not so Saturday night. I was still able to put 5 DX and 72 sections into my log from my city lot and short antenna! Always a blast! Rig, K3S 100 watts to a W8AMZ (the original) shortened half sloper at 35' apex sloping down to 2' above ground. TX and RX from same antenna. 73 Gene, N9TF
Conditions were as good as I can ever remember on 160 Meters. Noise levels were very low, and Friday night was great for propagation in all directions. Things weren't nearly as good Saturday night/Sunday morning, but I still picked up 250 QSOs the second shift, which isn't bad. I won't be competitive with other areas due to a dearth of 5-point QSOs. I don't know where most of Asia was, but they were not on the band as far as I could tell. There was a sprinkling of JAs, UAs and a JT that could not hear me despite hundreds of calls. Central and South America were almost MIA, and I never heard V6K, who was supposed to be on for the contest. My excuse for not having a higher score this year was using a backup radio. The Icom IC-7610 is quite a nice radio, but not quite up to my Flex 6700 (temporarily QRT due to some mystical ailment) in terms of selectivity and sensitivity. That said, it's quite a nice radio for one-third the price of the Flex. On the upside, my half-sloper (essentially a 67' piece of wire fed against my tower) is a huge improvement over any antenna I've ever used on the band. This year's score is more than double my best previous effort. Wait 'til next year! 73 de NC6K
Just a few hours - 5 watts to a low 80m dipole.
best propagation in years
First participation with Rx capabilities (K9AY loop) that match the Tx antenna (Inverted L, hanging off a 60ft tree). I am not very experienced when it comes to 160m contesting, so I went in Assisted, with some basic goals (complete 160 WAS, see what DX I can hear and work and observe the propagation as it progresses) to not miss anything. I was positively surprised how well the K9AY loop works. I already got a rough idea during CQWW, but since there was no higher band for faster points and more multipliers, I enjoyed the opportunity to make a bunch of DX contacts without being in a hurry and occasionally listen to some of my neighbor stations. I made more contacts than I expected and completed my WAS (if all missing ones use LOTW). The only missing sections are SK and NT. Thanks everyone and till next time! 73, Wolf
80 & 40 M doublets at 30' wired together to MFJ tuner.
Not bad EU conditions but no so good west: KL7 was weak and no JA worked. This was my first 160m contest from a new QTH specifically for ham radio and with new equipment: Flex 6600 + Expert 1.3k-fa. Two bidirectional 600ft beverages made nearly all signals crystal clear. However, a 160m vertical up to a 100ft tree and back with 2 radials was just OK. 4 radials the second night made it better. Flex6600 has potential but there is long learning curve, e.g., to put most used operations as hotkeys.
Inverted-L 160 m Icom IC-756pro2
First evening better condx.
I was only QRV during our sunrise.
Absolutly impossible to get any NA statiopns in log sunday morning even they were S3-5
Rig: Elecraft K3/P3, SSPA: 600 W Ant: Vertical 80m Loop
I started to like top band when I move to Europe, and I made a lot of efforts to have this band available here. I had a great Saturday even waking up at 03:30 in the morning to make some Qs. I was expecting to make at least 50 QSOs after Saturday ended with 34. I woke up at 1:00 UTC and nothing. :( First QSO came at 03:10 UTC and only 11 more, really bad to be heard.I was just running Inverted L with outdoor ATU and radio power nothing else as usual. Thanks for those that really spent time trying to hear me and were patient asking me to repeat. :) See you on ARRL 10, 73 Alex PC3T (PY2SEX/CT7ATE/AC1CY)
Network problems to remote station severely limited score.
IC7300 100W TX Ant T vertical 19m + 30 radials RX Ant Beverages
TS-590SG 100W tx/rx ant InvL 33'
Bigs problems with rx antenna 1st night , better second night , but worst propagation! (1..15q/h) Tks for qsois i'll be back! pity i wasn't in duct again with West Coast , KH6/KL7 maybe next year ... 73s
I heard over 20 US stations and 5 canadian stations, but my power was low..., Hi. Antenna to transmit vertical 18m to receive BOG. All 73, de Vlad UA0ACG
The second night was extremely bad...
I enjoyed the contest.
K3, 1/4-wave wire at 15'.
160m dipole 12 feet up
Big snowstorm broke my vertical, but I managed to fix it for the contest!
First ever 160m contest. What a blast! Used an old Drake TR-5 and Drake MN-7 tuner into an inverted-L antenna. Not the best set up but conditions were terrific so contacts were fairly easy. I'll be back.
160m went quite well Friday night to Saturday morning but fell apart Saturday Night to Sunday morning. It's amazing how things changed in 12 hours or so.
have to rig a footswitch to swap rx ant fwd/rev
How cool is this? Didn't think I had a flippin' chance, but got the IC756PRO III to load into my 80/40 vertical and gave it a shot. Thirty-one QSOs, 15 mults, a ZF9 and C6A to boot! Imagine if I actually had a resonant antenna!
Put up new flag receiving antenna half way through the contest. Works great. Worked JA and UA9. Third and fourth DX countries outside NA in 29 years! 73. Sam
First try at 160m contest, thanks to VE6CB for help with the inverted L and matching inductor, worked great.
Operating from VE6JY
I had a lot of fun in this contest I worked my first DX on 160 with my IC-756Pro I recently obtained antenna used Loop Skywire tuned with FC-902 tuner 73 Gerry
I decided to fire up my old boat anchors for the ARRL 160 Contest this year. A HQ120, Drake R-4C and Viking Ranger. Output power 50 Watts into an top loaded T vertical with elevated radials. Best DX ZF9CW, RT0F and JA5DQH and JA3YBK with only a few hours of activity. It takes longer to make a QSO while manually operating the N1MM logging program. Sometimes a station had faded away by the time I got ready to reply. Always good to hear so many familiar call signs. 73. Markus VE7CA
NTS:Kenwood ts590@5 watts, #22 insulated silver strand inverted L with the vertical height of 45 feet, N1MM+. The 160/80 wouldn't tune right so put up a inverted L out of #22 stranded wire and was still tuning it at the start of the contest. With the tuner it played fair the first day and band conditions were poor and I had to repeat myself quite often. I tuned the L the second day a little closer and it may have played a little better or it was that the band was a little better for me. Not as many repeats the second day. It was still a lot of fun as I use it for cw practice. I never called cq once as it was all search and pounce. I fell asleep at the wheel a few times.
That was FUN! The band was in fine shape the whole contest, with some fast and deep QSB on Night Two. This was the first time ever that I was able to operate both nights, AND my station was operating with its full complement of 7 (seasonal) beverages. The score showed it. It isn't difficult to keep your B-I-C for 6 or 7 hours straight when the run rate is hovering at the 100/hr mark. I took Friday afternoon off to finish installing beverages and to complete an overhaul of the amplifier. Of course, that took longer than expected and I went QRV at just about midnight. By late afternoon Saturday all the beverages were operational and the amp ran hard the rest of the contest. The highlight of the contest was turning the rig on early Sunday morning to hear RT0F on the frequency with no pile-up to break for an easy mult.
just a wire off the tower abt 50 watts worked C6AGU just need more antenna and power 73 John
Thanks to Steve (W9SN) for allowing me to operate the contest from his station in ME by remote. I lost the first 2 hours of the contest since I was still at work and on Saturday my mother came by surprise to visit me and I had to spend some time. Besides that I enjoyed every second of the contest. That's what it is for, to enjoy!
The new multi band 160M OCF designed by KC1DSQ and me worked much better than expected at 350 Watts even holding a perch for nearly an hour.
Remote from Tokyo.
Rig:Ic-7300 Ant:Dipole @ 45' also "T" Vert 45' Horz 100'& chicken wire radials
In-shack tuner loaded up my 135' end-fed (@55 feet up, with a 35' vertical portion) surprisingly well. Line noise was ridiculous (~S7), mandating use of NB (with artifacts) to bring it down to S3-4. Only 4 five-point QSOs (and no EU) -- no surprise with the very mediocre antenna, but had a nice run on Saturday night (though virtually all east of the Mississippi). Best distance DX for me was AB and UT. Thanks all for the Qs! 73, Rich, W2EG
Had cataract surgery two days prior to this contest so was unable to drive to the W2GD multi operation and unable to see computer screen, so this was all pen and paper, with handwriting a bit suspect due to "impaired" vision.
Thanks for the Qs. Some of us never got the notice to move to "EPA". There were lots of them.
I like entering the ARRL 160 Meter Contest in the QRP category. I operate at a leisurely pace while trying to try to work stations on both Coasts, the Midwest, and the Carribean stations. I heard KH6/KU1CW but he was weak and I bet I was even weaker at 5 watts!
i enjoyed this contest, it was my first real contest operating CW in and i enjoyed it alot although i did not get a huge score. 73 to all and hope to work you in the next one. Radio: FT1000MP
Great fun! Second night was great for QRP ops.
Sorry that I accidentally answered a CW call in the FT8 frequency range
My first somewhat serious effort in a 160 meter contest, to do more than hunt needed states or DX only. I actually settle in and called CQ a large part of the time. I really enjoyed it.
5W QRP TO 172' ZEPP
Murphy arrived the day of the contest and had a most enjoyable visit...
1st attempt at Top Band, but could only muster ~3 hours because of conflicting contests. Single transmitter, single receiver, single Marconi Top T antenna with 2 raised verticals.
gret first nigh for hearing stations, some old some old HQ100/BC453 and arc5 VFO with a keyed 6AG7/807 MOPA. gave a good effort
Great conditions, lots of activity!
TS-480 battery powered remote using endfire and broadside endfire array.
Always a fun contest and lots of good ops.
Neighborhood noise was gone for the weekend. All-band dipole loaded as random wire. Sure do miss the 38 foot vertical. Thanks all who heard. Hope to be back next year.
Early Sunday morning there wasn't many stations I could hear that I hadn't worked so I decided to find a quiet frequency at the bottom of the band and try my hand as a "run" station. I'd never tried before. I dialed my keyer down to around 17WPM and started calling CQ. Almost immediately I started receiving calls. I was very nervous and I thank everyone for being patient with my shaky CW. My goals for the contest were to work the Lower 48 and make at least 200 contacts. I had achieved 200 by the time I decided to operate in "run" mode. In run mode I logged another 50 almost before I knew it. I picked up a few states toward my goal of the Lower 48 but fell short by a few. I never heard NE or WY. 73 all and see you next year - w9mrh
Got on for a few hours. Antenna is 80m inverted L with added base loading. Not much west coast or DX but still had fun. Will be looking at what to do for a receive antenna. Worked many SMCers.
Good morning from Alabama Not my best score but maybe second best. Well once again operator error I wanted a little nap Saturday night. Of course I did not set clock ! So instead I slept 4 1/2 hours !!Guess I'll not be in top ten once again. At least I did not have to contend with much QRN and I did get WAS ! I got to count them bust gosh there was a lot of Alabama stations on Thank you for all the Q's Alabama DX a bit tough down here using low power in the Heart of Dixie Antenna an inverted V and 3 beverages that did not get much use. BoB WA1FCN
ic-7000, ten tec 238c, inverted L
This is my first contest using 160 m. I built the K6MM vertical 3 months ago and joined the fun on 160 m. It was a great feeling just to be able to participate in this classic contest.
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
Wow! That was fun. Kind of like a SS and FD.
CW IS ALIVE, BEST I HAVE HEARD IN YEARS NOISE LEVEL WAS S3-4 UNTIL LATE NIGHT ANT IS INVERTED L , SHORTENED 160/40 M ALPHA-DELTA SLOPER ELEMENT 6 ON GROND RADIALS RANGING 50 TO 130 FEET
Ran using a dummy load antenna
Had a great time in the contest! My new 40M Dipole/160 Marconi antenna got a good workout.
Had much fun & the band air wave condition were perfect - no noise. I contacted TN, WI, MN, LA, ME, NH, MO and QC, and several others. Thanks for the contest.
Bought a K1EL WKmini, first time using it and it helped me spend some time in this contest, It was a fun contest with a very short exchange. This will help for NAQP CW. Thanks for the Q's.
Tried to work only one contact from each section without assistance and it ended up being more difficult than i thought but it was fun
A CASUAL EFFORT. NOISE LEVELS WERE DOWN. HAD TROUBLE MAKING QSO'S WITH DX DUE TO POOR PROPAGATION.MANY DX JUST GAVE UP TRYING TO HEAR ME. A BETTER RX ANTENNA IS IN THE FUTURE ONCE THE POISON IVY DIES OUT. 73-CHARLIE WD5BJT
"Is there someone there? Or is it just the rustling of a filter in the wind?" Amazingly, after much meditation and proving that my soul was worthy (and lots of CQ'ing), a phantom European station would emerge from the Great Beyond long enough to give me his call sign. These openings came in "spotlight" fashion with a few EUs from a particular region over a few minutes, than nothing for hours. The most surprising, and welcome after the hours of CQ'ing, was when I was called by multiple EU Russians at about 1350z, via short path. On the other hand, I had no luck CQ'ing via long path at our sunrise. Did the first night in person at N6RO, the second night remotely. Rain on the second night hurt my score, but I did the best I could with what Mother Nature handed me. Most exciting DX was when JT1CO called me.
was a great contest band condx were not the best but activity was good i operated just 17 hours of the contest worked everything i heard and some good dx as well eric wg3j
Hi all, Spent limited time gving out Q's to the Ops that were hard at it. Used a makeshift inverted L hooked to the base of my Hustler 6BVT over 40+ odd radials from my small lot. 73 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
K3S, KPA500, Sloping Inv L top at 40 feet. No Rx antennas. Yet. First serious 160M contest effort since N4UK from SC in the early 2000s. Also first time using N1MM logging SW for a CW contest so had to figure out some quirks. Worked lots of EU on the second night and had a total of 51 five pointers. 32 countries and 73 sections. Missed AK,WY,ND for WAS and also missed the following sections and provinces- SF,SJV,EWA,BC,MB,NT,SK. Lessons learned- Need Beverage to copy weaker EU signals. Need more output power to have better CQ runs. 500 watts isn't enough. Learn how to sleep in the daytime. Two hours of sleep between day one and day two isn't enough. Clemson will KILL OSU!Again!
The WQ4RP 160M operators this year included AB4PP, W4MPS, N4HAY, WA4NID, and AA4XX. As our call sign suggests, we always run QRP during all contests, even though we are reclassified into the Low Power category for the ARRL 160 Contest. That's OK, because we are in it purely for the fun factor. The WQ4RP station is 100% solar/battery powered, with a Flex 6300 @5W and a vertically polarized loop with an extensive elevated counterpoise. The station can be operated remotely over the internet. One of our ops (W4MPS) was running the station remotely during his shift, while the rest of us operated the station locally. Conditions were good this year, as it was easy to work several VE6's from NC. We usually work KH6, but try as we might, we did not work KH6LC or KH6/KU1CW this year, although that was not for lack of trying. We did make it into the West Coast with our 5 watts, thanks to the great ears out there. We heard a number of EU stations, but the propagation wasn't with us this year. We'll be looking for you during the Stew Perry and CQWW160 this Winter. Thank you, ARRL, for sponsoring the ARRL 160 Contest! 73, Paul AA4XX Trustee for WQ4RP
This was another WQ6X portable operation from W7AYT's QTH in Concord. In between K3/0 remoting-in to NX6T, I found a couple of hours to run the FT-1000mp into the recently-devised WQ6X Lazy 8JK Inverted Vee. Since converting to a Lazy Inverted Vee configuration (from it's former Lazy 8JK Sloper design), I've not had the opportunity to test-run the antenna under real contest conditions. As an 8JK sloper, I could barely work N6RO (5 mi. away). As an Inverted Vee, the entire northwest (and CO) was workable with reasonable signal levels; AND, there was NO floating RF in the shack like I usually experience on 160 using other 8JK configurations. Read more about this gig at: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.com
I try to work actually qrp, but my antenna is not the apropited for that, so i end up making a couple of contacts with 500watts. I hope Next year ill have a better antenna . So anyway, i sent the log to avoid harm those PR coleagues logs.