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9A/Croatia is a www.RemoteHamRadio.com station that members may operate remotely. Rig consists of a FLEX-6300 driving an OM2000A+ 1500W amp. 160m antenna is a 31.5m vertical with a top hat and 6 radials elevated 6m. A beverage pointed at NA did a great job of reducing RX noise. However, most NA stations couldn't hear me or had difficulty copying me due to QRM from costal EU stations (Croatia is too far inland). Similarly, I couldn't copy most NA stations. In other words, the contest was a bust for me! Propagation was A:2 on Friday night and A:5 on Saturday night. All I heard Saturday night was a few stations that I had already worked. I only made 23 QSOs during 4.73 hours of listening.
First evening was mainly search and pounce, but issues with amplifier faulting out again in this contest surfaced. The second evening was able to run and pull quite a few QSO's but nothing to Europe when my amp began faulting out. Tried troubleshooting to no avail. made several QSOs with 20 watts and 100 watts. Only a few Caribbean and Europe. The mornng of the last day (Sunday) tried again using my amplifier, but immediately began seeing amplifier issues. So like the evening before, began running 100 watts to make a last attempt at making a run, but not many were hearing me. Looks like I am troubleshooting mode again. These contests seem to test our equipment to find unknown issues. Thanks all the QSOs and wish I coud have heard some of the weak stations, but maybe next time. 73 AC4G
I enjoyed my last ARRL160 contest from where I had operated all but one since 1987. I have now moved to a new QTH a few miles further east of the original one and I am temporarily off the air until we get fully moved into our new home, and I have time to erect antennas. The lot at the new QTH is 3.3 acres, compared to 0.82 acres at the previous QTH, so I hope to be able to get more effective 160 antennas in place here. '73, Thomas - AC7A
Wow! Conditions on 160m were awesome, with wall to wall signals Friday and Saturday night. I heard stations all the way up to 1.870 on Saturday night. The only real negative for me was the sometimes deep qsb taking stations from strong s9 signals down to maybe s3 or s4. Rig used was my Yaesu FT-450d, my Kent twin paddles, and my new 160m antenna - a K2AV inverted L over a folded counterpoise. The vertical part of the L is only a maximum of 20 feet high, with the highest point about 30 feet above ground. The FCP is only 6- 8 feet up. I had a lot of fun and I'm already thinking of ways to improve my signal. 73 de Jim ac9ez
Poor showing from AD0K. At the last minute, the center connector on my 160m dipole failed and broke. Not able to get it back up. Still, by loading my beam with a rotating 40m dipole on it, I managed to get a few QSOs out of it. Not a good score, but with a limited antenna, low power due to bad SWR, and limited time (family stuff), I was happy to see that I could even get out. My 160m dipole came down and could not get it back up in time. Still, my first two QSOs were fellow CTDXCC members N3BB (whose antenna is so close to mine we are probably in phase with each other) and K5NA. Heard no DX other than Canada and Mexico. Worked AB (thanks VE6BBP) but could not raise XE.
Didn't expect to do as well as I did, with my double-compromise sorta-1/4-wave 160M/60M trap inverted L antenna. Stopped at 5.25 hrs with 238 Q, 69 sec, 4 countries, score 33,528, and submitted my log. Started playing FT Roundup, but that hit massive technical difficulties. So I ended up back over here. So "Dear ARRL, I have just a few corrections to my log ..."
First 160M contest for me and I had a blast. Counting down the days until next year!
Need to rethink my antenna concept! Was disturbed by christmas lights around my home (QRM) and thus only heard VY2ZM and K1A from NA. good luck to all of you, stay stafe and cu in 2021, Tom. rig: FTDX 101D w/80 watts plus Inv-L
Very poor conditions and very hard to work USA/VE this weekend from Europe.
Really hard. Intermitent conditions and no way to work anybody on Sunday after 2:30z, even on my SR. Although this I always enjoy that difficult. Many thanks 73's Mike EA6SX
After erecting the 30 meters vertical and a hard work on the Beverages antennas, under a freezing cold and rain, on Thursday night conditions seemed to be fair-to-middling. Friday night it was not too bad during the first hours after dusk but it spoiled later without a reasonable peak at dawn. Saturday it was much worse. I spent hours doing S&P with the bandmap help. The QSB was so heavy that most of the times you had to wait for a decent peak to call and pray for the corresponsal to be idle without any NA callers. As this is US "domestic contest" it's tough to be heard and keep the running frequency unless you are a rare avis or the propagation is great. The DX-Window removal from the rules this year IMHO is a big mistake. If the ARRL 160m contest committee wants participation from abroad it should consider to replace it back. Glad to hear and work W0AIH, Paul's fave band. Very nice from his friends to keep the station running. Only worked two stations from the left coast, in ORG and EB. Sorry for those who were not logged, lost in the signal dip or my clumsiness, and thanks everyone for their patience on copying a weak far away signal. Many thanks again to my hosts Ral EC7WR and Bego for their hospitality and letting me playing with the radios.
very bad conditions or need a better rx antenna could not hear anything much
Not great conditions - best was on Friday night
Rig: YAESU FT2000 HENRY 3K Premier PA TX:Ant_Delta loops(NW-SE)(SW-NE) full size,verticaly polarized RX:Ant K9AY, 3x200 feet BOG's, (310 deg. 60 deg.125deg.) Only S&P waspossible. Beyond VY2ZM,also WD5COV and W0SD had solid siganal here for long but no QSO with them despite a long effort. Thanks for all QSO's! Stay safe! Vy 73's es DX! Charlie (HA4XH)
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
This ARRL 160m was the first 160m single band contest since the 160m band was expanded in Japan. Previously it was 1810-1825KHz, but this year it has expanded to 1800-1875KHz. However, in Japan, the usage classification according to the mode is strictly determined by the law with strict penal provisions, and CW can be issued for the entire band, but it is customarily only for 1840 KHz or less. Even during the contest, domestic lag chews by SSB were held in S9 ++ above 1845KHz. However, compared to the past, CW is large enough and I enjoyed running with CQ anytime and anywhere. However, the condition was very bad and unfortunate. I QRV on a single OP low power. This yerar the condition was very poor than the last year. I QSOed with 31stations 986 points in 2020, 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.
I enjoyed the contest.
Onry 1 QSO!.
FT817ND, 5watts. EH
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed contest
Still relearning the code after a 2010 Stroke, had fun, but was very stressful when I tried CQing, spent most S&P. Band was very quiet.
First time log submittal
1st time in this 'test. Two CW tests in a row fm a non CW guy, hmmm.
K Line to 160L /DL
First time on 160. Ran QRP - was a challenge, but enjoyed working the top band.
WOW Best conditions in years!
It It was fun with just 5 watts and a wire @ 30 feet! See ya next year!
This was a remote multiop operation. K3AJ was in the shack, WT3K and ND3D operated the station remotely.
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-Single HP in the 2020 ARRL 160 M. Condx were good; Kp of~1, S-3 QRN, and lots of sigs. We beat our 2019 score claim by 18.4 K, 59 more Qs, and 6 mults. But, our 2020 claim is 2.3% less than we got in 2018; 74 fewer Qs then, but more for 5 points, and 8 more cty mults. This year, EU and SA signals were rarer and weaker. As has worked well before for us on CW, N3UM ran for bulk Qs and W3GB clicked spots for mults; he got 56% of our mults in 33% of our Qs. At start 22-2324Z W3GB got 68 Qs and 34 mults, >1/3 of our final total. N3UM ran 2336-0124Z for 159 Qs, 88/hr. W3GB got 47 Qs and 10 mults by 03Z. N3UM did the 03-0630Z late shift, ran for 148 Qs, then 28 Qs and 11 mults clicking, 6 in CA and WA. W3GB came 1020-1224Z and got 4 rare mults, taking us to 500 Qs and 81 mults to end the 1st night. To start the 2nd night N3UM ran for 100 Qs 2029-2231Z and just 1 mult, but it was rare NNY. We then did 2 more ~2-hr shifts and got to 725 Qs and 88 mults by 0225Z. W3GB did the 2nd late shift after 0244Z. He got 25 Qs and ND by 06Z; his notes say “QSB- Noise- Weak sigs- tough going”. He pushed on anyway till 0847Z for 24 more Qs and ID, SCV, BC, NE, and PR for 94 total mults. Besides hard and rare sections AK, NT, and PAC, we missed only NV and 4 in CA. Not bad for 160 M. EUs were 14 of our 21 country mults, but all were worked just once, except for 2 EAs.
Fairly good weather. Operated from home with an Elecraft KX3 and 160 meter loop.
K5M was a Field Day style TXpedition by K5AF and AB0S to put West Texas on the air. Rent a farmhouse for a few days, put up a 45' tall inverted L, and a pair of bi-directional BOGs, then have some fun. Note, in our case, BOG stands for Beverage on Grass. The up to 2' tall prairie grass kept the beverage at least a foot above the ground.
Thanks to all who dug my signal out of their noise.
Fantastic activity made for great rates. DX conditions not so good for me.
This was my fifteenth year running QRP in the ARRL 160 contest. The previous four years I did this contest from my cabin in EWA, but COVID travel restrictions kept me local this year — so instead operated from home (Sunnyvale) using my K3S and an inverted L suspended from the palm tree in my backyard. A/K indexes ranged from 2/0 on Friday to 5/2 on Sunday. The local noise floor was a challenge (especially Sunday morning), with the background noise level at my QTH ranging from -90 to -85dbm. Switching to my two pennant receive antennas didn't help. Maybe next year I'll hopefully operate portable from a quieter location. QSOs = 172 Sections = 39 Countries = 1 Estimated Total Score = 14,000
Conditions were ok, but the majority of the stations I worked were just above the noise level on my receive antenna. Not as good as last year when I managed to work 22 countries including 10 EU. This year, just a total of 7 countries. Glad I can still hear stations above my ever present local QRN, apologies to any I could not pull through. 73, Dana
K3 at 40W to 15 ft. diameter mag loop in attic (center at about 25 ft above ground). Worked most of what I could hear over 2hrs. Nasty QRN here. Not sure about the C6AGU who sent RST but no "S/P/C". N1MM wouldn't take "DX" so I just left it blank and N1MM said it was a 5-pointer. Thanks for the Qs.
POOR PROPAGATION BUT BETTER SECOND NIGHT FROM EWA. EAST COAST AND DX VY ROUGH WITH LOCAL NOISE DOMINATING THIS YEAR (S9+60). MANY GOOD OPS ON THE BAND. FUN TIME ANYWAY AND I WAS GLAD TO HAND OUT EWA .... ONLY REASON TO GET ON ACTUALLY FROM MY NOISY QTH. MY DX SCORE WAS VERY DISAPPOINTING THIS YEAR. SCORE WAS TYPICAL(~45,000 WITH 335 QSO'S)THOUGH FROM HERE SO I GUESS IT WAS AVERAGE OVERALL.
Unfortunately could not participate in the first half of the contest. So time on was only 12:25 hours:minutes.
Thanks for all stations worked. Cheers!
Great participation and good conditions. Thanks to all!
Got a chance to try out my new inverted - L antenna during the contest - half of it is indoors - the vertical portion of the radiator runs through the center of my house. My RBOG by KD9SV for receive was AMAZING!
Hope I win!
Beat last years score.
Vienna Wireless Society
First ever 160 contest, this is fun!
Fun! TenTec Omni C at 50W to a basic inverted L with 2 elevated radials and a lot of coax loss.
Put your comments here. Use multiple lines if needed.
Enjoyed my first 160m contest, and learned a lot about my newly-installed inverted L. Works great east of the Mississippi -- west of the Mississippi not so much! :-)
This was one of my best contest efforts in recent years. 160 meters was also in very good shape which made operating the event a real pleasure.
My first 160 CW contest. I will work both nights next time. I really enjoyed trying to copy all the fast fists out there. Long live CW! 73' John
Really surprise what an end fed 1/4 wave inverted V antenna can do.
This was my first major effort in a 160M CW contest. I was very pleased with the results, especially with a very limited 160M inverted L antenna up only less than 30 feet.
K3/10 running 5 watts to a 45' vertical T-top antenna. Sigs seemed weaker than usual this year, with deep QSB on most signals. As always, thanks for your extra efforts copying my QRP signals. BIG SIGS here in MN: WD0T, W0SD, NO3M, K9CT, not counting the locals. C U next time, 73, Dan ke0tt
This was my first contest using a 160 meter horizontal loop antenna I've been working on most of the fall. The results definitely made the blood, sweat and sore muscles worth it! I was able to obtain 79 of the 84 multipliers, make an additional 160 contacts, and increase my overall score by 35,000 points over last year's for a similar participation period.
2020 ARRL 160 CONTEST
Kenwood 590sg Ameritron Al80B Inverted L at 70 feet 500 foot Beverage I used 500 watts I worked as far west as NV DX was very hard, my scrolling up the band method only yielded a few very weak DX, and only if I heard someone else woking them. Most NA stations were easily heard and worked in a few calls.
No EU but band low noise.
not much DX this time... can sunspots be returning?
Lots of fun on top band, as always.
last minute set up, first in Indiana as KM4CH/9. Friday Night at 12 watts on my KX3 ( that little rig will tune anything!) running on temporary wires outside an air B & B. Then, makeshift 160 dipole back home in KY Saturday Night running 5 watts. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to pull me out of the noise. The IN vs KY section change didn't help the confusion. Didn't turn in the Friday night log as it was different state different power?
Haven't been on 160 for years. Thew up a 160m invetered-L and had a great time.
I had a wonderful time operating in this fun contest. Was wonderful to see 160 meters come alive with so much activity.
I can't recall a year in this contest when there wasn't at least a solid hour of an East Coast opening with many sigs coming into SW MT. but this year that didn't happen at all. What did what did happen was a stray here and there and loads of QSB
I really enjoyed the ARRL 160 meter CW contest this year. From my location in eastern Iowa I heard tremendous participation. I hadn't experienced this level of band crowding for a long time. That is a good thing to see a high level of cw mode use. It gave me excellent practice in copying cw in my head, contesting experience and digging weak ones out of QRM and QSB. Great fun! Gary-KW0J
Limited time to operate, but always fun.
Really poor conditions this side of the pond. Not many big signals at all.
I am a frontline Healthcare worker (ER doc) and have been extra busy due to the Covid Pandemic this fall. So only have only 6 Meters up, no HF. Have used the rain gutters in the past to get on 160, so thought would attach a wire to the gutter and try it to hand out a couple of contacts with my old TS-850. Like K7BG, I found rain gutters not very effective. Noisy on receive and a weak transmitted signal. Before going into work Friday I attached a 50 foot wire to the top of the rain gutter and ran it over to a tree to hopefully improve it. Kind of like a poor inverted L. After getting home Friday evening, I checked the antenna. Lots of strong signals and the SWR was 1.2 - 1 without a tuner at 1.830 MHz. First station I called - K5NA - came right back. Then W0UO, NQ6N, N8OO... Was going to go to bed, but stayed up, kept tuning and making contacts. Some DX including XE2X, Stan, ZF5T and a loud patient C6AGU made it in the log! I found most people heard me the first or second call - or not at all. The visual display on the TS-850 went out for a while. Worked K7RAT, and the radio display came back on ! West Coast seemed difficult, only California worked was NI6W LAX. Heard WP3 and KP2. The rain gutter/wire antenna worked far better than anticipated. Instead of a couple of contacts, made over 150 !
Used my IC-7600 @ 13 watts to a 72ft EndFed Sloper antenna a tree. Im surprised it worked at all. Thanks for the 29 contacts, and 15 mults. I'll put more time in next time.
This was my first time entering this contest. Living in a fifth-floor apa rtment makes it more than challenging to create an effective antenna. For this contest, I used a 53 end-fed wire suspended out from our balcony with a fibre-glass fishing rod.
7TH ARRL 160 METER CONTEST
Thanks to Dave, K1TTT, for the use of his fine station!
Not much of a contribution but I am quite happy with getting on for a few hours in a fun contest. GO FRC!
1ST CONTEST EVER. 100 WATTS AND A LONG WIRE
2020 ARRL 160M Contest
Enjoyed a nice, small effort! CDX OK, but not great. Not a huge score, but great fun! Not bad for loading my 80M dipole on 160!
HAD FUN; ADDING 12 RADIALS TO INV L SEEMED TO HELP A BUNCH! WAS ABLE TO MAINTAIN SOME NICE RUNS.
First time in the 160M Contest. Operating with a hastily raised full-length NVIS dipole. QRP on top-band is challenging, to say the least, but rewarding. Hats off to the very fine ops at the far end who dig into the noise to prove what real "by ear" radio operators can do. Y'all are TOPS! (...and so is the band HIHI) 73, Monty N5ESE
GREAT TIME WITH 80 METER OCFD UP 32 FT
I used my homebrew stealth rooftop loaded bent inverted-vee dipole (toroid inductor-loaded 80m halfwave dipole) for this contest, which worked quite well. Apex is 90 feet above ground. Because I live on the top floor of a 6-story rental apartment building, the antenna cannot be permanent; it requires 20 minutes to erect and 20 minutes to take down and remove. The antenna also covers (one at a time, depending on jumpers, clip-on extensions or coils) 20, 60, and 80 meters, and the other pair of wires at right angles covers 40 and 15 meters. I never need to use a tuner close to the resonant frequencies on each band. My ATU allowed me to easily tune from 1810 thru 1840 kHz. See my QRZ.com bio for photos and descriptions of my rigs and antennas.
Used a small transmitting loop antenna, model MLA-T, installed in my garage loft.
Used shunt-fed 89' tower for TX, VE3DO loop, magnetic loops for RX, and two Elecraft K4Ds.
POWER OUTAGE ENDED CONTEST 2245Z USED SD FOR LOGGING
I was only able to reliably receive stations within 500 miles of my QTH, all others being down near the noise floor and subject to QSB. It was fun, but I had to cut my time short compared to previous years. A few months ago, I performed the noise blanker mod on my 23-year-old Yaesu FT920. The 2020 ARRL 160 Meter Contest proved to me that the mod worked, but I am now at the design limit of the transceiver. The presence of many strong adjacent signals is severely overloading the AGC. So after 23 years of service, I’m in the process of retiring the 920 and acquiring a new, much better radio.
IC-7100, INVERTED L, VIBROPLEX SINGLE PADDLE. TU ALL GL 73.
Conditions on Friday night were particularly good. This was a lot of fun.
What a blast! I love this contest!! One never knows what to expect day to day, month to month, year to year. It really is the magic band :) I worked on a new antenna for this 160 season to give me a chance at more of a general fooprint in NA and also to give me a better chance to finish off DXCC on 160, which will be a significant mile stone for this small lot, antenna handicaped, low power station! I set out a serious attempt in this years contest to beat last years personal best of more than 533 Qs, 76 sec, and a score of 82,156. Minimum target was 100K score, and a silent (in the back of my mind) target of 1k Qs. I wasn't sure what my low power and low antenna would restrict me in layers of stations I would be able to work, towards those goals. And, was not sure what kind of prop to expect as well as activity. Well as far as prop goes from my vantage point, the band wasn't long, and signals 1,000 miles and closer were strong throughout the contest, and there was plenty of activity. A bit disappointed the band did not go long for EU SR and JA and PAC SS, so it was NAQP/SS style of operating to capture as many 2 pointers a possible! I was able to surpass last years score in all three categories Q/M/S early morning at the end of the first shift. (Sunrise Saturday morning) I was pumped going into the Saturady night second shift. My optimism turned negative as I struggled to get any runs going with any momentum, and S&Ping wasn't finding a lot of new calls to work. Propagation seemed to have shortened up a bit from the first night until around midnight local time, when the few stations on from the west coast popped in. From about 05:00 to 07:00UTC I mostly chased spots to work new ones as my run attempts were coming up dry, or very unproductive. At 06:56 UTC I worked my #81 section and decided to QRT for a nap so I could get up as fresh as possible before sunrise to have a shot at any possible JA or PAC. Unfortunately, prop was too short, and no JAs or PAC were spotted and all the CQers I was hearing were stations I had already worked. I was able to put together a very short, and all together I was able to put another 44 Qs in the log (2 dups!) during the last 110 minutes I operated the contest. At 24/hr, the pace was so slow, I nodded off in the chair for about 30 minutes. When I awoke, I decided the contest was done for me! I was successful in setting a new high bar to break of 767 Qs (before log checking), as well as mults worked and score. It was very satisfying to cross the 100K score level for the first time. It did soften the blow of not making 1k Qs. But like us Chicago Cubs fans say, Wait til next year!! I replaced my shortened (67') loaded half sloper with a 1/4 wave inverted L that has a vertical height of 30' to the knee, then goes ~65' East horizontal to a Maple tree in the NE corner of the back yard at about 25' above ground. It then turns South for the remaining 35' to a 15' tall mast in the SE corner of the back yard. I call it my Short Inverted L with a Twist. There are pictures of it on my QRZ dot com page. Since putting it up in October, I have added 13 more countries to my DXCC total of 92, including JA, VK, JW, and Asiatic Russia for a few ATNOs for 160! I know it is mostly a cloud warmer, but I am pumped and optimistic that I will be able to work and confirm 8 more this season to finish off 160DXCC. This is a full court press to finish DXCC this 160 season as we will be relocating to TN later in 2021 as I and my XYL retire end of this year. I would like to have 160DXCC from this location as it has been my home for 31 years. I'd like to start clean from TN! Thanks for sponsoring a fun contest. I have operated this contest continuously since 1996 with anything conductive that will radiate RF! I hope to be settled in somewhere next year so I can keep a clean operating record going! 73 Gene, N9TF Rig, K3S 100 watts. Uploaded photos of Inverted L with twist.
I got started three hours late for a variety of reasons. Conditions seemed better than they turned out to be. Very quiet here and I was able to run for long periods while working some very weak stations. At times, I had to wonder if I was actually hearing some of them or was my tired brain just making up callsigns out of the noise (kidding, I think). The problem was that I wasn't hearing anyone outside of North America. I only worked a few Caribbean stations, but didn't even pick up KH6. There were zero JAs, VKs, ZLs, etc., so I shut down at 1 AM local both nights. When all was said and done, I had well less than half of last year's score, so I guess I can safely say this year's effort was apropos for 2020. 73 and thanks for the Qs! Eric NC6K
Challenging with QRP and a very compromised antenna, but good activity.
Very pleased with how my new - but only 15 feet up - dipole fared. No doubt the clouds enjoyed the extra warmth.
propagation a little disappointing
My first 160 contest and I had a great time. Not much DX but lots of NA to work.
It was fun to give out the NNY multiplier. I had some good runs both nights. But, the section is indeed pretty rare. I missed NNY!
Started QRP & decided to stick with it. Rough going with just a simple wire antenna at 30 feet. A nice contest. Thanks. Pete, NO2D.
First 160m contest with new station: 30m high loaded tower with 36 radials, 7 beverages, Flex 6600 + Expert 1.3k-fa amplifier. OK conditions first night, QRN second night. CA not as loud as usual. No KH6. AH2 from NC. But 2 JA with good sigs called the second morning. Flex 6600 received pretty well with diversity reception and APF. But efforts to use one slice in 6600 for CW Skimmer turned disastrous, with lots of false spots and the TX frequency losing focus.
Lots of Fun!! Using phased pair of Inverted L's, no RX antennas
With the A and K index both at zero, the band was really quiet this year! Sad to not hear any PAC at our sunrise.
I have been inactive since 1993. Now nearing retirement looking to get back active in the hobby. First contest in nearly 30 years! Rusty for sure but a lot of fun. 73’s Rick NY1V
Elecraft K3 100 watts and 43' vertical with remote tuner. Used my IC-7300 for a few Q's to see how it would do but went back to the K3 quickly LOL. Not much DX worked maybe the increased solar activity was a factor plus I really wasn't looking for DX. Thanks to all for another fun ARRL 160 'test!
CONDX were poor with high level of QRN. In most cases it was a stuggle to reach the stations with low power. The only exception was VY2ZM. Most QSOs made during the W/VE sunset time till about 1 AM GMT. Both nights signals were very weak at EU sunrise times. RIG Kenwood TS480 at 150W output ANT shunt fed vertical 30m high (90ft)
Worst conditions in years! Zone 4 difficult, zone 3 non-existant except N7DD heard but no qso. With the sun getting more active the best years for 160M could be over for a number years :-( de PA3C
There are no propagation at all.
K3, 1/4-wave wire.
Due to a number of socially distanced family commitments, I was unable to participate as long as I would have liked. Enjoyed all the QSO's. I love this band! See you all in the next one.
160M dipole out in the field. Apex at 20 feet, low points about 9 feet. Some good ears out there!
Operated remote on Lasqueti Island, solar power: 500W and full size half-wave double bazooka antenna (low SWR across entire 160M band). Solar powered Internet struggle in Dec low sun in British Columbia, Canada. Band open to east coast, Caribbean and Japan. Had fun.
Even QRP stations with modest antennas can have fun in 160m contests. Not high scores, no DX, but plenty of stations eager to QSO.
Thank you for a great contest!
Great condx on 160M! This was a casual kind of contest this year (at least, it began that way!), but I ended up approaching totals earned in prior years. I used an Icom 7610 on Friday night, and my K3 (which is much happier with my Butternut vertical) on Saturday. The Butternut vertical, ground mounted, put in its usual performance, letting me be heard over most of NA. 100W and a vertical ... as "Little Pistol" as it gets! 73 Mike VE3GFN
My first ever contest on 160m!
Tried a SDR rx as RX3 latency a bit confusing
Started with 100W, too frustrating so on went the amp. Only on less than 4 hours, looking for sections.
Usually part of VE2OJ crew but COVID 19 cancelled that Finished antenna Thursday before test. It worked better than I expected. Tnx to VA3RKM who thought to look for locals during day unfortunately I misread rules so QSO was an hour late.
Fairly good conditions. DX4a antenna for 160 (sloper) at 50'
1st 160m contest
I enjoyed my first attempt at the ARRL 160m CW. Band conditions were fair, with lots of QRN. My short dipole required lots of tuner adjustments, but otherwise I was pleased with its performance. I am already looking forward to 2021!
I had a lot of fun operating a single bamd Contest for a change. Rigs used IC-765Pro, Vintage FT-101Z a lot of fun to use ahd IC-751A. Ant Loop Skywire tuned with Vintage FC-902 matches the 101Z. 73 Gerry
I was forced to QRP when the antenna wouldn't tune (failed trap). I was able to repair it Saturday. It was an interesting comparison of a hunk of wire and a resonant antenna :) Operating QRP was a new experience for me. Thanks for digging me out! (5W) 160/80/60 trap dipole at 60 ft.
75 watts with 80m dipole
Some strong west coast signals, but most could not hear me and other USA were weak, so I gave up calling. Consequently only two qso's. Of course, please don't send me any certicates or trophies for being top VK entrant, with only two qso's in this contest. 73's from Ron.
348 * 68 SECTIONS + 2 DX = 49140 in 2:47
Good conditions. My first time with more than 1000 contacts in a 160 meter test.
Generally good conditions and lots of signals on the band although almost all NA. So what a surprise to work HL5 Saturday morning! Didn't expect that. Not bad for a humble inverted-L in the high desert of New Mexico.
K3 / 160m "L"
Wish I had more time to operate!
Deep QSB, heavy QRN and lots of QRM...what's not to love, you're operating on 160!
Antenna: Sloping wire doublet 70 ft long and 30 ft above ground, fed by OWL from a balanced tuner.
Thanik you for sponsoring the contest. Thanks for the contacts. 73 - Dan, W1QK
Easily my favourite contest of the year. Everything performed flawlessly (although for some reason my amp likes to trip out at around 1830, but nowhere else...odd). As much as I love CW, I really don't run very well, but this contest is an exception, and I managed to hold a good run of 111/hr for about 90 minutes, and a few others in the 80s. Conditions weren’t great due to QRN from a departing nor’easter, but I had some weird occurrences on Saturday night. During a run I was having a great deal of difficulty with even some 8s and 9s, but I had a couple of OH stations, a Russian and a Ukranian call and they were clear. Another thing I noticed is that my K9AY loop was great for stations about 1000-1500 miles. I rarely work stateside normally and it doesn’t do much for DX, but for shorthaul it made a very significant difference—easily a difference of a couple of S-units. I was favouring NW and SW, and I had guys from New England calling who were a whisper. When I heard the 1 in the call and flipped to NE they were loud. I wish it worked that well for trans-Atlantic! Anyway, I had fun and that's all that matters.
Station: IC7610-ACOM1000 amp-N1MM+ Logger- Best ever ARR 160 contest! especially for domestic contacts which started off
W3TB in Franklin, TN
IC-7610 & EFHW
My new 160M INV L with FCP performed extremely well.
Europe was a disappointment to us in SFL but we did what we could. 3 days before the contest we installed a double bazooka 160m antenna and as it turned out this was a very good move. Something was wrong with the feed or the vertical antenna and after a few transmission it failed to function correctly. For the first time in a long time last minute alterations paid off. The received ant was a WF-300 Waller Flag with preamp, and a FTdx5000 with a 160m mu tuner. Made things very noiseless.
Great fun on 160. Thanks to all that worked me. 73, Dan
It was fun.good condx
2 watts into a 40m dipole. Thanks to the very skilled operators at other end who took the time to pull me through.
Low dipole, high hopes, always fun!
I used 100 watts to a compromise antenna on a small town lot. Antenna is an 80 meter wire inverted L, 36 feet tall with a base loading coil for 160 meters. Ground plane is 10 radials over desert soil, only 1 over 50 ft long.
Operated QTH at W7USA.
same old same old HQ100/bc453, ARC5 VFO/keyed 6AG7-807/pair of 805s at 250 w input
A lot of fun. I just threw up about 200 feet of #26 wire running horizontally about 60 feet high and added a couple of ground radials about 90 feet long several feet above ground. It was a struggle at times - now I need to get a real antenna up.
I enjoyed my first 160m contest. I found the code speed a bit fast at first. Most people were sending around 30+WPM. I don't use a decoder--I do it by ear. However, after listening for a little while, I was able be more comfortable with the speed by knowing/expecting the format. I hope to get some QSLs as this helped me towards CW Worked-All-States. I was somewhat surprised to make across country QSOs on 160m. I had a lot of fun! W7LUD/Nella
"W7O celebrated the 70th Birthday for K3TW."
Operation abruptly curtailed about 0645Z Sunday by power outage.
Great activity! Had lots of fun ànd comes seemed pretty good hr in Ohio.
Low Power (100W) + Low E-W Dipole (17 ft) = Low Score + Lots of Fun!
First all-out effort on my part for this contest. Conditions were very good, with low noise. Activity was great, sometimes having trouble finding a spot to grab to run. And who would expect to run with just a dipole and no RX antenna! Rates weren't record-breaking, but quite satisfying nonetheless. Many SMC in the log--Thanks!
My first 160m contact. Ever. ATNO. Very marginal rig set-up.
Lots of fun; gud band condx
130' INV-VEE; K-3/100; P-3; N1MM+
Wow this one really tired me out big time!
ic-7000 inverted l
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
Mark, N5OT sent me a care package; DXpedition Model II, receive Ant Switch with Dual Pre-amp, 2 DXE BFS-1 transformers, and various adapters. The package arrived Thursday night. I spent Friday, setting up a Beverage Over Ground antenna, pointing North. I got everything wired into the shack by 5:18pm. I used the Maestro with 2 panafalls open. Slice A on top panafall and Slice B on the the lower one. Slice A had Tx/Rx on my Double-L and Slice B RX was on the BOG antenna. I put Slice A in both ears and Slice B (experimental BOG) in the Right ear. I used Slice B to S&P a few times early Sunday when Running was slow. I could not get N1MM+ to log Slice B frequency so I edited the QSO while Running. Eventually I spotted a new stations, left my Slice A CQ frequency to work him. More than once I last my Run Frequency ("if you're on your feet you lose your seat"). On Saturday I made Beverage On-the Ground, running East-West, pointing West. We had Static crashes, and while my Flex 6600 does and amazing job blocking them, I saw no static crashes on the B on-the-Ground (I only had one F-Connector to RCA plug adapter and so use the new BOG antenna on Sat/Sunday. The 20dB Pre-amp wasn't enough to make signals equal to my Double L but I added 8dB with the Flex preamp. I still needed 20-30 dB to equal the signal strength of my Double L. Anyway, it was a lot of fun building, analyzing and testing my first 160m RX antennas. I will be returning the care package to Mark soon, with much gratitude. Here's my score from N1MM+ Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q 1.8 1070 2155 87 2.0 Total 1070 2155 87 2.0 Score: 187,485 This was my 2nd ARRL 160m Contest and it won't be my last. I was a very fun contest and I saw my highest rate to date in any contest (over 200/hour over a short period of time).
Band conditions good, SD logging software was FB
GOOD CONTEST, LOTS OF STATIONS ON BAND GOT NOISY ON SAT PM ANT - INVERTED L VERTICAL(160/40M AD SLOPER ELEMENT)
Thanks to all the stations who dug me out of their noise from my very compromised 160m antenna.
I had fun. Was not quite as successful as I hoped, but I was glad to get some good DX contacts such as : NFL, IA, GTA, NH, and MN. Was glad and GRATEFUL to have this good opportunity to use the (otherwise quiet) CW 160 Meter band.
Donna & I shared the radio with op times so we could both get on. I operated Friday evening and Saturday afternoon to early evening then Donna operated and I went on after 10:30 until 2am. of been on a team if I known this was going to happen, maybe next year. This is the 3rd time in this contest. East & south prop good, west not so good, made some Q's out west, not many. I want to thank the cw ops for being patience with me to complete an XE QSO, I heard him well in the noise he was having trouble but we confirmed it. Ant; 80m multiband inverted at 50 feet with ladder line twisted at the end as a single wire to a tuner, "T" ant or 2 inverted "L's" with same feed point? Tunes across the whole band.Tunes across the whole band. GO SMC and thanks for your QSO's everyone.
This was a first for me to do the 160 contest. This was especially challenging as I was only using a wire antenna that was laying on some shrubs just a few feet off of the ground. Although I didn't make many contacts, I was pleased with what I got. I am very thankful to the ops that were patient with me when I knew that my signal was just barely getting there and they had to work extra hard to get me in their logs.
My first endeavor in a 160M contest, with 100W output, and a reduced sized sloper that went up on the tower earlier in the day. I appreciate those with the good ears and 160M antenna farm that could pull me out.