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I had the goal of doing better than last year, and succeeded. There was a lot of static on the bands, but I made contacts and had fun. Thanks to all the stations that contacted me as well. 73's
Enjoyed giving this a shot. Thanks for the many supportive QSO's.
Tried out a brand new home brew 40m delta loop with many thanks to KC7PD for guidance and parts! I could hear W0QPR all afternoon, but propagation didn't carry my signal over there until the end! That was a contact to celebrate!
My name is Max,I'm 13. I really enjoyed this contest. I was licensed in 2019 and did a little contesting until the RR. It was really fun. I started calling CQ on 40m and a few minutes later, I had my pileup
This is a corrected score. Original submission (confirmation 20xjezzn.arrl-rr-ph) was not calculated correctly by me. The correct score is 126. KC1RLS@rlshields.com
This submission is incorrect. Disregard, please. Correct submission completes with confirmation number 20xa2so5.arrl-rr-ph Sorry for my stupidity.
Propagation conditions sure were tough for the SSB Rookie Roundup 2020. With the Covid-19 lock-down, I had the whole afternoon to scan the bands for rookies calling CQ. While I heard plenty of atmospheric noise, I didn't hear much rookie activity from my Buffalo, NY station. I had a few contacts but had hoped for many more. I tried to help guys, I really did. 73, HPE CUL. Ken, KD2KEH
Enjoyed the contest, but was disappointed in the number of participants. 1 California and 1 New Mexico contact were the only West Coast stations I was able to pickup. I think we need more advertisement of the contest in emails, QST and On The Air.
Had a great time, first contacts calling CQ. Earliest licensed HAM Tom W5KUB 1964. I have watched his show several months now and even won $100.00 Yaseu Gift Certificate online during his show at Huntsville 2019. My Station FT-950 40 meter inverted V @ 38'. "73"
Hello this is Elixander and i just wanted to say,that i had a lot of fun during the rookie round up 2020! This is my last rookie round up i wont be a rookie but i will participate next year!!! :D
Band conditions = miserable. S9 noise everywhere in EM10 - 20 was barely usable, 40 wasn't much better. Called CQ for extended periods and could not make out responses. After a week where we had 10m open to Hawaii late at night, this was our comeuppance.
I am a rookie, first certified 04 July 2017. I suppose I should have checked 2018 instead of before 2018, but please make any changes necessary, thanks.
That was a lot of fun! I was overwhelmed at one point when I had this great run -- every time I finished a Q someone else called! Somebody told me I got spotted -- that would explain it. What a great sport! I'm going to learn CW next, so I can do more contests.
I was first licensed in 2017 which the ARRL website indicates still classgies me as a Rookie for this contest.
As a technician and my first contest event, this was lots of fun. However, it would have been nice to extend the bands to 6 and 2 meters, so that techs had more than just the small band plan portion available. "Rookies" I would assume are most likely techs, so this would be a good addition to the contest. Thanks to all QSOs on the 10m band and the Non-Rookies that assisted me with advice. Once I'm able to get my general license, I see myself doing more of these contests. 73 Vincent - W3OTZ