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Had a great, but short time playing with FT8 during the contest. A great way to add to the DX count
I could enjoy the good contest. Tnx for a fine contest again. IC-7600, Dipole-Ant.
Thank you for running the contests every year FT8 addition was fun !
My best performance yet in a contest, really tried to get the last few QSO's to hit 500 but didn't make it
Had a great time with FT8 this year. 30 MPH+ winds made my temporary Cobweb antenna look like a metronome. All in all a fun time.
K3 SO1R, KPA500, Butternut HF9V vertical. Software: N1MM with MMTTY, 2-tone flat, 2-tone selective or flutter, and GRTTY. Stateside conditions excellent, given our place in the sunspot cycle.
ELEVATED 19' WIRE VERTICAL @ 29', 3 COUNTERPOISE WIRES @ 10'
This my first contest please let me know if I did anything incorrectly
My very first RTTY QSOs! Looking forward to next year's RTTY Round-Up.
It was a lot of fun switching between RTTY and FT8
Only worked a few hours but still had fun. Tried FT8 mode in a contest for the first time - can't say that I liked it too much
Was only able to join in briefly, wish I had had more time.
My first ever roundup!! Had a blast! Tested new antenna gear successfully. Made a lot (For me) of contacts. The only problem I had was the Cabrillo part. I will be doing it again.
First time using FT8 in a contest. Worked out well but does take longer for a Q.
My First Contest Using FT8
Thanks to the ARLL organizers!Let me have the opportunity to complete the communication with DX's HAM friends! The competition mode I participated in was FT8 category WSJT-X 2.0 Digital software I feel 2.0 version decoding receiving ability is not very good! Hope the software can be further improved in the future!Thank you very much!Good bye! VY 73 ! CHINA OP:BA9BF 2019-01-07
TNX ALL MY Friends contact me.
IC-718,ANT DIPOLE 3.5Mhz
HNY to all, sri, no more time,73 es gl, Wilf
It was fun to hand out some points in FT8 during the 2019 RTTY-RU. Thanks for the Qs. 73 and happy new year. Mike DL3FCG one of the DP6T crew
A perfect start into 2019!
FT-991A + LW (80-40m) + SteppIR (20-10m)
A real pleausure begin the new year contesting . hny everybody
Republic of Catalonia, new DXCC country.
Sorry, no time for make a good test may be next year 73.
Asta el proximo concurso
Kenwood TS2000 Interface MicroHam USB III Cuschraft A3S Dipole End Fed 8010 MyAntennas
Yaesu FT-897D Dipole Windom 80 watt
GOOD MODE, GOOD EXPERIENCE TNX EC7AT
TRX - FT-840 80w, Ant - DeltaLoop 168m
FT-817 , ANT DELTA-LOOP 84M
IC-746pro 40w digi
FT-950 - Antenna center fed
1st contest of 2019, 1st contst in RTTY for me and 1st ARRL Roundup Tnx all and see you in the next one 73 de F4ESV Wil
HELLO? MY EMAIL F4HXJ.SEB@GMAIL.COM
Transceiver - YEASU FT-897D 80W in Digimode Antenna - Multiband center-fed 2x20m 8m up for 80 to 10m Software - N1MM Logger+ V1.0.7422.0 I'm not sure that mixing RTTY and FT8 is a good idea. Using WSJT-x with N1MM Logger is a little bit "acrobatic" Thanks to all who worked me See you again next year F5RD Bernard
FT8 Only. Dipoles + Inv L.
Tried the FT8 mode for the forst time in a contest. Boring. Like watching paint dry. Not for me. FT8 mode and other digital modes have their uses but contesting isn't one of them. Recommend ARRL abandon the experiment,and revert RTTY to a contest mode. Why not RTTY 75 baud in the RTTY roundup ???
Great fun entering my first-ever ARRL contest. I think the WSJT-X software is amazing!
VY good conditions to North America during Sunday. Tough using a Creed teleprinter in anger after so long. Some ops could be more patient with my hunt and peck and a few CR/LFs now and then would be nice ;o)
I only used RTTY, and at the start of the contest, it looked like many more folk were on FT8, especially on 80m, but conditions seemed rather poor. Sunday was better, with more activity, although my CQ runs were short, with very few callers. S&P proved more productive, and I found a good few mults. Some very loud stations with poor RX were noted, but there were some very weak stations with good ears.
Long live RTTY
My name is István Nyitrai 73, DX
FTDX3000 Dipole (80-40) HyGain EX14 (20)
RIG: FT-847; ANT: W3DZZ; SW FLDIGI
ICOM756pro 100w 3el yagi GP-s
I had to choose ASSISTED because I have been searching for FT8 contest frequencies!
Plik utworzony programem "Cabrillo Generator" - (c) SP7DQR
Background: made available for remote operation by Remote Ham Radio (www.remotehamradio.com) to members. It is unique in that it is the only station that may not be operated using your own callsign and the fact that all proceeds from station rentals are returned to the people of Haiti through donations to Ambulance Service organization. Refer to the HH2AA QRZ page at https://www.qrz.com/db/hh2aa for more information. ideal site to operate in order to get the thrill of operating a DX station from the convenience of your home! and USB connecting cable. needed to provide WSJT-X with a PTT connection to the K3/0 Mini. Universal Console between Universal Console, K3/0 Mini and remote site Commander CAT control needed to use WSJT-X split operation features processing and broadcasts contacts to N1MM Logger+ desirable logging, analysis and file export features multiple responses were required in order to obtain an RR73 response form a caller, which logs the contact. It appears that the latency of remote control results in timing issues that prevent the caller?s WSJT-X software from ?seeing? the responses until some type of synchronization occurs. The unfortunate result is that each additional response adds 30 seconds to the QSO. I operated for about 13 hours for an average of only about 21 contacts per hour. FT8 frequencies were as follows: Frequencies (MHz) 3.600 14.130 ? 14.150 21.130 ? 21.150 28.160 ? 28.200 was within 3.5 KHz of the bottom end. run stations should select integral multiples of 200 Hz as their audio transmit frequencies and check the TX EVEN/1ST box. It appeared that most run stations complied with this suggestion. at frequencies 0, 60, or 120 Hz above the run frequency. It appeared that only a few callers complied with this suggestion. satisfied that I did the best I could in the time I spent operating in the contest. It still got the adrenaline flowing!
Worked only in the spare time on Sunday. Band used: 80, 40, 20 Rig used: Elecraft K3 100W Antenna used: EndFed wire 26.4m Power max: 100 W 20m Band closed ad 1630 gmt 40m Band Rtty edge restrictions (EU) 80m Band no US/Canada stations founded
TNX FOR YOUR JOB IN THE CONTEST. IM RUNNING MINUS TIME. NOT PROPAGATION OVER UP 20 MT. IN NORTH ITALY - SETUP: RIG KW TS 990 PWR MAX 100 W - ANTENNA: 3 EL BEAM x 3 Bs - ENFWH 10/80 MT ITALY MADE - INV.V.DIPOLE 40/80 ITALY MADE - GL ET VY '73.
Sorry, my PC crashes, I sent 7 incorrect numbers, after number 0028. Wrong number/Ok number 0024/0029 - 0025/0030 - 0026/0031 - 0027/0032 - 0028/0033 - 0029/0034 - 0030/0035
kenwood ts 140 s 40 w ant windom nvis on balcony of condo!
TS-590SG ANT. VERTICAL AND DIPOLE
Propagation was so-so in 40 mtr, better in 20 meter band. I expected to contact more DX stations from East (JA and so on), but not so. Anyway I had a lot of fun, and this was my second RTTY contest in 8 years of activity. Thanks ARRL and OMs. 73 de IZ0IRH , Mario
Unfortunately even this year no station in PSK see on air at all. roundup could be great because it's not only rtty, but nobody operates in psk. rtty is quite old nowadays, it requires high power and it's diffcult for small station to have lots of qsos during years with low solar activity. Anyway several US stations worked for improving my RTTY WAS !! Hope to see stations operating psk63 or psk125 next year, they are very fast modes(more than ft8) and require a SNR much lower than rtty. It's difficult to understand why no serius contest activity could be done in psk. 73 from Italy de Filippo (Phil) iz1fks
Extremly strange propagation. Nevertheles a good place where to fid old freintds. Thanks.
Unfortunately seems that the introduction of FT8 killed RTTY activity.
Nice contest, pity little participation. For the first time I participated in a contest in QRP.
I joined contest partly.
IC-7600 with simple DP e-mail: VET00561@nifty.com e-mail: VET00561@nifty.com
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
Thanks for the contests
I enjoyed the contest.
Tnx FB Contest !!
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed it.
Equipments: IC-7600 + JRL-2000F(500W) ANT: DP(80m), DP(40m), 3ELE BEAM(20m-10m)
RIG:IC-706 50W ANT:Vertical
I enjoyed the contest.
Hight-Band condition were not good. I operated with 50 W in the digital mode other than RTTY.
I enjoyed the contest.
Operated with FT-8 mode using IC7300S and ANT of Long Wire Antenna.
I enjoyed the contest.
Bad condx !!
I vy enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
There was a deep discussion with my friend who participated to Round UP this year that if a station with large QSO database with past QSO data have used the database to "Check Partial" for getting suggested callsign on partially decoded callsigns in a contest, the station can entry to Single Operator category or should to Single Operator Unlimited. The WRTC rule clearly do not permit this other than use of QSO data of the current contest. ARRL contest rules do not mention about using such database with past QSO data. My suggestion to the rule is to more clearly define the Single Operator and those who do not meet the Single Operator definition must entry to Single Operator Unlimited.
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed RTTY Contest ! Thank you for all . Thank you for all .
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
JA - JA 's QSO could not be done at the recommended operation frequency of this time FT 8. If possible we would like to announce the frequency for JA-JA
I was enjoyed contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
Rig: FT-2000(100W) Ant: 4Band Vertical & Micro Vert(80m)l
I enjoyed the contest. I want to do more QSO next year. I want to do more QSO next year.
Thanks for the nice contest. GL.
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
Condition was too bad
I enjoyed the contest.
I enjoyed the contest.
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Always great fun to ring in the New Year with RTTY RU! Thanks for the QSO's and see you next time!
Exchange: K: RST, State (48)/DC VE: RST, Province/Territory DX: RST, Serial Number Points: 1 Multipliers: Once Per Contest (Not Per Band) K States (48), DC VE Provinces/Territories (14) DXCC (Except K, VE) --------------------------------------------------- Band QSOs Points Multipliers 160M 0 0 States/DC: 48 80M 164 164 Provinces/Territories: 6 40M 220 220 DXCC: 31 20M 339 339 ------ 15M 60 60 85 10M 0 0 ------ ------ 783 783 --------------------------------------------------- Score: 783 * 85 = 66555
ON TO THE FUTBOL PLAYOFFS Really missed NORTH DAKOTA. SEE YOU ALL IN THE NEXT ONE HNY 73
A mix using RTTY here and FT8 on its own log, after manual FT8 entry hope we calc score ok. FT8 fun but kinda slow rate + when was the last time we actually had a different report than 599 (FT8 doesn't lie). 73
Lots of fun! I used 100 W and a single antenna: an 80-foot dipole 50 ft high, fed with open wire and a remote tuner. It was a pleasant surprise that there was very little (close to zero) inter-mode QRM between RTTY and FT8 signals.
A first timer ops in the contest. Enjoyed it !
I had a lot of fun with using FT8 during this contest. It didn't seem to interfere with regular RTTY and participation was very good. Most hams were respectful of the suggested band plan. Thank you K1JT for the software and to the ARRL for including it in the contest. I would like to see more FT8 contests sponsored by the ARRL. 73 K1OYQ
Elecraft K3 @ 5 watts to dipole and tribander. N1MM+
This was my first 'digital' contest. It was a real learning experience.
ENJOYED MAKING SOME CONTACTS WHILE ONLY USING A SMALL 20-10M MAG LOOP IN MY ATTIC.
I think operating-wise, this was one of my best contests. I spent 18 hours in the chair and worked 320 contacts. Almost all were FT8 (I did 5 RTTY QSOs for old times sake-but it was slower going and not nearly as many stations to work). My QSO rate was better than it's ever been-it was quite brisk for me, and I was able to work most stations within 1 to 3 tries. I had some hassles getting all the software to play nice with each other; my log required some major tweaking to interact properly, and I had to do a bunch of manual edits to the log afterwards to get the modes set right. But I learned a lot, and it was fun. I almost never "run" in a contest, but I did for a few hours during this one. It was neat to feel like a big gun for once, with 150 watts and a wire! 73, de K3NP
My first time using only FT-8 in RTTY-RU contest. Would like to thank all the patient digital operators and the help received with log submission from Bart W9JJ. It was also a pleasure and blast to work K1JT! The software worked without issues. Nice interface, easy to use.
Sure was a Fun contest and I operated running about 50 watts the entire time!
Decided a RTTY contest should be really RTTY, by God, so no FT8 here!
Thanks for the QSOs. All are appreciated especially with my limited antennas. Could only operate on 80/40 due to the storm in August that destroyed the tower and antennas. Dipoles are all that is presently available. The 80 m dipole is at 30 ft and the 40 m dipole is at 25 ft. Lot of good operators who were able to hear my low to the ground signal.
Had some computer issues at the beginning of the contest. RF from the radio was tripping out the UPS the computer was plugged into, and a couple times it made the computer turn off. I also had issues with the USB sound card that I have to use to get sound into the computer. I lost maybe about an hour dealing with these issues. I tried some FT8 but most contacts were made with RTTY. FT8 seems to work well as long as both sides are able to copy each other.
I wasn't able to calculate my score. I could not get N1MM to work with WSJT-X 73 de K4MRO
FIRST TIME RUNNING THIS CONTEST. I WAS VERY SURPRISED TO FIND SO LITTLE DIGITAL ACTIVITY. FT-8 SEEMED TO DOMINATE THIS YEAR.
Flagpole antenna failed; Switched to attic dipole antenna;
Obviously first time with FT8 in a HF contest but seemed to work very well indeed. It was interesting to note the number of participants in a very small piece of Amateur Radio spectrum. And real signal reports to boot!
A meager attempt on my part. Flex audio distortion caught me. Thank goodness someone was kind enough to mention it. 50 watts and a dipole.
Only part time effort here but great fun other wise. No FT8 here and none planned for future efforts. Upside was working a DS5 for a ATNO on rtty. Worked a E51 but he was not giving out serial numbers to all he worked so put him in the log as a #001. Be interesting to see how the judges handle it! About an hour into the contest I heard a pop and the amp cut off. Since we have had 8.5 inches of rain in the last week I figured it was a coax issue. Swapped out a barrel connector and all back lovely again. Sunday morning while I had a good run going on, the rig all of a sudden would not come out of transmit.... I could not for the life of me to get it to stop.... nothing had any effect.... finally realized my Husky who normally stays under my chair had put her behind on the floor key/switch.... got her off and all normal again. My apologies to the W7 and everyone who I was working at the time! Conditions seemed to be fair; I called CQ TEST on 10 meters several different times both days but zilch! Rig was FTdx5000 plus KPA1500 to KT36xa at 150 ft mostly 1.2 KW with Writelog and MMTTY/Gritty. Thanks to all for the contacts! 73's Cort
Fun with FT8 and RTTY
Casaul part time effort. Missed working much Eu and the multipliers that would have provided.
First time operating at W6YX, the Stanford Amateur Radio Club station. I did my graduate work at Stanford in the 1980s, but never had an opportunity to use the station before. It's a fascinating and historic place, as well as being a super-station with diverse antennas and equipment. Thanks to Mike, N7MH for introducing me to the station. N7MH and I did parallel SO Unlimited efforts, negotiating sharing antennas, amps, etc. I cobbled together my home station into an SO2R and brought it to W6YX. It mostly worked with some caveats. Had some sustained rates between 150 and 200 for "last 10" Qs on 20m and 15m by interleaving Qs on Sunday. A severe rain storm added to the excitement. Tried a bit of FT8 before my 3 hours of sleep, but forgot to log the first few Qs. Did get one mult from it. My dabbling ended up costing me time, as I only made a few Qs during 45 minutes, as I was experimenting, but that time could not be counted as off time. In my opinion, the requirement of only counting two large blocks of time should be dropped. While you're at it, please take another look at the M/S rules that limit band changes, as this effectively means you can't have more than one person and still do interleaved 2-band SO2R.
Fun contest. Got to really sharpen my Ft8 skills and set up my station in an efficient way. Looking forward to next time. Doug
Great time thanks for the QSOs! Simple setup a3s at 55ft, xm240 at 50ft 80m inverted V, K6AM home brew triplexer two Icoms IC-7600 and a 7610 on loan from N6MJ. I could only run 50w on 80 due to lack of filtering. The two Icoms ran without fault all weekend. Very poor condx to EU on all bands only one EA8 on 15 and no EU on the low bands, but there seemed to be a fair amount of US stations on. CU all in NAQP! 73 de K6JO ex W6BQ, KK6NON
I was plagued by multiple software and hardware glitches, I almost gave up at the start. Once I figured out how to compensate it wasn't too bad. I was expecting that I would make around 50 to 60 contacts but kept on with S&P until it became difficult to find new contacts. I got a strange idea to check 20 meters 4 hours after sunset and found E51WDC all alone there for another contact.
This was my first contest and also the first day of snow up here in the mountains of northern California! It was fun making FT8 qsos while watching the snow outside beyond my computer screen :) I'll try to post a photo. Pretty good day's work for a 72 year old YL (or is that XYL?) :)
Tks for the Qs ES tks for bearing with me thru equipment problems
I'm very pleased with 900 QSOs part-time from up in WA. Last time I did this contest HP from down in CA I spent more time and only made 1,000 QSOs. I was only planning to make 200 Qs or so part-time, but then it was fun, and then more fun, and eventually I just spent Sunday afternoon seeing how high I could get. The RTTY rate was so good I lost interest in going to FT8. I tried to use 15m whenever it was open, and avoid the crowded 20m conditions. I waited awhile before venturing onto 40m, but I hadn't waited long enough - and got chased back to 20m. The KPA-1500 loafed along at 800 watts, I mostly CQed and didn't use the spots much. The remote station worked well, just a few minutes here and there of bad internet, probably due to all the wind and rain storms between here and there. Thanks for the fun! Mark K6UFO 15m, 20m: GXP 3 element yagi at 72 feet 40m: GXP 2 element yagi at 72 feet Elecraft K3 Elecraft KPA-1500 RemoteHamRadio.com Writelog, MMTTY, 2Tone
That was fun! I only had limited time to participate. But I very much appreciated the new link between WSJT-X and N1MM+ so that the logging was pretty much flawless. Nice to make FT8 QSOs as an alternative.
A slow start and a few logging problems otherwise had a great time. We need an FT88 only contest.
Had fun running the entire contest in FT8, but it can't compete against RTTY. I can make 3 or 4 RTTY Q's in the same time it takes to make 1 FT8 QSO. Also, lots of confusion on how to submit a FT8 log. Assisted/Non-Assisted? Single-Op/Multiop? Unlimited? Lets get that narrowed down to only one choice.
WSJT-x V2.0 Mode FT8 40 METERS ONLY
Lots of fun
Here to activate NV for the NCCC RTTY RU Unlimited Club Effort. Conditions actually a bit better than expected with good openings on 15M both days which yielded several needed mults as they are key in this event. Not one peep on 10M & I did check it often. Tripled last years score! I ran "FT8 FREE" as it is no where near as fast as Baudot! Every time I sat down and called CQ the pileup was on as long as I wishes to keep my fat old mans butt in the chair. Missed only 3 for a US sweep, ND, ME, & RI, Half the VE mults were simply absent as far as I could tell. Running assisted was actually little help as I ran rate as often as possible, only hunting and pouncing when looking for a clear freq, All in all a good showing with the elevated noise levels as not 1 but 3 Winter storms worked their way through over the weekend. Station: A VERY OLD IC-746, A Fairly New AL-80B with 500W out into: Dual Band Fan Inv Vee on 80/40 @ 38ft, Wide-spaced Home-brew 3ele 20M yagi at 43ft, 3ele 15 Home-brew yagi @ 28ft, 4ele 10M Home-Brew Yagi at 24ft. Best of luck to everyone in 2019. KB! (January) - 2019-01-05 1800Z to 2019-01-07 0000Z - 477 QSOs Max Rates: per hour by 120 per hour by minute(s)), 107 per hour by 2019-01-05 1800Z to 2019-01-07 0000Z - 477 QSOs >= 30 Minutes mins) (Start late) 02:26 (146 mins) (206 mins) mins) Time Off 20:39 (1239 mins)
First Time using and SDR rig It is AMAZING !!
My first RTTY contest! Had a ball, will try more contests in the future.
Was expecting a horrible day with no propagation. but overall a great time was had as 15 meters came to visit here. really enjoyed the DX That came my way Not bad for “Poor propagation”
Trying out a few contacts using N1MM+ with WSJT-X.
After many years of regular 45.45 baud RTTY, I decided this year to try something different and operated with FT8. It's always challenging to operate a contest with QRP power, but, the weak-signal capabilities of FT8 made it much easier. I worked the first hour and last hour of the event due to work and family obligations, and my QSO rates have never been better. Looking forward to the next event with FT8
I accidentally uploaded the log using my previous operator callsign of KM4COG. I resubmitted using my current callsign of KB4S.
At home for winter break, decided to get on the air for a bit. FT8 contesting is SO SLOW. Ran into a few ops not in contest mode, but it went pretty smoothly otherwise. Only have a 20m inverted vee on the roof, so I was limited in operating time.
Had a great time. :)
This is my very first Contest! I can't wait for the next one!
20W for both FT8 and RTTY during the contest. Overall good interface with WSJT-X.
Good outing here using the new FT8 program. couple of glitches but those were on me. breaks to watch football on Saturday and church on Sunday.
First time participant. Got home from a trip late last night, installed the new version of WSJT-X, and figured out how to operate it for the contest exchange. I operated for about 5 hours today. I was pretty happy with my contact rate since it was my first time out with the FT8 in a contest.
This was a fun contest to work, I used to wire dipole antennas and an Icom 730, I would like to see FT8 be given it's own seperate contest I ran FT8 this year and I believe it would be best if it was given it's own place.
First time I've ever submitted for a contest. Usually band conditions are trashy but FT8 cuts through most of it here in an urban setting.
1ST TIME TRYING DIGITAL CONTEST.
Two contacts on FT8 then converted to RTTY for the remainder of the contest.
Only operated on Saturday. In and out of radio shack, but had fun.
Very good time with it
IC-718 into dipole @ 95w max pwr; first contest using FT8 (DG)
FT8 mode only. This was the first time I've ever entered the RTTY Roundup, and I had a great time using FT8. Software integration between WSJT-X and N1MM+ was better than I expected, and I'm looking forward to even more improvements next year. 73!
This multi op was done at the QTH of KE0OR. Dan, ke0or and Bill, ae0ee were the operators. hour period on Sunday. All conts were made on RTTY. A total of 4 bands were available and 3 were used. The 40/20 bamd used an inverted V up in the trees approximately 45 feet high. The 15m antenna was a dipole up only 10 feet. The 10 meter band used a dipole up 30 feet but the band was not open when monitored. 2 slices on the built in panadaptor and it helped to determine when and where to find contacts. AE0EE for showing me several of his tips and tricks for keeping a run doing. The whole effort was great!
K3/10 driving a Ten Tec 405 amp at 50 watts to wire antennas. 73, and CU next time. Dan, ke0tt
Enjoyed working everyone. 73!
Ejoyed the RU. Had some first time DIGI ops and shared a lot of info. Great camaraderie.
First contest I have done. Lots of fun. Learned a lot. Looking forward for more. 73
This was my first time operating RTTY. I enjoyed working the contest.
Great contest weekend for the first one of the year! -73 Jerome, KF4QFJ
First time with Flex-6400, it was fun!
Using a KX3 with a KXPA100 set to 50 watts. Antenna is an Alpha Military Vertical, mounted 5 ft above ground. Used the Elecraft KX3 Utility software.
Been away from the RU for a long time. Good to get back.
FT8 Single Op entered as Multi Op per rules
Nice to see a good turn-out for the Round Up. RTTY signals are usually few and far between the rest of the year. Along comes a contest and we all show up. Good conditions on the low bands, didn't try the higher ones.
What a fun time putting FT8 to a real test.
Trying to make FT-8 work in a contest. Could not get WSJT to work with JTAlerts and log in N3FJP correctly. Gave up after about 12 contacts that were not logged correctly.
I really enjoyed this RTTY contest. I am living in an apartment and have my antenna inside. It was nice to have the propagation a little better and I was enabled to have some contacts. And all my contacts are with excellent ham operators. I am going to try a CW contest also soon. 73, John KJ1J
Very last minute decision to play in this contest. My friend who let me put up my 4BTV in his backyard last year was going out of town and told me I was welcome to use his place this weekend, Saturday morning I threw up the 4BTV. Really easy antenna to get up since it was already partially assembled. Only issue I had was that one of the elements for the 40 meter top-hat bent in storage and when I tried to bend it back into place it broke so something that will need to get fixed. I had the antenna set up by 1730z but I had not previously used my new MicroKeyer III that I picked up and I didn't have a power supply for it over at my friend's place so I had to drive the 40 minutes round trip back to my place for a power supply, after getting back to the station and getting the MicroKeyer set up it wasn't until 1900z when I was on. but it wasn't until 2151z that I had a successful contact. I was really trying hard to get true FSK to work but no one was decoding me so something wasn't right, spent several hours reading manuals and such but decided to switch to AFSK and things worked well after that. I had to shut down early Saturday to help my wife give our sick cat his medicine, so opted to reach 100 contacts and then shutdown. All S&P, worked most of what the 4BTV could hear minus a couple of folks who couldn't decode me. No operating Sunday, helped N5XJ and NX5M get up a 2 element 40 at the NX5M station, if you worked NX5M today on 40 it was from the new beam and I was the operator, we just messed around for a couple of hours testing the antenna and hanging out in the shack with the farm cats.
This was my first digital contest. Took a bit to get N1MM to receive the log data from WSJT-X. Would have been nice if there was an option to have WSJT-X reject stations that weren't following the contest exchange. I don't think alot of stations new what the CQ RU was.... I have participated twice in the ARRL DX SSB contest and had a nightmare to get a log formatted properly to upload. This time it worked like a champ and 1st time had my log uploaded. I even got the log into HRD and now have my WAS on FT8. Can you enter the contest twice, once on all bands and once on one band? I did most of my contest on 20M, so wonder if I can do a separate log submission? The rule on the 6 hours of breaks is not clear. I took 9 hours off at night and 2 hours off during the day. So, I had 11 hours off. What exactly are the requirements for breaks to meet the 6 hours off the air? The rules explanation is not clear. Had a great time and got 2 additional multipliers in the last 2 hours of the contest. Thanks, Scott, KK4RT
THE GROUP (TELLICO LAKE ARC) REALLY ENJOYED THE CONTEST. EVERYONE PARTICIPATED IN MAKING CONTACTS. THE LOW BANDS WERE FAIRLY QUIET AND COOPERATIVE...AC6ZM
Please make FT8 a separate contest or a separate class in the rtty contest. My first time, enjoyed it
New to Ham. This was my first Contest. Had to work so I did not make nearly as many contacts as I wanted, but I had a great time and hope I helped others hit the numbers they needed. Looking forward to the next one. 73 KN4USA
I can already see the headline in QST: "Roundup breaks all records!". Hybrids rock!!
Fortunately, the forecasted geomagnetic storm wasn't bad at my QTH, SFI 72, A 9 and a K index of 2 on Saturday and more of the same for Sunday. This contest, the bulk of my Qs on 80 and 40 excveeded my 20 meter total, which reflects conditions at the bottom of the solar cycle 24. It was good hearing and seeing familiar call signs! I look forward to next year's RU!
This was a great contest! Lots of participation and the bands cooperated.
Started out thinking I might do both modes, but when I realized that both N1MM and WSJTX really want to talk to the rig, I decided not to fight that, and went FT8 only. An interesting experience, definitely a learning one. I had a few funnies with WSJT-X - occasionally I would call someone and it would put the rig into transmit but not generate any tones, then on the next interval all was normal.. I thought maybe I could import the ADIF file into N1MM+ at the end to calculate the score, but N1MM didn't parse the received multipliers, so all the QSO's were worth zero! Took a little manual massaging of the WSJTx cabrillo file to get the header right - it wanted to make me "non-assisted" but as I understand it, if you use WSJTx, you are automatically "unlimited".
Really bad conditions, heard Brazil at times but no qso with him. Northern lights also made it difficult.
Propagation better than expected. Opening to stateside in the afternoon. N1MM Logger plus. RTTY was a lot more powerful tool. 50W on RTTY and 30W on FT8. Antennas G5RV 12m up and a horizontal loop at about same height. WSJT-X and N1MM created their own serial numbers. Not coordinated. Hope it is OK.
The log consists of 2 cbr files made from Win-Test logging software and WSJT-X v2.0.0-rc5
Dear Sir/Madame, I am truly sorry for taking your precious time but I have found some mistakes on the cabrillo file I have sent to you. This was my very first contest so lots of stress and confusion but also a joy! I have corrected mistakes, and also I have set wrongly the mode, suppose to be FT8 but I set RTTY. The new cabrillo file is generated but the question is, what shall I do now? Yours sincerely, Andrzej Andy Papiewski de M6OIZ
Just a few hours for SO2R practice
I was using WSJT-X and N1MM+. I noticed the cabrillo log generated by WSJT-X used the QSO end time and the cabrillo log generated by N1MM+ used the QSO start time. I expect quiet a few errors as the RR73 was quiet often not being decoded that I was sending. The other operators would wipe the QSO instead of logging and using the next serial number for there next QSO. I saw one operator not completing the QSO 3 times in a row with different station and sending the same serial number to 4 different stations.
Wasn't able to spend the full 24hrs operating as had some unforseen family things to deal with, and with an "A=22" at the start of the contest my plans for QRP changed to low power. Still had a time though... RTTY ROCKS! 73 and HNY Ian.
All Contacts made by FT8
That just felt like the most fun I’ve had in a RTTY contest… at least to-date. I think my reaction is a combination of missing out on this contest last year, being well rested, and keeping things simple by deciding to enter SO1R, unassisted, and using the HP category with about 800 watts from the SB-221. I came into this year’s RU with high hopes, especially after suffering the third failure of my 3-element SteppIR during the first hour of the 2018 running of RU. Murphy didn’t visit my station this year, although his cousin left me with a noisy florescent worklight which briefly wiped out my ability to hear weak signals. That light, never a problem in prior contests, was dispatched immediately. Strategy in this contest is very different from the others I’ve become used too. Having 24 hours out of 30 meant I got a decent night’s sleep using my entire 6 hour “off time” in one block. Then, all Q’s being worth a point and multipliers only counting once, not for each band, I tried to focus my RF to the West and only pointed NE when the bands were strongly open to EU. I had pretty good rates throughout the 24 hours but I was surprised that there wasn’t more EU activity, e.g., didn’t work a DL until mid-Sunday morning (local). While activity in EU seemed off, the number of stateside stations was great. Lots of new calls and a fair number of them weren’t in the check partial file. Hope I copied the right calls? ;o) There were several high points: First, at K5ZD’s encouragement, I used on-line contest score reporting for the first time. Boy is that fun to track as you go, and as Randy suggested, it is very motivating. AC0C and AI9T pulled ahead early but that kept me thinking, “What can I do to close the distance.” I’m sure that helped me do my best to stay focused on rate and keep my head in the game. I’ll definitely do this in future contests. Second, set a goal to a least work all states and as much of Canada as I could. With K1VMT (VT) and KT3R (DE) calling in during the last few hours, I got excited that my contest WAS (including AK and HI) might just happen. If only I could snag ND as a call-in or as I stumbled around in S&P, alas it wasn’t to be. I had the multiplier window open during the entire contest and seeing those states and provinces checked off also kept my interest going. Third, I usually enter LP but, with the cycle being what it is, I decided this time to give HP a try. While I wouldn’t push that SB-221 too hard, I could still be louder than 100W and maybe encourage more callers during my runs. Hard to know if this made as big a difference as I felt, but it really helped me shorten up my macros and get through in single exchanges. Finally, as in the OK DX RTTY and just when the grayline was favorable, VK5GR called in on 40M for a new multiplier… let’s hope this is a habit in all future contests! The only low point was when a “mode-cop” decided to camp on me in the low portion of the 40M RTTY contest segment… kept tuning up on my run frequency, transmitted CW on top of me, then switched to RTTY to tell me I couldn’t be there, swear at me, and tell me to “F@%$ OFF”, and of course he/she never ID’d. Thanks to all who kept working me through that moron’s harassment as it really helped me do my best to ignore it and “keep on, keepin on.” Finally, after a contest I’m usually motivated to work on station improvements… I’m thinking that’s my 2019 New Year’s resolution! Thanks to all who called in and 73, Rich N1IXF
FT8 was great addition to the contest. Amazing performance of WSJT-X. Cudos to K1JT and the team. Easily worked close to 1 a minute at times. Multiple instances of 2 or three decodes from one cq. This mode should be a great addition on Field Day. Many new people will be amazed how well it works.
Spent 7 hours in this one mostly pouncing. Ran for a bit Sunday aftrnoon wiht good results on 20M. Had to break for the UCONN Woman's basketball game. Thanks to all the folks who heard me and called.
This is my first contest. Operated for 24 hours with not more than 86 watts. G5RV antenna at 40ft. IC 7300 and Palstar AT2K tuner. GL to all, 73
I think FT8 took some of the Q's away from the all RTTY stations. I like FT8 but don't like 2 modes in the same contest.
40Watts, Gnd Plane on 15Mtr G5rv on others
THEN THEY WUZ FUTBOL SN0UNESCO NOW THAT IS A GREAT CALL. HNY THE CREW
First time doing the RTTY Roundup and used FT8. Really enjoyed it!
All contacts using FT-8
Part time effort just to test setup and station
Operated FT8 only. I presume most DX stations operated in RTTY, PSK, or another mode as it was very difficult to find any multipliers to attempt to work. It was a great test of future FT8 uses however with N1MM for logging. Thank you to everyone that made this possible and to the contest results review team!
Just made a two hour run at my first contest. Brad
Ran QRP, ONE HALF WATT to a 20 Foot End Fed Wire. 15 meters was quite good. 10 meters opened just as I had to leave on Sunday, but I managed to snag one contact on 10. My hearty congrats and THANKS to all for your patience. Most of you copied the exchange perfectly on the first go, with repeats rare, a testament to your stations and your skills! 73 John N6HI
As with most contests, I have other priorities and they must be done. But did have fun during the contest and did RTTY and not FT8
20M and 40M ground vertical, 80 wire dipole. All day Sunday we had a power outage due to a wind storm so operation was on emergency power. Had a great time. Thanks to all. 73 Dave N7NTQ
2019 RTTY CONTEST
This contest was a great way to test out FT8 for contesting. Lots of operators were on and the bands were full of signals. The contacts went pretty well and the 15-second overs kept my on my toes.
Time On 18:34 quit at 2200 UTC Sunday
Hit our goal of 1,000 QSO's Band conditions were rough and the DX to Europe was very short. ND was not to be found. Hoping to improve 40/80m antennas for next year. We had a great time! 73's Phil
I lost an hour and a half of time at the start of the contest, as my power was knocked out when a squirrel got onto the transformer outside my building. Luckily everything worked the rest of the time. I barely reached my goal of 100 contacts. I tried my hand at using FT8 for the contest, but it didn't work that well for me. I had much better luck with RTTY, even being QRP. Maybe it's because the FT8 users also have more modest stations. I had a harder time completing contacts than with RTTY. I found that working split on a single frequency worked better than calling on-frequency, otherwise I could never get through, and the suggestion to call +60 or +120 Hz higher didn't work with so many people working in a single 3000 Hz window. Twice the software had a bug where it started calling CQ RU8URE rather than CQ RU N8URE. I think FT8 would be better for a QRP-only contest or maybe a DX distance contest. I will try it again with VHF soon. Equipment: RS-HFIQ radio with HDSDR, Fldigi, MMTTY. Antenna: Full-wave loop for 20 m strung around my apartment balcony, tuned to other bands with rebuilt MFJ-9201 tuner (of course the original parts broke, it's an MFJ).
These were my first RTTY contacts. I just upgraded to General last month. Still learning these new (to me) HF Digital modes. And how to use/interface with my new IC-7300. I submitted 91 contacts and got 46 LoTW confirmations within 24 hrs. I'm pleased with what I got in just 4 hrs working the contest.
I did notoperate FT8 in this contest. Nothing against FT8, as I use it extensively for DX weak signal work, as I have a very small station on a city lot, and run no more than 100 watts. I think FT8 is a great new digital mode, and a mode to have in every hams arsenal. I just do not believe it is appropriate in an RTTY contest. IMHO, I believe the ARRL should consider adding some contests centered around WSJT type digital modes that are more geared to computer to computer (robot to robot) type of contacts. Many contacts made with FT8 would not be possible with RTTY due to signals so weak they could not be decoded. 100% of the decoding and decision making of what was received is 100% in the software. With RTTY, the error correction is not as precise and weak signals at or in the noise floor that can be detected with FT8, cannot with RTTY. I really hope the ARRL thinks this through very thoroughly before adding FT8 into the RTTY contest. Contests structured with WSJT types of digital platforms, I think, would be more appropriate. As for band conditions this contest, I really miss those sunspots! DX mults were rough on 20m, and the EU opening was short lived for those of us with low power and low antennas. Tried to beat my best score from 2016, but just could not find or attract any more mults. Set a goal of 700 Qs, but missed that by a lot. Just could not find any new calls to work. Still had fun as always. 73 Gene, N9TF Rig, K3S 100 watts, MMTTY/N1MM+, 2 element tribander 10-20 at 37' 40/80 short 100' dipole at 35' broadside NE/SW.
WHEW THE NOISE WAS BAD IN WNC. GOOD CONTEST THOUGH. TNX TO ALL WHO ANSWERED ME. 73, BILL
20M horrible 40 & 80 fair
I was glad to see lots of RTTY activity with no interference from FT8. I like both modes but had better rates with RTTY and will probably stick with that next time to avoid being in the Unlimited category. Please have more FT8 only contests. The one in Dec. was fun as well.
I chickened out FT-8 in the last minute and stayed in RTTY Baud only, but fairly stayed busy all the time. Mostly worked W and VE's, cannot wait for SSN to come back for more DX.
WHEN I FIRST OPENED THE ARRL RTTY ROUNDUP MODULE IT ASKED ME FOR MY QTH. I ANSWERED AND PUT IN "MO". I RAN THE CONTEST AND MADE 125 CONTACTS. WHEN I CREATED MY CABRILLO FILE I THOUGHT IT WAS OK. i WAS WRONG . WHEN I SUBMITTED IT, IT TOLD ME I HAD 125 ERRORS. IT PUT THE SEQUENCE NUMBERS INSTEAD OF MY QTH "MO". I HAD TO CHANGE ALL THE SEQUENCE NUMBERS WITH MY QTH "MO". DON'T KNOW WHAT I DID WRONG JUST THOUGHT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW. BY THE WAY, IT HAPPENED LAST YEAR ALSO. LARRY- NO0L
Fun contest, fair conditions
Participation in FT8 Mode.
We had little time to configure our new computer and radio, happily we are already with everything walking for the next contest. The propagation was not favorable. We will listen to each other in the next contest. 73 of the OA4O team
I did not copy everybody, and everybody did not read me. Propagation was alright. Sometimes I did not click efficiently, neither did others. I prefer automations. I had to insert my own exchange into the logging window. The rest was fun, so I enjoyed the roundup. I configured N1MM logger then minimized it, only in order to export a cabrillo log. I checked duplicates as I did before.
Software WSJT-X Version 2.0.0 for digital mode FT8. ANT 40m folded dipole ANT 20m quarterwave vertical RIG FT-857D Wx overcast melting snow 0C
This was my first FT8 contest I expected more stations to participate. There would have been enough room for more stations. It was fun to be there. 73 dE OE6STD
NOTE, THAT VO1BQ GAVE 'NL' AS HIS STATE, BUT MY SOFWARE DID NOT ACCEPT IT AND IT MAY NOT BE HIS OFFICIAL STATE.
A fun contest in spite of terrible conditions!15 and 10 meters never opened at all, and 20 meters was very disappointing. Even though I could decode a handfull of US stations, I never got a response from any of them. Only DX outside Europe was ZP4KFX, a really big surprise, plus a handful of stations from Asia and the Middle East. Our antenna equipment at OH2K is very modest after a disastrous mishap with our antenna tower in August 2018 (full story on qrz.com), so we have only a dipole for 80 meters and an off center fed dipole for 160 meters that works on 40 and 20. Both antennas are about 20 feet off the ground. WSJT-X 2.0 GA with the latest version of N1MM+ made the contest interesting for a digital rookie like myself. My only previous contest experience apart from the 2018 FT8 Roundup is in SSB. I'm looking forward to more digital contests! 73 de Tom OH6VDA
IC-756ProII, 50 W, Mosley TA-33M Triband Yagi, 40/80m Trap Dipole Statistics: 124 gross QSOs - 6 dupl QSOs = 118 QSO points Multipliers: 34 DXCC entities, zero USA/Canada states/provinces Claimed score: 34 * 118 = 4012
Icom IC-7100 Vertical 10..40 m Dipole 40/80 m
My first ham contest ever. Thanks to the ARRL for organizing the competition. The instructions were clear and excellent. The best thing was to learn new things. 73's Mika / OH6XO
RX/TX IC-7600, Amp. SPE 1-K Antennas:Cushcraft X-9 20-15-10 Windom 80-10m,Butternut 80-40m
GOOD CONTEST. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 FRIENDS. TCVR: YAESU FT-897d 30 W, ANT: GP, SW: FLDigi 3.21
Remotered own TS590s via Remoteham.com
rig TS-590S, ants sloper 41 m and dipole 2 x 5.8 m, pwr 100 W
GOOD CONTEST. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 FRIENDS. TCVR: YAESU FT-897d 30 W, ANT: GP, SW: FLDigi 3.21
The contest was great fun due to SO2R. Even I spend 1 day with preparing of the contest, I did not had full setup possible. I did not had any beverage antennas so I lost some qsos on low bands, but on the other hand our new 20m system worked great. Thanks to OK2ZAW and OK1MU for support and to all of you for QSOs, 73!
40 W, 3 band dipole (14,21,28), FD4 Windom
Many TNX for adding FT8 to this nice contest. Had to get my new IC7610 linked with N1MM and WSJTx which took some time. At the end switching between modes was simple only forgot to set the sequence number sometimes. Sorry for that!
Nice first contest in FT8. 212 QSO, 43 DXCC entities (less USA and Canada) and 23 states/provinces.
Great to enjoy this contest on FT8 mode. Looking forward to the next one. 73s Ray the PA5DX
Nice contest and no problems with the software.
Tnx fer very nice Contest TRX Kenwood TS590s Ant Butternut HF5B/Inverted L
Made a serial number error when restarting on Sunday Great contest! Lots of local qrm, but managed to get a nice number of contacts
TS590S, barefoot; average output to antenna 50Watts. Horizontal dipole, trimmed for 80,40,20 & 15M bands; 5m over ground. No activity/propagation on 15 and 10M bands.
Bom dia, Parabéns pelo "conteste" minha primeira participação em um conteste ARRL. 73 Good Morning Congratulations on the "contest". My first participation in an ARRL RTTY Roundup, 73
Thank you so much for your support. dear friend ED. Vy 73! С уважением,R3OZ Vlad Kulakov firstname.lastname@example.org
RIG(s): KENWOOD TS-450S; ANTENNA(s): GP
FT-450 50wt, ant dipole T2FD
Thank you for the contest
TX 5 Watts, Ant Magnetic Loop (indoor)
FT897D, 50W, 5/8 Sirio-CB and LDG AT100Pro ant tuner
Icom 7800 pwr 80 watts, Ant ECO
RIG - YAESU FT-1000MP MARK v field, dipole
FT-2000, vertical antena 9m tall, home location. Just gave a few points!
TRX: FT-920 100W Vertical ECO+7
73 de SM5SIC Gran
Radio:ICOM 746 ONLY 100W 80 MONO0BAND DIPOL ANTENA VERTICAL 7-BAND
super contest. see you in next year.vy 73 Chris
RIG:FT-950 PWR:15 ANT:2el DeltaLoop
TRX IC730 ABT 50W, ANT inw V 2x19,5m to: https://contest-log-submission.arrl.org
Kenwood TS-870S, ANT W3DZZ or GP-5
THX - VERY NICE CONTEST
The popular digital mode makes its HF contest debut January 5 – 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiozgqWvxN8
RIGS: YAESU FT-920 WITH ATU AND VERTICAL ANTENNA 10 MTRS HIGH.
42min, 2h 11min, 3h 4min=5h57min
42min, 2h 11min, 3h 4min=5h57min
Thanks for contest
ADDRESS IS QLS MANAGER, VE7BV 7135 BLACKWELL ROAD KAMLOOPS, BC V2C 6V8 Canada
Ktnwood TS-590S pwr. 70W ant. Windom
At the danu contest, having accepted the fate the first time, no matter what happened to them, only those years got stuck, I met a 15 meter mast and 80 m antenna in order to get a chance. Worked 50 W, passing was not. Even worse, these were links. Thank you to the organizers that this contingency on FT8 is being held.
Thanks for the good contest IC746 ant Delta loop
UNSURE HOW TO CALCULATE SCORE
All RTTY contacts, didn't bother with FT-8 this time round.
Fun contest as usual. Did not spend as much time operating as I should have but enjoyed operating in the contest. Sadly, I did not try FT8 during the contest. Next year! Q's. 73 Serge VA3SB
Given the generally poor and highly variable propagation conditions these days, this contest (and indeed ALL HF contests) should also allow operation on the 17m and 30m bands (subject to Band Plan restrictions). Thanks!
2 Observations on my part: 1- FT8 is fun, wanted to do some RTTY but it's hard to change modes when multipliers keep popping up on the band so I find it detrimental to the others digitals modes. 2-Sunday afternoon, some RTTY operators decided to transmit on 14132 over FT8 signals, probably in need of new contacts, not a gentleman move... For next year, I suggest to make the contest in 2 parts: first 24h FT8 only, second 24h RTTY and others digitals modes and you add scores for final results.
Bonjour. Je n'est pas reçu mon certificat de Participation. Est-ce normal? Merci.
Started on FT8 and Switched to RTTY and planned to do a lot more. But soundcard problems returned and new soundcard arrives Monday!
WHY IS THIS CONTEST NAMED RTTY ROUNDUP IF OTHER MODES ARE ALLOWED?? THERE'S TONS OF RTTY ACTIVITY, WHY NOT SEPARATE CONTESTS PER MODE??
Running ARRL RTTY Roundup on the same frequency as non-contesters is sub-optimal, in my view. Perhaps different frequencies next year? 80 meters had very good propagation as the contest was ending.
K3, 75W both modes. No cluster assistance, just the wsjt-x multiple-channel decoder that forced me to enter as Unlimited.
This was a father-son effort at VE3KTB. This is 19 year old VA3LML's second ever RTTY contest and he was able to enjoy some prime operating with lots of stations on 20m on Sunday including the occasional pileup. Not easy to get through operating low power, but eventually most of them were worked. Thanks for all the contacts!
Sorry first contest all ft8 hoping everything is entered correctly :)
I had a lot of fun on the first weekend of the year doing the RTTY Contest.
Not a serious effort but interesting to mix FT8 and RTTY.
Great first contest!
For me there were questions going into this contest regarding the assimilation of FT8 with RTTY and for me whether I want to continue to participating in this mixed bag. Seemed a little like a "shotgun wedding"! I'm not sure many questions were answered, however having participated in RTTY RU for many of the 30+ years, I am one who would like to keep it all RTTY. I know it is a "Digital" contest, but in the past very very few, if any, other digital modes were used. It is not a condemnation of FT8 as I have made hundreds of Qs on FT8, but I think the character of the RTTY RU is best maintained with just RTTY. There should be other FT8 contests, maybe short in length to compensate for the boredom of watching automated Qs being made. :-)
Great Contest. Score was up from last year, thanks in part to converting over to SO2V operating and the addition of FT8, which came in handy when we needed to get thos multipliers that were hiding. QSO Rates were down for day 2 (Sunday). Had some computer issues (as usual) that limited us somewhat, but we are happy with the result
Thank you for sponsoring the contest.
Interesting but way too slow for my taste.
Had a good time for the amount of time I had for this contest. Early Eagles Playoff party. Anyway bands were in pretty good shape. I don't do FT8 and I am a bit confused why whey the brain trust decided to put FT8 into this contest??? Don't get me wrong what ever floats your boat. I would rather see Ft8 have there own contest and not take away Q's from RTTY. Just my 2$. Wonder if anyone else out there feels the same way. W3FiZ/Pat
This is the third time that I have participated in the ARRL RTTY Roundup contest. It has been a year since I made even a single radio teletype QSO so I had to spend a few hours reconfiguring my station and familiarizing myself with the software and hardware. I have never used FT8 which has become a very popular weak signal digital mode. When FT8 was added to this contest I had concerns that RU would no longer be a RTTY contest but that certainly was not the case this year. I hope that the FT8 mode will become a separate event. The first half of the contest was really fast moving, after 12 hours of running two transceivers I had 1100 QSOs in my log. During the second half my run rates slowed significantly and I even had to search and pounce at times. 80% of my QSOs were with the U.S. and Canada, unfortunately participation outside this area was low, making finding new country multipliers a challenge. 20m and 40m had excellent domestic openings and also good but short openings to Europe. 15m had good openings to the western U.S. but I quickly ran out of stations. I worked a little DX on 15m, surprisingly four loud New Zealand stations called me but I heard no one in the Caribbean or Europe. My station worked perfectly and despite poor propagation this was a fun contest. Thank you for the QSOs, please QSL via WD9DZV. 73,John
Thanks for sponsoring, organizing, and administering this event.
HOA 100 watts to rain gutter for antenna. Much easier to make contacts via RTTY than FT8!
Resubmited log to change RY to DG and non assisted to assisted because of using WSJT-X SW.
This is my first time to successfully use N1MM+, MMTTY, and MK2R+ with the GRAB, LOGThenPop, and Dualing CQ features. Every time previously, there always seemed to be a snag with eithe the hardware or the software - one radio or the other wouldn't both RCV and XMIT. It finally was an enjoyable experience, rather than an exercise in frustration which has always led to giving up and doing something relaxing. 2 x K3 in full SO2R setup. Now time for the operator to upgrade his SO2R skills
FT8 RTTY worked well for me. CQ (run) is the easiest to do but I believe Click & Bounce allows for more contacts to be had. So less CQ and more S & P. In my opinion, keep you TX freq tap fixed at a clear/open location on the waterfall and move TX tab around when needed to maintain a clear frequency. In doing so increases the chances of the CQer decoding your reply. Winter Field Day is coming up shortly, may the best Club win! GO CLUB W6ZE!
This is the first time I an contesting and I hope the log sent is correct. To improve the upload process it would be great to have an example of a line with all the fields you are expecting. Since I am not a heavy contester and I am not using any special logging software. I had to format the Cabrillo file by hand and I couldn't find any clear information on what to put on each QSO line.
First time working RTTY Roundup, lots of fun.
Highlight was working K1JT on FT8
I had to give FT8 a try in the contest even though my only antenna is lying on the roof. K1JT's FT8 performed very well in contest mode as well as VK3AMA's JT-Alert.
Heard VE1 for the first time! I credit the gain on the hex beam.
Was going to do a 20m, 100 watt part time effort! Due to high winds on the hill I had to go QRT. Well actually the winds put an end to the contest for me, lets leave it at that !
All contacts made with FT using WSJT-X version2.0. It was a fun contest.
Just because they're both horses, you can't plow with thoroughbreds and race donkeys and expect the same results. The greatly dissimilar QSO rates between RTTY and FT8 make it difficult for FT8 to compete when the contest categories do not differentiate between modes. At this point, solutions are probably to (1) keep these modes in separate contests, viz., RTTY RU and FT8 RU, or (2) have separate categories and scores in RTTY RU for modes, or (3) help the WSJT-X development team to engineer still another, faster mode with a smaller payload: drop the grid for HF contesting or be willing to sacrifice some decoding accuracy (forego FEC).
Interesting contest this year with FT8 included. Not sure how to state my entry status. I am going to specify ASSISTED, TRANSMITTER ONE, as I used wsjt-x Ver 2.0. I do not use any other spotters, decoders, etc. Maybe some rules revisions?? A wind storm and 7 hour power outage did not help either. Cleanup is a bummer. See you all next year.
I enjoyed the contest. Nice to try both modes, and to find 15 open. Thanks to all for the QSOS (and apologies for the ones I bobbled). Antenna: Inverted V, 10m at apex Rig: Icom IC-7610 Power: Elecraft KPA-500 Software: Win4Icom, VSPE, WSJT-X, N1MM+ Software stack worked great (had to add 2 FT8 contacts I made before I opened the WSJT Decode list window). Occasionally FT8 QSOs "got out of sync" and/or logged multiple time. Me, them, propagation, sw, or? I need to learn the protocol for what to do when FT8 QSOs seem to go into "limit cycles" (endless repeats). Kudos to the SW devs who made this stuff interoperate.
A newbie to FT8 having only downloaded the program at the end of December. Had quite a bit of fun. Thanks! 73, Todd KH2TJ
THANKS FOR SUCH A NICE CONTEST
There seemed to be more activity from North America this year. I didn't follow FT8 activity but I don't think it affected RTTY participants. Conditions here in the northern latitude "Black hole"were poor to Europe on Saturday but improved on Sunday morning. Still 13 countries shy of last year's total. Where was North Dakota???
For variety, I did this one SO2R using only FT8, which lends itself well to dueling QSOs. Even so, it was a bit too much staring at the screen and clicking every minute or two. My vote is to take the final step and get the human out of the loop and and let the robots battle it out. It's still competitive since my robot is better than your robot is fundamentally the same as my antenna is bigger than your antenna. Better to embrace AI than to fight it.
I tried to do an all FT-8 on this contest. The jury is out, hard to say if this is a contest mode or not.
Enjoy running RTTY more than new digital mode.
Thanks to W4UK for his QST article that got me interested in participating in this contest. First time on RTTY in all my years of Ham Radio. Had a blast and this is a fun operating mode. Just goes to show there is always an unexplored aspect of Ham Radio to provide a new experience.
Last year, I was mostly calling CQ on a fixed frequency on 40M and 80M. This year, I tried finding stations that were calling CQ on 20M, 40M and 80M. Pluses and minuses to either approach. I was just happy to get my Greenkeys Teletype M28ASR on-the-air again.
Great fun to be in the contest using FT8.
. . .first contest since upgrade to "AE"; first time using Fldigi/N3FJP together--worked fb. . .
This was the first RTTY contest for my new Yaesu FTDX-3000. Wow! The radio has a great receiver with excellent selectivity. It didn't wear me out after what would normally be a few hours. Thanks to all the great ops on the low bands that heard my 50-watt signal! Even tried the FT8 part of the contest and have decided it is not for me.
This was my first-ever time using RTTY. It was very fun. I look forward to more contests and DXpedition chasing using RTTY.
ARRL RTTY Roundup Call: WB0TEV Operator(s): WB0TEV Station: WB0TEV Class: SO Unlimited HP QTH: NTX Operating Time (hrs): 10:31 Summary: Band RTTY Qs Dig Qs ----------------------- 80: 68 0 40: 138 14 20: 228 20 15: 17 4 10: 0 0 ----------------------- Total: 451 38 State/Prov = 54 Countries = 40 Total Score = 45,966 Club: DFW Contest Group Comments: Only a part time effort (10h31m) due to competing opportunities/demands. As expected, FT8's primary utility was for scooping up DX mults (40% of DX mults came from FT8) while RTTY of course was the mode for rate. Of US mults, only missed OK as I am too close here in NTX and I wasn't on the air Saturday night when I could have gotten it on 80m. Only worked the main VE mults (QC,ON, MB, SK, AB & BC) the remainder were conspicuous by their absence. Most exotic mult from FT8 was 9L1YXJ. I seriously doubt that FT8 will supplant RTTY in this contest long term, despite the concerns of some. It will however make a nice supplement, a source of otherwise unobtainable DX mults and for the big guns who manage to work the bands dry otherwise it will provide a pool of fresh meat as I suspect there are many FT8 types who don't do RTTY contesting but will dive in to the RU. Kudos to Rick Ellison N2AMG (the chief RTTY/digital coder on the N1MM team) and the rest of the crew for coding up an initial interface between N1MM+ and WSJT-X in support of this and other RTTY/Digi contests. For something that was coded up in a hurry it worked out pretty well and I'm sure will only improve in further releases. Rick and others even hung out on the N1MM+ groups io reflector during the contest fielding questions and assisting those that didn't have a setting or two quite right. Indeed that's what alerted me that I needed to go back into the N1MM+ contest setup and choose DIGITAL instead of RTTY and do a Rescore Current contest to have it pick up and score the FT8 QSOs properly. 73, Victor WB0TEV
My humble submission! Only had two just over an hour sessions, one Saturday night and one late Sunday (until the contest ended!). N1MM+ Contest Software, Yaesu FT-2000, Yaesu SCU-17 Interface, Windows 10 Desktop. Ran 75 Watts to a G5RV at 35 feet. Stayed on 40M as there were plenty of folks for me to work. Had a blast! 73 to all! Steve WB4OMM
The FT8 portion of this contest should be a completely separate contest, with its own rules. I only did FT8 and I could have used high power and still follow the power rules. After the contest ended, I attempted to import into N1MM to figure out my score; failed to import all of the data. I probably did not set some check box in the convoluted N1MM setup directions.
What great contest weather... High winds >35 MPH and rain to keep us indoors this weekend. Yesterday, I had to stop for a bit when the 20 Meter Yagi elements were hitting each other causing the amplifier to complain. And the rain static was bad... I got started a bit late because of a self-inflicted check-box error that was fun to find. But all was well after that. Until this morning when I turned on the computer and had no audio going to the programs. This morning for some reason Windoze thought that it should turn off the microphone input??!!?? With all of the time transmitting during runs, both the radio (IC-7610) and the amplifier ran cool according to their internal thermometers. I stayed up late hoping to catch a bunch of JA's but that didn't happen. Just the normal trickle here and there. Other than the rain static, the bands were quite noise free here which was nice on my ears. There were some great long runs of 128/hour which was a lot of fun. I noticed that most people gave the FT8 mode a wide berth - also nice. Definitely, lots of activity on most bands. A few of us even made some 10 Meter contacts. There were only three duplicates that came my way - not to bad, I guess. Thank you for all of the KB's and QSOs this weekend, it was a lot of fun. And, probably, the last RU from this ranch. Bill
ALL RTTY CONTACTS
Had family over, operated part time. Still lots of fun. Score not even clos to last years.
What a blast! Conditions were excellent. I used my new 160 meter vertical on 80 meters and it worked great. Had 50MPH winds here, and it did a little damage, but I was able to repair everything.
After living the last 6 months in China, I came back to a questionable station status. Things were pretty much working when I did the last contest in March 2018. Since returning home, most everything seemed okay. Upon further investigation, a few things aren't right, such as 160M and 30M SWR (not an issue for this contest), my homebrew stackmatch isn't switching between upper and lower, and my 2nd tower rotator isn't indicating. The good news is that it still rotates, and I can observe direction during daylight. Because I didn't plan to operate full time, I started the contest 1.5 hours late. A few hours into the contest, I got the dreaded "ERR 12V" problem on one of my K3's. The RX still works, but you're limited to about 10 watts. It's one thing to do this contest low power, but you really need SO2R to keep it somewhat interesting. Since I wasn't operating seriously, I took an hour to tear apart the radio, un-seat and re-seat the 100W PA connectors hoping that the oxidation would have improved and get me going again. A few transmissions later proved me wrong. So I turned the power way, way down to about 3 watts and drove one of my amplifiers to get the 100w out. Took another hour off a bit later on Saturday night to spend time with my daughter. Then, I got about 7 hours of sleep, operated a bit Sunday morning, but found that EU was pretty sparse on 20M. Then at 16z, took another 2 hours off to go to church and make breakfast with my daughter. Operated the last 5.5 hours straight. Yeah, quite the marathon chair session, huh? LOL Another year I'm kicking myself after the fact for not operating the contest full time. No one to blame but myself, and a little feeling guilty for leaving my daughter to fend for herself most of the weekend. Makes me wonder what I could have accomplished if I operated full-time. Writelog says I operated just under 18 hours of the 24 allowed. Note to self for next year: Operate full time!!!! 100% RTTY. I've been really enjoying HF FT8 since returning from China (wow, did that really explode in acceptance/usage in 6 months!), but I didn't want to be classified as assisted, nor did I think that you could sustain the same rates. I was afraid that there would be less people on RTTY, causing rate to go down the drain, but that didn't seem the case, which is good. FT8 is great for DXing, but not ready for prime-time contesting. Yet. FT8 is evolving a ton over the last 12 months, so I wouldn't doubt more changes will come and help FT8 contesting. 73 and thanks for the QSOs. Chad WE9V 2x K3 50/100' KT34XA stack, Mosley TA34 for 2nd radio XM240 at 110', converted to W6NL Moxon 80M Dipole at 95' http://www.we9v.com
With my new IC-7300 I wanted to get re-started with digital HF again after many years. Reading Steve Ford WB8IMY's "Get on the Air with HF Digital" got me psyched for FT-8, so I loaded and set up WSJT-X on Saturday morning and worked a few stations in the contest. I even worked my neighbor K1JT, creator of FT-8! A rewarding weekend overall! 73, John WJ3P
TENNESSEE CONTEST GROUP
This is another K3/0 remote operation from NX6T in Fallbrook. This weekend was ad-Hoc all around. I originally planned to run my FT-1000mp @100 watts RTTY (the 1000mp LOAFS along at 100 watts) from W7AYT's QTH into the latest incarnation of the WQ6X Lazy 8jK sloper. Unfortunately, CAT cable failures meant that while I could easily send/receive RTTY, I would not be able to CAT-control the radio. Fortunately, I brought my secret "black bag" containing an Elecraft K3/0 and all of its attendant GooDies allowing the operation of STN-1 @NX6T in Fallbrook. The onsite K3 fed a classic Acom 2000 amplifier to produce 550 - 950 watts (depending on the band, my mood and temperature/heat situation in the Fallbrook ham shack). All the equipment problems kept me off the air for the 1st 5 hours. At 23:00z the K3/0 went to work putting 41 QSOs in the log. Shifting to 40 and then 80 and back to 40 produced some very nice frequency runs. Only MS & ND kept WQ6X from WAS. Where were the more eastern Canadians (VE4, VE1, VE8, VY & VO)? Running a Stepp-IR & 2-element shorty-40 made it easy to work stations off the backside (or BI-directional); which is how all the KH6 and ZL stations made it into the log. A pair of 10-meter openings on Sunday put CX7 & YV1 into the log. 10 often sounds dead because everyone is listening and no one is calling CQ. The biggest confusion was the callsign prefixes not matching their area (Ex: NY6 in NY, NZ8 in TX, W8 in SC, etc.) In many cases, stations SHOULD have signed /portable when they were in "rare" states (like NV, WY and DE) so they stand out more, encouraging more calling stations. A BEEF I have with most RTTY contests are the IDIOTs who use the 14.100 NCDXF Beacon frequency as their personal run frequency. We already have ENOUGH difficulty copying the beacons without IDIOT-LID RTTY OPs adding to the reception problem. Did YOU work the ARRL RTTY RU? Is WQ6X in YOUR LoG? Look for a contest BLOG writeup on this GiG at: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.com
Contest was educational and fun. Because of the heavy use of my station with the FT8 transmissions, I was able to find two unknown problems and fix them. I am looking forward to the ARRL Field Day event and the use of FT8. (Especially with the solar minimum currently going on)
Log Exported from N1MM. Doesn't seem to reflect the contacts were all on FT8. Can send in a Cabrillo log from wsjt-x if that would help. de wt6k
My first ever RTTY contest now that I have a RTTY friendly radio (Icom-7300). I'm hooked! Tried the FT8 side of it several times and it did not enthuse me at all.
I ENJOYED THE CONTEST VERY MUCH, HI AFTER 40 YRS. BEING A HAM I AM STILL HAVING FUN. JUST LEARNING MY WAY AROUND N1MM, HI, CUL. BILL (WWADD)
I had some difficulties with wsjt-x since many operators used the RRR 73 mode trying to make the QSOs faster but later they still requested confirmations. Each QSO received as well, I saw the need to resend the confirmation and then my software repeated the QSOs. I deleted many duplicate contacts for that cause. That mode in WSJT-X should only be used in expeditions so as not to cause confusion. The best software combination I found was: WSJT-X with N1MM Logger and DXLAB suite with Commander to control the radio. I did not use DXKEEPER or JTAlert because they did not make a good match. With the WSJT-X log and the N1MM log it was possible to correct the few errors I had in the first attempt to send my log. Congratulations. Congratulations for the contest, the second in which I participate. Now I have returned to the hobby
I very happy joined this great ARRL-ROUNDUP 2019 contest, GL de YB1IM
Selamat dan sukses untuk Amatir Radio Terima kasih - Salam damai dari Indonesia 73
ARRL RTTY ROUNDUP WITH FT-8 DIGITAL MODE IS THE BEST Thank you very much for ARRL.ORG
Thank you for the great contest. This is the first time I joined one of the ARRL contests. It would be nice if you can provide certificate of participation for all contesters. de YD2DSV '73
very happy with this contest, hopefully it will be sustainable in the coming years
Trx - SunSDR2 (5 Wt); Ant Inv.V; Tnx & 73!
IC-7300, 80W fsk, 41m sloping wire.73 Szigy.
FT950, DIAMOND BB6 ANTENNA, 35 W
IC 7300 PWR 100W ANT GP/DIPOLE
SEVERAL TRIPS TO WORK PUT ME ALMOST OUT.... ANYWAY A PLEASURE WORK THE CONTEST WITH MY NEW CONTEST CALLSIGN YW6CQ Op YV6BXN 73
Much planning for very few contacts. But I did enjoy some the challenge. Low power and only a Zepp and a vertical and seriously bad band conditions is a challenge!
Enjoyed the contest but conditions appeared worse than last year.