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7N2UQC   Contact Moderator
I could enjoy the good contest.
Tnx for a fine contest again.
IC-7600, Dipole-Ant.
 
9A7B   Contact Moderator
VERRY GOOD CONTEST
 
AA5AU   Contact Moderator
My 33rd RTTY Roundup. It never gets old.
 
AA5H   Contact Moderator
Both FT8 and RTTY - Novice Class
 
AB5XM   Contact Moderator
Elevated 19' wire vertical @ 31' with 3 counterpoise wires @ 12
Enjoyed the contest! Thanks for putting it on!!
 
AC4G   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Lost time at beginning of contest having to reinstall logging software and
reconfiguring.  Afterwards, spent time with PC attempting to get logging
software and rig communicating to each other.  Finally got it working late that evening.  Lots of
fun making OSO's.  Only did S&P, but sure if I had ran, I could have done better.  This was my first
time in the ARRL RTTY RU. Thanks for the QSO's.
 
AC8JF   Contact Moderator
Best fun I've had with 30 watts in a long time!
 
AE6JV   Contact Moderator
For me, 80M was the best band in time/Q.
It was nice to see 15M somewhat open.
 
AF8A   Contact Moderator
My first RU since 2018 - it was good to be back, and to hear many familiar
calls.  It was also my first RTTY contest using the Apple Mac OS environment.  I used flrig, fldigi
and RUMLogNG with my Omni VII.  It took a while to get the three applications talking to one
another, but everything was working, the contest was a lot of fun.  Using a waterfall for tuning,
instead of an XY scope, was a much easier adjustment than I expected.  Tnx QSOs!
 
AI4WU   Contact Moderator
Not exactly a personal best, but certainly a good bit of fun for
the first contest of the new year! Hoping to be more radioactive
in 2021!
 
AJ4A   Contact Moderator
I usually multiop with local club and friends.COVID-19 changed all that. Wanted to tinker with
RTTY(FSK)/N1MM+/MMTTY/IC-7610. First try with that combo. Busy weekend yet managed to get everything
going in the heat of battle- but not before 'breaking' my rig interface while working to get RTTY
up. First 15 Q's were logged before realizing interface was inop... Ran 100 Watts or less at times.
Good hardware test overall. HNY all.
 
AL6A   Contact Moderator
IC-7100 100W feeding a Buddipole 1/4 wave vertical in my backyard.  Conditions in Alaska were less
than stellar for this contest despite having been great in the days leading up to the contest.  N1MM
bug with WSJT-X struck 5 or 6 times, likely costing a few exchanges but the bigger issue was poor
propagation.  I estimate a busted exchange rate of nearing 50% due to rapidly fluctuating
propagation.  Regardless, it was a fun contest!  Looking forward to the next one.
 
CO7HNS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Muchas gracias por permitirme participar en tan importante concurso, fue un placer poder contactar
con tantos colegas de diferentes entidades, gracias a todos por confirmar nuestro QSO en QRZ.COM,
LOTW, ÇHRDLog y CLUBLog, nos encontramos pronto en otros, 73 Humberto CO7HNS
 
CT2FEY   Contact Moderator
Low use of FT4 and frequency FT8 limitations on Europe.
Very low number of stations working on 15m for the contest on Ft8/FT4.
 
DG5LP   Contact Moderator
To be honest, on FT8 the contest was a nightmare. WSJT-X crashed several times, resetting the
tx-counter and changing the ADIF-header. Mistakes of the WSJT-X auto sequencer caused lot of NILs or
invalid QSOs. The issue is, that WSJTX-answers unsolicited R-reports or R-Reports confirming "old"
reports with RR73. It pops up the log session requesting the transmitted report. Unfortunately, if
canceled, the QSO will be NIL, if entered, the tx-control number is doubled. All the problems were
reported to the WSJT-X team, but up to now no answer received. Another issue is that the ARRL log
upload application does non accept the cabrillo file generated by WSJT-X.
 
DJ3GE   Contact Moderator
FT991A >> AT139 >> FD3 (dipole) / MFB23 (2 Ele-Mini-Yagi)
 
DL1MHJ   Contact Moderator
Mni tnx for nice contacts. HNY de Torsten, DL1MHJ
QSO #0152 doubled (sent one time before QSO Nr 0001)
 
DL6NWA   Contact Moderator
FT-991A + GP
 
DL7VOG   Contact Moderator
Hello friends,
first of all I wish you and your families a happy and healthy 2021.
The first big contest of the year is over. Not even breathtaking conditions. A hand full of JA
stations (exactly 11), RA0WHE and RW0AJ as the only eastern Russia  but not a single YB, HL, VU or
other far east station.
The most western state was CO on my side, the rest east coast, LU5VV and PY2KNK the only South
Americans.
40m was almost useless during the late night, 20m closed before 16:00z.
The ARRL Roundup is always fun and a MUST!

73 - Gerd / DL7VOG
 
EA3FHP   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The DXCC country/entity of EA3FHP is CATALONIA.
 
EA3HKA   Contact Moderator
Asta el proximo concurso,Saludos
 
EA4BAS   Contact Moderator
Icom 7300
EAXBEAM
Dipole 40 - 80 m.
 
EA4FME   Contact Moderator
Icom 7610
Rotative Dipole
 
EU8F   Contact Moderator
73  FT-817  DELTA LOOP
 
EW8G   Contact Moderator
Ant GP (UW4HW)10-15-20m , INV.Vee DIPOLE 40/80m
30w digi
 
EW8OM   Contact Moderator
73!
 
EW8Z   Contact Moderator
73!
 
G4IAT   Contact Moderator
Not entering the contest just providing details
of my QSOs to confirm other stations' logs
 
G8VVY   Contact Moderator
Usual 'minimalist' set-up ... FT817 and fan dipoles in loft about 9m agl. 20m opened a bit for me
mid afternoon and so able to get some contacts 'across the pond'! Nice to give some points away.
 
GU0SUP   Contact Moderator
Only had a few hours to play, but it was great fun. Nice to see so
many RTTY stations active. A nice opening to west coast USA on
Sunday afternoon made it enjoyable, especially chasing the States.
 
HA5PT   Contact Moderator
I used WSJT/FT8 very first time in a contest, it was fun. Thank you for contest QSOs. HNY 2021!
 
HB9ARK   Contact Moderator
First time in FT8 at a contest.
In holiday mode, not in contest mode
As contest training
 
HB9MXY   Contact Moderator
ICOM-718 with 40 watts on 2 element SteppIR resp. 40/80 trap
dipole. Both antennas are 12 m over ground. Tnx for nice contest,
hpe cu next year, stay safe es vy 73 de Rudolf
 
I2WIJ   Contact Moderator
Firts contest of the year in RTTY. HNY to all.
 
I2XLF   Contact Moderator
KENWOOD TS450S  ANT.DIPOLE
 
IK0ALH   Contact Moderator
E-MAIL: rinaldialdo@virgilio.it
 
IK0GDG   Contact Moderator
HERE, BIG STORM OF RAIN.SORRY
 
IK2BUF   Contact Moderator
73 gl in dx!
 
IK2OVT   Contact Moderator
TNX FOR YOUR JOB X THE CONTEST GL ET VY 73.
NOT PROPAGATION X 15/10MT IN ITALY.
VY GOOD PARTECIPATION OM.
 
IK3SWB   Contact Moderator
First time on a this contest. I tried only RTTY mode.
 
IK4XQT   Contact Moderator
kenwood ts 140 s 40 w ant. windom nvis below of roof!
 
IN3OWY   Contact Moderator
TS-590SG  95 W  ANT. LW
 
IT9VCE   Contact Moderator
Total Activity 8 hours.
 
IU4JJP   Contact Moderator
Rtx KENWOOD TS 590S / Ant. VERTICAL 12 m + ENDFED 41 m
 
IW2KPL   Contact Moderator
This is my first RTTY contest.

Very fun but truly challenging with my small antenna, an Windom 7-band
OFC dipole (42 mt. total length long) only one meter hight from the roof
of my condominium od 6 floor, and a Yaesu FT-991.

'73 IW2KPL / HB9GPO / KK6TIA
 
IZ1JJF   Contact Moderator
My first time in this beautiful contest,tnx.73 de IZ1JJF Luca
 
JA0BJY   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JA0JHQ   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JA1KPF   Contact Moderator
Radio: YAESU FT-817ND
Antenna: Mobile Whip
 
JA2AXB   Contact Moderator
Thanks contest
 
JA2HYD   Contact Moderator
Tnx FB Contest !!
 
JA2JNC/1   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JA3JM   Contact Moderator
RIG:IC-706 50W   ANT:Vertical
 
JA3VOV   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JA7WXL   Contact Moderator
This is my second participation following last year.
 
JA8UON   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JE1ILP   Contact Moderator
Using IC7300S with 5 W output power and ANT HF20FL
 
JE8CLT   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JF2FIU   Contact Moderator
Thank you all stations!
May the coronavirus disappear.
 
JG1LHB   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JH1BHW   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JH1KYA   Contact Moderator
I vy enjoyed the contest.
 
JH1TJH   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JH1WOY   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JH2JNU   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JH3DMQ   Contact Moderator
OATH : I swer using QRP5W Out
RIG : IC-7300M ANT : 19.5mh DP
 
JH3GMI   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JH3QFY   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JH6QIL   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JH7UJU   Contact Moderator
FT-817ND, 5watts. DP Yagi
 
JH7VTE   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest
 
JI1UDB   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest. TU 73!
 
JI4WHS   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JK1HIY   Contact Moderator
30 points higher than last year.
 
JK8NIP   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JO3QVT   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JR1AQI   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
JR3GPP   Contact Moderator
Thank you for listening to my weak signal !!
 
JR4CTF   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the FB contest.
 
JS1NDM   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.
 
K0HB   Contact Moderator
Normally I'd be on a 3 day backpack in the Superstition
Wilderness on the first January weekend, but the plague has kept
me in Minnesota this winter, so to atone for my absence from MWA
these past 20 winters, here is my modest first score of 2021.
Like the first few steps of a backpacking trip are the hardest
with a full load of food and water, so were the first few steps
of this contest.  I'd bought a new shack computer last spring,
duly loaded it with all the essential software.....
......well, I thought so anyway.......  EXCEPT I had forgotten
to install MMTTY!  Sort of like forgetting to pack a your maps
and compass! But after a late start, it was fun to be BIC in a
rtty contest.  Didn't work real hard or long, and spent more
time than I ought adjusting another new addition to the shack, a
big wide curved monitor.  What a treat to be able to open every
conceivable window in N1MM+, and still have vacant room on the
screen.  Such a pleasure after getting whiplash from swinging my
face back and forth between two small flatscreens. Missed ND,
NE, SD, DC, AR, WY, and about half the VE's.
 
K3CCR   Contact Moderator
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-2 in the Jan. 2020 ARRL RTTY Roundup. For
years, we did ~100-300 Qs in NAQP RTTY for PVRC. A more serious
effort in 9/19 CQ RTTY got us 706 claimed Qs and good practice;
we claimed 830 Qs and 97 mults in the 1/20 ARRL RTTY. We weren’t
sure we could do any better this year. But, we did; 1220 Qs, 103
mults, and 125.7K vs 80.5K claimed 1/20. It helped that SFI was
82 vs 70, Kp was 0 or 1, and more hams were home and active. At
start 18-22Z N3UM ran on 40 M for 130 of 142 Qs, 10 cty mults,
and 28 St/Pv mults out to KS and NE. After a supper break and 82
Qs on 80 M, N3UM quit at 0125 to sleep and return early. On the
late shift W3GB did well; 1920-2254Z he ran on 20 M for 101 of
127 Qs, KH6 and 3 more cty mults, and 15 far-west St/Pv mults.
Then 2312-0446Z he ran on 40 M for 213 of 220 Qs, 18 cty mults,
and 5 St/Pv mults. A last 133 Qs plus NH, UT, and MT on 80 M(!)
04 to 0730Z QRT got us to 708 Qs and 75 of our final 103 total
mults. Sun. AM 13-1606Z N3UM ran on 20 M for 111 of 125 Qs and
11 cty mults, mostly EUs. On 20 M 1630-22Z W3GB got 270 Qs, 218
in a great run 1704-2024 at 66/hr. He then got a last 21 Qs on
40 M by 2308Z QRT. N3UM 17-22Z got 56 Qs on 40 M and all of our
38 Qs and 2 ctys on 15M. We got 49 states plus DC, all but DE!
 
K3WHD   Contact Moderator
Thanks for adding FT4 & FT8. This was a lot of fun and I think I may of hook a new future ham in
studying for his tech license. He wants to be able to take part in the fun. He really got wrapped up
in to the whole contest mode...LOL
 
K4BRU   Contact Moderator
2021 ARRL RTTY Roundup
 
K4DR   Contact Moderator
After being licensed since 1970, I thought it was time to enter
my first RTTY Roundup. I now wish that I had taken the plunge
much sooner. This is now one of my favorite contests. I'll be
back for the next one.
 
K4EES   Contact Moderator
For some strange reason, several of the states from the exchange were stripped out and replaced with
'USA' and 'CANADA'.  Two of the QSOs that I submitted are just missing. I did resubmit twice to get
the State/Prov into the log.  Not to worry, though, as this is just a check log. I enjoyed firing up
RTTY for the first time in over a year and making some contacts.  73 and thanks for putting on and
scoring the event. 

-K4EES
 
K4QD   Contact Moderator
I always enjoy this contest.  I operated it over the years.
IC-7300, SPE 1K-FA amp, HF-5B and wire antenas.
 
K4SBZ   Contact Moderator
!5 Meters was only barely open. 20 was fair, 40& 80 were typical. Still using my back up rig, an
IC-7300. Had problemss with WSJY-x just suddenly quiting for no apparent reason. When it came back
up, sometimes it wouldn't decode FT4. Lost considerable amount of time struggling with it.
 
K5ZD   Contact Moderator
Fun contest, but lost some interest when
15m didn't open very well. Bands were busy and
crowded!
 
K6FA   Contact Moderator
I worked 4 of the last 5 states I need for WAS RTTY. Hope they confirm via LoTW. Was enjoyable but
just wish wife didn't want to go shopping on Sunday to catch the last of the sales.....
 
K6MI   Contact Moderator
All FT-4 Q
 
K6NR   Contact Moderator
Lots of RTTY activity, I didn't bother with FT4 or FT8.
Thanks for the QSOs.   Dana
 
K6OK   Contact Moderator
My strategy this year in Mixed was to spend less time chasing mults on FT-8 and spend more time on
RTTY and FT-4 for more QSO's. I worked 59% RTTY, 32% FT-4, and 9% FT-8.  It worked, I ended up with
more QSOs and a higher score despite fewer DX mults (40 vs 49).

Thanks to ARRL for creating the new RTTY-only, FT-only and Mixed categories. It gives the operator
freedom to choose the mode of their choice while preserving the legacy of RTTY Roundup, which has
always been a mixed digital mode contest from the beginning. It's a win-win.

I used N1MM and WSJT-X for FT-x, and the FLDIGI modem in N1MM for RTTY.  After experiencing dozens
of crashes of WSJT 2.2.2 in FT Roundup four weeks ago, I decided to try the beta version,
v2.3.0-rc2. I'm happy to report it was rock solid through the whole contest, no crashes.

Icom 7300 SO1R, 500 watts, tribander, old shorty 40 and an 80 meter dipole.
 
K6TLH   Contact Moderator
My 1st RU.  Had fun!!!
 
K7DLX   Contact Moderator
The 2 break rule might have been well-intentioned, but it needs to be dropped. I spent hours trying
to get a recalcitrant WSJT-X to work right, and I'm sure it will reflect in my break schedule. Also,
it's really not fair to us handicapped operators. I can't sit in a chair for more than 2 hours
without a break. I won't return next year if this rule is still in place.
 
K7EG   Contact Moderator
Good participation. Band conditions mediocre.  I was plagued with RFI in FSK that has never been
issue in other modes - CW, SSB, etc.  Had to reduce power to 400W.  I have Palomar toroids on all
power and pc cables - a mystery.  Jim K7EG
 
K7LFY   Contact Moderator
A fun contest as usual. People seemed pretty relaxed for the most part. 40 propagation was sad here
the first night but 80 was very good (177 QSOs). The second afternoon they both were good here in
Eastern Washington. 20 was okay but 15 and 10 were just gone again this year for my verticals. I
forgot the DX exchange and didn't realize they sent serial numbers for the first four DX QSOs. Read
the rules - oops - I tried to recall the numbers I saw but they were a guess. Left the QSOs in so
they would get credit. I Xed one though because I just didn't recall any number. The others might be
wrong too. You really should read the rules once in a while even after many contests. I was shooting
for 400 QSOs and made nearly 450 so I was happy with my effort. Getting too old to stick in there
the whole night so I have to nap. See you next year.
 
K7XC   Contact Moderator
WOW, That was amazing! Having been QRV since the late 70s, It
still amazes me how well QRP power levels can support worldwide
communications from the West Coast of NA. With only 5 Watts I
managed to work 252 QSOs in 48 states/provinces & 17 countries on
all continents using a 43 ft tall 3 ele tribander and a dual band
fan inverter vee at 38ft. Many thanks to those whose worked to
pull my signal from the noise. Happy New Year!
 
K8LF   Contact Moderator
I tried using dual decoder windows using two programs MTTY &
2Tone this year.   I had problems with one of my delta loop
antennas crashing N1MM from what I expect is RF due to its
locaton closer to the house.   I wish 10M would have opened, but
every time I checked 10M it was dead.  15M was much better on
Sunday.  Contacted a few friends on the contest.  Tried to
promote the event on our local 2 meter nets.
 
K8YE   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed my first RTTY Roundup. There was certainly a lot of
RTTY activity on the bands! Thanks for hosting the 2021 RTTY
Roundup!
 
K9LC   Contact Moderator
Had a few minutes to get on and verify my settings after getting my radio back from the shop.  I
wish I would have check the keyboard settings in N1MM prior to the contest though.  They seem
different than what I used before.  Also for some reason my function keys did not follow the buttons
on the N1MM screen.
 
K9UC   Contact Moderator
I had a great time with this one; RTTY has become my contesting mode of choice.  Plenty of signals
on 80,40 and 20; fewer on 15 and nothing heard on 10.  I learned that I will need to put up a
different antenna on 80 meters, one that is better optimized to be flatter in the RTTY frequency
space.  My solid state amp just wasn't happy with it; I had to fire up a tube amp to get any power
on 80. Something to do when the snow melts...

73, Phil K9UC
 
KA2YRA   Contact Moderator
Not sure if correct though selected Assisted since WSJT-X
decodes multiple callsigns simultaneously. No other
assistance or spotting was used.
 
KB2DSR   Contact Moderator
Using Xiegu G90 running 20W with 10m dipole inside the house.
 
KB4OI   Contact Moderator
ARRL RTTY RU 2021
 
KC2IEB   Contact Moderator
IC-7300, AH4, Long wire

My first contest - really, really had fun!
 
KC3QEI   Contact Moderator
FIRST RTTY OPERATION. NEW HAM, JUST RECEIVED MY TECHNICIAN IN
SEPTEMBER AND MY GENERAL IN NOVEMBER. HAD FUN FOR A FIRST ATTEMPT.
 
KC8IMB   Contact Moderator
Casual effort. Low bands were good during times on the air.
 
KD5GFG   Contact Moderator
Your software has a problem. TWICE submitted log with correct info, TWICE the response is "Assisted"
although clearly indicated that nonassisted was submitted.
 
KE3BK   Contact Moderator
TELETYPE M28ASR
 
KE3K   Contact Moderator
Thank you to all those I was able to contact during the Round-Up. You folks truly make this hard
work fun!
 
KE8OWX   Contact Moderator
This was my first try at RTTY and I had an absolute blast.
 
KF4QFJ   Contact Moderator
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
KF8PD   Contact Moderator
Like others, WSJT-X would close out in the middle of a qso and I would have to restart the program
in the hopes of finishing out the contact. The cursor progress wheel would start turning and poof,
the program vanished lol. Very frustrating to say the least. But overall a fun and fast paced
contest due to the short cycle times.
 
KJ9C   Contact Moderator
still no RTTY keyboard
 
KK4BZ   Contact Moderator
Radio -  Icom IC-746. Antenna - OCF dipole wire in trees.
 
KL2R   Contact Moderator
The 24-hour operating rule change places high-latitude operators
at a distinct disadvantage. For instance, an overnight outage due
to aurora doesn't effect lower latitude significantly. It happens
a lot in winter. In Alaska, previously you could try to make it
up on the back end, but not now. I understand the rationale for
the change, but it does not add any "fun" to the strategy. I
places undue burden on those subject to significant, rapid
changes in propagation.
 
KO4EOD   Contact Moderator
First experience with RTTY.
Limited time today, but had a blast and happy to gain RTTY
experience.
Radio: IC 705
QRP 5 watts on battery power.
20m whip antenna with three radials in the yard.
 
KO4IHI   Contact Moderator
First HF contest for a new General!
 
KO4Z   Contact Moderator
ARRL RTTY Roundup 2021
 
LA6CF   Contact Moderator
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LY5W   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Great activity, on 40m from 7030 to 7120....
 
MW9W   Contact Moderator
One of my favourite contests every year. Nice to see some new
categories added. However I stuck to my favourite mode, if
only because it's very difficult to find it outside of
contests these days. I mean I can do the FTx modes anytime!
Thanks to all who worked my little station.
HNY and stay safe. 73 Ian  RTTY ROCKS!
 
N1EVK   Contact Moderator
Note- I had WSJT-X crash a number of times forcing me to restart it. I
lost a number of QSO's due to this.
 
N2ESP   Contact Moderator
AARDVARK WIRELESS GROUP
 
N2FF   Contact Moderator
Thanks to those 40M stations with very good ears who
managged to hear my signal as I have no 40 M ant -
Itblew down.  I loaded up my 20 - 10 beam.
Many thanks to all who worked me HNY
 
N2FYE   Contact Moderator
Always a fun contest, thanks!
 
N5RMS   Contact Moderator
This RTTY contest is always fun.  At start of contest I heard nothing with my beam pointed NW. 
Hummm thats odd, I thought.  I turned the beam to the northwest and heard lot of station calling CQ.
I switch from beam to vertical, could hear more stations and louder on vertical!  Next day, Sunday,
The beam was better!
 
N6EE   Contact Moderator
Remote operation to comply with California Stay-at-Home order.
 
N6HI   Contact Moderator
Ran QRP, just ONE HALF WATT to a 20 foot end fed wire.
NO COMPUTER Used! All RTTY decoding was performed
using the IC-705 built-in RTTY decoding, and all RTTY
transmitting utilized the IC-705 built-in Message Macros.
I wish I'd had more time for this contest. It was fun using
the rigs built-in RTTY functions. The rig can even keep
a log, so this contest was a good shakedown cruise for
a future portable RTTY contest adventure from a summit!
Thanks to all for your patience and the QSOs.
GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS!  73, John N6HI
 
N6TV   Contact Moderator
First ARRL RTTY RoundUp.  Just time to test the K4D in AFSK mode.
Works fine!
 
N7WLC   Contact Moderator
This year I went with traditional RTTY and had a blast.
 
N7WY   Contact Moderator
FTdx101mp, alpha 87a
 
N8NN   Contact Moderator
The 30-minute break rule is absurd.  It discourages casual operators from enjoying the contest. 
Apparently, the ARRL RTTY Roundup is only for "professional" contesters who want to sit in front of
their radio for hours on end.
 
N8VWY   Contact Moderator
IC-7100, NVL OR LOOP, HOMEBREW MODEM AND TERMINAL, TU ALL GL 73
 
N9OK   Contact Moderator
Overall a great contest for me, the most contacts ever in a
contest. 15M was disappointing, and 10M was dead. No JA or other
AS which was strange.
periods of very good (for me) rates. This was a lot of fun!
 
N9TF   Contact Moderator
ALL RTTY, just as the namesake of this contest states...
 
N9TO   Contact Moderator
Dislike the "offtime requirements".  It renders this contest unworkable to hams with other things
going on in their lives and likley prohibits participation for many.
 
ND2T   Contact Moderator
This was the first Multi-2 operation from the K6MTU
station on Mt Umunhum near Los Gatos, California.
Remotely operated by four operators from their homes
(Tom ND2T, Kevin K6TD, Mark K6UFO, Dave WD6T).

Kevin K6TD put in a great amount of work in advance to
insure we had two radios, two amps, and all antennas,
filters and switching working. Several practice sessions
ironed out the problems with equipment, software and
our operator coordination and handoff.

Our original target before the contest was to pass our
1800 QSOs of last year's Multi-Single. Then it appeared
that Multi-2 was really going to work, and we added a
skilled operator (Dave WD6T), and our big, audacious goal
increased to 2000 Qs. We easily passed that Sunday with
still 4 hours of contesting to go!

Being fully remote made the switching of operators, radios,
bands and antennas a little complex, but Kevin's systems
all worked and we never lost any equipment or connection,
and we were a fully operational Multi-2 right to the end.

We had great rates, with a first hour of 170 using 15m
and 20m. We had ten more hours with rates over 100.
Average rate for whole contest of 83 Q/hr. We took off
10z and 11z when we expected activity would be low. We
knew 20m and 40m would carry the workload, but 15m and
80m were surprisingly good. Conditions into Europe were
not good, but we got the Mults we needed, but not a lot
of extra EU QSOs. QSOs were 90 percent with North America
(USA and Canada). The small handful of Asian, European,
and the other countries provided valuable Multipliers.
More than 90 percent RTTY, just a few jaunts to FTx for
Multipliers, and an hour of FT4 at the end that had
better rate than RTTY.

Because of the complex band and antenna switching, we
didn't go off chasing multipliers on other bands, which
led to a last minute push for Multipliers on Sunday. On
the Contest Online Scoreboard, we could see KT7E fall away,
and WV4P took the lead until Sunday when we recovered all
the gap and we moved ahead.

Team member Dave WD6T summarized the experience well:
"This was my first time operating with this team and the
remarkable K6MTU station.  I spent the week leading up to
RTTY RU learning the station and re-familiarizing myself
with WriteLog and RTTYRite, which I hadn’t used in several
years. Highlights for me were the opening of the contest,
where 15m and 20m were in a rate race, and late in our
evening, working EUs on 80m around their sunrise time."

This is likely the winning M2 score and sets the record
in the new M2 category for RTTY RU.

Huge congratulations to Kevin K6TD for improving and
configuring the station. The four operators all got along
well, with easy 2 hour to 4 hour shifts. Its surprising
that a West Coast station can win this contest over the
East Coast's access to European multipliers - so we will
brag about it all year while we can!

Best regards,
Mark K6UFO
Tom ND2T
Kevin K6TD
Dave WD6T

two Flex 6700 with SmartSDR and DAX
KPA1500 and SPE 1.3K amps
JK Mid-Tri (3 el on 20m, 4 el on 15m) at 95 feet high
High power bandpass filters and combiner (i.e. Triplexer)
JK 4 el 40m yagi at 110 feet
80m 4-square array
Writelog logging and internet logbook
MMTTY, 2Tone, DigiRite
 
NI4Y   Contact Moderator
ALL contacts FT4 had some issues with log interface and wsjt crasshing also only operating SO1R next
year will be SO2R
 
NS2N   Contact Moderator
mode is digital and rtty , unless digital is the combo of the two
 
NT9E   Contact Moderator
Many of the mults I was looking for were S&Ping instead of calling CQ.
 
OE5TXF   Contact Moderator
Not sure that mixing RTTY with Digi (inc FT8) in the same contest is really a good idea. 
Stick with RTTY for one contest and then do FT8 etc in a separate contest. For this operator, this
contest was a straightforward "RTTY Contest" and nothing else!
 
OH2LU   Contact Moderator
IC-756ProII, max 50 W, Triband Yagi and Trap Sipole
SOAB, Low Power, RTTY-only category
 
OH2LZI   Contact Moderator
RX/TX: Hermes-Lite V2 SDR transceiver, Pout = 5W
Antennas: Wire ground plane for 40mb, delta loop for 20 mb
Software: PowerSDR + N1MM+ (MTTY)
 
OH5UQ   Contact Moderator
TS-590 85W GP40M
 
OH8KA   Contact Moderator
Short participation. Only RTTY this time. IC-7400, Butternut HF6V and 70-100W
 
OK2VIR   Contact Moderator
TS-2000,100W,LW 43m
 
OK7O   Contact Moderator
IC756PROIII, PA Acom1010 - 500W
10 el. Logper/20 m, 3 el./40m, dipol+vertikal/80m, beverages
 
OK7W   Contact Moderator
Conditions were great on 40m. I enjoyed lots of pileups and SO2R operation.
Even quite complicated SO2R setup worked 100% all the time - thanks to OK2ZAW
and his QRO.CZ company for providing such reliable technical solution.
Thanks to OK1MU for great support and to all the callers for loooots of nice QSOs,
73, Standa OK7W - OK1CID
 
ON6NL   Contact Moderator
Difficult contest in FTx from Europe.
Frequencies choices very poor for Europeans.
Specially FT4 of very little use in Europe.
3580: 24/7 Utility station in Europe
7047.5 , 14080 : regular FT4 QRG, don't used in contest
14130 ; SSB QRG outside America
Conditions on 40 incredible! West Coast easy to work
Rig: IC7610 + 500W of ACOM1000
Ant: KT34a and dipoles
 
OP4A   Contact Moderator
CO7DSR used not a serial but NJ ???, worked S&P with 40watts on wire antennas.
Nice contest cu next year.
73 and HNY
 
PB7Z   Contact Moderator
Thanks for the nice contest. See you again next year!!
 
PC9T   Contact Moderator
First contest with FLdigi with MacLoggerDx, and therefore there are some du
plicated numbers, en 2 numbers not logged.
We have to arrange in comming contests that this wil be better.
But we had fun with expirimenting on the Macbook and Mac software and stay
away from windows wtih N1MM wich is still the best logging program but its
not written for MacOs.
 
PD0ME   Contact Moderator
ICOM-7300---FB33/INV V
 
PE4KH   Contact Moderator
Propagation wasn't cooperating very well, had fun anyway
 
PG1R   Contact Moderator
Rig TS590S, barefoot, output to antenna 70Watts.
Antenna horizontal multiband dipole, over all length 17m, 5m over ground.
Very low propagation on 15&10M bands. Thanks for organizing this nice contest!
 
PH7A   Contact Moderator
This was the first time that I entered a FT8 competition. Conditions didn't seem very good to me,
but I had a good time.

73, Engel - PH7A
 
R1AV   Contact Moderator
Icom IC-7300
PA=90 wtts
CW80.1000
 
R3WA   Contact Moderator
Ic 7600
 
R4WT   Contact Moderator
FT-2000    IV
 
RA1ALC   Contact Moderator
ICOM-756II, Ant AV-620, Inv.V
 
RA6LIS   Contact Moderator
RIG(s): KENWOOD TS-850S; ANTENNA(s): GP
 
RC3C   Contact Moderator
ICOM IC-746PRO, ACOM-1000, YAGI XL-335 multi-band
 
RK3DXW   Contact Moderator
Thank you for the contest
 
RN2FQ   Contact Moderator
TKS FOR NICE CONTEST
PWR_100 w, ANT_6el 3band Yagi, TNX FOR NICE CONTEST!de Igor.
 
RV3DBK   Contact Moderator
TX 5 Watts, Ant Magnetic Loop (indoor)
 
S56A   Contact Moderator
14131 DG 2021-01-03 1527 S56A 549 264 NP3IR  MODE RY/DG SERIAL #279!
 
SF0A   Contact Moderator
I had some software problem
with serialnumbers and therefore it
looks a bit strange in the beginning
of the contest - hope it
will work anyway.
Thanks for a nice contestweekend
Best 73's and stay safe!
Mikael (SF0A)
 
SN65KDU   Contact Moderator
rig-IC746 ; pwr-100Wtts ; ant-GP
 
SO1RON   Contact Moderator
Bad condition, snow storm whole SUNDAY.
 
SP2UUU   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
super contest. see you in next year will be better.I must faster ending because drive to Belgium in
3 hours .vy 73 Chris sp2uuu
 
SP4LVK   Contact Moderator
RIG:FT-950 PWR:5 ANT:2elDeltaLoop,KV2,L-W
 
SP9ZHR   Contact Moderator
trx IC746 PRO + PA HM 250w
ant: Quad 82,5m
 
SQ8NGO   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Transceiver : kenwood TS - 2000
Ant : dipol W3DZZ
 
TA4RC   Contact Moderator
73 de ta4rc
 
TF1AM   Contact Moderator
What a great fun.  Sitting here almost 2000 km from next station
Saturday was rather week.  But Sunday morning
was quite different, with far better conditions and
tons of strong stations.  My old friend GU0SUP
was there as he has been all my active time
for so many years, good to hear him.  Thanks for
organizing this great contest.
 
TI2YO   Contact Moderator
Thanks for keeping RTTY alive.
 
UN7LV   Contact Moderator
Icom IC-7300
 
UR5LY   Contact Moderator
TRX: IC-756 PRO II 80W
ANT: Inv-V (80/40 m)
 
US1IV   Contact Moderator
TNX for contest !
 
UT4LW   Contact Moderator
SDR trcvr SunSDR2-PRO, KXPA100
Antenns:
160,80,40 - dipole Up18m, fider 70m.
20,15,10 - Spider Up 10m, fider 30m.
 
UT9EZ   Contact Moderator
SunSDR2PRO + HLA150
Ant IV
 
UX6IB   Contact Moderator
Best 73 !
 
UZ1WW   Contact Moderator
73!
 
VA2SIB   Contact Moderator
What a better way to start the new year with a RTTY contest! :)
 
VA3SB   Contact Moderator
I always enjoy the first major RTTY contest of the year! Fun as
always.
 
VA3YVE   Contact Moderator
Many lost contact because of 15+ software crashes & restarts.
 
VE2HEW   Contact Moderator
Operated mixed mode this weekend. Had some fun almost working all states, just missed one! 

Thanks all and happy new year.
73,
Anthony VE2HEW
 
VE3BFU   Contact Moderator
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021 .ENJOYED ARRL RTTY ROUNDUP FT8 LOW P .GRATE HOBBY.THANKS TO ALL.VE3BFU/4S7JN 73s
 
VE3CX   Contact Moderator
Please enter as RTTY Only.  There are some Digi Q's  Please use them
as checklog Q's
 
VE3NRT   Contact Moderator
Contest exceeded my expectations. I haven't had a chance to set up my antenna properly but still
made tons of QSOs and logged 49 states. Next year I'm going for all 50!
 
VE3ZDR   Contact Moderator
First ARRL RTTY RU and it was great.  Thanks to all the contacts,
looking forward to the next.
 
VE4JLB   Contact Moderator
My first contest.
 
VE5SF   Contact Moderator
Conditions seemed pretty good this time except for
the evening on the low bands.
 
VE7BGP   Contact Moderator
I had a lot of fun operating RTTTY Roundup this year. Radio used
IC-756 Pro.
 
VO2AC   Contact Moderator
I mistakenly sent NL instead of LB for the first 4 QSOs.
 
W0OSH   Contact Moderator
Apologies if I did something incorrect.  This is my first attempt at a contest and I have no idea
what I'm doing.
 
W0PV   Contact Moderator
A fun way to spend a pandemic plagued New Years weekend. Mixed mode practice juggling N1MM / MMTTY
with WSJT-X for FT4 (still a bit unstable) As usual, a minimal station, IC-7300 barefoot, wire
dipoles for 20/15m @ 30ft AGL, ground mounted base 1/4w 40m tubing vertical-support, parallel wire
forms top-loaded Marconi T vertical for 80m.
 
W0WND   Contact Moderator
My first RTTY, using WSJT-X. Quite a learning experience and found that my logging software needs to
be changed for contesting.
 
W1QK   Contact Moderator
Thank you for sponsoring the contest. 73 - Dan, W1QK
 
W4GHV   Contact Moderator
IC-7610 & EFHW
 
W5TTE   Contact Moderator
check log
 
W6JLV   Contact Moderator
First contest entered. Fun.
 
W6R   Contact Moderator
This was another WQ6X operation from NX6T in Fallbrook.
The original plan was to run W6R as a multi-OP however at
the last minute no one was available, relegating me to run SOAB(A).
In between remote operating stints as W6R, I found time to put the
WQ6X callsign on the air.
Condx in Fallbrook were not too bad.
The REAL problem was 90-second internet dropouts.  If I disappeared
on you and then suddenly came back as if nothing had happened, now you
know the reason behind it and SO2-R had NoThing to do with it.
Random failure of the shack A/C relegated the operation to run anywhere
from 550 - 1350 watts depending on the amplifier operating temp.
LooK for a writeup on this GiG at: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.Com
 
W8KNO   Contact Moderator
All Search & Pounce.  Had FUN!
 
WA0LIF   Contact Moderator
If it is called a RTTY contest, why are other modes allowed!?
 
WA1FCN   Contact Moderator
Sure look forward to the return of 10 meters or
at least 15 meters when it is solidly opean worlwide.
It was fun to watch the leaders on onlinescoreboard.
73   BoB WA1FCN
 
WA2BOT   Contact Moderator
I am grateful there is now a category for Digital Only (FT4/FT8).

Quickly learned to look to standard FT4 frequencies for fast QSOs; looked to suggested FT8
frequencies to discover DX. On the 2nd morning I was ready and waiting for FT4/FT8 QSOs on 15 meters
but where was everyone? From NY 15 meters was wide open - to both Europe & Africa & Middle East and
recently LP to Australia. Answer? Seemed they were all using RTTY. I checked 21.074 a few times and
no one in the contest; yet they were loving the propagation. Next year? let's make it a point to
work 15 and 10 meters. Contest conditions - SFI 82 / SSN 22. A great way to start 2021!
 
WA3AFS   Contact Moderator
Not so thrilled with the 6 hour rule for the single op stations.  Feel that it discourages
operations towards the end of the 30 hour period.  I only operated about 7 hours total, but my score
was 'reduced' as I did not keep track and my goal for the contest was to work new band states and
possibly new countries.
 
WA3GOS   Contact Moderator
60
 
WA4CZD   Contact Moderator
Thanks had fun.
 
WA6I   Contact Moderator
Fun contest -- thanks!
 
WA7PVE   Contact Moderator
well we now know 80 meter operation drives my wifes new washer crazy
 
WA9LEY   Contact Moderator
I was all S&P. I might go assisted next time to help pick up more mults.
This time, I just went up and down the bands calling stations I could copy well.
I was able to improve a bit over my score last year. Antennas are attic dipoles (I wasn't bothered
by the ice and snow that was in the area).
 
WB8SIG   Contact Moderator
I was having trouble uploading my Cabrillo file to ARRL, and called Paul the contest guru, and he
immediately helped me out in a friendly and expert manner
Thanks Paul!
 
WB9TFF   Contact Moderator
Gil and Donna used Donna's call WB9TFF.  Gil had a good run and logged many
mults.  Donna finished up the contest.  Both used S&P and running.  Our
total qso's exceeded our prediction.  Many thanks for SMCers qso's.
73 and Happy New Year! WB9TFF and WB9TFH Gil and Donna.
 
WH6A   Contact Moderator
Licensed 35 yrs, 2nd contest (first was Dec. 10M CW). IC-705,
10W to non-HOA approved 15 ft. stealth vertical. FT4 only.
Tried to operate the entire 24 hrs, lost the sleep battle a
couple hours before end time. Perhaps the strenuous 5Q/hr
avg rate got to me, though there were very brief
periods of much higher rate. Looks like abt 111 Q's 35 mults
this time.  Most on 40 and 20, abt 10Qs on 15. Only DX a
single 20M Q 6Y5APM.
 
WQ6X   Contact Moderator
This was another WQ6X operation from W7AYT's QTH in Concord.
In between remote operating stints as W6R, I found time to put
the WQ6X callsign on the air.  Condx. in Concord were rather
PooR, but some Asian as South PAC signals made it into the log.
LooK for a writeup on this at: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.Com
 
WS0Z   Contact Moderator
1st station worked was in HI, so knew the test was going to be good.  Worked HI and AK multiple
times.  No ND, but that's normal for me to either get ND or (Hi & AK).  Not a bad score for us given
the location and inability to put up a permenant antenna.  Antenna used was a folding Alpha Antenna
designed for portable use.  Rig was an IC-7100.  

73,

Dave - WS0Z
 
WY7BG   Contact Moderator
I am not an experienced contester, but since FT8 was allowed and I have recently set up for it, I
decided to attempt to participate. The event was enjoyable and addictive, and I was surprised by how
many stations I was able to work at only 5 watts with a tiny Xiegu transceiver and a wire antenna.

I could not have possibly participated in the contest without having stumbled across, and read, Joe
Taylor's article on using FT8 in it, which was the only source I could find listing the preferred
operating frequencies for this mode. It would be nice if those frequencies were listed in the ARRL's
documentation for the contest and not in a separate article.

In any event, after I enjoyed participating in the contest and wanted to submit my log (both to see
how I did and to benefit my contacts), I could not find a template on any of the ARRL's pages
indicating how to fill out the headers in the Cabrillo format log file for this contest. There are
templates for CW and phone contests, but not this one. It would be a good idea to remedy this, since
WSJT-X did not supply all of the header information that the Web site wanted and I had to guess a
few times at how to fill out some of the fields before the site accepted the log.
 
Also, it appears that my using FT8 in the contest caused my activity to be classified as "assisted"
and my operator class to be recorded as "Single Operator Unlimited" rather than "Single Operator." I
did not use any spotting, so I am not sure if this was right. Was it? If so, was it because I used
FT8? (The rules documents were not clear on this; it would be helpful if they were or if there was
an overview document explaining the rationales behind the categories.)

In any event, please offer more contests in which digital modes are allowed and even encouraged,
since they are often the only way to overcome the QRN in my area. Thank you!
 
WZ4K   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Always enjoy RTTY Roundup. Overcame some minor technical challenges in the shack - one of the points
of contests - to challenge and to test skills and proficiencies. I was suffering from seemingly
random radio shutdowns and thought it might be RF issues - ultimately the result of oxidation on the
fuses causing a voltage drop.
 
YB3HQM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
dengan tetap di rumah alternatifnya adalah beraktifitas dengan radio...semoga COVID-19 segera
berlalu seiring kepatuhan kita dengan protokol kesehatan....
73
terima kasih
 
YO2IS   Contact Moderator
IC-7300, 80W fsk, 41m sloping wire. 73 Szigy.
 
YO4SI   Contact Moderator
RIG: KENWOOD TS-450SAT 100 W; ANT: FD4
 
YO5AXF   Contact Moderator
FT-897D RIG, W3DZZ AND DIAMOND CP-6 ANT
 
YO5OHY   Contact Moderator
Many station tnx to all ,73 GL
 
YU1KT   Contact Moderator
IC 7300
DIPOLE/GP
ON 7 MHz 500 w
On other bands 100w