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KP2M received Precedence A from me. I corrected Precedence after our QSO. Do not count it against him. One of my messages was incorrectly configured.
Dug my antenna out of the garden . It’s been there since Hurricane Ida. Ran QRP FOR THE CONTEST! It Worked out ok 73 Bob
Lost my A4S in a nor'easter a couple of weeks ago so had to use my lowband vertical with a tuner for the contest. Surprisingly effective, but I missed a sweep that I think I could have nailed if the beam was up. Heard NT but no way I could break the pileup. Oh well, there's always next year!!
Elecraft K1...Icom QRP....wire antennas....DN35RW.
Got a late start Sunday afternoom with little time to operate. Believe this was my first SS entry (not sure if this passes for rookie category - not sure there is such a category). Did not have N1MM setup correctly to send, so I had to send everything by my key. Hoping to get this fixed next SS. Worked the contest with 20 W power as I operated with yagi pointed to the West working west coasters in the limited time as I operated on 15m.
Bands were good but sadly only had 3hrs to work at night (two kids under 5 don't make for a radio weekend). Maybe next year. QRP seemed to work pretty well.
( 992 * 2 ) * 84 = 166656 IN 21:41 SWEEP WITH VY1CO IN NT AT 1622Z HESSTON COLLEGE ARC
Conditions were not good and on top of that operated SS while having COVID. Slowed down my operating a bit, but a good form of therapy.
lots of problems with operator, internet and software. Sorry for all the mistakes.. operating.
Great band conditions. Enjoyed the contest.
Amazing conditions for first couple hours on 20M from EMA. 20 was open to all call areas, all regions. Worked HI and ME and everywhere in between.
band filled with signals. glad to have my new 20/40 dipole
ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW - 2021 Call: K2SE Operator(s): K2SE Station: K2SE Class: SO Unlimited HP QTH: SNJ Operating Time (hrs): Summary: Band QSOs ------------ 160: 80: 71 40: 437 20: 78 15: 10 10: ------------ Total: 596 Sections = 83 Total Score = 98,936 Club: Frankford Radio Club Comments: All wires here. My 80 meter dipole was out Saturday night which probably hurt my score a bit. Improved use of N1MM+'s features definitely helped this time around. Missed a clean sweep by one section. I never heard the VY1 even though he was spotted several times. I put a total of 45 minutes into EY0ERC (which is bad strategy but I REALLY wanted the sweep!) but he was obviously overwhelmed. Thanks to that OP for trying! Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at: http://www.3830scores.com/
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. For the 2021 SS CW, I (N3UM) was the only CW op available; I did SOHP U. My goal was to beat the 680 Qs and 112.9 K claim W3GB and I made doing Multi-2 in 2020 SS CW. I did it, with 705 Qs and a claim of 115.6 K. I ran for 74% of Qs in 16.5 hrs BIC, vs my 14.2 hrs BIC in 2020. Great condx helped, ~same as last year. From 2104Z start I ran at 55/hr for 145 Qs and 48 mults on 20 M by 2343Z. I then ran at 52/hr for 157 Qs and 16 mults on 40 M by 0254Z. Got 86 Qs and 9 mults running on 80 M, 55/hr 0254Z to 0431Z QRT with 387 Qs. Had 73 mults; all W/VE in the W. but NV and UT. Sun. AM was different. After 1310Z QRV I clicked spots for the first time, to work always-CQ ops, and mults came slowly. By 14Z I got 32 Qs + PAC, WV, and NV on 40 M. From 14-1616Z I got 75 Qs + PE, UT, and NL on 20 M, 22 in a run, then broke for lunch. Back on 20 M 1838-21Z, I got AK + 62 Qs, 46 in a run. Got 42 Qs on 40 M 21-22Z, and broke for supper with 600 Qs and 81 mults. Back at 0018Z I ran on 80 M at 47/hr for NNY + 68 Qs by 0146Z, then 30 more clicking spots for 705 Qs at 0230 QRT. Many loud class A ops came on CQing in my last hour. Never heard VI or saw a spot. VY0ERC in NT was S5-7 ~18-19Z, but very slow under a bad pileup.
"It was great to hear 21 MHz. wide open and full of activity again!"
First Sweep of US sections! Missed3 Canadian secs.
I had fun with this complicted exchange. Hope I got some right.
GREAT CONDX - FIRST SS IN 40 YEARS - FIRST STAB AT COMP COMPUTER LOGGING AND SENDING - WHAT A MESS i MADE
Only could be on for a little while before zzzz. It sounded like a fabulous weekend!
THIS IS A MULTI-OP ENTRY. I MISTAKENLY SENT "U" AS OUR PRECIDENT INSTEAD OF "M" FOR OUR FIRST COUPLE OF HOURS. ONCE I REALIZED THE MISTAKE, I CHANGED TO SENDING "M" AS OUR PRECIDENT. PLEASE DO NOT PENALIZE US OR THOSE WHO WORKED US AS A "U". THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. GEORGE, K5KG
RIG: ELECRAFT K3 @ 5W ANTENNAS: 40M AND 80M INVERTED VEES WITH APEX AT 58 FEET 20M & 15M WILSON SYSTEM ONE AT 60 FEET PIXEL TECHNOLOGIES RECEIVING LOOP Low bands were generally quiet with little lightning static. Conditions improved as the solar storm dissipated. 15m was fair to good, but closed early both days. I was surprised with several short runs on both 40 and 80m - quite an accomplishment for 5 Watts! Overall, had few incomplete QSOs compared to other QRP operations during contests.
With lots to do in connection with a move to a new QTH, I could only spend 9 hours on the air. No Beverages up anymore in readiness for the move. Lacking NT and NL at 0100Z with 15 meters almost closed, I thought a sweep was out of the question. But then I saw a loud VY1CO on the bandscope - one of only about five signals visible. Could not find NL on 20, so went to 40. Heard a fluttery signal - it was VY0ERC. Worked him through a pile for good measure and kept moving up the band. When I got to 7050, I was certain there would be no NL, but wanted to reach 500Qs after log deductions. So, I kept tuning. Way up at 7064 was VO2AC with a decent signal. My 2 half waves in phase at 180' got him first call.
Missed the clean sweep by one, Northwest Territory.
First 8 hours was truly fun. Last 8 hours was not. Ran out of stations to work.
Didn't make my goal of 100 Q's. Fun anyway!
Mainly operated to give out points. Copied on scratch paper then transferred to paper log then to computer program. Paper log so I could read it. I can not copy and type at the speed most were sending. Can copy better on paper. Was fun though.
I enjoyed the contest, lots of great activity. Good to have 15 meters, which must be my favorite band. I opted for the "unlimited" category this time with a goal of a clean sweep. By Saturday night I had all sections worked, except for NL and my own, ORG. I've never found ORG rare before. I found WA6KHK on 15 on Sunday, and a couple of others, and a few guys got on to ensure I got it. Also forgot Kurt, W6PH, who lives quite aways away from Orange County, is also in ORG, and worked him. So ORG was no problem in the end. NL was a differnet matter... when I went looking at spots on Sunday I saw there were a couple of stations on Saturday, but nothing that afternoon. I saw VO2AC spotted but he was on 40 meters which wasn't quite open yet to California. I parked on his frequency to try later but he went away. I had decided I was done with SS but saw a spot for VO2AC late in the day and worked him for number 84. First clean sweep I've managed in some time. Thanks for the QSOs everyone. Dana
Mostly seek and squeak using 5 watts to multi-band dipoles up 30 feet. Still using paper logging. It would be nice if the precedence for assisted stations reflected their category of A, B, M, Q and S.
What a great time!!! Thanks everyone for coming back to me! Multiple times Montana to Florida and everywhere in between, with almost no repeats!!! - Mike K7MSO
Operated my home station remotely using the RS-BA1 software and N1MM in disconnected mode with manual logging. I used the keyer memories in RS-BA1 software with no support for SN generation. While this configuration was cumberson, I still had a good time with the contest. Some internet delay caused some stations to start transmission before I could get my call sent. Some stations did not leave enough time in between CQs. I only was able to do S&P with all my problems with the setup. This was kind of a test for remote operation. I will think about running a remotehams server next year.
First try at trying to "run" in a major contest. I quickly realized that ""DX Spotting" must be turned off before doing so! I was amazed at how many stations spotted me with only one call..but no replies. Real learning experience, even though it happened two more times by accident. Hoping I don't get DQ for self spotting!
Society of Midwest Contesters
This is one of my favorite contests for many years! Thanks for all the QSO's and I already am looking forward to next year with better results. Vic K9UIY
hard contest thanks 73 Matt ka0pqw
I forgot how much I enjoyed the ARRL Sweepstakes! I worked QRP from Philadelphia in terrible conditions but still made 21 QSOs. Highlights included working CO on 15 meters, and IA on 40 meters.
Thank you to all of the great cw operators who made the QRP Sweep (84 QSOs) possible with a small station! 73 Paul KB4GYT
Would be nice if the league offered a map of the ARRL and RAC sections that can be colored in when each new multiplier is worked. I have a map that was found using map overlayer but is is missing some sections. I color in by color according to band.
First time in the High Power category. Personal best but I should have been a lot better prepared. The new KPA 1500 bailed me out this year. Somehow I missed Prince Edward Island for the sweep. All other sections called me during runs. If things continue on the solar cycle upswing, I'm definitely going to have to rectify my 15 meter antenna situation. BTW, antenna farm is here is all wires on a city lot and pretty stealthy. I am blessed with a lot of trees behind the house for antenna supports. 73, Gary KC9EE
Only my second CW SS in my 51 years as a ham. I only became involved in contesting in retirement. It is great fun and you learn a lot about your station. Propagation from Montana was fair on 20 and good on 40. Usually Canadian provinces not a problem from Montana but very little heard from the north including Alaska. 20m great for volume and 40m was great for filling in sections. Surprised to work both VI and PR. Apologies to those who saw me have problems running a frequency on 40....my computer ran into problems mid run and I had to disappear to fix it.
K3/10 driving a Ten Tec 405 amp to 50 watts out. Didn't have a lot of time this weekend, but enjoyed a fun run of CQ'ing Sunday! C U next time, 73, Dan ke0tt
Band noise on Saturday evening was not fun, resulting in very slow rate, so I put the contest aside until Sunday afternoon. Much better conditions, and a corresponding increase in fun. Got my sweep with the arrival of VO2AC in the last hour. Thanks for the contacts.
I really appreciated the operators who would slow down their speed in order to allow a slower operator to keep up. It makes more sense and is faster than to have the slower operator have to ask for repeats. Otherwise, I appreciated everyone's patience.
Operated from FM29jw Contacts: 9 Per QSO Multiplier: 2 ARRL / RAC Section Multiplier: 8 9 QSOs x 2 CW Multiplier = 18 QSO Points 18 QSO Points x 8 Section Multipliers = 144 Total Points. Thank you for the 2021 ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW
grid square FM18ne
Limited time, 40 was the money band. Twenty is always poor for me
I ran Sweepstakes this year Field Day style from a tent. Used my Extended Lazy-H cut for 15m, which plays well 80-10m for domestic contests. Personal best for me in the CW section, and already planning for next year. Couldn't work any of the NT stations, even though they were easy enough to hear here. Hanging in a hammock and having the coyote howls wake me repeatedly in the 38F temperatures isn't an experience I'm ready to repeat, but it was worth it. Sunday especially was a lot of fun, as the mult hunt wound down. In the end, only missed a clean sweep by NT. Apologies to K5LY, as my computer went nuts and kept sending the exchange repeatedly. Had to pull the plug and regroup. The worst part of CW Sweepstakes is it only happens once a year. 73, Jim KK0U
I set 500 as a goal, and it didn't take long to figure out that my rate was too low. It was search and pounce until I finally got a little run going on 80m. That turned out to be the only band that I could get a real run going on. However, all that S&P was paying off with multipliers. I've never gotten this close to a clean sweep. I only needed three Canadians, AB, NT, and QC. I never heard QC or AB, which was a big surprise, but I spent about 30 minutes in a pile up for NT with no success. He was really struggling under that pile up. It wasn't pretty. Anyway, I got to spend a weekend contesting, and only the cat got pissed off at me! Now that is good weekend!
Three requests of participants in future contests: (1) Please don't use N for 9 in a serial number. It's fine for RST but not for S/N. (2) More important, when a running station with a bunch of callers sends a partial call sign, that means they want to hear ONLY the station with that partial call. All others should wait. (3) Let's do what we can to increase the ham population in the NL section. Please!
Several stations reported dupes, making me realize I had turned the VFO knob too soon without typing [enter]. These log entries were lost. I apologize for those who suffer an NIL for my errors!
JUST PLAYING AROUND WITH HP THIS YEAR - FUN INSTEAD OF SERIOUS
Doing a cw contest with a long exchange is hard work when a 60 yr. old Vibroplex lever that has worn settings screws is used. Thanks to all For a while but on a closer look I saw it was marked JJ38 not J38 and Believe me folks its not the same!
I'm always amazed at what this little setup can accomplish. I heard a VE6 but couldn't break the pile-up. Haven't heard AK or NT in quite a few years. Get every other section numerous times. Always a pleasure bumping into old friends. Hope to see you all next year - plus a few new ones. Thanks - 73 tom Rig = TenTec Eagle @ 100 Watts. Antenna = Mag Loop (40 thru 15) and an Isotron-80 in the attic 12' above garage floor and an indoor 10 meter dipole.
Had some power line noise on Saturday, as well as some family activities that limited my hours, but Sat night on 80m was pretty fruitful, and 20m was the money band on Sunday. I had thoughts about 15 and 10 given the recent uptick in solar activity, but since this contest is one QSO per station, it makes sense to stick to where you are heard by the most during the day: 20m. Had good fun, and thanks for all the Q's!!
I AM RELATIVELY NEW TO CW CONTESTING. I AM STILL LEARNING HOW TO DO THIS.
My first QRP attempt. I was happy with the result even though I was sick
Used an "A" PREC instead of "U" prec accidentally... maintained same value throughout, though. Had a fun time.
This one is for Lisa!
Not much time to op, adjusting to CW on the flex was interesting.. there are likely some flubs in the log sadly.
2021 Sweepstakes CW
Well, I always vacillate about getting in FT and decide to do it, then someting happens. Family breakfast out killed the important Sunday morning run, and a planned dinner took me out of the chair Saturday night. So, a little over 14 hours of chair time. The clock reads longer becasue I started taking off time less than 30 minutes at a time. When you already have over 9 hours of off time, bearks can be as short as you lime! Thanks for all the Qs. Great to hear old friends and a lot of checks of 00 and newer. Welcome! The station played perfectly as it always does. 80 sounded strange at times - there were solar goings on. 40 seems to be a bottomless pit. FTdx5000, FT1000MP, DXD, WRITELOG, 2 X ACOM 2000A, Wires in the woods. When it comes to HF radios, newer is not better. 73, Hal N4GG
79 sections worked, could not find LA for all 50 states.
I am not a contester but really enjoy CW Sweepstakes. It is more than a 599 VA contest, it takes some effort. The people in it know their stuff and make the contest worthwhile.
Portable from the Tree People park off Coldwater Canyon Road in Studio City. KX3 @ 5 watts, 59' EFRW for high bands, 66' doublet fed with CAT5 twisted pair for 40. Paper logged and hand sent. I went up Sunday morning for a few hours, then returned in the afternoon until my battery died. That was fun, thanks in large part to the recent awakening of our Star. I worked AK to KP4, KH6 to ME. QSO #105 is not a valid contact. It is only in the log for clarification since I did send the number to VE6EX, but he never confirmed that he received my information.
For the second time in as many weeks, the amp stopped talking to the K3. After losing almost 2 hours at the beginning of the contest. I found that the K3/P3 cable was loose, though it appeared properluy seated. I was not in the best frame of mind for Saturday morning. but after slogging through the afternoon, things started picking up..Since I was all S&P (not proficient enough to work speedy and long exchange), I started running out of people to work. Thankfully that changed in the late afternoon which made things much more enjoyable. I spent from 0045 until 0235 chasing the VY0ERC pileup but I finally worked him for my sweep with a little time to spare. I am amazed at all the magic ops in that pileup. Apparently, they could copy him while calling over him nearly nonstop.
QRP, just ONE HALF WATT to a 20 Foot End Fed Wire. Band conditions were ... let's say ... "variable" ... I was in and out of the shack, spending time when I could. My goal was to better my last years results ... Nope! I didn't even come close, but I had fun and I learned a lot! My hearty congrats and THANKS to all for your patience. Most copied the exchange perfectly, with only occasional repeats required, a testament to your stations and your skills! There's NO Contest like a CW Contest! Pure radio fun! Getting excited about the CQWWDXCW ... coming up soon! GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS! 73 John N6HI
I now realize why everybody tended to congregate (like a herd of sheep) on one band at a time (whichever was most open): Because you can't earn extra points working the same stations on multiple bands. So I found nobody on 160 meters, even late at night, and very few on 15 meters, even though it was sorta open each afternoon. I wish ARRL would mention the "Once per call sign no matter what band" rule in its rule summaries, which is contrary to its general contest rules which do allow such contacts. I had made 25 duplicate contacts before learning that fact. My apologies to those who didn't catch my duplicates and completed the duplicate exchange.
Not in SS but finding NT on the air, I could not resist making a QSO with the rarest of all!
Another year, and another decision not to travel to operate at W7RN due to the pandemic. Conclusion: it's a lot more fun to be in NV than in SCV for this contest.
Missed 2 sections, not good. Even after finding VY1AAA on 40 meters. Amazing how many people send CW manually with a keyer (noted from mistakes) bugs and even straight keys for something complex like SS! They don't get worn out
Elecraft K3, KPA1500, 5BTV + 80m dipole at 40'
Hunting RFI issues.
Not a lot of time in this one. Didn't feel like my signal was very good. Wx was nice so canned it and did yard work on Sunday.
I need to do more code practice during the year.
It was fun getting a clean sweep. NT was the last one I needed. He was extremely difficult for some reason.
This was my first SS for CW. Thanks to CWOPS CWAcademy I was very prepared to participate. Thanks to all who help make this event happen.
Operated remote to give out NNY. Even with six NNY, it can still be an elusive section. I got a "thanks for NNY" near the end on Sunday.
Once again I couldn't find my own state to work. Sux!
Just an hour at the start, and an hour at the end. NN7SS Burt WA (op K6UFO) 15m, 20m: GXP 3 element yagi at 72 feet 40m: GXP 2 element yagi at 72 feet Flex-6600 at 5 watts RemoteHamRadio.com Writelog
Definitely not my favorite contest and my results show it.
Always work dupes. It’s faster and ensures a contact. To the K0 who refused my request … our contact disappeared from the log due to computer error, so I will be a NIL in your log,
Great fun...but not enough time in the chair!!
note to self... Do NOT celebrate your birthday the night b4 ARRL SS CW
Without a doubt my favourite contest of the year. Conditions could have been better but had lots of fun and managed to get a clean sweep. My last four sections were South Dakota, EWA, NT and NL. SD and EWA responded to my CQ. How great was that. Also no issues contacting NT and NL only took a couple of tries. Great ears folks. Qs. 73 Serge VA3SB
Couldnt find AB of all things.
80s retro station: Heathkit HW-9, 5W, manual keying, paper logging, no spots. Really hard work but great fun and lots of nostalgia. Thanks to everyone for taking the time and having the patience to pull out my weak QRP signal from the Pacific NW. 73. Steve.
Yayyyyyyy - my first Clean Sweep ever, since 1956! Took longer than my DXCC Honor Roll, using 100W and paper QSL cards!
Had fun with this contest. 73 Andre VE3RIA
Only a check log, intended to complete states needed on CW for LoTW Triple Play, i.e. NE and WY. Got 'em! And both use LoTW!
Only a few hours of operating, only answering CQ calls
Nowhere is it more clear than ARRLCW Sweepstakes how critical it is and how dependent we are in the part-time (under 100 QSOs) CW operator to get on and give us a QSO. Without them, this event can't take place. The traffic handlers of the past (myself included) will someday soon no longer exist. The vast number number of CK 1950-1959 gives evidence that the time to do something about this is now, before it's too late. One wonders what the contest organizers and Committee have to say about this. 73, Cary VE4EA
Fun contest, lots of activity.
Just moved to new QTH and getting settled. Antenna random length wire strung up around basement. Pleasantly surprised that 46 people able to hear my signal
I had a lot of fun operatinSS this year again. I got myself a new Rig this fall a FTDX-10 it is a great CW radio.73 Gerry
Please treat this as a check log. I wasn't able to find a way to do it anywhere
This year's Sweepstakes was quite a challenge. First a word of appreciation for those ops who were able to make their signals distinguisable. Second, apologies to those ops who were attempting to complete exchanges with us while we were experiencing various technical and environmental challenges. The first 16 hours were pretty much a wash-out with a K of 4. Sunday was much better and the pile-up was extreme. We coped as best we could. Thanks for your patience with our requests for repeats. Sounds like we were louder than the signals we could hear. Hope to hear you in the SSB version! 73 de Pierre VE3KTB and Alex VE1RUS
SD logging program worked well for me in the contest.
We intended to do a multi-op with several HQ Staffers participating, but life got in the way while we were making other plans, and it ended up being a one operator multi-op, and part time. It's been a while since I have done SS, and was quite rusty at the start, and not knowing the station very well also hurt during the first hour (just 74 qsos). In contrast, 78 qsos went in the log Sunday morning during the 7AM hour all on 80m. A few on 40m followed, then another 220 went into the log on 20m over the next 4 hours straight which was a nice run.
Remote from Japan.
Thanks for the contacts and to the ARRL for sponsoring the contest. 73 - Dan, W1QK
This was an experiment. Operated 40 meters only, S&P, 100 watts and a wire. The object was to see how many sections could be worked with my modest station on a single band. Missed 8. I believe that high power and/or a gain antenna might well have provided a clean sweep.
145w 80m horiz loop
First time since 1999 that I have operated during November SS CW Contest. I only got to operate a few hours and the band was very crowded but I was able to squeak my call into a few dead areas and pick up some contacts. i am glad I did and realized how much I need a CW filter put in my radio to be able to tune in stations better. Most stations would slow to 20WPM for me but a few continued at over 25 and I had to ask for repeats. All in all it was a good event for me and I will do it again.
W3TB Franklin TN
Conditions were nice and quiet here. Hoping for 10m and 15m, but not much on 15 and zip on 10m. Did a lot of A/B/C comparisons on 20m between a pair of crossed dipoles and an EFHW. Posted score to "Confederate Contest Club" as a hat tip to AA4NC/W4MR. Blue Moons to Will, and keep the silly orange slice away..
Not bad for an old guy with a old rig and a flagpole antenna.
Had plans of 3 operators, but just one showed up!
Not as many QSOs as my target, but the multipliers were a lot of fun. 10 was not functional, and I heard nothing on 160. I haven't had a sweep for I can't remember how long. So I did not have high hopes this year. However, 15 was very workable this year, and most of my rare multipliers came on 15. SC didn't show up for a while, and despite everyone's concern, NNY was not rare. worked 6 PAC stations, Ewa was harder. 13 mulitpliers were worked on 15, out of 46 QSOs. Lax and EWa came late But the real fun came with VY0ERC on 40, which is a club station in what appears to be Ice Station Zero. The pileup behavior was quite bad. It would have probably helped with a simple UP1. Finally, they came back to a station about half a khz off. I called on that frequency and got the QSO. So that makes 83. The one I didn't get was VE6, to my amazement. Unclear how that happened.
My first time participating since 2006. Glad I jumped back in again this year. It was nice to hear so many signals on 15m. Thanks for the QSOs and 73, Ron (W8RU)
Operated basically Unlimited, however, inadvertently had my logger sending B instead. Will fix it next year. Enjoy this fall contest, but surprised not to find NE, NLI, and EWA stateside. Heard NT but the pileup was too painful... also missed AB and QC? 73 Ken-W9KB
Good conditons on 40 made the first 10 hours fun. Took 23 hours to get YT.
What is the point of the very long exchange? Tough to copy 30 wpm speeds with QRM and QRN. Not everyone is using decoders. Some of us still do it by ear.
This contest really tests one's focus and ability to stay cool amid confusion. I was surprised that even though I know cw fairly well how easy it was to completely botch my hand copying. Then, feeling like a deer in the headlights, I simply sent my information and continued listening to the station I just copied to fill in information, rather than asking for repeats. (Is that cheating?) Operating qrp from West Texas with my kx 2 and efhw antenna I was happy how well I got out. I learned how to pounce at the right time. While I didn't get that many unique sections, I did get all but one in the 6 region, including PAC. Hams who do well in this contest would probably make great air traffic controllers. Hi Hi. While I prefer slower paced rag chewing, I appreciate how a contest like this really shows the cracks in one's skills--things to work on.
One of my last 5 multipliers to work was my own location of ORG! Never heard Newfoundland/Labrador (NL).
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
Missed the deadline for submission by 10 mins. Dumb to have such short time frame to submit. Not that I really did that great but hey. Come on, real life and such. My log was messed up is why the miss. Had to correct it first causing the missed time. Anyway, what is the rush? You don't publish for quite some time anyway. Off the soapbox now. I'll grumble to others and may not play again.
Unassisted for 1st 374 Qs. Changed loggers got spotting assistance.
Started hand built, fully homebrew USDX QRP xcvr project (thanks to PE1NNZ et al) only 3 weeks ago. Homebrew radio for SS adds new learning to contest fun.
A great field test for a straight key I just built! Used horizontal springs as in the old 1800s sounders, and a glow-in-the-dark powdercoat! I won't lose this one on a messy operating table!
Flex6300, Hamsticks, CW-Skimmer
Bands were in good shape. 15 meters was open and grabbed some needed sections there. Only had time to play for a few hours , but had a blast with 5 watts and a dipole.
First time being unassisted since I was a kid. Was remote. Missed sweep; called by one PE, but he disappeared mid-QSO. Had an internet outage for 10 min. on Saturday. Also radio problems on Sunday for about 1/2 hour. Difficult getting to sleep and didn't quite use all 24 hr. Some feel it's sacreligious to suggest, but this contest would be improved by shorter length or more time off or per-band Qs.
Great Contest! 15 short for the full sweep, but great none the less.
Mni tks to the ops tt cpyed my vy weak QRP sig! Hpe CU agn sn. GL & God bless! 72, J
SSCW, the best 24 hours in cw contesting!
wow, i did a cw contest. i guess i'm back.
TThis was another Dual-OP operation from WQ7AYT's QTH in Concord. While putting in about 6-hours remotely @NX6T, I managed to find plenty of time to operate WQ6X from the East Bay (EB) section. Despite some HORRIBLE Space-WX throughout the weekend, 80 - 15 meters presented some good conditions. Starting up early on 40 meters Sunday, I was amazed to hear OX7M calling CQ at 00:30z. I actually had an LU5 and several Europoeans call on 20-meters which was otherwise a disappointing band. Where were the 80-meter operators And, what happened to 10 & 160 CQ SS calls there produced no callers - Bummer Dewd. The FT-1000mp into a an 8JK phased Cobra array about 12mh did a capable job. Using the recently furbished Stereo-CW setup (via a pair of QF-1A analog filters back-ended with an MFJ-784 (Left ear) and NIR-10+NIR-12 (Right ear)), I positioned calling stations in a 180-degree ARC within my listening experience, making pile-up running considerably easier. LooK for more about this event at: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.com.
Wow! What an experience for a contest neophyte - an experience that did no t disappoint! This was the first time ever immersed in a contest in over 4 1 years as a ham. A lot was learned preparing for the CW Sweepstakes. The n, in the midst of the event, I learned even more along with dynamically co rrecting and updating a few assumptions and mistakes (mainly with the new l ogger). Being "in there" after all of these years in the 2021 ARRL Novembe r Sweepstakes - CW event was a huge personal success! Thanks!
Dust off the key, and ready to rock!