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Please do not penalize N7RMK if he copied my number 002. I accidentially send him number 002 went it was actually 003. I tried to correct, but I'm not sure if he picked it up. I had to correct the time of the VE4GV QSO, my QSO #14. For some reason, N1MM logged it as being in the 0700z hour, but I was asleep at that time.
Disappointed with the unruly crowd this year. S and P with HOA type antenna was difficult. Glad to put my mic away again...lol
Tthe older I get, the worser I get!
Elevated 19' wire vertical @ 31' & 3 counterpoise wires @ 12'
First sweepstakes, had an awesome time! Good luck all!
Good test of my new 80m OCF dipole and my old IC-706MkIIg at a new QTH, which I just got on the air this fall for the first time in about 15 years. For me this was more about testing out the setup than any serious contesting effort, though I did get into the spirit during a little over 8 hours of operating time. The first evening was frustrating trying to operate Alpha amidst the chaos, but on the second day I had a lot of fun on 15m and 20m, and was particularly proud of working three PAC stations, which definitely count as the most memorable of the bunch.
First time submission.
No Clean Sweep this year. I missed AK, NL, and NT.
My first SSB contest as a new extra class ham. The additional band privileges really helped! I will be back for the next sweepstakes with more time dedicated to contesting.
( 1515 * 2 ) * 84 = 254,520 IN 23:10 SWEEP AT 1907Z ON SUNDAY WITH VY2WW IN PE
The HF bands, especially 15 meters, were wide open to the coasts.
Where was NT?
Thanks to all the ops who took the time to work with QRP stations!
FOUND THE LOST MULT...
15 was great! Something to spend few hrs on during COVID lockdown + Vikings game & putting up tree.
Was not able to work the contest on Saturday and only a few hours onSunday. Had to really work to make contacts, Heard lots of voices but many to weak to hear me. Thanks for the contest. See you next year.
We were set up in a cabin in Jackson, NH operating with just some dipoles tossed up in the trees.
Did not have full time to spend on Contest, but enjoy what I could.
Great to see 15 seriously open!
I started out unassisted and then half way though the contest went to assisted. I retained the "A" precedent to not create more confusion for other stations.
Usually operate QRP cw, but thought I'd try QRP ssb. It's a lot harder with ssb! Glad some ops had good ears do dig my little signal out of the ether! Was lots of fun.
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 HP in SSB SS 2020, as we have for 4 years. With few non-ham things to distract us this year, we put in 23.7 hrs BIC, and for the first time claimed >900 Qs and a score >150K. This beat our best past claim, in 2016, by 53 Qs and 12K points. Condx mixed; SFI 85+ but K of 4. As we did in CW SS, we planned shifts to minimize gaps. N3UM was on for 5 hrs. 21-02Z, and found 20 M hot; he ran for 188 Qs and 42 mults incl. PAC and AK in 3 hrs. Abrupt QSB suggested auroral E. When 20 M rate died at 0006Z N3UM QSYd to 40 M. It was pitiful; 17 Qs and 2 mults run and click, so he went to 80 M at 01Z. Much better; 79 Qs and 26 mults by 02Z. W3GB did better yet; 220 Qs on 80 M 02-0550Z, 214 in a run. He then got 68 Qs and 2 mults 40 M, on for 6 hrs vs the plan of 5 hrs. At 08Z QRT we had 574 Qs and 77 mults, our best by far. From 12-14Z N3UM ran for 90 of 95 Qs and 2 mults on 40 M, then got 43 more Qs and 2 mults on 20 M. At 1611Z we had 712 Qs and 81 mults total, lacking NNY, ONN, and NT. Sun. PM was slow; in the 8.6 hrs till 0044Z QRT we got 208 Qs, 24/hr, plus NNY and ONN. Never heard NT, or saw a spot. W3GB was on for one 2-hr and one 3.1-hr shift, N3UM on for 2.3 hrs, and gaps of <30 min. took 1.2 hrs. BIC time was ~50/50, 11+ hrs each.
"Hard multipliers were easy and easy multipliers were hard!"
A fine contest. Missed a sweep by two: NT and MAR. Couldn't believe that SNJ was a holdout for so long. Spent too much time cchasing WCF. George, K5KG was o n 15, 20 & 40, but was just too weak most of the time. When he finally became stronger on 40, someone cme along and started calling CQ on to of him. After I had given up on K5KG in WCF, Jim, K8MR, found me calling CQ on 80 and gave me the final US section. I had a slow start when my Flex-6600M began making a loud grinding noise and would shut down after booting up. I quickly pulled it out and hooked up my XYL''s ICOM IC-7300. Fortunately, I had a cable to connect it to my SPE Expert 1K-FA linear.
synthesized voice segments really throw off listening for the response information
This is my first SS contest. Was fun. Only ran as S&P this time. Will need to Run next time I think. Not too bad for only a S&P score. I operated until my Keyboard, Mouse and MY batteries died. Can't wait for next year. Should be fun! de Jeremy - K5JSG
Band trying to improve but got a few more states worked on 15m
Been doing too much radio lately. Decided to take it easy for this one.
Not quite as good as CW. Hope for better next year.
Has been awhile since using SSB. No fun with had mic and trying to type and copy at the same time when your not much of a typer. Was glad to had out SJV though.
First time in a long while that I entered the Unlimited Category. My goal was to work for a sweep but I did not succeed, missing NL and MAR. Great to have 15 meters open so well. Thanks for the QSOs everyone. Dana
Wow. What a difference a year and a new antenna makes. The new beam performed flawlessley and the solar cycle cooperated this year! Thanks to all!
My first time contesting. Fun!!!
Not a full effort as I Never felt 100% all weekend. Made a few mistakes before and during the event that cost me time, energy, & money. At one point early Saturday evening, I was so annoyed with the station layout I tore it apart and rebuilt it. Not the best time but the finished product is vastly better than before, except, when tired and distracted I put the ANC-4 Noise Canceller back inline, but reversed the coax lines effectively rendering that sweet little box of magic INERT! Tried to go back and continue several times but in the end I decided it was best to punt this year. Being limited to only100W made it more of a job than fun but I still managed to run to ground many of the rarer mults. The new section PE is waaayyyyy out there from here! Found one station on 20M doing well with huge pileups I just couldn't get thru only to be surprised on 15M fining a YL from there with a very low serial number and hardly any callers! Found NT early on but missed MAR, NL, QC, and ORG of all things! Go Figure. Changed the station antennas around as well this season by taking down the 20M Monobander @ 43ft and replacing it with a refurbished 40 yr old 3 element FB-33 Fritzel Beam Tribander from Germany. Turns out to be one of the best designed antennas of its type I have ever owned, performing very closely to what the manual promised for Gain, F/B & SWR Bandwidth. Replacing the 30 yr old coax didn't hurt either, HI! Having a gain antenna at height on 15M & 10M proved to be the right choice as each band was open. Nice to have more than 1 local contact on 10M this time! Here's to Cycle 25! TY TY! Even Retuned my trusty 40M/80M Dual Band Inv Vee @ 38ft to good effect. Only have the 160M Inv L @40ft left to get in final shape before the 160M event in Dec. Once everything was back together and working, there were no further Station or Operator Malfunctions the rest of the weekend. Thanks to the many who strained to pull me through the QRM! Happy Thanksgiving & a Merry Christmas from Northern Nevada! 73s and GL !
SSB is not my bag but wanted to make some points for PVRC
Operated Low Power this year due to sunspot cycle and because last year's punishment as QRP was so discouraging. I need to cultivate a better antenna farm and replace my wife's plasma TV with a RF-quiet model! Still I did ok for one antenna (80m horiz delta loop), almost WAS (never heard NNY or AK), and only found half the Canadians. I was surprised to hear several PAC stations this year here in the DX black hole of the midwest. Maybe next year I will return to QRP. Thanks to N3FJP, that logging software is so easy & worry free.
First ARRL contest. Forgot all about it until late Sunday. May not have done all that well but had alot of fun.
20.20 ARSSPH 16 Contacts
First of what I hope are many Sweepstakes. Put up a homebrew ZS6BKW multi-band dipole just for the occasion. Great time!
Much more difficult using low power QRP!
Entered all 176 Qs manually from paper log . Followed the format to submit cabrillo format . Received ERROR MESSAGE THAT ALL MY ENTRIES HAD TOO MANY ITEMS PER LINE . Studied all and can find nothing to delete to comply ! 3 plus hours spent for what ? Very disappointed ! So I enter my first Q EXACTLY as before [ didn't use caps ] and it is O K ! I am not going to reenter all 179 Qs again ! Very disappionted . Well, to be fair to all my contacts , I re-entered all AGAIN. With lower case 100% ERRORS AGAIN ! Went to b4h cab forms and retyped all AGAIN . This worked with NO ERRORS ! Bruce Horn has the BEST Cab Forms ! Thanks Bruce !
Triumph turned to disappointment for me this year. I was having a great time and having one of my best contests, reaching 60 different sections. Things went downhill when I read through the rules again and noticed that using the spotting network would put me in the unlimited precedence instead of the low power category. So, my effort becomes a checklog instead. It was still encouraging to see how many sections I did reach with the new wire antenna I installed over the summer. It was the first time I was able to use all bands from 80 through 15 in a contest. I am looking forward to getting it right next year.
FIRST TIME SWEEPSTAKES FOR ME; THE EXCHANGE IS THE LONGEST I'VE SEEN; SECT SB WAS FUN - LIKE BEING A RARE DX - NO S&P NECESSARY - JUST RUN!
First SS in about 30 years, and loved it! Nothing like a quick raising of an emergency 40M dipole in freezing temps because of an overnight failure. And where the heck was Oklahoma, hihi!!??!! (also missing a handful of VE sections, but really wanted all the states. sigh). New rig, new microphone, new computer operation... same ole FUN!
Elecraft K3S + KPA1500. Antennas: LPDA (10-20m), Inverted Vee, 40m elevated vertical
Had Fun, Learned A lot. Need a contest for just alpha power stations. It was very difficult going against high power stations. I had only 10% of my contacts with A Stations.
First contest using my newly restored Atlas Radio model 180.
Bands worked well this year! Even 10m!
Great to return to SSB SS after 21 years of inactivity! The 2020 version was just as I remembered it: intense, challenging, rewarding, educational, and, most of all, lots of fun! Conditions were excellent, especially 15 meters. I knew 15 was going to be good early in the contest when I worked three VE5 stations in a row! Look forward to next year!
Seemed like lots of activity in the contest, and lots of friendly operators. I was encouraged to hear many operators coaching folks on the exchange, and patiently explaining how the contest worked. I'm continuing to learn N1MM+ and it is making my contest experience much better.
Wow! I heard some SSB signals that had to be pretty much square waves. Seems like quite a few ops set everything to "11" and think they are loud. Maybe not loud but certainly wide. Yuck.
Missed coaching at W8SH (check 19) this year.
This was my 2nd contest. Worked 12hours and it was a blast. SOLP with wire antennas and had some fun runs!
My first contest, right after getting my General ticket. Lots of fun!
This is the first time I worked a contest solo. It was lots of fun. I was able to work at least two sections from Canada and reach as far as California. Looking forward to the next one. 73 Ed KC3PFT Sweeney
Had a great time. Thanks for the contacts. CU all next year.
My first SSB Sweepstakes. Thanks to everyone who participated
I learned a lot with sweeps. It was great to be from NNY. See you next year.
First HF contest since getting my license earlier this year. What a ride! Sure was fun. Hope everyone else had fun too! 73
Even with poor band conditionis the bands were open with lots of stations. This year I was able to more than double my score from last year. 20 M and 80 M were the money bands. No Sweep as I missed some of the VE stations.
running no more than 10W, lumped in with the 150W stations :)
Normally do not play on HF contest, so I picked QRP and decided to give out points to those that would listen for the weak signals
FIRST YEAR CQ CAMPING, NEW PB!
A last minute change to my antenna mix gave me an opportunity to try out my hex beam antenna at an improved height. I enjoyed working folks from coast to coast but did not have time to restore my 40m antenna or complete the addition of an 80m option.
My first attempt in the phone QRP class. Thanks for your patience in digging me out. It was challenging
My first HF contest. Thank you to all those who had a QSO with me.
I was licensed and upgraded this year and this was my first ARRL SS and it was very enjoyable (as long as I skip the first day madness)! Thank you to all my contacts for the encouragement!
With the exchange order serial # A KF7oja 09 WWA make it hard to type in quickly as the call sign should be he first item KF7OJA #535 09 WWA which is the order of the N3FJP program entry. Easier to tab window to window + enter.
Lake Anna SP Cabin 1, Spotsylvania VA 22551
First Voice HF contest. Competed for less than an hour.
Had a great time! Missed Utah and EWA both CW and Phone?
First SSB contest in I don't know how long. Thanks to all the ops for pulling my QRP signal out of the noise. You all were very patient!
Always a fun contest. Best score I have ever put up from here
I have W5RRR logged twice; he apparently did not receive my first contact with him at Q #250. He wanted to rework me at QSO #849.
sorry if my log is a mess this is my first contest... didn't know about it till after it started, had no time to prepare
Limited time, can't WAIT for retirement!
So I get VY! early in this one and thought i'd be on my way to a sweep Wrong - Far from it and lots of guys lost in the noise who were barely above the noise floor on all bands. My QtH is completely surrounded by the Rockies-Its way better on top of them - I knw from FD up there!
Even though I seemed pretty far off the pace at the beginning, just kept plugging away QSO by QSO.
Part time effort this year due to family illness. Heard a KL7 and VY1 but never heard ONN, MAR, NL and QC. Definitely one of those "NEXT YEAR" years.
Wish I could have dedicated more time for operating
Also operated from SC - see other log entry
Solar flux above 80 and actual voices heard, AND CONTACTS, on 15m. Perhaps there is hope for the future. I was impressed as usual with the professionalism and fine ears of the stations who worked to dig out a little pistol station at 100w with dipoles at 20ft as the antenna system. Had many things needing doing around the QTH so less time than usual was spent on air, but it was good fun and keeps the ears tuned up.
Rig: Yaesu FT-950 @ 100-watts, Ant: Cushcraft D40 @ 75-feet
That was intense, but fun.
NOT TO MANY CANADIANS ON AT ALL MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SWEEP. PE STATIONS AND QC STATIONS WERE ONE OR TWO AT BEST.
Great fun contest.
Enjoyed a nice, brief effort! CDX not as good as SS CW, but still fun!
Random wire 99 watts Maryland.
Icom IC-703 into OCF Challenge at QRP, but many nice QSOs
Glad to see 15 meters open both Saturdajy and Sunday. On the other hand Canada oh Canada where were you. Only heard 3 canadian stations and worked two.
Another portable operation from Flint Peak. KX3 @ 45 watts, 100' doublet fed with CAT5 twisted pair at 20'. 15 was alive on Saturday.
Ran QRP, 5W to a 20 foot end fed wire. A part-time effort, but this was fun (for SSB!) The message memorys in my new rig make SSB contesting SO much easier. I never had a voice keyer before. Maybe I will operate in more SSB contests now. hihi. With just a little more time expended, I made twice as many QSOs as this in the CW Sweeps, and I only ran 1/2 Watt in that one. Hmmm ... Thanks to all for your patience and the QSOs. GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS! 73 John N6HI.
Enjoyed my first Sweepstakes!
1. Fun instead of Contesting on Saturday: Traveled to Vandenberg AFB to see Space-X Launch with subsequent recovery of Stage 1 on the pad! 2. Murphy on Sunday: 20m antenna would not tune & antenna coupler inop on 40m til 30 minutes before contest end. 3. But, I did get on the air!
SS was an excellent excuse to finally install my HF antennas and wire up the shack at home. After install all day I finally got on the air right about the 09UTC (4am local ET!) lull, but took a nap and then worked until the bitter end. Not as well equipped here at home as I was during school on the rig at W1YK but I had an absolute blast for my first contest on my own setup!
I hadn't had an HF station for 13 years. Now I suppose I do. Cascade Contest Club
TIME ON 17:12 - FTdx101 alpha 87a
My first-ever ARRL contest! Very exciting and intense.
My SS plans were significantly altered by a family medical emergency. I did manage to work the first hour and a half, and the last two hours, so not a total "no contest" weekend.
Better than I thought I would get. Some section, just never heard.
I work at Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia, IL. But our Fermilab ARC does not participate in contests. So I am offering my (albeit trivial) score as part of our partner lab at Brookhaven National Lab. I work with se veral people in their HPC group.
Watched some college football so missed some prime operating time.
I used two rigs this weekend: FT-817 (QRP) and FT-857D (100W). For some reason, I was able to make a lot more Qs with the 817 at 2 watts QRP than with the 857 at a full 100 watts. Go figure!
COMPRIMISED ANTENNA DIPOLE UP 6 FT.
Part time effort, about 8 hours but managed to almost work WAS (Missed WV). I need an antenna for 75 meters but a small lot. Good conditions.
Tried very hard to make a clean sweep but never heard AK, NL, NT or PE. Nothing on 160 or 10. Interesting analysis of sections vs number of contacts per section: Column1 Column2 MDC 32 AZ 30 IL 29 WWA 29 VA 23 SV 21 SCV 20 OR 17 LAX 16 NV 16 EB 14 GA 13 MI 11 NFL 11 SJV 11 TN 11 NM 10 OH 10 ORG 10 SF 10 EPA 9 STX 9 UT 9 CO 8 ENY 8 MN 8 NLI 8 NTX 8 PAC 8 NC 7 SDG 7 BC 6 ID 6 IN 6 SFL 6 AL 5 EWA 5 KS 5 KY 5 LA 5 NNJ 5 SC 5 WCF 5 CT 4 IA 4 NE 4 RI 4 SB 4 SNJ 4 VT 4 WI 4 WNY 4 AB 3 ME 3 MO 3 NH 3 ONS 3 WPA 3 WTX 3 WV 3 AR 2 DE 2 EMA 2 MAR 2 MS 2 MT 2 OK 2 ONN 2 GTA 1 MB 1 ND 1 NNY 1 ONE 1 PR 1 QC 1 SD 1 SK 1 VI 1 WMA 1 WY 1 I think the propagation was only poor to fair. Just wait until next year!
This was my first contest as a ham. I was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome I received from many of my contacts when they realized my check was '20. My setup consisted of my 80M OCFD (my workhorse), and a new-to-me Mosley TA-63-N in a tree fixed West. My tower is not assembled yet. Still, I made more contacts than I had expected and nearly completing WAS (AK, I have yet to hear you!). Thanks to my elmer, N1DID, and other members of GBARC, for showing me the ropes and helping me with my gear, antennas and showing me contesting. Not to mention I now have so much of your equipment, hihi. I have learned so much about operating more effectively (TPBT among other features), that while there are some who dislike contests or contesters, I believe it can be great fun and does go to show it helps us learn to be more proficient operators. I can't wait for the next contest and to learn CW so I can have a qso and contest CW as well. 73 all, and thanks for the fun event.
Thoroughly enjoyed the contest. Thank you to all who organized it and will score the contest.
Haven't done the Sweepstakes for a few years. It was good to participate again. This is wasn't my best showing. My 80-10 EFHF antenna came down a few days before contest and is now laying across the roof, about 15 ft above ground. Thanks for all involved to make this contest a reality.
Licenced in 2020. 40m, Long wire for 80 and 160m.
FT-950 + AL-811H + AT2K + 80m dipole + 40m delta loop
First contest since I installed my new 6BTV vertical. Pretty happy with the initial results. Thanks all!
First big snowfall just added plenty of extra static!
We are a husband and wife team
I had a lot of fun operating this years SS contest. Rigs used Classic IC-756 Pro and Vintage FT-901DM and IC-751A on Sunday. 83 Gerry VE7BGP
k6jo was an unfinished contact #46 in my log but for some reason did not transfer in the cab file.
+++++++++++++IMPORTANT NOTE TO ARRL CONTEST MANAGER!!!!+++++ PLS NOTE THAT IN SOME QSO'S JEFF SENT CK 55 TO STATIONS HE WORKED. MY CHECK IS 17 AND THE LOGGING PROGRAM INDICATES THAT IN ALL CASES. THE CK IS HARD CODED IN CT SO WE COULD NOT FIX THE CHECK. SOME STATIONS RECEIVED CK 55 AND SOME STATIONS RECEIVED CK 17 AS A RESULT OF JEFF'S MISTAKE - EITHER CK 17 OR CK 55 WOULD BE CORRECT IN THE LOGS OF THOSE 278 STNS WE WORKED. PLEASE BE SURE NOT TO PENALIZE THOSE NEEDING VY2 AS A SECTION MULTIPLIER!!! THIS WAS ++our error+++ AND NOT THOSE OF STATIONS WE WORKED. TKS!
ANOTHER FUN SS! GREAT TO SEE MANY NEWLY MINTED HAMS JOIN IN.
First sweeps with the new antlers on the tower, been without it since 2012. We beat our personal club record by surpassing 1k QSOs for the first time, were happy about that! Station worked great but we had to take a tube amp that was misbehaving out of service. Well get it fixed and be back to dominate sweeps next year! We only ran into 5 other school clubs throughout the contest, would have loved to see more. We installed an 80m dipole on the roof mid contest in the darkness and the rainthat sure was cold! Its taken a long time to get the station to where it is today, and wed like to thank our gracious alumni for their efforts and donations. It still has a ways to go to becoming a superstation, but the students in the club are determined to put W0EEE at the top of the school clubs list! Thomas KX0STL
Even thought I did not have a lot of time to spend during the contest was still a great time.
Man, was I tired after this one! Got home afterwards and went right to bed and slept until almost 10am (local AZ time) on Monday morning! Operated all but the first 2 hours, due to club station availability issues. The first contest I've operated overnight. Had a few "mini-pileups" but nothing I couldn't handle. Would have been nice to have a 2nd operator (or even an unlicensed friend) there to at least log for me, but that wasn't the case this time.
This was a fun contest even though I was only able to get 50 of the 80+ sections. Hopefully if the city ever approves my new to me 52 foot tower I will have even better results next year.
I made a mistake and used category "A" in the exchange when I should have used "U" since I used a spotting network. So you can use this log as a check log if the rules require that.
Thank you for sponsoring the contest. Missed AK and NT for the sweep this year. Tnx to VY2NA for Prince Edward Island multiplier on 75M. Fun Low Power and Unassisted.
Fun event for those of us without much time to operate. Nice to see the bands NOT DEAD as reported. Worked 80, 40, 20 & 15 meters for this event. 73 Jim/W1RO/NV
Came in late but had fun anyway, thanks!
W3OY- First ever contest. Was at the radio for about 5 hours over the 2 days. Had really cool exchanges with other operators that were impressed that I was in the Sweepstakes during my first year licensed. Super Awesome Contest!!!
I enjoyed the hour that I was operating in the contest. Thank you to all who put on the event. It's a lot of work.
Icom IC-7300,Chameleon CHA Hybrid antenna, N3FJP
Only three hours of operation
ic-7610 & EFHW
Again a great pleasure to use W4KFC in the ARRL SS SSB contest! Amazed at the number of QSO's mentioning a fond memory of Vic Clarks significant contributions to ARRL in particular and the ham radio community world wide. Thanks for the QSO's. 73, Buddy W4YE
Band conditions were much better on Saturday afternoon, especially on 20M. Where was NT?
My first Sweepstakes. Had fun and worked 15 hours.
Well, I threw my YL to the wolves for contesting experience. She enjoyed it and did well. We are still together! Whew! WA5POK and KM4TYV operators at W5ACQ
I can do all things [a]through Him who strengthens me.
Hope to have made a sweep of all of the US sections, was short 5 sections in Canada only...
Great fun as always! Noise floor on 40/80 did not play nice. Thanks for all the Qs - see y'all next year! 73!
UNABLE TO ENTER MY CLUB ROCK WALL ARMATURE RADIO CLUB
I know I’ve said this before, first... well when one gets their license there are a lot of firsts. This time it was first HF Contest with everything being mine. Icom 7100 and Inverted V Dipole tuned to 20 and 40. At my QTH, no remote, no borrowed gear. All me! So... with N6RO and N6WM being my mentors it was only fitting that N6WM be my first contact. (Not planned but a very happy accident). After that the next 30 hours of the contest were an exercise in being low power with an antenna not really high enough. S&P the whole time. Tried to call CQ a couple times but got stomped on or nothing. The bands were well used while 40 had noise at night and allowed me to get the time off. Both had great signals from the East. Which leads me to this: thank you to those that have powerful stations and still put up with the low power guys and home brew antennas like myself. I know it takes a lot of patience to deal with repeating the info because of not hearing us. Lastly thank you to stations like KA6BIM, WA8Y, and W9RM (I know there was at least one more but I didn’t write down the calls) that took the moment to wish very warm welcomes to the new guys with the 20 check number.
Token effort. Might make a good check log. See you all next year. Stay well.
This was my first try at contesting. New to HF and it was a lot of fun just to get some experience making contacts.
only had a little time to tinker. This can be check log
Nice 15M openings both days, but especially Sunday.
Introduced 3 hams to the world of contesting. One of which made his first ever HF contact. We didn't do as well as last year because we just through the effort together at the last minute. Missed NT for a clean sweep oh well next year. THis was a great training experience for the new guys.
A brief power interruption caused my logging program to enter the same exact band frequency (7288) from contact W1XX thru K2PS. I do not know the actual band stations were on until the logger was reset before the last contact.
Just missed the sweep! Where was Quebec!?
Changed from Precedence B to U at QSO # 53. Logfile reflects that change.
Fun; I worked on-and-off amid other activities. All opswere freindly and courteous.
My logging software broke! Hopefully this works- it was the best score I ever had in Sweepstakes!
IC 7000, TEN TEC 238C INVERTED L, KT 34
Two shy of a clean sweep again. Had xcvr. problems I need to address.
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
Enjoyed the contest except when mu computer went into a windows restart loop and I had to restore everything. That took over six hours. Fortunately the logs were restored but it effected my operating time for a while.
First time pushing for a sweep. Only got to 77 but did so thanks to many good operators, thanks and 73.
Rig's power supply went bad just in time for SS (excess hum, noises and occasional "blip-outs" during transmit) but was able to substitute an old car battery I had in garage and salvaged the experience (49 more QSOs than last year's zero!) One suggestion? If ops tended to choose target frequencies on 5kHz increments, there would be fewer instances of "bleed-over" chatter which might yield more possible contacts for those of us with hearing issues! Thank you to all of my 49 contact operators for their efforts... and a special "shout-out" to N3FJP for his great software that makes logging so easy!
Missed WAS by 1 state, Alaska. Had 4" rain Sunday AM that caused high SWR which kept knocking me off the air.
Always a challenge at 5 watts.
Flex6300, Outback antenna
I wish I had more time to spend in the contest.
Wasn't feeling up to commit to a FT effort, so did this from my modest home station, with a hill blocking the path to most of the US. Of course, I have to work three times as hard from here to make 1/3 the Qs. 20 was the best band. 40 rather poor, 80 worse, 15 mediocre. Was happy to get my last state (MS) in the last hour. Only missed QC, MAR and NL. All in all, I was happy to have managed as many Qs and mults as I did, given the constraints of my QTH. Also happy to work WA0CSL (ND) on 15, as that's the last one I need for 15m WAS.
Glad I participated missed my Multioperators
This was the first time operating in this contest in many years. Thankfully, there were a number of very patient operators out there! 20 meters died out pretty early. Next year I'll put more antennas up for the phone parts of the bands to add to the enjoyment!
This is the first time that I am using logging software for the ARRL Sweepstakes.
This was another WQ6X operation from W7AYT's QTH in Concord, Ca. My time was divided between remoting into NX6T in Fallbrook and running as WQ6X. The usual signal-vortex situation existed in Concord so the number of QSOs / Mults was way down this year. A failing USB situation and some background audio hum made things more complex than they usually are. RFI on 40-meters made the USB-powered lamp cycle through its 3-levels +off cycle on Sunday, requiring it be unplugged until after the contest. For more audio PUNCH the Electro Voice 664 was used as a microphone stand for my Heil PRO headset allowing me to wear wireless headphones. Read more about this at: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.com
Conditions were better than last year as we made over 100 more Q's and operated about an hour less total time. 20M was open later than last year and maybe the Covid resulted in more people on the air on Sunday afternoon? However no Clean Sweep this year due to no NT nor the new PE section in Canada. Did anyone here get a Clean Sweep?
Husband and wife operation - happy to have our 10 year old daughter help with 5 contacts!