Welcome aboard to new member Gary, W6GA. He was first licensed in 1959 as WV9JRD and loves CW, DXing and QRP. In 1960, he became WA6JRD and in 1977 became N6UU. For five months in 1997, he ws K6WN but then jumped on W6GA (his initials) in late '97. From his QRZ page, "I am "semi-retired", working part-time as a child care facilities consultant with First 5 Riverside, and Calif. Dept. of Social Services as a Child Care Advocate, in Riverside, Calif. Also teach part-time Early Childhood Administration at UCLA Extension and Riverside Community College."
And, welcome aboard also to Tom, N6QDI. Tom lives in Ventura and is very new to contesting and HF. He was first licensed as a Novice back in high school. His dad was also a ham.
November's CQWW DX CW contest was at or near the peak of Cycle 25, depending on whom you have been reading. The SFI was 172 or in the low 190s depending on the site you visited, but the A and K indeces were up a bit. Conditions were obviously much better than just a couple of short years ago but perhaps not as good as some expected. Many said that Europe did not pour through as they thought it should have. And that is always a big indicator of conditions for those of us on the west coast. Some comments from SCCCers:
Dan, N6MJ was over in the Cayman Islands again, using the FB station of Andrew, ZF1EJ. He was targeting 13,000 QSOs but those EU lacking conditions caused him to fall short. He spent a lot of time preparing beginning in July. His main competition, as usual, was KL9A down in Costa Rica at TI9W. Now, if you look at the Contest Online Scoreboard
, it appears that Dan and Chris finished first and second in SOABHP (raw score) and Dan will likely take top honors. Dan noticed on Saturday about 1600Z that EU became weak and fluttery. When it became time to run JAs on 10m later that day, they were all S0. So he shifted from the 13K goal to maximizing multipliers. That helped. Late Sunday with five minutes to go, his wife, who had come along this trip and provided refreshments during the contest, let him know that he was coming close to breaking the previous record! He notes that his logs often aren't the cleanest so it's now a matter of seeing what the log checkers say. Regardless, it was a herculean effort! Note, he hit a QSO rate of 415 per hour in the opening hour and maintained a 300+ per hour rate for the first six hours. Amazing! Jim, N6TJ was once again out in Hawaii at Max's QTH (KH6ZM) using the KH7M club call. He's been going there since 2009. He went SOSB15 but the band did not stay open at night as he was hoping. He logged 545 JAs and 179 Europeans. The Sunday morning EU pileup was no fun, he commented. Everyone was zero beat and equal strength. Those that called a few Hz off got through. He reminded us that his first CQWW contest was way back in 1955. Wow! His goal is to continue until 1939! Go for it, Jim!
Marko, N5ZO was at CX6VM using the callsign CW5W in Zone 13, one of the few that he hadn't operated from yet (this being #37 out of 40). After discussing the station situation with Jorge, they decided that a 10 meter single band entry would be best. Jorge had done quite a bit of antenna work earlier and this provided Marko with an excellent set of antennas to run in the contest. Marko says it is a World High on SB10, and a contest to remember.
Ken, K6LA was once again running as VY2TT in Zone 5. He said that 10 was so good Sunday that is was bad. "The pileups on me were the deepest I've ever heard. Most were 2nd/3rd tier stations that were all zero beat running the same power and antennas (or so it seemed.) It took a long time to even pick out a few letters." Same experience as Jim noted above! About noon on Sunday, he said, he was working Eastern Europe and the West Coast USA at the same time despite the antenna being pointed at EU. 10 was so good, he said, that he had to tear himself away to work 20 and 15. Terry, N6CW had limited time that weekend and missed all of Sunday. He was mainly S&P but had a hort 40 meter JA run. Always fun. Dana, K6NR experienced "pretty darn good conditions." He reported good signals from Asia on 10. Europe was better on 10 on Sunday than Saturday. He also worked 19 EUs on 80 meters, very unusual for him. His reported score was 1.3+ million points! Dave, N2JNR did QRP for the first time in CQWW and was super happy with his results. 10 meters was his money band and he had a lot of fun on 15 as well. Eric, NC6K had a visit from Murphy (his 80/160 sloper was out of commission) and his XYL was out of the country, which left him to fend for numerous animals around the house and other things. He said that conditions seemed fantastic on 10 and 15 most of the weekend, and he set a personal best for this contest (though he he usually doesn't do single op in this one). He had some sporadic noise on 40 and 20 that was S7 when it was on. He had a huge JA run the last few hours of the contest to push him over the 1M point mark.
Steve, K0XP said conditions seemed great on 40 and 80, with very little noise on both bands. He felt activity was down though. Jim, W6YA said conditions were very good on 15 meters (he did a single band effort) despite an elevated K index. He said prop seemed to change every hour. At times, he would hear Zone 16 lour but Zone 14 weaker. Bruce, WA7BNM decided to do single band 10 meters instead of his usual 15 meter effort but later regretted the decision when the path to EU was poor on Saturday. He did not operate Sunday. JR, W6JBR had very good conditions on 10 and 15 and that's where he spent most of his time. Larry, K6RO settled on SB10 after a few hours in the contest. Europe was "barely there" on Saturday but Sunday was much better. Bill, N6RV felt that conditions were terrible, which forced everyone to the higher bands. He said, "There were some real neat skew paths and some pretty rare DX. That makes life fun!" He thinks he recorded a personal best. Dennis, NE6I wasn't sure he was going to get on due to some committments and scheduled projects but found some time to test the waters Saturday afternoon. And then got hooked. He felt that activity was high and conditions pretty good (except on 20). Regardless, the fun in the contest caused him to put off the projects and to sort of skip the committments hi hi. He was running his new RF-Kit amp for the first time in a CW contest and said that it never even panted. The fan hardly ever came on. Bob, AA6PW said that conditions held his interest longer than he had originally planned. He had some antenna problems on 10 and lost out on some QSO totals there. 15 and 40 wound up being his money bands. He was running a new RF-Kit solid state amp (used by several others in the SCCC) and said that it performed flawlessly. Bill, W8QZA (W6QU) ran this contest for his 34th consecutive time, dating back to 1989. He'd also done entries as a teenager in 1956 and 1958. He found conditions to be very good. He worked FR8UA who was CQing on Sunday morning, getting him on the first call with his QRP signal. His 79 DXCCs and 29 zones helped him to his highest score in the past ten years.
The ARRL 10 Meter Contest last month drew a large turnout of SCCC members. Reports were that Friday night closed early, Saturday morning was disappointing in that the hoped for opening to Europe was not really there but Sunday was better. The SFI was down from what it had been in recent weeks, and that apparently affected prop to Europe and Africa. That said, there seemed to be no shortage of other stations to work and there were some good scores turned in by the group. Ken, K6LA operated from VY2TT as usual, and recorded a 2.4+ million point score, currently a close second to N5DX on 3830Scores.org in SO Mixed HP. Great showing, Ken! Picture at right is the 4 element wire yagi put up by David, N6AN at Flint Peak and used Friday and Saturday. He ran QRP as he usually does and did very well.
The ARRL June VHF Contest
results have been posted. Mike, KX6A and Tim, N6GP both placed in the top ten in the Limited Rover category. Endaf, N6UTC made the top ten in the Unlimited Rover category. Bruce, AG6X was third in the SOLP group and Levi took the top spot in the SO FM Only category. Congrats to all of you!
Registration is now open for 2024 Dayton ConTest University
which will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at the Hope Hotel (the day before Hamvention opens).
This came in via the PVRC reflector in December:
CQ Magazine publication suspended; WWROF to continue running CQ contests
Many hams have noted not receiving paper copies of CQ magazine since earlier this year, and the last electronically published issue was October.
Quoting Rich Moseson, W2VU, editor of CQ Magazine: “Unfortunately, CQ has temporarily suspended publishing at this time. We are working very hard to secure the necessary funding to continue operations but until we can make those arrangements, everything is on hold.”
The CQ contests will continue to be held, uninterrupted, by the WWROF (as they have been for many years now).
I myself - the CQ Contesting Editor for the past several years - am launching a contesting website that will specialize in short turnaround news flashes and gossip from the contesting world.
And this was published in the ARRL Letter for December 21:
"ARRL has heard from many members concerned about their print subscriptions to CQ magazine. CQ magazine is not an ARRL publication, however ARRL members enjoy the ability to pursue earning the CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ) and Worked All Prefixes (WPX) awards through Logbook of The World (LoTW).
CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, acknowledged the delays in delivering CQ magazine. He indicated that the November and December issues are delayed but plans are to get them out to the readership as soon as circumstances permit."
Also, from DXNews.com, N4BAA is quoted as saying there are no changes to the CQ WAZ Program as he is 100% self-sustainable and will continue to manage the program. That's good news as yours truly is very close to getting the last two or three zones to have all 200 for 5BWAZ. That said, let's hope that CQ can get solve their problems and resume publication of their very fine magazine.
Next month is the ARRL DX CW contest, and a great opportunity to increase your DXCC totals! With sunspot numbers higher than in recent years, we should have a really good time in this one!
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Strange but true...
The term "footage" in films comes from them being measured in feet when being edited in the early days of film making.
73 for now,