Monday, February 24, 2014

WQ6X Joins operations @ W1AW/6

Because I usually join team NX6T for ARRL Dx Cw, 2014 was no different; except, that it was COMPLETELY different.  Operators at NX6T's Fallbrook location took part in operating as W1AW/6 in the Southern California participation of W1AW's
centennial celebration.  http://www.SoCalContestClub.Org/Centennial.php

As you can see, different stations/operators volunteered to put W1AW/6 on the air for six days.  At NX6T, operators took on a variety of mode-shifts on Cw, SSB & RTTY.  For the ARRL Dx Cw event, we were assigned 15-meter Cw for the entire contest period.  Other locations were given other bands.  For that reason W1AW/6's ARRL Dx entry will be classified as a checklog.  All contacts with W1AW/6 during the contest WILL count towards DXCC and centennial celebration logs, only the W1AW/6 log "score" will not qualify for any awards; which is a shame as I put on my best ever 15 meter operation for any contest I've ever done.

In addition to 15-Cw, we were given the 80-meter SSB & RTTY evening time-slots on Friday & Saturday.  I was originally slated as a backup operator.  However some schedule changes found me running most of the 15-meter operation (making 597 QSOs out of the 862) and making appearances on 80-meter RTTY and then SSB after 15-meters closed down for the day.

Amazingly, on Saturday evening, I was able to run 15-Cw until 05:30z.  There were still openings to Oceania & Asia but I had worked all the stations that were on, so I shutdown 15 and moved to 80/75.  Because the solar flux was so high propagation was overall quite good until early Sunday afternoon when the geomagnetic storm noise moved in.

While I was quite busy operating, I also found time to put up a webpage about the W1AW/6 operations from Fallbrook (http://WQ6X.Info/W1AW/6/), complete with pictures & links to several YouTube videos made during the weekend.

Because there are multiple W1AW portable operations going on around the country (I've personally worked W1AW/2, W1AW/4, W1AW/5 & W1AW/6), they have changed the callsign in Newington to W100AW.

W1AW and W100AW are a testament to the fact that amateur radio has an incredibly colorful history.  Consider the technological advances amateur radio has been a part of in the last 100 years.
What advances can we look forward to in the NEXT hundred years?

Have you worked the various flavors of W1AW?  They're FREE for the taking.

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