various weekends. Dual-OP'ing manifests in many similar-but-different forms:
- Joining up with the crew at NX6T remotely (using either the Elecraft K3/0 or the RCForb software to control the radio on the other end) interspersed with running remotely as WQ6X
for a state QSO party and/or "mini" DX contest.
- Joining up w/NX6T remotely but from W7AYT's QTH in Concord. During off-shift periods
(from NX6T) I can run the SAME contest as WQ6X using my FT-1000mp.
- Running the K3/0 as NX6T from my office internet router, followed by a trip to W7AYT's
QTH to run the SAME contest entities as WQ6X.
I tuned around 40 meters listening to FOC contest members work themselves in the FOC members only Cw contest. (Non FOC members are worth 0 points to them, so they largely ignore us..)
was mostly RTTY & Cw activities so
the audio lines were configured to mix electronic music (by way of Pandora)
at a low-level "behind" the radio's receive audio.
When running a frequency during a RTTY contest, Rx audio is not so important; easy access to the
computer screen is what matters.
The 1st contest weekend in February brings the following events:
- The VT QSO Party beginning at 00:00z (4pm Friday in W6-Land).
- The Mexican RTTY (XE-RTTY) contest beginning at 12:00z (4am in W6-Land).
- The MN QSO Party at 14:00z (6am in W6-Land).
- The BC QSO Party at 16:00z (8am in W6-Land).
- The 4 hour North American (NA) Sprint contest.
for each event on BOTH computers; in Fallbrook and the laptop used @ W7AYT. Friday evening tuning the bands (during amp and antenna testing) put two VT stations in the log before finding 4 hours sleep.
Virtually @ 12:00z my eyes snapped open, enough to find my way to the kitchen and fire-UP a pot
of STRONG Kona & Juan Valdez Columbian coffee. Last-minute equipment complications delayed the 1st RTTY QSO to 13:18z on a relatively WIDE-Open 40 meters.
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20 not yet happening I caught a 30 minute nap, awakening to a 20-meter opening and the sound of MNQP and VTQP stations on BOTH Cw & Ssb.
By 16:00z all the contest GiGs were happening, altho the first BCQP QSOs did not hit the log until 20:30z. Switching between logs, while not easy, allowed multi-tasking the 4 events. Later in the day, the SUB-Rx in the FT-1000mp allowed me to work one contest and check activity on the band from the other GiGs.
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Arriving @ W7AYT around 00:45z I quickly setup the FT-1000mp with immediate hopes of jumping right into the Cw Sprint contest only to encounter an S9+ noise level that turned out to be caused by the laptop's generic switching power supply. Not having a replacement pack, the decision was made to hijack the NIR-12 power cable to run the Toshiba DynaDock, relegating its power pack to run the laptop.
Now device noise-free, the effects a K-Index = 3 geomagnetic storm kept signals weak.
At W7AYT, 20 meters was already gone and no
Sprint signals were heard on 40. Moving down
to 80 meters, I heard many stations, all who could
not hear me. Switching back to 40, 7 contacts made
it into the log before the 04:00z contest end.
The MN QSO Party ended at 00:00z; 2 down, 3 to go. Unfortunately, the BCQP also ended at 04:00z, but only for the day; part 2 resumed at 16:00z on Sunday, altho no BC stations were heard until 20:20z.
Overall, not a lot of QSOs were made as WQ6X on Sunday. Nevertheless, the goal of operating multiple events as WQ6X at W7AYT was fulfilled. The 8JK Sloper and CH-250 vertical enabled nation-wide coverage and even QSOs with KP4, CX7 & YV5.
Did YOU work the Mexican RTTY, BCQP, MNQP, VTQP & Sprint contents.
Is WQ6X and/or NX6T in YOUR Log?