|N N 6 X --- N 6 K I --- K N 6 D L G|
Ssb contest we don't stand a chance of a 1st-place (worldwide) finish. Instead, while we give it our
best shot, more important is to use this event as an opportunity to Elmer up-and-coming radiosport operators and give me "time in the chair" with the recently perfected Elecraft K3/0 installation @W7AYT.
This was another start-in-Alameda and end-in-Concord remote operating weekend.
Although everything was well in place to operate WQ6X from W7AYT, Space WX conditions were
not in our favor. Propagation was so poor that in the end only KL7RA made it to the WQ6X Log.
|W Q 6 X (Stn-1) & N 6 K I (Stn-2)|
Typically it is the CQ WPX contest that provides exotic prefixes/countries. This year, the W.W. Dx contest brought us a bunch of juicy prefixes. For this contest, some of my favorites include: 5K0, VP6, 8P5, V47, ZF9, ZP6, FS4, 7A2, 3G1, TG9, CB8, HR9, PY0, BW2, E2, 6W1, V3, V26, ZS6,
CD2, EF8, FY5, VP2, CS5, 5J5, TI7, JR6 & J69.
I often bitch about 0-Point QSOs. The one thing they are GooD for is propagation determination. While using the Stepp-IR purposely allows running BI-Directional, on 40-meters in the morning when the Shorty-40 is pointed to Asia, the 20-db F/B-ratio is hardly enough to much attenuate the Kw signal to the Southeast, all but encouraging 0-pointers interspersed with the 3-point Asian QSOs.
Despite not making many QSOs as WQ6X, at least there was an opportunity to create updated WQ6X contest .Wav files; many also usable for the upcoming Sweepstakes contest in November.
Altho the user-level documentation for the RigExpert PLUS is seriously lacking, thru trial-and-error
it was discovered that the output audio control (in proper balance with the FT-1000mp's mic gain/compression settings) can produce distortion-free, yet "punchy" contest audio.
What about YOU?
Did YOU work the CQ Worldwide Dx contest?
Is NX6T or WQ6X in YOUR LoG?