In the pre-contest BLOG entry, I overviewed the fact that the former WQ6X Lazy 8JK was partially modified to become the WQ6X Lazy 8JK Inverted Vee. Throughout the contest weekend the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) stats were consulted, comparing monitored signal levels between the Lazy-V and the CHA-250 vertical.
Thus far, no reliable conclusions have
Originally I was scheduled as a b/u operator for NX6T's high power multi-OP event. Being a backup operator in radiosport is not unlike having the role of relief pitcher in baseball - if you're not needed, then the time can be utilized for other endeavors.
In Fallbrook they needed more B-I-C (butt in chair) time, not remote operators, leaving WQ6X to
work the contest any hours that was needed/wanted.
I have often complained about poor turnout in most state QSO parties (CQP excepted).
This weekend felt very much like that. I was disappointed by the lack of obvious multipliers
making it to the East Bay QTH.
RBN) stats to figure out what the REAL problem is. Scrolling backwards through the SNR (Signal-to-Noise) data, all of a sudden the realization came to me:
"A MAJOR reason we make fewer QSOs than we would like is NoT because our signals are NoT hearable, but because there is no one on "the other end" actually hearing those signals."No amount of power increases or antenna changes can encourage operators to get out of bed,
fire up the coffee, turn on the radio and go tuning for my signal. This brings us full-circle back to
the problem of lack-of-participation.
There is an old saying "you can't work'em if you can't hear'em". What is ALSO true is:
"you can't hear'em if they ain't transmitting". Therefore, we should stop blaming ourselves
for things we can't control.
With a non-insignificant number of CQ Contest calls on the band, don't be surprised to discover
that many stations show up; either by happenstance or from seeing a population increase in the bandmap. Either way, a "dead band" can become very active, simply by calling CQ.
A few months ago, I wrote a BLOG entry about this very phenomenon.I also wrote a BLOG entry explaining why we should call CQ.
For this last weekend, hoping to force a 10 meter opening I called CQ while rotating the yagi
to various directions around North America. Often when I do this, out of nowhere a station or
two hears me and calls in. Unfortunately, for this contest, that didn't happen.
3830 Scores website, it would seem that WQ6X has taken 1st-place for the East Bay section; as for the Pacific Division, that remains to be seen.
DiD YOU work the 2019 November Sweepstakes?
Is WQ6X in YOUR LoG?