Friday, January 27, 2023

BLAST from the PAST: QRP Reconsidered

In most "BLAST from the PAST" blog entries, that particular BLOG focus spans a timeframe as much as 10+ years.  It turns out slipping into QRP operations a weekend at a time (beginning in October),
I realized that a LoT of focus/attention has been put on QRP contest operations; in all honesty to create triple-OP operations, upping the overall contest ToTaL for 2022.  It doesn't matter how we
GoT to QRP running, what matters is that we HAVE discovered the World of QRP and find it to
be substantially different, yet equally challenging than I contemplated before October of last year.

Putting the phrase "QRP" into the WQ6X Blog search engine, a LoT of Blog entries came up.

Chronologically we have the following Blog entries:
  • [X] -1- WQ6X Triple-OP's yet another California QSO Party
  • [X] -2- WQ6X Successfully Operates a 1st-time triple-OP Sweepstakes
  • [X] -3- WQ6X works another dual-OP CQ WW Contest
  • [X] -4- Some Thots on dual-OP'ing as QRP
  • [X] -5- Triple-Thots about Triple-OP'ing the Ten-Meter Contest
  • [X] -6- WQ6X reprises K6T for a 10-Meter triple-OP Operation
  • [X] -7- WQ6X Wangles another Wonderfully ad-HOC Radiosport Weekend
  • [X] -8- WQ6X Dual-OP's another ARRL RTTY Roundup (RU) Contest.
  • [X] -9- QRP Reconsidered
  • [X] -10- WQ6X Runs a 1st-ever NAQP QRP dual-OP Contest
  • [X] -11- WQ6X dual-OPs a 1st NAQP Ssb GiG
Each of the above documented events provided a slightly different way to experience the QRP approach.  As I said in the QRP reconsidered BLOG, successful operations happen ideally when
we run from a great QTH (high in elevation and relatively RFI-noise free), a super antenna system
(the WA6TQT location sports stacked Yagi's, and phased-vertical arrays), and run frequencies with plenty of QRM-free bandwidth on either side.

The main objective of this BLOG entry is to provide a simple landing page to accompany
my Saturday presentation on QRP for the Amateur Radio Club of Alameda (ARCA). 
As club president, I am often called upon to give presentations on various topics, often
radiosport contest related.  This talk will eventually be posted on YouTube.  When that
happens, I will post a link to that video, here, in this BLOG entry.

Do YOU ever run QRP operations?

What has YOUR Experience been like?

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

WQ6X dual-OPs a 1st NAQP Ssb GiG

This weekend brought us a truly unique Ssb North American QSO Party (NAQP) radiosport contest experience.  During the last several months, while I have run many radiosport GiGs at QRP power 
(5-watts), I have specifically avoided Ssb contests, due to the mistaken belief that [somehow] QRP Ssb signals will [somehow] be unintelligible to most potential-calling stations.  This weekend laid to rest any misgivings I have had about successfully running an Ssb contest with only 5-watts.

For the NX6T-end of the dual-OP operation, N7NR (Dave) organized everything, with the hope of
gaining unique team-leader experience.  Dave certainly found himself "knee-deep" in organizational challenges as BOTH K3-radios at the WA6TQT superstation developed audio problems on Thursday.  Thanks to adroit coordination between N7NR and N6KI, both radios were remedied in time for a final remote checkout on Friday evening.  For reasons too complex to fathom, we ran the DXLOG contesting software on STN-1 and the WINTEST program on STN-2.

Thanks to having access to stacked Yagi's for the high bands, callers from all over USA and Canada said we were LOUD.  I double checked the 95-watt power level and confirmed that the software to run the Expert 1.5k amplifier was not active.  When I took over STN-1 during the 4pm-to-8pm operating shift, both stations at NX6T (running as Multi-2) had already put more than 1200 Ssb contacts in the log.  During my 4-hour shift I added nearly 400 more contacts to that total.

On the QRP-side of things, running Ssb was tricky, for all the reasons I mentioned in the previous NAQP QRP blog entry.  In addition to all those points, because running Ssb involves P.E.P. (Peak Envelop Power), setting the power level to not exceed QRP restrictions required a judicious use of
the wattmeter on the MFJ-993B tuner, along with increased settings on the mic gain and the speech processor built-in to the FT-2000 transceiver.  While the Electro Voice 664 microphone is wonderful for casual conversation, during Ssb contests, I prefer the Heil PRO-set microphone, which is designed more for contest "punch" than it is for ragchewing (the EV-664 once again became a mic stand).

When the 12-hour contest finally wrapped up at 06:00z (10pm PST), after all the score submissions,
it would seem that BOTH WQ6X and NX6T took 1st-place for California.  NX6T managed an incredible 3rd-place finish overall.

More important, WQ6X demonstrated once again that QRP is ACTUALLY a viable operating mode.

DiD YOU participate in the January NAQP Ssb contest?

Is WQ6X or NX6T in YOUR Log?

Thursday, January 19, 2023

WQ6X Runs a 1st-ever NAQP QRP dual-OP Contest

As I mentioned in the recent Blog "QRP Reconsidered", since October 2022 I have been giving
QRP radiosport further consideration.  For Cw, running QRP turns out to be a "no-Brainer". 
The 2023 NAQP Cw GiG gave me the perfect opportunity to further explore the QRP angle.

Operating the NAQP was quite a juggling act.  From 1pm to 5pm, I was obligated to participate in
a series of Zoom presentations.  Running separate computers, it was possible to run Zoom under Windoze-11 and run the N1MM+ software under an ancient version of Windoze-7.  Fortunately,
running QRP, there was insufficient RF floating around the shack to cause any router disruptions.

Space-WX wise, Solar Cycle 25 has been on a HUGE upswing since the new year began.
While some geomagnetic disturbances hit earth Saturday afternoon, for California, the only
real problem from this was 10 & 15 meters closing down abnormally early (for such a high SFI).
It would seem that the bigger cause of lack of activity had everything to do with stations calling
it quits earlier than I would have expected.  Because my 2-hour off time (as WQ6X) was spent
running the 6-to-8 pm shift on STN-2 for NX6T, WQ6X ran the contest down to the last minute,
with reasonably good band conditions, yet poor turnout overall.  A CME occurred on Monday
and finally left its mark on the Space-WX on Tuesday evening.

The weekend was also the 2nd time the newly installed MFJ-993B IntelliTuner was run under radiosport conditions.  While 10-meters was THE band, it was discovered by accident that the
10-meter 3-element Long John yagi will tune up beautifully on 15-meters - evidently acting as
a rotatable dipole (a rotatable ANYTHING at this location is a blessing).

When it was all over, it would seem that NX6T took a resounding 1st-place for California and WQ6X managed a QRP 1st-place for the left coast - NoT bad for just screwing around and randomly trying things.

DiD YOU play in the NAQP Cw contest?

How DiD things turn out for you?


WQ6X Dual-OP's another ARRL RTTY Roundup (RU) Contest.

With 2022 now long behind us, looking into the radiosport possibilities for 2023, I rewound the timeline back to October 1st and my favorite operating GiG, the California QSO Party (CQP),
wherein I accomplished a triple-OP operation, putting in operating hours at NX6T, running K6Q
as a low power operation from Contra Costa County and finding the wherewithal to slip in some
OP-time running WQ6X in QRP mode.  The CQP results are now on the website: NX6T took a resounding 1st-place as a Multi-OP, K6Q took a resounding 1st-place for Contra Costa and WQ6X
set a new county record operating as a QRP operation.

One of the radiosport goals for this year is to replicate the different operating-styles that worked
well in 2022, in a context befitting 2023.  The 1st radiosport GiG of the year (the RTTY RU) created
a framework from which capitalize on dual-OP'ing as LP and QRP for a given event.  For this contest weekend, a new addition was made to the portable setup at W7AYT's QTH in Concord. 

A new MFJ-993B IntelliTuner relegated the manually operated MFJ-949E VersaTuner to
"Top-shelf status".  Anticipating future remote access to the Concord QTH, the MFJ-993B is
one of the many steps towards that goal.  Thursday evening was spent taking the tuner through
all bands (160 to 10 meters), giving it the opportunity to memorize settings for each band-mode
(Cw, RTTY & Ssb).  

Friday evening, after rerouting the coax cables properly, another trip through the bands ensured
that the IntelliTuner would be primed and ready to tune the myriad of different antennas at W7AYT:
an 8JK-style Cobra dipole array, a CH-250 vertical and a Hygain 3-element 10-meter "Long John" yagi.  Additionally, one of the Cobra dipoles can be redirected as a noise antenna for the MFJ-1026 noise canceller also inline between the FT-2000 and the MFJ tuner.

While the MFJ-993B tuner certainly accomplished what I set out to accomplish, it also provided
an unexpected surprise.  While running RTTY on 28088.88, I inadvertently typed in 21088.88 and began calling CQ.  After a delay caused by a short flurry of relay clatter, the MFJ-993B continued on.  After making a handful of 15-meter contacts, it occurred to me that the 993B had tuned the 10-meter yagi on 15-meters, I guess turning it into a rotatable dipole.  Not only was it directional, the noise-floor (compared to the 8JK cobras) was nearly ZERO - as it turns out, the Long John yagi makes for a very LOW-noise receiving antenna on 15-meters.

In previous RTTY-RU contests with N6GEO (George), the W6R has been used, so as NoT to favor WQ6X or N6GEO.  In honor of that, for this year's roundup GiG, the choice was made to reprise the W6R callsign (the "R" in W6R representing RTTY) allowing WQ6X to run as a QRP station, banking on callsign recognition to make up for a weaker signal than people are used to hearing from WQ6X.

As in recent contests, operations began on 10-meters, switching between running as W6R (LP) and WQ6X (QRP) working down to 15 and then 20 and 40 meters, before calling it quits for the evening
on 80-meters (RTTY contests are purposely NoT run on 160 meters).

Near the end, I took advantage of WQ6X's low QSO count spending about 90 minutes calling 
"CQ RU Test" on 10, 15 & 20 meters.  Because a 5-watt signal lacks presence, keeping a run frequency meant moving around a lot, looking for the RBN receivers to put WQ6X back on the frequency list.

With 69 QRP QSOs in the WQ6X and [hopefully] a new record set for East Bay (EB) section,
the last 70-minutes of the RTTY RU was spent running as W6R running frequencies and S&P'ing. 
The decision was made to move back down to 40-meters during the last 30-minutes of the contest.  Doing this put another half-dozen multipliers in the 40-meter register.

DiD YOU work the 2023 RTTY RU Contest?

Is W6R or WQ6X in YOUR LoG?

Friday, January 13, 2023

QRP Reconsidered


















Until the 4th quarter of 2022, I rarely gave the idea of running radiosport as QRP much
consideration.  Triple-OP'ing the California QSO Party in October opened up the world of
running QRP.  Being a domestic contest, CQP creates the perfect environment to do so.

When OM2VL ended up in the 40-meter Cw log at 05:32z, I knew we were onto something. 
The "Real" tests came during the Cw Sweepstakes and CQ W.W. Cw GiGs.  Successfully
running the ARRL 10-meter contest and the Stew Perry SP-160 GiG as QRP convinced
me that QRP operations, properly run can be quite an interesting challenge.

It could be said that successful QRP operations rely heavily on the following factors:
  • Great QTH (geographical location)
  • A super-efficient antenna system
  • CLEAR Run frequencies.
For the Stew Perry 160-GiG in December, WQ6X experienced all 3-factors. 
Running from WA6TQT's superstation (atop the mountain in Anza, California) offered
a GREAT QTH and 2/3rds of a 3-square vertical array.  Judicious operating created numerous
clear run frequencies.  During this GiG, running a "snappy" CQ frequency, room was actually
made for those runs. 

In 30 to 48-hour contests, during the final hours, the high-profile stations are desperate to add callsigns like WQ6X (QRP) to their logs; hence calls from stations like: OM2VL, PJ2T, ZF1CW
and KH6LC.  For the 2023 RTTY RU contest, I took advantage of WQ6X's low QSO count by spending about 90 minutes calling "CQ RU Test" on 10, 15 & 20 meters.  Because a 5-watt QRP signal lacks presence, keeping a run frequency meant moving around a lot, looking for the RBN receivers to frequently put WQ6X back on the frequency list.

With 69 QRP QSOs in the log, it would seem that WQ6X set a new record set for East Bay (EB) section in the RTTY RU - confirming that the number of QSOs made in a contest event is relative
to the power level being run for that operation.  This was first experienced during WQ6X's QRP run
in the California QSO Party (CQP).  While the QSO total was nothing compared to what was achieved using Low Power (LP), relative to previous QRP operations, the CQP QRP operation was enough to set a record for Contra Costa County.

Based on the above experiences, I am encouraged to run more radiosport events using QRP power.

What about YOU?  Have YOU ever run QRP power in a radiosport contest?

How did it turn out?



Friday, December 23, 2022

What CQP means to ME












"Officially", I have been involved w/CQP events since CQP-2000; my, final year using my former callsign: KX6H.  Joining up with W6KC, W6SW, W6JTB & K6JI as W6ML (Whiskey Six Mexico London - Whiskey Six Mammoth Lakes) from MONO county.

Joining up with the team making up W6ML introduced me to what a multi-OP collaboration (outside of Field Day) is all about.

Team W6ML won the HP Expedition class 4 years in a row (2000 - 2003), setting an all-time high score for MONO county in 2001, right after the 9-1-1 disaster.  

Beginning in 2004 I struck out on my own, using various 1x1 callsigns as: W6C, W6E, W6K, K6C, K6M, K6S,
K6T & K6U.

Running the 1st weekend in October, we get to enjoy more-or-less "perfect" weather (and this year) perfect Space-WX.  I like to think of CQP as the perfect practice exercise, for the Sweepstakes GiG that happen in November, and even the 160/10-meter events which follow in December.

For me, CQP is a near-variation of Field Day.  I look for any reason to run a camping-style portable operation.  For the 2010, 2012 & 2013 CQP events, N6GEO and I ran Field Day-style events from MODOC county.  The orange Coleman "Insta-Tent" was in use as late as last year.

While the known WQ6X call is often preferred for contests like the November Sweepstakes, using 1x1 callsigns seems to be more appropriate for CQP; hence the reason for not using "personal" callsigns.  For 2021, running CQP as the Amateur Radio Club of Alameda made using the K6QLF club callsign (Kilowatt SIX Quebec London Foxtrot) the correct thing to do.

Beginning with CQP-2022, a different approach was taken; namely, the idea of running a triple-OP operation:
  • Putting in op-time remotely with team-NX6T, running from RIVE (Riverside) county,
    as usual taking the 2am operating shifts.
  • Running a low power (LP) station from Contra Costa County as W6Q.
  • Putting WQ6X on the air, also from Contra Costa County running QRP (5-watts).
Since CQP (OCT. 1st), QRP operations have figured into 4 other contest events, beginning with
a triple-OP Cw Sweepstakes, moving on to the CQ W.W. Cw contest, a triple-OP 10-Meter contest,
and ending with a brief QRP run in the Stew Perry Top Band Challenge (SP-160) GiG; all events showcasing the WQ6X callsign.

If it hadn't been for taking a 1st-place (for QRP) in the California QSO Party (CQP), I might well have never considered the QRP challenge.  Looking back to previous CQP events in the WQ6X Contest Blog, it seems that CQP operations often set the groundwork for enjoying new operating methods.

On a different note, CQP helps me keep a geographical awareness of the 58 counties which make
up the state of California.  Despite what outsiders may think, California is TRULY the Golden state.

And THAT is what CQP means to me.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01-01-23 - UPDATE:
The 2022 CQP Results are already in:
  • NX6T set a county record for RIVE (Riverside)
  • WQ6X set a QRP county record for CCOS (Contra Costa)
  • K6Q took 1st-place as SOALP for CCOS (Contra Costa)

 

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

SWL'ing: It's ALL about Learning How to Listen

Virtually everyone who possesses a valid amateur radio license began their involvement
w/radio by listening first.  In fact, in many European countries, one is required to begin as
a "licensed" SWL and are often issued a lengthy SWL-ID to get started.  My initial involvement
began by shortwave listening; first with a 1960's-era National NC-77X 5-tube Superhet, followed
by a loaner classic (85-lb) 1940-ish Hammarlund SP-210LX Super-PRO.  The power supply for
this receiver weighed-in at about 55 lbs. and sat on the floor behind the operating desk.

In the mid-60's most "significant" countries showcased one-or-more shortwave radio outlets. 
In this country there was plenty of non-broadcast activity on the so-called Longwave frequencies.  Virtually night-after-night you would find me behind the dials of the Super PRO, listening for powerhouse SW broadcasters, Longwave beacons and traffic, Coast Guard and Navy traffic,
ship-to-shore calls, and yes, even the so-called "numbers" stations.  The keyword here is LISTENING.  It was 3+ years later with my Novice license that I began to "talk back".

While the WQ6X contest Blog is largely about radiosport activities, in my opinion, shortwave
listening should still be a not-insignificant activity for serious contest operators.  Here are some
things I have written about SWL'ing:

  • [X] - (08-19): Does Shortwave Radio have a Future?
  • [X] - (09-19): WQ6X Turns Birthday into Training Weekend
  • [X] - (09-21): Using Shortwave Listening as a Propagation Training Exercise
  • [X] - (11-21): Why I still love the ICOM 7000: SWL'ing
  • [X] - (11-22): Why UTE's are Alright with ME






In the 21st century, while the HF frequency spectrum is still 3 to 30 Mhz., except for
radio amateur use, the way in which the HF spectrum is used has changed dramatically. 
Here are some thoughts about the differences:

  • Ship-to-shore usage been relegated to VHF/UHF and/or
    supplanted by the cellphone services.
  • For the most part, Coast Guard and Navy operations no longer utilize Morse code for communications, altho (largely encrypted) digital-mode communication is still in widespread use (if you know where to look).
  • Shortwave broadcasts are increasingly being moved to the internet, altho countries with little/poor internet access still rely on LW/MW/SW/FM radio broadcasts to keep in touch with the world.
  • Clandestine SW broadcasts are still a way to bypass government-induced internet
    outages and "Fake News" broadcasts promulgated by state-sponsored broadcast stations.


Because it's ALL about listening, if you listen around, you will still find
the following in the 3-30mhz. shortwave spectrum:

  • Shortwave broadcasts in the main SW bands on: 120m,
    90m, 75m, 60m, 49m, 41m, 31m, 25m, 19m, 16m & 13m
  • Marine WX and international airline communications
  • Pirate stations in the 6.9mhz and 7.3mhz spectrum
  • Government sponsored beacon stations
  • Military Ssb traffic communications
  • Time Standard stations
  • Numbers stations



















While it is true that the shortwave spectrum is a far cry from what it used to be,
it is ALSO true that the 3 - 30 mhz. spectrum is teaming with interesting things to listen
to - IF you take the time and have the patience to actually listen, day after day, night after night.

What about YOU?
When was the last time YOU listened around the shortwave spectrum?
What interesting things have YOU heard?

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Sometimes Just Showing Up... (Part 2)


I believe it was Woody Allen who suggested that just showing up to an event is 50% of the goal. 
I have written about this topic many times, and in many ways:
  • [X] (1-16) - The Importance of Submitting a Log for every contest
  • [X] (5-13) - Sometimes just showing up accomplishes the Goal....
  • [X] (8-15) - Is there Value in Documenting Contest Activity?
  • [X] (6-19) - IT Ain't Over Until...
Each weekend of the year brings us a bevy of radiosport contests, on different bands and/or many different modes; sometimes (like Field Day and state QSO parties) an event may involve MANY bands and a bevy of modes during that radiosport weekend.  In the beginning I didn't spend much time with radiosport activities, thinking it was too complicated for me to figure out, the exception
being Field Day and the November Sweepstakes.

Beginning in the late 1990's WQ6X began jumping into various contest events just to see what it
was like.  Thinking that my score was hardly worthy of note, out of laziness, I rarely submitted a log, except maybe, for Sweepstakes participation.  As I have documented in the above Blogs, submitting
a log not only assists those orchestrating the contest, a number of times it turned out that WQ6X submitted a high score.  While other stations may have surpassed my score, either they did not submit a log or somehow got DQ'd (disqualified).

In recent years, I participated in over 100 events in a given year.  During many contests, I put in some number of hours with team-NX6T which left me with enough time for WQ6X to make an entry into the same event as some sort of a Single-OP operation.  Some ARRL events resulted in receiving a 1st-place certificate from the NX6T operation along with a 1st-place certificate for WQ6X.  Some years back, NX6T won a plaque for the Southwestern Division, while WQ6X won a plaque for the Pacific Division.

The above makes the assumption that dual operation is allowed in a given contest event. 
As it turns out, not all contest events allow dual-OP'ing.  The Japanese JIDX contest expressly
forbids dual operation submissions.  As it turns out, the JIDX Ssb contest runs the same weekend
as the WAE (Worked All Europe) RTTY contest, giving me something to go for in between stints
at NX6T looking for JA stations.

Bottom-line: if you are going to go to all the trouble of participating in a given radiosport, after the event concludes, spend an extra 20-minutes or so to post your score on the 3830 Scores website and submit the log to the contest host.  In most cases, the majority of contests now sport a website where you can upload your Cabrillo log file and be done with it.  At the very least, they will have an e-mail address you can attach a log file to, accomplishing essentially the same thing.

When was the last time YOU just SHOWED UP?

HoW DiD it all turn out?

Monday, December 19, 2022

WQ6X Wangles another Wonderfully ad-HOC Radiosport Weekend








The 3rd weekend in December brings us a handful of 24-hour radiosport contest events
from around the world, beginning with the OK Dx RTTY and Canadian Winter Contests and
ending with the Croatian Cw contest and Stew Perry 160-meter Top Band Challenge (TBC).

  • [X] - OK Dx RTTY Contest
  • [X] - RAC Winter Contest
  • [X] - Croatian Cw Contest
  • [X] - Stew Perry Top Band Challenge

Tuning around the bands with the FT-2000, virtually no RTTY was heard. 
While I heard plenty of RTTY remotely, the WA6TQT station has no capability
to do RTTY at this time.  That left 3 contests to run during approximately 38 hours.












Canadian contests have become a favorite the last several years.  My only wish is that they
were longer than 24 hours.  The RAC Winter GiG allows any station to contact any other station
for 2-points.  However, if that station happens to also be Canadian, that QSO is worth 10-points. 
If that Canadian also happens to be running an RAC station, (VY2RAC, VE2RAC, VE6RAC, etc.)
that QSO is worth 20-points.  With new multipliers on each band-mode, I made it a point to activate
all bands on 160 - 10 meters, except I was too lazy to setup the microphone audio for 160,80 & 40
on Friday evening.

Space-WX condx. were AWEsome the entire weekend; almost TOO GooD.  From Anza, signal locations were actually the REVERSE of what is normally expected - signals from Europe often sounded like they were next door, while close-in stations had a "flutter" (as if they had travelled
a polar route).

It would seem that "Intentional QRM" came in the form of careless Ssb.  While attempting to run
a frequency in the 9ACW contest, 7031.31 was suddenly surrounded by a cluster of Ssb stations, presumably Indonesian sounding, altho 04:33z is a little early for propagation to Asia on 40-meters.  

Earlier in the day while looking for Canadian stations on 20-meter Ssb, I came across some rock music playing in the background behind VE6AO's run frequency.  I expect that kind of nonsense
on 75-meter Ssb in the evening, not 20-meters during the last 45 minutes of the RAC contest.

Like the OK-RTTY contest, I nearly didn't find time for the Croation 9ACW contest.  Tuning around
40-meters after the RAC contest, numerous EU spots were spotted, which quickly became signals which I could hear and eventually work.  In between runs in the Stew Perry 160 contest, WQ6X managed 69 Cw QSOs, allowing the submission of an SOA-40 log; ironically, exactly 69 QSOs
made it to the SP-160 log.

Looking at past Top Band Challenge scores, it seemed that there was a dearth of QRP entries.  Having access to a full-size (albeit "crippled") tri-square array delivered the 5-watt signal as far as: KL7/VE7/VE6, K1/K3/K4, and even PJ2/ZF9 & KH6 - NoT bad for running QRP power.  Of course, it required a clear run-frequency to make that happen, requiring that I switch run frequencies frequently.

Because each of the 3 contests were dramatically different, the real challenge was to leverage the
WA6TQT antenna system to deliver maximum performance running low power (100-watts) and QRP power (5-watts), demonstrating the importance of using highly efficient signal radiators.  With a dipole or vertical, it would require over 800+ watts to accomplish what was accomplished with 5 & 100 watts.

When it was all over, it would seem that WQ6X was top score for W6 in all 3 contest events.
In the RAC GiG it would seem that WQ6X took 2nd-place for the USA.  When you consider
that I was ad-HOC'ing things all the way, I am pleased with the ending results.

DiD YOU work the RAC, 9ACW or SP-160 contests?

Is WQ6X in YOUR Log?