All Asia DX Cw contest. I wrote about this last year. ([CLICK HERE] to read about it.) Propagation
to Asia was AWEsome in ANZA, in comparison to the dearth signals heard at the Concord location.
Because this was an Asian contest, it would make sense to check-in on the ~7.039 Russian military beacon frequency, determining Asian propagation paths. Unfortunately, similar to the 2019 All Asia contest GiG, only the "M" beacon could be heard; the "F" and "K" beacons were noticeably AWOL. Unfortunately, no beacons were hearable from the Concord location.
During virtually every DX-style contest I operate, intentional QRM on 40-meters (beginning around 09:00z to 10:00z) is an unfortunately reality. For the All Asia Cw GiG this made the form of something I encountered back in May's CQ WPX contest; altho THIS time it involved THREE
Chinese stations, not just one. The CQ calls went something like this:
- CQ FUCKIN VIRUS Test - BY1CY (10:51z) - reported Age was: 11.
- CQ FUCKIN VIRUS Test - BD7JNA (10:59z) - reported Age was: 63.
- CQ FUCKIN VIRUS Test - BH3ERS (11:15z) - No QSO made.
The station(s) were not responding to callers, altho before the morning was over I managed to log
a QSO with BY1CY and Sunday we bagged BD7JNA, while BH3ERS never made it to the NX6T log. Additionally, a new kind of "Woodpecker" plagued 40-meters around 10:16z. While I didn't go looking for it, instinct tells me the Woodpecker was "parked" just below the 40-meter band (somewhere around 6.850 Mhz). Although I have a "Moscow Muffler" hooked up in Concord, it does no GooD
in Anza unless I can insert it in between the Elecraft K3 and the amplifier - Bummer Dewd!
While I TRULY Do miss running from Nashville, the advantages of the Anza station are NUMEROUS. Throughout the weekend, while running locally as WQ6X, I also paid attention to our competitor K3EST's operation. It seemed that there were better and earlier openings in Anza than here in
the bay area.
Pointing the 3-el 10-m Long John yagi towards Asia and calling CQ yielded only KH7M.
15-meters was also a no-show, altho NX6T certainly found a couple of openings.
Receive signal levels at the Concord location seem to constitute a signal
vortex, wherein it would seem that other stations
hear me better than I hear them; altho the stations I DiD hear were quite strong.
(to make propagation tracking easier) and created an [EASY BUTTON] Windoze APP, to help with "morale" - it's fun to hear "THAT Was Easy" when things go well.
The All Asia contest is ALL about working new countries and unique prefixes; both of which were well done with the NX6T operation. For
WQ6X, I made so FEW QSOs, that nearly everyone was a MULT
in some way.
While there were LoTs of Asian prefixes active during the 2021 contest,
I was disappointed to not see some of the more EXOTIC Asian prefixes
(like we see in the CQ WPX Cw contest).
Space WX forecasts were ALL OVER the place; some periods great and some periods loaded with noise and QSB. Nevertheless, we are CLEARLY in the early stages of Solar Cycle 25.
With All Asia behind us, it is now time to focus on the upcoming weekend's Field Day event from the sailboat in Alameda's Aeolian yacht harbor,
just like I've done for the last 2 years. The 1st weekend in September
will bring us the All Asia Ssb contest - for some reason, they don't do RTTY.
When it was all over, it would seem that NX6T took 1st place for the Multi-Single transmitter category.
DiD YOU work the All Asia Cw contest?
How many Asian countries and prefixes are in YOUR LoG?