This is one of the major annual worldwide contests, and since it is scored by ITU Zones instead of countries/entities, it has a more level playing field than an entity-based contest. Plus, there are additional score multipliers available from stations that represent the headquarters of the various national affiliates of the IARU. This year the contest was simultaneous with the quadrennial World Radio Team Contest held in Germany this time. However, the teams are all limited to 100 watts and basic antenna systems, so that was a non-entity here. The contest is only 24 hours, 12UT Saturday to 12UT Sunday (5am to 5am MST). Continue reading
I haven’t been doing much amateur radio this spring and summer. However, I want to participate in the IARU HF World Championship and CQ Worldwide VHF this month. Continue reading
I had partially written up a report for this contest back in April, but never got around to finishing it. However, I finally had a chance to see my results after all this time, so I decided to finish the report and include an interesting addendum. Continue reading
It’s been a while since I posted because I keep getting into the mindset that I need to make all the posts highly detailed. But, I’m going to try to post smaller things more often.
With such low solar fluxes this year, activity above 20 meters has been fairly limited. While working the second day of the Texas QSO Party, I saw on the DX spotting sites that 15 meters was open across the Atlantic from the eastern US. The better news was that the opening was actually extending out West.
This post is rather belated, but I thought I would finally write about the ARRL International DX Phone Contest, the weekend of March 4th. Basically, as a U.S. mainland station the goal was to contact as many people outside the U.S. mainland in as many countries as possible, and for non-mainland the goal was to contact as many people as possible in the lower 48 states. Continue reading