|How it started
My story starts with an e-mail from Lee,G0MTN, to the clubs mail bot telling of the CQWW SSB contest. This e-mail made it clear that there has never been a Welsh entry for CQWW in the low power, i.e. less than 100 watts, single operator, 40 meter section.
I took this as a hint that it might be a good idea to have a go and put an entry in.
I talked to Lee and he advised me to just give it the best that I could, and that as there has never been an entry from Wales in that section, I would probably end up as the leading Welsh station in my section.
I gave it a go, and this is how it panned out:
The contest started at 1:00 am local time.
I started at at 8:53.
A fairly brisk start with a series of Germans, French, russians and
Spaniards, giving me a good start with instant multipliers. Then came a
nice contact into the Azores and things settled down to a standard
routine with nothing much to report. A rare spot of DX came and gave me
a call at 11:53, in the form of G0MTN, he seemed to be doing OK for a
At one point my QSO rate was up to 55 Q's an hour, but it didn't stay
up there for long.
It got a little repetitive calling " CQ contest" for 4 hours, so when
contact number 80 came along at 12:40 I decided to stop for lunch.
After lunch Things continued on a slow but steady track working mainly
UK stations. These were mostly from England, but that was fine for me as
England scores points, Wales had a zero point rating for me, being my
own country, but England was a point scorer.
Another spot of rare DX came along with the Callsign of M0AEJ and Vic
was the last of the club stations to contact me.
As the evening came along, the band became very noisy and I retired
for the evening at 20:40 local time. This was my BIG mistake, more of
I started back up at 8:06 the following morning and I heard a lot of
people calling "listening on 7.200" or similar frequencies. I then
remembered a chat with Lee a few days before about working the States on
40 meters and that you had to work split frequencies as they have a
different allocation to us.
Now I am fortunate that my old Yaesu FT-101-E came with the external
VFO. I put this into action on the U.S. SSB section on 40 meters and
heard N4PN calling quite loud and listening on the bottom end of 40M. I
tuned to his listening frequency and before long I had him in my log! My
first contact into the States on 40M.
Straight after N4PN I worked VP2E on Anguilla in the Caribbean.
Things got a little boring again after that and europe returned as my
main point of contact.
The afternoon was very quiet, so I gave myself a little break here and
there to keep myself sane(?)
As afternoon rolled into evening, Europe started to become a little more
interesting, with lots of the new little countries appearing in my log.
Night time became noisy and hard work again until about 10:53 GMT when I
decide to try the split again.
I heard K1AR calling the split and after much shouting of "Oscar
Charlie, Oscar Charlie" he called me back. This was soon followed by
another 5 stations from the states, The last of which was K4XS 11:55
GMT. This was the last of my 126 QSO's
My one big regret of the whole contest was stopping for the evening on
Saturday. Knowing what I know now, I should have stayed on and worked
the States and Caribbean and all the other DX that's comes out to play
late in the evening and early morning. This I have learnt and next year
will be a different story.
The summary of the weekend is as follows:
Rig: Yaesu FT-101-E 100 Watts
Ant.: 40 Meter 1/2 wave di-pole
section: single op, single band, 40 M low power
Total QSOs 126
Total QSO points: 231
Total countries: 43 (6 new ones)
Total Zones: 8
Total points: 11781 (I think)
Contacts to note:
CT2DJK (Azores), 4U1ITU (International Telecommunications Union Geneva),
EA9LZ (Ceuta + Melilla), VP2E (Anguilla), EA8AH (Canary islands) and
N4PN, k1AR, N4CC, KC1XX, N2NB, W4MYA, K4XS (U.S.A.)
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