18 November 2005

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ARRL EME Contest, 2nd Leg - 12th & 13th November
There was lots of activity, and some very big signals, but it was very difficult to find stations that I had not already worked.

I was really pleased to have been able to collect 5 more initials - SP6JLW Initial #215 and new Country #40, DL4DTU Initial #216, JA4LJB Initial #217, HB9FX Initial #218 and RW3BP Initial #219... nice surprise Sergei and FB signal.

Gotaways -  This time only PY5ZBU... called many times, should have been easy.

My final score was 84 x 41 = 344400 points... after rechecking my multipliers, maybe just enough for second place?

The majority of contacts were on CW with one or two on SSB, no JT65, and all contacts were unassisted.

My biggest "gripe" is that I never heard any of the stations that got away call CQ, they were always in QSO with someone else, and there were very few possibilities to "tail end".

The ARRL EME Contest usually creates lots of activity and is the catalyst for many new stations to try for their first EME QSO's. This year, the contest combined with the operation  from W6IFE at OVRO produced an exceptional level of activity on 23cm with the leading station reporting over 100 QSO's.

Thanks to all who worked me during the contest, it was great fun.

 

13th November - Contest
HB9FX, OE9ERC, K7XQ, WA4OFS, GMONN, LX1DB, RW3BP & IW2FZR (dupe)

12th November - Contest
W2UHI,  K5PJR, K4QI, W2DRZ, W7UPF, WA5WCP, JA4BLC, VK4AFL, SP6JLW,JH1KRC, DL4DTU, JA4LJB,SM2CEW,PA3DZL,OH2AXH, HB9JAW, SM3LBN, DJ9YW, F1ANH and CT1DMK.

 

11th November - pre contest start
K9SLQ 589/579, N2UO 559/559, SM3LBN 559/559 and K0YW 579/579.

 

ARRL EME Contest, 1st Leg - 22nd & 23rd October
Activity was good and was helped by the presence of W6IFE from the 130ft dish at Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) California.... they were a BIG signal even though they were running relatively low power.

My score in the contest so far is 59 x 31, hopefully I can improve this further in the next leg.

Gotaway's DF9QX, DJ9YW, JA4LJB, JR4AEP, K5PJR, OE9ERC, and SM6CKU... I will be looking for you next time.

22nd October - AW & Contest
ZS6AXT, DF3RU, HB9BBD, OK1DFC, JA6CZD, RW1AW, G3LTF, SKUX, OE5EYM, SM3AKW, DLSHF, N2UO,IK2MMB, OH2DG, ES5PC, LA9NEA, K5GW, KYW, WB5AFY, VE6TA... nice signal with his new dish, W7BBM, WA1JOF, K5JL,OZ6OL W9IIX, IW2FZR, W6IFE, UR5LX, ON7UN, K2UYH, WA5WCP, WA6PY, OK1CA, IUGB, OZ4MM, VA7MM
SM4DHN, N2IQ, W7UPF, HB9Q, VE9DW, IK3COJ, JA8IAD, HA5SHF, OK1KIR, F6CGJ, and JH5LUZ

23th October - AW & Contest
HB9SV, DL1YMK, JA6AHB, IK2RTI, K9SLQ, F6KHM, DK0ZAB, W6YX, W5LUA, G3LQR, PA3CSG and ES6RQ

 

18th October
I added two initials in skeds with... 1830 VK4AFL 559/559 Initial # 211, 1930 JA1BGU O/RO and RST 559/449 Initial # 212

16th October
1858 UR5LX 559/549, 1915 OE9ERC 589/569, 1940 LX1DB 599/579 and 58/57-8 on SSB, 1958 ES5PC 559/559.

15th October
2035 ES5PC 569/569, 2104 LA9NEA 559/569 and 2126 IW2FZR 569/579... Wow!  Dario.

2nd October
1440 F1ANH 559/559 and 1446 WA1JOF 569/559

 

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