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CQ WW DX Contest SSB 2012

Last weekend I participated in SSB part of CQ WW DX contest. I didn’t try for some serious score, just wanted to have some fun and was QRV only on higher bands (10, 15 and 20 meters.)

Here are a few notes about my contest activity:

  • Total time on was 15.5 hours
  • During the time, I managed to make 640 QSOs, most of them – 205 QSOs – on 10 meters band
  • My claimed score is 175 648 points (998 QSO points, 56 CQ zone multipliers, 120 DXCC multipliers)
  • 73 different DXCC entities were contacted, one of them (TG – Guatemala) was new to me
  • Most QSOs were made to the United States (113), European Russia (50), Spain (38), Asiatic Russia (34) and Canada (22)
  • 25 different CQ zones were contacted; most QSOs were made to Zone 5 (94), Zone 14 (82), Zone 16 (76), Zone 4 (32) and Zone 15 (26)
  • The longest contact was to Australia, to Zone 29 (Western Zone of Australia)
  • My most favorite band was 28 MHz, where I managed to make a lot of QSOs to North America and Caribbean

I liked the contest a lot, hope to hear you in CW part.

73! Ondra, OK1CLD

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Results of CQ WW DX SSB 2011

Results of SSB part of last year’s CQ WW DX contest were just published on contest website (or maybe a few days ago, I wasn’t checking very often…).

For a few last weeks, I was quite looking forward to them, since my claimed score in CQ WW DX SSB 2011 was better than ever before. (If you’d like to, you can read more about my participation in the contest  in one of previous articles on this blog.)

As I learnt just a few minutes ago, my final score is 447,529 points (847 QSOs, 232 Country multipliers and 79 Zone multipliers), thanks to which I’m the 1st in SO AB LP category in the Czech Republic!!!

This year’s CQ WW DX SSB is held on 27th – 28th October, hope to hear you then!

73! Ondra, OK1CLD


Update 18.10.: Just received a certificate, the first one I’ve ever received for CQ WW DX!

My certificate for CQ WW DX SSB 2011

My certificate for CQ WW DX SSB 2011

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CQ WW DX Contest SSB 2011

Hello, today I’d like to write here something about my participation in last weekend’s SSB part of CQ WW DX contest. I enjoyed the contest a lot and even managed to make much more QSOs than in any contest before!

I decided to take part in SOAB LP category, since I had an equipment for all bands except for 160 meters. Here’s the list of what I used:

On Friday evening, I prepared a plan for the whole contest. For every hour I set a certain QSO count I’d like to make during that time. Planned total was 850 QSOs and as it later turned down, it was very realistic.

CQ WW DX SSB 2011 - QSO map

CQ WW DX SSB 2011 - QSO map

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CQ WW CW DX Contest 2009

Last weekend I participated in CW part of CQ WW DX Contest. Since I haven’t used Morse code in last 2 years – and frankly have never been good at it – I didn’t try to reach some high score and just enjoyed the contest.

I turned on my FT-897D on Saturday at 7 AM. I started on 20 m band, found the first strong station and tried to read its callsign. Unfortunately it was 5B/G4IRN – great callsign to hear after 2 years of not using Morse code! :-)

However, after some time I read the callsign and answered the CQ… and 1st station was in my log! And soon a few others were following… I was amazed how well other stations were reading my signals – most of them recognized correctly my call on 1st attempt, which doesn’t happen so often to me in phone contests.

And what was my surprise after about 35 QSOs, when I found out that I was transmitting with just 20 Watts! (I’d been doing some experiments with digimodes the day before and had forgotten to set power back to 100 W)

During the whole contest I made 146 contacts with 33 DXCC countries and 13 CQ zones, most of them on 20 meters band. I was a little disappointed that I made only 11 QSOs on 15 meters – there was quite a strong QRM, sometimes even S7-S8. On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised by 40 meters band – for 1st time I managed to make contact with U.S. station.

To sum up, I must say I really liked the CW contest and decided to work on my “Morse code reading skills” to be better next time.

Here you can see a table of contacted DXCC entities:

DXCC entity 3.5 MHz 7 MHz 14 MHz 21 MHz 28 MHz All bands
United States of America 0 10 35 1 0 46
European Russia 1 4 12 0 0 17
Asiatic Russia 0 3 4 7 0 14
Spain 1 6 7 0 0 14
Ukraine 0 2 3 0 0 5
Italy 0 2 2 0 0 4
Portugal 0 2 2 0 0 4
Bulgaria 1 1 1 0 0 3
Cyprus 0 0 3 0 0 3
Israel 0 2 1 0 0 3
Canada 0 1 1 0 0 2
Canary Is. 0 2 0 0 0 2
Fed. Rep. of Germany 2 0 0 0 0 2
France 1 0 1 0 0 2
Kazakhstan 0 2 0 0 0 2
Latvia 1 1 0 0 0 2
Lithuania 2 0 0 0 0 2
Serbia 1 1 0 0 0 2
Sweden 0 0 2 0 0 2
Turkey 0 2 0 0 0 2
Armenia 0 0 0 1 0 1
Balearic Is. 0 1 0 0 0 1
Brazil 0 0 1 0 0 1
Croatia 0 0 1 0 0 1
England 0 0 1 0 0 1
Estonia 0 1 0 0 0 1
Georgia 0 0 1 0 0 1
Greece 0 1 0 0 0 1
Hungary 1 0 0 0 0 1
Romania 0 1 0 0 0 1
Sardinia 0 1 0 0 0 1
Sierra Leone 0 0 0 1 0 1
Sudan 0 0 0 1 0 1

And here is table of contacted CQ zones:

CQ zone 3.5 MHz 7 MHz 14 MHz 21 MHz 28 MHz All bands
05 – E Z of N. America 0 10 27 1 0 38
14 – W Z of Europe 4 8 12 0 0 24
16 – E Z of Europe 1 6 15 2 0 24
15 – Central European Z 5 5 3 0 0 13
20 – Balkan Z 1 7 5 0 0 13
17 – W Z of Siberia 0 4 2 5 0 11
04 – Central Z of N. America 0 1 9 0 0 10
33 – NW Z of Africa 0 4 1 0 0 5
18 – Central Siberian Z 0 1 2 0 0 3
21 – SW Z of Asia 0 0 1 1 0 2
11 – Central Z of S. America 0 0 1 0 0 1
34 – NE Z of Africa 0 0 0 1 0 1
35 – Central Z of Africa 0 0 0 1 0 1

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