TARA RTTY Mêlée 2009

Today I participated in my first RTTY contest – actually it was also the first time I used digi modes at all.

My equipment:

  • Aerial: 20/15/10m Tribander, 80/40m Inverted VEE
  • RIG: Yaesu FT-897D; PWR: 50 W
  • Interface: G4ZLP Digimaster Pro
  • SW: N1MM + MMTTY

I started on 40 metres, where I made the first (and only) QSO at about 06:28 UTC (btw. thanks to F5OAM for my 1st RTTY QSO!), then I moved to the 20 metres for the rest of contest (except for 1 QSO on 15m).

During the whole contest I made 65 QSOs to 24 DXCC countries, 7 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces. For all the time I was S&Ping, even though now I regret a little I didn’t try CQing for a while…

I had almost no problem transmitting, most of stations read my “DE OK1CLD OK1CLD OK1CLD” right after 1st calling. However, I lost some of potential QSOs, because quite often I wasn’t able to read CQing station’s callsign. Sometimes it was due to weaker signal, sometimes there was a strong signal close to caller’s freq that “erased” everything around. Maybe it would help if I set up either my radio or MMTTY differently – have to try and find some tips on Internet.

Two weeks from now there will be OK RTTY Contest (contest rules – scroll down to the bottom of page), so if I have time I’ll try to set up my equipment better and to make more QSOs than today… and I hope to hear you during the contest! :-)

Table of contacted DXCC entities:

DXCC entity 3.5 MHz 7 MHz 14 MHz 21 MHz 28 MHz All bands
France 0 1 7 0 0 8
Finland 0 0 7 0 0 7
United States of America 0 0 7 0 0 7
Netherlands 0 0 6 0 0 6
Ukraine 0 0 5 1 0 6
Belgium 0 0 4 0 0 4
England 0 0 4 0 0 4
European Russia 0 0 3 0 0 3
Canada 0 0 2 0 0 2
Portugal 0 0 2 0 0 2
Romania 0 0 2 0 0 2
Scotland 0 0 2 0 0 2
Asiatic Russia 0 0 1 0 0 1
Bulgaria 0 0 1 0 0 1
Cyprus 0 0 1 0 0 1
Iceland 0 0 1 0 0 1
Italy 0 0 1 0 0 1
Japan 0 0 1 0 0 1
Kazakhstan 0 0 1 0 0 1
Serbia 0 0 1 0 0 1
Spain 0 0 1 0 0 1
Sweden 0 0 1 0 0 1
UK Sov. Base Areas on Cyprus 0 0 1 0 0 1
Wales 0 0 1 0 0 1

Table of contacted U.S. states:

U.S. state 3.5 MHz 7 MHz 14 MHz 21 MHz 28 MHz All bands
Illinois 0 0 1 0 0 1
Maryland 0 0 1 0 0 1
New York 0 0 1 0 0 1
Oklahoma 0 0 1 0 0 1
Pennsylvania 0 0 1 0 0 1
Tennessee 0 0 1 0 0 1
Virginia 0 0 1 0 0 1

Table of contacted Canadian provinces:

Canadian prov. 3.5 MHz 7 MHz 14 MHz 21 MHz 28 MHz All bands
New Brunswick 0 0 1 0 0 1
Quebec 0 0 1 0 0 1

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