Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CQWW DX SSB 2014 last weekend

Event: CQWW DX SSB ham radio contest
Logger: N1MM+ most updated version
Station: Icom IC-706MKIIG 100W, headset&Turner+3B combined
Antenna: Homemade aluminium tape all band HF vertical with CG3000 autotuner at 9m AGL.
Coax: 50m Belden H1007

JV5A on his morin-khuur, worked 40m
In my eyes this is the biggest SSB contest of them all with the best and rarest DX. If you are a serious DXer you really should participate in this contest even if you never participate contests at all. The propagation was surprisingly good. Although there seemed to be a radio blackout Saturday at 17:00 UTC I didn't experience it as I was not on the radio at that moment. At the hours that I was on the air conditions were great. I started very early before work (3:45 UTC) Saturday morning on 160m and first QSO was with PI4M, Frank PF5T was on the mike and told me he had read my blog about the CQWW wishlist. That was fun! Had to stop at 5 UTC with 60 QSOs in the log, not bad for a hour S&P! I returned Saturday evening at 21 UTC and made as many QSOs as possible including some nice DX like JV5A Mongolia, 9K2HN Kuwait, UP2L Kazakhstan and lots of Canada/USA all on 40m.

I was up early again Sundaymorning and started to work 80 and 40. Lot's of USA and easy to work too. When sunrise was approaching I checked the higher bands regulary. A half hour before sunrise 10m came to live and I easily worked the middle east. My first new DXCC of this contest with S79K was worked with some difficulty at 5:54 UTC and at that time it was still dark (sunrise 6:18). Working DX on 10m with the vertical is not easy but can be done. 10m and 15m were wide open now and I managed to work another station from my wishlist AH0K from the Marianas. Had to stop around lunchtime and returned in the evening when 15m was absolutely crowded with USA/Canada all very easy to work.

Most interesting DX: 

80m: K3LR and lots of other USA, UP2L Kazakhstan
40m: K3LR and lots of other USA, 8P5A Barbados, JV5A Mongolia, UP2L Kazakhstan, 9K2HN Kuwait, VY2RX and more Canadians, P40L Aruba, FM5EB Martinique, WP3C Puerto Rico, HK1NA Colombia, A73A Quatar
20m: K3LR and lots of USA, VY2TT and lots of Canada, HI3TEJ Dominican rep., YV4NN Venezuela, 9Y4W Trinidad and Tobago, KP2M US Virgin Isl.
15m: A73A Quatar, KL7RA Alaska, K3LR need I write more?, VC2T and more from Canada, HK1NA Colombia, KP3Z Puerto Rico, PJ4DX Bonaire
10m: A92GE Bahrain, A61ZX UAE, A71CO Quatar, S79K Seychelles, ZD8X Ascension Isl., JA0FIL Japan, A73A Quatar, HZ1TL Saudi Arabia, VU2RBI India, AH0K Mariana Isl. and of course USA in the morning already, but no Canada.

More stats: 

Participated time: 12 hours, QSOs: 523, CQ zones: 24, DXCC: 78

DXCC map as generated by QSCOPE


N1MM+ was tested on SSB this time. Configured with my IC-706 in SO2V (Single Operator 2 VFO). The program still didn't work flawlessly. I did need to configure the IC-706 CAT com for 4800bd otherwise connection would be lost in a minute. After that I had to restart the program every hour or so because of the slow CAT connection. It looks like the CAT had a overflow of info, especially jumping in the band map from one station to another with CTRL+up/down. At one time the program had a stack overflow error screen popping up and tried to e-mail the error. Unfortenately for the programmers I have no e-mail configured so the report could not be sent. It would be better to create a file which you can manually attach to an e-mail so it can be send later. However overall I like the new N1MM+ contestlogger a lot.

In general

Great propagation this contest. A lot of participation from rare DXCC. I had limited time but still worked over 500 QSOs and even worked 2 ATNOs. What strikes me sometimes is the ability of receiving or listening from some stations. For example C37NL was heard on all bands, but no QSO. It seems they had problems receiving as I heard many others calling without succes. On the other hand S79K must have amazing ears to catch my tiny signal, I could barely hear him so that had to be the same for him. I didn't stick too long at stations that couldn't hear me, calling 3-5 times and still not being heard is moving to the next one. And...yes, it was a fun contest.

Bloggers worked

Worked OQ5O Franki on 80m, PA0O Jaap on 40m. Some other known non-blogging operators as well.

Zone chart thanks to 2E0HTS Simon


  1. Hoi Bas, mooi dat het toch wel goed is gegaan. We hebben niet echt naar multies gezocht maar meer met 2 stations gerund. Af en toe met een 3de set beetje draaien en testen. We hebben ook leuke dx gewerkt maar wat precies geen idee. Kan me ook weinig schelen. We zijn tevreden wat qso's betreft in de tijd dat we hebben meegedaan maar de punten vallen behoorlijk tegen, maar dit was te verwachten..

    1. Hallo Peter, zoeken naar multies is toch niet nodig? Die kun je zo aanklikken in N1MM? De punten maken mij juist niet uit, de DX wel ;-)
      73, Bas

  2. Good evening Bas, great work on the contest and good to hear the propagation god's were smiling on you. Very nice contacts and for only being on for a limited time you did very well with contacts. It's to bad that N1MM plus for not work without any hitches. I am very much looking forward to the end of the month when CQWW CW contest hits the air waves. One thing I do when I run across a good Multi and they are either busy, weak or just not hearing me I set them up in VFO B and I go back now and then and give them a go if they are still there.

    1. Hello Mike, that's sometimes the way I work as well. But this contest I had no multies waiting as I could work them pretty fast. 73, Bas

  3. Good work Bas, it looks you had great fun !

    1. Hello Razvan, read about your antenna/weather problems. So unfortunate. May be the WPX 2014 better luck. 73, Bas

  4. Hallo Bas, ziet er weer mooi uit. Toch nog aardig wat uren deelgenomen ondanks dat je zei dat je weinig tijd had voor de contest. ;-) Jouw home made vertical antenne is toch wel erg goed. Ga je die loop weer opzetten? Bijna niet nodig, zou je zeggen. 73 Paul

    1. Hallo Paul, denk dat de antenne wel meevalt. De lokatie is echter ook belangrijk. De loop moet zaterdag weer in de tuin staan, het weekend daar op is de PA-beker. Ik heb de rest van de weekn geen tijd. Het verschil in de vertical en loop zit hem in het NVIS gedrag (korte afstand). 73, Bas

  5. Zal dit keer ook meedoen in de PA beker op de contest lokatie. Beter rx dan hier thuis..


    1. Ben benieuwd Peter. Volgend weekend is het zover...73, Bas

  6. Hoi Bas, wat had je weer mazzel. Gelukkig wat meer tijd dan verwacht en prachtige propagaties. Ik heb nog even geluisterd, het was een behoorlijke heksenketel. Helaas ontbrak het mij de tijd om nog wat DX er uit te pikken. Ik ben benieuwd naar je punten. 73 Hans, PE1BVQ

    1. Punten er inmiddels bij gezet. Had ook niet gedacht dat ik nog 1/4 van de contest mee zou doen. Als je echt wilt dan kan je altijd tijd vrijmaken voor de contest. Moet zeggen dat ik echt alle beschikbare tijd er in gestopt heb. Had wel meer gekund maar dan had ik niet moeten gaan slapen.73, Bas


Thanks for your comment. Bedankt voor je reactie. 73, Bas