CQWW 160-M CW Contest this weekend
CQWW 160-M CW Contest this weekend avatar

The biggest contest on the 160 Meter band starts Friday night at 2200z (5 PM local time here) and runs until 2200Z Sunday eve…rules and full contest info can be found here:  http://www.cq160.com/

It’s an all-CW event with a simple exchange for us:  RST & state

A list of some of the expected DX participation is here:  http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cq160c2012.html

The T32 expedition gang will be active as T32XX.  HK0NA and VP6T DX-pedition stns were heard here faintly before sunrise this AM under less than ideal condx…who knows what the weekend will bring??  Not sure they’ll specifically be active but much other DX will be.

I’ll have limited participation Saturday eve due to other commitment.  Hope to hand out RI a few times on Friday Night.

Good luck to all in this intra-club competition qualifying event.  BTW, the SSB version of this contest is held in late February.

CU on Topband,  Bill  W1WBB

NP3U Spreadsheet
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I’ve started a spreadsheet for us to keep track of the items we think we need (or want) to bring to Puerto Rico for the 2013 CQ WPX RTTY contest.  

Please review the spreadsheet, think about what may be missing from it (please note there are three tabs), and put it in a reply to this post. I will update the spreadsheet as needed and repost the updated version. If you are planning on going (we’re not asking for a commitment right now) and there’s something of a non-personal nature you will volunteer to bring, please note that in your reply post. I’ll include that in the spreadsheet.  

I’m hoping this will also start some discussion in the CQWPX RTTY forum, a link to which you can find in the links bar at the top of this web page.  


Pat, NG1G  

NP3U Spreadsheet

CTRI CG Sets New Record In CQ WPX RTTY Contest
CTRI CG Sets New Record In CQ WPX RTTY Contest avatar

CW from top left: W1AN, K1DM,NG1G,W1PN,W1XX. N1HRA,KO1H,KA1CQR not shown.

Update: The plaques are in and the results are official. When parts of this article were first published we thought we had a good chance at breaking the US record we set in 2007. The results are official and the club holds a new US record, and a winning score for 2011 North America. Read more for the story of how this was accomplished.



What a wild ride! In the week before the contest we put together a multi-2 effort at W1AN. Minutes before the contest started, Mike, K1DM asked what call sign we were going to use. Good question! No one had given any thought to that, and as this is a prefix contest, Mike thought it might be good to use NG1G. So we decided to go with that and one can only figure it helped, since we might have been the only NG1 in the contest.

All together we had 8 operators from the club take part, and it was great getting N1HRA, KO1H and KA1CQR in the chair and catching up on old news. This was Chuck’s first time in a multi-op contest with the club, and what a good one to start with. Chuck brought new member Chip, N1MIE, with him, and I enjoyed a good chat with Chip while I put Qs in the log on 15M.

Pat Pondering Pileup


We started out on 20M and 40M but after 13 20M Qs decided to go down to 80M. 40M was hopping but 80M was slow going, with signals being tough to decode. By the time we went to 20M and 15M at 1222Z, we had 493 40M Qs and 305 80M Qs in the log. We spent the entire day CQing on one frequency on 20M, and divided our time on 15M between CQing and S&Ping. Our S&P rates stayed high, as we were consistently answered on the first call. Starting just before 2200Z, W1AN worked a nice pile of JAs and socked away more mults. At the end of 24 hours we had over 1,600 Qs in the log and things were shaping up for a run at the US record we set in 2007 at KI1G. This was the first time in a RTTY contest for both Ed, W1PN and John, W1XX. With just a little instruction (apparently on a strict one-hour limit) both men were clicking away like pros in no time.

The Sat/Sun overnight dragged a little, as it always does. But we managed to add 200 Qs on 80M and over 300 Qs on 40M. By around 1600Z we had hit 7M points. Shortly afterward, unbeknownst to us, a Class C solar flare had occurred, causing our rates to plummet. However, the Two-of-Three Johns (W1AN and KO1H) soldiered on like QSO robots, eventually putting the ribbon on the whole shebang at over 8.4M points. Depending on how many mistakes we made, we have a good shot at beating the US record we set in 2007, raising the bar just a little higher for next year.

Whaddayou mean, QSY?!! I've been on this freq for hours!

There seemed to be an unusual number of stations duping us. It was very frustrating and although it was our policy to work all dupes, it slowed us down on more than one occasion.

Many thanks to everyone who came out to support the operation and contribute to our great score! Everyone seemed to have a good time. A special thank you to John, W1AN and Nancy for hosting the operation. Nancy takes such good care of us with plenty of great food and drink! They are wonderful hosts.

We had no equipment failures. No lightning strikes, floods, power outages, or other disasters, man-made or natural. There was nary a hiccup to be had except for Writelog’s timed CQ function causing some havoc. Perhaps using a different call at W1AN confused Murphy, who might have been hanging around my house looking for me. Sucker! John’s station is a pleasure to work. There’s nothing like being a big fish once in a while!

Other than K3IU, KO1H, and KA1CQR, I’m not sure of what other club members we worked. Thanks for the Qs guys!

Band QSO Points Pref
80M 484 1554 127
40M 923 3880 344
20M 1047 2479 278
15M 616 1582 133
10M 9 23 4
Total 3079 9518 886

Score 8,432,948


Pat, NG1G

Annual Awards Luncheon
Annual Awards Luncheon avatar

Hi Gang! The Annual Post Holiday Dinner or you may prefer to call it the CTRI Annual Awards Luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, February 4 at Gregg’s in N. Kingstown at 12:00 noon.  We will  order from the normal menu. Let us know here if you will be coming. Spouses and guests are welcome! Looking forward to seeing you!


John, W1AN

The address is:

Greggs Restaurant
4120 Quaker Lane – Route 2
North Kingstown

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An Index To Posts has been added to make it easier to find things on the member site. There are hundreds of posts on the site and more are being added daily. All of these posts have been indexed by title and the index is only a click away:

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Boxboro 2012!
Boxboro 2012! avatar

I reserved suite 114 at Boxboro today (under my name), which if memory serves me right is the suite we have used in the past. Now that we have somewhere to stay, let the fun begin as we figure out what we’ll do to make this Boxboro as much fun as those in the past.


– Matt, WE1H

Meeting Notice — January 14, 2012
Meeting Notice — January 14, 2012 avatar

If you are familiar with the interactive meeting notice skip down to “Topics“. This is an interactive meeting notice. What, you may ask, is an interactive meeting notice? As the phrase suggests, it is a meeting notice which requires interaction by the readers. For example: we need to have topics for presentation at the meeting; we need presenters; we need volunteers to provide lunch; we need to know who is coming to the meeting so the quantity of lunch portions may be determined, and so on. This post will be updated as interactions (comments) are appended.


  1. Establishment of club goals for 2012
  2. Contest Report
  3. Election of new Treasurer
  4. Future of the Yahoo reflector
  5. Holiday Dinner
  6. Special Event 1×1 callsigns
  7. Discussion of pile-up operating strategies/protocol

Lunch provider: Lunch fixins by: W1PN

Coffee and Drinks by: W1AN

Members who will attend: K3IU, W1XX, KS1J, W1WBB, NG1G, K1DM, KA1GEU, W1AN, W1PN

Venue: Crandall House, 1100 to about 1400