Antarctica CW QSO!
Antarctica CW QSO! avatar

Very excited to have made my second ever qso with the frozen continent. My first was to DP1POL using the JT9 digital mode as a freshly licensed extra just over three years ago. LOTW confirmed, this one brings my CW DXCC count to 95! I’m hoping to close in on the 100 mark as the ARRL DX CW confirmations keep trickling in. Thanks to CTRI members for all your support and encouragement with my CW. 73, Charlie K1ECU

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2019 CQ-160-SSB Results
2019 CQ-160-SSB Results avatar

Call: W1AN
Operator(s): W1AN
Station: W1AN

Class: Single Op Assisted HP
QTH: CT
Operating Time (hrs): 12

Summary:
Total: QSOs = 420 State/Prov = 50 Countries = 30 Total Score = 103,040

Club: CT RI Contest Group

Conditions were disappointing. The band was a little noisy and signals were down quite a bit from the CW contest a week ago. This required many repeats for fills. Goal was to equal last years score. Barely made it. Good to see the club activity.

73, John W1AN

V84SAA on 160m
V84SAA on 160m avatar

Not to distract from the contest results, but late last week I could hear V84SAA at our sunset, near the noise but readable. I’ve done very little on 160, but It just seemed so freakish to me. That had to be long path, and my inv-L is pretty noisy. He was calling NA but despite the huge pileup, hearing no one unfortunately. Is that as extraordinary as I think it is?

2019 ARRL DX CW Contest Results
2019 ARRL DX CW Contest Results avatar

2019 ARRL DX Contest, CW - 2019

Call: W1DX
Operator(s): W1AN
Station: W1AN

Class: SO Unlimited HP
QTH: CT
Operating Time (hrs): ~30~

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
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  160:  173    68
   80:  311    84
   40:  469   100
   20:  542   106
   15:  302    80
   10:           
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Total: 1797   438  Total Score = 2,354,688

Club: CT RI Contest Group


Comments:
I ended up running Single Op Unlimited. Loved every bit. I was even able to get out of bed before dawn both mornings to check on Pacific and Asian possibilities on 160M. Sixty-two countries on 160 the first night! I hope some of you enjoyed the experience. Low bands were great. Virtually no noise. I was surprised to catch a great 15M opening to EU on Sunday. I never checked 10M so, if I didn’t know better I would say sunspots have returned. Amazing number of QRP stations. Even a couple on 160. Check out Q-Machine KI1G results on 3830. He is still in his prime! I don’t know how he does it. Congrats Rick. Heard briefly W1XX and KS1J.

73, John W1AN

Russian Naval Cruiser on 14246.00 this morning. Missiles loaded?
Russian Naval Cruiser on 14246.00 this morning. Missiles loaded? avatar

I worked the Russian Naval Cruiser AURORA this morning on 20M. Call is RF1A/MM. Interesting. Supposedly a museum ship in tow for repairs. Anybody remember amateur radio operating on a US Navy vessel during routine sea missions? Probably a no-no for Russia as well. So I had to google the AURORA. to see what was up. “Some” of our club members may want to pass on making contact, in any case.
73, John W1AN

Warning!–W1DX Activation–Danger!
Warning!–W1DX Activation–Danger! avatar

Another fun contest the ARRL DX CW is fast approaching. February is always a tough month scheduling and preparing for multiple big contests. I am now getting ready and looking forward to chair time this coming weekend. W1DX will be active as a Multi-2. Don’t be shy. All members invited!

73, John W1AN