Sweepstakes CW
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Next up is our good old, retro, W/VE get together, the Sweepstakes. Times at right. Long complicated exchanges, and mults count only once.
But no fear, usually CW speeds are moderate and all of us are challenged by the multiple fields to copy. Repeats are routine.

Between the mult-once scoring and bottomed-out solar conditions, expect activity to be crammed into 40 and 20 in daytime and 80 at night. If you have a good 160 setup, it may be less crowded.

If you find EWA, don’t let him escape.
The other callsign is part of the exchange, that’s where you can catch up your typing. This also helps with S&P.
VY1AAA was said to be QRT but is now reported (on YCCC group) to be active; clean sweep may yet be possible.

Dave K1SX
Contest Mgr.

CQWW DX SSB 2019 Contest Results
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Call/Op/Station: W1XX
Class: SOAB Unassisted HP

Band QSOs ZN Cty
80: 45 12 31
40: 76 16 43
20: 207 10 49
15: 138 13 55
10: 26 6 11
Total: 492 57 189 Score = 348,090

Club: CTRI Contest Group

Comments: The contest provided periodic escape from a house full
of guests.

Stew Perry TBDC K1SX
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74 qso’s–285 points acc. to N1MM.

60 watts to 65/65′ inv L with 16 radials

FB to see 3 CTRI ops posted on 3830.
I got my inverted L back up over a good high branch Friday morning. It seemed to be doing well as I got LY and YL both that evening, but Sat. for the contest there were few Eu to be heard on the L and only one worked. VE6 was my best to west, wkd on Sun. am even tho he was louder Sat. night. K index did come up a bit but many commented on the good conditions, all I can say is this band is still mysterious. Got 60w from my homemade contraption–better than the QRP struggle but still , many loud stations could not hear me. Maybe a beverage for Dec. –assuming there are other LP stations with receive antennas that I miss now.

Congrats KA1J for an amazing QRP score. I see he was singled out by KV4FZ for his effort. But Gary you could not hear me! The circle 8 must really do its job. AB1BX did get in the log, tnx Andy!

This weekend’s activity
This weekend’s activity avatar

Frustrated with HF? If you have 160m, try the “Fall Stew” or just SP, short for the Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge.
It’s a pretty friendly contest. Action doesn’t really start til 5pm or so local, so no conflict with meeting :).

Local times: 11am Sat–11am Sun
Bands: 160m only
Mode: CW only
Exchange: 4 character grid
Multipliers: None
Assistance: None allowed
Scoring: Points based on distance and power levels. 1 pt. for every 500km increment. After log cross-checking, you get double for working an LP station and 4x for working a qrp’er. They have their own web page to display scores, and your score increases as others send in their logs. You get more data about your log than any contest I know of.
Rules: //www.kkn.net/stew/

Also on: JARTS RTTY which is usually pretty busy, IL and NY QP

Dave K1SX

Meeting Notice
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CTRI Contest Group holds its next meeting on Saturday, Oct 19, at 0900 at the North Kingstown (Wickford) Free Library, 100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, 02852.

Agenda: Regular business meeting, reports from committees.

All guests welcome.

Upcoming contests
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As your contest manager, if no one objects, I will take some space here , more or less weekly, to point out some of the lesser known activities coming up.

This week’s plug:
Makrothen RTTY Distance Contest
This is not some obscure Bulgarian event, but a California-based, relatively young contest with interesting scoring and op time features. I found some decent activity last year. Scoring by distance gained credibility when it was included in the new WW-Digi contest. The broken-up time periods are a help to those of us who don’t have the oomph to last out a 24 much less a 48 hour BIC marathon.
Local times: 8pm Fri–4am Sat, Noon-8pm Sat, 4am-Noon Sun.
Bands: 80 thru 10
Modes: RTTY
Exchange: 4 char. grid
Multipliers: None
Scoring: Work stations once per band. 1 pt per km distance. 1.5x for 40m and 2x for 80m.
Assistance: Allowed, separate categories
Rules: http://www.pl259.org/makrothen/makrothen-rules/

I see that last year I secured CTRI a 94th place finish among 109 clubs.

Also up: Oceania DX CW, Scandinavian Activity Contest SSB