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Offline VA2SG

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Trying the ARRL contest for fun..
« on: February 15, 2014, 18:56:25 UTC »
I am up to more then a hundred Q's doin the contest in short sessions.

Its fun when you are making DX contacts so easily that you check your rig's power setting to make sure you're really at 5 watts...

More later this weekend.
72 de JP VA2SG

Offline GM0LVI

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Re: Trying the ARRL contest for fun..
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2014, 22:23:49 UTC »
I am up to more then a hundred Q's doin the contest in short sessions.

Its fun when you are making DX contacts so easily that you check your rig's power setting to make sure you're really at 5 watts...

More later this weekend.

Thanks for mentioning the contest I didn't know about it until reading your post this evening.
Switched on and worked 15 states in an hour and 15 minutes on 15 and 20m. I'll have another session tomorrow!
Dave

Offline VA2SG

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Re: Trying the ARRL contest for fun..
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 01:14:25 UTC »
End of contest for me.

3h20 on air for 152 QSOs, mostly Eu. 10 meters super hot.

Had fun and was surprized I did not have to repeat my call more then that.

Any other who sent some small dits in the cannonfest?
72 de JP VA2SG

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Re: Trying the ARRL contest for fun..
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 12:51:57 UTC »
I'm not actually contesting, just giving away a few points.  11-12 hours ago was making the trip on 20m & 40m. Right now 15m vy busy and not exactly challenging to contact continental US stations: they're hammering in here at 599+30dB.

As usual, contests a good tool for checking station capabilities.  Yesterday my setup let me hear continental US stations on 80m & 10m but no contacts on those bands so I guessed I have more antenna work to do, felt glum. Strange but true, today I'm making 10m US contacts without much trouble.  I don't really understand what's changed: still mayhem on a wide open 10m band, US stations booming in & QRM everywhere but I'm getting contacts all the same. Maybe I'm just operating a bit better. Maybe distant stations have worked the 'easy ones' and are now listening harder. Who knows? I'm not complaining.  ;D

Thanks for posting in: nice to learn who's busy!!  ;D

Vic /Ship's Cat


Offline VA2SG

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Re: Trying the ARRL contest for fun..
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2014, 23:57:36 UTC »
Ur vy welcome  ;)
72 de JP VA2SG

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Re: Trying the ARRL contest for fun..
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2014, 21:35:32 UTC »
Hi JP,

i´m a QRP DXér and a "Contester" too. Have had a handfull QSO at 10 and 20 in the ARRL test but mostly take a look to the Olympic Games at the TV and/or the live streams.

After the "Games" i´m back in Contest .....  hope 2 see u there  :D

Offline VA2SG

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Re: Trying the ARRL contest for fun..
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2014, 23:30:36 UTC »
Wunderbar

Those germans are good at bobsleigh  :))
72 de JP VA2SG