Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The CQ World Wide DX CW contest was really fun.

I wasn't doing it "seriously" as defined by others, but "seriously" as defined by me. The conditions were wonderful. What does that mean?

Well, it was cloudy and raining. That meant that the solar system(s) that cause the majority of my noise were quieter than normal. I was running the FT-1000MP Mark V at 200 watts, so I felt "loud."

I was able to contact European stations "at will" on Sunday morning. I found rare DX countries and worked them BEFORE anybody had spotted them.

Generally a really great time. It was about 9 hours to contact 130 stations. A "serious" contester would have done that in 45 minutes to an hour.

But I had a blast!

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