|Comparing CQ WW CW 2011 / 2012|
|ARS KL8DX Claimed Score & Summary|
My score breakout summary is listed directly above and it just so happened that I beat my last years effort although, not by much! My claimed score last year was 792,396 and logging 1,852 QSO's. The main difference last year was that 10 meters was my money band but this year, that turned out being 15 meters. Had 10 meters come to life, my numbers would have looked very different. The CME that impacted Earth must have sent 10 meters packing (see graph below from HAARP's Magnetometer). I'm not a propagation guru but I do know 10 meters did not provide a fraction of the contacts it did for me last year. Last year, I worked 971 QSO's on 10 meters alone!
|Magnetometer from HAARP|
|Auroral display CQ World-Wide DX weekend © KL8DX|
|Auroral display CQ World-Wide DX weekend ©KL8DX|
Now getting back on track with the contest, my goal was to log over 2,000 QSO's and beat my previous year score. I did beat my score (claimed) however, I did not break the 2,000 QSO mark. As I had mentioned before, had 10 meters been great, I would have easily manged that goal. As it was, attempts to get a run going on 10 meters was in vain and it worked out best for Search & Pounce only (S&P). The 3 point contacts were nice but I wanted more. But like with any contest, there were highlights and low lights. Me complaining about 10 meters was a low light but I'm thankful for my 199 QSO's on that band. Lots of radio friends encountered along with so many familiar callsigns. My low band antenna's stink and to those who pulled my signal out on 40 and 80 meters, hats off to you and your station! I took some notes during the weekend contest and here are a few unedited I had listed -
- Getting to hate Saturday and Sunday mornings. I can't seem to get the attention of anyone on the East Coast as they are still pointed to Europe.
- My morning strategy, chasing "Bleeps" on the Spectrum Scope while consuming copious amounts of decaf coffee. Yea I know, I get more out of the bleeps than I do the coffee.
- Saturday morning, 10 meters opened up briefly but then closed back down.
- Gray Line propagation working well and added some much needed multipliers.
- Seriously PY3DX, I've been on this frequency for well over an hour! If you want it that bad, go ahead and take it! I'm working PY's right and left so I know you can hear me! Ugh!
- Full break-in is a bit tough to get used to but necessary with as quickly as some stations call when I'm CQ'n.
- Sunday, the return of propagation (somewhat), thank you!!!!!!
- Is it me or does it seem like CW ops increase their speed by 50% on Sunday? Tryptophan must be wearing off, goodness!
- EL2A, on 15 meters and logged?!! What just happened? That did!
- Aurora is beautiful and I'm still able to work Europe? I must be dreaming!
- Trying to understand why DX stations don't ID more frequently. If you work more than 5 stations and don't ID, I'm gone! If I was Assisted, I might know who you are but for now I don't, and really don't care.
- Well, here come the DUPES so someone must have spotted me as something other than my callsign. Probably as KL7DX again. Surprising how many click on the band map and pull the trigger!
- EF8M, you want me in your contest log but just don't know it.
- Seriously Sunday? Normally I can work these multipliers today and they are no easier than Saturday! WTH?
- Enjoying Twitter and the #WATwitter Hashtag spearheaded by Connie, NR4CB. She is the Bionic Nerd!
- 10 meters, where are you??
- Pile-up's...I'm trying everyone, please have patience! I'm drinking decaf, remember?
- It's 1655z and I'm at 1,355 QSO's and 554,222 points! I think I can, I think I can...
- Damn, there are some strong stations out there! Size does matter!
- I wish my score could count towards NCC!
- Contest is over, I need Motrin!!!!!!!!!!!!
- LOTW will probably need life support after this weekend...and next...and the weekend after that...LOTW might need Motrin!
That is my 2012 summary of the CQ World-Wide DX CW Contest as I experienced it. It was tough but enjoyable. My fellow Alaskan's were out in force and from the preliminary posts on 3830, not many should be missing Zone 1. I on the other hand, missed Zone 1 on 40 meters. I could not break the KL7RA pile-up. A huge thanks to all those that make this contest (and all of them) possible. I would write more but the 5 day deadline for log submission is here and I gotta get to my soapbox and log submission! Thanks for all the contacts, sorry to those I missed, and I appreciate everyone's patience as I still am learning pile-up management. Add many calling at the same time and the effects of the aurora washing out their signal, it can be extremely tough to just get a partial callsign, let alone a full one. I'm thankful for each and every contact and if I'm running and you don't get me the first time, please come back! Like my paycheck, my pileups are normally short lived.