Sunday, November 27, 2011

CQ WW DX CW 2011

 Band    QSOs    Pts  Cty   ZN
   3.5      22      54   18   10
     7     183     513   76   19
    14     102     280   63   17
    21     127     354   68   22
    28     163     453   89   26
 Total     597    1654  314   94
Score: 674,832

Had a great time working the CW contest this year.  This was an personal best for me at this station.  Running the Cushcraft R7 vertical on a pole in the backyard.  
Working conditions 
N1MM logging software
DM780 running in background to 'help' with decoding
K1EL USB Winkeyer
FT-1000Mk V (with all the filters)
Alpha 78
Cuschcraft R7
Dentro MT-3000A tuner Used to load the R7 on 80M (works ok with 130 ft feedline)
W3LPL or K1TT  for Telnet 


After reading Zen and the Art of Radiotelegraphy I really came to understand that many of the operators are so much better at CW than I am it seems to help them to go a bit faster.  Going faster than the pile up seems to help.  After 49 years of hamming my CW is still improving (but is still not very good). I found this year that I made many QSO's with the keyer set at 29-33 WPM with only a few slower and a few faster.  One by accident I set the key at 42 and the op came right back --no problem!  

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