OK – ID – WI QSO Party 2017

My quest to work as many US Counties as possible continues and here is a little fun I had working the Oklaoma, Idaho and Wisconsin QSO Parties the last weekend.

Oklahoma QSO Party

Call: IZ3NVR
Operator(s): IZ3NVR
Station: IZ3NVR

Class: SOAB LP
QTH: JN65
Operating Time (hrs): 3

Summary:
 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Dig Qs
----------------------------
  160:
   80:
   40:
   20:   6      0       0
   15:
   10:
    6:
----------------------------
Total:   6      0       0  Mults = 6  Total Score = 108

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters

Comments:

Hard one. Thanks to all that worked me...it's always a thrill to work US and new
counties.

Please paper QSL card for the USCA.

Thanks for the fun

Stefano IZ3NVR

Wisconsin QSO Party

Call: IZ3NVR
Operator(s): IZ3NVR
Station: IZ3NVR

Class: SO Fixed HP
QTH: JN65
Operating Time (hrs): 2

Summary:
 Band  CW-Dig Qs  Ph Qs
------------------------
  160:
   80:
   40:
   20:     4
   15:
   10:
    6:
    2:
  UHF:
------------------------
Total:     4        0  Mults = 4  Total Score = 32.0

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters

Comments:

Hard one. Thanks to all that worked me...it's always a thrill to work US and
new
counties...especially mobiles. Thanks to N0IJ for having great hears...he was
just a fainth here.

Please paper QSL card for the USCA.

Thanks for the fun

Stefano IZ3NVR

Russian DX 2017

                    Russian DX Contest

Call: IZ3NVR
Operator(s): IZ3NVR
Station: IZ3NVR

Class: SOSB/15 HP
QTH: JN65
Operating Time (hrs): 2

Summary:
 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Countries  Oblasts
----------------------------------------
  160:                               
   80:    9                          
   40:    4                          
   20:    4                          
   15:   39     8                    
   10:                               
----------------------------------------
Total:   64     8        20        25  Total Score = 22,545

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters

Comments:

Didn't exactly have much time to devote to the radio this weekend so just did a
couple of hours of contesting in between of saturday evening and sunday
morning. Nice to see 15m open and with good signals. Interesting to notice that
I was not using the 15m antenna but the 40m dipole for almost all the time I was
on the air :D It works rather fine, it seems.

All the contacts on 80 - 40 - 20 were done at 5W, on 15m I used around 80W.

Hope to see high bands open in WPX SSB as well.

Stefano IZ3NVR

RTX: FT-950 @ 80W
Ant: 40m dipole

ARRL DX CW 2017

 ARRL DX Contest, CW

Call: IZ3NVR
Operator(s): IZ3NVR
Station: IZ3NVR

Class: SO Unlimited QRP
QTH: JN65
Operating Time (hrs): 30
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:           
   80:   46    18
   40:  113    31
   20:  217    46
   15:  178    39
   10:           
-------------------
Total:  554   134  Total Score = 222,708

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters

Comments:

It was definitely fun. Expected conditions to be much worse than what I
experienced but, as many of you noticed, either activity and/or propagation
made the difference.

The preparation for this contest started much in advance with the erection of
the antennas. Most of the antennas of my setup are "field-day" style
for the major contests due to the fact that I am constrained and cannot keep
them in place for longer times.

It's an hard work but the fun of operating the contest and working the various
stations pays back. I would obviously like to just hit the switch and be
contest ready but as of now I need to run coaxes and such.

This year I had many improvements over last year. The threebander was higher, a
4el 20m wire yagi was in place and I had the inverted L on 80m while last year I
basically had a dummy load on low bands. All of these improvements were
definitely worth it. 80m played well with some new states for me as well. No
secret I am trying to reach 5BWAS even if it will take quite some time. Heard
quite some but either they were at noise level or they simply couldn�'t hear
me. A pity for IL (K9CT). He was a real S9+ on sunday morning and dropped
little by little but never could rise his attention. Remarkable the fact that
he kept being audible, albeit S0, until almost 9am local.

I went assisted this time and this helped a lot over last year. I could simply
ctrl-down in N1MM and jump on the spots of the close by RBN. If someone had
pileup I just skipped to the next one and so on. This allowed for many more
contacts than last years where I ran non assisted. Best band, as usual, 15m.
Incredibly quiet and source of many contacts. I would not give up this band for
anything. Worse band: 40m. I saw some RBN spots of other contesters likely in my
category and being skimmered while �"running�" on 40 and I got
frustrated. I will probably need to rethink my 40m antenna situation but since
I don�'t like it too much as a band it�'s always down in my priority list.

Didn�'t bother to erect the 4L 10m and saved time as well as some back pain.
Never really moved a radio there but had an SDR feeded with a vertical (this
one is always on the roof) to watch if there was some activity. Always seen a
blank screen when I watched it. 

Thanks to everyone that heard me. I don�'t think I�'ll be able to be active for
ARRL SSB but maybe I will hand out some points with 100W and the vertical. Next
contests on the list WPX SSB and CW. 

Stefano IZ3NVR

RTX: 
FT-950 @5W 
FT-450 @5W

Ant: 
FB-33 @10m
4L 20m wire beam
40m dipole
80m inverted L
three-band vertical


CQWPX RTTY 2017

                    CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest

Call: II3CV
Operator(s): IZ3NVR
Station: IZ3NVR

Class: SOSB15(TS) QRP
QTH: JN65
Operating Time (hrs): 9

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
   80:   1
   40:   1
   20:    
   15:  68
   10:    
------------
Total:  70  Prefixes = 65  Total Score = 11,700

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters

Comments:

Didn't really have much time to devote to this one and RTTY is not exactly among
my priorities but having the possibility to use an interesting callsign got me
on the air on Sunday.

Tried to call CQ but got skimmed by noone. Just 1 JA station and a few US on
Sunday local afternoon. Conditions were not great for sure but I would have
expected even less activity especially from the US so can't complain too much.
There were some really impressive signals out there and needed to work hard on
filters to dig out some close by station.

II3CV is a Special Callsign for the Venetian Carnival. More information as well
as QSL route can be found at: http://qrz.com/db/ii3cv

See you in ARRL DX CW next weekend.

RTX: FT-950 @5W
Ant: 3el

Black Sea Cup 2017

Call: IZ3NVR
Operator(s): IZ3NVR
Station: IZ3NVR

Class: SOSB/15 LP
QTH: 
Operating Time (hrs): 4

Summary:
 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Mults
---------------------------
  160:                   
   80:    4              
   40:    1              
   20:   10      9       
   15:   32      9       
   10:                   
---------------------------
Total:   47     18     25  Total Score = 20,196

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters

Comments:

Fun contest despite conditions.

I chose to go back to some single band entries this year and focus back on my
favourite band, 15m.I know that the current solar conditions won't allow much
fun in such a category but I still find it fascinating to be on a band for an
entire weekend and learn when it starts to open (or close) towards a given
direction. That said I did some casual contacts on other bands as well just to
"kill some time" and do some "run".

Run the coax from the station to the rised antennas on Saturday late morning
under some heavy rain. Wish I could have fixed serious antennas...
Tried to keep two radios on the same band (for the only purpose of
experimenting it) and it is doable as long as the power doesn't exceed 25-30W.
It is good for QRP but not if you need to run 100W to be picked up at 10dBs by
skimmers. After the quick experiment I then resumed to the 1 radio setup and
went with it.
Sunday conditions were much better than saturday with the first day netting
only 8 contacts on 15 while the second half of the contest took that number to
33.
It has mostly been a CW contest with 80% of the contacts on such a mode. 

The 3 element has been essential to accomplish most of the QSOs and was fun to
hear VKs and ZLs (not in this contest but taking part to FOC) disappearing
under the noise once switching to the vertical.
Only been active for 4 hours since conditions were not cooperating and didn't
feel like forcing myself to sit the whole weekend for a couple more Qs.

Had fun during the time I've been active and that is the most important thing.

ARRL DX CW should be next one, let's hope for better conditions.

RTX: FT-950
Ant: 3 el FB-33

2017!!

A New Year has started and no real resolution has been made. I honestly don’t like new year resolutions or similar stuff but I understand why many people do. The only one I would like to give myself is: Play radio and have fun doing it, in all of its aspects.

I will likely move from my beloved SOAB QRP category for quite some contest this year. It is a mix of different things that make me do so. As a very first thing I can say that “running” QRP in a “minor” contest with current solar condition is a mixture of masochism and frustration. I will definitely enjoy limited operating with QRP especially outside of contesting but I won’t do all the minor ones in QRP. The second reason I am giving up such a category is cheating. I got really pissed off by lots of things. I got pissed off from the way some contest are run and from the way some contest assess cheating even if they have been warned in advance of probable illicit operations. Well, seems like lots of things go undetected and lots of people wins and sets records without deserving it. I’m full of this, I’m pissed off.

I will probably enter the Low Power or even High Power (without having the means) categories so I will feel like being more respected and that my result is more fair.

And so I did. I took part for some time during the WW PMC Contest last weekend (with an 80W maximum power) and I submitted my result in the SOAB HP Mix category.

I might enter some contest QRP as well, maybe some CQWW in the Single Band entry. Whether low bands should be the future I feel like sticking with 15m. I love that band and I want to keep it active somehow. Let’s see what times as well as other duties will allow.

I will come up with a sentence to add to my 3830 score report. Something like “An HP entry with a LP station if fairer than a LP station in a QRP entry” but I need to tweak it out to make it better. And, by the way, I know almost no one reads my 3830.

That said I will keep experimenting with remoting my station as well as with SDR applications.

I don’t think I will be much active outside contesting. No huge DXCC hunting and so on. Just as usual, playing contests and trying to have fun.

Happy 2017

 

RAEM Contest 2016

                   RAEM Contest

Call: IZ3NVR
Operator(s): IZ3NVR
Station: IZ3NVR

Class: SOSB/15 HP
QTH: JN65ep
Operating Time (hrs): 2

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
   80:    
   40:    
   20:  22
   15:  24
   10:    
------------
Total:  46  Total Score = 2,379

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters

Comments:

Pretty hard to take part to this one being in the Christmas day but did a couple
of hours while waiting for the relatives to show up for the Xmas lunch.

Poor band conditions but I love 15m so wanted to send the log in for this
category. Nice to work RA0LQ/MM and browsing on Google where he was located :)

Last contest (and likely contacts) for 2016. Wish you all the best and hope to
work you all during 2017, HNY!!

Stefano IZ3NVR
FT-950 @ 80W
vertical

9A CW 2016

Croatian CW Contest

Call: IZ3NVR
Operator(s): IZ3NVR
Station: IZ3NVR

Class: SOSB/80 HP
QTH: JN65
Operating Time (hrs): 2

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  160:
   80:  139    33
   40:
   20:
   15:
   10:
-------------------
Total:  139    33  Total Score = 14,586

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters

Comments:

Fun contest as usual. Very limited time to take part but nice to see my
"ugly" inverted L is working fine.

Operated with 80W from the FT-950 into a homemade inverted L with 15 radials.
Sometimes I peeked into 160m to work some station in the Stew Perry too.

Decided to send the log in into the HP category because at least I am sure
people are definitely using more than 100W (food for thought)

Merry Christmas and Happy 2017
Stefano IZ3NVR

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