Before starting this post let me be clear. Conditions really sucked. It was much more difficult to hear usually loud stations (K3LR, W3LPL …) but the contest was fun indeed. Score is down, as well as the number of DXCCs and Zones. I could hear some “new” DXCCs on the air but they were damn too weak and/or they had an heavy pileup or they just CQed in my face over and over.
The final score is down 11.5% while the on air time is a bit higher than last year. Unfortunately N1MM counts on air time in a “still not known to me” way so all the time I was online just waiting my turn to work a DX or calling CQ hopelessly (yes, by frustration I did that too) was likely not counted.
Nonetheless here is my score:
All in all is not that bad, conditions considered, but I already saw an enourmous score (1.7 Million) declared by a station from Cyprus so I expect other huge scores, especially from OK2FD, RA0AY and other well known well equipped contesters.
Anyway I had some spare time today so I decided to run a log analysis taking into consideration last year log and this year one. Here the highlights:
22 less QSOs, not a huge issue but still less points. This year I did a wiser use of the cluster. Devoted more time on some double mult. Worked on quality other than quantity. Maybe I finally understood how to play “Assisted”, better later than never 😉
QSO per band is scary. A huge yay for 160m and 80m tallies this year (my super ugly Inv-L did a good job and I already added more radials for the CW part) but 10m and 15m were horrible. Not only the number of QSOs is down, also the quality. Last year, zone 5 (most common US zone) netted 53 contacts, this year only 35. Zone 17 (Asiatic Russia mostly) netted 120 contacts while this year exactly half of them. That means way less point per QSO. On the contrary the number of short skip QSOs improved a lot with a huge number of Zone 14 contacts as well as Zone 20. Lukily I’m in Europe, who knows what has happened in the US, especially the central part and the Western part.
No JA worked and no OC worked either. Actually, not many DXes, almost like a “local” contest but participation, at least, was huge. Honestly that more-than-million point startles me but hey, that’s the game. I just hope to finish among the top ten at least even though i honestly doubt it.
See you in the CQWW CW, likely SOAB LP but still to decide honestly.
Maybe you can find me in some casual contest operation before the WW too, to test the low band antenna before the real shake-down.
CQ TEST 🙂