Over last weekend (Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2016) the SSB section of the CQ World Wide DX Contest was held. The CQ WW is the largest amateur radio contest in the world. About 35,000 participants take part in the SSB section in October, and the CW section in November. The goal is to make as many contacts as possible with as many different DXCC entities and CQ zones as possible.
I snuck into the shack as often as I could and I made a total of 331 contacts which equated to a total of 814 points. There are two types of multiplier in this contest. The first being a multiplier of one for each different CQ zone contacted on each band. And the second being a multiplier of one for each different country contacted on each band. My total claimed score was 130,240 points.
I ran VK Contest Logger for this contest.
Most of my activity was on the Saturday afternoon-early evening, and then again on Sunday afternoon-early evening.
My contacts were made on the 15m, 20m and 40m bands.
- 15m – 88 contacts
- 20m – 185 contacts
- 40m – 58 contacts
- home brew 40m 1/2 wave dipole, inverted vee
- TET Emtron TE53, 5 element yagi @ 16 metres
DXCC entities worked were as follows:
- Asiatic Russia
- Canary Islands
- Chatham Islands
- Czech Republic
- East Kiribati
- East Malaysia
- European Russia
- Mariana Islands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- West Malaysia
It is amazing how the bands come to life during contests. Even a facebook post can spring people into action, as has occurred on 10m in the last week.