Last weekend (Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March 2018) I took part in the CQ World Wide WPX Contest. The WPX Contest is based on an award offered by CQ Magazine for working all prefixes. Held on the last weekend of March (SSB) and May (CW), the contest draws thousands of entries from around the world.
My equipment was a Yaesu FT-2000, 100 watts and a TET Emtron TE-53 tri bander on 10, 15, & 20m, and my home brew 40m 1/2 wave dipole for 40m.
I found band conditions to be very poor. Long path propagation to Europe on 20m was very poor. The majority of my contacts were made on the 15m band.
- 10m – 7 QSOs
- 15m – 106 QSOs
- 20m – 79 QSOs
- 40m – 60 QSOs
I did not hear many South American stations, and those that I did, I was unable to get through to. This included a Peruvian station on 40m. That would have been a new country for me. Nor did I hear many African stations.
But admittedly I did not make it an all nighter on either night during the contest. So I probably missed the best time for the Africans on the short path to Australia.
My final tally was a total of 252 contacts on 10, 15, 20 & 40m SSB, with a claimed score of 152,663 points.
I picked up a few new countries on 40m. But I missed out on many other new ones, with my 100 watts and dipole just not making it.
Below is a map showing my contacts during the contest.
Below are my contacts in the Asian region. The majority of these were made on 15m SSB.
Below are my contacts in Europe and northern Africa. The European contacts were made on 20m long path and 15m short path. The two Moroccan stations (CN2AA & CN3A) had huge signals on 40m
And finally here are my contacts in North America. Most of these were made on 40m SSB during ‘our’ evening. Some of the signals from the USA were huge.
So it was only a meager effort on my part compared to the big gun stations. Those in Australia who I heard active and doing very well included VK4KW, VK2AU, and VK4QH.
Good luck to all in the 2018 CQ WW WPX Contest