Sunday, 29 March 2015
CQ WW WPX Contest 2015
Conditions when we kicked off at 0000Z Saturday were just great. Within minutes I had worked ZL2IO in 10m and got him on the first call with 10w. New Zealand was quickly followed by Moldova, San Marino, French Guiana, Japan, and Morocco, and I had a blast!
After a few hours sleep and coffee with the boys, it was up and at them again Saturday morning. The propagation numbers for the morning were SFI=137. SN=109. A Index=8, and the K Index= 3. Bands were very noisy and had some QSB. On 20m I could only hear US stations calling for Europe, 15m was full of Europeans calling North America, but they weren't hearing us calling them. The only decent band was 10m and that was full of Caribbean stations, and I think I worked them all.
Again my three big bitch subjects have to be mentioned.....Hispanic stations giving their callsigns at triple the speed of light. These guys need to understand that if we can't make out your callsign we are not going to work you. Then there were the LIDS tuning up right over the calling stations....why do they do this? And then there were those "Alligator" stations again who were all being received here at 59+++ yet they couldn't hear the stations replying to them at all. More proof that 1500w is no better than 100w at times.
The main band in use on Saturday was 10m and it was pretty good. I had the occasional foray to 15m and 20m but really didn't have enough luck there to stick around. 40m opened up in the evening and I made a few good contacts into Europe there.
Sunday was a waste of time. The bands never seemed to open here, and when they did they had some pretty good deep QSB on them. The propagation numbers on Sunday were the same as on Saturday. 10m and 15m seemed to be totally dead most of the time with not a station to be heard on them, and 20m was full of US stations calling CQ looking for Europe.
My final score was 134 contacts with 110 multipliers, and I worked 81 countries. So I guess overall it wasn't that bad.....the lack of constant action just made the weekend drag on and I found that it just wasn't very enjoyable this year for me.
So, when's the next contest ???????