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  3V8SS - CQ WW CW 2014 - SOSB-15-LP

 

Amazing contest activity! 15m was busy up to 21.150! 26 hours is all the opening time allowed on this band from this location.

I lost 45 minutes of valuable early hours trying to figure out the bad keying issue on the FT-857, later appeared to be the CAT cable!

The FT-857 is definitely not a contest radio, more than 3 stations calling at once and you're stuck!

Seven Zones were missed (01, 06, 07, 12, 29, 31 and 34). The Spiderbeam and the CT-37HF were used pointing to different locations (no simultaneous TXing), mainly to North/Central America and S.East Asia/Oceania attempting to catch up the hard mults, sometimes with interleaving CQs.

S&P was mostly fruitful. On Day 2, I was planning to do a thorough S&P job in the last opening hour (around 19z), but the band close extremely quickly (within half an hour at 18z).

 

Contest         : CQ World Wide DX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8SS

Mode            : CW

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Overlay         : ---

Band(s)         : Single band (SB) 15 m

Class           : Low Power (LP)

Zone/State/...  : 33

Operating time  : 25h13

 

 BAND   QSO  CQ DXC DUP  POINTS   AVG

--------------------------------------

  160     0   0   0   0       0  0.00

   80     0   0   0   0       0  0.00

   40     0   0   0   0       0  0.00

   20     0   0   0   0       0  0.00

   15  1986  33 110  63    5928  2.98

   10     0   0   0   0       0  0.00

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TOTAL  1986  33 110  63    5928  2.98

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        TOTAL SCORE : 847 704

 
     

 

  3V8BB - CQ WPX SSB 2014 - SOAB-HP

 

I was informed few days before the contest that Hrane YT1AD won't make it to Tunisia for a SO operation and I had few time to make new plans.. Decision to go for an HP operation was taking few hours prior to contest start. My favorite category was always SOAB-LP but imagining the QRM in such events led me to HP!

The challenge I set for me was to make same/better than Hrane's last year score of 15m points and be first in Africa. Writing the objectives in a sheet of paper placed in front of me is always positive!

The set-up still need improvement here in terms of automation and ergonomics; I used a couple of TS-870 with an amplifier lined up on the RUN station. No filters were available but RFI to the MULT station was really negligeable.

The first hours was terrible with only 55 QSOs on 20 and 40. European QRM wall made it impossible to work on low bands or even to find a relatively clear QRG... Splatter signals were all over the bands, the CC may need to do more here.

High bands were in good shape but not as good as expected. My operating hours were scheduled based on my rest obligations rather than 6-Point-bands openings. However, I pushed hard to get the maximum out of them.

I'm happy that I could manage - and for the first time ever - to stick to the pre-defined operating plan as a learnt lesson from my previous operations.

I started using the second radio late on Saturday afternoon and that brought Twenty three valuable mults to the score. Moves were quicker and more efficient this time.

 

Log Analysis by SH5

 

Contest         : CQ World Wide WPX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : PHONE

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Overlay         : ---

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : High Power (HP)

Operating time  : 36h00

 

 BAND   QSO DUP  PFX  POINTS   AVG

-----------------------------------

  160     1   0    0       6  6.00

   80    41   0   20     246  6.00

   40   433   1  179    2584  5.97

   20   937   3  365    2797  2.99

   15  1019   1  327    3043  2.99

   10  1280   3  359    3805  2.97

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TOTAL  3711   8 1250   12481  3.36

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     TOTAL SCORE : 15 601 250

 

Official Results: 7th Place WW, 1st AF (See Plaque)

 
     

 

  3V8BB - Russian DX Contest 2014 - SOAB-SSB-LP

 

Second attempt to break the world record in SOAB-SSB-LP Catergory, this time was successful after score reduction bringing my 2011 score below the 4.4 million threshold set by LZ9W.

It was a nice opportunity for SO2R SSB operation. I'm amazed with the things I can do with this device despite it's not the "last fashion". 72 QSOs were made on second radio for rare mults or when rates go down.

 

Contest         : Russian DX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : PHONE

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : Low Power (LP)

Zone/State/...  : DX

Operating time  : 22h15

 

 BAND   QSO DUP DXC OBL  POINTS   AVG

--------------------------------------

  160    23   1  17   2     122  5.30

   80    65   0  26  18     442  6.80

   40   273   1  41  40    1720  6.30

   20   494   1  53  54    3218  6.51

   15   511   1  58  64    3498  6.85

   10   431   0  56  55    3170  7.35

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TOTAL  1797   4 251 233   12170  6.77

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       TOTAL SCORE : 5 890 280

 
     

 

  3V8BB - ARRL DX Contest SSB 2014 - M/S HP

 

It wasn't in my plans to make a serious ARRL SSB participation this year, but a call from Ali 3V8ESG suggesting me to do an M/S operation changed my mind.

Ali is a Communication engineering student and he's the chief operator of 3V8ESG ARAT Club in his school. Ali has became very enthusiastic to the hobby and actively contributed in a lot of ARAT trainings and activities.

Ali 3V8ESG excited with big W/VE pileups!

Operating M/S with Ali in his first contest operation was really fun and I'm sure he learnt a lot from this experience. I tried to coach him before and during the contest on how to predict propagation, contest strategy and band changes, operating hints and tips... I think a new 3V contester is about to be born!

The contest was great with a big activity on the bands. All mults were worked except for YT and NU.

Propagation was better on Saturday. Low bands were deceiving; especially 80 and 160 with a low S/N ratio - No QSO made on 160!

This contest was a good opportunity for me to prepare for Boston WRTC in terms of managing pileups. I'm getting very excited seeing the event approaching very quickly. I hope I'll meet you guys soon over there "insh'Allah"!

 

Contest         : ARRL International DX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : PHONE

Category        : Multi Operator - Single Transmitter (MS)

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : High Power (HP)

Operators       : KF5EYY, 3V8ESG

Operating time  : 39h46

 

 BAND   QSO S/P DUP  POINTS   AVG

----------------------------------

  160     0   0   0       0  0.00

   80    28  13   0      84  3.00

   40   568  49   7    1701  2.99

   20  1328  61  17    3969  2.99

   15   977  59   6    2919  2.99

   10  1100  59  18    3294  2.99

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TOTAL  4001 241  48   11967  2.99

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     TOTAL SCORE : 2 884 047

 
     

 

  3V8BB - ARRL DX Contest CW 2014 - SOAB HP

 

Score and QSO number this year were well below expectations. First night was promising but less activity was experienced in the second night. 80 and 160 were extremely noisy and untouchable! 20m never closed the first 24 hours and high bands were live!

From 8 to 12 is a dead period here towards W/VE. On Saturday and while I was making some experiments, the SO2R device started to behave very strangely (continuous tune instead of CW signal,...). It took me some time to figure out the problem and realize that; if it did work HP without filters, that shouldn’t be valid in all frequencies. So I switched off the device and continued to use a single radio.

FT870 is definitely not the best radio for CW and I should consider better setup. A lot of dupes and non-contest “long” QSOs slowed down the rates.

Another “confirmed” learnt lesson; not getting very excited before the contest is the KEY for you to be able to take few hours rest before it starts.

 

Contest Audio Log

 

Contest         : ARRL International DX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : CW

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Overlay         : ---

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : High Power (HP)

Zone/State/...  : DX

Locator         :

Operating time  : 27h23

 

 BAND   QSO S/P DUP  POINTS   AVG

----------------------------------

  160     7   5   0      21  3.00

   80    55  21   0     165  3.00

   40   773  58   7    2319  3.00

   20   752  57  12    2256  3.00

   15   579  56   4    1737  3.00

   10   754  58  15    2262  3.00

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TOTAL  2920 255  38    8760  3.00

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     TOTAL SCORE : 2 233 800

 
     

 

  3V8BB - CQ WW 160 CW 2014 - SO HP

 

Weekend nights were raining in Tunis and the band was so noisy... Using the TX inverted-V for listening made me a real "deaf"!

Having an RX Antenna for this contest was a learnt lesson from last year's participation... Now it's a must without it I won't operate WW 160!

Most of the QSOs were done in the first night then condx went down in the second night... The band was far from being open... 96% of the QSOs were with Europe... 14 W/VE stations worked compared to over 140 last year...

I had to drive 300km back home so I didn't feel so motivated to operate the third night with 20 Q/h rate!

 

Contest Audio Log

 

Contest         : CQ World Wide 160-meter Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : CW

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Overlay         : ---

Band(s)         : Single band (SB) 160 m

Class           : High Power (HP)

Zone/State/...  : 33

Operating time  : 17h11

 

 BAND   QSO DUP DXC S/P  POINTS   AVG

--------------------------------------

  160   847  11  52  11    8455  9.98

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TOTAL   847  11  52  11    8455  9.98

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        TOTAL SCORE : 532 665

 
     

 

  3V8BB - CQ WW CW 2013 - SOAB LP

 

What a contest! Everything was well prepared however, not being able to rest before the contest badly affected my readiness especially after a tiring working day and the 300km drive from Sfax.

The station was ready for SO2R. As the pileups were never ending till the last hour, only 5 moves were done using Radio 2. The multiplier number is therefore low and many DXCCs were missed.

Concentration and tire management is something I should work on, at the end of the contest it was very hard for me to copy stations despite the loud signals coming in.

Propagation conditions were very good; 80m a bit noisy, 40m amazingly nice, high bands close relatively early.

 

Best 1-hour rate: 182 QSO/h

 

Log Analysis by SH5

 

Contest         : CQ World Wide DX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : CW

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Overlay         : ---

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : Low Power (LP)

Zone/State/...  : 33

Operating time  : 38h58

 

 BAND   QSO  CQ DXC DUP  POINTS   AVG

--------------------------------------

  160   141   7  36   3     417  2.96

   80   563  12  56  11    1683  2.99

   40  1433  25  80  28    4280  2.99

   20   643  23  73  13    1917  2.98

   15  1179  27  78  14    3520  2.99

   10  1009  21  76  12    3007  2.98

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TOTAL  4968 115 399  81   14824  2.98

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       TOTAL SCORE : 7 619 536

 
     

 

  3V7A - CQ WW SSB 2013 - M/S HP

 

Plan has been made with Hrane YT1AD for an MS Operation from 3V8BB during CQ WW SSB this year. Due to operators unavailability, we were about to drop the idea and go for two SB operations. However, I wanted to give MS another try and called my friend Andy RA9CKQ to join us. That was just one week before the contest. It took him one day to revert back to me saying that he's able to make it to Tunis.

The team was composed of Hrane YT1AD, Andy RA9CKQ and myself KF5EYY only. This wasn't enough but will allow everybody a plenty of operating hours.

We set up two stations; one for Run and one for chasing mults. Like in every year, station maintenance never ends; problems with rotators, antennas, transceiver...

Our targets for this operations were to make 8000 QSOs and to be in Top 3; The first is relatively under our control, the second........unfortunately not! :)

Conditions were very good; we all enjoyed beautiful runs!

 

Watch contest video here.

 

Log Analysis by SH5

 

Contest         : CQ World Wide DX Contest

Callsign        : 3V7A

Mode            : PHONE

Category        : Multi Op - Single Transmitter (MS)

Overlay         : ---

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : High Power (HP)

Zone/State/...  : 33

Locator         : JM56LL

Operating time  : 48h00

 

 BAND   QSO  CQ DXC DUP  POINTS   AVG

--------------------------------------

  160   179   8  46   2     527  2.94

   80   518  14  72   6    1538  2.97

   40  1273  30 101  18    3793  2.98

   20  2507  38 133  29    7483  2.98

   15  1368  35 129  29    4069  2.97

   10  2425  38 136  21    7214  2.97

--------------------------------------

TOTAL  8270 163 617 105   24624  2.98

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       TOTAL SCORE : 19 206 720

 
     

 

  3V8BB - WAEDC CW 2013 - SOAB LP

 

For the fourth consecutive time, a major contest falls in a holidays period. Fortunately the Aid El Fitr was announced to be on Thursday -
according to the lunar year. I had enough time to visit relatives and eat the special food made for the event, hi!

I left to Tunis on Friday morning trying to have as much time as I can
for the setup. SO2R testing was the primary goal of this contest participation. Using it for the first time ever from a Tunisian station and by a Tunisian operator was my personal dream and challenge for many years!

I plugged all connections to the SO2R device and made the first tests...
all works perfectly!

SO2R device by Array Solutions was slightly modified (by someone) that get rid of the control box and allowed control bottons to be on the front side of the I/O box.

Ash KF5EYY with SO2R Setup

CW signals were generated by a single CW interface (the only one I have). As no LPT connection is available on my laptop, radio selection is made manually.

WAEDC CW is a perfect contest for someone who wishes to try SO2R. The activity is not as high as a CQWW contest. Moreover, the QTC sending time on one radio is a perfect time to listen to the second radio.

I would suggest to WinTest author to consider changing the QTC Window to be similar to the other Wintest Windows allowing Second radio QSO logging to be possible while sending QTCs.

Otherwise, Wintest remains my prefered logging software that I would
recommend to anybody interested in contesting.

3V8BB was equiped with one antenna switcher; one antenna coax have always to be disconnected from the switching device and connected to the second radio depending on bands propagation.

In total, 22 QSOs on the second radio were made including some 'excellent and quick multiplier moves'. SO2R gave me a great flexibility arranging for QSYs and checking openings... It brought my contesting pleasure to another excitement level!

 

Contest         : Worked All Europe DX-Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : CW

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : Low Power (LP)

Operating time  : 30h12

 

 BAND   QSO DUP MLTS   QTC  POINTS   AVG

-----------------------------------------

   80   177   0   35    50     226  0.99

   40   452   1   43   320     770  1.00

   20   385   1   41   320     704  1.00

   15   523   1   41   700    1223  1.00

   10   327   0   33    90     417  1.00

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TOTAL  1864   3  499  1480    3340  1.79

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         TOTAL SCORE : 1 666 660

 
     

 

  3V8BB - CQ WPX CW 2013 - SOAB LP

 

I never imagined condx will be that bad although the begining of the contest was promising with sustained pileups on 40 and 20. The first daylight hours revealed the truth with a clearly noticed decline in propagation conditions... Quick glance at Spaceweather.com gave more explanation: "Earth's magnetic field is still reverberating from a CME strike on May 24th. The glancing blow around 1800 UT sparked at least three episodes of polar geomagnetic storming (Kp=5) on May 24-25"...

Not only this, daylight also revealed another truth; all the QSOs I made on 20 were from the back of my antenna which, again, stuck beaming to south!

I was planning to make as much operating hours as I can in Day 1 so I can leave back home (250km far) early on Sunday, but... God's plans were different!

I allowed myself to take breaks knowing that Day 2 can NEVER be worse! Indeed, 40m remained good, 80m was too noisy with low activity. The back of my 20m antenna brought me few more QSOs.
15 and 10 were "back to life" but still disapointing!

 

Contest         : CQ World Wide WPX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : CW

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Overlay         : ---

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : Low Power (LP)

Operating time  : 30h22

 

 BAND   QSO DUP  PFX  POINTS   AVG

-----------------------------------

  160    21   0    3     126  6.00

   80   171   1   63    1026  6.00

   40   695   0  334    4166  5.99

   20   433   1  160    1297  3.00

   15   489   1  105    1465  3.00

   10   258   0   30     774  3.00

-----------------------------------

TOTAL  2067   3  695    8854  4.28

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      TOTAL SCORE : 6 153 530

 
     

 

  3V8BB - RDXC 2013 - SOAB MIXED HP

 

Contest         : Russian DX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : MIXED

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : High Power (HP)

Zone/State/...  : DX

Operating time  : 22h36

 

 BAND   SSB    CW DUP DXC OBL  POINTS   AVG

--------------------------------------------

  160     3   107   0  29  18     700  6.36

   80    40   242   0  39  32    1810  6.42

   40   220   304   0  48  47    3265  6.23

   20   123   336   0  48  50    3040  6.62

   15   389   402   1  60  64    5509  6.96

   10   165   289   3  53  52    3331  7.34

--------------------------------------------

TOTAL   940  1680   4 277 263   17655  6.74

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          TOTAL SCORE : 9 533 700

 
     

 

  3V8BB - ARRL DX CW 2013 - SOAB HP

 

The contest started very well on my side with 100+Q/h on 40 and 80 (which was very noisy).

From 7z to 12z, I was jobless after 40m closure. 20m opened late towards W/VE and I only could start real runs after 12z. In the meantime, I went to walk around and take some fresh air. I was surprised seeing 20m antenna beaming to east, I remember I pointed them all to W/WE before the contest start. I went back to shack, examined the rotor control unit: the antenna is stuck to East! No chance to go up and repair; I'm not so courageous and I fear heights! Fortunately, the Pro-67 is there with its 3 Elements for 20.

I spent few time on 20 then quickly moved to 15. I stayed there for more than 2 hours as I never imagined 10m would be open. I QSYed to 10 at 15z to realized how wrong I was! No problem, there's still a lot to grab! Pile-ups were tremendous and I made my best CW Rate ever; 183 QSOs in 1 hour!

The bands close very early, I went back to 15 at 17z then to 20. Bands don’t look to be in good shape!

At 22z I decided to take 1-hour nap to be ready for another low bands round. My phone failed to wake me up, shame! I slept for 4 hours; fortunately, the couch is not comfortable enough for more! J

Struggled to get some mults on the extremely noisy 160.

Conditions were much better on the high bands compared with Saturday. 10m was wonderful, I made nice 100+ hour rates. Then, something strange started to happen; tens of dupes sneak to my log! I really cannot explain what happened! All together! “Hey guys, I didn’t lose my log to call me again!” That was a bit frustrating and was slowing my rate and I decided not to put them in log anymore.

Nevertheless, as always, I was thrilled working W/WE Stations; as if they’re lined up in a queue and they come one by one! All stations can be worked; I do have some QRP stations in the log! Thank you for the extremely professional operating behavior!

 - Paths range from 6000 to 11000km.

 - Six Bands Stations: K1FWE, K1LZ, K3LR, N3RR, N8DE, NQ4I, NY4A, VE3JM, W3LPL, W5RU, WK1Q

 - Not worked mults: YT, NT, NU

 

Contest Audio Log

 

Contest         : ARRL International DX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : CW

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Overlay         : ---

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : High Power (HP)

Operating time  : 32h19

 

 BAND   QSO S/P DUP  POINTS   AVG

----------------------------------

  160    22  12   0      66  3.00

   80   322  44   6     966  3.00

   40   846  54   4    2538  3.00

   20   504  54   4    1512  3.00

   15   626  53   3    1869  2.99

   10   813  50  23    2439  3.00

----------------------------------

TOTAL  3133 267  40    9390  3.00

==================================

     TOTAL SCORE : 2 507 130

 

Official Results: 17th Place WW, 2nd AF

Link to ARRL Results Database

 
     

 

  3V8BB - CQWW 160 CW 2013 - SO HP

 

The band was fine on first night with nice opening to US! then it became more noisy, QSBying and signal were getting weaker in the following nights.

I'm happy with the 147 W/K stations in my log but also disapointed not to work EA8, TF, JA and any South American Station! Looking at DR1A posting to 3830 talking about worked DXCCs deepened my deception - Great job guys! :)

Inverted-V for 160 at sunset

Here is what Steve KV4FZ wrote me after the contest:

"Ash,  You had a very good signal here on 160 in the West Indies and I called you for hours along with many South American stations with no reply...not even a QRZ or partial.  I would go a few KHz down from your frequency, put out a single CQ and have a European pile up calling me with many Zone 20 and Zone 19 contacts as well.  I think by the fact that my calls were answered by repeater CQ's that you may have a null receiving in my direction and that of South America.  Since your transmitting signal was so very good I am interested what you might have been using on receive as you were not hearing the many South Americans (PY, LU, HK,CX, CE, PJ2), and other Caribbean stations like myself calling you without results.."

 

I only S&Pied at the end of contest but this doesn't really brought me a lot.

Something to consider for the future: RX Antenna!

Log Analysis by SH5

Contest         : CQ World Wide 160-meter Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : CW

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Band(s)         : Single band (SB) 160 m

Class           : High Power (HP)

Zone/State/...  : 33

Operating time  : 25h33

 

 BAND   QSO DUP DXC S/P  POINTS   AVG

--------------------------------------

  160  1401  15  59  32   13995  9.99

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TOTAL  1401  15  59  32   13995  9.99

======================================

       TOTAL SCORE : 1 273 545

 

Official Results: 3rd Place WW, 1st AF

http://www.cq160.com/cq1602013/160M%20Results%20CQ%20Aug13.pdf

 
     

 

  3V8BB - CQWW CW 2012 - SOAB LP

 

Murphy was here for CQ WW CW. I prepared EVERYTHING for this contest and I slept a bit, then my stomach started behaving strangely and I vomited every half an hour. I went to a nearby pharmacy, got some medicine but in vain. The situation went worse, I was obliged to drive back home.

I couldn’t leave the bed on Day 1. After all the medicines I had, I could feel better on Day 2. So I went back to the club, made 1580 QSOs in 12hours from 0800 tp 2000. Rates reached 160Q in one hour. Pileups were huge!

I tried to give some points to Low Bands contesters, untouchable! :)

Contest Audio Log

Contest         : CQ World Wide DX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : CW

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : Low Power (LP)

Operating time  : 12h01

 

 BAND   QSO  CQ DXC DUP  POINTS   AVG

--------------------------------------

  160    15   4  12   1      45  3.00

   80     7   3   7   0      21  3.00

   40    28   4  19   0      84  3.00

   20   254  15  52   2     750  2.95

   15   604  20  68   5    1794  2.97

   10   673  21  66   1    1999  2.97

--------------------------------------

TOTAL  1581  67 224   9    4693  2.97

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       TOTAL SCORE : 1 365 663

 
     

 

  3V8BB - CQWW SSB 2012 - SOAB LP

 

Three years ago, CQWW CW started the night of the Aid El Kebir (One of the two islamic ceremonies). DJ7IK was my guest and he celebrated the event with me and my family. At that time It wasn't easy to convaince them that I need to depart to 3V8SS (130km north) the day of the Aid to continue preparations and to take part in the contest starting that night!

This year's CQWW SSB came ALSO the night the Aid. I had YT1AD with me at home. However, it was easier to convaince my family. I think that they started realizing what's wrong with my priorities ranking! :) Too bad, I confess!

Plan was to operate MS with YT1AD and Mirko DJ1AA visiting Tunisia, however, for family commitments, Mirko chose to stay in Monastir.
Operating MS with 2 operators wasn't the best idea and it would be tough to bring additional points to my WRTC Points. Hrane was too kind and gave me the chance to operate SO. Not too much thinking, my prefered category... SOAB-LP!

Hrane operated SB-160 as 3V8CB.

The contest was fabulous with tremendous activity! I didn't feel any need to sleep but I chose to do it for a more confortable operation.
I'm not so happy with 10m, I don't know what's wrong with it. 1000 QSOs was the least I could expect on this band!

Log Analysis by SH5

UBN File

Contest         : CQ World Wide DX Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : PHONE

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : Low Power (LP)

Zone/State/...  : 33

Locator         : JM65ER

Operating time  : 43

 

 BAND   QSO  CQ DXC DUP  POINTS   AVG

--------------------------------------

  160    28   4  19   0      79  2.82

   80   236   7  43   1     706  2.99

   40   776  17  62   7    2322  2.99

   20  1033  20  79   2    3089  2.99

   15  1173  26  81   7    3503  2.99

   10  1005  25  85   8    2962  2.95

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TOTAL  4251  99 369  25   12661  2.98

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       TOTAL SCORE : 5 925 348

 

Official Results: 3rd Place WW, 2nd AF

http://www.cqww.com/results/2012_cq_ww_dx_ssb_results.pdf

 
     

 

  3V8BB - WAEDC SSB 2012 - SOAB HP

 

Weather in Tunisia started to be unstable with varying temperatures accross the day hours and week days; suitable conditions to get a rheum!

I got as much medicines as I could trying to recover before the contest, but I quickly forgot about malaise when pileups kicked off!

I tried to well manage between pileups and QTCs giving priority to QSOs at the begining of the contest and to QTC at the end. I'm not sure I succeeded as I ended up with over 400 un-sent QTCs! I struggled trying to find those who can make me a faver and take them! :)

Popagation was good on Day 1, with a noisy 80m! Day 2 was the worst surprise with a dead 10m and unusual low signals from Europe on the other bands! So, I prefered to stop the contest at 17z and go home to get ready for a busy Monday!

Congrats for V55V, EF8R (EA8CAC) and CR3L for the great job! Thanks for everyone for making this contest a pleasant event!

Contest         : Worked All Europe DX-Contest

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : PHONE

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : High Power (HP)

Operating time  : 29h08

 

 BAND   QSO DUP MLTS   QTC  POINTS   AVG

-----------------------------------------

   80   164   3   31    60     224  1.00

   40   508   1   44   512    1019  1.00

   20   978   3   45   770    1747  1.00

   15   669   0   39   653    1322  1.00

   10   294   0   27   215     509  1.00

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TOTAL  2613   7  478  2210    4821  1.85

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         TOTAL SCORE : 2 304 438

 

Official Results: 4th Place WW, 2nd AF

http://www.darc.de/referate/dx/contest/waedc/en/2012/ssb/

 
     

 

  3V8BB - IARU HF CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 - SOAB HP

 

Going to 3V8BB QTH on Saturday morning, I was listening to the newsreader in a local FM station announcing the weather predictions; "Temperature will reach its maximum today at noon with 42°C!!" (...humm, when contest starts!) "and cold winds will blow Sunday afternoon deacreasing temperature" (...after the end of the contest!!).
Fortunately, I was "armed" with an air blower placed at 1m from me, blowing at full speed! And in my mind I was saying "Ash, no pain, no gain!"

This year's IARU HF participation is my first attempt with SO-HP Operation. I had the chance to work HP in MS Category but never as Single Op! Competing with BIG guns was something I was thinking of before the contest. I was taking things seriously (than it should be!) and that was a little bit stressful for me. Added to that a VOX that messed up in the first 30 minutes... panic... not really best contest start!
Little by little, pileups are there and I started forgetting about score and temperature, just enjoyed running!

Propagation was bad on Satuday and slightly improved on Sunday.

The QSO number looks interesting to me but the Multiplier score is "shameful" :) and that's quite normal as I didn't think about SO2R Setup; a learnt lesson for the upcoming contests!

 

Contest         : IARU HF World Championships

Callsign        : 3V8BB

Mode            : MIXED

Category        : Single Operator (SO)

Band(s)         : All bands (AB)

Class           : High Power (HP)

Zone/State/...  : 37

Operating time  : 23h15

 

 BAND   SSB    CW ITU  HQ  POINTS   AVG

----------------------------------------

  160    21    62   6  15     333  4.01

   80   104    84   9  20     816  4.34

   40   457    85  20  24    2554  4.71

   20   641   180  23  21    3963  4.83

   15   907   166  26  26    5205  4.85

   10   413    89  13  21    2296  4.57

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TOTAL  2543   666  97 127   15167  4.73

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        TOTAL SCORE : 3 397 408

Log Analysis by SH5

 

Official Results: 7th Place WW, 1st AF

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/ContestResults/2012/2012-IARU-Web.pdf

 
     

 

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Location: Sousse City, Tunisia
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LONG: 10.5941 E
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Bir El Bay, Tunis, Tunisia
Locator: JM65er
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