Fun to enter the CQWW CW Contest this weekend, active on all bands 160 – 10m.
Radio and antenna
Simple setup: Icom 7300 radio and the following antennas:
40m half wave end fed: for 40m and 20m
G7FEK (pair inverted L’s joined at the feed): 160m (with loading coil), 80, 40m ((but usually the half wave)
Fan dipole: 15, 10m
Raw score and comparison
… beats my first entry (2020) as M0ICR:
500% increase in and more than double the QSO. Also a increase in Zones worked (42 up to 57) and Countries (Cty) increase from 133 to a pleasing 212.
The highlight of 2021 was working 5 ZL’s (New Zealand stations) in the early hours of Saturday morning:
ZL3X (Quake Contesters – Drinkers with a Contesting Problem! …. according to QRZ.com)
The vast majority of QSO were made of a steady stream of cross-Atlantic QSO on 20 and 15m from noon through to early evening, switching to 40m in the evenings and sweeping up European stations (and the odd bit of DX) on 80m and 160m later at night / early hours.
It was a shame that conditions seemed so poor on 10m but working 30DXCC on 160m made up for that considering the sub-optimal antenna I am using on that band (G7FEK and loading coil). Details of the G7FEK can be found here: http://www.g7fek.co.uk/software/G7FEK%20antenna.pdf with the loading coil at page 11.
CQWW CW Conditions
Conditions good at the start of the contest (for a change!):