CQWW DX Contest CW 2005 SOAB
Operator: Mike DL1HCM
Many thanks to my host Bob, NM2D
Outside the contest the main emphasis was on the low and WARC bands in CW and PSK31.
V31TM QSL Card
the radio I made some further photos. Impressions around V31TM can be found here.
A daily diary of the activity is here.
The V31TM log is here.
and QSL Policy
The QSL information is via DL1HCM.
The QSL job is done. All cards are out.
Generally the exchange of the QSL cards via the buro is
Each contact (new band/mode) will receive a QSL automatically.
For those who would like to send the QSL directly
please check V31TM at qrz.com for the adress.
Direct QSLers are kindly requested to attach a SAE and sufficient postage.
Sufficient postage for return letters is
EU: 0,55 EUR or 1 USD or 1 IRC
DX: 1,70 EUR or 2 USD or 1 IRC
Please use only the new type IRC. Old (small) type IRCs
are not accepted.
Direct QSL requests with the old type IRC or not sufficient postage are answered via the buro.
The rough CW problem was due to low power voltage. I solved it at approx. 0600 UTC and after changing the station setup to my small IC735. So I really started into the contest 6 hours late.
The K9AY loop
Only poor activity on 10m.
The band practically did not opened. All signals were very weak.
I made only 53 Qs on 10 with 13 zones and 22 countries.
No contact to EU and unfortunately no contact to zone 6 although it is so close to V3.
Highlight on 10 was 6W1RW, ZD8A and ZS1EL
HC2SL is the only station I worked only on 10m.
Zone 17 - 30 run on 20 and
40m only except zone 20 which I miss only on 10.
No contact to zone 2, 23, 24, 26 and 34.
The 160m vertical.
The NA QSO rate is naturally
high and the US pile up covered the EU callers.
But I missed
- 8P, CM, FM, FP and HI on 160
- FM, HP, TI and ZF on 80m
- VP9 on 40m.
- Nothing heard from VP2M and VP2V.
Quad for the high bands
Africa was difficult as
always from this region since first the EU pile up must be broken.
But I worked 3DA0NW, 3V5A, 5Z1A, 6W1RW, 9G5GJ, CN2R, CN2WW, CT3EN, D44TB, several from EA8, EA9EW, S9SS, TZ5A, VQ9JC, ZD8A und ZS1EL.
And I was happy to work ZS1EL on 10m this weekend although this was a hard job.
South America was similar to North America. All countries are worked but CE, CX, FY, PZ, VP8 only on the high bands, ZP0R only on 20m. Unfortunately I met Alex HK0FD only on 40m.
40/80 m HF2V vertical
EU was weak on all bands
specially on the low bands. The S-Meter was continuously on the left side.
Also stations which we normally know as the stronger stations (HG6N, DL0CS, DF0CG, LZ9W) came in at low levels.
The US pile ups covered the EUs. The surprise was that DF3CB and DK3GI came in loud.
The K9AY worked well although
EU, NA and JA are close within a almost 60 degree opening.
I selected the four directions EU, JA, VK and PY as a good compromise.
IC735 with my travel PA
2 ele Quad 20-10m
Vertical for 160m
K9AY Loop low band receiving antenna
Logging with WL 10.55D
|Call: V31TM||Country: Belize|
|Mode: CW||Category: SOAB/HP|
Outside the contest I made QSOs in CW and PSK, no SSB QSOs.
The QSO numbers given above do not include the
It was a great time and I had great fun. Thank you to all stations who called V31TM.
The V31TM log is here.
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