…But fun anyway
My participation in the contest did not go exactly as planned but I did meet a few of my previously mentioned goals…
Work all of Canada
Well this did not happen but I was able to work VE7 on 20m and loads of VE3 and VE2 on 40, 80 and 160m.
Work at least 25 states
Not even close but I did manage 10 states and two of them were on 160m
Work at least 3 continents
DONE!!! North America, South America and Europe all in the log with no problems. One callsign might of been in ASIA for the 4th continent but I’m not sure on the way he was signing. He also gave his zone as “20″ and by my map zone 20 is in Asia but as I don’t keep score its only an iternal style goal
North America, South America and Europe are normally givens… Africa is a possibility anything else would be fantastic
ALSO DONE!!!! I had a blast and made lots of contacts… Unfortunately on Saturday and today I am recovering from some sort of bug which knocked me flat on Saturday afternoon and I am still feeling the effects… If I had more time behind the mich I might of met more of the goals but… Its only a hobby
Normally also a given… This is a hobby and hobbys are supposed to be fun… I enter this contest with the knowledge that I am not going to win… that I am going to make a contact with someone that will win… and therefore my purpose in being in the contest is to give out contacts, test out my radio gear, meet as many of my goals as I can and mostly to have fun.
So Exactly how bad or good did I do…
Well the log is nothing to write home about but HRD does make the logging easier than the old pen and paper method but today it might not of been needed…
160m — 6 contacts—2 zones—1 province and 3 states
80m –12 contacts—2 zones— 2 provinces and 4 states
40m–8 contacts— 3 zones—0 provinces and 6 states
20m— 3 contacts—2 zones— 1 province and 2 states
15m— 15 contacts—10 zones—8 countries
So as you can see no records were set but inbetween trips (refer back to the bug comments) I tried to make contacts and have fun.
The Log shows approx 3 hours of radio time in 3 one hour spurts for this event. Better than nothing and I had fun…
The W3EDP worked great…. The Timewave ANC4 worked great on the low bands…. I’m still not a hardcore contester and to be honest I never will be but I do enjoy getting out there and giving out some contacts…
Memorable event of the event…. Listening to K3LR running on 80m on Sunday morning and giving up the frequency to a local net that runs every Sunday moning.
Shows a lot of class…