For a while now I have been hearing “CQ CWT” on occasion on 20m CW and occasionally 15m CW and this week I finally decided to look at why…
(Most of the info here is cut and pasted from their website with some minor editing as needed)
CWops Tests are 60 minutes in duration and held on Wednesday each week.
There are three events at times that favor different geographic areas on this same day.
Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be a CWops member to join the fun. CWTs are a good opportunity to meet other CW fans who may be interested in CWops membership.
Six bands are used – 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160m. Suggested frequencies are from 28 to 38 kHz up from band edges.
If activity warrants, please expand up. Please be particularly considerate of ongoing QSOs and DXpedition operations. Please slow down when called at a slower speed – we want everyone to feel welcome. Lots of Qs or just a few, please submit your results for each session at http://3830scores.com
After checking out their website for more information it seems to be a very friendly contest and easy to participate in as its only a hour long….
Just send your First Name and CWops member number.
Non-members will send First Name, and State, Province, or DX Country Prefix.
This will allow most operators to use a general-purpose logging program or a paper log if necessary. A dedicated CWOPs module has been written for N1MM by Nick, NA3M. Other logging programs are also available. See our website for more information http://www.cwops.org/software.html
Scoring: The final score can be calculated by counting 1 point per QSO (work a station once per band only) and multiply total points by the number of unique calls worked. If you had 75 QSOs with 40 different calls, your score is 75 x 40. State which power class: QRP, LP, HP.
Now this like I said is not time consuming and easy to participate in….
As a side note I would like to add that they seemed friendly and they were also sending “good code”… Not sure if the stations I copied were using a computer, keyer or a key but they were sending code that my decoding program (CW GET) could easily decode at any speed…
Using my Flex 1500 along with the Elecraft T1 Auto Tuner and my wire in the Maple Tree I was able to make 4 Contacts on 20m and 1 contact on 15m yesterday.
Not counting the RAC Canada Day Contest on July 1st thats the most contacts I have made in a single day in way too long…
So after yesterday I am hoping to spend a few Wednesdays trying to give out some contacts… Yesterday despite what I would describe as “POOR Band Conditions” I was able to make a few contacts and now that I understand the contest I am hoping to improve on those results…
Hope I get you in the log next week…