Sunday mid morning…. topping the caffine levels in my system and looking over the log I just submitted to the American Radio Relay League for the International Amateur Radio Union Contest….
Heres the “Coles Notes Version:
IARU Summary Sheet
Start Date : 2016-07-09
CallSign Used : VA3QV
Operator(s) : VA3QV
Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
Assisted Category : NON-ASSISTED
Band : ALL
Power : QRP
Mode : MIXED
Default Exchange : 4
Gridsquare : FN25EJ
Name : Bob Sharp
Country : CANADA
ARRL Section : ONE
Club/Team : Ottawa Valley QRP Society
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5774.0
Band Mode QSOs Pts ITU HQ
3.5 CW 7 21 1 0
7 CW 18 54 5 3
14 CW 71 215 9 5
14 USB 6 16 0 0
21 CW 21 61 5 1
Total Both 123 367 20 9
Score : 10,643
Now out of those 123 QSO (contacts) that I made in the 16 hours (out of 24) that I operated in you can see the majority were made on the 20m (14mhz) band also the majority of all my contacts were made in the CW mode…
Above Map shows the different IARU Zones. I was operating from Zone 4.
My contacts were made in the following countries:
Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United States of America and Venezuala.
Continents worked were Europe, North America and South America
I did hear other stations, further away in more exotic and rare locations but it was not a day to be operating QRP and they could not hear “5w and a wire” and so they did not make it into my log…
Given the current band conditions I think I did OK
All in all I am pleased with my results and do not think there is much I could do to improve on my score from home. 5w output is 5w output… can’t go any higher and stay in my QRP Category…
I started using the N1MM logging program in the RAC Canada Day Contest and it used again in the IARU Test. I wish I had started using it earlier… Its a fantastic piece of software and less than 1 hour after the contest had closed I had submitted my logs to the IARU and also sent my logs to Logbook of the World, EQSL, QRZ.com and HRDLOG.net. It was that simple… You might be using a better program but so far I have not found one…
My antenna system should be improved but that is not going to happen as long as I live in a garden home with a tiny back yard… No doubt that if I had suitable wire antennas up for 80m and 160m then things might of been a bit different.
The Flex 1500 behaved itself as it should. I love the RCV section in it as does Mr. Sherwood (http://www.sherweng.com/table.html ) and if you go to the website you will see that its still 19th on the list. Since its release in 2011 (with no real upgrades) it remains in the top 20 of HF Receivers.
My Elecraft T1 QRP Autotuner is starting to show its age… It has had a hard life with me and I think its time to rebuilt it or replace… I’m leaning towards replace…. For the most part it did work fine but… there were a few times that it would not load up as expected… I took it off line and used my LDG QRP Autotuner from my FT817 kit and finished off the last hour of the contest with it…
So there you have it…. 16 hours in the chair… got me 123 contacts…. and a lot of fun… If you think of it … that’s 3 major contests (Field Day, RAC Canada Day and the IARU Contest) in 16 days. The camper should be replaced in plenty of time for me to think about a trip somewhere (next year) with room enough to spread out some serious wire antennas and have some RF fun in those 3 contests…
The rest of today will be spent looking at the “T1” to see if I can figure out why it decided to get fussy on me in the contest…
Hope your radio time went as well…