I’m finally getting around to writing a wrap-up post for CQWW SSB. I managed to get on the air for 30 hours or so in this 48 hr major contest. This was my first entry in this one with the IC-7600 and I was on the air for about 6 more hours than usual attempts. The improved solar conditions sure helped the numbers as well.
So, that’s some of the factors that contributed to a higher score. My score last year was 337k so I was happy to cross the 1M mark. I still need to work on a few things to really improve even more.
- N1MM crashing frequently during the contest. I’ve installed it on a new laptop and will give that a try during CQ WW CW next weekend.
- Lowband antennas – as always. 160M L must be reworked and the feedpoint wire broke. Hopefully, the wx will cooperate to allow the repairs. 80M sloped vertical wire also needs grounding/radial improvements. Not having a rx antenna for either band and only 100W limits QSOs on these bands.
- Ergonomics. Since the CQ WW SSB test, I’ve changed the shack setup. The table was becoming disorganized. I’ve added a shelf and I think the changes will help.
- More sleep ahead of the contest. Hopefully, that will mean more time in the chair.
Band QSOs Pts Cty ZN 1.8 7 13 3 3 3.5 55 127 20 13 7 99 269 50 21 14 279 779 87 30 21 440 1254 109 33 28 88 252 19 6 Total 968 2694 288 106 Score: 1,061,436