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CQ WW DX CW M/M (2017)

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

Call: NR4M
Operator(s): N2YO VE3CX NR4M K4QS WS6X K7SV K4GM K4GMH KA4RRU
Station: NR4M

Class: M/M HP
QTH: va
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:
Band QSOs Zones Countries
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160: 199 17 69
80: 1073 25 111
40: 1824 36 141
20: 1826 36 139
15: 945 29 121
10: 81 13 23
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Total: 5948 156 604 Total Score = 12,518,720

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:

Thanks for the Q's

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY (2017)

Had some 'down time' with about 2 hours to go when a double female panel feed-thru connector had finally gotten hot enough for the center pin to lose tension and no longer make a solid connection to the PL-259 center pin. Was just *a bit* discolored...

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW (2016)

"Mr Murphy" showed up with his whole family this weekend. Spent all my off time fixing stuff or try to minimize things that were too bad to fix at the time.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY (2016)

Had a HUGE crew, but some were in/out and we had SIX 'newbies'. Some of them had not done any RTTY before, so there was a bit of slowing down and explaining things and a bit of hand holding. This is not a bad thing necessarily, but with 6 beginners in major contest, some allowances were made. I would not have any issue having each one of them back again.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW (2015)

Another one in the books. Enjoyed the good propagation on most bands.  Really kept things hopping. Never enough operators.  One night time op had to go home sick, another canceled on Friday, and two could only put in 3 hours each, which made things kinda 'thin' at times.  This was especially true with two first time operators. But, overall, this kind of operator shortage was expected with this family holiday weekend.  Always a tough weekend for ops.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY (2015)

Like everyone, we would have liked 10 meters to be in better shape. At least the flux stayed at 120 with a low K value.
Just before the contest found that the top 40 meter yagi would not turn, although there was voltage at the base of the tower. Rotators for the 15 meter stack are still acting 'squirrely' and had to be rotated from out in the equipment shack, not locally.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW (2014)

The crew at The Goat Farm (NR4M) once again had a great time in the CQWWCW Contest. While every year it becomes more and more difficult to find operators available Thanksgiving weekend, we continued in the Multi/Multi category to give everyone plenty of time in the chair. At Goatville there is always  a desire to be as competitive as possible, but ensuring that everyone enjoys themselves is always important.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW (2013)

Great to see good propagation for the contest. Seemed this was the year for hardware failures, both before and during the contest. 'Stuff' happens. Too much food and not enough full time ops. Of course, if we had the ops, the food would have worked out fine.

CQ WW DX RTTY Contest (2013)

Had 5 ops that had minimal contesting or ham radio or n1mm experience, do this operation was a bit less polished than others may have been in the past.  This said, it was lots of fun and much was learned. Conditions were great, especially on 10!  Been a while since it's been that good.  'Roasted' a remote switch box on 10 with all the CQ'ing, the power and 1.7:1 SWR on the stack.  Hey, that's the way it goes sometimes.

CQ WW DX CW Contest (2012)

Well, another CQWW CW is in the books at the Goat Farm. This year due to the timing of Thanksgiving holiday, a large number of our regular ops were unavailable and others could only stop by for a short while. So in the interest of sanity (and sleep ... we are not getting any younger) we opted for Multi-Single this year. After the full 48-hours, however, we certainly realized this Multi-Single stuff in CQWW is a lot of work! No just sitting around and 'running 'em ... you actually have to THINK about strategy and band changes and all that.

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