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CQWW WPX Contest, RTTY (2013)

A good time was had by all. Plenty of ops, plenty of sleep, plenty of food, plenty of drink and plenty of propagation. Late in the weeks, LOTS of ugly problems cropped up. Most were taken care of and the couple that were left, were not too bad. Friday afternoon, I discovered a S/N problem that would have killed the whole weekend for us. The crew at N1MM solved it and had a new version out in about an hour and a half. Big thanks to them!



Called to order more or less at 10:30 Saturday morning. Having no new business nor old business to discuss, Frank K4EC began the round robin around the room for each attendee to discuss what had transpired in his/her ham radio life in recent months.

K4EC – Frank. In a recent wind storm Franks R5 vertical was fairly demolished by a neighbors falling tree, so now he’s down to no antennas. He’s planning on rectifying that shortly.

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.

Makrothen RTTY Contest

Did not like what I saw re condx before the contest and after first 3 hours decided I MUST have something better to do. Worked on/off the rest of Sat and Sun. Put a total time in off just under 7 hours. Beautiful wx this weekend, so found many, more productive things to do outside. Thanks to all for the contacts!

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY (2012)

What a great weekend! Great friends, great conditions and we introduced three folks to the world of RTTY contesting. We had a pair of delightful young ladies join us. Sally G2YL who is residing in Northern Virginia put a lot of Qs in the log and provided great diversity to the usual contest weekend banter. While, Steve's NR4Ms daughter, Jennifer, has grown accustomed to all the contest 'strangeness' over the years, this weekend she actually participated in it, making a number of contacts on 20 meters.


Date:   Friday September 28, 2012
Time:   8:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Location:   NR4M "Da Farm"
Notes:   If you are coming to operate contact Steve,



We had a terrific turnout for Saturdays Rap Chapter meeting, 25 in
attendance. Meeting was called to order by K4ZW at 10AM. With no old or new
business to discuss we proceeded to go around the room learning what our
fellow contesters were up to. The meeting adjourned for scrumptious grilled
burgers, sausages and chicken. Great company, great food!

The plaque has arrived!

NR4M (team 'Goat'), was the winner of the 2011 CQWW RTTY DX contest in the 'Multi-operator, Two transmitter' class, for North America. It really is an attractive award.

This was a new North American record of 6,363,236 points.

IARU HF World Championship (2012)

Rules make it not as much fun for a multi-op. Off for about 2 hours because of electrical storms in area. Had the pleasure of having Sandy, YO3ND, operate with us, while visiting N2YO. Had plenty of time BS, and we did.

NR4M wins WPX RTTY 2012

Well, guys, we did it!  We broke the existing North American record for the WPX RTTY contest in the multi-multi class, with a score of over 14 million points!  Not too shabby at all, and a job well done! Between the personal ‘chit-chats’ I’ve had and what I heard mentioned at the last meeting, there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for more RTTY participation from ‘the Farm’. 


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