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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.

WAE DX Contest CW (2012)

Miserable time was had by all! Off the air for over two hours because of really bad local thunderstorms. Three software problems ranging from 'bad' to 'terrible' caused us problems with tracking of serial numbers and QTC's. We wound up sending more QTC's than we had QSO's, and at the end of the contest, we still had about 20 in the buffer! The contest manager at DARC, DF7ZS, has kindly offered to take a look at the log to see if it can be salvaged. If not, it will be handled as a 'checklog'.

SARTG WW RTTY Contest (2012)

Would have been nice if the SFI had been higher. Thanks for all the QSO's.

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.

CQWW WPX Contest, CW (2012)

Another terrific CQWPX CW has come and gone. It's going to be hard to beat this one. First we had four new folks operating with us. Aurelio PC5A and Frank ON9CC included a stay with us after Dayton. Hans PB2T/NB2T who is in the area on temporary assignment stopped by on Sunday. And last, but certainly not least, Pete N4ZR spent the weekend. Then, we can talk about conditions, but I think it's all been pretty well said. Ten could have been a bit better, but that probably would have been at the expense of 80 and maybe 160.

Russian DX Contest (2012)

Between logger problems and condx it was an interesting weekend. Despite Murphy's best efforts, we did have some fun. As noted by others it was primarily a 40/20 meter contest. There are 24 Qs, a couple of oblasts and possibly a few more DX mults not included in this summary.

CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest (2012)

It sure was fun doing diddles in a M/M setting with the gang from the Goat Farm in the CQWPX RTTY contest. We kind of thought that with the flux dropping to 99 the high bands may suffer, but ten seemed good to Eur Saturday and even better Sunday.
Pile-ups on 15, Saturday and Sunday mornings, were incredible. With Eur being decent on 80, it seems like it was a great compromise propagation-wise.

North American QSO Party, RTTY (2012)

Antennas way too high made this a frustrating contest for me. You can't work
'em, if you can't hear 'em. Much easier to work the DX that called me than it
was to work stateside stations.

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