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ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW
Operator(s): W2RE, WW2DX, AB3CX
Class: Multi-Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Total: 1308 Sections = 80 Total Score = 209,280
Club: Hudson Valley Contesters & DXers
I have to hand it Ray (W2RE) he really built a very competitive station in less
then 2 weeks. 3 x 100′ towers with stacks. Looking at the results from CQWWSSB
and how we did this weekend it looks like its a winner. I look forward to
seeing the score in CQWWCW in a couple weeks with better antennas on the low
This was our first real M effort on SS and from this location we had no idea
what to expect. We learned A LOT in a little bit of time and most of all we had
a BLAST! We all can do without Sunday’s tho. ZZZzzzzz
Periodically we checked the reverse beacon network all I can say is that this
station seems to really be playing! Spring will bring much bigger designs on
the low bands and we look forward to being competitive there.
M/S was decided on pretty close to the start of the contest. AB3CX and WW2DX
were able to make it so we decided to make it happen. Figuring out how to do
M/S in a SO2R station efficiently required some very fast thinking and
tweaking. We ended up using one of the main 1000MP’s for the run radio and use
a K3 for the mult rig. 79 of the 80 sections called us and we only had to chase
NT on 15m (thanks).
All in all, the new station and QTH seems to be playing very well. We had a 80m
dipole @100′ between 2 towers and used the 3 ele 40m Yagi with great success.
The 80m dipole we think was too high, 6/7 landers were 30 over and 1/2/3’s very
The new QTH is in NNY and this was also a new experience. Looking over last
years score’s we set a goal of 200K and chasing after K2NNY who we knew were
going to be a very big challenge. I think a lot of guys got tripped up with the
NNY as we were asked to confirm the sec quite often. Looks like we won’t know
who won NNY until log checking so congrats to K2NNY for a very FB effort, its
was fun chasing you guys.
I would also like to comment on Mike AB3CX, Mike has been putting in nice
scores from his home QTH in Cooperstown, NY with very modest station. We now
know how he was doing it, what a GREAT CW op!
There will always be a seat available here for Mike until he gets his new 30
acres on a hilltop on the air! So we will try our best to keep him off the air
there to be on the air here
We would also like to thank Lori, KB2HZI (W2RE’s XYL) and Daughter Kelly for
keeping us well fed!
As always thanks to Ray for letting us play radio at a great new QTH!
73, see you guys in CQWWCW!
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB Call: W2RE Operator(s): W2RE Station: W2RE Class: SOAB HP QTH: NY Operating Time (hrs): 44 Radios: SO2R Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 27 7 14 80: 164 17 64 40: 649 25 87 20: 1252 35 110 15: 1374 30 103 10: 68 9 22 ------------------------------ Total: 3534 125 400 Total Score = 5,306,200 Club: Frankford Radio Club Comments: New things: New Qth in (Summit, NY) NNY section First time ever going Unassisted! How did I get to this point? In May of this year I closed on the Vac/Dx/Contest qth in Summit, NY (Schoharie Co) NNY section. I started the process of getting permits for proposed 6 towers. Major set back as the town had a tower law? Yes! It was implemented for Cell Co. Meanwhile, the building inspector allowed me to pour the foundation and guy anchors for 3 towers before I received final permission. They did have a law up to 30ft with out permit. Ok! Great, at least I get get the foundation work done before. The process to get the 6 tower proposal took a bit longer than expected,as I finally received the permission on October 7th! So, I went from nothing in the air on Oct 7th to (3) 100ft towers and stacks within a few weekend days from the primary help from my wife Lori KB2HZI. Here is pictures of the new contest qth on a 2100ft hill in Summit, NY! drop off in all directions, Photos from top of the tower. http://picasaweb.google.com/ray.w2re/3TowersCQWW2010# Contest: I knew that I was handicapped on 80 and 160 from the start. No real antenna on either of these bands as I threw dipole up on 80M and a 160L with 2 elevated radials a day before the contest. No beverages as of yet! I do have room to run 1000ft Bev's in all directions. Also, have 100ft Pine trees on the the far end of property to do some a 160 4SQ array later. So, with the low bands being a disadvatage, I just decided I was to have fun and see how this qth is going to compete! I decided to do SO unassisted due the fact that the Internet is poor and unreliable at the moment. What I noticed about the new qth compared to my qth in Poughquag, NY is that its much more quiter, no noise at all! What a pleasure not dealing with the annoying birdies and line noise. I did get a lot of praise from Eu about my 15M signal, and received a email from 3W1M that I was the only signal beside K1KI that was heard from East Coast USA on 15M. Basically, I am extremely happy to go from nothing on Oct 7th to having a blast in CQWW! Yes! SS from here in NNY should be fun next weekend too! I still live in Poughqug, NY as the primary residence, however I only live 105 miles from Summit and can get there in two hours. The Summit Qth is 40 miles SW of Albany, NY in the northern Catskills. Summit is the highest point in Schoharie County which is 45 miles south of Cooperstown (Baseball Hall of Fame). Thanks for the Q's Ray W2RE