March AARL DX Contest

March 4, 2014 — 2 Comments

This past weekend the ARRL sponsored a DX Contest which I participated in as time allowed.  I racked up 78 QSOs for 62 new DXCCs.  I was hoping that would be enough to push me over the top for 100 DXCCs, but I fell short by 6 contacts.  I’m sure I’ll fill in the blanks before the next big HF contest…

All contacts were made QRP via my KX3 on 5 watts or less.  I backed down the power on several stations to qualify for more than a dozen 1,000 miles-per-watt awards.  (I would have displayed the actual MPWs and country names in the table below but I couldn’t figure out how to get my logging program to export all those details.)  Anyway, here are the QSOs I made this past weekend:

Date
 TimeOn
Call
Freq
Mode
RST_S
RSTR
2014-03-02 21:54 RT0F 28.3069 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 21:49 LP1H 21.3431 SSB 57 59
2014-03-02 20:58 CQ8X 21.3569 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 18:39 OH0JFP 28.4832 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 17:41 OH2XX 28.5043 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 17:37 SK3W 28.6837 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 16:15 OR0A 28.3005 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 16:09 LX7I 21.3345 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 16:03 YT8WW 28.4235 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 16:01 OM5ZW 28.5553 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 15:53 V26M 28.7981 SSB 55 59
2014-03-02 15:48 DF9ZP 28.9531 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 15:44 OK1W 28.6648 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 15:40 II3W 28.5395 SSB 57 59
2014-03-02 01:13 6Y3M 14.3019 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 01:10 RW1A 14.2877 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 01:03 EC2DX 14.257 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 00:55 C6ANA 14.2848 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 00:48 NP2X 21.3536 SSB 59 59
2014-03-02 00:29 KH6LC 21.3362 SSB 54 59
2014-03-02 00:27 ZZ2T 21.4433 SSB 57 59
2014-03-01 22:04 JA1WWO 28.6205 SSB 53 59
2014-03-01 21:53 8P5A 21.4355 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 21:51 CE3/OZ1AA 21.2941 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 21:44 KL7DX 28.4411 SSB 54 59
2014-03-01 21:43 TO22C 21.4045 SSB 56 59
2014-03-01 19:58 WP3DX 28.4649 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 19:55 KL2R 28.5418 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 19:43 VP9/W6PH 21.3522 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 19:39 EE7E 21.3138 SSB 56 59
2014-03-01 19:38 TI8M 21.3295 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 19:33 P40L 28.7151 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 19:32 KL7RA 21.347 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 19:18 VP5H 21.4466 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 19:16 XE2B 28.398 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 19:04 E71A 28.4909 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 19:00 E7TT 28.5492 SSB 53 59
2014-03-01 18:55 PJ6A 21.2176 SSB 54 59
2014-03-01 18:47 HA8JV 28.3275 SSB 54 59
2014-03-01 18:45 PJ2T 28.359 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 18:39 PJ4DE 28.3855 SSB 53 59
2014-03-01 18:26 EI9E 28.4523 SSB 53 59
2014-03-01 18:22 P40P 28.377 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 18:18 SN2M 28.5572 SSB 53 59
2014-03-01 18:09 PJ4G 28.3359 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 18:06 F5NBX 28.3415 SSB 56 59
2014-03-01 18:00 XE1BY 28.5445 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 17:59 TM0T 28.4339 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 17:58 9A9A 28.4141 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 17:58 PX5E 28.4303 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 17:56 PA2M 28.8902 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 17:52 G3Y 28.7523 SSB 54 59
2014-03-01 16:33 PJ4DX 28.7973 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 16:32 F5OWT 28.7889 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 16:20 HI3K 21.1985 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 16:18 VP9/W6PH 28.41 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 16:15 P40L 21.2924 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 16:07 VP5H 28.3179 SSB 56 59
2014-03-01 16:00 GW7X 28.9251 SSB 54 59
2014-03-01 15:59 CR2X 28.5953 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 15:56 CR6T 21.2665 SSB 56 59
2014-03-01 15:38 ES6Q 28.7208 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 15:36 S54ZZ 28.4845 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 15:31 9A7DX 21.3125 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 15:28 PJ2T 21.437 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 15:18 NP2P 28.3002 SSB 57 59
2014-03-01 15:14 HI3K 28.372 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 14:54 LZ2HR 28.8964 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 14:52 TM6M 28.4801 SSB 57 59
2014-03-01 14:48 EI3KD 28.4902 SSB 57 59
2014-03-01 14:48 HK1NA 21.3162 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 14:44 EF8R 28.5925 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 14:36 9A8WW 28.6004 SSB 57 57
2014-03-01 14:33 KP2M 28.3998 SSB 57 59
2014-03-01 14:28 CN2AA 21.35 SSB 55 59
2014-03-01 14:02 EA8TX 28.79 SSB 54 59
2014-03-01 05:20 8P5A 14.316 SSB 59 59
2014-03-01 03:24 FY5FY 21 SSB 59 59

Obviously 10m was HOT that weekend and most other bands were pretty light on the noise too.  Bonus points if you can identify the 3 boo-boos I made.  I should also mention that I didn’t submit my log to the ARRL to be an official contestant since I used a DX Cluster to locate all of these stations.  I’d like to think I would have racked up a nice score operating QRP but I was more interested in shooting for a QRP DXCC award than strictly following the rules to officially participate in the contest.

After this weekend I finally have more QSOs at home than I do on mountain summits via SOTA.  Not a bad run for a greenhorn QRP station huh? 😀

de KK4LOV

Aaron Melton

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2 responses to March AARL DX Contest

  1. Hello Aaron, thank you for the interesting post on ARRL DX contest. It’s an impressive list. FB. Yes! It’s great fun to reduce the power to make 1000 Miles per Watt QSO’s.
    Most of the time I use CW, so I can make QSO’s with 5 Watt down to 50 mW or less, when the propagation is good to very good.
    For QSO’s with less than 500 mW, I use attenuators of 10 dB or 20 dB.
    Good luck with QRP and QRPp,
    73,Bert PA1B

    • Bert,

      Thanks for the comment. I thought I might have you in the logs from this contest, but perhaps you stumbled across this post some other way (searching for miles-per-watt?). The 1,000 Miles Per Watt is a new concept for me. I read a few guys discussing it on the North Georgia QRP Club discussion list and thought I might give it a try. It had never previously occurred to me that I could just turn the dial to the left and back off the power for countries that were less than 5,000 miles away from my QTH.

      While I don’t know CW with any proficiency to have attempted any contacts with it, I have talked to another nearby ham using 100mW power, which I believe is the lowest power settings on an Elecraft KX3. Also, thanks for providing your website: I see a lot of good material on what you’re able to accomplish with such little power!

      de KK4LOV

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