I love to operate DX contests, although I only operate a few each year.

Ran as NT6AA/p for the IOTA contest from Santa Cruz Island. Really only worked stations on 20 meters, mostly domestic. It was fun but conditions were not that great.

Best result: 2004 CQWW DX Contest Phone

    #1 Low Power W6

    #1 Low Power Zone 3

    #7 Overall Zone 3 (including High power)

    #15 USA LP.

Had enough QSO to be in the top 10, couldn't match the East Coast multipliers.

This was a portable operation from Tehachapi Mountain with the C3E on top of a 70 foot tower trailer. Inverted Vees for 40-160 (That hurt me!) All generator powered, ran out of gas Sunday morning during a EU run resulted in being down for 2 hours, drive down mountain, get gas, drive up mountain, refuel generator, restart system! Might have cracked US Top Ten if not for that.

Updating  my contesting : Last contest was the 2010 ARRL DX CW

Location: Big Bear cabin


ARRL DX Contest, CW

Call: NT6AA
Operator(s): NT6AA
Station: NT6AA

Class: SOAB LP
QTH: Big Bear
Operating Time (hrs): 28

Band QSOs Mults
80:      22     12
40:    186      58
20:    108      40
15:    195      59
10:     15        8
Total: 526     177

Total Score = 279,306

Club: Southern California Contest Club


Great conditions. Portable operation. One good antenna.. so I used it
everywhere! I don't know if that is why my best bands were 40 and 15. Always
have to shut down early to put everything away, clean the cabin and make the
3 hour drive home.

Broke 500 Q on CW! Not a big deal for good CW ops, but I am still getting there! All search and pounce, not one CQ. I know I was loud enough at times, just have to work at my skills to make that a reality.  Would have been fun with the other antennas up. The time factor is really getting discouraging. If I operate the contest until 0000 UTC, then I do not get home until about 10 pm local with the routine clean up.

Look for my scores after the Phone contest, I will not be at Big Bear!

ARRL DX Contest, SSB

Call: NT6AA
Operator(s): NT6AA
Station: W6UE

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Pasadena CA
Operating Time (hrs): 33

 Band  QSOs  Mults
  160:    3     3
   80:   31    21
   40:  287    61
   20:  298    72
   15:  138    44
   10:   36     6
Total:  793   207  Total Score = 492,453

Club: Southern California Contest Club


Operated from W6UE. Nice antennas, didn't have to 
set anything up! What a joy!
It was fun to operate high power,
 but I know I didn't run enough, didn't manage
time off well. Live and learn! 
Best moment: Running JAs on 40 and having an "off
the beam" station creep through... VK9CF...NICE!
 Not used to being able to point
an antenna on 40!