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
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 Summary:
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 Comments: 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!