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ARRL DX CW 2019 – NR4M

Just around December 2018 I was voted in a member of the Potomac Valley Padio Club, PVRC. Since then I’ve been operating contests from a variety of PVRC member stations.

At a PVRC event just before Christmas I got chatting to Dan W0CN and he invited me to head on down to The Goat Farm and join the team at NR4M in the ARRL DX CW Contest. CW is certainly my thing and I rather like team contests as they add a social element to something that would otherwise be one man one radio.

I didn’t get chance to visit the station in advance of the weekend and I arrived an hour after I planned due to traffic conditions on Friday afternoon. However, Steve NR4M was very welcoming and gave me a station and antenna tour before we all went off for a pre-contest meal at a local restaurant.

Full details of the station are on Steve’s website, .

Part of the NR4M sshack from the view of the 20M multiplier position.
l-r: WS6X, K7SV, K4QS, W0IMD, N2YO
Walking from the bunk room to the station, a view of some of the antennas. There are more towers and various arrays.

It was a pleasure to operate, mostly on 20m running with some multiplier hunting on 40m, 20m, 15m and also a little activity on 10m.

Call: NR4M
Station: NR4M
Class: M/M HP
QTH: Central VA
Operating Time (hrs): 48
  Band  QSOs  Mults
   160:  358    80
    80: 1018   105
    40: 1633   116
    20: 1860   119
    15:  633    96
    10:   26     8
Total: 5528   524  Total Score = 8,595,696
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

FOC Marathon 2019 – AD5XI

This is a unique event as it’s only open to FOC members. I was operating from home as AD5XI with 100W into the dipoles in the attic.

I only did a little S&P, mostly spent my time CQing and working all callers.

I’m still not used to how the bands play from here. QSOs from 80m through 15m. Tried 10m once but no activity at all up there. I started a bit late for 40m and never had a great deal of QSOs there, 80m was surprisingly good given my shortened loaded dipole in the attic.

20m was the most productive band, and 15m the least but those I heard on 15m were easily worked with my 100W and dipoles in the attic. Worked a bunch of 4-banders, but as 10m was dead and I don’t have a 160m antenna at all then 5 and 6 banders were going to be impossible.

My DXCC totals have also been boosted by this event on each band, which is to be expected as I started out at 0 again in November ’18.

Band     QSOs  
3.5      78          
7      56        
14     102        
21      18    
Total    254    

NAQP SSB – Jan 2019 – WA3EKL

Over the weekend of January 19/20th I spent time at WA3EKL operating as part of the M/2 team for NAQP SSB. My original intent was to try out some VHF data mode contesting, but as it happens I had a blast in NAQP.

It had been something like 3 years since my last SSB contest, so it took a little time to get back into the swing of it. I only tripped over the call a couple of times. Having not done any of my own voice recordings I ended up shouting at the microphone rather more than the others did.

Call: WA3EKL
Station: WA3EKL

Class: M/2 LP
Operating Time (hrs): 12

 Band  QSOs  Mults
  160:   61    24
   80:  271    36
   40:  397    50
   20:  186    35
   15:   16     6
   10:    0     0
Total:  931   151  Total Score = 140,581

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

NAQP CW Jan 2019- AD5XI

This was the first contest I was active in from home, and my first NAQP. A very enjoyable domestic contest. It was interesting to see how many times I mis-copied as AD5X. Usually got queried after sending my name a coupe of times.

Call: AD5XI
Operator(s): AD5XI
Station: AD5XI

Class: Single Op LP

 Band  QSOs  Mults
   80:   19    13
   40:   35    20
   20:   78    24
   15:    3     3
Total:  135    60  Total Score = 8,100

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club


CQWW CW 2019 – N3DPB

When I arrived in Maryland I was recommended by a few people that the Potomac Valley radio Club was a club to join. They were quite right, and even before I had my own shack set up at home I was invited by Alan WA3EKL and Susan N3DPB to join their team for various contests.

Unfortunately my shipment of personal effects arrived from the shipping company on the Saturday afternoon of CQWW CW, but on the Sunday I spent a few hours on the air as N3DPB. Mostly on 40m and 20m.


This was the first contest of 2018 for me. I was late home after a 7 mile hike in the morning so missed the first 40 minutes of the contest by the time I got into the shack with a mug of tea.

Conditions on 40m weren’t great though I did manage to work a few English stations. The strongest signals on 40m were certainly from Scotland and Europe. I started the contest So2R but found a problem with the K2 and KPA500 so switched over to the K3 for both bands SO1R.

80M was better and this is where the bulk of my QSOs were.

I decided to run 400W in the end, and with the Inverted-V dipole for 40m and the 26m Inverted-L for 80m. A total of 202 QSOs were logged, with one duplicate.

CQWW CW 2017 – M6T

In 2017 the G9V team weren’t able to take part in the CQWW CW contest, and I received an invitation to join the M6T team over in Suffolk. This was my first Multi-op multi-radio experience. I was to be one of a 2 man team in charge of the 80M station, along with fellow ‘youngster’ Simon M0CLW.

At our disposal we had a Four-Square in the field and a dipole at 90 feet. The rig was a K3.

The operating position at M6T on 80M.

The operating position at M6T on 80M.

I arrived at site at around 6pm on the Friday evening after having taken the day off to pack and travel. The journey took 5 hours, though was largely uneventful. After a pre-contest curry, home cooked by Gerry G(I)0RTN we set about testing the station and I made a few QSOs on 80M under my own call. From midnight we started in earnest and took 1 hour shifts through til after dawn. Simon took the last shift as I went to bed around 0700.

The m6T shacks and some antennas at dawn, it was cold.

The m6T shacks and some antennas at dawn, it was cold.

Sleeping through until late afternoon on Saturday meant that I only saw dawn and dusk that day, and then resumed the 1 hour shifts all the way through Saturday night until around 0700 on Sunday morning. Then some more sleep and finally getting up for the final evening again in late afternoon. Not long after midnight we called it a night and got some more sleep, up and ready for helping to pack the station down on Monday morning. Just around lunch time I set off on the 5 hour journey home.  Which again was uneventful.

Some more M6T antennas, this time at dusk.

Some more M6T antennas, this time at dusk.

The claimed scores overall from M6T are:

Call: M6T
Station: GØKPW

Class: M/M HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: Northern Europe

Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 1337 18 82
80: 2441 34 127
40: 3491 38 161
20: 2492 38 145
15: 1393 37 150
10: 381 18 59
Total: 11535 183 724 Total Score 18,654,269

We were gunning for the UK record, and it looks like that we succeeded. My thanks to the M6T team for a great contest.

2nd 1.8MHz Contest 2017

I don’t have a particularly efficient aerial for 160m but this contest was fun.

Running the K3 and KPA500 to 250W I managed 100 QSOs in the log, unassisted. Surprising to have VO1HP call me and complete the QSO.


UKEICC 80m CW October 2017

This was the only one of the UKEICC 80m series that I managed to enter in 2017.

I made 54 QSOs with stations in 34 grids.

Rig was the K3 with 100W into the 26m Inverted-L antenna.

RSGB RoLo CW 2017

In the past I’ve only entered the old RoPoCo contests a couple of times. This change to being a rotating locator helps non UK stations to enter.

I made 34 QSOs on 80m, though using N1MM+ I had some log problems caused by macros not being set up correctly. This meant I sent the wrong thing to a couple of people and lost some points through logging the wrong thing. I know better for next time!

Running an Elecraft K3, 100W into a 26m Inverted-L antenna.