80m CC CW – 21st February 2013

This was the first CW Club Championship event of the year for me and it was quite good fun. Only turned teh radio on with 5 minutes til the start. Managed to find a frequency and stuck with it for the whole contest. I did contemplate trying to be clever with the SO2V again but didn’t have time beforehand to set it all up and test the extra features I need to implement to make it more effective.

There were some quiet periods, and some EU stations were quite strong. Signals from G were varied, some were very weak, others were S9+. This was the first outing of the new doublet antenna and remote ATU configuration. It seemed to be working fine and there was no shortage of callers.

114 QSOs in total, one duplicate. I certainly missed out on some QSOs by not going S&P, or doing SO2V but I will attempt that next time. I highest serial I was given was 150, so that is encouraging that I can be reasonably close to the leading stations who undoubtedly have much better aerials for 80m than I do and are much more proficient contesters. 🙂

Planning to try and improve for next month so watch this space…

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