Archive for July, 2008

2008 ARRL DX CW Contest Results

July 19, 2008

I received the August 2008 edition of QST this week, with the official results of the 2008 ARRL International DX CW Contest. I came nineth overall in the single operator, all band, low power (SOAB LP) DX category. This also makes me the top SOAB LP entrant from outside North and South America, with the top European being EI/W5GN in eleventh place. This is my first “top ten” finish in an international contest, so I’m most pleased!

IARU HF World Championships 2008

July 12, 2008

Call: ZS6AA
Class: SO CW LP
QTH: Johannesburg
Operating Time (hrs): 20

Band CW Qs Ph Qs Zones HQ Mults
80: 6 3
40: 210 16
20: 325 23
15: 166 11
Total: 707 0 53 65 Total Score = 409,216



Conditions are usually difficult in our winter, especially near the bottom of the sunspot cycle. However propagation seemed better during the contest than it has been for the past couple of weeks – or maybe it’s just the number of stations on air and my determination to dig them out! Propagation wasn’t good enough for much SO2R as it was rare to have two bands open with one runnable, so I concentrated on trying to improve my S&P, and run for short occasions when possible.

I was updating the live scoring, and had a bit of a tussle going with Herman PA3BFH who was close to my score for most of the contest. I’m not sure whether he was watching the scores but I was, especially near the end when he was catching up with me…

TS-850S / TS-930S
Force 12 C-31XR @ 18m, Optibeam OB2-40 @ 20m, 80m dipole.

Thanks to all the fine ops out there. I’m sure I will have enjoyed it once I’ve
rested 🙂