Cherry picking in CQWW CW

I jumped in saterday afternoon to chase new DXCC on 80M & 160M and it went well: 3 new ones on 80M, and also 3 new ones on 160M. On 160M I have to wait for the qsl’s but then I can endorse for DXCC also. That will be 10th-band DXCC. That will be the end I guess, no DXCC on 70 MHz (yet) and on 2M DXCC is only possible via moonbounce.
A nice cherry was Lord Howe on 15M, weak but workable for hours.

Conditions were not very good both 10M and 80-160, but strangely enough it was quite easy to work new DXCC’s on 80&160. Especially the qso’s with zone 35 (C5A and D4C) were easy, no pile-up at all. And they have good ears. I didn’t hear EL2A on both bands, which is odd because it is the same zone.

Final score (SOAB, HIGH, Assisted) 150 qso’s and 42000 points.

Yesterday a big storm (wind) passed through our region, but both verticals (12M and 18M high) are OK. I have a feeling that the wet ground is improving the performance of both verticals. Only 4-5 radials but impedance is about 30 ohm which is quite low.

2012-11-24 18:07:16 4U1ITU 160M CW
2012-11-24 19:32:59 D4C 160M CW
2012-11-24 20:56:06 Z38N 160M CW
2012-11-25 06:19:00 YN2CC 80M CW
2012-11-25 06:27:42 VP2MMM 80M CW
2012-11-25 07:01:26 HK1NA 80M CW


This summer I had planned a trip to Asia, diving in Malaysia. The period was nearly the same as the expedition PT0S. Things happen.
But when I came home the expedition was still running, and rumors were that the end-date was postponed till after the cqww-contest. So no hurry…

Wednesday afternoon re-erected the 80M inv. L, for safety I had lowered it to the ground it can be quit windy in November!
Then I tried to work PT0S for a new country on 15M & 17M but my SteppIR failed to calibrate! Not sure what the reason is, but in wintertimes calibration of the SteppIR always fails. manual adjustment of the length of the elements worked but is variable, not stable. Before I left all was OK, and coming back it is not working properly.
Also the DVK (audio-wav’s) from N1MM to the TS-2000 is not working anymore. It was working OK in the CQWW-SSB…

Thursday morning I started on 80M and I was lucky, very good condx and easy qso. My first with PT0S on 80M, not to most common band to start with.
I managed to work them on 5 bands and 2 modes. I hope that all of them are OK, no SLIM-qso’s hopefully.
Today again 2 qso’s, 2 new bands, 3rd mode. 160M was in bad shape, I heard them calling cq a long time about 319 qsb but not many qso’s were made.

Total 7 bands and 3 modes. At the end of an expedition pile-ups are shorter and easier to work. But waiting till the end has the risk that the expedition ends unexpectedly….