OE5TXF in CQWW-160m CW Contest - Jan 2022

OE5TXF : CQ-160 CW: Assisted - High Power : 1,140 QSOs : 10 S/P : 54 C : 378,176 points

DX
Top 40
-
DX
Top 40
DL
219
EA
15
RA
118
YL
15
OK
85
YO
14
UR 
79
LA
12
SP 
65
E7
11
I
56
GM
10
G
45
SV
10
HA
39
F
9
S5
38
W
9
LY
28
ON
9
OH
28
OZ
8
PA
23
OE
7
OM 
22
EA6
5
SM 
22
ES
3
9A 
21
JA
3
EU
19
VE
3
UA9 
19
4L
2
YU 
19
4X
2
HB
17
5B
2
LZ
16
CT
2
OE5TXF operated CQWW-160-CW in "High-Power Assisted" from near Wels.   .

The 160m antenna installed for the CQWW-160-CW contest was a simple low dipole. The centre of the dipole was at about 15m high on a (Spidermast) aluminium pole, but with both ends of the dipole going down to almost ground level.. See photos. The antenna wire is visible at top of the mast..

As the QTH in OE5 is on steep sloping ground (rising to the West, but falling away to the East), the effective height of the Topband dipole towards the East is higher than it appears. However with rising ground to the West, any contacts with North America are always difficult. Especially when conditions are bad. During CQWW-160-CW only 13 QSOs were made with North America (W=9, VE=3 and ZF5T). North American stations were barely audible at all, with the exception of K1LZ.

The Continental Breakdown (with nearly 96% of QSOs being in Europe!) is a good indicator of the reality of operating CQWW-160 contest with a low horizontal antenna.

Numerous Mults were missed. Throughout the weekend conditions on Topband were really poor with high A/K numbers. Only at 21z on Sunday did K drop to 1, having been at 4 or 5 much of the weekend.                         

The Continental break-down was

EUROPE : 95.9%

ASIA : 2.7%

NORTH AMERICA : 1.1%

AFRICA : 0.3%

Nil in OCEANIA and SOUTH AMERICA

The States/Provinces Multiplier table is a really sorry sight with just ten W/VE Multipliers : CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, NC, NF, ON and PE.

Total operating time in CQWW-160 Contest was only about twenty hours. Started at the beginning at 22z on Friday and operated throughout the first night (with a short one hour snooze gap) until about 0715z.  Sunrise in OE5 was about 0630z.

During Saturday daytime, OE5TXF did some operating (Single Band 40m) in the French REF-CW Contest which had started at 06z on Saturday morning,

On Saturday evening returned to operating the CQWW-160 Contest at 20z, but then at 23z took a five-hour sleep break during early Sunday morning. Up again at 04z. During the daytime on Sunday again operated on 40m in REF-CW up until 1700z, after which there was some more operating in CQWW-160 from 1730z up until the end of the contest at 22z on Sunday evening. 

The best QSO rates were during the first few hours of the contest.. However much of the operating throughout the contest was in S&P mode, with my low dipole antenna not making it through to many stations. Conditions were generally poor throughout the contest with high A(17) and K(4) numbers. However at the end on Sunday evening K fell to 1, and, surprisingly, I was able to work three JAs during the final hour.

OE5TXF made 1,140 QSOs in CQWW-160 and 269 QSOs on "40m Single Band" in the REF-CW Contest.

 
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