G3TXF : CQWW RTTY : 40m SOSB (A) : Sep 20

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Sun setting to the West behind the mast Two 40m wire dipoles each with a balun Trailer supporting 40m wire dipoles

The antenna used for the 40m Single Band (Assisted) entry in the CQWW RTTY Contest was a pair of wire dipoles at right angles to each other at about 80ft (25m) above ground, each fed separately through baluns.

The rate graph shows that there were only two of the forty-eight hours in which zero QSOs were made. There were also a couple of hours where there were low numbers. Overall with a total of 1,437 net QSOs, the average QSO rate during the full 48 hours was just on 30 QSOs per hour. There was active operating during 44 out of the 48 hours.

Although N1MM was used for contest logging, the above images come from WinTest, where the graphics are generally better. The Cabrillo exported from N1MM was imported to WinTest. During the contest the GRITTY decoder was added to the MMTTY and 2Tone decoders already in place. The appalling conditions during the contest made decoding of weak and fluttery signals very difficult at times. Having all three decoders running in parallel really helped, particularly the last minute (during the contest) addition of GRITTY.

W 223   F 26
DL 220   SM 25
I 137   VE 24
UR 70   S5 19
SP 69   OE 18
PA 61   OH 16
RA 48   OM 16
G 47   ON 16
EA 43   PY 16
OK 42   YU 16

The table shows the number of stations worked in the "top twenty" countries. The only non-EU countries here are W (223), VE (24) and PY (16). Although there were 48 European Russians worked, there are only 8 Asiatic Russians.

European QSOs were 73.8%, followed by North America 18.7%, Asia 2.7%, South America 2.4%, Oceania 1.9% and Africa 0.6%. The relatively poor conditions would explain the proportionally higher number of EU QSOs.

G3TXF logged into the Contest Online ScoreBoard for the first time ever during this CQWW RTTY Contest.

The screenshot shows the four SOSB-40m-(A) entries that were logged in. As well as G3TXF there was HF9M, K9OM and PY4AZ. One immediate side-effect of logging into the Contest Online ScoreBoard was the competitive impact of seeing another station in the same category with a similar score.

Had HF9M not been on the ScoreBoard and had he not also been actively taking part in the contest, G3TXF probably would not have put in the number of hours that he did in order to try to build his own score!

The competitive impact of the ScoreBoard will probably lead to increased competition and therefore bigger scores in various contests. Connecting into the Contest Online ScoreBoard from N1MM was remarkably simple.

In the category above "SO-40 HP (A)" in the screenshot there is the SO-80 QRP (A) category, which includes Ian G3WVG operating as M5A on 80m QRP. Although there are many hundreds of scores listed in the Contest Online ScoreBoard, you can adjust the view to show just those categories in which you are interested.

A few days before the CQWW RTTY Contest, we received a visit from Mike G3SED. Here Mike G3SED (l) and Nigel G3TXF (r) are seen correctly "social distancing" by means of an antenna element over 2m in length.

In the background is the trailer tower supporting the two 40m wire dipoles used during the CQWW RTTY Contest.

The CQWW RTTY Contest website has a searchable scores database going back to 2007.

The data for these entries by G3TXF have been extracted from that excellent source. CQWW also has similar searchable databases for CQWW CW and CQWW SSB. They are veritable treasure troves of interesting data.

Year Callsign Mode QSOs States/Prov Zones DXCC Score
2007 G3TXF SO HP 20M 1,195 49 29 90 494,424
2008 G3TXF SO HP 20M 1,549 56 31 96 739,869
2009 G3TXF SO HP ALL 1,148 66 73 212 900,666
2010 G3TXF SO HP 80M 315 13 12 55 51,920
2011 G3TXF SP HP ALL 1,146 131 84 236 1,231,230
2013 PJ4/G3TXF SO HP ALL 688 105 46 135 578,006
2016 G3TXF SA HP ALL 448 57 69 211 326,553
2017 G3TXF SO HP 40M 1,263 40 29 88 437,088
2018 G3TXF SA HP ALL 489 47 61 181 319,345
2019 G4S SA HP ALL 739 45 55 202 493,468
2020 G3TXF SA HP 40M 1,437 42 28 101 548,226

A further indicator that conditions were down this year, was that this year's score was not significantly ahead of the score made in 2017. However in 2017 the CQWW RTTY entry was UN-assisted and this year it was Assisted.

This photo shows a (near Equinox) sun setting over Lundy Island a few days before the CQWW RTTY Contest. Lundy Island is located 20 miles across the sea to the west of the G3TXF QTH.