Dominic Smith ⇓

CQ WW DX SSB 2011

The M4A entry in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest, October 2011
This page is archived. It was last modified in November 2011 and it will probably not be updated.
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The Contest

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□ About the contest

CQWW DX SSB is almost certainly the biggest amateur radio competition of the year. We have 48 hours (from midnight UTC on Saturday 29th October) in which to try to make amateur radio contacts with as many different radio stations as possible, in as many different countries as possible, on as many different frequencies as possible.

Last year, the Cambridge University Wireless Society team (callsign M4A) not only won our category in England, but also set a new English record in the process: a score of approximately 5 175 000 points, made up from over 4500 contacts. This year, we're not only aiming to defend our 1st place, but also to set the record score even higher.

In order to do this, we have 13 operators, the majority of whom are under 30 years old, who will be running 2 transmitters for the entire weekend.

A lot of effort goes into setting up the 'contest', with antennas built and erected, and computers networked, in temporary arrangements in the days leading up to the event.

Equipment

Rig

□ The Transceivers and Antennas used in the entry

Station 1:

  • FT-1000MP
  • Quadra linear

Station 2:

  • FT-1000MP
  • Quadra linear (loaned by M1BXF)

Antennas shared between both stations:

  • 10m/28MHz 5 element yagi on a Clarke SCAM 12 mast at about 25ft
  • 3 element Stepp-IR yagi (on 15m/21MHz) on the CUWS 60ft tower
  • 20m/14MHz 5 element yagi on a 40ft trailer tower
  • 40m/7MHz rotating dipole on the CUWS 60ft tower
  • 40m/7MHz four-square
  • 80m/3.7MHz pair of phased verticals
  • 160m/1.8MHz dipole, mounted on Flossie's mast

80m phased verticals and 40 four-square array

Claimed score

□ The summary of points we've made during the contest

Contest         : CQ World Wide DX Contest
Callsign        : M4A
Mode            : PHONE
Category        : Multi Operator - Two Transmitter (M2)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : All bands (AB)
Class           : High Power (HP)
Zone/State/...  : 14
Locator         : JO02AF
Operating time  : 48h00

 BAND   QSO  CQ DXC DUP  POINTS   AVG 
--------------------------------------
  160    79   5  34   3      84  1.06 
   80   414  18  75   2     554  1.34 
   40   871  28 100  11    1543  1.77 
   20   682  38 118   7    1535  2.25 
   15  1760  36 133  28    4140  2.35 
   10  1595  39 138  13    3949  2.48 
--------------------------------------
TOTAL  5401 164 598  64   11805  2.19 
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       TOTAL SCORE : 8 995 410

Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg calculations

Operators       : G3ZAY, G4AXX, G4EAG, M0BLF, M0DEG, M0HSW, M0LRB, 
                  M0NCG, M0TOC, M0TRN, M0SCH, M0VFC, M0ZXA
Soapbox         : Fantastic conditions; great to hear 15 and 10m back 
                  in good shape again. 
                  Thanks all from all of the team at Cambridge University.


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Write-Up

□ My comments about the contest

Wow, what a fantastic contest! Thanks to the solar cycle for making 15m and 10m so much better than in recent years, and to everyone who had QSOs with us. We set the English M/2 country record at 5.1M points just last year, and so it's especially great to be claiming such a substantially larger score in 2011.

On the other hand, we were a little disappointed with our performance on the low bands and we are already planning a four-square to replace the pair of phased verticals that we use on 80m.

As usual, we were pleased to welcome a number of new, young operators to the Cambridge University Wireless Society team. As I say each year, introducing new students to contesting is one of our primary objectives, so thanks to everyone who was patient with us if one of our ops was struggling to copy you.

The CUWS shack cannot be permanently set-up for contesting, and so most of our equipment and antennas are installed only a few hours before the contest. This takes quite a lot of organisation and additional thanks therefore go to everyone who helped us and lent us equipment for the weekend.

QSL Information

QSL Stamp

□ How to get a QSL-Card for a Contest QSO

QSL is OK direct or via the bureau to M0BLF. About M4A QSL Cards.

Document changes:

2011-11-06: Added claimed score and write-up
2011-10-27: Page launched

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