I’m a couple of weeks late writing this post but on the weekend of 23-24 March, I again headed down to the UK Scout Headquarters station at Gilwell Park to join the team operating GB2GP for the CQ WPX SSB contest.

Shack with two stations operating, and Flex waterfall on large TV

GB2GP during WPX

Rather than me repeat what has already been said, a write-up of the event is in the UK-HF-Contesting reflector from Steve M0BPQ.

Claimed scores were:

Band     QSOs     Pts  WPX  Pt/Q

   3.5     437    1106  253   2.5

     7     690    1734  256   2.5

    14     877    1699  350   1.9

    21     122     296   57   2.4

 Total    2126    4835  916   2.3

Score: 4,428,860

As in the ARRL contest a few weeks ago, it was really interesting using the Flex as a contest rig. I think I could get used to it. I’m still not convinced by N1MM, though, and feel far more at home with Win-Test / DXLog.net. Most of the usability issues we found seemed to be caused by the Flex / N1MM interplay: in particular, N1MM’s multiplicity of windows means that the right thing has to be focused at the right time, which is hard if you are also using a software defined radio.

As ever, many thanks to the Gilwell Park team, and particularly Steve M0BPQ and John 2E0XLX for having us.