CQ WWDX CW 2013

Just Shy of a Million Points

The plan had been to do a serious Single Operator All Band QRP effort from the home station @DL2LSM. Everything had been tested and setup before to do SO2R for the first time. The goal was set to work hundred zones and 300 countries and if all works flawlessly one million should be in reach. Unfortunately, the XYL decided to work Friday night. So, we drove up north in the morning and I lost eleven hours of the contest. Therefore, the serious effort was already gone before it started. Just fun from this point on.

The high bands have been open. So working stations during the daylight hours hasn’t been a problem all weekend long. Unfortunately, the bands down to 20m died right after sunset on both days. The new spider beam works excellent. I got through almost on all pile-ups except on 10m where the hell was loose. So, some lower rates there. Propagation on the low bands has been good as well. I worked quite a lot multipliers on 80m. 40m  was a bit harder. A number of multipliers couldn’t be reached due to heavy pile ups, eg. KH6, KH0, ZL, and VK. The second evening low band part has been quite slow. I had to fight hard to reach the 1000 QSOs.

The gear worked flawlessly but the turning mechanism of the beam. Unfortunately, a screw broke on Saturday afternoon and DL2LSM and I had to repair it on the spot. That incident has been costing another hour of valuable operating time during day time.

A special thanks goes to DL2LSM for the help with all the preparation, antenna building, and logistical support during the contest.

Conclusion: I’m pretty happy about the result despite the shortened operating time. There would have been so much more possible…

Outlook: The station works pretty good. The only things which might be improved would be a better DX antenna for 40m. There is some more potential there.

Highlights: Watching 20m to open on Sunday morning has been quite interesting with a long-path opening to ZL. Never experienced that before.

Low Point: The absolute low point has been when I heard my old buddies from San Diego NX6T calling without any takers on 15m and couldn’t raise their attention.

Preliminary Result:

Call:  DM2M
Class: SO All Band Assisted QRP
Rig:   K3 (5W), 2x20m dipole, spider beam 
QTH:   @DL2LSM, JO61GH

Summary:
Total Score: 2145 * (111 + 342) = 971.685

Band   QSO   Points   Zones   DXCC
------------------------------------
160     54      54       5      28
 80    202     278      14      61
 40    138     297      17      56
 20    190     436      20      60
 15    258     619      32      82
 10    172     461      23      55
-------------------------------------
Total 1014    2145     111     342

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3 Responses to “CQ WWDX CW 2013”

  1. DK3WE Says:

    It seems that the tremendous amount of work paid off and I’m at 3rd place in the claimed score list. Hope this doesn’t change after log checking. Unfortunately, first place would have been in reach with a full effort though…

    2013 CQ WWDX CW Contest
    Claimed scores as calculated before log checking. Last update: 2013-12-02
    
    Listing shows rank, call, score, and operators. Checklogs are not included.
    
    CW / Assisted QRP All Bands / World
       1  RT4W............1,308,456
       2  N0UR............1,072,610
       3  DM2M..............971,560 (DK3WE)
       4  OK7CM.............714,181
       5  NF1R/6............627,990
       6  RZ3QS.............602,176
       7  K8ZT..............582,675
       8  SM0THU............568,694
       9  PG2AA.............551,874
      10  OH5BM.............542,724
      ...
  2. DK3WE Says:

    The UBN report has been published. I managed to keep the error rate at 1.5% (loosing 4.5% of the score) which is not to bad in my opinion.

  3. DK3WE Says:

    DM2M_CQWW_2013_CW_certificate.jpgThe final results are out. I managed 4th place world which seems to be ok with the limited effort.

    2013 CQ WW DX CW
    
    Single Operator / Assisted / QRP All Bands / World
       1  RA3AN...........1,251,720
       2  RT4W............1,243,512
       3  N0UR............1,027,040
       4  DM2M..............925,903 (DK3WE)
       5  OK7CM.............693,200
       6  NF1R/6............624,723
       7  RZ3QS.............585,492
       8  SM0THU............535,493
       9  PG2AA.............526,528
      10  K8ZT..............513,603
      ...

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