I had the opportunity to operate in the ARRL DX Phone Contest again this year. The object of this contest is for W/VE stations to work DX stations and vice-versa. I competed in the Single Op High-Power Assisted category again this year. In spite of my limited operating time (about 25 of the available 48 hours), I was able to pretty much duplicate my score from last year’s 40+ hour effort.
I worked a total of 109 DXCC Entities (97 in the first 24 hours) and 31 of the 40 CQ zones during the contest.
As you can see from the picture above, I had some great runs on 10m, 15m and 20m. The 20m opening on Sunday was one of the best that I have ever experienced. I had multiple QRP (5 watt) stations in the Middle East and Europe come into our station at RST’s of 59+! I also had several VK’s and ZL’s call me long path during this opening while I was running into Europe.
I was pleased with my final score of a little over 2M given my limited operating time. I was able to complete just under 2,000 contacts during the contest with 10m, 20m and 15m being my best bands in that order. The contest was great fun and a good warm up for the upcoming 2014 CQ WW WPX Phone Contest.
– Fred (AB1OC)