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OK OM DX Contest

Radio contestPosted by Mikael Mon, November 12, 2018 09:59:36

The weekend of 10-11 November it was time to attend the annual OK OM DX Contest. This year I participated in the class SO QRP ALL and it was a big challenge. The challenge this year was that the conditions were extremely bad in combination with QSB. In the end I managed to get 101 stations in the log, which I'm also happy with. The result was not as good as I had hoped.

One other thing and it is that the log application I use (N1MM +) gives each contact 10 points, despite the fact that the contest rules state that each contact gives only 1 point. So instead of my final result according to N1MM + was 94 940 points, my preliminary score is 9 494 points.

Despite the tough challenge this year, I thank all of you who ended up in my log for a nice race weekend this time and see you again next year.

Best 73's Mikael

Ukrainian DX Contest

Radio contestPosted by Mikael Tue, November 06, 2018 14:36:11

Last weekend it was time for Ukrainian DX Contest and I participated in the SO Low Power CW class. I was supposed to participate with QRP, but when there are so bad conditions, I could not get through QRM with my QRP power.

After a fun weekend (even though I had to change my participation from QRP to Low) I received a total of 341 QSOs in the log with a preliminary raw score of 190 638 (see picture below).

Thank you for all the contacts and hope work your station soon again.

Best 73's Mikael (SM0LPO)

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest 2018

Radio contestPosted by Mikael Tue, October 23, 2018 09:44:59

Last weekend, October 20-21, it was time for Worked All Germany (WAG) contest and I intended to participate in the QRP-Mixed Mode class.

But since there were very bad conditions on the bands, I instead participated in the Single Operator CW Low Power class.

The competition was 24 hours starting at 15:00 GMT Saturday 20 October. Unfortunately, I could not participate in the contest until the end at 15:00 GMT on Sunday. I had to go QRT just before 12 o'clock GMT and I missed the last five hours. If one look at the whole competition, I was off-air for 6 hours and 40 minutes, which in turn meant that I was actually on-air for 17 hours and 20 minutes.

I'm still pleased with my results on 40 and 80 meters band and I got a couple of new DOK's which was nice. I will try to beat my result in next year's competition and hopefully, the conditions are better than it was this year..

Thank you for all the fine QSOs this time.

Best 73's Mikael

Makrothen RTTY Contest

Radio contestPosted by Mikael Sun, October 14, 2018 22:29:20

This weekend it was time for the Makroth RTTY Contest. What is different with this contest is mainly two things.

First, the 24-hour contest is divided into three passes each 8 hours with rests between them. The second is that there are no multiples and that there are distances between the stations giving 1 point per kilometer (7 MHz multiplies the score by 1.5 and 3.5 MHz multiplies the score by 2). It's a fun contest and I have been working it every year since 2015. What I would like to change in the future (if I could make a decision) is that a third power class is introduced in the competition, namely QRP - but maybe it will be introduced later.

This year I had a goal to beat my previous results and despite bad conditions, I managed to beat my previous scoring record. My previous record was from the Contest in 2016 with a final result of 511 778 points.

This year I have a raw score of 621 602 points with 249 QSOs and I am pleased with the result because of the bad conditions on the bands.

The map shows the QRA-fields that I have in my logg.

Thanks for a nice contest weekend and I hope to see you soon again on the air.

Best 73's Mikael (SB0A)

Russian WW Digital Contest 2018

Radio contestPosted by Mikael Sun, October 07, 2018 14:58:09

During the weekend of 6-7 October it was time for the annual Russian radio competition "Russian WW Digital".

My goal this year was to try to beat my score from the 2017 competition. Last year my result was 70080 points with 183 QSO and 96 multiples in the competition log. Despite poor conditions, this year's preliminary score became slightly better and it felt good that my goal of the competition was achieved.

I thank you for the nice contacts and for your points and I hope to see you again next year in the competition. Best 73's Mikael

CQ WW DX RTTY Contest 2018

Radio contestPosted by Mikael Mon, October 01, 2018 16:04:05

This weekend it was time for the big RTTY radio contest CQ WW DX RTTY Contest and this year it was a little special for me.

I had the privilege of using a state-of-the-art equipment with the Flexradio FLEX-6600 SDR radio and a Hy-Gain TH11 antenna mounted at the top of a 30 meters tower. I have a best friend named Tore (callsign SM0NCS and SC0N) and I was able to use his radio equipment for this competition (see picture showing his TH11 antenna on the top of the tower).

I participated in the Single Operator Assisted All Band Low Power (SOA ALL LP) class - I finally got a result with 735 QSOs and a raw score of 344 288 points. In the log I got a total of 68 different DXCC countries, 30 different states and regions in the US and Canada and stations located in 19 different CQ-zones.

I'm overall pleased with the result and I was active for 1945 minutes, which also corresponds to 32 hours and 25 minutes, during the contest. But on the other hand, I could have been active for another 935 minutes or for 15 hours and 35 minutes. Next year I will try to beat my own results and perhaps also be active during more hours.

Thank you for your points and multipliers this time and I hope to hear from you again soon - Best 73's Mikael (SM0LPO / SB0A)