2002 CTDXCC ARRL International DX Contest, Phone
Station Op Category QSOs Mults Score
K5TR K5TR SOAB HP 3010 410 3,702,300
NX5M NX5M SOAB HP A 700 308 646,800
N5AW N5AW SOAB LP 1419 339 1,443,123
KK5MI KK5MI SOAB LP A 508 200 304,800
K5NA many MS HP 2585 450 3,439,800
W5KFT many M2 HP 3992 478 5,721,660
N5TW many M2 HP 3347 441 4,343,409
N3BB many M2 HP 933 291 814,509
(K5NA ops: K2UR, K5DU, K5NA, KI5DR, N5ZC, NT5C)
(W5KFT ops: W5KFT, W6PH, K5TSQ, K5PI, W5TA, W5JEN, W5TD)
(N5TW ops: WM5R, NA4M, KM5TY, N5DUW, WS4G, W5TD, N5TW)
(N3BB ops: W5JEN, W5RQA, W5TA, WR5Q, KD5QJV, N3BB)
"Mine was definitely a very part time effort, as I had not even
planned to participate due to some other commitments. One of my big
commitments cancelled Friday night, so I turned on the rig (after the
contest had been going for a while) and decided to get a few contacts.
But I still had to go to town on Saturday morning and then church on
Sunday, so not too much time for operating. My 40M antenna is not
operating well, so I gave up after four contacts there. I didn't try
80M, and I have no 160M antenna. I got several new countries, though."
"My claimed score of 1.44 million points betters last year's score by
about 15%. It was a big improvement on the low bands over last year, with
twenty more multipliers on 40M (52 vs. 32). I've always struggled on 40M
phone, but it seemed like I worked almost everything I heard this time. It
had to be conditions as the antennas and equipment are unchanged
from last year. I had a fairly functional SO2R set up - thanks to borrowed
equipment. I'm not sure if it's adding or subtracting from my score at
this point, but I feel like I've got to master it to be competitive."
"This was sorta the contest from Hell for us. We lost a Kenwood TS-850
at 0300 the first night, and lost an hour waiting a replacement radio.
It was fun rewiring the voice keyer for the replacement rig... QRN was
high on 80M and 160M both nights, but especially so the first night with
a storm to our east. For most of the contest, we had very high, gusty
winds and two power poles next to the 15M tower were creating enormous
noise to the west and NW. Losing JA runs with line noise is death from
Texas... Rates were down on 15M to Eu as well, aggravated by line noise
near that tower. And we made some mistakes that will be beneficial to study.
We did not work some easy ones on 160M (Like XE and TI) because these
stations were operating consistently below 1843 kHz. All in all, a
disappointing result given the effort expended before and during the contest."
"This was our annual `open house' and training exercise for new contesters.
It was a limited effort, but all equipment worked perfectly. Everyone
certainly got experience grabbing spots! Competition on the bands was
pretty intense. Some major wind storms came through the area. I need a
break from contesting." - N3BB
"A good time was had by all. Special thanks to N5AW for packet assistance,
and to W5TA, W5JEN, and W5TD for joining our effort part-time to help us
meet the requirements for inclusion of this score in the CTDXCC club totals.
Full-time ops were W5KFT, K5TSQ, W6PH, and K5PI." - K5PI
"I operated about nine hours, and 98% of it was search and pounce.
Hopefully, some of my spotting was beneficial to the CTDXCC multi-ops.
I stopped at an even number of QSOs: 700." - NX5M
"I really wanted to participate in the contest this weekend, but I was booked
on a business flight on Saturday morning. After some thinking, I thought
it would be well worth not sleeping Friday night to take advantage of Jim
George N3BB's SSB open house. So I decided to sacrifice sleep. It became
really foggy when I decided to go to the N3BB ranch. Somehow, I made it
without being able to see the road. W5JEN and I operated straight from 8PM
to 6AM straight. I think we both were able to experience the weird fatigue
and exhilaration associated with a contest. Considering we were all
beginners, I think we pulled in a great score for this contest." - KD5QJV