2002 CTDXCC CQ World Wide WPX Contest, CW
Station Op Call Category QSOs Mults Score
N3BB N3BB NT5C SOAB HP 2648 828 5,286,780
K5YA K5YA K5YA SOAB HP 2231 776 4,423,976
W5KFT K5PI K5PI SOAB HP 2260 794 4,366,206
K5NZ K5NZ K5NZ SOAB HP 399 272 221,408
W5GAI W5GAI W5GAI SOAB LP 716 430 641,990
"I ran the old fashioned way with no spot assistance. I operated
20 hours, and propagation was fairly poor on all bands except 15 meters.
All but a few of my QSOs were by search and pounce. It was a fun contest!
Some memorable QSOs included NT5C on CW on six bands - the QSL cards
will be prized!" - W5GAI
"The 36 hour limit for single ops
is a wonderful rule, as it gives one a little rest time, and adds the
strategy element as to what hours to take off. Also, at age 60, I feel like it
evens out the playing field a bit so I can use experience to compensate against
the (mostly) younger people who go the entire 48 hours. Personally, I think
the 48 hour rule in a contest is brutal, and it removes all strategy except for
brute force and will. While not unimportant, staying awake for that long
reduces people to shells for days afterward.
Thanks to John, NT5C, for the use of his well known DX SSBer call. It was
nice to be a `real' five for a change." - N3BB
"I realized that I have a lot to learn about summer conditions.
I looked over a propagation forecast N5TW did, but there's no substitute
for experience. I'm almost certain I had all the beams on EU Saturday
morning, so I didn't work a single JA. Sunday morning,
I left a beam NW and had a few sprinkled among the Europeans. After the
Saturday night thunderstorm shut me down from 0330 to 0530, I got back
on to find huge EU signals on 15 meters for the next hour and a half.
Huh?!" - K5PI
"I had to scrub my M/S effort when I found a bad hardline run three hours
before the contest. I checked everything out before going to Dayton, and
there were no problems. On Saturday, I started looking for the short by
comparing low SWR to determine how far out the break was. When I came up
with 103ft from shack, I looked out and just started laughing! While at
Dayton, my wife Susan, trying to help me, had driven several T-Posts in
an area to keep her new horse away from my beverage termination point. She d
rove a T-Post dead center through a buried 1/2" hardline run to a tower...
unreal...." - K5NZ
"I last entered the WPX contest in 1997. It is a completely new contest
now, with the addition of one-pointers for USA contacts. I operated about
35 hours, no with operation the last 3 hours of the contest.
I decided to relax during this contest, and didn't use the second radio at
all." - K5YA