This past year has been a busy one here in central Texas while we prepared
for W1AW/5. Though we were given the W1AW/5 assignment over three years ago,
the planning got started in seriousness a year ago - immediately after the
Six of the premier central Texas stations agreed to participate - K5NA,
K5TR, N5CQ, N5TW, NX5M, and W5KFT. Each of these stations could have been a
powerhouse on any of the bands or modes but the assignments were:
Buy the W1AW/5 video from Bob KK5MI!
W5XD wrote a special version of WriteLog
for Windows for use by the W1AW/5 stations. Basically, the new version
allowed us to connect to a central Internet server that fed QSOs back to
all the W1AW/5 sites in real-time. Each site could always tell what QSOs and
mults each of the other band/mode sites needed. The software also fed the
frequencies of the radios back to everyone to allow each station to move QSOs
to other bands easily.
We had a total of seventeen computers set up at all the sites and each ended
up with the same QSO and multiplier numbers at the end of the contest. The
software was really awesome.
Texas Weather 14 July 2002 0000 UTC
The 24 hours of the IARU were noisy because central Texas was being hit
with wave after wave of thunderstorms. This condition caused high QRM on
all the bands and especially affected the low bands. The thunderstorms had
been occurring for several days before the contest and there was a lot of
flooding in the area. But no W1AW/5 sites were affected by flooding. The
rain static and thunderstorms were another matter.
The thunderstorms forced the N5TW, NX5M, and W5KFT sites to shut down at
different times during the contest as thunder cells passed by. Since the
logging system was real-time and current at all the sites, it was possible
for other sites to start working the vacated band/modes almost immediately
after the affected stations were shut down. A lot of cell phone calls were
made to coordinate this. Later the band/modes were switched back to the
Our goal was to beat the old W1AW/p record set by W1AW/4 in 2000. However,
10 meters just didn't have much in the way of good conditions here and we
fell a little short. With sun spots going down, the W1AW/4 record may stand
for a few years. Our secondary goal was to beat NU1AW/4 and the other
headquarters stations. That looks like it will be close.
All the stations owners and operators had a great time doing this. It was
Thanks to the K1ZZ and the ARRL for
allowing us to do W1AW/5 in this contest. Also, thanks to W5XD for his work
developing his terrific software to support our effort and to AB5K for
the special telnet node used exclusively by all the W1AW/5 stations. It was
an honor to represent the United States of America in this competition.
More of the W1AW/5 Story
To purchase your own copy of the W1AW/5 video (about 45 min, NTSC VHS) send
$10 and delivery address to Bob Allen KK5MI, 2200 Springlake Circle,
Dripping Springs, TX 78620. For more information, email Bob at
The W1AW/5 2002 Chairman is
Richard King K5NA.