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2008 CTDXCC CQ World Wide WPX Contest, CW

Call     Station  Ops     Category     QSOs   Mults      Score
NT5C     N3BB     N3BB    SOAB HP      2564    794   4,759,236
KT2Z     K5NA     K5NA    SOAB HP      2678    790   4,670,480
WC5T     W5KFT    K5PI    SOAB HP      2623    743   3,991,396
NQ5D     NQ5D     NQ5D    SOAB HP      1137    493   1,354,271
N8NOE    N8NOE    N8NOE   SOAB HP       554    167      92,518
W5VX     W5VX     W5VX    SOAB HP A     188    115      28,750
KZ5D     KZ5D     KZ5D    SOAB HP TS   2012    677   2,736,434
WT5R     W5ZL     W5ZL    SOAB LP       774    356     576,008
W5CT     W5CT     W5CT    SOAB LP       500    253     234,025
W5GAI    W5GAI    W5GAI   SOAB LP       234    159      65,508
AA5VU    AA5VU    AA5VU   SOAB LP       144    133      19,108
KG5U     KG5U     KG5U    SOAB QP       214    130      40,170
NK5Q     W5SJS    many    M/S          2002    733   2,863,098
NX5M     NX5M     many    M/2          3526    931   6,587,756

NK5Q ops: W5ASP, K5WA
NX5M ops: NX5M, N5XJ, KU5B, N5DUW, NO5W, K5GQ, NT5TU, K5NZ

"I don't know how this happened. I didn't mean to spend that much time in the contest. I can stop anytime I want." - W5CT

"The quiet conditions both weather-wise and magnetics-wise resulted in the best conditions I have ever experienced on 40 meters. I was able to run Europe, which is usually really, really difficult from here even with good antennas. The conditions were absolutely quiet, and the S-meter dropped to zero when no one was calling. It was a wonderful experience. Also, there were some very brief polar openings, but not strong enough with the low solar flux numbers to do much good, on twenty meters to Europe around 0530 UTC on the 24th." - N3BB

"I got off to the fastest start ever in a WPX contest. My first two hours on 20 meters were 131 and 123 QSOs. Hour three was 97 and then the rate got to the usual pattern. I worked 9A, OM, I, and S5 on 10 meters. Where were the other guys? The 9A was loud and I heard him running stations for over two hours. It seemed that 15 meters didn't quite live up to expectations, or maybe I was on 10 meters when it peaked. Conditions on 20 meters to Europe were fantastic during my late afternoon (1600 UTC to 0000 UTC). I haven't put this many hours into the WPX in the past, and the lack of sleep was quite evident on Saturday afternoon/evening. Sorry for the QLF moments. The highlight of the weekend was hitting 1000 QSOs on 20 meters." -KZ5D

"I approached this contest the best that I could and think I got as much out of the operator (me), the station, and the SO2R setup that I am capable of. No excuses and I don't see how I could have done it any differently." - K5NA

"This was a last minute portable operation from W5SJS' Brenham, Texas farm. The primary objective for the weekend was to find out how the Elecraft K3s played together and prioritize station deficiencies for future operations. We were very pleased with the K3's ability to sit next to strong signals and pull out weak ones. W5ASP described it as "like walking a grassy green clear path where the woods were once overgrown with weeds and vines". The K3s (and ICE Bandpass filters) allowed us to operate with NO interference between rigs except if we were at a second harmonic, i.e. 7020 kHz and 14040 kHz. Even then, the 20 meter station could get within 10 kHz of the second harmonic with no ill effect." - K5WA

"I did a fun little part-time effort this weekend while fitting in other things - like 18 holes of golf with The Lovely Leslie on Sunday afternoon, yard work, etc." - W5ZL

"It seemed like conditions weren't too hot. But, there was some activity on 10 meters, which was nice to see. And 15 meters had something going on most of the day Sunday. Sunday afternoon was good for picking off the European big boys on 20 meters, but I had only a few Caribbean stations and fewer South Americans and nothing farther west than Hawaii. I used the time to try out the N1MM logging software and try to get used to its way of doing SO2R. I think it and I came to some sort of understanding." - KG5U

"Conditions were much better than I expected. It was tempting to play on 10 meters, but I had to resist the urge. In Texas, the 10 meter openings were long and broad (W4, W8, W9, and W6), but the rate just wasn't there. Congrats to N3BB (as NT5C) who gutted it out running on 40 meters and racked up lots more 6-pointers to win our local shoot-out. Congrats also to K5NA (as KT2Z) for finding a European run or two that I missed to pass me on mults." - K5PI

"I had very little time to get on. The bands seemed poor all the way around." - W5GAI

"I have a difficult time getting excited about contests that have no potential for me to work new band countries. I did want to put in a token appearance in the WPX and this is really the first time that I have run for any length of time with my new Yaesu FT-2000 and rebuilt antennas (Force 12 C3 and Force 12 XM240) after the lightning strike. I was using Writelog (as usual) and the FT-2000 with my Alpha 87A. Over the last six months, I have finally figured out settings that seem to make me happy. I usually run full break-in. Take my word for it, the FT-2000 'purrs real nice' at 35 WPM full break-in at 1500 watts." - W5VX


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