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2009 CTDXCC ARRL 160 Meter Contest

Call   Station  Op    Category    QSOs   Sects  Ctys   Score
W5JAW   W5JAW   W5JAW   SO LP      341     72    15     64,032
N5DO    N5DO    N5DO    SO LP      329     69     8     52,745
K3TD    K3TD    K3TD    SO LP      231     61     5     29,097
AA5VU   AA5VU   AA5VU   SO LP       95     42     5      9,823
WM5R    WM5R    WM5R    SO LP        4      4     0         32
K5NA    K5NA    K5NA    SO HP     1708     79    51    524,030
AD5A    AD5A    AD5A    SO HP      361     71     8     58,934
NX5M    NX5M    many    M/S       1380     79    40    351,645

NX5M ops: NX5M, N5XJ, KU5B

"The ARRL 160 meter Contest is always such a fun contest for me. My goal was WAS, but I missed ND, RI, MS(!), HI, AK and WV - never heard any of them. I did manage to work C6, XE, PJ2, 6Y and HC8. What my antenna lacks in length, it makes up for by being low to the ground - someday I'll be able to put up a full size Inverted L!" - K3TD

"This is the 40th ARRL 160M Contest and I have participated and sent scores in for 35 of them. I really like this contest. This weekend was especially outstanding and I achieved a personal high for score, multipliers, and QSOs for the contest. This weekend was also the best conditions that I remember to Europe of any of the previous ARRL 160 Meter Contests. At times Europeans were calling loud enough that it sounded like I was running on 20 meters. I have heard conditions like this before when I was operating this contest from New York, but it is very unusual to get conditions like this from Texas. I worked 157 Europeans and that is another personal high from Texas. I remember once in New York during the 1980s working 179 Europeans but with fewer multipliers to show for it. Unfortunately, conditions to the west and Japan were below average. I only worked 27 JAs, which is about half what I would expect as normal. But it isn't unusual for 160 meters to have good conditions to one direction and not the other during a weekend. Since I have moved to Texas my ARRL 160M Contest goals are simple, to try to make the top ten. Sometime I make it, sometimes I don't. Last year I also set new personal records for this contest but failed to make the top ten. So it remains to be seen if I will make the top ten this year." - K5NA

"It seems like this contest and the Stew Perry are the only times I can actually make contacts on 160 meters! Friday night, I actually worked some Europeans - amazing considering my poor antenna on this band." - N5DO

"Mine was a part time effort to contact CTDXCC members and to see what I could hear and work with 100 watts to an Inverted-L antenna. I only worked S&P and it was interesting that I did not have a 1-land station in the log. I suspect for this contest many of the DX stations were using S&P working the US stations they could hear. I only heard a few calling CQ." - AA5VU

"I thought I would have little fun this weekend, so I played a little. My antenna is an Alpha-Delta DX-A sloper up 55', so I am clearly in the peanut whistle category on this band. I missed the fun Friday night as I went to bed around 0430 UTC. I stayed up after our Christmas party on Saturday night for a few hours. I work OM an OZ and heard a few Europeans, but didn't take the time to fight the pile-ups. No European calls during my runs, but since I don't have any dedicated receiving antenna, I usually only hear the big guns." - AD5A

"First time to do this one in a few years. Now I remember why. What a frequency war! I know it is bad enough to have limited space for everyone to fit in but many stations just started CQing right in our face without ever asking if the frequency was busy. How can someone that is S9+ start calling CQ right on the same frequency, other than maybe listening in a different direction?" - NX5M

"Conditions were very good, so I put in more than the two to three hours I had planned. As usual, I just tried to work as many sections and states as possible. I missed NLI, NNY, PR, MAR, NL, MB, BC, and NT. I heard BC in S&Ping mode, but I never had a chance to call. I never heard the others. I did get WAS in less than 5 hours -- a new record for me on this band. I worked all the DX I could hear, a challenge with no RX antenna." - W5JAW

"I don't normally play around in CW contests, but for some reason the ARRL 160 Meter Contest has always appealed to me. Maybe it's because of the generally slower code speeds or the very simple exchange. Of course, I don't have an antenna for the 160 meter band at home, so I used what I had - a Cushcraft R-8 vertical. I could hear a lot more stations than could hear me. The SWR on my transmissions was around 10:1. I managed to QSO one station on Saturday night (STX) and three stations on Sunday night (CO, AR, AL)." - WM5R


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