ARRL 160m Contest

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by N1EN, Dec 4, 2021.

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  1. N1EN

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    In case you hadn't noticed...this weekend is the ARRL 160m contest.

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  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I'm playing!! 43 Qs so far - 24 mults - 2064 score

    Dave
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  3. N1EN

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    I made a similar number of contacts, although I did so to test remote operation of my new Flex -- sitting in the living room, one floor below the shack.
     
  4. KM4SII

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    Operating remote as 9A/KM4SII I worked 12 stateside stations this evening (10 sections). That may not sound like much, but I was running less than 100w to a multi-band vertical. My noise level was about s7. The strongest signal was, not surprisingly, VY2ZM. Best DX was NA8V in MI. I did just barely copy N8OO in LA, but no QSO. Everyone except VY2ZM I had to dig out of the QRN and QSB.
     
  5. W4LJ

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    Yes! A lot of fun! I'll just be turning in a check log.
     
  6. N3PM

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    Nice and quiet here for a change. Used the receive antennas maybe 3 times in 5 hours, the rest on the inverted ell. 35 states, 9 countries.
    Is the activity spread out more than you remember, or is that just me?
    Mike N3PM
     
  7. AJ1G

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    If it’s not too crowded later tonight I’ll fire up my vintage MOPA rig, BC-191 211/211 MOPA 75 w, dynamotor powered, worked quite a few stations with it last night. So if your heard a somewhat unusual signal from me, that’s what 160’sounded like back 100 years ago! The 191 is kind of a younger “kid brother” to the 1BCG transmitter that made it across the Atlantic 100 years ago this month. Mine also uses a motor generator (technically a dynamotor since the 12V motor winding and the 1KV high voltage generator winding share a common rotor.)

    Chris AJ1G Stonington CT
     
  8. AJ1G

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    If it’s not too crowded later tonight I’ll fire up my vintage MOPA rig, BC-191 211/211 MOPA 75 w, dynamotor powered, worked quite a few stations with it last night. So if you heard a somewhat unusual signal from me, that’s what 160 sounded like back 100 years ago! The 191 is kind of a younger “kid brother” to the 1BCG transmitter that made it across the Atlantic 100 years ago this month. Mine also uses a motor generator (technically a dynamotor since the 12V motor winding and the 1KV high voltage generator winding share a common rotor.)

    73 Chris AJ1G Stonington CT
     
  9. W7UUU

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    Did OK for the first night - 84 Qs total, 40 multipliers (all via sections), and score stands at 6720

    Never heard a PEEP out of "4 land" - never heard any DX either. But being in WA factors in there unlike the guys in the east. Never even heard Alaska which is unusual for me in this contest.

    "Best DX" was Maine, Maryland and Connecticut

    Used my newish Marconi transmitting antenna paired with my 80m Vee (apex 60 feet) for receiving.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
  10. N7WR

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    I have never worked a 160 contest in my 63+ years as an amateur radio operator. My antenna is very marginal--just an upper sloping (not very high) wire. I do not have an amp for 160. My CW skills are not great. Last night I decided to see if I could work anyone at all on 160 CW and I had very limited time--less than an hour--due to other commitments. WOW! I was amazed. 100 watts into a crummy antenna and I worked the east coast, Canada, Mexico and some west coast and mid west stations.
    For those who regularly work top band this is no big deal. For me this was an eye opener and a gratifying experience. I may have to improve my antenna and devote some time to 160 CW this winter.
     
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