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New Contest for DXers and Portable Operators

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by K4FMH, Aug 11, 2020.

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  1. M0TTQ

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    20m this afternoon was a mess with the WAE contest, true. I managed to work some DX this weekend with 10W portable, and we had fantastic weather for being out in the field in England. I doubt it will be this good in three weeks. But I think the 8-hour window for POC will produce very different strategies from different contestants, and it will thin out the bands a bit. The obvious extremes are trying to pile up short-range contacts versus seeking out fewer but longer-distance ones. Optimum times and bands for those two strategies are likely to be different.
  2. K4FMH

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    Please bear in mind: this is NOT a Portable Ops only contest! The Challenge part of the name is intentional...can the fixed (QTH in our nomenclature) station beat the portable operator on a more level playing field?


  3. BG4NMT

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    [QUOTE =“ DK7RE,post:5586888,member:986359”]针对那些不熟悉这种语言的人:

    欢迎中国人[/ QUOTE]
  4. KC9ONY

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    Happening this weekend! :)

  5. KC9ONY

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  6. K4FMH

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    Note that if you use N1MM+, it's called the FMHPOC...they couldn't use POC for some reason but it's supported with the latest updates to N1MM+. VKCL is a lighter weight logger that directly supports the POC.
  7. WZ7U

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    Nice idea for a contest with a meaningful exchange, thanks. I will be formulating my strategy till then.

    Oh boy, an eight hour ops window?? Yikes :D
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  8. KB1RS

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    I'm going to say it was a very bad call having this contest the same weekend as the CA QSO party. The band is loaded with the other contest and no one wants to give the exchange for this contest.
  9. EI5IEB

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    I agree with KB1Rs, here in Ireland the bands were full of DX stations taking part in a contest who got all excited when they heard that I was a portable station, with comments like ".. portable station only please" .. I would repeat the callsign /p after which one of two things happened, the station would ignore me and proceed to put out a CQ call or come back with with "Oceania only! Oceania only!" then proceed to put out further CQ calls. I found this to be extremely rube and not in keeping with the amateur radio ethos. Listening on the frequency for a few minutes afterwards it was very apparent that the station was getting no replies. It only takes less than a minutes for a basic QSO to exchange details such as portable/QTH, GridSquare, serial. Well done to those rude stations for making a newly licensed ham fell welcome in the hobby.
  10. EI8HIB

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    Hi Frank,
    I would encourage a positive feedback exercise at some time in the next week or two. This is the first time for this contest and hopefully it will get bigger and better next year.
    I'd like to make a couple of comments. I'm in the same club as Tom, EI5IEB and would concur with his comments.

    1. The OceaniaDX Contest was a big negative for us, the big guns in Europe were pointing to the east, and weren't interested in even exchanging a signal report, not very nice.
    2. Someone previously has mentioned operating in a small section of the bands to facilitate contacting other portable or Q stations who want to take part in the contest.
    3. Another observation, while we operated on Saturday 3rd, from about 13:00 to 21:00 UTC on 80m, 40m and 20m, we heard just one other station taking part in the POC contest. I'm not sure if that was just bad luck, bad technique or there was no-one there. I can't answer that, but would be interested in seeing the number of contest entries in Europe.
    4. Really hope that we get good positive feedback from this years contest and hope it's bigger and better next year.

    Many thanks to Frank and the members of the steering committee for the gem of an idea, and the hard work in putting it all together.
    Here's to next year.
    Frank, EI8HIB/P

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