cqAnother WPX-CW is gone. Used the special call DM5ØPCK of our local radio club to provide a unique prefix.

As I had to attend a funeral Saturday afternoon I missed most of the best run time the first day. Defined this one as a non-serious entry due to the circumstances but nevertheless tried to make the best out of it. Suffered from heavy sleep deprivation at times. Well, no excuse, I did not practice any CW up front like I wanted to so still not good enough. 😉

Conditions were rather mixed. 160, 80 & 40 m suffered quite a lot from static crashes (a few thunderstorms around Europe, typical summer QRN) making copy difficult and many repeats needed. 20 & 15 m saw some nice US openings and 10 m at least provided a few Sporadic E-QSOs within Europe although spending much time there might not have been the best strategy points-wise. But tell that to an old 10 m addict. 🙂 Worked half a dozen US stations on 10 m skewed path beaming SA with very weak signals. Makes exchanging serial numbers a real challenge but the more proud you are when completed. 😉

Detailed analysis is available here: SH5 DM5ØPCK WPX-CW

15 m sure was the money band this time providing a solid stream of 3 pointers. Although skimmers confirmed I was putting out a reasonably strong signal in the target areas I generally found the rates much too low. Best hour was just 92. Lots of CQs in-between …

                   CQWW WPX Contest, CW

Call: DM50PCK
Operator: DH8BQA

Class: SO(A)AB HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 33

 Band  QSOs         Pts/QSO
  160:   22           1.9
   80:  138           2.0
   40:  425           2.7
   20:  550           2.0
   15:  605           2.4
   10:  305           1.5    Average 2.2 overall
Total: 2045  Prefixes = 874  Total Score = 3,895,418

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Now looking forward to July’s VHF contest (first full weekend) and IARU-HF. Not sure about the latter one, it’s my turn but I might give this one to DL3BQA this year (we share the station and change RDXC & IARU-HF between OPs each year).

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