Suffice it to say the station managed to survive the
worst winds and flooding in the Suffolk area for many years! Here's the submission from Andy Cook, G4PIQ.
CQ Worldwide DX Contest - SSB
Operator(s): G4IFB, G4VXE, WW2R, OH6YF, G0IVZ, G0MTN,
G4PIQ, G4VMM, G0CYB, G4BUO, G4TSH, G4BWP, G0KRL, G0AEV, G4BAH, G0AFH, G0WCW, G7OCD, G0OZS
Station: G0KPW (aka M6T, M7T, M8T)
Class: M/M HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 864 12 62
80: 1722 23 95
40: 1922 31 114
20: 3383 39 163
15: 2727 40 162
10: 3318 40 173
Total: 13936 185 769 = 26,145,324
Club/Team: Martlesham DX & CG
Raw score as usual. Have some trouble with some of the .BIN files right now, so this may
change a little.
160m (G4IFB + G4VXE + WW2R)
FT1000D + PA. 40m vertical + Dipoles @ 25m. 3 Beverages.
80m (OH6YF + G0IVZ + G0MTN + G4IFB + G4PIQ)
FT1000MP + PA. 4 square + 2 el wire yagi @ 20m. Beverage.
40m (G4VMM + G0CYB + G0IVZ)
FT1000MP + PA. 3 el yagi @ 30m + 402CD @ 25m. Beverage.
20m (G4BUO + G4TSH)
FT1000D + PA. Stacked 204CDs @ 18/30m + 204CD @ 24m.
15m (G4PIQ + G0MTN + WW2R + G0IVZ + G4BUO)
FT1000MP + PA. Stacked extended 155BAs @ 18/30m + extended 155BA @ 24m
10m (G4BWP + G0KRL + G0AEV)
FT1000D + PA. Stacked 105BAs @ 25/33m + 105BA @ 25m
Spotting : G4BAH, G0AFH, G0WCW, G0MTN, G4IFB, G7OCD, WW2R, G4VXE, G0AEV, G0OZS.
We had big targets in mind for this year, and looked to be heading in the right direction
until the end of the first day when the aurora hit! This opened the high bands late and
closed them early and took away the volume which we needed.
This is also our worst year for multipliers almost since we started doing multi-multi.
There were some obvious candidates missing from the bands this time, but we sorely missed
having King Spotter, Bob - G4BAH available for most of the contest since he seems to be
able to smell a new multiplier under the noise at 50 paces.
On the up side, on the first night top band seemed in much better shape than last year and
we were able to work a useful number of Ws, and nothing blew up..... amazing! The 10m team
once again put in what looks like an outstanding score.
Yet again we were hit with dreadful weather. The station is all field-day style with
temporary guys on telescopic towers. We believe that we had gusts to 55 mph during the
contest on both the Saturday and the Sunday. Luckily we were able to drop the towers at
the end of the contest so that the antennas only had to weather the 70mph gusts which
arrived on the Monday morning at the 30ft level. During the contest we lost the 160m
vertical after the first night, but that was the only damage which we sustained. We were
very lucky, but had taken a lot of care with the guying! Every time that a gust came and
the operating trailer shook, you could see a lot of worried people!
There was also torrential rain with the wind, and this is certainly the first contest
where I have had to try three different routes away from the site before finding a road
which had little enough flooding to be passable!
I make my usual request of any relative signal reports to our competition here in Europe.
It all helps us to figure out what works and what doesn't. Thanks to everyone for working
us and especially to those of you who moved for us.
Andy Cook, G4PIQ
g4piq (at) btinternet.com