CQWW SSB 2000 from England as M6T

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.



Pictures from the event are on following pages - the link is at the bottom



CQ Worldwide DX Contest - SSB

Call: M6T

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

QTH: England

Operating Time (hrs): 48


Summary:


Band QSOs Zones Countries
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160: 864 12 62
80: 1722 23 95
40: 1922 31 114
20: 3383 39 163
15: 2727 40 162
10: 3318 40 173
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Total: 13936 185 769 = 26,145,324

Club/Team: Martlesham DX & CG

Comments:

Raw score as usual. Have some trouble with some of the .BIN files right now, so this may change a little.

Equipment :

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.

73,

Andy Cook, G4PIQ
g4piq (at) btinternet.com

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