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Dominic Smith

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CQ WW CW 2006

I had not been planning to a major entry in the forthcoming CQWW DX CW contest, but it has now been forced to be even more casual by the University asking me to come in for a seminar on the Saturday afternoon. (Grrrr....) So, I will be on in the SOSB(A)/20m category, except that I will be missing a significant part of the time that 20m is open. Operation will be from my Birmingham QTH (but probably operating without the 'portable' designator, under clause 7(3)(b) of BR68), limited to about 35 Watts to avoid QRM-ing all of my neighbours, using a mobile whip on my balcony. I'm not expecting a winning score!
2006-11-14 20:06:06

My entry is CQWW DX CW this weekend, in the SOSB(A)/20LP category was anything but serious, but I did manage a grand total of 81 QSOs (about 4,000 points).

The biggest problem was that my attempts at building a keying circuit before the contest failed due to my poor soldering. As a result, all the Morse was being manually sent. When you only have 35W behind you, I discovered that it sometimes needs several calls before people hear you, and my wrist was soon very tired! An interesting experience, and hopefully M4A will do a more serious entry next year.
2006-11-27 08:47:42

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