□ About the contest
CQWW DX SSB is almost certainly the biggest amateur radio competition of the year. We have 48 hours (from midnight UTC on Saturday 29th October) in which to try to make amateur radio contacts with as many different radio stations as possible, in as many different countries as possible, on as many different frequencies as possible.
Last year, the Cambridge University Wireless Society team (callsign M4A) not only won our category in England, but also set a new English record in the process: a score of approximately 5 175 000 points, made up from over 4500 contacts. This year, we're not only aiming to defend our 1st place, but also to set the record score even higher.
In order to do this, we have 13 operators, the majority of whom are under 30 years old, who will be running 2 transmitters for the entire weekend.
A lot of effort goes into setting up the 'contest', with antennas built and erected, and computers networked, in temporary arrangements in the days leading up to the event.
□ The Transceivers and Antennas used in the entry
□ The summary of points we've made during the contest
Contest : CQ World Wide DX Contest Callsign : M4A Mode : PHONE Category : Multi Operator - Two Transmitter (M2) Overlay : --- Band(s) : All bands (AB) Class : High Power (HP) Zone/State/... : 14 Locator : JO02AF Operating time : 48h00 BAND QSO CQ DXC DUP POINTS AVG -------------------------------------- 160 79 5 34 3 84 1.06 80 414 18 75 2 554 1.34 40 871 28 100 11 1543 1.77 20 682 38 118 7 1535 2.25 15 1760 36 133 28 4140 2.35 10 1595 39 138 13 3949 2.48 -------------------------------------- TOTAL 5401 164 598 64 11805 2.19 ====================================== TOTAL SCORE : 8 995 410 Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg calculations Operators : G3ZAY, G4AXX, G4EAG, M0BLF, M0DEG, M0HSW, M0LRB, M0NCG, M0TOC, M0TRN, M0SCH, M0VFC, M0ZXA Soapbox : Fantastic conditions; great to hear 15 and 10m back in good shape again. Thanks all from all of the team at Cambridge University. Powered by Win-Test 4.8.0 http://www.win-test.com
□ My comments about the contest
Wow, what a fantastic contest! Thanks to the solar cycle for making 15m and 10m so much better than in recent years, and to everyone who had QSOs with us. We set the English M/2 country record at 5.1M points just last year, and so it's especially great to be claiming such a substantially larger score in 2011.
On the other hand, we were a little disappointed with our performance on the low bands and we are already planning a four-square to replace the pair of phased verticals that we use on 80m.
As usual, we were pleased to welcome a number of new, young operators to the Cambridge University Wireless Society team. As I say each year, introducing new students to contesting is one of our primary objectives, so thanks to everyone who was patient with us if one of our ops was struggling to copy you.
The CUWS shack cannot be permanently set-up for contesting, and so most of our equipment and antennas are installed only a few hours before the contest. This takes quite a lot of organisation and additional thanks therefore go to everyone who helped us and lent us equipment for the weekend.
□ How to get a QSL-Card for a Contest QSO
QSL is OK direct or via the bureau to M0BLF. About M4A QSL Cards.
□ My last entry in this contest
I last entered CQ WW DX SSB in 2010, when I was again at M4A.
2011-11-06: Added claimed score and write-up
2011-10-27: Page launched