K8MR WRTC2014 Team
As we write this, the annual IARU contest is just over a
week away. NCC’s K8MR along with his
teammate K9NW will be one of 59 two-person teams from 29 regions around the
world battling it out for the 2014 Championship. Representing the W8 region, Jim and Mike are
exceptional operators and we’re confident that they’ll show up very close to
the top of the list in this contest. NCC
members who are not travelling to Massachusetts will certainly want to get on
and support this event.
Recent Club and Member
Dayton Hamvention 2014
The 2014 Dayton Hamvention took place May 16-18 and all
reports are that it was a great success despite less than perfect weather. Attendance was reported to be 24,873,
slightly above 2013’s pace.
The contest dinner, hosted by NCC and arranged by NCC
president Tim Duffy, was sold out again.
Those who missed it can see the program at www.contestdinner.com/page_past_programs.html.
Other contest-related information on Dayton 2014:
Contest University – 2014 Programs are available on
Youtube. Links can be found at www.contestuniversity.com/main/page_videos.html
Contester and DXer photos can be seen at the K8CX Ham
Gallery – http://hamgallery.com/dayton2014
NCC Members Receive
NCC Members WW3S, ND8L and K3GP were honored at the Dayton
Hamvention RTTY Banquet for placing first in the World for MS Low Power at VP9I
in September 2013. Ed Muns, W0YK, RTTY
Contest manager, presented the guys with a handsome plaque at the banquet. Congratulations, guys! Then Ray ND8L turned around and awarded another
NCC member - Jeff W2FU - with his own plaque for winning MS High Power for
North America. The W2FU team’s score was
second in the world, being edged out by 100,000 points by I4DZ. We will be
posting picture of these champions in the photo gallery.
NCC in 6th
Place in 2013 CQWWDX Club Competition
We wanted to call members’ attention to the fact that NCC
placed sixth in the combined SSB and CW USA club competition with a score of
120 million in last year’s CQWW. Leading
the pack in this competition was the Yankee Clipper Contest Club with a score of
549 million points. The interesting thing
about this is that NCC achieved its score with only 35 entries compared with
280 entries from YCCC. K3LR’s scores
contributed well over 50% of the total NCC score. NCC’s score was 12th in the
world. If we could get more activity, we
could see our ranking improve considerably.
Most members have seen the final results of the 2013 CQWW DX
Contest (http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/cq_contests/cq_ww_dx_contest/index_cq_ww_dx_contest.html) , but we wanted to mention here the
fantastic results from our three top multioperator stations. K3LR again came in first in the USA and
fourth worldwide in both the CW and the SSB weekends. The CW win was ‘LR’s ninth consecutive USA
win. Also noteworthy in the MM category
was the W2FU third-place score just behind W3LPL. And K8AZ’s tremendous scores also deserve
mention. Tom’s MS crew produced second
place USA showings in both the CW and SSB weekends. In the CW weekend, they were competing with
the W1WMU crew operating from a QTH in eastern Maine. The CQ Magazine article by K5ZD covering the
CW contest featured a color picture of the K8AZ station showing W3YQ, K8NZ,
W8CAR and K8BL hard at work during the contest!
March – April
Members have been very active over the past few weeks. There are too many contests to detail all of
them, but here are some highlights.
Results of the January
CW NAQP and February CW Sprint
NCC along with MRRC worked hard to promote activity for this
popular event and we ended up with six teams (each team is five stations). 22 stations ended up submitting single op
scores. Our top team ended up in 16th
place, with the other teams coming in 24th, 53rd, 59th,
77th and 80th out of a total of 90 teams. Factors holding us back include the winter
band conditions which really favor the far west, and the fact that several of
our top ops were operating at the W2FU Multi-Two operation. And speaking of which, Jeff’s team (K0SM, K2TJ,
N2ZN and NW2K) came in Number One with the tremendous score of 761,976 points
(2,228 contacts and 342 multipliers).
Well done, guys!
In contrast to the five-member NAQP teams, Sprint teams
consist of 10 members. Thanks to the
efforts of our CW Sprint whip K3LR, we were able to field two full Sprint teams
and, amazingly, all 20 stations got on the air and submitted logs. MRRC/NCC East ended up in fourth place, just
ahead of MRRC/NCC West in fifth place.
Two teams in the Top Ten! The
only other club to put two teams in the Top Ten was the Northern California
Contest Club, whose teams placed second and ninth! Well done everyone!
Preliminary results of these two events (and lots more
interesting contesting information) can be found on the National Contest
Journal website www.ncjweb.com. Final results will be published in a future
issue of the NCJ.
K3LR Claims Top M/M
Spot in Both Phone and CW in the 2014 ARRL DX Contests
The recent performance of the K3LR superstation can only be
called “fantastic.” On the heels of achieving the top NA claimed
scores in both phone and CW in the 2013 CQWW DX contests, the K3LR crew
produced the top claimed scores in both the CW and phone 2014 ARRL
International DX contests!
According to their claimed score, K3LR racked up nearly 500
QSOs and 16 mults more than number two W3LPL to take the top spot in the
Multi-Multi category in the February CW test.
Tim’s team claimed 9,480 contacts and 681 multipliers for a score of
Two weeks later, K3LR did it again in the phone weekend,
posting a claimed score over 2 million points ahead of number two W3LPL. The K3LR powerhouse out-QSOed W3LPL by an
incredible 840 contacts, over 400 of which were produced on 20 meters.
The NCC membership is extremely proud of NCC’s President and
K8AZ Takes Top
Multi-Two Position in ARRL DX CW
100 miles to the west of K3LR, the K8AZ team was burning up
the airwaves in the Multi-Two category during the CW weekend, claiming 6,595
contacts and 588 mults for a score of 11.6 million. This was well ahead of the NY4A team’s 11.0
million points, operating from N4AF.
No doubt the K8AZ team would have done the same thing in the
SSB weekend but Tom caught a bad bug and had to cancel the operation to avoid
passing his bug to the visiting ops.
Instead, though, Tom whipped into shape a “surrogate crew” in an attempt
to replace at least partially the score his station would have contributed to
the Club, and his surrogate crew produced an additional 5.1 million points to
contribute to the NCC club score.
W2FU Achieves 2nd
in ARRL DX CW
Meanwhile, 100 or so miles to the NE of K3LR, the W2FU team was
fighting it out in the Multi-Single category with K1LZ. Although Jeff’s team found one more
multiplier than the K1LZ guys, the latter is claiming a little more than 300
additional contacts, so unless results are changed in the log checking process,
it looks like Jeff’s team will come in second.
This is another great achievement by the fantastic W2FU station and
W2FU Wins Multioperator, High Power Category in 2013 CW Sweepstakes
The recently-published Initial
Results for the 2013 CW Sweepstakes indicate that the crew at W2FU won
the Multioperator, High Power category! This was not
just for the WNY section but for the entire country and Canada.
Ops at Jeff's superstation were K0SM, N2ZN, NM2O, NW2K and W2FU
himself. Congratulations to Jeff and crew for another big win for
Other club winners for NCC in the Initial Results were Hal W1NN, who
squeeked past W8CAR to win the Great Lakes Division for LP, placing
second in the Central Region, and Bob, K8BL, who placed first in
the Unlimited category in the Great Lakes Division and third in
the Central Region. Note that Hal was operating remote from Japan
for this contest. Dan, W8CAR placed third in LP in the
New Member Information - K8ZT
We asked new member Anthony Luscre for a little biographical information and he provided the following:
I was first licensed in 1981 as KA8NRC, along with KA8ODP my wife Linda. Not
knowing any better, I choose a QRP rig for my first Novice experience. Now
over 45,000 QRP contacts later I have worked QRP DXCC totals of 321 (297
confirmed) Mixed, 303 (265 Confirmed)CW and 297 (259 Confirmed) Phone and WAS
QRP on 5 bands (still waiting for KL7 on 160M and KY & WV on 15 & 10).
My first forays into contesting were driven by enjoyment of DXing (unfortunately
most contests no longer result in new countries) and my contesting has became
more interested in actually competing.
As with my other operations all of my
home contesting is in QRP category with frequent top 5 finishes in CQ WW and CW
& CQ WW PH. 2011 I finished first in USA- CQ WW PH and first USA-CQ WW CW
Assisted. I upgrade to Extra Class in 2000 and after long contemplation,
received vanity call K8ZT. I work as Director of Technology for a School
District and I am currently serving as Ohio Assistant Section Manager for
Education Outreach. My small lot allows for a modest antenna farm with a small
beam at 50', a 80/160 Sloper and 43' Vertical. I am also a member of Cuyahoga
Falls ARC, a variety of QRP clubs and soon MRRC.
Good NCC Participation in the February CW Sprint
10 NCC members and 10 NCC friends - making two full 10-person teams -
got together to participate in the February CW Sprint held on February
2. The following NCC member scores were submitted:
16,368; K3LR 15,337 W2FU (op N2ZN) 15,250; W1NN 13,200; N8AA 13,008;
K8MR (@K5KG)12,735; NW2K 12,408; K3UA 10,956; ND8L 9,840; N3SD 7,040.
Friends of NCC, including quite a few Mad River Radio Club members, included:
K9NW (@K9UWA) 15,680; KW8N 14,749;
NP2X (K9VV) 14,210; W2RQ 14,112; W9PA 12,950; N8EA 11,880; KL7RA
9,460; N8SS 8,987; K1AR 1,769; N8XX 1,032.
Thanks to NCC President Tim Duffy K3LR for getting the whip out and putting together these two teams.
* K3LR Turns
Up in VP2V!
Much to the surprise of many members, NCC President Tim Duffy
showed up on Top Band during the CQ160 CW test in late January and passed out 200
contacts. The lucky few who managed to
work Tim had to first copy Tim’s 45+ WPM QRQ CW and then get through a horrendous
pileup. Thanks Tim!
* Great Turnout for January NAQP Tests
Quite a few members joined the NCC/ MRRC teams for the January
CW and SSB NAQPs. A total of 29 members from
the two clubs were registered on six teams for CW and four teams and 17 members
were registered for SSB.
Place Well in August NAQP CW Test
NCC/MRRC fielded five teams in the August 2013 NAQP CW, and
two of our teams made the top ten, outscoring all other clubs in the
country. The Northern California Contest
Club team captured the top spot but two of our teams placed in the top ten (5th
and 10th) so our total score placed us first. Well done!
* NCC Annual Meeting Held on January 4 at K8AZ
Despite terrible winter driving conditions, attendance at the
annual K8AZ Xmas Party and NCC Meeting was good with 17 members present. Major items of business: elected officers,
decided to sponsor new plaque for CQWW RTTY, appointed contest whips (see list
below), discussed additional contributions for WRTC 2014, approved membership
for K8ZT, and other matters. The
officers for 2014 are as follows:
President – Tim Duffy, K3LR to succeed Tom Lee, K8AZ
Sincere thanks to K8AZ, K8NZ and KQ8M for their long time
leadership and service to the club. We
are counting on your support going forward.
Vice President – Tom Lee, K8AZ to succeed Ron Harps, K8NZ
Secretary/Treasurer – Ray Fallen, ND8L to succeed Tim Herrick, KQ8M
Webmaster – Hal Offutt, W1NN to succeed Tim Herrick, KQ8M
Amazing Video Tour of K3LR
For those of us that have not seen
Tim's, K3LR, antenna farm and even if you have you won't want to miss
this first hand view of the amtennas.
North Coast Contesters
NCC was formed in
1989 to further the efforts of contesters interested in the CQWW and
ARRL DX contests. The member area of the club is a 175 mile circle that
includes major parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania and extends into western
the the years NCC has
given back to contesting by encouraging members to compete in and enjoy
the major DX tests. Because of this NCC has won the medium club
competition in ARRL DX test 15 times and the past 8 years (Brag Page).
also has a presence at the Dayton
cosponsoring the Contest Super Suite. We are proud to count K3LR, owner
and driving force behind the K3LR
M/M machine and recent inductee into the CQ
Contest Hall of Fame, as a member.
sponsors 5 plaques for ARRL
SS and 2 plaques for CQWW CW and SSB.