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K8MR WRTC2014 Team Leader

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 News

July, 2014

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 

Other contest-related information on Dayton 2014:

Contest University – 2014 Programs are available on Youtube.  Links can be found at

Contester and DXer photos can be seen at the K8CX Ham Gallery –

 NCC Members Receive RTTY Plaques

 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 ( , 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  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 19.4 million.

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 top contester!

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 team.


February 2014

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 NCC.

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 Central Region.

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:

NO3M 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. 

January 2014

·        *  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.

*    Teams 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
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

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.    


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.

About 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 New York.

Over 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).

NCC also has a presence at the Dayton Hamvention, 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.

NCC sponsors 5 plaques for ARRL SS and 2 plaques for CQWW CW and SSB.

Some Useful Links

bullet Propagation Info
bullet 3830 score submittal form
bullet Contest Calendar
bullet N3RA telnet cluster 
bullet K8AZ telnet cluster
bullet KQ8M telnet cluster
bullet K8CX Ham Gallery
bullet More contesting related links

 North Coast Contesters is an ARRL affiliated club.

            Officers 2014

K3LR        President
K8AZ        Vice- President
ND8L       Secretary/Treasurer

            Contest Whips

K3GP         RTTY
K3LR         ARRL DX and Sprints
W1NN        NAQP
NW2K        ARRL Sweepstakes
KQ8M        WPX


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Contest University and Contest Dinner at Dayton 2014

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