On the heels of significant antenna improvements during the summer of 2014, K8AZ and crew set a new all-time station record and stands at first place in the US in the M/S category. The following is Tom’s 3830 report on the contest:
Operator(s): K8AZ K8BL K8MR K8NZ K8PP KQ8M W3YQ W8CAR W8WWV WB8K WT8C
Class: M/S HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 55 16 51
80: 268 30 102
40: 1474 37 130
20: 1528 39 145
15: 939 37 143
10: 1050 37 147
Total: 5314 196 718 Total Score 14,048,180
Club: North Coast Contesters
Fabulous conditions and an all-time high score here (including multi-two efforts.) Big thanks to all who helped build this station, and congratulations to holders of all the new record-breaking scores. 73, Tom, K8AZ
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.
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!
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
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 atwww.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
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.