Supporting Ham Radio Contesting Since 1989

Supporting Ham Radio Contesting Since 1989


North Coast Contesters

K3LR Captures Both CW & SSB N.A. Wins in 2018 CQWWDX Tests!

2018 was a great year in the CQWWDX contests for the K3LR multi-multi station.  Tim’s fantastic setup and first-rate ops managed to place first in North America in both the CW and the SSB weekends, a feat that they have not managed since 2014. 

Based on claimed scores, the West Middlesex, PA ops squeaked past rival W3LPL in the CW competition by a margin of just 341,056 points after being edged out by the same station by 149,479 points in 2017.  The claimed scores for the two stations were 19,486,811 for K3LR versus 19,145,755 for W3LPL.  In 2017, the scores were 17,248,623 for ‘LPL and 17,099,144 for ‘LR.  The margins of victory in both years were less than 2%!

In the SSB weekend, Tim’s ops delivered the 14th straight North American victory for K3LR.  What an incredible record.  The scores were not even close, with K3LR making over 1,000 more contacts than second-place KC1XX in New Hampshire and nearly 1,300 more QSO’s than their Maryland rival W3LPL.  It seems that K3LR really owns the CQWW DX SSB contest in North America and can only be beat by stations in Zone 33 and other geographically advantaged locations.  Congratulations, Tim!

K8AZ Station Renovation!

After extensive renovations, Tom Lee’s Chesterfield, Ohio station is finally back up and in the game.  Tom and his ops spent much of the summer rebuilding the inside shack to bring the wiring and operating positions up to standards.  Unfortunately, the work was not quite complete by the time of the CQWWDX phone weekend, so when Tom’s ops arrived to operate the contest, they were given screwdrivers and wire cutters instead of microphones and headphones.  But by the end of the weekend, all six positions were up and running and the station was ready for the CW weekend.  This gave Tom’s ops the chance to show what they can do, with the result being over 4,500 contacts in the competitive M/2 HP category for a fourth place finish with 9.1 million points.  We expect great things from the refurbished K8AZ station going forward as Tom has some of the best ops in the country!

Other NCC Scores in the 2018 CQWW DX Tests

K3LR and K8AZ were not the only NCC stations making noise in the 2018 CQWW DX contests.  Some of the other noteworthy scores from our members:


M/S HP  W2FU – Second Place USA with 9.1 million points

M/S LP  W1NN & N2BA at VP9I – Second place world with 5.7 million points

SO (A) AB HP K8CX (2.0 million points), N8TR (1.5 million points), N2WK (1.4 million points), and ND8L (570,000 points)

SO (A) AB LP K8LY (308,000 points)

SO (A) AB QRP (298,000 points)


SO (A) AB HP K8CX (735,000 points), N2WK (414,000 points), ND8L (342,000 points)

SO (A) AB LP K8LY (312,000 points)

SOAB HP  K8MR (178,000 points), NW2K @ W2FU (102,000 points), N2ZN (30,000 points)

SOAB QRP K8ZT (85,000 points)



Annual K8AZ Open House January 19, 2019

Important announcement:

The 31st Annual K8AZ Open House will be Saturday January 19, starting at 4 pm at Tom’s QTH. Due to the fact that the popular NAQP CW contest is scheduled for the previous weekend, Tom chose this date to accommodate as many members as possible. 

The K8AZ Open House is always one of the highlights of the year for NCC and you don’t want to miss it.  This one will be especially interesting to many because Tom will be showing off his upgraded shack, a project that Tom and friends have spent months working on this year. 

See you there!

MRRC/NCC Team Places 8th in September NA Sprint

Good participation from CW ops in our two clubs allowed the combined MRRC/ NCC to field four teams with 17 ops in the September 2018 NA Sprint.

None of our ops made it into the super-competitive top ten high power list this time, but KW8N, K8MR, K9NW, K3LR and N3RD came very close, and the last four stations did make the top ten 12 or fewer band change list.  Our ops did better in the low power standings with N8EA, W8WTS, K3UA and W1NN making it into the top ten.  Although his score was left out of the initial results article published in the NCJ, KW8N edged out K8MR to place at the top of the 8th region.

Challenging 20 Meter conditions was the main feature of this particular NA Sprint.  This was an especially big obstacle for our low power and poor antenna entrants.  Only N8EA managed to make over 30 contacts on 20, with W8WTS, W1NN, ND8L, K1LT and K3UA and the other LP entrants making 30 or less contacts there.  This was the main reason why the low power scores were lower than usual this time and is far below normal. 

28 teams participated this time.  Our best team (KW8N, K8MR, W8WTS and W1NN) managed an 8th place showing with only four scores.  One more decent score would have pushed this team up at least three or four places.  Our other teams placed 12th, 13th, and 19th

The full results of this and other Sprints can be found in the NCJ and on the NCJ website.

The next NA Sprint CW is scheduled for Saturday, February 2 at 2000 EST (February 3 at 0000Z). 

NCC/MRRC Team Makes Top Ten in August NAQP

Conditions were excellent for the August, 2018 North American QSO Party CW and the scores submitted by the participants clearly reflected this fact.  Winner AA3B managed over 1,300 contacts and 221 mults to produce a score of 287,742 points.  As this is just a 10 hour contest, AA3B averaged 130 Q’s an hour!  This high level of activity is the major reason why these twice-yearly contests have become so popular.

The North Coast Contesters and their friends from the neighboring Mad River Contest Club managed to collect 24 ops to put together six teams to compete with the other 90-some teams from around the country and Canada.  Our NCC/MRRC Team 1, consisting of NA8V, K1LT, W8CAR, K3UA and K8GT managed an 8th place finish against really fierce competition from teams from the Northern California Contest Club, the Contest Club Ontario and the Society of Midwest Contesters. 

Other NCC/MRRC teams placed 23rd, 31st, 49th, 66th and 82nd.  Nice job, guys.

Again leading the pack with the top score was Michigan-based NA8V, who managed 973 contacts and 195 mults.  W1NN produced the second highest score for the club with 845/186. 

2018 Summer Picnic at K3LR!

Friday, July 27 is the date for one of the club’s best events of the year – the summer picnic at the QTH of K3LR.  This year’s event will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the founding of our club.  You don’t want to miss this event!  There is always a big turnout and it’s a great chance to leisurely chat with your fellow members.  You can also find out what’s new at the best ham station in the world, and enjoy Tim’s excellent catered meal.  Last year attendees went home with NCC coffee mugs engraved with “30th Anniversary July 21, 2017” – a real collector’s item.  Tim’s bash begins at 6PM and Tim would like you to RSVP so he knows how much food to prepare.  Keep and eye on the NCC email reflector for updates and instructions.  See you there!

NCC Superstations All Out for ARRL DX CW

The North Coast Contesters club boasts three of the best superstations in the country – K3LR, W2FU and K8AZ – and all of them were out in force for the CW weekend of the 2018 ARRL International DX Contest .  Unfortunately, conditions were terrible and this really impacted our stations this year, but our guys still put in incredible performances.

First, in the multi-multi category, perennial CW weekend winner K3LR came up a few QSOs short this year and East Coast rival W3LPL appears to have slipped past Tim’s guys by the narrowest of margins to win the USA.  Interestingly, the two stations ended up with an identical multiplier total of 533, but they managed to get there in quite different ways.  The K3LR ops actually had more mults than W3LPL on four bands: 160, 40, 20 and 10 meters, only failing to reach the ‘LPL mult totals on 80 and 15.  But the gap on 15 was big:  LPL found 10 more mults than Tim’s guys there.  Here’s what Frank wrote about conditions this year:

In many respects each of us operated in a different contest. The several hundred miles between us — especially the north-south distance — has surprisingly strong propagation affects especially as we approach the bottom of the sunspot cycle making it impossible for us to compete on a level playing field. At W3LPL we benefited from longer openings to Europe on every band except 10 meters. That produced 340 more QSOs to Europe and ten common European multipliers on 15 meters that were unavailable to K3LR. K3LR enjoyed better propagation to Japan especially on 20 meters, but their 120 additional contacts to Japan couldn’t make up for our longer openings to Europe.

Nice comments from Frank, W3LPL, one of the nicest gentlemen in radio contesting today!  Congratulations to both K3LR and W3LPL for fine performances.

A few miles up the road to the northeast from K3LR is the W2FU superstation.  This year Jeff’s ops entered the multi-single category and seem to have walked away with the top score in the USA and Canada with 3,497 contacts, 455 mults and a claimed score of 4,747,470.  Interestingly, Jeff’s crew managed to find 123 mults on 20Meters, only four less than K3LR and two less than W3LPL! 

Moving in the other direction, Tom Lee’s ops at K8AZ in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs put in a fantastic performance in the M2 category, but just couldn’t keep up with the K1LZ ops 600 miles to the east in Medway, MA.  Sporting all new Icom radios and optimized antennas, the ‘AZ ops kept the station on for 48 hours and ended up just short of 3,800 contacts and 466 mults for 5.3 million points.  Tom’s guys actually found more mults on 10 meters, but the guys at Krassy’s slick station were almost 1,000 QSOs ahead of Tom’s crew to post a score of 7.2 million points.  The same factors mentioned above by W3LPL certainly were at play in the K1LZ-K8AZ contest.

Dan, W8CAR, NCC whipper in chief,  put together a summary of NCC’s scores in the 2018 ARRL DX CW weekend. Here is his report:

Total points so far 21,350,699!!!!  Great job guys.  If I missed your score please hit up 3830 and email me!

      M/2 HP

      Call SO2R Remote QSOs Mults Op Time Score Club

      K8AZ     3797 466 48 5,250,888 NCC

     M/M HP

      Call SO2R Remote QSOs Mults Op Time Score Club

      K3LR     5451 533 48 8,716,149 NCC

      M/S HP

      Call SO2R Remote QSOs Mults Op Time Score Club

      W2FU     3497 455 48 4,747,470 NCC

      SO Unlimited HP

      Call SO2R Remote QSOs Mults Op Time Score Club

      N8TR     991 380 30 1,129,740 NCC

      KK8D     535 227 12.5 363,654 NCC

      SO Unlimited LP

      Call SO2R Remote QSOs Mults Op Time Score Club

      K8LY     390 199 27 232,830 NCC

      SO Unlimited QRP

      Call SO2R Remote QSOs Mults Op Time Score Club

      K8ZT     213 157  100,323 NCC

      SOSB/40 LP

      Call SO2R Remote QSOs Mults Op Time Score Club

      W1NN   x 280 77 12 64,680 NCC

      SOHP  WW3S 1299  X 344=1,339,536

      SOHPA ND8L 466  X 290=405,429


3 NCC/MRRC Teams in Sprint Top Ten Team Competition

NCC and our sister club the Mad River Radio Club fielded three joint teams in the February 2018 CW Sprint and all three managed to make the top ten in the team competition!

Conditions were terrible and the scores for most ops were down from the typical January scores.  Here are the details of our three teams based on the preliminary results posted on the Sprint website.  The numbers to the left show team placement while the right-hand column shows the total score achieved by the five operators:

5.  NCC/MRRC CQ (NO3M, KW8N, K3UA, K8MR, W2FU)         55,072

7. NCC/MRRC QRZ (K9NW, N2ZN, NA8V, N8EA, W1NN)          52,160

10.  NCC/MRRC DX (K3LR, W8WTS, W3YQ, W9PA, NW2K)     43,686

On a claimed score basis, here are the individual scores of our three team members, compiled by K3LR:

NCC/MRRC CQ NO3M 14,276 KW8N 13,005 K3UA 10,920 K8MR 10,692 W2FU  7,371 Team Total: 56,264 

NCC/MRRC QRZ K9NW 12,804 N2ZN 11,685 NA8V 10,164 W1NN  9,321 N8EA  9,320 Team Total: 53,294  

NCC/MRRC DX K3LR  13,500 W8WTS 11,111 W3YQ   9,348 W9PA   7,600 NW2K   3,680 Team Total: 45,239 

By comparing the total preliminary scores with the claimed scores, you can get an idea of how much our scores were reduced in the log checking.  The answer:  not very much!  There was only one change in order between the claimed scores and the preliminary scores.  In the former, W1NN edged out N8EA by one single point, but the preliminary scores show that after log checking, N8EA ended up ahead of W1NN by 30 points! 

NO3M and K3LR made the top ten high power list, while K3UA, N8EA and W1NN made the top ten low power list.  NO3M and K3LR were also in the total QSO top ten, with NO3M placing second!  K8MR operated from the station of K5KG where he produced the high score for FL.  W1NN operated remote from Japan. 

Excellent job everyone!


4 NCC/MRRC Teams in January NAQP CW

20 operators signed up to operate on a team in the January 2018 NAQP CW contest but only 14 actually managed to submit scores.  Despite the high overall participation in the US and Canada, our members seem to be busy with other things during this contest.  Each team had five registered members but unfortunately several ops were not able to get on, so none of our teams had a full complement of operators.  Naturally, none of them placed very high on the list of 101 teams.  Our best team placed 16th, while the other three teams placed 53rd, 61st and 62nd.  Here are the team scores:

16. NCC/MRRC Team 1 (NA8V,W1NN,K3UA,K8RYU) 593,996

53. NCC/MRRC Team 3 (K8MR,NF8M,K8BL,W8RU)   157,698

61. NCC/MRRC Team 4 (KW8N,N8XX,W8KNO)       130,131

62. NCC/MRRC Team 2 (WB8WKQ,N8FYL,K8AJS)    122,324 

Noteworthy scores were submitted by NA8V (995 contacts), W1NN (888 contacts), K3UA (784 contacts), and KW8N (675 contacts).  NA8V’s score was the second highest in the 8th call district, just behind that of N8II in WV.  Nice job, Greg.  Unfortunately, the NAQP whip, W1NN, failed to put WW3S on a team, or we might have had a little better standing for one of our teams since Jamie had nearly 600 contacts.  Apologies to Jamie. 

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K8ZT Useful Links
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