JARTS Contest 2010 – MØOXO report

…productive band for the USA and final total was  over 70 North American Stations logged. I also worked several VK (Australia) on this band and lots of RA (Russia) too. Signals were very strong into the USA on 15 which was a nice change. Eventually I changed to 20M and again got into Japan, with lots of interest from Asia. The last to be logged was YB1AR in Indonesia, a total count of 337 contacts, time for a few hours sleep.

I was back at it from 3.30am on the Sunday morning. Sunday was a lot less attractive as Saturday. Everything was a struggle and almost impossible to get a run going. I started on 40M with very few USA in comparison to the previous day but slogged away into EU.
A change to 20m was a little more productive but again mainly EU and AS. I was constantly trying different bands this time as no runs were evident and it was hard work to keep picking them off. A move to 15M later in the afternoon gave a little more in the form of LU (Argentina) and PY (Brazil). I closed at 2.15pm, tiredness a factor with 707 contacts in the log. This number amazed me as I didn’t think I was so busy but I guess picking them off one by one eventually does add up!

Later in the day an opportunity arose and I fired back up again. I managed to get on 40M and although moving every 10 minutes to avoid qrm, I was able to have another 100 q’s bring my total in the Contest to 808 contacts over 16 hours. I had one dupe and maybe 5 or 6 busted exchanges so pretty pleased.

Best and Worse : Best bit without a doubt was the 57 JA’s logged. Worst bit was the many stations that gave their report on their initial call and before I had even acknowledged their call. Why do they do it? It throws any skill that you may have straight out of the window. The time wasted can run into minutes as macro’s have changed, your exchanges need ammending (if you were able to log it that is!), what an absolute pain. As Phil GU0SUP says, ”Dont log them if they can’t use the Contest correctly. Unless they come back with the information after you have acknowledged them, then tough luck’. Well said Phil!

Thanks to all who worked or tried to work me, and of course the SWL’s too.

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Charles M0OXO

I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.

I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.

IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.

In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.