Well after a troubled weekend in the CQWW RTTY Contest I still enjoyed it.
I was plagued with problems from Ham Radio Deluxe/DM-780 (but still the program of choice none the less!) and of course there were plenty of lids in attendance but it was good fun. I had limited time on the second day but managed a good 7 hours on the Saturday from around 0400UTC.
I was of course interested in JA and North America not only for the Contest points but also to increase my JCC/JCG (Japan Guns/Prefectures) and also WAS (Worked All States) scores.
I worked only 10 and 15 metres and had good openings East and West logging 63 JA on 10M and 41 on 15M. In total after approximately 11 hours I logged 431 q’s. I still need Saga Prefecture so if you know a Japanese Ham who is active in this area, please drop me a line! I also worked some nice NA stations on 10 into CA, UT and AZ but still missed out on WY and AK which i need for WAS RTTY……and before anyone emails me…..I know they were active in the Contest…grrr!
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.