WAE DX Contest, RTTY Call: WS7I/4 Operator(s): AA5AU KJ0D MM0LID N1MGO W4AAW W4TMO W6IHG WS7I Station: W4AAW Class: M/S HP QTH: VA Operating Time (hrs): 47 Remote Operation Summary: Band QSOs Pts QTCs Mults ------------------------------
- 80: 147 147 184 40: 481 481 438 255 20: 696 696 1232 202 15: 101 101 125 124 10: 18 18 36 ------------------------------ - Total: 1443 1443 1795 801 Total Score = 2,593,638 Club: Frankford Radio Club Update: Plaque Received! Comments: Only one word to describe this one - WOW! A Totally Remote effort. With a solar flux of 78, an A index of 19 and the K at 3, (and later A=23, K=4) you would not expect these kind of numbers to produce record scores especially for a contest that has been around for 44 years (the first WAE RTTY Contest was in 1972). But at 1542Z on Sunday, Team W4AAW operating remotely as WS7I/4, unofficially went past the current North American Multi-Single record of 2,071,144 points set by W0LSD in 2012. From there we willed 20 meters to continue to produce QSOs and QTCs and the band didn't let us down. We had to rely mainly on 20 on Sunday because 10 and 15 were dead for all practical purposes and we had already sucked them dry of multipliers. Europe did eventually start going away on 20 but the damage was done - we had destroyed 20 meters and obliterated the old record. Yes, 20 was the money band but it was only good when the sun was up. At night, the low bands were pretty good to us too. 40 meters produced excellent runs into Europe and 80 produced an abundance of European multipliers to boot. 15 was good briefly on Saturday and there were good multipliers found on 10. However, both 10 & 15 suffered terribly from the horrible numbers. What makes this result so satisfying is how it came to be. Earlier this year, Mike W4AAW, started assembling a group of gung ho RTTY contesters to operate his totally remote contest station. Over the course of just a few months, we seemed to have figured out this remote contesting thing (or so we think), and now have unofficially set two North American records in a row (also JARTS last month). But this story isn't so much about the operators listed below, who turned in a gutsy performance this weekend, but it's more about the other operators on this team - the CW and SSB guys - who welcomed us into the fold and have played a major role in helping us get up to speed by providing excellent technical support and donating top-line equipment. To be commended are guys like John K3TN who furnished the K3 on position 2 and who did extensive load testing on the system before the contest to help eliminate audio dropouts on the network. And Rick N1RM who recently supplied the team with a new amplifier for position 3 so it could be identical to position 1. Rick also supplies us with the VPN router configuration file for all of us to connect remotely to the network. Rowland, K4XD, keeps our website (remotecontesting.com) and its interactive operator schedule up-to-date. I know there are others too and they all deserve a big thanks from us hotshot RTTY contesters who seem to screw things up so often that Mike must be pulling his hair out. The Internet connection was solid the entire weekend and I'm not 100% sure on this, but I don't think we blew anything up. Thanks to all the operators who worked us and especially those who exchanged QTCs. We sure appreciate it. Thanks to DARC for sponsoring the most interesting RTTY contest of the year. QTCs are king! Thanks to Jay for allowing us to use his call. Then there's the guy who puts it all together - the master of it all - Mike W4AAW. Without his genius, we wouldn't get to have all this fun. It takes a special kind of guy with considerable patience and top-notch technical skill to put this whole package together each contest. Thank you Mike from all of us remote RTTY contesting rookies who seem to go out of our way to make your life miserable during RTTY contests. Operators AA5AU-Don Louisiana KJ0D-Eric Missouri MM0LID-Scott Scotland N1MGO-Gordon Massachusetts W4AAW-Mike Virginia - Frankford Radio Club W4TMO-Jim North Carolina - Potomac Valley Radio Club W6IHG-Jerry Virginia - Potomac Valley Radio Club WS7I-Jay Washington State 73, Don AA5AU
Operator(s): KJØD N6NC W2UP W3UL W4AAW
Class: Multi-Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 16
Summary: Compare Scores
Total: 700 Sections 83 Total Score 116,200
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
Comments: [email] 2016-11-07 04:59:42
Totally Remote operation. Operator locations as follows:
KJ0D Missouri *** = PVRC Member
Welcome to Barry, W2UP who joined us for the first time. He made an impressive
Tom-K6CT/HP1XT, holder of the W4YY call, attempted to join in from Shanghai,
China but the BA folks block VPNs, so no joy in respect of what would have been
a remote contesting milestone.
Special thanks to the VY1AAA ops. Thanks also, to the League for sponsoring
this popular contest.
We will be back, in force for the WAE RTTY, CQWW CW and other contests, totally
W4AAW appreciates not having to buy beer or having to clean up the shack; one
of the upsides to not having any operators in his shack! HI
Operator(s): K3TN K4UB KJØD KU1CW MMØLID N1RM NA3D W3UL W4AAW
Class: M/M HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Summary: Compare Scores
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 78 10 23
80: 150 21 62
40: 347 26 83
20: 730 30 111
15: 352 25 83
10: 309 19 49
Total: 1966 131 412 Total Score 2,707,560
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
Comments: [email] 2016-10-30 18:11:13
Another Totally Remote operation. Operators and remote locations as follows:
NA3D New Jersey
Absolute rock solid web connection. Congratulations to all who slogged out the
first 12-14 hours of the contest. After that, things grew slowly better, but,
then, we have been warned.
We are looking for serious, committed and experienced multi-mode operators who
have a K3/RemoteRig set up. See our website, listed below.
Thanks for all the Mults & Qs.
Congrats to our great friends at WX3B who did VERY well.
Thanks also to CQ Magazine for sponsoring such non-pariel contests. And thanks
for a great contesting column every month from K3ZJ.
CQWW DX RTTY 2016
Operator(s): AA5AU K4UB K4XD KU1CW MMØLID N1MGO ND3D W3UL W4AAW W4TMO W6IHG WS7I
Class: M/M HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Summary: Compare Scores
Band QSOs State/Prov DX Zones
80: 402 48 35 11
40: 359 50 60 21
20: 1079 51 100 31
15: 525 16 78 22
10: 29 3 9 7
Total: 2394 168 282 92 Total Score 2,935,472
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
Comments: [email] 2016-09-25 18:26:25
This was another Totally Remote effort. Usually, M/M stands for
"Multi-Multi." In this case, M/M should stand for,
Ninety minutes before the contest start, the coax to the 40M yagi was severed
at the top of the tower when UV-degraded zip ties apparently failed, allowing
the service loop to be drawn across the tower top. So! We had no 40M antenna
Saturday, Jay-WS7I suggested we get some kind of 40M vertical going. So, a
wire vertical with four radials was quickly made up andraised. It worked
We also had massive rotor control box issues. These caused the 15M and 10M
yagis to be parked on EU and South America, respectively. Eventually, we were
able to re-calibrate the boxes and all yagis then turned. "But," we
ask, "Why did all this crapola happen minutes before the contest?"
Only the Contest Fairy knows.
The Internet connection worked flawlessly.
No QSOs were made from the W4AAW shack. Operators and their remote locations
were as follows:
AA5AU - Louisiana
MM0LID - Scotland
W4TMO - North Carolina*
N1MGO - Massachusetts
ND3D - Maryland*
KU1CW - Singapore (9V1) Airport Passenger Lounge!!
W3UL - New Jersey*
WS7I - Washington State
K4XD - North Carolina*
K4UB - Utah
W6IHG - Virginia*
W4AAW - Virginia* (* indicates PVRC member)
Some pretty remarkable QSO totals were turned in. Especially noteworthy was
Scott-MM0LID's effort with 617 Qs in his very first outing with us. Gordon,
N1MGO used his secret BIC tactics to produce 460 Qs. Big thanks for Don-AA5AU
for setting up our positions for diversity decoding and for advice on other
RTTY operating issues.
In the last two hours of the contest, Patrick-K4UB plunged in, operating his
first RTTY contest, and from Utah to boot! He's a quick learner.
Thanks to W0YK for overseeing this great contest. And thanks for all the Qs
We look forward to another Totally Remote effort in the CQWW SSB DX test at the
end of October.
Murphy, please stay away!
by Mike W4AAW Makrothen RTTY Contest Call: W4AAW Operator(s): MM0LID W4TMO W4AAW Station: W4AAW Class: MO/Multi Xcvr HP QTH: Virginia Operating Time (hrs): 24 Remote Operation Summary: Band QSOs ------------ 80: 46 40: 154 20: 306 15: 166 10: 2 ------------ Total: 674 Total Score = 3,578,936 Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club Comments: A TOTALLY REMOTE operation. Operator locations: MM0LID Scotland W4TMO North Carolina W4AAW Virginia Jim-W4TMO was buffeted by Hurricane Matthew. He lost power several times. Hats off for Scott-MM0LID who made at least one million I f the total score. Our Internet connection worked flawlessly. We will CU in the JARTS test. Thanks for all the mults and Qs.
by Mike W4AAW
JARTS WW RTTY Contest 2016 Call: W4AAW Operator(s): MM0LID AA5AU W4AAW N1MGO K4XD WS7I W6IHG ND3D W4TMO Station: W4AAW Class: MOMT (M/M) HP QTH: VA-USA Operating Time (hrs): 48 Remote Operation Summary: Band QSOs Mults ------------------- 80: 127 27 40: 456 71 20: 903 99 15: 428 87 10: 65 28 ------------------- Total: 1979 312 Total Score = 1,580,904 Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club Comments: What a roller-coaster of a contest! Worse than horrid conditions much of the time. Then, bands would open, sometimes brilliantly, and produce tremendous results. Only W4AAW operated from the shack. Of the 1,979 contacts made, 1,523 of them (77%) were made by remote operators in the following locations: MM0LID Scotland WS7I Washington State AA5AU Louisiana ND3D Maryland W6IHG Virginia N1MGO Massachusetts K4XD North Carolina W4TMO North Carolina The Internet connection was solid for the whole 48 hours. Don-AA5AU operated several hours as SO2R from Louisiana. Hats off for Scott-MM0LID who made a whopping 678 QSOs by himself, which is 34% of the total Qs. Pretty astounding! The record for MOMT operation in JARTS from North America was set by NK7U with 1,295,604 with 1,638 Qs. We achieved the claimed score and QSO totals shown in the boxes above and hope we may have set a new record score in this category. The whole team wishes to thank all those we contacted for their patience. Copy at both ends was, at times, extremely difficult. Thanks to the contest sponsors for this wonderful mainstay in RadioSport. We look forward to working you in all the major RTTY, SSB and CW contests. TeamW4AAW
SCC RTTY Championship 2016
Operator(s): AA5AU N1MGO W3UL W4AAW W4TMO W6IHG WS7I
Class: Multi-Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Band QSOs Mults
80: 33 22
40: 215 69
20: 274 67
15: 138 53
Total: 660 211 Total Score = 375,580
What a challenging set of conditions! The Sun seems know just when to play
tricks on us. This, too, shall pass!
In a ground-breaking effort, Don-AA5AU operated the first two hours as SO2R,
and did it REMOTELY from Louisiana. So far as we know, Don is the first
Amateur to operate SO2R remotely. It was dizzying to watch the screen(s) as
Don masterfully controlled TWO stations from half-a-continent away.
Operators and their remote operating locations:
W4TMO North Carolina
WS7I Washington State
Great variances in conditions from hour to hour made for some highly
frustrating stretches of time. 20M and 40M were, for us, the money bands. At
times, 15M sounded good but it seemed many EU operators avoided any temptation
to swing yagis northwestward.
Many, many thanks for all the Qs and mults. Our Totally Remote Contesting Team
looks forward to working you in the CQ WW RTTY 'test next month, with nobody in
by Mike W4AAW North American QSO Party, RTTY - July Call: W4AAW Operator(s): AA5AU K4XD W3UL W4TMO W7RIV W3AAW Station: W4AAW Class: M/2 LP QTH: VA Operating Time (hrs): 12 Remote Operation Summary: Band QSOs Mults ------------------- 80: 57 29 40: 226 49 20: 310 51 15: 58 25 10: 3 3 ------------------- Total: 654 157 Total Score = 102,678 Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club Team: Comments: Kudos to Don-AA5AU and Bryon-W7RIV. Don led the way with BIC-time and QSOs, making more than half of all Qs. Bryon, newest member of the W4AAW team braved being thrown into the deep end of the pool. Thanks also to Jim-W4TMO for his kind Elmering. Very high noise levels greeted us at the start, along with highly aggravating QSB. Then, Mother Nature layed on a two-hour long, severe thunderstorm. After the storm passed, it felt like it does when you quit banging your head against the wall. Remote operators were located as follows: (* indicates PVRC membership) AA5AU Louisiana W7RIV Utah W4TMO (*) North Carolina K4XD (*) North Carolina W3UL (*) Maryland W4AAW (*) was in the shack for this one. Additional thanks go to AA5AU for sharing his vast RTTY experience and setting up the operating positions with two and even three decoders (MMTTY, GRITTY & 2Tone). Big improvement. Rowland, K4XD has done a masterful job at setting up our scheduling. People showed up! (Ninety percent of success is just showing up! ..Woody Allen) We planned this as a "practice" contest in order to deal with the unfamiliarity some ops feel in remote operating. Our two audio apps performed flawlessly as did the web connections and the Asus VPN router. Special thanks to Rick-N1RM and his VPN Update App. No more system/network bogging down. Finally, and sincerely, thanks to all for the mults and Qs. There would not be a contest without you. For more information on Totally Remote Contesting, visit www.remotecontesting.com 73 Mike W4AAW
I had a blast as part of the W0NA(@W4AAW) NAQP CW operation - I hope everyone else did, too.
I always like to do a "Lessons Learned" after every contest and try to figure out what I could have done better. Of course, part of the allure of HF contesting is that every contest is different - conditions and participation change so that nothing is ever exactly the same. But, in every contest I still find "coulda/shoudas" that would have improved my score.
Sometimes "more Butt in Chair" was the major issue, but that is always driven by lots of other factors. In general, I contest for fun and if it is too nice out to sit in the basement all day, my BIC time is driven by that, or the usual other obligations, etc. With Multi-2, there are only 2 chairs and we had them fully scheduled in advance with butts...
So, usually my lessons learned focus on how could my rate/hour been better. Here is the chart of our rates during the NAQP CW:
All rates discussed here are from SH5, which tells the true story - the N1MM rate meters tend to exaggerate actual rates in multi-op contests unless you look at the 100 QSO rates. People tend to look at the 10 minute rate meter too much...
In order to reach 1600 Qs, we needed to average 150/hour (or 75/hour/station) for 12 hours. To do that, obviously need hours above 150 to offset those that will be below, and usually the first 3-4 hours and 7,8,9 and 10 are the hours to "collect those acorns" like the squirrels do for the lean winter months...
We started slow, probably spending too much time on 10 and not enough on 15m. I followed my usual plan for NAQP/SS and quickly swept 10m for multipliers at the start and then went to my scheduled band, 20M and started running. Eric was scheduled for 15M but couldn't get anything going on that band, so he spent a good deal of time on 10/15 but we never had higher than a 40 hour on either band. I'll leave Eric to add his lessons learned.
For the first 2 hours running on 20, my rates were 78 and 71, not stellar. 20 minutes in I settled in on 14.042 and started running on what seemed like a pretty clean frequency. By 1906 it felt slow enough that I started picking off mults using the MultAvail window and ALT-Q - the run rate should have been higher. I think 15M and 10M were good enough for the West Cost/Midwest that many single out there were slower to come to 20.
By hour 3 it was slow enough that I took an early look at 40, but it was too early - went back to 20, found a good run freq at 14.022 and had an 89 hour that was OK for that time. After those two hour shifts, Rowland picked up the K3 position - I'll let him add his lessons learned.
My Lessons Learned Hours 1-4: Slow starts are killers in short contests, I should have either started earlier picking off additional QSOs with ALT-Q, or abandoned 14.042 and tried a different run frequency instead of making that early trip to 40. In SS, going to 40 2 hours in makes sense, but NAQP starts 3 hours earlier!
I came back on at 0000z and was originally scheduled for 40M but Bill was doing a good job of running there so I started up on 80 early - which turned out to be a lot of fun. I started with an 89 hour, followed by 79 and 85. That's pretty good for 80 that early in the evening.
By the third hour it slowed down so I took a quick trip to 160M, then came back and found a run frequency at 3525. While the first hour was good, I probably should have tried for a higher in the band frequency, maybe slowed the speed down (I usually CQ at 30 wpm in domestic contests and slow down to match callers) since I was "exposed" low in the band on .36 for the first long run period.
I augmented the slow 4th hour (59Qs 0300-0400) with another quick trip to 160 but I probably cost us some Qs on 80M. I did pick up a lot of QSOs with the ALT-Q approach.
My Lessons Learned Hours 7-10: I think I did pretty well during this segment, but I should have planned for find a run freq higher in the band to see if the rate went up. In NAQP and SS, there are part time CW ops who stay away from the lower end of the bands.
I was off for the last two hours, will let Eric and Rick add their lessons learned.
[Rowland K4XD] - 2200 - 0000, Hours 4-6
Thanks for the blog post John, I think this is a great way for us to learn from each other and improve.
I started up running on 40M at 2200, and as John points out, I was somewhat seduced by and repulsed by the 10 Minute Rate counter in N1MM+'s info window. It started quite high, in the 90's, and then after about 20 minutes it dropped to 60. The band was full of untapped Q's ("blue ones" on the band map) and a couple of mults, so I went into S&P mode. The 10 minute rate shot up, which made me feel like that was a better mode for now. Mistake! Although I averaged around 60 Q's/hour for my shift, with John's "Run, Pounce and Alt-Q" approach I'm pretty sure I would have done better. Next time...
We had the beams turned West and left them there. I did work a fair number of 1's and 2's with that orientation, but many were weak, and in retrospect, I probably would have worked a lot more by spending some time with the beam pointed more Northerly - maybe at least 330? I'd like to hear thoughts on that from the gang. Maybe swing the beam to another population area once the rate drops, and alternate between the densest areas.
In my last half hour I finished up the S&P on 40 and saw a band map full on 80 so went there and had plenty of S&P action. Again, probably would have done better with a run + pick off mults approach.
There was little to no moving mults going on to my knowledge - that's another area where I feel I should do better, and as a team, it would increase our score. I need to get my eyes used to focusing on the "needed on band X" notes from N1MM and program a key to let the caller know we are "also on 14.024" or whatever the current run freq is.
[Rick N1RM] - 0400 - 0600, Hours 11-12
As an "evolving" CW operator, this was an appropriate shift for me to develop skills without hurting the score too much. I spent about 6 hours during the day working a single op effort from my home station. By the rule, that was unassisted so I became glued to the P3 large screen display for S&P operation. When I switched over to remote operation at Mike's station, the first thing I missed was that display. I was dismayed to look at the available mults/Qs display for my assigned 80M band and notice that there were 1 mult and 6 Qs available. I did probably the worst thing - I went into "spin & grin" S&P mode tuning to each signal long enough to see it was a dupe. I kept at that for quite a while. That was also a mistake, but there were MANY stations calling CQ that we had not worked. I think I only picked up one or two mults, neither of which were the one listed on the spots. I suspect there was something wrong with the spots.
After about 40 minutes of that, I took Lady Macbeth's advice and "screwed my courage to the sticking place", calling CQ for the first time in any contest (other than Field Day). It was a gentle introduction to the art as the rates remained at about 35/hr - about what it was for S&P. There were only a couple of times where more than one person called me at the same time and I was able to get everything with almost no repeat requests. I guess all those hours with Morse Runner are paying off. It was a great confidence builder.
The only time I had any real difficulty is when someone came back to me at a very slow sounding 22 wpm and just as he was replying I started getting what John has christened "the blippies". For some reason the network started dropping lots of packets. I noticed when this started happening that it was about the time position 1 switched from run to S&P. I was actually looking for that to see if we can correlate it with increase VNC activity, which happens during S&P on position 1. I'm not sure there's a correlation there, because position 1 was still doing S&P after the problem went away, about 5 very frustrating minutes later. Anyway, when I asked for repeats, the other station naturally slowed down even more which actually made things worse. It actually got to the point where the intermittent dropouts were affecting every element he sent. It would have been better if he had sped up so that an occasional character could have gotten through in between dropouts. We finally finished the QSO, with him probably wondering when the FCC started issuing novice licenses again.
Other than that understandable difficulty, running went well, but unproductive. It's probably my lowest QSO count of any contest since starting with the K4VV/W4AAW team. But I'm now confident that I can copy stations nearly 100% at 30 WPM, so I'm ready to keep improving. I'll start trying the Run, Pounce and Alt-Q method next time around.
Thanks to John and all the other mentors in this group and especially Mike for the incredible hours he puts in so we can play.
Well, that was a blast - I hope all had as much fun as I did. Below is the 3830 writeup I submitted. We are currently sitting at 5th in M2 - obviously very early, but we should stay in the top ten.
We fell 101 Qs and 13 mults shy of breaking the NY3A@K4VV VA record and the same NY3A/WX3B team beat us this year from WX3B in MD. Here is a comparison:
They beat us handily on 80 and 15 and on mults on 10. We beat them on 160 and 20 and we were essentially tied on 40m. The difference works out to 9 Qs per hour and less than 3 mults per hour - give us a good target for the next one.
73 John K3TN
Class: M/2 LP
Operating Time (hrs): 12
|Summary: Compare Scores|
Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club
|Comments: [email] 2016-01-10 02:03:44|
|This was an almost completely remote Multi2 effort, with operators from MD (K3TN and W3UL), MO (KJ0D), NC (K4XD) and VA (N1RM). Station owner, sherpa and guru Mike W4AAW filled in locally when needed. We dedicated this operation to the memory of KL7RA - just didn't seem like an NAQP without hearing that call. The solar flare gods appeared to stay at home to watch the football playoffs, a good thing. 10 and 15 were our Achilles heel - conditions were not great and the bands seemed thin. 20 was its usual workhorse self, thought it went to bed early, while 80 and 40 were the gifts that just kept giving. 160M was its usual self, though towards the end a front and rain squalls moving through upped the noised level. Nice to work all the other RICHs, along with the CHACHOs. Seemed to be more TEDs than usual, maybe another memorial going on. 8P9NX was a nice surprise on a few bands. Also nice to work many new calls - NAQP is a great on-ramp for future CW contesters. The W4AAW station played flawlessly, though we had some scrambling immediately before the start to offer several reboots to the N1MM+ networking demons, who aren't very friendly to VPN-connected positions. The wireless Internet service at W4AAW was also well behaved - since in remote operation, the Internet is your paddle/headset/footswitch connection, that is a major plus...
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