Next weekend is the CQ WPX SSB contest, and I have a chace of putting in a better than average (for me) showing.
Basic contest information (just the info I need):
CQ WPX Contest Dates SSB: March 30-31, 2013
Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday
Period of Operation: 48 hours. Single Operator stations may operate 36 of the 48 hours – off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO is logged.
Bands: Only the 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz bands may be used.
Single Operator High (All Band or Single Band): QSO alerting assistance is not permitted. Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts.
Single Operator Low (All Band or Single Band): QSO alerting assistance is not permitted. Total output power must not exceed 100 watts.
Single Operator Overlay Categories: Single Operator entrants above may also submit their log for one of the categories shown below by adding an additional line in the Cabrillo log file header called CATEGORY-OVERLAY. All Overlay entries are grouped into high power and low power in the results.
(a) Tribander/Single Element (TB-WIRES): During the contest an entrant shall use only one (1) tribander (any type, with a single feed line from the transmitter to the antenna) for 10, 15, and 20 meters and single-element antennas on 40, 80, and 160 meters.
Exchange: RS(T) report plus a progressive contact serial number starting with 001 for the first contact.
I have several Easter Weekend events at Church and with Family, but I do think I can squeeze in at least a 1/3 available hours effort. SOmewhat concerned that the time slots I have opne are not looking very productive for propagation.
Big thing to get ready is to get a Voice Keyer up and running. I was loosing my voice during the Wisconsin QSO party and was only only a bit more than 2 hours.
I’ll have to decide if I want to run 100w or high power, and if I want to run with assistance or without. Presently thinking Without, 100w power will be the choice.
I should quality for the TB-WIRES overlay endorsement.
Hope to catch you on the air next weekend!