J6R ARRL DX CW 2005

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J6R - ARRL DX CW 2005, Single Op, Low Power, Un-Assisted

4th Place World

J6R QSL Card

ARRL 4th Place World Certificate

 

CONTEST RESULTS

# Call Score QSOs Mult Class Power 1-Band Section US Call Area DXCC Entity Continent Club
1 VP9/W6PH 3,942,522 4,094 321 S B       VP9 NA Yankee Clipper Contest Club
2 KH7X (KH6ND, op @KH6YY) 3,776,175 3,873 325 S B       KH6 OC  
3 VP5/WJ2O 3,546,603 3,777 313 S B       VP5 NA Rochester (NY) DX Assn
4 J6R (K3LP, op) 2,954,130 3,338 295 S B       J6 NA Frankford Radio Club
5 PJ7/ND5S 2,758,140 2,985 308 S B       PJ7 NA Mad River Radio Club
6 J88DR 2,638,128 3,233 272 S B       J8 NA  
7 W1MU 2,262,138 2,083 362 S B   ME 1      
8 N1UR 2,214,900 2,140 345 S B   VT 1     Yankee Clipper Contest Club
9 W4PA 2,193,720 2,020 362 S B   TN 4     Tennessee Contest Group
10 K7SV 2,180,820 1,913 380 S B   VA 4     Potomac Valley Radio Club

ARRL DX CW 2005 - Posted Log Checking Result by ARRL for J6R
*** Summary ***

    3534 raw QSO before duplicate removal and checking reductions
    3338 net QSO after duplicate removal and checking reductions
   10014 net QSO points after checking
     295 net multipliers after checking
 2954130 final score

     122 (3.5%) duplicates
      22 (0.6%) calls copied incorrectly
       9 (0.3%) exchanges copied incorrectly
      10 (0.3%) not in log
      36 (1.0%) calls unique to this log only
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

We arrived in St. Lucia on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 and returned home on Tuesday, February 22, 2005. During this trip, Clint (W3ARS) and I (K3LP -David) rented a two bedroom villa on the north end of the island.

 

J68LP and J6R - David (K3LP) at the villa with the A3 Triband Beam in the background

L to R: J68LP and J6R - David (K3LP), and J68RS - Clint (W3ARS) at the villa

J68RS - Clint (W3ARS) working 6 Meters

 

The area is known as Hilltop Villas - Cap Estate, St. Lucia, West Indies,  http://www.gatewayvillas.org/villas/details/7/, Gatepark Condomiumns, Sunningdale #4, http://www.gatewayvillas.org/, Name: Cypriana, Phone: (758) 450-8611 or Toll Free: (866) 428-3725, Please say: "I saw your listing #12417 on VRBO", $165 night plus 5% tax, 2 bedroom villa

The pre-contest activities included obtaining the borrowed A3 Tri-band 10, 15 & 20 Meter Beam, three element (two elements broken off a 5 element) 6 Meter Beam, three 40' antenna vertical support masts and miscellaneous coax cables/rope stored at Given Georges (J69AC) house for the S. Ohio DX Association (Scott Lehman - N9AG). Ancletus Ernest (J69AZ) was very helpful in obtaining our licenses prior to our late evening arrival so we could get on the air the first night we were on the island. Both Ernest (J69AZ) and Junior Mathurin (J69EN) assisted us in transporting the antenna equipment to and from the operating site location.

On Thursday, the A3 Tri-band beam, 6 Meter Beam, 6BHV Hustler Vertical Antenna (ground mounted), dipoles for 40, 80 and 160 meters at 35' feet were installed on three separate masts supported by the villa structure and rope.

MURPHY HITS J6R

About 8 hours before the contest was to begin, my FT-1000MP transceiver receive section went dead. I invested a lot of time on Friday trying to get it working. I was able to get an IC-756 PRO (with No CW Filters) as a loaner from Given (J69AC) around 4:00 PM. What a relief this was to have a back up radio.

I had my reliable Pentium IV, 2.3 G, laptop, XP, Satellite Toshiba computer I used at VP5LP (2003) and FS5UQ (2004) with WriteLog installed. About three hours before the contest, I discovered that some of the WriteLog and Direct I/O files were deleted by the anti-virus software running on my PC. After about 2 hours of troubleshooting and going down to the internet Cafe in Castries, I was able to get the proper software and Direct I/O drivers required by the PCs XP software.  After much fusing with the computer, we could not get the auto CW keyer working. We loaded the same software on a borrowed PC and everything starting working great! The issue was not a WriteLog software issue, it was my PC. The CW keying cable (transistor and LTP1 cable pin out wiring) was modified to work for the IC-756 PRO and I was ready to go!

I started the ARRL DX CW Contest 2005 three hours late! This was a real stressful bummer. At 0305, J6R was on the air!

David (K3LP) operating the contest as J6R with borrowed IC-756 PRO (no filters) and Laptop PC

David (K3LP) working on the FT-1000MP prior to the contest -The receiver stopped working prior to contest

Given George (J69AC) was giving the FT-1000MP a second look over prior to the contest - There was no hope!

J68LP and J6R - David (K3LP) assembling the A3 Tri-band Beam onto vertical support

J68LP and J6R - David (K3LP) assembling the A3 Tri-band Beam for 10, 15 and 20 Meters

J68RS - Clint (W3ARS) working on the 6 Meter Beam

J68RS - Clint (W3ARS) operating 6 Meters and HF SSB

Our view toward North America from the Villa blocked by 1 hill top

National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) Bois D'Orange, Gros Islet, St. Lucia - 3rd Floor Level is where J6 Licenses are issued

Ernest and Clint awaiting in the antenna equipment delivery truck

L to R: Ernest (J69AZ) explaining how many friends he had before his dog died to Given (J69AC);  Pre-Antenna installation communication

L to R: David (K3LP) and Clint (W3ARS) installing the ground mounted 6BHV Hustler Vertical antenna

Ancletus Ernest (J69AZ) and family

L to R: Fay, Faith, & Ernest (J69AZ)

L to R: Clint (W3ARS), Ernest (J69AZ), Given (J69AC), David (K3LP) and Junior (J69EN) at the ending of the late night departing party

David (K3LP) with the 40, 80 and 160 Meter Dipoles antennas install by David and Clint a day earlier

Ernest (J69AZ) and his wife prepared a wonderful dinner for us and other hams the last night we were on the island. Everyone chipped in with food and drinks. The party went on until after midnight. We got to bed around 2:30 AM and had a departing flight to Barbados the same morning at 6:20 AM. 

Given (J69AC) spent all day Friday working with me to resolve the radio and computer issues and I would not have been able to work the contest without his support and equipment. He is technically sharp and a wonderful person that I will always remember.

4th Place World - J6R (K3LP)

ARRL DX CW 2005, Single Op, Low Pwr., Un-Assisted

Reported Score: 3,040,092

ARRL Score Results:  2,954,130

Accuracy Error : 2.8 %

Band:             QSOs:             SECs:

160 Meter         57                  25

80 Meter         212                  45

40 Meter         608                  54

20 Meter         745                  59

15 Meter         821                  58

10 Meter         969                  56

Report Totals:3,412                297 

Results:         3,338                295    

L to R: Given (J69AC) and David (K3LP) shaking hands in a celebration for a job well done!

J6R (OPR K3LP) ARRL DX CW 2005, Single Operator, Low Power, Score Details

ARRL International DX CW 2005 - Single Opr. Low Power - J6R (Operator K3LP) This was the most exciting contest for me ever! The day before the contest, my FT-1000MP transceiver receiver section stop working. I spent much time inside the rig checking for cold solder joints, loose wires, and trying to trace signals using limited equipment. About 6 hours before the contest was to start, J69AC (Given George) showed up with an IC-756 PRO (with no CW filters) for me to use. I built a new CW Keying cable for the ICOM rig. Then about two hours before the contest, my laptop Pentium 4, XP version computer would no longer send CW using my faithful WriteLog software. I down loaded the Direct I/O drivers again, but the problem did not go away. The issue was clearly in the PC not the WriteLog software which I have used during many DX-pedition contests. I located a new computer and reloaded WriteLog. Finally, after much stress, I was on the air at 0300 GMT (three hours late).

It was difficult holding a frequency throughout the contest using low power. The real challenge came when trying to work the huge pileup with no cw filters. I was hearing QSO's two operators wide on each side of me throughout the contest. It's amazing what techniques you use to fight through the situation (i.e. shifting of the RIT, RF Gain, etc.).

It was quite exciting working everyone. After finding the right combination of frequencies, it was easy moving multipliers and other stations through all the bands (i.e. 28 to 21 to 14 to 7 MHz during the day and 14 to 7 to 3.8 to 1.8 MHz at night) whiling holding the run frequency.

I really appreciated the 80 and 160 meters QSOs and spots. With the poor 80 and 160 meter dipole antennas, it was difficult being heard.

   

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