2000 CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST Call used: M4R Location: TL53 Category: Single Op Single Band Mode: PHONE Power: 100W Callsign of Operator: G4AXX Exchanged Information: 5914 Hours of Operation: 44:17 band QSOs points zones ctys --------------------------------------- 160 0 0 0 0 80 0 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 15 885 1549 32 118 10 0 0 0 0 --------------------------------------- TOTAL 885 1549 32 118 SCORE: 232,350 Club or Team Name: Granta CG I have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations for amateur radio in my country. My report is correct and true to the best of my knowledge. I agree to be bound by the decisions of the CQ Awards Committee. Date 31st October 2000 Signature Mark Marsden Call G4AXX Name: Mark Marsden Call: G4AXX 38 Lambert Cross Saffron Walden, Essex, UK CB102DP Despite the typically gale-force seasonal wx for CQWW, HF conditions this year were truly excellent. I set up the 15m barefoot station at the airfield on Friday and found the electric winch wasn't working. I phoned Strumech and work for help, but couldn't get the mast up, so I left it at 30 feet. The trailer mast door handle had been modified with four long M6 bolts through the door, so it was, at last, possible to properly slam the door shut from the inside. The band was not open at all at midnight start, so I got some more sleep before getting off the starting blocks at 0500Z. Colin G4CWH came to help with the winch on Saturday morning and dismantled the electrics. After a while he got it working by hitting the motor with a hammer. The motor had seized. As the band conditions were so good it was decided it was definitely on for a good effort even with the antenna at 30 feet, and it was better to keep the mast low with the predicted gale-force winds. Saturday was a day of S&P and checking my rate against last years HP log. Saturday ended at 2123Z with 495 Q's. The winds had whipped the rain cover off one of the tent pegs and exposed my tent's inner mosquito netting to the rain. The tent was flooded and my sleeping bag was soaking. I slept very uncomfortably on a wet Lilo in a puddle, fully clothed wrapped in a blanket! Sunday started at 0500z, I warmed up, had breakfast and a hot shower from a thermos flask! Propagation was brilliant, at 0800Z I could hear Eu stations working JA's but I couldn't hear them, then at 0900Z the JA's came booming in at S9+. I spent most of the day on 21.175MHz calling CQ. It was near the bottom of the S&P LF->HF sweep (as you do in USB). Stations called in, in little waves, at a rate of 1/minute (never a pile-up - not with 100W) and my Q rate steadily rose. By mid-afternoon I knew for sure I had beaten Shaun's 1999 all-time record. I worked VK on both days, and 118 countries! S9 Rain static affected me around 1700Z on Sat and 1900Z on Sunday. Interestingly it was raining heavily before and after the static, I guess some clouds are charged and some just aren't, hi. As the static died down I could hear individual charged raindrops discharging into the antenna. (the tower was grounded with jumper cables and a guy stake) 2 hours after sunset the W's became unworkable, and the band opened up to South America. I just called CQ and was called by S.Americans, some of which were new country multipliers! Andy G4KNO called me at the tail-end of the very last QSO as the band faded out. We exchanged news and had a discussion about the new SSB Field Day rules. The Army got so used to me phoning them up to open the gate (eight times in all) that they gave me the number of the combination lock on the gate. The claimed summary then is: Band Call Score QSO Zn Co Year L21 M0BJL 199,206 764 33 120 1999 L21 M4R 232,350 885 32 118 2000 Total fuel consumption 32 liters. 73 MarkClick on a thumbnail below to see the picture.
The station, very comfortable, it's important. I like to eat seedless grapes during a contest. They're the only food I know where you can still talk with your mouth full, hi!
The tower at minimum height. I tied the coax and rotator cable to the outriders to stop them slapping against the tower in the wind. Everything was tidy and neat. It was a relief not to have to worry about the weather. The station, tower, guys & the antenna were strong, and all set to withstand the elements. I was completely focussed on the contest.
The winch that seized up. Colin got it working after a while but we didn't use it in the end because of the wind.
The winning certificate from CQ magazine.