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September 28, 2011 By: admin Category: Contesting

10 meters and slightly 20 meters were dissapointments but I think we did ok. I was mainly operating 40 meters. We will return for SSB part in multi-multi with 3 guest ops: OH1RX, OH6XX and OG9X.

Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW

Call: OH1F
Operator(s): OH1NOA, OH1TM, OH1HS, OH1LWZ, OH1RX, OH5DX
Station: OH1AF

Class: M/M HP
Operating Time (hrs): 24

Band QSOs Mults
80: 454 41
40: 863 59
20: 961 67
15: 683 66
10: 161 41
Total: 3122 274 Total Score = 1,967,046

Club: Contest Club Finland


Our first SAC CW multi-multi since 1995! As usual, lots of problems to solve
before kick-off time, but managed to get 4 stations on the air at the start.
When OH5DX arrived 45 minutes after the start, he had to climb to tower to
release 10m antenna. With our antenna set up we have to make compromises in
multi-multi, eg. we didn’t beam to USA on 20m until late Saturday evening. Lost
obviously lots of qsos and maybe some mults there.

Night was quite quiet propagationwise, thanks for aurora. 15 meters was anyway
in good shape, USA came in till 23z and we have a good JA opening on Sunday.

Plenty of rare, unheard OHs on the air! CU on SSB leg.

73, Timo OH1NOA

CQ WPX CW Contest – poor propagation and Aurora

June 03, 2011 By: admin Category: Contesting

I worked last weekend CQ WPX Contest in the single operator all bands class at OH1F. During the SSB leg I lost to top Finnish stations almost 1000 qsos, now I was doing better against OG8X, OG0Z and OG2B. Unfortunately propagation was the worst for years – we had several big flares from the sun during the weekends – I didn’t even manage to break my own record of this contest. I worked only a bit over 200 North American stations in the contest!

CQWW WPX Contest, CW

Call: OH1F
Operator(s): OH1NOA
Station: OH1AF

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Devil’s Rock, Pori
Operating Time (hrs): 36

Band QSOs
160: 16
80: 126
40: 644
20: 1196
15: 315
10: 247
Total: 2544 Prefixes = 830 Total Score = 3,794,760

Club: Contest Club Finland


“Der Angst under aurora oval 2011 edition”

No good DX runs, but some weird openings. Coronal holes and flares made life difficult in Northern Europe. 80% EU, 9 % NA, 9% AS.
73 Timo OH1NOA

It is time for CQ WPX SSB Contest!

March 25, 2011 By: admin Category: Contesting

This weekend I will participate to CQ WPX SSB Contest at our club, OH1F. I will operate in a single operator all bands high power class. Just relaxing, having fun without any pressure “to win”. WPX web site is super nowadays: you can search for all your past operations easily:

So I can set eg. a goal to make my personal best in this contest easily as I see that my best all time has been:
OH3MMM 2000 5,297,812 2,593 qsos 884 px
I was operating from the station of Seppo, OH1VR and band conditions favoured high bands.


January 29, 2011 By: admin Category: Contesting, RTTY

Call: OH1F
Operator(s): OH1NOA
Station: OH1AF

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: Devil’s Rock, Pori
Operating Time (hrs): 20

Band QSOs Pts
80: 155 155
40: 266 266
20: 401 401
15: 88 88
10: 0 0
Total: 910 910 Mults = 95 Total Score = 485,490

Club: Contest Club Finland


Poor propagation although there was some short DX-openings. Especially low bands were tough. Continents as multipliers is a really stupid rule in the contest where you work 2 South Americans (LU, PY), 2 Africans (CT3, EA8) and 3 Oceanian stations (2xYB, 9M6).

Now 2703 RTTY QSOs this year.


January 14, 2011 By: admin Category: Contesting, RTTY

Last weekend I worked my first long RTTY contest for years. In the 1980s I was quite active on RTTY by using decoder builded from the legendary Sinclair ZX81 🙂

In ARRL RTTY Roundup I broke an old OH record, but only by 1k points, so after log check – no chance. At least I am #1 in Finland for single op high power. At the beginning I had some problems with MMTTY – actually I just don’t know it well enough yet.


Call: OH1F
Operator(s): OH1NOA
Station: OH1AF

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: Pori
Operating Time (hrs): 24

Band QSOs
80: 160
40: 232
20: 422
15: 180
10: 0
Total: 994 State/Prov = 42 Countries = 59 Total Score = 100,394

Club: Contest Club Finland


Missed lots of multipliers! Where were all the Asians? Good JA opening on 20m but worked only JAs and HLs. Openings to stateside were very intensive but very short, bands closed early – eg. 20m was basicly unusable after 16z on Sunday.
But it was good to see 15m open too.

FT1000D + Win-Test + MMTTY + MicroHam Microkeyer II + Alpha 91b + antennae

This weekend there is an UK RTTY Contest. It seems to be pretty popular – winners worked some 900 qsos last year. I will probably go and give it a shot. Unfortunately I need to use N1MM, one new software again.

CQ WPX Contest opens logs

December 27, 2010 By: admin Category: Contesting

CQ WPX Contest is now making submitted logs public and available for download. The first contest to be posted is WPX SSB 2010.

You browse SSB 2010 logs from this address:

You can read more about the reasons for public logs from WPX Blog:

In a recent WPX Survey significant majority (over 85%) said that they want to see public logs.


December 04, 2010 By: admin Category: Contesting, Tips

I administrate a webpage call RATE IS KING – The Best QSO rates in the contests . It is basicly a list of best qso rates achieved in the ham radio contests. Usually contesters are sending their updates frequently after the contests.

But what means “Qrate” on this page? QRATE is a simple DOS utility for determining the best hour, ten minutes, and minute from a contest log. So it means any best 60 minutes, not clock hours like it is in the statistics pages of contesting softwares. This simple software is quite old already, coded by VE3SUN in the early 2000s. You can download it from here. My problem was that this is made for DOS and I can’t run it with Windows 7. I did the following:

  • I downloaded Qrate, unzipped and saved it to the hard disk (ie. J:\qrate)
  • Then I downloaded DOS emulator called DOSBox from here and installed it.
  • Then I made a Cabrillo file from my contest log (ie. CR6T.log) and saved it to same file than Qrate.
  • I run DOSBox and typed a command MOUNT c j:\qrate
  • Then like in an old DOS, typed c:, and checked that DOSBox really emulated my qrate-file as a C-drive.
  • With “Rate” you get a short help text
  • I made a qrate file with command RATE CR6T.LOG RATE.TXT 25, where 25 if offset for Cabrillo file (the first number of time is the 25th figure in a line)

And I found out that my best “Qrate hour” for CR6T was 187 (versus clock hour 185).


CR6T: CQWWCW 2010 single band 20m high pwr

December 03, 2010 By: admin Category: Contesting

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

Call: CR6T
Operator(s): OH1NOA
Station: CT1DVV

Class: SOSB/20 HP
QTH: Silveirinho
Operating Time (hrs): 40

Band QSOs Zones Countries
20: 3423 37 128
Total: 3423 37 128 Total Score = 1,091,805

Club: Contest Club Finland


My best single band score so far, but I am not satisfied tom my result. I wonder
what I could work when station works 100%. This year had radio problems before
the contest and switched to “plan B”. During the contest I got severe RF
problems. I couldn’t beam to certain directions at all (ie. Central Europe).
KLM had SWR problems and I couldn’t use it much. RF also made problems with
laptop & keyboard. I lost some 30-45 minutes prime time both days. I estimate
that 3600 qsos would have been easy without these Murphy visits.

Propagation was quite good. Of course nighttime condx were poor especially
during the second night, which gave an opportunity to have some sleep (total
sleeping time about 2,5 hours). Pileups were longer to USA than previous years.
At 16z on Saturday I had a 180q hour. Then condx lasted to about 2200z. Asia was
tough: I had a longpath opening to JA on Sat and shortpath on Sun, but missed
lots of normal AS/OC-multipliers which usually call me (9M2, 9M6, DU, VR2 etc).
I tried to beat 9V1YC’s pileup without success.

Multiplier is quite normal for unassisted, need to have a second radio on same
band (RXing same time than transmitting with 1st one) to get more. Plus missed
those Asian/OC mults and several easy nearby ones. I called without success at
least VE2XAA/2 (missed zones 2, 23 and 34), TI5N, 9V1YC, OA4SS, 8Q7DV etc.

This was my 9th CQWWCW contest from Portugal and my 10th contest from
CT8T/CR6T. Thanks again to my super host, Santos Family (CT1DVV, CT1ESV, CT1YQM
and family)!

Outside of contest I had some pileups with callsign CT7/OJ0M.

73, Timo OH1NOA, OJ0M

Rate is king updated

November 03, 2010 By: admin Category: Contesting

My best qso rates in the contests page has been updated. Suprisingly have received lots of updates lately!


CQWW contest and assisted class

October 27, 2010 By: admin Category: Contesting

It is funny that CQWW sends emails via personal gmail-account. This is what I received from Bob Cox:

Dear Fellow contester,
Many of you do not subscribe to the contest reflector or CQ magazine and you may have missed our public announcement. The CQ WW Contest Committee would like to inform you via this news letter that the ASSISTED CATEGORY award program has been greatly expanded.

  • We announce the strengthening of the assisted awards program. Starting with the 2010 CQ WW contests, the assisted category award program will be greatly expanded.
  • All Low Power and QRP assisted entrants will be specifically listed and eligible for awards as is already the case for unassisted entries.
  • A band-by-band breakdown for all band assisted World, Europe and USA will be provided within the 2010 results.
  • Lastly, the number of plaques available to assisted entrants will be increased to include Europe Assisted All Band and all World Assisted Single Bands.
  • We hope that this action provides an incentive for entrants using a QSO spotting system to join the assisted category.
    Please make a note that the log submission deadline for SSB has changed to Nov 21, 2010 and for CW to Dec 21, 2010.
    Bob, K3EST
    CQ WW Director