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CQ WW CW is over--despite the major solar disturbance this weekend, how do you think you did?
  Posted: Nov 26, 2000   (446 votes, 40 comments) by K7UQT

  Better than expected.
  Worse than anticipated.
  I'm satisfied with my score.
    (446 votes, 40 comments)
Survey Results
Better than expected. 35% (155)
Worse than anticipated. 32% (142)
I'm satisfied with my score. 33% (149)

Survey Comments
CQ WW CW
First time in my life works as SOSBA 80m from new RN6BN/RM6A QTH(Since not all antenna ready on new place all crew split in to single band operators). The Result are not bad 1117 Q / 106 c /29 z.
In the following season we'll work on full power!
Merry cristmas and happy new year!
Dan RA6CO @ RM6A crew.

Posted by Anonymous on December 10, 2000

CQWW Results
Did a single band, 10 meter effort using a 4 element Quad at 50 feet, so I don't have a big
station. I was delighted to break 1000 QSO's and a lot of multipliers. Congrats to Bill, W4ZV
who had double my score !

Steve K0SR

Posted by K0SR on December 8, 2000

CQWW CW
Very surprised to break the USA record on 10 meters! With the terrible conditions forecasted Friday, I expected the band to crash at any time. When the big flare hit at 1648 on Sunday, it only reduced signals about 30 dB for a few minutes and then things went back to normal. Strange that it apparently affected 10 less than 15 or 20! Even the JA opening later the same day was very good...very surprising!

73, Bill W4ZV

Posted by W4ZV on December 3, 2000

CQ-WW-CW-00
I like the CQWW-CW but condx have been not very good from germany.On sunday evening the signals sounded like aurora signals on 2mtrs.Sunday morning was very bad (only EU).Before the test I hoped to break the DL-all time record but it wasn´t possible for me this year but will try again the next coming contests. Thanks to everyone who heard my little pistol signal and managed a QSO with me (SOSB10-HP(A))
73 de Bud, DK3DM

Posted by DK3DM on December 2, 2000

Results CQ WW CW 2000
I had a nice weekend together with DL5RMH and DK1RP at DK1RPs station. On saturday we had a total failure at the multi-station, so we had to continue with one station... Had a lot of free time... I never watched so much TV during a contest :-)
I'm satisfied with the score... We had strange condx at the end of the contest... Aurora JA-Signals on 20m. etc...

73 Toby, DH1TW ex VK9XY

Posted by Anonymous on December 1, 2000

CQWW QRP
Had a great time. Missed elusive Zone 26 for WAZ QRP, though. I'll get 'em next time...
C=299, Z=92, I'm satisfied. Took a break during the solar hiccup.

Posted by K1RC on December 1, 2000

CQWW
I was operating QRP and was getting beat up
by everybody, Locals, DX, extra terrestrrail.
So the solar flare didn't make mush of a difference.

The whole week before was great though. Thanks
for the warm-up QSO's guys.

Brian AE9K/qrp

Posted by AE9K on December 1, 2000

CQWW FUN
1ST shot at CQWW CW in years
CT couldn't key radio and CONDX SUX
but great to work CN8WW and HC8N
on 5 bands! See you guys in 10 Meter Battle
From Lake Moneysgone- KW4T

Posted by Anonymous on December 1, 2000

CQ WW CW
Though we did worse than a year ago
(due to lack of ops) we're satisfied with
overall result.
Andy, UA3AB of P3A crew

Posted by Anonymous on November 30, 2000

cqww
guys
thanks for all the qso's
was on my way to break the old world record but got hit by the flare. guess i have to get my wife to let me go back next year. thanks to all scott w4so @ 4m5x

Posted by w4so on November 30, 2000

CQWW - Competition...
I find it interesting that we all have a different idea of how the contest treated us. For me, I'm only competing against myself, not the big guns or other stations. If I can do better, taking into account conditions, than in previous contests, I'm happy with the results. I was a 10m only operator, with 100w and a vertical in a lousy location. However, I worked 90 countries and 31 zones which is good using my benchmark. I've had better scores as a guest op or at a multi-multi but it's all relative, isn't it???

Posted by K6CU on November 29, 2000

CQWW CW
GREAT contest!!!10 metres was excellent in my neck of the woods almost all weekend. Don't like the idea of shortening the hours allowed or breaking it up over two weekends...half of the fun and skill is sitting there at 2 am trying to see the computer and make your fingers work the keyer properly. Leave it as it is...Can't wait for the 10 m test next weekend...

Posted by Anonymous on November 29, 2000

I agree with the comments on packing the contests into 48 hours continous formats. There might be more participation if the contests were two 24 hour sessions one week apart. This would also help eliminate the solar storm problem.

Posted by Anonymous on November 29, 2000

Ussing dxclusters in contests
You can forbid ussing of dxclusters, but that who will control that stations will not use it. Puting up rules that you can not control is stupid. Looking on posted scores, there are verry few assisted operetors and some multi that ussing dxclusters. So how come to such mess on spoted stations?

Posted by Anonymous on November 29, 2000

CQWW QRP on 10
My neighbour forced me to run less than 5 Watts on this contest weekend. At the end I am thanksful to him, the thrill of QRP contesting is unbelievable. I started as SO on single band, but when 10 died at night I could not resist to continue on 40 , using less than 3 Watts (my neighbours alarm system is the most sensitive on 7 MHz). My goal was DXCC on 10, I finished with 96 countries, but had more fun, than hoped for. -VA3EU

Posted by Anonymous on November 28, 2000

My apologies!
Can I apologise now to all those who worked me and thought I couldn't read their CW! I couldn't! I think that in my state of exhaustion my ability to read and send CW was the first casualty of the weekend, unfortunately.
Nonetheless, thanks to everyone who worked me.
Stewart GM4AFF as GM0F

Posted by gm4aff on November 28, 2000

finally everything worked!
It was a great contest. This was the first time in our short contest era when all hardware and logging facilities worked without any problems. Conditions died last hours. That gave us a chance to end up on 160m and run some stations before ending.

Posted by SK3W on November 28, 2000

Slow speed
Why doesn't anybody answer slow speed CW? I'm using a straight key and find it impossible to send >15WPM all day. All I heard was "test de xx#xx test" with no time between transmissions for any of these stations to possibly hear anybody that was sending their call. I think they turn on the memory keyer and walk away for a while, just to hold the freq.
Sunday morning, all bands DEAD.

Posted by kn8aw on November 27, 2000

Confirming contacts
Many times when a station had my call wrong and I corrected it I did not hear a confirmation of my correct call. The other station just sent another QRZ or CQ. I did not log these stations and when I called them again to correct it, I just got a B4 and they went on to the next station. Since they wouldn't take the time to send my call correcly at least once, I think they will be docked for NIL.

Posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2000

Great Party
CW lives! Whole lotta fun going on this weekend on the air waves. Don't think I'll ever forget the afternoon the bands were given up for dead and then came back to life so quickly. . . Agree that the packet thing has gotten way out of hand - how about an experimental year without packet?

Posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2000

Fun, as always!
For a first shot at SOABHP, no complaints. Fantastic CN8WW low-band signal, as always. I concur with the comments about packet.

Will AD1C get docked for the dupes?

Posted by W9WI on November 27, 2000

An End to Packet!!!
A new mult comes on & eventually gets spotted. One minute later, the very worst that ham radio can possibly offer results. Put an end to this madness and outlaw packet in major dx contests - back to knob spinning and searching 'em out for yourself!!!

Posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2000

Low Bands in Fine Form
For the peak of the cycle, low bands (except 160M Sat night) were in fine form!

Posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2000

CQ WW
Aurora affected 20m Saturday nite, otherwise pleased with 100w and dipole/gp capability. Judging by the QSY requests not many GW's active ! Nice to hear/work ZC4 !!

Posted by gw4mva on November 27, 2000

Beaming to SA
10/40/20 was poor, the people from NA/EU not beaming to little SA (100 watts, dipoles, long wires, etc..) stations.
15 meters was the best band for me...
See you in ARRL 10m
PY2YU - PX2W

Posted by PY2YU on November 27, 2000

scores in general
I must take pause and get my perspective in order. It was just 20 years ago that a winning score for a USA M/M was 9 or 10 meg...now AR and ZD do that as single ops...wow.

de Doug KR2Q

Posted by kr2q on November 27, 2000

Didn't get there
At half-time, KC1XX Multi-multi had 15M points and was poised to break the 30M point/10K QSO barrier. Old Sol made sure that wasn't going to happen. We will have to have an extermely clean log in order to break the record we set last year.

Posted by AD1C on November 27, 2000

CQ WW CW
My first real contest and I had a blast, although the aurora ruined it for us day 2. Our goal was to reach 1000 qsos. We reached ~900 but next year......
SM2UJW /SL2ZA

Posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2000

Time
For my nearly 13h I was able to operate - I would say I am satisfied... BUT - hey, what score would I have if i could have gone the full distance???! Boy, I really would like to know THAT! Just another angle of view ;-) 73 de OE5OHO

Posted by oe5oho on November 27, 2000

CQWWCW
All of these 48 hours contests are ironman tests , however it would be very interesting to cross poll the ages of guys in the top boxes , I think we would all be surprised !! Contesting is like Golf a sport for all ages .

Posted by VO1MP on November 27, 2000

TWO WW RECORDS
Thanks to k4isv for giving me opportunity to run from excellent SO2R station from major location. It results great VP5MM score with two new WW records. Hope will be QRV next year from the same site.

Ranko VP5/YT6A

Posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2000

CQWW
Getting older so I no longer do iron man marathons... I agree with W2UP that CQWW is a much a test of physical punishment as it is a contest of skills...
K8DO

Posted by K8DO on November 27, 2000

CQ-WW-QRP
Worked single band (15) qrp with the thought of taking first in VE-land. Find 5 watts out of IC-756 with TA-33 at 50 feet isn't much worse that 100 watts and more fun - up til the time of the solar flare.
73 - Peter - VE3HG

Posted by VE3HG on November 27, 2000

CQWW
I wish I could operated more, but a persistent cold and family matters took its toll.
However, it was fun to operate get DXCC with LP

Posted by W2GO on November 27, 2000

CQWW
Not good propagation from SA, but a lot a new countries, it was a part time operation.
See you in ARRL 10

Posted by LU7DW on November 27, 2000

CQWW- great fun
This was my first contest. I worked more countries during the contest than I have in the two years that i've been a ham. What a blast! Contesting shows you how varied and exciting this hobby is.

Posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2000

CQWW
I'm with N4ZR. My qso total is less than expected, but QRP DXCC in one weekend was a thrill!

73 de N9SE

Posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2000

CQWW
Roof mast extension up to 25 feet (in 7 storey building ) enhanced my score by 40%, but could't break 1000QSOs on 10M HP anyway. So I am only satisfied with my score. 73'ss

Posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2000

CQWW
A 48 hour marathon without time off is no test
of operating ability - just how long one can stay awake.

Posted by w2up on November 27, 2000

Results/Expectations
This question demonstrates the difficulty with the "pick one" format. Since I didn't beat last year's score, I did worse than expected, but in view of the circumstances I'm satisfied with my score.

Posted by N4ZR on November 27, 2000

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