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How were conditions at your QTH for the 2011 ARRL DX CW contest?
  Posted: Mar 04, 2011   (72 votes, 1 comments) by VE5ZX

  Don't know
  Don't care
    (72 votes, 1 comments)
Survey Results
Excellent 7% (5)
Good 50% (36)
Average 24% (17)
Poor 14% (10)
Terrible 1% (1)
Don't know 3% (2)
Don't care 1% (1)

Survey Comments
ARRL DX Conditions
Right at the start on Friday, 20 was marginal and shut down real early due to the aftermath of the geomagnetic storm. 40 turned into a complete zoo as everyone and his brother started calling CQ, covering up quite a bit of the DX for the first couple hours - lots of fun. My K3 with the P3 panadapter enabled me to dig the workable DX out from under all the US KW stations. Due to the GM storm, the 160 meter noise level sounded more like daytime and only worked a couple Caribbean stations.

Saturday and Sunday were excellent with 10 meters opening up for a bit Saturday and for a longer period on Sunday - 15 and 20 were pretty much continuously open during daylight and into early darkness with 40 opening just before Greyline and staying open the whole night.

At my age, I don't stay up all night anymore or probably could have worked quite a few more than the 328 I turned in.


Posted by W0EB on February 22, 2011

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