CQ WW SSB 2007 at HG6N

last revised on 1/11/2007

Call: HG6N
Operator(s): HA3NU HA3OV HA6ND HA1AG HA6ON
Station: HG6N

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Karancs Hill (783m)
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Claimed score:

Band QSOs Zones Countries  
160 373 12 68  
80 840 22 101  
40 1005 30 130  
20 2333 39 154  
15 1691 37 154  
10 248 19 93  
Total 6490 159 700 10,001,137


This contest proved that SSB can be fun, too. Although we do not like SSB contests and we rarely have enough motivation to one seriously this time we fully enjoyed the game and were glad to enter.
Rigs: 2x TS-950 SDX's and HM amps

160m: dipole on the trees @18m
80m: dipoles @18m
40m: 2 el HB9CV @ 22m
20m: 5 ele Yagi at 13m
15m: 6 ele Yagi at 17m
10m: 5 ele Yagi at 27m, 4 ele Yagi @6m
Beverages were used for low band Rxing NA (350m) and JA (175m) and served for every 1000 QSOs (Ararat 10 yrs old)
Arriving to the station on Thursday night and finding several antennas disfunctional due to storm damage and theft (!) gave us a very dark outlook for the weekend but alcohol dissolves pessimism and goulash relaxes minds so after a
general reset on team members + HA6PN and HA6ND birthday celebration (singing included) we started to rebuild antennas, fix beverages etc on Friday morning.

By 20 GMT everything seemed to be ready and working so we could even had a nap before the contest started.

The aurora killed the fun of our Nordic friends but gave us some nice EU runs on very short skip. Seeing the last10 often above 500 and once even on 600 (link) gave a mental boost. The EU rate was so high that it was not worth to bother with the weak JA's at that time.
Saturday produced nice NA runs on 15 and 20 but 15m condx stopped at East W0 and did not yield any zone 3.
40m was in a bad shape throughout the night but 80 and 160 were OK. Sunday morning did not greet us with repeating the Saturday Es so we stayed on 40m and enjoying 200+ hours from EU. At this moment the contest really felt like an
EUHFC where some DX were also allowed.
Working JA's well beyond their SS on the high bands forecasted loooong NA openings and some more pileups. 15m opened up with great rates again with even some Zone 3's dropping in.

10m NA opening never materialized for us, it seems that the multi-hop Es favoured south G - F -Central Italy - 9A - 5B axis.

The 15 and 20 remained open quite late with strong but rare NA calls and frequent and weak EU calls. The last hour produced a nice simplex USA run in the newly opened 40m band segment.
Frequency fights were not very bad this year but splatter was all around. The freq fights to remember were S52ZW, IF9A and AA1K. As the long-haul DXs seemed to trace closer DXs (like W0s and W7s calling in after or during a steady East Coast stream) and breaking the pileup by these made it very difficult to recover it back.
We are quite happy with the score and it seems that all major Central EU M/S finished around 10M so let the UBN set the final order :) Congrats to 9A1P for their success again!

Funny and not-so funny moments (flames should be directed to ha1ag only):

vp5t: cq contest vp5t
hg6n: hotel germany six november
vp5t: who is the germany six?
hg6n: hotel germany six november
vp5t: I said, who is the germany six?
hg6n: hotel germany six november
vp5t: I want the germany six and not hotel germany six november!

The best ear award goes to ZM2M - they produced a good signal around 1230 GMT on 40m. To my biggest surprise they even answered me after calling them 2-3 times.

The shittiest signal award this year goes to EU1AZ for his AM-SSB/WB-FM combination. Effectively jamming and wiping out 10 kHz of 20m in prime EU-AS time is an achievement which could have offered him a career 40 years ago.

The definition of LOUD is UA9CLB on 80m. Usually HA6NL can produce that kind of 80m signal from being abt 5 km away.

HG6N running on 15m when the overstressed AGC shuts down receiver - the reason is 2 kHz (!) below:

famous W1 contester: CQ contest call call listening 21143 21143
HG6N: Can you move away? You are just destroying my pileup.
famous W1 contester: no, I have been running here for an hour

I was wondering how productive that hour was with all the calls he got on 21143...


zoli ha1ag




Some major M/S scores (at least of those guys who publish...)

- 9A1P - Congrats to Dave & co. !

- P33W

Comparision between 9A1P and HG6N:

10 meters rulez ! :(


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