North American QSO Party, RTTY — Feb. 2011

North American QSO Party, RTTY - February

Call: WF7T
Operator(s): WF7T
Station: WF7T

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 10
Radios: SO2R

 Band  QSOs  Mults
 80:  186    44
 40:  185    46
 20:  104    28
 15:   47    12
 10:    3     2
Total:  525   132  Total Score = 69,300

Club: Tennessee Contest Group

Team: TCG #1


Had a great time.  Thanks to NCJ for putting on a fun RTTY contest, and thanks
to all for the Qs.  Only my second contest using SO2R so please forgive my
errors and delays. Lots of new calls and nice to hear the old ones too! I
believe this raw score is a  personal best.

Wished I had better antennas for the high bands.  Pretty much worked everything
that I could hear.  Did not have the ability to switch antennas between rigs so
I am sure I missed out especially on 15/10. Need also to continue improvements
in filtering and automation.

73 Brad WF7T
Nashville, TN


IC-7600/FT-857D, 100W
[email protected]', 40x50' Inv. L
N1MM v11.2.6, YCCC SO2R+

Some addi­tion­al sta­tion notes:

  1. Need to imple­ment more flex­i­ble switch­ing of anten­nas. Had the invert­ed L on the FT-857D but wished I had access to it on the IC-7600
  2. Need to set­up FSK on the IC-7600. Played with the twin-peak­ing fil­ter in RTTY mode the oth­er day but it is not avail­able in AFSK mode: the TPF is awesome!
  3. Need to spend time doc­u­ment­ing the dual radio inter­fer­ence. The I.C.E. fil­ters are work­ing well, but need extra umph that some coax­i­al res­onators will provide
  4. Need to do some­thing for sta­tion automa­tion for fil­ter switch­ing. I have the parts, just need to do it!
  5. I neglect­ed to make Push/​Pop macros for N1MM…could have used them on 40/​80M
  6. I expe­ri­enced occa­sion­al issues with click­ing and hav­ing info in wrong box­es: Espe­cial­ly dif­fi­cult for call signs. Also, I seemed to some­times get Radio A call sign in Radio B entry box…hated that when I logged the wrong one. Had to go back and cor­rect a cou­ple (one of which was just a hazy memory)
  7. Wished for gain on 10/​15/​20M point­ed W (and dur­ing the next DX con­test will wish for 0/​15/​20M point­ed EU)