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Author Topic: 160 meter contest  (Read 1162 times)
KD8IZZ
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« on: November 30, 2009, 12:24:50 PM »

This will be my 2nd 160 meter contest. I have to admit I fell asleep early last year, LOL. But every minute or two I was making another contact with just 100 watts and a low dipole (like there is a high dipole for this band!).

I am wondering how many contacts the average person has made. Is there a time at night when the number of contesters starts slowing down? Any advice for this contest? I know I started gabbing with about half the contacts, you just can't help it on this band.
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2009, 10:44:18 AM »

Oh well, I hope to catch some of you during the contest. Good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2009, 10:41:58 PM »


I am not sure how to answer your question about how many contacts the average person makes in
the ARRL 160 contest.  I would say that 100 to 300 contacts is pretty easy to do in this contest.
High scoring stations will make over 1000 contacts. 

I would say that as midnight passes on the west coast of the USA things will start slowing down
but then they tend to pick up a hour or so before sunrise on the east coast.  So I would think the deadest hours would be between those times. 

You might try looking on the 3830 score rumors pages and see if people posted rate sheets.
I do not do this contest very often but here is one such rate sheet.

http://lists.contesting.com/archives//html/3830/1997-12/msg00300.html

You can do some searches from here:

http://lists.contesting.com/archives//html/3830/

In addition you might consider asking this question on cq-contest.

http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/cq-contest

I hope that some of this is helpful and that you have fun in the contest.

George
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009, 10:17:44 AM »

Thanks George. I would be most happy to get 300 contacts. The best I have ever done is this year's PA QSO party where I contacted 130 stations in that state.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009, 11:16:14 AM »

I was curious about your question, too, so I downloaded the
scores database as a 'csv' file and imported it into 'Numbers'
(a spreadsheet program on a iMac).

There were 1280 entries submitted to the ARRL Contest Branch
in last year's ARRL 160m contest, and the average number of
contacts completed was 331.46 contacts.

The median number of QSOs (entry # 640 when the data is
sorted by number of contacts) was 210.

Those are both much better than I ever do; I made 103 last
year. I've had better years, but never enough even to reach
the median level of last year.

Somewhat like VHF contests, stations along the Atlantic
seaboard tend to do better, because of the higher density
of activity there, the limited range of a many of the participants,
and the higher density of ARRL sections in the mid-Atlantic
and New England areas.

The Pacific coast is probably the most disadvantaged area.

73
Scott W5ESE
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2009, 01:41:36 PM »


But Scott don't you do this contest QRP?

What were the numbers for the QRP class?

My numbers were for a high power (1500 watt) station.

George - K5TR
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2009, 09:34:18 AM »

That's true; there were 76 QRP entries, and the
average number of contacts for them was 169.
The median was 124.

Hope to hear you all on the air this weekend!

73
Scott W5ESE
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