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Author Topic: IARU HF Contest This Weekend  (Read 16761 times)
K3TN
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« on: July 09, 2014, 03:19:15 AM »

The IARU HF Contest is this weekend, starting at 1200Z Saturday and ending at 1200Z Sunday. You can operated CW, phone or both. The exchange is RST plus ITU zone, a list of ITU zones can be found here. Lots of activity, always a fun one before the August doldrums.

Another fun part is there are bonus multipliers that are IARU HQ stations that will send RST and the IARU member society abbreviation, like ARRL or RSGB.

This year, the IARU contest coincides with the World Radio Team Championships, where 65 two man teams of international operators will be operating identical stations in the Boston area. They will be using 1x1 calls (K1A, N1A, W1A, etc) and QSOs will be worth 5 points if you are doing the year long ARRL Centennial contest. Info on the WRTC is here.

Info on the IARU HF contest is here.

73 John K3TN
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2014, 08:13:40 AM »

We played the contest doing a high power, single/multi effort.

Total time on: 18:08 hours

KE4KY (ops: W4PF, W4HK, KE4KY)

Band  Mode  QSOs    Pts  ITU   HQ
   3.5  CW       7      11    2    1
     7  CW     134     216   12    9
     7  LSB    118     218    1    3
    14  CW     200     640    9   15
    14  USB    367    1087   19   22
    21  CW     100     362    8    9
    21  USB     59     195    9   14
 Total  Both   985    2729   60   73
Score: 362,957

~55.2% SSB    ~44.7% CW

With the WRTC running concurrent with the contest, the 1x1 calls kept the activity going well, especially on CW.

The ops had a mix of contest experience.

Most important thing...we all had fun!
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AJ7G
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2014, 11:41:45 AM »

Nice score and it sounds like you guys had a great time!

73 Randy AJ7G
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2014, 01:43:19 PM »

I had a huge amount of fun with the IARU HF. 15M and 20M were open around the clock in all directions at same time (very common for me to have JA's and OC's call me right along with the EU's), 40M was QRN-free at my location and had great signals from EU way before my sundown and for a couple hours after EU sunrise, and 80M was in excellent shape for summer too. In fact I felt that 40M/80M were in better shape in IARU HF than they were in some of this past winters contests.

The chase for WRTC 1x1's was a neat "contest inside the contest", and I was just in awe of all of their rates whenever I heard them on the air or looked at Q's/mults on the real-time scoreboard.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2014, 06:34:02 PM »

The WRTC 1x1 stations are to be commended (and applauded) for their effrts. It is simply amazing that each station racked up the number of Q's that they did while limited to only 100 watts. Of course, their location was also great for obtaining the EU multipliers.

A really fantastic group of operators!
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2014, 01:24:27 AM »

I wasn't able to participate in this year's IARU HF contest, but I was looking forward to reading the 3830 reports, especially from the WRTC competitors in New England. But I noticed that none of them posted their stories to 3830. Anybody know why not? Is there some other place where their contest reports can be found?

Gary, WS4T
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2014, 07:54:08 AM »

I wasn't able to participate in this year's IARU HF contest, but I was looking forward to reading the 3830 reports, especially from the WRTC competitors in New England. But I noticed that none of them posted their stories to 3830. Anybody know why not? Is there some other place where their contest reports can be found?

Gary, WS4T

The wrtc stations were operating under completely different scoring rules from the rest of IARU participants. So it doesn't really make sense to have them on 3830 unless the admins there were to make a separate scoring category for them.

Tor
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DJ1YFK
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2014, 09:45:53 PM »

I wasn't able to participate in this year's IARU HF contest, but I was looking forward to reading the 3830 reports, especially from the WRTC competitors in New England. But I noticed that none of them posted their stories to 3830. Anybody know why not? Is there some other place where their contest reports can be found?

It'd indeed be nice to have a post-contest writeup of all the participants on the WRTC 2014 website; but don't forget that writing a proper and insightful post-contest story may take a while...

In the meantime, these two webinars will probably offer some interesting insights:
http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/cq-contest/2014-July/106868.html - Webinar Invitation - WRTC 2014 - European Team Reviews
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The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) is pleased to sponsor a Webinar "WRTC 2014 - European Team Reviews."  Get a look at the 2014 WRTC competition from the top three European teams.  Join us as the teams of W1L (OM3BH & OM3GI - #2 finish), W1P (DJ5MW & DL1IAO - #3 finish), and W1A (LY9A & LY4L - #6 finish) share their strategy, station configuration, and stories from the competition.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/cq-contest/2014-July/106869.html - Webinar Invitation - WRTC 2014 - North American Team Reviews
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The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) is pleased to sponsor a Webinar "WRTC 2014 - North American Team Reviews."  Get a look at the 2014 WRTC competition from the top three North American teams.  Join us as the winning team of K1A (N6MJ & KL9A) along with W1Z (N5DX & N2IC - #4 finish) and N1M (K9VV & VE3EJ - #5 finish) share their strategy, station configuration, and stories from the competition.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

73
Fabian, DJ1YFK
(40m CW @ DA0HQ in the IARU Contest)
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