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Author Topic: QSOs per year, etc.  (Read 2474 times)
AF3Y
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« on: December 11, 2012, 06:33:17 AM »

I saw where one of our group said he posted 600 QSOs to LOTW for the 10m contest. For you contesters, I would bet you log thousands of Qs per year, right?

Then, you have hams who ONLY chase DX, like myself. I very very seldom ragchew (waste of time,  IMHO) and dont really care much about bandfills. I am trying for 8BDXCC, and just about there except for 80m, which is at around 55 now. 5BWAZ is in the works, but a ways off.

Believe it or not, since logging my FIRST DX contact in 2006, I have only logged 2188 QSOs, TOTAL.
Assuming 3 bands, 2 modes for my 311 DXCC count, that only leaves around 300 QSOs in 6+ years which were not dedicated DXCC QSOs.

My rig has not been on since ZL9HR shut down, and probably wont be on again until I get an alarm for AP or EP. Well, unless I am bored, and feel like chasing 80m or WAZ QSOs as well.

I have not called CQ in years........  I should not wear out my rig from overuse. hi hi

I wont be the one to overload LOTW either.  Cool

73, Gene AF3Y
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2012, 07:25:37 AM »

I've made 1302 mostly (about 90%) DX QSOs this year. I do work the contests, mostly looking for new DX or band counters.
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2012, 07:35:55 AM »


Then, you have hams who ONLY chase DX, like myself. I very very seldom ragchew (waste of time,  IMHO) and dont really care much about bandfills. I am trying for 8BDXCC, and just about there except for 80m, which is at around 55 now. 5BWAZ is in the works, but a ways off.

Believe it or not, since logging my FIRST DX contact in 2006, I have only logged 2188 QSOs, TOTAL.
Assuming 3 bands, 2 modes for my 311 DXCC count, that only leaves around 300 QSOs in 6+ years which were not dedicated DXCC QSOs.



73, Gene AF3Y

You've got me beat there, Gene. Since December 2002 I have only logged 2041 QSOs, TOTAL.

My DXCC count is currently 254, still waiting for cards from P29NI, 7P8D, and T30PY.
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2012, 07:43:51 AM »

My current interest level gets me somewhere between 6000 and 7000 Q's a year. When I first started with my dipole in Queens I was doing roughly 2000-2500 Qs a year. When I moved into a house with my 70 foot tower it went to ~4300/year, steadily, for three years. Once I started actively running in contests (as opposed to being purely S&P) I added a couple of thousand a year. My busiest year was 2010 with 7151 QSOs but only 239 DXCC entities. The following year I only made 6514 QSOs but I was really pursuing Marathon points and worked 268 DXCCs (271 including the WAE entities like African Italy, Shetland Islands, etc). I'm way down this year at only 6300/235.
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2012, 08:12:15 AM »

Gene, you're right about contest.  If you spend any time at contest, the Q's sure add up.  I do about 6 contest a year, all major ones, and they account for over 60% of my Q's.  As it stands right now I have 6813 Q's for 2012 and besides the contest and dxpeditions, I operate mainly in the morning before I go out and start my work for the day.  That doesn't include the more than 1,000 Q's I made while operating the "13 Colonies Special Event" station for WG4UM this last July.  I figure I bought my equipment to use and not collect dust, I have enough items around here doing that.  Amateur radio has been a blast for me for 44 years and I hope it never loses its charm.
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2012, 08:35:36 AM »

I really have no idea how many in a year but it's a lot. I rag chew, hunt DX, (303 confirmed and waiting on several) operate CW and phone and I go all out to at least win the EPA section when I do contests but only do 2 or 3 a year. 551 phone qso's in last weekends contest alone, that's down from over a 1000 last year due to band conditions but in a 12 month period that's about 1600 qso's in 2 weekends! (If you can call a contest contact a qso)  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2012, 08:45:59 AM »


Then, you have hams who ONLY chase DX, like myself. I very very seldom ragchew (waste of time,  IMHO) and dont really care much about bandfills. I am trying for 8BDXCC, and just about there except for 80m, which is at around 55 now. 5BWAZ is in the works, but a ways off.

Believe it or not, since logging my FIRST DX contact in 2006, I have only logged 2188 QSOs, TOTAL.
Assuming 3 bands, 2 modes for my 311 DXCC count, that only leaves around 300 QSOs in 6+ years which were not dedicated DXCC QSOs.



73, Gene AF3Y

You've got me beat there, Gene. Since December 2002 I have only logged 2041 QSOs, TOTAL.

My DXCC count is currently 254, still waiting for cards from P29NI, 7P8D, and T30PY.

Current log entries are just shy of 11K. Since changing calls on 19 Feb 2009, I have logged 8,523 Q's and yes many of them were from CW and RTTY contests and a bunch from 6M Es propogation, which I do a lot of in the late spring / eraly summer chasing 6M grids. My DXCC count is 252 and waiting on only a couple of cards or LoTW confirmations (sometime in the future Smiley )

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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2012, 09:23:23 AM »

Since I began working DX and contests in earnest in February 2006
I have 67,240 Q's logged (give or take 1000)
I use an excel spreadsheer to keep a log and I use
additional lines to insert a summary of each contest.

To date, for 2012, I have 9,257 Q's logged
again, give or take maybe 200)
That total inclused 15 "Major" contests and 11 "Minor" contests.

Major is defined as: ARRL DX (Ph & Cw)
Sweepstakes
CQ WPX, WW Ph, CQ WW CW
WAE (Worked all Europe)
etc.

Minor is defined as State QSO Parties
Small offshore contests like JARL RTTY, RSGB 10/15m
etc.

This includes "SWEEPS" on both ARRL CW & PH Sweepstakes.

This also includes a 3 month hiatus (April 9 to July 14)
due to illness.  

Once my paper application pending at the DXCC desk, I will be at
260 confirmed and 263 worked.
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2012, 09:29:22 AM »

I'm with you, Gene. Making contacts is the least interesting part of the hobby.

My overall average is less than 2 QSOs per day, and it's much lower these days. I used to work contests for ATNOs, and I'd end up doing extra (but never more than 100), but now contests are pretty much useless for that. I also tried the Sweepstakes, last year, to do a sweep, just for the hell of it, and I went crazy and worked 84. Once was enough for that one.

I have the radio on when it's convenient, which is pretty much evenings and weekends. I work ATNOs with any QSL option, and band/mode fills if they're on LoTW, although sometimes I ignore them because I don't feel like it. Yesterday evening, I finally sent QSLs for 4 ATNOs that I've had for weeks. What a chore.

I'm at 264 worked, 250-something confirmed, after 3 years and a couple of months. Plenty to go but the way is clear. It's not hard, just takes time.

BTW, I've never called CQ.
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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2012, 09:48:24 AM »

Gene:

The heck you don't ragchew!  You just do it here on eHam and not on the air, though  Tongue

Your question did raise my curiosity, however, so I took a quick look at the logging software.  I do some of all of it and don't necessarily log every contact, but I have entered 2,100 QSOs since January 1.  About 30% of those were contest entries, but I don't work contests to score a trillion points.  I'm usually trying to get band fills or wrap up 5BDXCC (accomplished during CQWW this year except for 80...that will take a lot more work) or do my own personal challenges like getting WAS in a weekend on 160 (which I could have done a couple of years ago in the 160-meter contest if it had not been for those pesky late-comers Alaska and Hawaii!).

I'm at 299 worked/256 confirmed so a ways to go for Honor Roll.  But it's all fun.  DXing.  Ragchewing.  Contesting.  Special event stations.  County-hunting.  QRP.  Kit-building.  Antennas.  SDR.  Digital.  EMCOMM.  Heck, I don't think I'll ever get bored with this great hobby!

73,

Don N4KC
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EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO)
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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2012, 11:09:46 AM »

I've done about 1200 QSO's in 2012, although my DXCC counts are far lower than yours. 177 confirmed entities, (160 CW; 127 SSB). 
I rely on LoTW exclusively for QSL's.  My goal this year was to get 100 confirmed on 10, 15, 20 and 40. I have done so except am 2 shy  on 40m... 

no 80m antenna presently which may change soon once I hit 100 on 40 (although I am only in the 60's on 12, 17, and 30 meters).

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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2012, 11:45:44 AM »

I saw where one of our group said he posted 600 QSOs to LOTW for the 10m contest. For you contesters, I would bet you log thousands of Qs per year, right?
Gene,

Since the 600 QSOs refers to me I thought I'd chime in.  I am a DXer at heart and in the past I usually participated in contests only for all-time new ones or band fills.  Lately, I have been taking them more serious. I've always enjoyed having a nice chat with a US or DX station but I seem to be doing it more often this year.  I make it a point to give out points in many of the foreign contests. I worked a couple hundred in Worked All Germany, PACC, ARI, and less than 100 in All Asia. I really enjoy some of the State QSO parties, particularly the California QSP Party. I need Sierra county to have worked them all in CA. Yes, the QSO count really adds up fast when one is a DXer and participates in contests and state parties.

I got back on the air in earnest on November 21, 2010 and although my computer log shows only 3,444 QSOs from June of 1988 to that date, it is due to the fact those are the QSOs I had the patience to type into the log. I still write all my QSOs in those ARRL spiral notebooks and I transfer to the computer log at the end of the day, or more frequently if I feel like it. I learned my lesson when a hard drive quit on me and I did not have everything backed up. I have 7 logbooks from when I started as a ham in 1988 until 11/21/2010 so I typed in about half of those QSOs.

When I got back on the air in 2010 I had 274 countries worked and 253 confirmed.  Although I had been licensed for 22 years when I became active again I doubt I had more than 5 total years on the air. For that short time in 2010 I had 349 QSOs and I worked 67 countries. I added 4 new countries in those 6 weeks and my confirmed count went to 259.

2011 was a very busy year on the air as I was gung-ho after all that time off the air.  I had 8,500 QSOs and my DXCC count climbed 42 countries to 301 worked but I did a lot of catching up with outstanding QSLs and on 12/31 my confirmed count matched my worked count at 301. For 2011 alone I worked 253 countries.

I slowed down a little this year but I am currently at 316 worked with QSLs outstanding for Conway Reef, Swains, and, of course, ZL9HR. If I work the Temotu Province expedition scheduled for this month I will be at 317 worked with 16 new countries for the year. My QSO count for year to date stands at 5,437 but I've worked the exact same number of countries as in 2011, or 253.

73,

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N2RJ
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« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2012, 11:49:07 AM »

Based on ClubLog stats I make about 4000- 6000 QSOs per year. This includes CQWW, ARRL DX and WPX contests which are the major contributors to my QSO count.

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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2012, 01:35:37 PM »

In the three CQWW DX contests this year - RTTY, SSB, and CW - I made just over 16,000 QSOs total.  For the rest of the year, add about another 15K QSOs. 

I'm up to over 70K QSOs from Guam since arriving 2.5 years ago.  I'm starting to pay the price with bigger and bigger incoming buro shipments... the last with more than 3,000 cards (I have a great QSL manager and I still see 100% QSLing as a responsibility).

When I first arrived I made a ton of QSOs outside of contests on all bands.  Now, outside of contests, I am focusing on the low bands (80/160) as these are the bands where KH2 is in the highest demand.  I'm very lucky to have pretty much unlimited room for RX antennas (Beverages) - something no one (to my knowledge) has had before from Guam - so I'm trying to make the most of it while here.

73, Dave KH2/N2NL
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AJ4RW
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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2012, 02:14:15 PM »

Dave, what do you do with all those QSL cards??  If you display them you must have them in a 200,000 sq ft warehouse hi hi.  That's an overwhelming amount of QSL cards!
Randy
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