High frequency (HF) investors are buoyant as Cycle 24, sunspot 1007 injects needed capital before Sweepstakes the 75th. The extended Cycle 23 bear market space seems to be concluding and I'm bullish on Cycle 24.
Spectral activity expected to reach new high. Live Amateur Radio Scores (link) to provide essential market space data through the weekend. Watch as L1 blue-chip stations drive and shape the Cycle 24 bull market. Additionally, L4 stations might expect above normal returns on their HF investment as well.
Anticipate greater QSO valuations within the 15- and 10m high band market spaces as sunspot 1007 bolsters confidence. However low band market spaces like 80- and 40m may carry QSO trading activity through the weekend.
73 from the shackadelic.
All systems checked. The board is green. Contest data is streaming. And I'm ready for Sweepstakes 75th anniversary CW style.
I figured out how-to stream my live contest score too Live Amateur Radio Contest Scores (link). And I ran a test to verify the stream. The above screenshot validated my score and I'm stoked.
Many thanks to the N1MM Contest Logger Reflector and K1TTT.
The process is straightforward. Search N1MM Manual using this keyword [get scores] and the instructions are instantly available. One check of the box inside N1MM's configure click-on [other] tab and I'm streaming contest score. Very cool indeed.
Are you streaming contest score too Live Amateur Radio Contest Scores? Follow the fun and RadioSport's market space valuations this weekend as well.
Is the current contesting model a good fit for Level 4 (L4) low-power, low-profile RadioSport contesters?
The model, for me is different for example, Level 1 (L1) station running above 250-watts to legal limit into stacked monobanders at 100 or more feet is much like a blue-chip stock. An L4 station like mine relies on L1 blue-chip station to fill my log.
The same is said for Level 2 (L2) stations running above 100-watts but less than the legal limit using tri-bander antennas. A Level 3 (L3) station runs QRP to less than 100-watts into optimally sized wire antennas supported at optimized heights.
- L1 stations operate above 250-watts to legal limit into stacked monobanders at 100 or more feet. Think L1 as blue-chip stocks.
- L2 stations operate QRP or 100-watts to less than legal limit using tri-bander antennas. L2 as a performing mutual fund returning dividends and/or capital gains.
- L3 stations operate from QRP or 100-watts to legal limit into optimually sized wire antennas at optimized heights. L3 as a fixed bond with a good interest yield.
- L4 stations operate from QRP to less than 100-watts into less than optimal wire antennas at sub-optimal heights. An L4 is much like a penny stock.
I'm an L4 station competing in the national market space called Sweepstakes. A finite number of stations will be available at any given moment on any given band. The value of one's QSO is calculated as [2 points for each complete QSO x the number of ARRL/RAC sections].
The early gainers in Sweepstakes are L1/L2 stations. The Sweepstakes market space tilts in the direction of L1/L2 in the early hours of QSO trading.
The value of my L4 QSO or penny stock increases as a result of time and consumption. Additionally, L1/L2 priorities shift later in Sweepstakes into the need category. That is, these stations need L3/L4s after the consumption of L1/L2s.
Is calling CQ early in Sweepstakes a good fit for the market space as an L4? My strategy?
Work L1/L2 stations using search and pounce (SP) technique. I'm going to add multipliers first then call CQ later in the session. Remember I'm running 50-watts into a less than optimal antenna at sub-optimal height. The RadioSport market space acts differently from my L4 perspective.
In contrast, the Sweepstakes Preparation Guide does suggest volume or calling CQ more times than not over multiplier count (link). The current model suggests multipliers follow as a result of calling CQ which is true for L1/L2 type stations.
Market Space (Station, Band, & Geography).
Have you read PVRC Sweepstakes preparation guide (link)? The prime directive is, "Know your station strength and market space." My market space suggests the following states such as Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Texas. My market space weakness is the northeastern section of the country.
My station strength is in the value of the QSO. Time is another strength as well. And my station performs on 15-, 40-, and 80m unlike 20 meters. This band eg. 20m reminds me of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on a bullish day. Additionally, the value of my QSO or penny stock will pay a tiddy return later in the contest as a result of time, score, and rate of L1/L2 consuming each other.
The idea is call CQ in market spaces like 15m and/or 40m later in the contest. However do not be shy on 20m either especially on Sunday. Furthermore, I will operate using Single-Operate 2 VFO (SO2V) allowing me to split either SPing or CQing.
If one is software controlled radio (SCR) using N1MM Contest Logger (link) then use the SO2V feature. I can easily move up or down the band either SPing for a multiplier or offering my station as a QSO trade by calling CQ.
- SP early in Sweepstakes for example 15m or consider heavily congested NYSE 20m mid-afternoon Saturday.
- Call CQ more times than not on Sunday.
- Operate SO2V.
- Operate 12-consecutive hours and 24-hours total.
- Watch maximum usable frequency (MUF) chart.
- Target QSO number is 150.
- Target multiplier number is 45 or more.
- If necessary ask for repeat of any item within the exchange.
- Have fun.
- Pre-scheduled operating time with family albeit 1, 2, 12 or 24-hours?
- Antenna(s) checked?
- Set-up contesting software and operationally run software?
- Read contest logging software manual?
- Prepared function key labels for keyboard?
- Revisited transceiver manual especially receiver, digital signal processing, and/or filter sections?
- Sweepstakes goal(s) established?
- Propagation reports observed through the week (link)?
- Band plan developed according to propagation reports?
- Analyzed maximum usable frequency (MUF) using W6ELProp (link)?
- Established operating goals that do not exceed station capabilities or personal expectations?
- Considered precedence Section 4 Exchange, Subsection 4.2 (link)?
- Reviewed rules (link).
- Committed to x-number of hours in the operating chair?
- Committed to at least 1 Sweepstakes CW QSO?
- Sweepstakes rules (link).
- Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) Preparing for the ARRL Sweepstakes (links).
I'm not conducting a scientific analysis of keyword search but there is something called search engine optimization (SEO). Searching for Sweepstakes operating tips, techniques, or hints painted a bleak landscape of information relevant to the contest.
Additionally, one will find my blog on the first page of Google when using keyword [arrl november cw sweepstakes]. That is Google juice.
73 from the shackadelic.
I'm dedicating this week to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) CW Sweepstakes. We are talking 75-years of tradition and that is right on in my logbook. I look forward to discussing Sweepstakes operating strategy, providing Sweepstakes links, sharing my operating goals, and maybe someone will share a good Sweepstakes story or two as well.
Are you making plans for this weekend? Please include a few hours of Sweepstakes operating time. Is this your first ever Sweepstakes? Sound off on the blog.
I'm kicking off our celebration with Get Ready for the ARRL November CW Sweepstakes (link). Let's have ham radio fun this week.
73 from the shackadelic.