Prince may sing, "Party like it's 1999." And I say, "RadioSport like it's CQ WPX 2009."
I admit, my excitement got the best of me and I jumped the proverbial starting gun, thinking last weekend. Quick action at #hamr network on Twitter saved my bacon. Now! This is RadioSport weekend for Iron Butt and I'm ready for a little Morse code in my ears.
Ham radio operators across the planet will skip radio frequency (RF) off the ionosphere for a period of 48-hours. For me, as a single operator all band (SOAB), there is a time limit of 36-hours of operation with 60-minute off periods. One must chose wisely when to sleep, stretch, and take an off period. Additionally, I analyzed SpotCollector data in order to determine band conditions through the week. My results suggest stiff competition across all entry categories vying for bandwidth on 20 and forty meters. Ten and 15m might surprise the planet and I plan on checking this spectrum space throughout each day.
My goal is simple; beat last year's score both in Q-count and multipliers. I'm operating SOAB without assistance because WPX is a rate type event. My strategy is search and pounce the band then call CQ then repeat. I want to establish a few burst rates given each prefix counts and a strong point showing on 40 and eighty meters. One collects 6-points on the low bands and I'm expecting supernatural activity.
Jose, CT1BOH kept the inner amplifier at full current through the week with his mp3 recordings. I want to 'thank' each volunteer for your hard work going into this weekend. And I'm ready for the marathon. Be safe. Have fun. And play RadioSport CQ WPX like it's 2009!
P.S. Thank you CQ Magazine (link) for sponsoring CQ World Wide WPX.