Figure 1 SH 5 Summary 2009 California QSO Party illustrated my operating strategy is search and pounce whereas calling CQ is marginally effective, overall. The yellow coded bar on the graph indicated 33 moves resulting in a total of 53 logged Qs on 40-meters. I consumed (n=264 minutes) or 52% of total operating time on this band. My 88-foot doublet fed with 450 Ohm window line operates efficiently on this band. Is this a result of take-off angle?
In contrast, I moved 42 times on 20m resulting in 36 logged Qs while averaging 0.327 Qs per minute. I consumed (n=147 minutes) or 29% of total operating time. My average Q per minute on 40m was 0.265 whereas 20m produced 0.327 (n=48 logged Qs) or 36% of effort. In effect, I'm moving too many times on 20m suggesting a less than effective operating tactic. I need to broadcast my presences on this band instead of search and pounce.
Figure 2 is a screen capture of callsign distribution or logged Q conversion per band. Our statesmen within RadioSport will get a chuckle when I say, "The light bulb just flashed in my cranium."
Move multipliers? Logging operators across more than 1-band during an event? This is conversion where an operator like low-power, low-profile type(s) target another station for multiple contacts on for example 160, 80, 40, or 20, 15, 10 meters. There is an accumulative effect as each subsequent Q increases in value.
I wager, especially for those competing inside the Box, a tribe of loyal operators make an effort at logging a Box competitor on multiple bands. Whereas, I'm converting (n=15) or 12% of my logged Qs on more than one band. What factor or factors improves one's conversion percentage?
- Antenna system.
- Antenna system, amplifier.
- Antenna system, amplifier, station marketing.
- Station marketing.
- Station marketing, amplifier.
- Station marketing, antenna system, amplifier, reputation.
- Reputation, antenna system, amplifier.
One aspect as suggested by our RadioSport statesmen is log analysis as a teaching tool. Data revealed a need to change 20m tactic and broadcast or call CQ more times than not. Subsequently, how can I improve my high band performance from my locale for better results during daylight hours? Its all in the antenna system.
Pour on the CQ!