There are many ways to enter RadioSport and one of them is finding a group of operators who share the competitive spirit. One may not want to spend an entire weekend in the pilot's chair or other commitments may compete for attention. A multi-single entry is an excellent opportunity to share resources, time, and establish new friendships.
Participating in this category made a significant difference in my attitude about RadioSport as a teenager. I spent hours inside the cans learning how-to listen for needed multipliers. A day existed, when paper dupe sheets tracked the log, and I learned precision and orderliness. A mistake in the dupe sheet would result in a significant point penalty.
Additionally, competing in this category set my personal future standard in terms of operating skill, station engineering, and sportsmanship. I modeled those who sat in the pilot's chair and admired their operating skill especially when rate met or exceeded one's capacity to write with a pencil.
Cox and Brockman stated, "In the battle of the Goliaths, W2PV captured the top world Multi-Multi score, no easy feat for a USA station." (1982)
Furthermore, "The contest community around the world will remember this fall when the signals are strong and clear that a few of our friends are not present. W2PV, UI8LAG, and W3KT have become silent keys. Each one contributed to what the contest stands for: enjoyment and excellence." (Cox & Brockman, 1982)
I want to remember their words as the technological wave rolls into the future of ham radio. Has competitive pursuit finally crossed the border where enjoyment and excellence does not exist or even count anymore? Is RadioSport beginning to miss the forest for the trees?
There exists somewhere in the future, conditions like 1981, when the cosmos fell into place and records fell like dominoes. Cox and Brockman stated, "The top USA All Band score was decided by less than a minute's operating time on a good band." (1982)
The North California Contest Club in the same year went from 9 million in 1980 to 160 million. One day the west coast will again stake its claim inside the club box.
Multi-Multi titans in 1981 were W2PV, N2AA, and W3LPL.
Single Operator All Band in the USA was K1GQ.
Single Operator All Band World was 9Y4VT (N6AA).
Top Three Clubs in the United States were Northern California Contest Club, Yankee Clipper Contest Club, and Frankford Radio Club.
Top Three International Clubs were Lithuanian Contest Group, Voroshilovgrad Radio Club, and Kaunas Polytechnic Institute R.C.
If one wants to enter RadioSport think about creating a team of like-minded operators who enjoy the game while pursuing excellence.
73 from shack relaxation zone.
Reference: Cox, B. K3EST, Brockman, L. N6AR (1982, October). CQ Magazine: 1981 CQ World Wide DX Contest: C.W. Results. pp. 20 - 34.
- NO3M | 61 Qs | 41 Mults | 2,501 Points [NCC].
- N4AF | 57 Qs | 40 Mults | 2,280 Points [PVRC].
- W4OC | 58 Qs | 36 Mults | 2,088 Points [SECC].
East Central Single Operator.
- K8MM | 54 Qs | 40 Mults | 2,160 Points [MRRC].
- K9BGL | 54 Qs | 39 Mults | 2,106 Points [SMC].
- W9RE | 55 Qs | 38 Mults | 2,090 Points [SMC].
West Central Single Operator.
- N3BB | 58 Qs | 39 Mults | 2,301 Points [CTDXCC].
- KZ5D | 47 Qs | 32 Mults | 1,504 Points [CTDXCC].
- W0BH | 42 Qs | 30 Mults | 1,260 Points.
West Single Operator.
- VA7ST | 25 Qs | 21 Mults | 525 Points.
- KN5H | 26 Qs | 18 Mults | 468 Points [Arizona Outlaws Contest Club].
- KI7Y | 24 Qs | 11 Mults | 264 Points [WVDXC].
NCCC in CA/NV Single Operator.
- K6VVA | 49 Qs | 31 Mults | 1,519 Points.
- N6RO | 50 Qs | 30 Mults | 1,500 Points.
- W0YK | 46 Qs | 31 Mults | 1,426 Points [Loma Prieta Contest Club].
The fastest 30 minutes in RadioSport guarantees ham radio fun and Eric, NO3M lead the North Coast Contesters to its banner position in a surprise upset. The game is measured in seconds with one's signal in the right place at the right time and NO3M met the challenge. An outstanding accomplishment given the string of N3BB victories.
The Mad River Radio Club is still in the hunt for its first club banner position with a first place success inside the East Central division. It is a matter of time for the club however there is N3BB and NO3M going into next week's competition?
Photograph 1 Beach Boys Amateur Radio Club located near Pismo Beach, California. Our only requirement for membership is a willingness to enjoy ham radio and wear a Hawaiian print shirt.
Photograph 2 is our field day site and note the arena's metal fencing.
Photograph 3 is Emerito, N6ETO at the controls of an ICOM ProIII -- one of two for this year.
Photograph 4 is Fred, KI6QDH who is our local ham radio motivator and 6 meter grid square chaser.
Photograph 5 taken of John, KG6RWF and I while operationally testing our field day equipment to include a Kenwood TS850S.
Photograph 6 taken while I logged K6D a special event station commemorating donuts in Southern California.
Photograph 7 taken after BBARC successfully deployed our field day tower. It is all about safety when working in and around a tower.
Photograph 8 is our tri-bander waiting for signals. We heard E4X working a 5 KHz wide swarm on 20m Morse code this morning.
Photograph 9 taken while we prepared the tower for deployment.
Photograph 10 taken of Emerito, N6ETO making an adjustment to the tri-bander driven element prior to hoisting operations.
Photograph 11 is the tower after we successfully stowed our tri-bander antenna. Our goal was slow and steady as the tower made its descent. We are planning additional guys at the mid-section as well.
Photograph 12 is the Butternut HF9V at the opposite end of the arena. We will install a counterpoise system and ground to arena fencing prior to official operations.
73 from the shack relaxation zone.