All scores are claimed scores unless otherwise noted. January: CWOps CWT 1300Z January 3 QSOs: 53 Mults: 52 Score: 2,756 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 1 for 2018.  Still on my program to avoid cluster spots, call history etc. to minimize the use of operating crutches and force me to copy 100% of what is sent January: CWOps CWT 1900Z January 3 QSOs: 13 Mults: 13 Score: 169 Op Time: 10 minutes Session 2 for 2018 January: CWOps CWT 300Z January 4 QSOs: 37 Mults: 36 Score: 1,332 Op Time: 20 minutes Session 3 for 2018.  One of the very rare days when I operated all 3 CWTs. January: ARRL RTTY Roundup (Final Score) QSOs: 1,071 Mults: 98 Score: 103,684 Op Time: 20:45 Eighth place for US/VE SOLP, third place Central Division, first place Indiana.  My highest QSO total ever in any contest, and a higher score than last year's Round Up.  More QSO's, more mults, what's not to like about how I spent the weekend?  My biggest improvement was in the number of DX multipliers.  I tracked my score on line and prefer the format used by contestonlinescore.com as they separate the assisted and the unassisted categories.  I operated unassisted but, looking at the early returns on 3830, it seems like I might have placed higher overall had I operated with assistance as the scores in that category seem to be smaller.  One of the things I like about the Round Up is you don't have to have big antennas to post a big score as there is nothing gained by running Europeans one after the other as is the case with CQWW, for instance.  Mults count once, not once per band, and all QSOs count for the same point total regardless of where the station is located.  So after you work that first station from France and that first station from Indiana, thereafter you can tune right past all the weaker French stations and work the louder Indiana stations first. January: NAQP CW (Final Score) QSOs: 921 Mults: 196 Score: 0 Op Time: 12 hours Decided to operate in the M2 category to give me the benefit of using spotting and being able to operate the entire 12 hours.  Unfortunately I did not fully understand the 10-minute band change rule, so had to submit my log as a check log. January: CWOps CWT 1300Z January 10 QSOs: 66 Mults: 66 Score: 4,356 Op Time: 45 minutes Session 4 for 2018. January: CWOps CWT 1900Z January 10 QSOs: 90 Mults: 86 Score: 7,740 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 5 for 2018. January: CWOps CWT 1300Z January 17 QSOs: 63 Mults: 63 Score: 3,969 Op Time: 38 minutes Session 6 for 2018.  January: CWOps CWT 1900Z January 17 QSOs: 52 Mults: 42 Score: 2,704 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 7 for 2018. January: NAQP SSB QSOs: 192 Mults: 84 Score: 16,128 Op Time: 5 hours Very little high band or low band activity, so almost all QSO’s were on 20M and 40M. January: CWOps CWT 1300Z January 24 QSOs: 49 Mults: 43 Score: 2,107 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 8 for 2018. January: CWOps CWT 0300Z January 25 QSOs: 58 Mults: 54 Score: 3,132 Op Time: .75 minutes Session 9 for 2018. January: CQ 160 QSOs: 441 Points: 1,032 Mults: 63 Score: 65,016 Op Time: 7.5 hours The bands were quiet and activity was high, always a good recipe for fun.  All QSOs were made on the long wire. January: ARRL DX CW QSOs: 60 Points: 174 Mults: 46 Score: 8,004 Not a serious effort but did manage to work Palau for a new band slot on 40M. February: CWOps CWT 1300Z February 21 QSOs: 60 Mults: 59 Score: 3,540 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 10 for 2018.  February: CWOps CWT 1300Z February 21 QSOs: 83 Mults: 81 Score: 6,723 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 11 for 2018.  February: CWOps CWT 300Z February 22 QSOs: 33 Mults: 33 Score: 1,089 Op Time: 20 minutes Session 12 for 2018.  Another rare day when I operated in all 3 CWTs. February: NAQP RTTY (Final Score) QSOs: 600 Mults: 116 Score: 69,600 Op Time: 10 hours First place Indiana and second place 9the call district.  Very strange band conditions at the start.  Nothing on 15M or 10M so no mults to be had there.  Some stations heard on 20M but they were often east and west coasters working each other and they could not hear me.  So, went to 40M and 80M much earlier than usual.  Pretty good performance in terms of total QSOs but could not make up for the lack of mults, so my overall score was a disappointment. February: CWOps CWT 1300Z February 28 QSOs: 53 Mults: 53 Score: 2,809 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 13 for 2018.  February: CWOps CWT 1900Z February 28 QSOs: 41 Mults: 41 Score: 1,681 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 14 for 2018.  March: CWOps CWT 1300Z March 7 QSOs: 121 Mults: 100 Score: 12,100 Op Time: 1 hour Session 15 for 2018.  My best score of the year.  In fact, the best in a long time. March: CWOps CWT 1900Z March 7 QSOs: 39 Mults: 39 Score: 1,521 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 16 for 2018.  March: WIQP QSOs: 81 Points: 159 Mults: 43 Score: 6,837 A modest effort compared to previous years. March: CWOps CWT 1300Z March 14 QSOs: 97 Mults: 91 Score: 8,827 Op Time: 1 hour Session 17 for 2018.  Signed as K9WX/m to test the log integration issues with DXLab and the /m callsign, but operated from the shack. March: CWOps CWT 1900Z March 14 QSOs: 31 Mults: 31 Score: 961 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 18 for 2018.    March: CWOps CWT 1300Z March 21 QSOs: 81 Mults: 77 Score: 6,237 Op Time: 45 minutes Session 19 for 2018. March: CWOps CWT 1900Z March 21 QSOs: 30 Mults: 30 Score: 900 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 20 for 2018. March: CWOps CWT 1300Z March 28 QSOs: 26 Mults: 26 Score: 900 Op Time: 20 minutes Session 21 for 2018.  Signed as K9WX/m but operated from shack. March: CWOps CWT 1900Z March 28 QSOs: 79 Mults: 74 Score: 5,846 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 22 for 2018. April: CWOps CWT 1300Z April 18 QSOs: 45 Mults: 44 Score: 1,980 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 23 for 2018. April: CWOps CWT 1300Z April 25 QSOs: 30 Mults: 30 Score: 900 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 24 for 2018.  Signed as K9WX/m April: CWOps CWT 1900Z April 25 QSOs: 22 Mults: 21 Score: 462 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 25 for 2018.  Signed as K9WX/m and operated from driveway to test INQP mobile setup. April: FQP QSOs: 11 Points: 44 Mults: 11 Score: 484 Op Time: a few minutes May: CWOps CWT 1300Z May 02 QSOs: 32 Mults: 32 Score: 1,024 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 26 for 2018.  Signed as K9WX/m and operated from driveway to test INQP mobile setup. May: CWOps CWT 1900Z May 02 QSOs: 33 Mults: 31 Score: 1,023 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 27 for 2018.  Signed as K9WX/m and operated from driveway to test INQP mobile setup. May: INQP (Final Score) QSOs: 275 Points: 546 Mults: 63 Score: 34,398 States and Provinces multipliers: 48 Indiana County multipliers: 15 Op Time: 6 hours Third place for mobile stations.  In recent years I have operated mobile or portable with Andy K9ELF.  He would do the phone and I would do the CW.  This year I was only available in the morning and afternoon and he was only available in the evening.  So, no partnership was possible.  My XYL agreed to be my driver and an 11 county, half-day mobile operation was planned with the expectation that activity would be limited to 20 and 40 CW.  Unlike previous years there were no county line operations planned, so every contact would result in just a single QSO instead of 2 QSOs.  The goal was to call CQ on 40M and then move to 20M and CQ there to give both close in and distant stations the chance to snag the multipliers I would be providing. We hit our first county, White, right as the contest started and the rate was brisk.  It was, in fact, the best of the contest, logging 62 QSOs the first hour.  The second hour was almost as good with 57 QSOs in the log.  I noticed, however, that I was primarily logging out-of-state stations, even on 40M, and that ended up being the story of the day.  Bands were long and in-state QSOs were hard to come by.  When I could hear the in-state stuff, it was invariably weak.  Even N9FN, who normally is very loud in the INQP, was difficult to hear.  One surprising exception was KJ9C/m who was in Knox county when I worked him just 30 minutes after the start of the contest.  He was incredibly loud and I thought, all right, it’s gonna be a great day.  But I was only able to work him one other time and even then it was at ESP levels. The XYL had committed to a 5-hour operation and we were back home as  planned at 2000z.  She jumped out of the car and I headed to Carroll County to park and operate as I had agreed to that activation.  I made a quick 14 QSOs there and headed for home, stopping for a bit in White County to log a few more Qs there for the benefit of anyone who had missed me the first time through.  I was about ready to pack it in when I came across K9IZ/m who was also surprisingly loud and on a county line to boot.  I got him in the log and decided that must be a sign since I was out of time.  I had made my last QSO of the day. I found the 7QPs stations were their usual cordial selves, with lots of them in my log.  I only had an hour overlap with the NEQP and, by contrast, I found it much more difficult to get them in the log.  Perhaps someday someone will come up with an explanation for this difference. Highlight of the day: the Knox County QSO with KJ9C.  Knox is the last county I need confirmed to qualify for the Worked All Indiana award. Lowlight of the day: when I got to Vermillion I mistakenly programmed N1MM to report that I was in Vigo County.  I will mark these QSOs as Vermillion when I upload to LOTW and will confirm that I was in Vermillion should anyone send me a card.  But if you needed Vigo and you worked me, then I apologize for the error; hopefully you were able work a REAL Vigo station sometime that day. Observation: some of the wind turbines in northern Indiana put out a lot of RF noise.  In a couple of cases I had to stop operating until we were well past the offender. May: CWOps CWT 1300Z May 16 QSOs: 52 Mults: 49 Score: 2,548 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 28 for 2018.  May: CWOps CWT 1300Z May 23 QSOs: 54 Mults: 54 Score: 2,916 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 29 for 2018.  May: CWOps CWT 1900Z May 23 QSOs: 89 Mults: 75 Score: 6,675 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 30 for 2018.  Called CQ on 20M for several minutes at start of contest with no replies so this cut into my overall rate.  Went to S&P and rates were good.  Then called CQ (still on 20M) and got some takers.  Not sure why 20M was a dud at the start. May: CWOps CWT 1300Z May 30 QSOs: 100 Mults: 97 Score: 9,700 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 31 for 2018.  My first operating effort with my new Flex 6600. May: CWOps CWT 1900Z May 30 QSOs: 30 Mults: 30 Score: 900 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 32 for 2018.  June: KY QP QSOs: 18 Points: 33 Mults: 10 Score: 860 June: CWOps CWT 1300Z June 6 QSOs: 92 Mults: 92 Score: 8,464 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 33 for 2018.  June: DRCG WW RTTY QSOs: 39 Points: 299 Mults: 20 Score: 5,681 First RTTY operation with my new Flex 6600 June: CWOps CWT 1300Z June 13 QSOs: 59 Mults: 55 Score: 3245 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 33 for 2018.  June: CWOps CWT 1300Z June 13 QSOs: 59 Mults: 55 Score: 3,245 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 33 for 2018. June: CWOps CWT 1900Z June 13 QSOs: 80 Mults: 76 Score: 6,080 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 34 for 2018. June: CWOps CWT 1300Z June 20 QSOs: 103 Mults: 87 Score: 8,961 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 35 for 2018. June: CWOps CWT 1900Z June 20 QSOs: 50 Mults: 45 Score: 2,250 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 36 for 2018. June: Field Day at W9LDX QSOs: 1,622 Points: 2,327 Bonus points: 1,470 Score: 6,124 Our typical 1A entry.  QSOs were down slightly from last year but we had a higher percentage of CW QSOs.  The big difference: 80M overnight was very noisy, reducing overnight productivity. June: CWOps CWT 1300Z June 27 QSOs: 49 Mults: 49 Score: 2,401 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 37 for 2018. June: CWOps CWT 1900Z June 27 QSOs: 93 Mults: 83 Score: 7,719 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 38 for 2018. July: RAC Canada Day QSOs: 247 Points: 1,232 Mults: 14 Score: 17, 248 Op Time: 6.5 hours My typical 40M effort.  Logged fewer Canadian stations than in the past, so point total was a disappointment. July: CWOps CWT 1300Z July 4 QSOs: 92 Mults: 87 Score: 8,004 Session 39 for 2018.  A low power effort. July: CWOps CWT 1900Z July 9 QSOs: 99 Mults: 92 Score: 9,108 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 40 for 2018. A low power effort. July: DL-DX RTTY QSOs: 159 Points: 1,150 Mults: 61 Score: 70,150 Op Time: 6 hours Had hoped to fully test the FLEX in this mode but rates were not very high and the contest does not allow SO2R. July: CWOps CWT 1900Z July 11 QSOs: 40 Mults: 39 Score: 1,560 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 41 for 2018. A low power effort.  Had connectivity issues for the Maestro.  Bummer. July: IARU HF Championship (Final Score) QSOs: 868 Points: 2,037 Mults: 114 Score: 229,368 Op Time: 15 hours Fifth place NA and my best score ever for this contest.  Connection issues continued for the Maestro.  But when it worked, it worked well.  Entered in the SOAB(A) LP category and ended up in an informal competition with Anthony AB9YC by watching the live scoring web page.  In the end he edged me out (a matter of 2 fewer 3-point QSOs on my part) so the final outcome will be determined by the log checkers. July: CWOps CWT 1300Z July 18 QSOs: 101 Mults: 96 Score: 9,696 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 42 for 2018. Went to a wired connection for the Maestro and reverted to SSDR 2.2.8.  Had fewer connectivity issues. July: CWOps CWT 1900Z July 18 QSOs: 21 Mults: 21 Score: 441 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 43 for 2018. Connection issues remain. July: NAQP RTTY (Final Score) QSOs: 650 Mults: 173 Score: 112,450 Op Time: 10 hours First place Indiana, third place 9th call district, sixth place overall.  My best ever score for an NAQP RTTY and the first time ever over 100K points.  Had some connection issues with the Maestro but muddled through.  Worked 10 hours straight except for a 30 minute break at the 5 hours mark.  Did not sign up for a team as I was not confident in my use of the new radio: mistake. July: CWOps CWT 1300Z July 25 QSOs: 60 Mults: 57 Score: 3,420 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 44 for 2018. Connection issues remain. August: CWOps CWT 1300Z August 1 QSOs: 119 Mults: 109 Score: 12,971 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 45 for 2018. My best ever low power score. August: CWOps CWT 1900Z August 1 QSOs: 104 Mults: 97 Score: 10,088 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 46 for 2018. Low power. August: NAQP CW (Final score) QSOs: 771 Mults: 160 Score: 123,360 Op Time: 10 hours What a rush!  Can only fantasize about what my final score would have been if 10 and 15 could have yielded the multipliers in this contest that I got in the RTTY contest just a couple weeks earlier.  Still only good for fourth place Indiana. August: CWOps CWT 1300Z August 8 QSOs: 49 Mults: 49 Score: 2,401 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 47 for 2018. Low power. August: CWOps CWT 1300Z August 15 QSOs: 102 Mults: 102 Score: 10,710 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 49 for 2018. Low power. August: CWOps CWT 1900Z August 15 QSOs: 28 Mults: 28 Score: 784 Op Time: 15 minutes Session 50 for 2018. Low power. August: NAQP SSB (Final Score) QSOs: 193 Mults: 77 Score: 14,861 Op Time: 7:45 August: CWOps CWT 1300Z August 22 QSOs: 43 Mults: 43 Score: 1,849 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 51 for 2018. Low power. August: CWOps CWT 1900Z August 22 QSOs: 67 Mults: 67 Score: 4,489 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 51 for 2018. Low power. August: CWOps CWT 1300Z August 29 QSOs: 105 Mults: 98 Score: 10,290 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 52 for 2018. Low power. August: CWOps CWT 1900Z August 29 QSOs: 10 Mults: 10 Score: 100 Op Time: 10 minutes Session 53 for 2018. Low power.  Operated just enough to satisfy the CWT qualifitying requirements. September: CWOps CWT 1300Z September 8 QSOs: 101 Mults: 95 Score: 9,595 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 54 for 2018. Low power. September: CWOps CWT 1300Z September 12 QSOs: 98 Mults: 98 Score: 9,604 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 55 for 2018. Low power. September: CWOps CWT 1300Z September 19 QSOs: 76 Mults: 75 Score: 5,700 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 56 for 2018. Low power. September: CWOps CWT 1900Z September 19 QSOs: 69 Mults: 69 Score: 4,761 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 57 for 2018. Low power. September: Washington QSO Party QSOs: 17 Points: 51 Mults: 8 Score: 408 I have no idea why I operated this contest.  It does not appear I made much of an effort. September: CWOps CWT 1300Z September 26 QSOs: 61 Mults: 61 Score: 3,721 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 58 for 2018. Low power. September: CWOps CWT 1900Z September 26 QSOs: 95 Mults: 94 Score: 8,930 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 59 for 2018. Low power. October: CWOps CWT 1300Z October 3 QSOs: 107 Mults: 100 Score: 10,700 Op Time: 60 minutes Session 60 for 2018. Low power. October: CWOps CWT 1900Z October 3 QSOs: 33 Mults: 33 Score: 1,089 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 61 for 2018. Low power. October: CWOps CWT 1900Z October 24 QSOs: 38 Mults: 38 Score: 1,444 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 62 for 2018. Low power. October: CWOps CWT 1900Z October 31 QSOs: 101 Mults: 98 Score: 9,898 Op Time: 30 minutes Session 62 for 2018. Low power. October: SSCW QSOs: 700 Mults: 81 Score: 113,400 Op Time: 15 hours Missed NE and VI for the sweep.  Both of which I heard but they were weak with huge pileups so I moved on in order to not waste the time. Low power assisted.  A lower score than last year but also 5 fewer hours in the chair.
When you are the last to operate on Sunday afternoon FD, it gets lonely and they take away your shelter.
2018 Contest Results
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