Part H:

The CQ WorldWide DX Contest

Updated 6/29/2014

DX and Contesting

As a long time operator, I love contesting and HF. In particular I like to "Chase DX", meaning contacting in the various countries and zones around the world.

I participated in the annual CQ WW DX Contest in the fall of 2013. There were numerous Alaskan contestants.

In spite of the competition, AL7X prevailed in the "Low Power SSB" Category. This is the class of stations running 150 watts or less - not to be confused with the QRP category.

The radio I used was the Icom IC-7410; the antenna were the Hex Beam and the 75/40 meter trap dipole.

This was a good showing, I got the award shown in the photo, as well as a similar award for the "Classic" category.

Normally propagation during constests do not favor Nome. In this year, things were not too bad, and good operating, skills, luck and perseverance got me to the top of the Alaskan pile!