2018-03-12 I participated in the EA PSK63 Contest 2018 5 months ago
As planned I participated in the EA PSK63 contest 2018 last weekend. As this contest starts at 16:00 UTC and not the usual 12:00 UTC I decided to again try my luck as single operator on the 40 meter band only (SO 40 DX for this contest). Contacts were made Saturday evening and Sunday morning and afternoon. Sunday at 12:45 UTC I gave up on finding any new callsigns on the 40 meter band and decided to switch to the 20 meter band. Conditions were not very good and I think I made some errors copying serial numbers or on the decision whether to count a contact as valid. And at least two calls had me in their log but my log was not convinced we made a contact around that time. In the end I made 125 contacts, 79 on the 40 meter band and 46 on the 20 meter band. Looking at the results of previous years I thought I would end up with a higher ranking with the 79 contacts on the 40 meter band only so I entered in that category. The 20 meter contacts will only count as checking for the other participants. The one that got away: I saw an amateur from Thailand call CQ but my answer did not make it back there. A nice contest. I was able to practice fast contacts a bit even in difficult conditions. As usual with all contests I also uploaded my score to the Veron Afdelingscompetitie where our local chapter A08 is doing ok. Update 2018-04-04: The first feedback is in for the log checking stage. I have 76 valid contacts (out of 79 on the 40 meter band). The checklog for the 20 meter band has 41 valid contacts. Result: 134 points, multiplier 44 and total score 5896. Update 2018-04-06: And the results of the EAPSK63 contest 2018 are in. 76 valid contacts, 134 points, multiplier 44 and total score 5896. Rank #36 in the SO40 DX category. So I have improved my score but not my ranking.