I participated in the EA RTTY Contest 2018 / 2018-04-08

2018-04-08 I participated in the EA RTTY Contest 2018 6 months ago
As planned I participated in the EA RTTY Contest edition 2018.

I had most of the time to play radio on Sunday so I decided to participate in the SO20DX (single operator 20 meter band outside Spain) category. I did make two contacts on the 40 meter band when I thought I wasn't going to find any new station the 20 meter band but I returned. And found more stations on the 20 meter band.

20 meter interference pattern
Interference pattern on the 20 meter band
Radio propagation was ok, best DX were some Asiatic Russia stations and a US station in Illinois. The local noise was bad and there were some new sources of interference active. The pattern as in the image (links to full view of the 2.5 kHz waterfall) which is very stable in frequency and has a tendency to stop and start, and at the stop the carriers move together. Also a more 'rattling' noise which sounded like an electrical problem.

In the end I made 81 contacts in total, 79 on the 20 meter band.

Update 2018-04-30: And the first logcheck is in: 75 valid contacts, 123 points, 33 multiplier, 4059 points total. The 6 invalid contacts are 2 wrong band (expected), 1 unique (log not submitted and I was the only one reporting the callsign, so it's probably wrong) and 3 where I am not in the log on the other side.

Update 2018-05-13: Results are in with no changes: 4059 points, rank #83 in category SO 20 meter DX.

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