The CQWW SSB event runs over the last weekend of October and covers all contest bands from 1.8 MHz to 28 MHz. The event is one of the largest international events of the HF calendar and encourages stations to operate from far-flung and exotic parts of the world.
We opted for the sun-drenched shores near Ongar in Essex, using our contest site at the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker. We had decided before the event it would be more of a casual entry, as the contest had started at 00:00 Hrs on the previous Friday/Saturday morning. We have previously taken part in the event, with a most notable event in 2015.
This year we used a 7 MHz vertical, with elevated radials, and a 3e multiband beam for 28/21/14 MHz @ 10m.
3e Multiband Beam
7 MHz Vertical
The HF bands remained in good shape, with some good openings on 28 and 21 MHz and the vertical worked well at 7 MHz. The lower HF bands were predictably crowded, so I concentrated on search and pounce on the higher bands.
George M1GEO and Fred G3SVK with a great sunset behind.
QSO and DXCC per band.
28 MHz provided some interesting DX with a lot of station from Argentina, Brazil, French Guiana, Chile, Suriname, Namibia, South Africa, Qatar and Reunion Island.
28 MHz QSO Map
All Bands QSO Map
In total, we worked 417 QSO in 76 DXCC and had some fun on the bands.
This weekend saw a casual entry into the CQ WW SSB contest, taking part with George M1GEO, Dave M0YOL, Dave G7UVW and Chris G8OCV.
I used my TS990, 4e homebrew beam on 21 MHz and HAL 1200 solid state amplifier delivering 400w. 28 MHz was a vertical @ 12m and 1.9, 3.5 and 7 MHz was a doublet antenna at 25m. We set up on Friday afternoon, meaning we was ready to play radio for the 1AM start on Saturday morning. The evening provided good conditions on 7 and 3.5 MHz, and through the day 21 and 28 MHz remained open. Power was provided by 2x 2KW EU20 a silent run generators.
Room with a view
3.5MHz looking busy
Thankfully Dave M0YOL allowed us to use his caravan awning, this provided welcome relief from the rain on Saturday. We complete some operating on Saturday and Sunday, closing the station just after 3PM. This allowed us to pack down and head home before it got dark.
Over the weekend I managed to work 551 QSO in 79 countries.
QSO per Band – (DXCC)
- 1.9 MHz – 5 (4)
- 3.5 MHz – 46 (17)
- 7 MHz – 134 (39)
- 21 MHz – 279 (57)
- 28 MHz – 87 (28)
The 4e beam on 21 MHz worked really well, i’ve used this for a few contests now and always been very pleased with its performance. A blog on its construction can be found here.
All together a very enjoyable weekend, with good band conditions.
QSO maps showing EU, Asia and JA
Thanks to everyone we worked 73 Dave M0TAZ