2014 ARRL 10M Contest

I don’t do that many contests, but it’s an enjoyable part of the hobby for me. I was surprised this week to find in my email a big envelope from the ARRL. I opened it up, and there was a “Division Winner” certificate for last year’s 10M contest!

When I looked closer though, it was VE2PIJ’s certificate 🙁  It was my name on the envelope though.. so was the envelope wrong or was it the certificate? I started looking online at the results, and started thinking maybe I was supposed to get one too.

Anyhow I emailed VE2PIJ and told him I had his certificate.. a quick tape job on the envelope, a trip to the post office, and it was on its way to him.  Now what about me? I emailed the ARRL to see if I was to expect one.. Never got a response or acknowledgement..

A couple of days later, this arrived in the mail :


Woo! So I did win my section/class! To be honest though, I had to pull up my old log in N1MM+ logger to remind myself how I did that..


You’d think I would clearly remember 354 QSO’s… but it was almost a year ago.. Anyway, I’m thrilled to have my first ARRL certificate, and it’s now proudly on the wall of the shack.

By the way, the ARRL reported having some issues with sending certificates to the right people. so if you’re expecting one or get the wrong one, let them know.

With 10M seeming to get worse and worse over time, I can’t help but wonder if I can get even close to that in this year’s contest…

Stay Tuned…

ARRL Sweepstakes SSB

What? a new post? aren’t you respecting the time-honoured tradition of starting then letting your ham radio blog die?

Yeah, yea.. been a while, I know.. one of those things.. I’ve done lots of radio stuff (and acquired new gear) since the last post, took pictures and everything, with the full intent of blogging about it. Then , life takes over , and if you don’t make the time… well, nothing happens.

In the spirit of trying to reverse that, I’ll try to start again. I’ll post some of the older stuff too, as this is a reference for me as well, and if it can help others who are really lost, well that’s good too!

This past weekend was the ARRL fall Sweepstakes contest. One which I did one time before, but since I’m “antenna-challenged” (who isn’t?) I never did that well. This year, at the last minute, I built and hung in the most temporary way a short “Cobra Antenna” after hearing about it at a club meeting some time back. A swimming pool extendable pole and some rope probably made my neighbours wonder what I was doing, but it let me actually USE 40M and 80M from the QTH for the first time.

I was really glad I did, since my old standby of 10M didn’t prove to be the beast it once was. Here’s what I ended up with:

map Capture score Capture

Not too shabby considering I was running without spotting assistance, and low power to boot!  I’m very pleased with the outcome, and the fact that 40M is where I got most of my QSO’s. As this was North America only, getting most of the North Eastern USA was a treat.. (Except for you, Rhode Island.. .why do you torture me?)

A fun, friendly contest, with a ridiculously long exchange. I’m looking forward to the next one, and trying to find a way to hang that Cobra back up in a more permanent way..