Over the weekend I enjoyed some of the fantastic openings up on the 10 meter band during this years WWCQ Contest.
I managed to work some excellent DX for the first time in a long time up on 28MHz. The last time I heard conditions as good as they were, was back in the 80s when I was an avid 11 Meter DXer as well as a spotty faced teenager. My old President Adams at the time brought exotic signals to my early radio days.
I still have some old chicken box kit from way back which includes a couple of 40 channel AM rigs, an original colt as well as a little president AR7. I also have a Ham International Multimode II.
This years WWCQ contest was worked mainly on 10 Meters for me using my FT1000mp MKV field and Carolina Windom antenna (CW80). I exceeded my previous total of 15 Zones by spending my time up on 10m more or less throughout the contest and working a total of 21 World wide zones. This is the best I have done since getting on the air during WWCQ and I am pleasantly surprised how well my humble station is working for me at my relatively new QTH.
I made many great contacts into 25 different DXCC during the 2011 CQWW contest and had a lot of fun doing it.
Countries I worked include:
1 The USA
9 United Arab Emirates
10 Asiatic Russia
11 European Russia
14 French Guiana
15 Turks & Caicos
16 Costa Rica
20 Dominican Republic
25 The Gambia
As usual I made sure that I caught some of this years WWCQ contest on video whilst working up on Ten meters. The video shows lots of fantastic signals booming in from various World wide zones.