The CQ WorldWide DX Contest
DX and Contesting
As a long time operator, I love contesting and HF. In particular
I like to "Chase DX", meaning contacting in the various countries and
zones around the world.
I participated in the annual CQ WW DX Contest in the fall of 2013.
There were numerous Alaskan contestants.
In spite of the competition, AL7X prevailed in the "Low Power SSB"
Category. This is the class of stations running 150 watts or less -
not to be confused with the QRP category.
The radio I used was the Icom IC-7410; the antenna were the Hex
Beam and the 75/40 meter trap dipole.
This was a good showing, I got the award shown in the photo, as
well as a similar award for the "Classic" category.
Normally propagation during constests do not favor Nome. In this
year, things were not too bad, and good operating, skills, luck and
perseverance got me to the top of the Alaskan pile!