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North American QSO Party - CW

Posted by R P Davis on January 14, 2014 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)


It's been too long since I've posted! But there's a good reason for that - my radio has been off-island getting repaired. I've made a few QSOs with a borrowed rig, but haven't been on the air much.

That changed last weekend!

Fred, K9VV/NP2X and I operated Multi-Single in the North American QSO Party. NAQP is an awesome contest. It's similar to ARRL DX, i...

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Posted by R P Davis on December 1, 2013 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

For the CQ Worldwide DX Contest CW portion, I had the privilege of once again being invited to join Philip, KT3Y/KP2M and Fred, K9VV/NP2X to compete in the Multi-Single, High Power category from Radio Reef, Philip's rental QTH and home of KP2M.

We did fairly well last year and had a lot of fun. This year, not so much.

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CQWW SSB 2013...

Posted by R P Davis on November 4, 2013 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

...has come and gone. Here's the rundown:

Call: WP2XX
Operator(s): WP2XX
Station: NP2X

Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: St Croix, USVI
Operating Time (hrs): 36.5
Location: Other North America

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LIDs and bullies

Posted by R P Davis on August 20, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This post from Rick/K6VVA should be required reading for every DXer.  I have a list of Calls I Will Never Work because of crappy behavior.  

I'm not the most experienced DX pileup operator in the world.  I'm not particularly rare DX.  But sometimes my pileups get unruly.  When that happens, I give very c...

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Contest results

Posted by R P Davis on August 14, 2013 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The results of the CQ WPX RTTY and ARRL DX Phone contests were just released.  

In the CQ WPX RTTY contest I was fortunate to be invited to operate at KP2M by Gator N5RZ and Deborah K5RZA as a Multi-operator, Two-transmitter entry (M2).  The results are in the latest issue of CQ Magazine, and they're pretty impressive: We made 3rd in the world and first in North America! 

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Field Day 2013...

Posted by R P Davis on June 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

...happened on St Croix.  More to come when I have brain.

CQWW Certificates

Posted by R P Davis on May 15, 2013 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Some interesting mail came in yesterday's post from the CQWW Contest Committee:

Yup! I won my categories for the CQ Worldwide DX contests last year!  Top is Single-Op, All-Band, Low Power win in the CW contest.  Bottom is SOABLP Assisted in the SSB contest.

I've never gotten wallpaper before.  I'm stoked! &...

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Back on the air!

Posted by R P Davis on May 11, 2013 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm baaaaaaack!  :D

On the air, that is.

Luckily hams are hoarders.  I put the word out locally I needed a power supply, and a local ham came through with a loaner.  Still need to buy a replacement, but that's a matter of calling around to dealers to see who'll ship USPS.

Fired up the ol' girl last night on 12 meters.  No spots, didn't hear anything, no CQs, but I figured wha...

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Off the air.

Posted by R P Davis on May 7, 2013 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)


My station power supply gave up the ghost yesterday morning.  I'm off the air until I can replace it.  Time to ask around the island!

The good news is I now have no excuse to avoid yard work.  "But but but!  10 meters is open!!!"  String trimmer, here I come. :/

PSK and DXing

Posted by R P Davis on April 13, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (2)

USVI isn't all that active on the HF digimodes. I work PSK sometimes and, more rarely, RTTY. I often get swamped with signals. That's okay, especially on RTTY, because RTTY ops are usually sane. It's the PSK people who drive me nuts.

I call them "macro-jockies".


Here's how it usually goes astray:


I call "CQ DX PSE NO MACROS". A call comes up on my waterfall. I click th...

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