2006
CQ WW DX Contest - SSB

 
Call: W3YY
Operator(s): W3YY
Station: W3YY

Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: VA
Operating Time (hrs): 10

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:    5     4        5
   80:   37    11       23
   40:   79    18       49
   20:   76    20       41
   15:   49     9       22
   10:   31    10       15
------------------------------
Total:  277    72      155  Total Score = 172,974

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:

First chance to try out my new FT-2000 in a major phone contest environment.  It
did very well.  No problems with QRM from nearby stations and the receive audio
quality is very nice and transparent.  If the station you're listening to has
clean audio, he sounds great, and if he's over-modulating he doesn't sound so
good.  The FT-2000 doesn't add anything to the mix.

Main problem for me this weekend was the lack of current WriteLog support for
the FT-2000.  I'm sure they'll support this xcvr soon, but I fear not before the
fall contests are over.  Without a xcvr interface for the log, I missed the use
of a lot of the features I've grown used to, like clicking on spots and having the
rig automatically go to that frequency, having the log automatically updated
when I change bands, logging the exact frequency of each contact, etc.  The lack
of these features made the assisted category A LOT less fun.  I felt like I spent
my entire time cranking VFO's around, especially on 40-meters.  I kept thinking,
how did we ever do this when there was no logging software, packet cluster, and
rigs were manually tuned?!

I tried W1VE's real-time scoreboard and that was fun.  The most interesting QSO
was with IO4T - while watching their operation on their real-time webcam!  I
would have asked the operator to wave, but it was a very weak 10-meter QSO.

73, Bob - W3YY

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