Let’s set the record straight right from the beginning. I am no big contester, nor do I have large or efficient antennas at my disposal. In fact, the only half decent HF antenna I have up at the moment, is a homemade rotatable dipole for 10M.
Due to various reasons, I could not give the contest my full attention and could only devote a few hours to the event. I decided to take part using QRP and only work 10M.
I am pleased to say that conditions were very good and I made a fair amount of QSOs, including some nice new DXCC entities. I worked 39 stations in the first 24 hours, all on QRP, then I got a bit impatient and felt a bit frustrated losing out on new and rare countries. I then operated QRO for the remainder of the contest. What a difference it made to the QSO rates! I managed to work a further 110 stations in the 8 hours that followed. I guess that is a pretty poor performance by all contest standards? BUT, during this single contest I managed to work 60 DXCC entities, 23 zones and 8 all-time new countries.
I was using N1MM Contest logger. What an amazing program! Each and every time I use it, I discover new little tricks and features. It sure makes contesting much easier and it is pleasure to use. Needless to say, my log has already been uploaded to LoTW, my own HRD log as well as to the CQ-WW contest robot.
73, Pierre ZS6A