Monday, November 9, 2009


Call: VE8EV
Operator(s): VE8EV N6TR
Station: VE8EV
Class: Multi-Op HP
QTH: Inuvik, NT
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Band QSOs
160: 0
80: 0
40: 45
20: 411
15: 21
10: 0
Total: 477 Sections = 80
Total Score = 75,520
Many thanks to John, VE8EV, for letting me operate the SS CW from VE8. It has always been a fantasy of mine to do this. Thanks to the internet and HRD software, and a little software of my own, I was able to operate the contest while sitting in Boring, Oregon. HRD provided a serial link to John's TS2000 and some enhancements to TR Log let me use the keyer in the TS2000 to send CW with. IPSound took care of getting the receiver audio back down to me. The delay from pressing F1 to hearing my CQ start in the sidetone was about 300 milliseconds - not bad at all. Sometimes the internet sound would hiccup which would do strange things to exchanges. I bet my error rate is a bit higher than normal as a result. Conditions at the start of the contest were FANTASTIC. First three hours were 85, 83 and 50. Around that time, things started happening with the aurora and the best hour I ever had afterward was 35. There were times the band had a funny "breathing sound" and most of the signals were all gone. Was very happy to get a clean sweep. Thanks to Eric, VY1EI for calling in for my only NT QSO. Was lots of fun giving some of the big guns their clean sweep!! Even more fun when they no idea who was behind the "key". 73 Tree N6TR


Steve said...

Wow !

What an exciting and interesting story
Love to see a complete story on the set-up, software etc
Just hope we have no Aura during the Phone week-end
from the rare one, LA (Louisiana)

Rod said...

Had almost given up on a Sweep when I turned the antenna north Sunday afternoon late and found you. Thanks for being there and providing us with a "Rare" Q!

Hope to see you in the phone 'test too.

Rod w7zrc

Anonymous said...

John: Your operation and interesting write-up on your blog site are the very essence of ham radio contesting. I was thrilled to work you/Tree on 20 Meters from Atlantic City NJ with 100 watts and an end-fed wire. Your signal was weak but quite readable. It took Tree several tries to get my exchange complete but he hung in there. Your set-up was so smooth I had no idea somebody was remotely operating. Congrats to both of you.

Jim Cain, K1TN