Final Results: Fourth Annual Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge

by Larry "Tree" Tyree N6TR & Lew Sayre W7EW

The fourth running of the Stew Perry TBDC contest was held on December 18th and 19th, 1999. We are happy to announce that 210 logs were received - a new record for this event. This gain is very significant when you consider topband conditions have been on a slide since the sunspot numbers have been increasing.

Part of the reason for the turnout is due to the 31 plaques that were sponsored. This exceeded our plaque manager's wildest dreams (and I can tell you, he has some pretty wild ones). We tip our Boring hats to those of you who paid out $50 to sponsor one. A couple of these still remain unclaimed. If nobody can prove they deserve them from the last event, they will be carried forward into the next one. Those two categories were Top Score, 100 watts, with an antenna that is less than 46 feet high/wide/long. The other was for the top single op score by someone under the age of 21, making at least 50 QSOs. If you feel you qualify for either, or both, of these awards, please let us know.

Perhaps another reason for the increased activity level is the new and improved certificate program administered by Jim Monaham, K1PX. Jim will be sending certificates out to all two letter grid field winners worldwide who didn't receive a plaque. He will also cover anyone who had a minimum score of 500 points without a plaque.

The contest started just as the sun was rising in California. About 20 west coast stations listened carefully for any juicy stations in the pacific or Asia. However, other than a few JAs and the signal of KH2/K4SXT, nothing much was heard. The better opening was 22 hours ahead. The activity in Europe was pretty stong - but not sufficient to keep most of the stations interested after working each other. DJ7AA had a hard time attracting anyone's attention in the USA - including W4ZV! Wil has said this will be his last Stew - but we all hope he will return when topband conditions are more like they were two years ago.

Since the European to USA path was not working - the most consistent DX signal heard in North America was KH7R.

It had always been felt that a station in ZS or VK6 could run away with this contest - IF they had an opening. Steve, VK6VZ, proved our thoery right by taking full advantage of a good opening during the last 4 hours of the contest to run away with the top score honors. Stever worked 80 North American stations with an average QSO point / QSO ratio exceeding 30 points.

KH7R easily won the multi-operator world high score and second highest score overall. Ten QRP stations made it into KH7R's log.

In a hot race for the 3rd highest world score, Al, K7CA, edged out three other USA QRP stations (N7GP, N0TT and W3GH) with nearly 3,000 points. While Al did manage a QSO with VK6HD, N0TT ended up with the longest QRP QSO at 17,139 kilometers (also with VK6HD).

K8ND and K1KY were the only two stations to break 300 QSOs. K8ND was the QSO champ with 388 QSOs and also the grid square champ with 164, but due to his power level and number of local QSOs - he wasn't able to break into the top ten. Several stations had QSOs with 13 QRP stations. Of them, KE9I had the most low power stations in the log to claim the Wiley Bunn Memorial Golden Ear Award.

Congrats to K1PX who wins the Longest 100 watt QSO Plaque thanks to his QSO with VK6HD. The longest QSO was between VK6HD and N3OC which was measured at 18862 kM. It seems strange that Maryland can be furthur away from VK6 than Connecticut, but strange things happen around antipodes.

Some juicy DX was on during the contest. We received logs from VQ9DX, 4X4NJ, 5H3RK, 5B4ADA, ZS6EZ and YC0LOW.

There was much discussion after the contest about the QRP multiplier being too generous and hurting availability of loud stations. This is probably a bigger problem during the years where conditions are not so hot. The contest dircectors have decided to break up the score listings into the four separate categories. However, we will multiply the QRP scores by 4 and the low power scores by 2 just to make them compatable with previous runnings. In the future, there will be a high score plaque for each category (QRO, LP, QRP and Multi). Really, the only difference between the new policy and the old is how the scores are grouped. However, this will hopefully spread out the recognition and prevent the QRP category from taking over the contest.

In the end - of the 29 plaques awarded - 13 of them were won by high power stations, 11 of them by low power and only 5 by QRP power stations. It would seem that running QRP isn't the best way to get a plaque.

The complete computer log checking process is in its third year. As before, almost all of the information in your log was verified and QSOs with incorrect information have been removed. You can receive a report showing the checking results for you log via e-mail. Send your request to

The next Stew Perry event will be held on December 30/31st. The rules can be found at

Plaque Winners




1. AA4NN UA2FF Top Score, Single Operator, Hi-Power,Europe
2. EI7IU N7DD Most South American stations worked
3. K1PX OM3TZQ Top Score, 100W, Europe
4. N7CL KH7R Top Score From Oceania
5. K7CA PY2FUS Top Score From South America
6. N5UL VK6VZ Top Score World Wide
7. N0JK W0AH Top MidWest 100 watt score
8. K1KY K0EJ 2nd highest score in Tennessee
9. Low Band Monitor K7CA Top S/O Score in North America
10. KJ9C N0TT Top Score > 400 miles from Ocean
11. N7JW JA5DQH Top Score in Japan
12. N7GC N0AX Top 100W score in WVDXC versus WWDXC (Willamette Valley DX Club in Oregon and the Western Washington DX Club)
13. KL7RA W3GH Top Score OP > 50 years old
14. N5IA K8ND Most Grid Sqaures Worked
15. KI7Y W7RM Top USA West Coast S/O Score
16. WA2DFI VE3OSZ Top Canadian Score
17. W7GG N5UL Top Score by OP > 60 years old
18. W8JI KE9I Wiley Bunn Memorial Golden Ear Award (highest QSO point total of QSOs with QRP (times 2) and Low power stations as reported in the results).
19. Boring Amateur Radio Club WA2DFI Best Soapbox Comment.
20. Boring Amateur Radio Club N3OC (607) Highest prime number score (after log checking - note that this will be a very hard plaque for a low power or QRP station to win).
21. Boring Amateur Radio Club K7RAT Highest West Coast Multi (Calif, Ore, Wash + VE7)
22. K1FK WA9IRV Calcutta Award (#1 score in WI, MN, ND, VE4 or VE3)
23. W4CAT K1KY Top Score in Tennessee
24. QSL's by N0TT Unclaimed Top Score S/O, Age < 21, > 50Q's
25. ND3A VQ9DX Top Score VK/ZL or Indian Ocean
26. WA4TT 4X4NJ Top Score from Asia (excluding Japan)
27. WA9IRV K1FK Top Score, single op, from the state of Maine.
28. W1TO K1PX Longest DX QSO with 100 watts
29. Comtek Systems N7GP Top Score - USA
30. KQ6ES Unclaimed Top Score - 100 watts - Radiator <46 feet high/width/length
31. AA8U AA8U High QRP Score from W8 call area.

Soapbox Comments
I entered the first event part time and I don't think I turned in a log. 
The second one I missed entirely. This time I decided to enter fairly 
seriously, at least not part time.

I read the rules at least once and decided, without much thought given to 
it, to enter QRP. I chose QRP mostly because so many QRP stations found 
their way into my SS logs and I was impressed. The thought occurred, hey 
try it and see how it works out. So, I did.

Now I read posts that border on disparaging toward QRP 
entrants....especially if you have anything more than a modest station. 
Gee...I guess I do. But, for 160 I only have one TX antenna, a full size 
vertical, and a bunch of electric fence wire Beverages. Not a super station 
in my book, but more than most I guess. All the stacked Yagi's for the 
other bands are irrelevant for the Stew Perry contest so I can't understand 
why any "Big Gun" or "Super Station" should be somehow deemed as an unfair 
competitor when entering QRP.

I didn't enter QRP to compete with anyone or any class of entrant but just 
to have fun and participate. Of course I tried hard, nearly my best effort 
I think. After it was over I had to look up how to score the mults, etc. 
and found the X4 factor for QRP. So, big deal. I didn't think I was 
competing with everyone else anyway. I surely didn't think I was at any 
particular advantage because of running such low power.

The conditions for the Stew were well short of normal so I think the 
apparent lack of DX is being incorrectly blamed on too many QRP entrants. 
Had the conditions been more normal I doubt this issue would have come up.

Maybe a X4 multiplier is too much for QRP. I don't know. This is a fairly 
young contest and if it survives until the next sunspot minimum and beyond 
we will all have a better set of data to base any rules changes on. For me, 
it is fine as is. It might be better to have QRP and QRO compete in 
separate classes or adjust the multiplier some to improve the fairness 
factor if that is necessary.

Oh, if you always run QRO like I usually do. You will really get your 
perspective adjusted by entering QRP. Not just for a part time entry 
either. Do it as you would if the amp was on and you were serious about 
winning. I assure you, you will have a greater appreciation of all those 
intrepid QRP contesters and their special set of skills. QRP is more 
demanding of the operator, equipment, antenna system, and tactics than you 
are used to. Don't knock it if you haven't tried it. - AA8U
I now believe this equalization technique for power is a really bad
idea (one I mistakenly backed BTW).  Now you have everyone running as
little power as possible to be competitive, and thus less and less DX
QSOing going on.  Hell, less QSOing period.  It's a damned shame that W8JI
and the like get on in this contest running 5w on a very prime time
weekend for 160M and dont give the opportunity to some guys in Europe and
other places to work them.

Make the points the same regardless of power and give the 3 power classes
their own box.  If you don't, this contest is dead for sure. - W4AN
This was my first serious part of a Stew Perry Contest.  I was the second Op
at W8TOP, along with W8UVZ.  Lots of QRPers Stateside, took some repeats and
QSB peaks to get all the Grid Info, but it worked.  Between 0300 & 0715 zulu
I could find DJ7AA readable until his sunrise.  He was the only totally
consistant station coming through the absorbtion.
There were many QSB peaks and mini-openings:  I heard SM4CAN early, but
missed him, then found him on 1836 and answered his CQ TEST with a solid
2-way.  I was running on 1823 for a while and kept hearing a signal in the
mud.  Eventually I could copy HA8BE running on the same frequency.  As he
became readable we had a good contact.  Similar situation with S57M, who we
heard 3 times before a contact was made.  Heard a whif of 9A4U(?) and 9A1A,
but no contacts.  UA2FF was good copy for a while but probably had lots of
U QRM and QRN.  about 0630 6W6JX was readable but didn't hear either a W4
or me.   At 0700 ON4UN was about 50 hz off the 1830 birdie, but was Q4-5.
W9RE worked him and I called thereafter.  John was fading into his local
sunrise.  IV3PRK and another I-station were in a S-9 pile-up calling someone
on 1834.  I couldn't hear the other end and never heard Italy again!
We heard one G early, nothing later.  No KH6 on their sunset, fortunately we
got one after 1000 zulu.
I guess I am dissapointed that Santa's helpers couldn't reduce the
absorbtion.  Also lots of "part time" activity, like people coming home from
a reception or evening shopping and then lighting up 160.  That makes it fun
and makes you balance your run time with your hunt and pounce time.

Thanks to all who called us.    73 George  (and George)
Is "over the age 50" considered to be "old"?  I forgot to mention my age
when submitting my log.  My DOB: 14 July 1921.  First ham license dated,
25 Feb 1936, W9WJV, Laurium, MI (Upper Peninsula).  I think that age 50
should be changed to 75! That would be more meaningful. There must be many
in all of these contests that are over age 50.  I know a few that are older
than I am, but perhaps there are not too many. I don't even consider myself
to be old, .......yet!  I must admit that I don't like trying to stay awake
for a 48 hour contest period like I once used to do!  Also, I've used a bug
since 1936, and
a chromium plated Vibroplex since about 1947, after WWII.  Couldn't afford one
before that time!  I am not a "button pusher".  I still enjoy the "old
fashioned" way.  There probably should be a special category for NON-BUTTON
PUSHERS, too, with a special multiplier of at least 6 or 8 (more than for
low power)!

73, W3GN, GN de GN

Stew Perry TBDC 99 was a real rollercoaster of a ride from VK6.  

A few hours before the contest, I was dragged away from clearing up the
kid's Christmas preparations by a phone call from Mike VK6HD to say ZF2NT
was on the band - Caribbean stations are next to South American stations as
the holy grail on 160m from here.  Not only was Bruce ZF2NT there at 1140Z,
QSX JA but peaking S8, but stacks of North American stations and UA0MF.
Looked like the Stew was going to be a great one...

The start of the Stew found me kitted up and ready to go.  Unfortunately,
the band was dead, except for a weak VQ9DX for the first QSO.

What then followed then was four hours of cat napping on the shack floor
and hearing nothing until around 200Z when the first weak Eu signals were
heard.  An hour of reasonable conditions produced around 28 European QSOs,
plus Ralph 5H3RK who was a genuine 579.

Sunday was a very hot day here, humid, over 35 degrees C and I watched the
thunderclouds gather around the QTH.  A big rain storm turned up in the
early afternoon, but there was still thunder in the distance.  

Switching on at 1100Z, the band was staticcy, but bearable.  Then North
American signals started popping up, as sunset approached at 1115Z.

What followed was almost four hours of the most memorable 160m operating I
have ever experienced.  The band started with good signals from the far
eastern seaboard and, despite a drop in signal level and increase in
static, opened across North America as the sunrise terminator moved across
from one coast to another.  It was like I was on 40m, chasing the sunrise
as it moved across, but with much lower signal levels - hard operating but
bloody great!

Usually NA propagation is spotty on 160m, even when it is good, but this
was something different

At 1448, I made the last very difficult - but extremely satisfying - QSO
with Stew organiser Lew W7EW (I think) who was about S4 buried in the S4 -
S8 static.  My ears were shot and I was only just awake, but there were 123
QSOs in the log - and some very long distances indeed.

It was hell and it was great - and a contest I will remember for a very
long time.

I am too tired and busy to work out my score now and the family is in the
throes of its Christmas preparations.  My wife Deb's father died just over
a week ago, so family is very important thing for me to take full part in
right now.

Thanks to Tree, Lew and the Boring gang for organising such a great
contest.  Thanks to all those who called me and made it so memorable.

Vy 73 Steve, VK6VZ
Contest from my point view has been quieter than last edition. There was
also some controversy on the band due to a 9A contest on same dates.
Static crases by a near storm made sometimes difficult to pick up the
stations out of the noise.  Only a couple of  US heard and worked, with
heavy QRN and deep QSB. At my sunrise I had the hope to work some more,
but that was only a hope! Great news is that I was called by 5H3US (#136)
on 1835.8 at 2226z, giving KI93 as report. There must be some kind of
opening to AF at that time, cuz short after of working 5H, I heard, but
could not work, 6W6JX on a near QRG. And a bit later I made what has been
my longest QSO, VQ9DX  at 2250z with 18 points. Great contest anyway, and
pity that condx havenīt helped enough.

73, Josep EA6ACC

First, my apologies to Wil DJ7AA for not responding to 
his call (as reported in his 3830 report). I'm sure there 
were others. I *was* alternating my listening between
my "shorty"  NE Beverage and other antennas during
potential EU periods, but other than ON4UN, I didn't
work any Europeans. I heard bits of a G4 and maybe 
a bit of an Italian (IV3PRK?).

I was awaiting the DX to generate pileups in the DX 
Window (which was *generally* free from US stations,
with one notable exception from 7-land), but conditions
didn't seem to allow them to attract a pileup. Since
my personal goals were to maximize QSOs and Grids
rather than score, it made no sense for me to spend 
a lot of time calling CQ DX. 
Noise and band conditions in Ohio were very odd. The 
Europeans I heard were very weak and 'thready', with 
QSB bobbing them slightly above to below the noise. 
This as consistent with conditions here this season 
with few exceptions. The "Left Coast" folks were 
similarly weak, owing in part to the incentives for 
them to be running low power in this contest. 

What was different was that the "Shorty Beverages"
almost never were better than the Inverted-L on 
receive, in any direction. This was in sharp contrast 
to their performance during the ARRL 160M Contest, 
when the Bevs worked well for me. Weather was 
clear locally, although there were storms South and 

What an odd obsession we all have!

Jeff Maass   K8ND

It was a frustating conditions in Cinere during the second day. Noise floor was
never less than S9+ 20dB since my sunset! I was expecting to re-work K7RAT
like I did in 1998. Practically, I heard nothing but the noise until the
contest finished because my RX antenna was broken long time ago.
First day was better. Could hear strong signal (ever!) from KH2/K4SXT at
around 1200z during almost 2 hours with only slight QSB. He's easily worked
with 100 Watts. Thanks also to VQ9DX and VK6VZ. It's still a great contest,
anyway. tnx es 73 de Jo, YC0LOW


    During the weekend StewPerry, I ran 100 watts.  Don't think I won the 
Black Hole plaque (>400 miles from ocean) like I did last year running QRP, 
but my personal challege was to see if I could better my 1998 score using LP, 
which I did.  I was able to work almost every thing I heard with the 
exception of KV4FZ, the PY's, and a few other HP stations.  Worked 4 JA's 
compared to only 2 during the poorer JA conditions of the ARRL 160M test when 
we ran HP.   
    As many have observed, the SPerry gives an scoring advantage under most 
conditions to QRP operation which I think is fine.  In fact, my only 
suggestion to improve the contest is to limit power to what Stew Perry ran, 
100 watts, the maximum allowed then. Actually, the SPerry rules make HP 
pretty uncompetitive so no need to ban HP.
    The much discussed and bemoaned stateside CQing in the DX window probably 
isn't as much of a problem as Loran was back in Stew's days (and the Loran 
never got out of the DX window back then no matter how much we pleaded :).   
I remember it well, as a little pistol in in MD and NY as a high school and 
college student.  In fact, next year, I'll be able to compete in the over age 
60 SP division.  Tempus fugit!
    Thanks to all who provided plaques.  I promise to do so next year.
    In memory of Stew and all the other giants who have contributed to our 
     Happy Hollidays to all!  Doug  W0AH   

hello all,

i found conditions to be fair during the contest at my
location in southern arizona.the following was some of the
reports i heard DX stations at. all stations were copied on
beverage antennas with "0" noise. it was REALLY QUIET here.

kh7r- peaked at 599+10 and mike called 1 hour before his sunset.
kv4fz- 589
dl2gg/yv5- 579
py2fus- 599+20
g3pqa-579 heard off and on for hours
gw3jxn- 589 heard for 1 1/2 hour
g3sed- 579
ua0mf- 599+20
ja stations- many at 599+10 to 30 db. i worked 27.

lots of loud DX but not much activity. sorry about not 
hearing S50U who called. i would like SWL reports from
any DX that i did not work, europeans in particular.

see you all in the CQ 160 contest.

happy holidays!

larry, n7dd

Hello All !

This was my first participation on the Stew Perry Contest, and I really 
enjoyed the time I spent on it, although the noise level here (10db over 
S9) didn't help.

I'm just returning to the TopBand after a long time (24 years), and I'm 
still working on my station setup.
I ordered a home made tower about four months ago, and I've paying the 
tower in monthly installments, and month after month the tower has been 
growing.... Last week it finally reached the final planned height of 25 
meters, and my 160m inverted vee has been taken to top of it, just in time 
for the contest.

Considering the reports I read, I feel like having a big mouth and no ears. 
I apologize those I've been unable to copy. I do have some beverages 
planned: one with two wavelengths beaming US and another one with one 
wavelength beaming EU, and I hope they will really improve my receiving 
conditions, but so far I'm using the inverted vee for receiving, too.

On my fight against the noise I was able to work VQ9DX on his sunrise, on a 
12600 km (26 points!) QSO. But I could complete a total of only 13 QSO's, 
average 17 points/QSO. On the night before (Friday) I worked 16 US stations 
in a row, but unfortunately these conditions did not repeat on Saturday.

I didn't hear any other SA station but PY2BW.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best at the 
holidays and in the coming year.

73's Ron PY2FUS

K7NU Topbanders' Club Report, 1999 Stew Perry TBDC
or "Are you SURE Field Day isn't in December?"

I arrived at Horned Toad Acres, AZ, W7GNP's mountainous summer QTH, about
2130Z Saturday to commence setup of the quarter wave balloon antenna and
station in one of the FD trailers. It was looking like it would be clear
and cold that night, so I wanted everything ready by 0000Z.  This was not
to be!

I got the station all set up: power hooked up, rig/computer set up and,
most importantly, the heater warmed up! I even had the bed made up in the
unlikely event that it would be needed! It was only 2300Z; plenty of time
to fly the balloon, especially since Jim had left me a nice, big pulley
atop "ye olde balloon supporte pole".

There had been a "gentle" breeze blowing all afternoon. My customary 8 ft
diameter balloons had been back-ordered in November, so I was going to try
out one of the16 ft "backup" models.  I usually only inflate them to about
half size (4 ft) anyway, so I figured I would have plenty of extra room in
the larger model. HOLY HELIUM! 16 ft is BIG! That breeze took to my balloon
like a wouff-hong to a DX-hog! It was all I could do to keep it off the
ground, out of the bushes, in my hand and get it attached to my precious
"aerial wyre"!

After the ordeal, I ran in and commenced to operate, only to find that my
calls were answered with either dead air or CQ CQ ... well, you get the
picture. Now we're talking LOUD stations that don't even hear a PEEP! Back
outside to re-inspect the antenna, and oh noooooooo! It looks like an
inverted "L" with no vertical section! (What's that, a semi-inverted "I"?)
AND it was caught in the pine tree about 30' from its far end. Now pine
trees have things on them called needles.  They are called that for a good
reason. That reason was foremost in my mind while gazing at my one
thousandth of an inch thick neoprene balloon bobbing about just inches away
from the 10,000 sharp, green "contest stoppers"!

After an eternity (who keeps track of time at moments like this?) I managed
to free the wire from the tree. It was obvious, however, that more lift was
needed. The 16 ft balloon was much heavier and presented a much bigger
surface area to the wind. I miraculously managed to haul it down and put in
the rest of my tank of helium. I now had at least 5 lb of net lift and it
was getting pretty tiring wrestling with this 7 ft behemoth. Even with the
added lift, the "vertical" was never more than 30 degrees above horizontal.
 It was still coming dangerously close to those "contest stoppers". At this
point, it was "40 deg and getting colder". OK, OK, you east coast guys can
laugh, but I'm from the desert. Cold is anything below 90F. Fishing for
owls in a 40F breeze is not for me!

I decided that it was time. Damn the needles, full QRQ ahead! Until about
0700Z when the wind let up, I was living QSO by QSO, waiting for that loud
"boom" that would signal the end of the 1999 Stew Perry TBDC for me. But it
never came. All through the night, as the antenna got more vertical, it
just worked better.

Ah, topband, what a band you are.

And what a great contest! Stew's sprit lives on!

Thanks to all the Boring crew for their hard work, and thanks to W7GNP for
the generous use of "ye olde balloon supporte pole" and the surrounding area.

Scotty WA2DFI, op at K7NU

I am a bit of an anomaly in American amateur radio. I am a middle-aged male, but
only licensed in 1993. Unlike most of you, I learned the code at age 39. I still
struggle with it, but contests like this one force me to improve yearly.

I have never experienced a solar cycle maximum. Maybe this is why the low bands
(160 meters in particular)intrigue me so much. In any case, I was a participant
in the first Stew Perry and every year since. It has become as much a part of my
holiday season as the Christmas tree and presents.

I was disappointed in my low band station the first year. I went and laid out a 
Beverage. I was disappointed in my station the second year. I went and laid out
two more Beverages, put a 1/4 wave radial system in place with over 70 radials,
and erected a low inverted-L (southern New England trees are really just shrubs).
I was disapponted in my station the third year, but I got the crazy idea to get a
Master's degree (what is a doc doing with a management degree?) No radio. Off the
air. Finished in November, just in time to return to the air for this Stew Perry.
I am still disappointed. The spring will find me working on the radial system and
looking to acquire a commercial vertical antenna for topband.

Conditions from Northeastern Connecticut were lackluster. The noise level was
tolerable but the propagation was sad. I only heard Europe at 0500 UTC. Even
then it was a struggle to make any contact. I worked long to get a QSO with a
GW station (forgive me, I forgot the call). Never made it. Frustrating not to
be able to get Wales from Connecticut.

Lots of U.S. stations put up with my rudimentary CW skills, and I thank them all for
their incredible patience. I reached as far north as Quebec, as far west as Kansas,
as far east as Kaliningrad, and as far south as Cuba. I had been on-call playing
doctor all week, fatigue set in quickly, and I signed off the air after 8 hours of


Wait till you hear my signal next year!

Happy Holidays,

Mike, N1MD

Lost my towers in Hurricane Lenny before the contest but was thrilled
how well an inverted L at 40 feet was able to bring in so many nice contacts.
Most notable was the high caliber of operators.  Stew Perry's legacy has
left his footprint on the "Topband". I bet he is very proud of all of
you. - KV4FZ
Thanks for running this fun contest!
It was great to hear the JA's so loud. JA5DQH was my last QSO and best 
DX, and he was S9!. This is the first time I have worked JA's with low 
power. UA0MF, VK6VX and VK6HD were all weak but copyable, but I 
couldnt get thru to them. Antenna here is 75 foot shunt fed grounded 
vertical, with a rx loop, on a city lot.

73, Rod VE7VV

You guys should consider toning down the power multiplier.

Look at the score totals compared to power!

I made almost half the score in two hours running five watts than I 
did in the full contest last year running high power, but I won't send 
in a log or even bother with making contacts next year.

This isn't a distance challenge, it's a QRP contest. I listened to 
DOZENS of Eu, VQ9IO, 4X4's, and others calling CQ but if I would 
have ran enough power to work them my score would have dropped 
like a rock. I can easily work hundreds of USA at less than 5 
watts, and there are not enough DX stations in the world to offset 
the multiplier.

The winners will always be USA stations with exceptionally big 
antennas who run flea power, and the poor guy with a normal 
installation doesn't have a chance.
73, Tom W8JI

And here are the scores.

High power single op scores:
Call	Grid	Power	Cat	    QSOs    Grids  Score   Best DX with (distance in km)
VK6VZ   OF88    H       S            120      97    3726   18694   NB1B
N7DD    DM42    H       S            247     159    1588   15602  VK6HD
JA5DQH  PM73    H       S             79      54    1433   11281   W5UN
VQ9DX   MI62    H       S             85      70    1388   14690  KH6AT
NB1B    FN41    H       S            286     154    1357   18694  VK6VZ
W7RM    CN85    H       S            206     139    1183   14878  VK6HD
K8ND    EN80    H       S            396     165    1141    7335   KH7R
UA2FF   KO04    H       S            183     132     985   15216  VK2OI
K1FK    FN57    H       S            208     126     964   14310  VQ9DX
DJ7AA   JO52    H       S            167     121     957   13998  VK6HD
K1VW    FN31    H       S            240     132     948   18847  VK6HD
WD5R    EM45    H       S            314     145     923   17476  VK6HD
W7AWA   CN88    H       S            168     110     888   14712  VK6VZ
N5LZ    EL29    H       S            223     125     826   11281 JA5DQH
4X4NJ   KM71    H       S            127      89     763    8940   NB1B
N1EU    FN32    H       S            193     115     744   18506  VK6VZ
W1FJ    FN42    H       S            215     111     718   18602  VK6VZ
W4ZV    EM95    H       S            195     111     704   18382  VK6HD
JA0QWO  PM85    H       S             43      34     668   10231   W5DM
5H3RK   KI93    H       S             47      39     639   11514 JA1JRK
KV4FZ   FK77    H       S             90      68     618    9715   KH7R
N8EA    EN82    H       S            191     107     612   18071  VK6HD
K5ZO    EM12    H       S            189     118     608    2754   W7WA
N3OC    FM28    H       S            213     115     607   18862  VK6HD
N1RJ    FN43    H       S            134      92     587    8243   KH7R
N6RO    CM98    H       S             91      69     565   14895  VK6HD
S50U    JN66    H       S            153     110     558    8411  VQ9DX
K9MA    EN53    H       S            214     118     553    2818   N6FF
8S5X    JO99    H       S            132      98     553   13673  VK6HD
N1RR    FN41    H       S            147      88     540    6874  9A2TW
K5ZG    EN70    H       S            213     112     531    8105 PY2FUS
OH8LAE  KP44    H       S            107      79     520   13026  VK6VZ
W7EW    CN84    H       S             99      75     516    9129 KH2/K4SXT
NO2R    FN20    H       S            171      95     504    7212  9A2TW
W2VJN   CN83    H       S            104      69     502   14843  VK6HD
N8PR    EL96    H       S            130      87     490    7834   KH7R
W6EU    CM99    H       S            122      78     487   14778  VK6VZ
K4SXT   QK23    H       S             34      27     481   11708   S57M
W9WI    EM66    H       S            196     113     476    3208  W7AWA
K5MC    EM32    H       S            133      93     474   17200  VK6VZ
W3GN    FM19    H       S            190     104     461    7859   KH7R
N4BP    EL96    H       S            127      80     456    6633 PY2FUS
EA6ACC  JM08    H       S             98      76     440    8990  VQ9DX
K1EA    FN42    H       S            142      76     432   18602  VK6VZ
5B4ADA  KM65    H       S             81      67     431    9115 JA1JRK
K5WO    EM12    H       S            141      98     427    2807  W7AWA
K0CS    DM79    H       S             91      73     423   16279  VK6HD
K5NA    EM10    H       S             86      73     422   16815  VK6HD
WT9Q    EN53    H       S            174      99     417    2818   N6FF
IV3PRK  JN66    H       S             97      81     410   13490  VK6VZ
OH2BO   KP20    H       S             68      63     396   13104  VK6VZ
K5ZD    FN42    H       S            112      66     354    6559   9A1A
9A2TW   JN83    H       S             83      65     350    7974  VQ9DX
NI6T    CM97    H       S             81      55     323    8903 JA5DQH
W6UE    DM04    H       S             84      61     323    8746 FO0EEN
AB4I    EM96    H       S            124      78     311    3657   N6FF
RV1CC   KO59    H       S             71      61     309   14487  VK2OI
W7LR    DN45    H       S             64      51     299   15631  VK6VZ
N1MD    FN41    H       S            110      60     293    6569   S57M
K1KI    FN32    H       S             77      57     286    6715  OK2RZ
K3UL    FN11    H       S             40      38     280   18569  VK6HD
NS0B    EM38    H       S            103      77     263    2623   W7WA
N0IJ    EN36    H       S             73      61     252    6486   KH7R
ON4WW   JO11    H       S             51      47     237   14523  VK6HD
AJ6T    CM97    H       S             75      47     231    8903 JA5DQH
PY2FUS  GG66    H       S             13      13     229   12660  VQ9DX
7S5J    JO79    H       S             40      36     225   13896  VK6HD
IK0HBN  JN62    H       S             80      66     215    5920  VE1ZZ
N5OT    EM26    H       S             84      59     212    2834  VE1ZZ
N6ZZ    DM73    H       S             55      42     201   10306 JA5DQH
K8OQL   FM09    H       S             71      48     192   18325  VK6VZ
W3MC    FM19    H       S             61      47     188   18475  VK6VZ
K6DB    CM98    H       S             52      38     168    4083   KH7R
W4VQ    EL98    H       S             48      39     160    2905   N7DD
W7LNG   CN82    H       S             61      38     150    4075   KH7R
W4PA    EM85    H       S             66      50     147    3527  K7RAT
ZS6EZ   KG44    H       S             10      10     131   12642   NB1B
N3AM    FM19    H       S             52      39     125    5813  G3PQA
G3TXF   IO91    H       S             40      33     115    5277   NB1B
N2LO    FN20    H       S             51      32      98    1649   N4BP
K3SWZ   FN10    H       S             49      29      85    1516  W0FLS
W7GNP   DM33    H       S             35      27      64    1674   K5KA
WL7E    CN87    H       S             25      17      52    4322   KH7R
OM5RW   JN98    H       S              1       1      18    8989 JA1JRK
RA6LBS  LN16    H       S              7       9      13    2179 OH8LAE
Low power single op scores:
Call	Grid	Power	Cat	    QSOs    Grids  Score   Best DX with (distance in km)
W0AH    DM78    L       S            261     149    2032   16148  VK6VZ
K1PX    FN31    L       S            299     129    1894   18847  VK6HD
K7NU    DM44    L       S            178     114    1844   15660  VK6HD
K1KY    EM66    L       S            304     138    1646    7053   KH7R
K9ZO    EN50    L       S            282     137    1576   17641  VK6HD
WA9IRV  EN54    L       S            265     134    1516    6801   KH7R
K9LU    EN51    L       S            282     133    1446    6821   KH7R
W0AIH   EN44    L       S            236     121    1406   17387  VK6HD
N5UL    DM82    L       S            157     104    1328   10517 JA5DQH
N5DO    DM80    L       S            155     106    1318   10674 JA5DQH
KU8E    EN80    L       S            273     128    1302    3452  N6ZFO
W5ODD   EL09    L       S            126      94    1232   16598  VK6HD
VE3OSZ  FN25    L       S            213     106    1220    7882   KH7R
K9AY    EM83    L       S            200     116    1212   18138  VK6VZ
AA4NN   EM95    L       S            218     118    1178    7605   KH7R
N2ED    FN20    L       S            173      99    1152    8001   KH7R
KJ9C    EM69    L       S            238     119    1114    7011   KH7R
K0EJ    EM66    L       S            202     110    1078    7053   KH7R
N4DU    EM71    L       S            191     109    1068    3618   W7RM
K4WX    EM66    L       S            219     119    1060    3208  W7AWA
K2WI    FN20    L       S            154     100    1058   18549  VK6VZ
WJ0M    EN36    L       S            154      99    1044    6486   KH7R
VE7SL   CN88    L       S            123      86    1040    8098 JA5DQH
K9MMS   EN51    L       S            193     115    1038    6821   KH7R
K4IQ    EM97    L       S            221     108    1018    3620   N6FF
N6CMF   DM14    L       S            103      73    1010   15128  VK6HD
N8AA    EN91    L       S            209     111    1008    7484   KH7R
KT4ZX   EM78    L       S            205     120    1002    3252   N6FF
N6HC    DM13    L       S             99      66     986   15097  VK6HD
OM3TZQ  JN98    L       S            122      97     982   13113  VK6VZ
K3JT    EM99    L       S            207     108     944    7522   KH7R
W1TO    FN32    L       S            156      91     914    8112   KH7R
AA4Z    EM92    L       S            157      99     896    7675   KH7R
G4VGO   JO02    L       S             97      77     860   14670  VK6HD
W9RE    EM69    L       S            149      94     784    3775 DL2GG/YV5
WA7LNW  DM37    L       S            135      81     772    9184 JA0AWQ
K4LDR   EL88    L       S            118      82     750    7588   KH7R
K4RO    EM66    L       S            155      87     696    2899   AD6C
WA8WV   EM98    L       S            161      88     692    7541   KH7R
WA7BNM  DM04    L       S             82      54     652   14849  VK6VZ
K5KA    EM26    L       S            113      86     648    2834  VE1ZZ
N6AA    DM04    L       S             77      51     618    9243 JA5DQH
K9AA    EN62    L       S            150      78     612    1947  VE1ZZ
VE7VV   CN88    L       S             86      62     598    8098 JA5DQH
W9YS    EN52    L       S            117      79     562    6813   KH7R
KE0FT   EN41    L       S            118      76     536    2680   N6FF
N8BJQ   EN80    L       S             97      65     524   17968  VK6VZ
K8VT    EN82    L       S            116      75     524    7304   KH7R
WT9U    EN61    L       S            125      71     508    1808   N5RZ
K8MR    EN91    L       S            106      75     500    3501   N6FF
WO1N    FN42    L       S             74      51     496    6503   S57M
KG9N    EN50    L       S            102      69     490    2865   N6FF
AA1SU   FN34    L       S             94      58     474    8060   KH7R
KQ6ES   DM13    L       S             82      52     474    9457 JA5DQH
JE1SPY  PM95    L       S             14      13     470   10097   N5UL
K3SV    FN10    L       S             86      65     458    3855   N6FF
AF4OD   EM72    L       S             78      65     452    3628  W7AWA
VE7BS   CO80    L       S             48      38     444    7984 JA5DQH
W3CP    FM19    L       S            118      72     440    1985   N5LZ
N1KWF   FN32    L       S             71      51     436    6635   S57M
W8RU    EN82    L       S            102      64     424    3025  K6NDV
N0AT    EN34    L       S             72      54     402    6483   KH7R
VE6JY   DO33    L       S             55      42     398    5255   KH7R
W2TX    FN13    L       S             94      57     384    1780   NA5B
KT4U    FM07    L       S             86      59     364    7735   KH7R
KJ5WX   EM46    L       S             77      61     356    2850   W7RM
NM7M    CN88    L       S             52      42     332    4377   KH7R
K0INT   DM04    L       S             66      44     326    4159   KH7R
N0AX    CN87    L       S             57      42     312    3699   W4ZV
K1TO    EL87    L       S             46      36     296    2750   N7DD
K0UK    DM59    L       S             54      47     296    3802  VE1ZZ
N6OU    DM04    L       S             49      36     288    9243 JA5DQH
HB9ARF  JN36    L       S             66      48     278    2918  4X4NJ
WK5K    EM13    L       S             50      40     270    2586   W7RM
G3SXW   IO91    L       S             39      33     256    5277   NB1B
KN4Y    EL79    L       S             56      47     244    2737   N7JW
KD6WW   CM98    L       S             40      30     230    8426 FO0EEN
WM9M    EM40    L       S             37      32     216    2485  K6NDV
N7FF    CM97    L       S             53      31     212    4053   KH7R
VE2AWR  FN46    L       S             40      28     200    3726   N7DD
KE6QR   CM88    L       S             45      25     186    2229  VE7ZO
K2YW    FN03    L       S             52      39     184    1359   WD5R
W4TDB   EM66    L       S             49      40     182    1577   N5RZ
K4VV    FM18    L       S             44      37     180    2409   N2IC
N7LOX   CN87    L       S             41      28     176    4322   KH7R
EW8OS   KO52    L       S             32      29     176    2420 GW3JXN
K1RO    FN31    L       S             51      35     174    1502  W0AIH
N5KB    EM12    L       S             25      23     156    2657  K7RAT
N7WA    CN87    L       S             34      24     154    3102   K5XR
W3KM    FN20    L       S             40      34     152    2397  ZF2NT
K4TW    EM73    L       S             35      30     150    1601  ZF2NT
YU1RA   KN04    L       S             28      26     140    2008 GW3TMP
KR2Q    FN20    L       S             33      27     124    1683  W0FLS
SM6CNS  JO67    L       S             27      24     124    1363   9A5Y
G6QQ    JO02    L       S             29      26     122    2081 OH8LAE
W6RKC   CM98    L       S             15      14      92    4383  ZF2NT
YO3APJ  KN34    L       S             14      14      86    2502 GW3JXN
SM7BHM  JO76    L       S             19      19      80    1372 RK3AWE
SK6AW   JO67    L       S              9       9      52    2864 5B4ADA
YC0LOW  OI33    L       S              2       3       8    3757  VQ9DX
QRP single op scores:
Call	Grid	Power	Cat	    QSOs    Grids  Score   Best DX with (distance in km)
K7CA    DM37    Q       S            166     109    2928   15557  VK6HD
N7GP    DM52    Q       S            165     120    2592   10106 JA5DQH
N0TT    EM29    Q       S            202     123    2428   17139  VK6HD
W3GH    FN00    Q       S            225     120    2340    7669   KH7R
AA8U    EN72    Q       S            218     104    1948    7141   KH7R
K3WW    FN20    Q       S            177      81    1460    8001   KH7R
N7IR    DM43    Q       S            100      64    1328    9892 JA5DQH
W0HW    EN35    Q       S            114      80    1260    3088  ZF2NT
N4ROA   EM86    Q       S            144      78    1164    7407   KH7R
K0RI    DM78    Q       S             69      54     976    5456   KH7R
KI0G    DM69    Q       S             62      52     856    9720 JA5DQH
K8CV    EN82    Q       S             95      59     716    1799   N5LZ
K7TQ    DN16    Q       S             42      28     336    1425   AE7H
N8XA    EM79    Q       S             44      34     316    1918   N5DO
HB9IAL  JN36    Q       S             25      24     168    1650   8S5X
DL1LAW  JN59    Q       S             11      11      76    1981 OH8LAE
K2TOP   FN20    Q       S              1       1      68    8001   KH7R
Multi op scores:
Call	Grid	Power	Cat	    QSOs    Grids  Score   Best DX with (distance in km)
KH7R    BL01    H       M            249     138    3167   14247  VQ9DX
KE9I    EN61    L       M            329     147    1856   17786  VK6HD
NA5B    EM25    L       M            253     145    1670   17116  VK6HD
K7RAT   CN85    H       M            285     164    1636   14878  VK6HD
K6NDV   DM15    H       M            259     155    1414   15158  VK6HD
W8TOP   EN72    H       M            301     149     969   17916  VK6HD
N0MJ    EN27    H       M            191     122     579    2833   KS7R
K5IUA   EL29    H       M             86      63     320    3022   W7RM

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