Contest scores

This page keeps track of my past radio contest scores so I can remember how I did and what my best results are. It probably doesn’t mean a lot to anyone else, though. I know I’m never going to be really competitive, so my goal is to compete with myself and best my previous high scores.

These are the contests I go out of the way to participate in and submit a log:

And then these are contests I sometimes participate in, or would like to get serious about:


2018

CQ WW 160m SSB

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 2520
QSOs/Mults Total 51
QSOs/Mults By Band 160m: 71/20
Awards

Much lower score this year due largely to going hiking on Saturday, thus going to sleep earlier on Friday and not wanting to operate as much after I got home on Saturday.

ARRL January VHF

Call Used K1SIG/R
Location Merrimack
Operators KG6CIH, WA1TE, Sarah
Score 20234
QSOs/Mults Total
QSOs/Mults By Band
Awards

We did a run and gun rover operation hitting 14 grids and using loops on the car to minimize setup and tear down time. We also added two microwave bands with tiny yagis to work several people on six bands. This really seems like the way to go roving.

2017

ARRL 160 CW

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 1482
QSOs/Mults Total 39/19
QSOs/Mults By Band 160m: 39/19
Awards

CQ WW DX CW

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 165
QSOs/Mults Total 6/11
QSOs/Mults By Band 20m: 3/5, 40m: 3/6
Awards

My first time operating a CW contest.

ARRL Sweepstakes SSB

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 6636
QSOs/Mults Total 79/42
QSOs/Mults By Band
Awards

CQ WW DX SSB

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 19256
QSOs/Mults Total 92/83
QSOs/Mults By Band 15m: 43/36, 20m: 38/31, 40m: 7/10, 80m: 2/4, 160m: 2/2
Awards

This year I just worked everyone I could hear. I didn’t try until Saturday night because I knew it would be too busy for me to ever get through, though I managed some 40/80/160 contacts. Sunday was was much less busy so that’s where the majority of my contacts came from.

ARRL September VHF

Call Used K1SIG/R
Location FN33 (Equinox), FN32 (Hogback), FN43 (Bow NH), FN42 (Boxboro MA), FN41 (AT&T microwave site), FN31 (mobile)
Operators KG6CIH, WA1TE
Score 6179
QSOs/Mults Total 132/37
QSOs/Mults By Band 6m: 46/10, 2m: 51/10, 1.25m: 16/5, 70cm: 19/6
Awards #3 New England, #6 US limited rover

Poor band conditions or relatively few operators meant our multipliers were way down. Equinox was an especially poor showing. We showed up earlier but also had equipment problems, but it probably didn’t matter. We still managed to get almost as many points as last year by hitting a lot more grids and getting lots more contacts on 6m and 2m.

New England QSO Party

Call Used K1SIG
Location Springfield, VT
Operators KG6CIH, WA1TE, WH6DSN
Score 5282
QSOs/Mults Total 139/38
QSOs/Mults By Band 15m: 1, 20m: 67, 40m: 46, 80m: 25
Awards #5 VT, #1 Windsor County

We operated from a rental house in Windsor County, VT because there was no multi-operator high score so we would almost be assured of a record. We operated the entire weekend, though Sunday afternoon was very slow. The antenna was a full-sized 80m inverted vee that I built and hung up in a tree in the front yard.

CQ WW 160m SSB

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 4758
QSOs/Mults Total 71
QSOs/Mults By Band 160m: 71/26
Awards #1 NH Low power single operator

I made more of an effort to compete, working everyone I could hear. It didn’t result in more contacts than last year but I think I got more Canadian and DX stations which brought my score way up.

ARRL January VHF

Call Used K1SIG
Location Merrimack
Operators KG6CIH, WA1TE
Score 1372
QSOs/Mults Total 85/14
QSOs/Mults By Band 6m: 45/5, 2m: 27/5, 1.25m: 5/2, 70cm: 8/2
Awards #1 NH Multi-operator limited

Very poor propagation prevented us from getting out of New England at all, but we still managed a record score from my house. We tried CW and MSK144 modes for increasing our grid totals, but it didn’t matter. We quit early because of how slow it was.


2016

ARRL Sweepstakes SSB

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 4140
QSOs/Mults Total 46/45
QSOs/Mults By Band
Awards

I focused more on trying to get a clean sweep than a high score, which meant I tended to skip over a station if I already had that multiplier. I think getting a clean sweep in just the SSB contest is unlikely.

CQ WW DX SSB

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 6960
QSOs/Mults Total 45
QSOs/Mults By Band
Awards

ARRL September VHF

Call Used K1SIG/R
Location FN33 (Equinox), FN32 (Hogback), FN42 (Sean’s house)
Operators KG6CIH, WA1TE
Score 6750
QSOs/Mults Total 114/45
QSOs/Mults By Band 6m: 38/12, 2m: 40/12, 1.25m: 17/9, 70cm: 19/9
Awards #1 New England, #5 US limited rover

This was our first time roving. We got to Equinox late and were limited to only about 80 minutes of operating time before the road closed, and then weather on Sunday prevented us from operating from Kearsarge so we had to go back to Hogback. We added a 1.25m transverter and beam which meant that band was at least as useful as 70cm.

CQ WW 160m SSB

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 3270
QSOs/Mults Total 70
QSOs/Mults By Band 160m: 70/24
Awards #1 NH Low power single operator

I focused more on getting US states for 160m WAS instead of my score.

ARRL January VHF

Call Used K1SIG
Location Merrimack
Operators KG6CIH, WA1TE
Score 1222
QSOs/Mults Total 88/13
QSOs/Mults By Band 6m: 57/5, 2m: 25/4, 1.25m: 3/2, 70cm: 3/2
Awards #1 NH Multi-operator limited

This was the first multi-operator contest. Conditions were not good.


2015

CQ WW DX SSB

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 589
QSOs/Mults Total 11/19
QSOs/Mults By Band 20m: 4/7, 15m: 5/8, 10m: 2/4
Awards

I didn’t seriously participate in this contest but uploaded a log to help out the people I made contacts with.

ARRL September VHF

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 1520
QSOs/Mults Total 65/20
QSOs/Mults By Band 6m: 31/11, 2m: 17/5, 1.25m: 4/2, 70cm: 7/2
Awards

For this contest, I ran more coax allowing me to get back up on 1.25m FM which added a couple more mults to a really good total. Even though 6m and 2m contact totals were low, I did very well with the multipliers on each.

ARRL January VHF

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 1078
QSOs/Mults Total 87/11
QSOs/Mults By Band 6m: 49/6, 2m: 27/3, 70cm: 11/2
Awards

I added a 70cm beam to the stack, which meant I didn’t have enough coax and had to use the 1.25m run for it. This gamble paid off, as I made more contacts on 70cm SSB than I would have on 1.25m FM.


2014

ARRL September VHF

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 780
QSOs/Mults Total 58/13
QSOs/Mults By Band 6m: 40/8, 2m: 16/4, 1.25m: 2/1
Awards

I added large beams on 6m and 2m from someone who was moving, which definitely increased my grid and QSO totals. This was the first VHF contest I felt like I was really operating in.

ARRL January VHF

Call Used KG6CIH
Location Merrimack
Score 216
QSOs/Mults Total 34/6
QSOs/Mults By Band 6m: 31/3, 2m: 1/1, 1.25m: 2/2
Awards

First VHF contest. I used a dipole for 6m, an HT for 2m, and an FM mobile for 1.25m. It was a very slow event for me.