Tonight might be one of Ham Radio's finest hours. It's winter and one turns toward the operating chair while CQ World Wide CW fills bandwidth. Enjoy the contest, add a new country or two, and hear the music that is Morse code.
I spoke with Rick, NQ4I this afternoon as CQ World Wide CW gained momentum going into the second half. We chatted about current conditions, the team of NQ4I operators plying the ionosphere, and all the fun that is RadioSport contesting.
Rick said, "He who calls CQ gets rewarded."
Conditions are down in comparison to the 2006 but, the low-bands like 160-, 80-, and 40-meters are performing beyond expectations according to Rick, NQ4I.
He commented, "A sterling performance on 40-meters as we are approaching the possibility of a clean sweep of multipliers."
Rick was quite pleased with long-path conditions as the team worked Bernd, VK2IA whose operating from Cocos (Keeling) Island. It was an accomplishment for the team in Griffin, Georgia. Rick mentioned that Bernd is a great contester and DXer as well.
The biggest surprise thus far? XW1B in Laos called within the first 30-minutes of the contest. Their traditional bell ringing got an extra ring for that one.
When questioned about Win-Test partnering Rick said, "It is working well on 40- and 20-meters and two sets of ears really speeds up the rate. One call is always waiting in the Que. Partnering is the next step in contesting."
Rick expanded, "It is my goal to make it a four station race rather than a top three."
If CQ World Wide CW is your first contest consider as part of one's contesting skill development, "Get together with your buddies and set up a field day operation or a multi-single effort. It helps sharpen your skill set and if your making 1,000 or more contest QSOs, your ready for the next level."
When asked about how the contest is shaping up, "We would like to see conditions improve going into Sunday."
One gets the sense of great pride Rick has for the hard work that each member of the team puts in during a contest like CQ World Wide or any other. He brings 40-years of contesting experience into the mix at NQ4I. Team work is the motto in Griffin.
Lastly, if your wondering about Multi-Multi munchies, the team is looking forward to pizzas this evening.
- "The team's favorite snacks during CQ World Wide CW are Chips Ahoy soft chocolate cookies, Oreos, contesting cake, and Mom's pecan pie." NQ4I