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The eXtreme CW World-Wide Challenge
28-29th October 2006
Judging by the comments received, this new event continues to test the skill and patience of all those who take part! The good news is that, unlike last year, there were no reports of would-be entrants going QRT when confronted by so many SSB intruders.
I am pleased to report that I received 16 XCW logs this year - up from 7 logs received for the 2005 event. I suppose a doubling of the number of entrants may not mean very much when you're starting from such a small base - but it does indicate a growing interest in this event which precipitated almost 200 QSOs on 40m CW that may not have otherwise taken place.
I am grateful to all those who helped to spread the word about XCW 2006. I would like to make special mention of Alec YL3DX who worked very hard to translate the XCW details into the Russian language and make them available to the QRZ.RU team.
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As was the case
last year, I leave
it to the participants to provide the commentary. So let's
hear what these outstanding CW operators made of XCW 2006. . .
Eddi was using an interesting
Eddi kindly provided a checklog in XCW 2005, and it is very nice to see Eddi in this report for XCW 2006! And here is a picture of Eddi's fine Drake equipment and morse keys.
Comments from Martin, DL1GBZ
Let's wait and see whether the CQWW contest committee will disqualify some of the notorious sub-band abusers. I really hope they do. Otherwise their quest for fair play in the rules (CQWW contest) would have been defeated by an elbow spirit where anything is a allowed to get a few points more. It seems the good ole' days are over when the not-yet-sub-band abusers just filled their logs with QSOs they never had without having to fear a Cabrillo checker detecting piles of "unique calls".
I do not believe that a renowned organization of excellence like CQ can have an interest to foster sub band abuse in such a drastic form, i.e. for hours and hours and several tens of kHz away from the bands. I am sure they would like to enforce fair play if they only knew what happened. Isn't it the task of the CW community to knock at their door?"
Sunday saw no activity as I went to a fine rally in South Yorkshire, helped out on the VMARS stand and attended a good lecture on H2S."
Dave was running 5 watts from an Elecraft K2 to a long wire antenna.
Unfortunately SSB stations decided to work these days in CW parts of bands.
So I remember
these days and restore them in my mind. We (Russian) usually say:
pictures show my equipment: hand key (it belongs to me since 1968); power supply
unit rebuilt from PC AT computer PSU; and FT-920 (fragment which shows my RF
The third extreme
condition happened when, on Saturday, I decided to go to my village house
not far from Riga (10 km) . . .
I was ready to
start operation when I realised that I now had a fourth extreme condition. . .
Now some remarks about XCW party. My second QSO was with radio station with very nice "special" XCW call: RA3XCW ! My congratulations to Serge from Obninsk!
My longest QSO was with G3NCN when I tried to receive the control number 46950W from John. It took about 10 minutes because of SSB QRM. With two guys I had QSOs in last year party also: G3YMC and G3NCN. I think that there were not enough information about XCW party. It is necessary to ask to put the next year rules to the most popular sites with contest information as SM3CER, DARC Contest-Kalendar and etc. In my opinion the XCW WW Challenge has the right to live."
3 RESULTS SUMMARY
I have enjoyed reading the above comments, and I very much hope that you have too.
Let us congratulate all those who took part. Where appropriate, certificates have been awarded to recognise the determination and fine operating skills of those who contributed to XCW 2006.
Thank you to all who took part—especially to those who submitted pictures and/or other details of their XCW operation.
SECTION: Single Operator, QRP (listed in callsign order)
Checklog received: GW4ALG.
SECTION: Single Operator, High Power
4 THE FUTURE OF XCW
I enjoyed organising the XCW events in 2005 and 2006, but I have now decided to dismantle my amateur radio station and go QRT. If anyone would like to organise and manage the XCW event in 2007, I would be grateful if they could contact me as soon as possible.
Steve Rawlings, GW4ALG