I'm Going to VE1 for WPX!

In 2002, I entered the WPX SSB contest in a serious way for the first time. My experience convinced me that WPX is one of the best contests around - high rate, lots of great DX, and 12 hours of sleep! I resolved to compete seriously in 2003 (my 2002 entry was compromised by 7 hours of off-time on Saturday night for our family passover Seder).

VE1JF was kind enough to invite me to operate his fine station - a station that I felt was capable of delivering at least 10MM points and probably a top-ten in the world score. I spent about 2 months preparing for the contest (not full time, of course), since I had never operated seriously from outside California before.

This article is a serialized story of my quest to compete in the 2003 CQ WW WPX SSB meter contest, SOABHP.  Each segment of the story covers a period of time (a couple are actually parallel), and I have tried to capture my mental and emotional state as well as describing the mechanics of my preparation for, and participation in, the contest itself.

I am not writing this story to appease my ego, or to promote my effort.  I am writing it to entertain, and perhaps to educate those new contesters who might be interested.  If you find this offensive or objectionable, please let me know.  If I get enough negative commentary, I will cease and desist.

Your comments, hints and questions are welcome.  You can reach me by email at djl@andlev.com .

Part 1: I'm Going to Nova Scotia!

Part 2: You've Got How Many Elements?

Part 3: Plan the Work, and Work the Plan

Part 4: Two Radios, Lots of Antennas, How Hard Can It Be?

Part 5: Last Thoughts

Part 6: Hello, Fat Lady

Audio Recording of the contest.

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