Directly from Ducie Island:
ARRL DX CW contest starts soon. VP6DX will participate in a limited fashion:
- On the CW contest bands 160, 80, 40, 20 15 and 10, we probably will not be at the "normal" frequencies. Operators will pick a frequency based on band conditions. Each operator will make his own decisions about split vs simplex operation, depending on the situation at the time.
- We will answer ALL callers (USA/VE and others), and send our contest exchange and log the exchanges received from contest participants.
- We won't be chasing multipliers and will not be able to handle pass requests. If another band is open at all, we should have a signal there. Quick QSYs to check non-open bands are time-consuming (manual filter and antenna changes) and not a good use of our time on the island.
Meanwhile, other radios will be on non-contest bands and band segments; e.g., 20m SSB or 30m RTTY. These non-contest segment operations will continue as they have the last few days: split operations, with priority to difficult propagation paths.
We anticipate no 20m RTTY or 40m SSB during the contest.
The contest ends at Feb 17/2359z and it will be late afternoon (4pm) here. 40m will be just opening to Europe, and the low bands will open during the next three hours.
The VP6DX team asks for reports about the signals produced on 80m CW and 75m SSB, especially the comparison between CW and SSB at the same time of the day/night. Please send us your observations via the contact form on our homepage http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/contactus/index.php.
The second update of the online log is available. There are 47,534 QSOs in our database, last QSO dating 2008-Feb-15 06:14:19 UTC.
QSO Statistics are available on our website. Have a look at http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/qsostatistics/index.php to see different statistics which are based on the log database.