and I did… well, OK.
I didn’t participate in these because I thought I had a shot at winning a prize. I’m in it for DXCC countries. So how did that work out?
In the CW contest, I had 226 QSOs in 45 countries. For phone, I had 150 QSOs in 41 countries. Total 376 QSOs in 63 countries. 100% search and pounce. For CW I connected to a cluster to pick up CW Skimmer spots. It doesn’t matter to me if I’m at the bottom of an assisted or unassisted category. Plus I have trouble copying a CW callsign sent at >35wpm.
I could hear some European stations but was only able to work a few. My inverted vee is only up about 30 feet at the peak. A tower with a beam would make a huge difference in this, but will have to wait til the next QTH. I worked mostly Carribean, South America, South Pacific and Eastern Asia.
LoTW rate isn’t stellar. For Phone it’s currently at 90/150 verified. Maybe some stations were waiting until after the CW contest to submit both. For CW, it’s too early to give a meaningful number as logs are still being submitted.