SVARA Contests

2006 ARRL International DX Phone Contest

Saturday, March 4, 2006 after the Club Breakfast, the SVARA Radio station at the Red Cross was opened for the ARRL International DX Competition.  We all took turns operating the station from 10 AM to 10 PM.  Much of the time we were “tag teaming” calls – where we would catch a contact and several of us would call them one after another.  Most operators used their own call signs to add contacts to their personal logs and a few used the club call sign with control operator supervision.   For some of the members, it was a day of firsts:  first 15 meter contacts, first HF contacts, first contest experience, and first split operation on 40 and 80 meters.   In all we had contacted 150 different stations and had 89 multipliers.   Members that had not genuinely contested before were inspired and continued operating from their home stations afterwards.  Though there were some notable contacts with a few islands around the world, and Asiatic Russia, and Senegal in Africa -- the most amazing were the two contacts we made with Mongolian stations.   Thanks to all that participated.  We had a tremendously fun time and are looking forward to doing it again next year!

 Here are the results:

Participants: Keith (N8XD), Joe (K8CQF), Lou (KD8BLZ), Mike (KD8AUZ), Ron (KC8YVF), John (KC8WZM), Aaron (KD8AVA)
15 Meters: Argentina, Aruba, Bonaire-Curacao, Brazil, Canary Is., Columbia, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Grenada, Guyana, Hawaii, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Senegal, Turks & Caicos Is., Virgin Is.
20 Meters: Aland Is., Alaska, Argentina, Aruba, Asiatic Russia, Austria, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire-Curacao, Brazil, Canary Is., Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, European Russia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Guantanamo Bay, Hawaii, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kaliningrad, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saint Martin, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Venezuela, Virgin Is.
40 Meters: Aruba, Austria, Bermuda, Bonaire-Curacao, Brazil, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Guantanamo Bay, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain, Venezuela
80 Meters: Belgium, England

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