It was the 2014 CQ WPX RTTY contest

It’s behind us now; but some things remain unsaid.

But first: here’s a photo that Jim AB5JK made, testing out the panoramic feature on his camera phone (or phone camera?):

Panoramic image of the CARC shack during the CQ WPX RTTY contest made by Jim AB5JK. Don't blame me!

Panoramic image of the CARC shack during the CQ WPX RTTY contest, made by Jim AB5JK. Warning, click at your own risk: it’s HUGE!! Don’t blame me!

The unshaven, balding dude to the left is NOT the one who did all the work.

No, our mighty president did all the work, and what a magnificent job it was!! After a long day at work on Friday and a sleepless night on Sunday he simply told me “have to get more QSOs in the log“, and went back to the shack. With sleepy eyes and the help of about 2 gallons of strong coffee he pushed the total to 539 QSOs, good for 247,086 points. Absolutely fabulous!!

CQ WPX RTTY 2014 claimed score

CQ WPX RTTY 2014 claimed score

Thanks to all of that hard work Jason logged half a dozen new DXCC entities and several new states on various bands. Most of which have been confirmed via the Logbook of The World already. I wonder which award is going to be next: the basic DXCC, or the 5 band WAS?

WAS award totals as of February 18, 2014

WAS award totals as of February 18, 2014

We’re still missing a few states on 80 meters; but Jim AB5JK is working hard on that B-I-G 40/80 meters dipole so we should be able to work those missing states in no time at all!

DXCC award totals as of February 18, 2014

DXCC award totals as of February 18, 2014

And the DXCC totals you see above (58) are off by one; because we have one DXCC entity that was confirmed by a paper card. So the real total is 59. Only 41 left to go!

And yes, mister president: congratulations, you are now a confirmed contest addict! 😉

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