CQ WPX CW: good advice by Randy, WB9LUR

The CQ World Wide WPX CW contest this weekend - ATNO's?

Besides testing your operating skills, the WPX (and other big contests) can provide unique opportunities for you to work "all time new ones" as well. The contest itself often sees DX ops from exotic places that are normally not very active and this may be your best shot at an entity that's only QRV a few times a year.

Many high power big gun DXer types (and a ton of little pistols too) will be working the CW contest, causing reduced activity on all of the SSB bands and also on the WARC CW segments. When a rare or semi rare DXCC does pop up on those non-contest frequencies there will be a lot less competition and QRM to deal with. Pileups will be much easier to bust.


For those of you really new to DXing - participating in the bigger contests can fill your log with ATNO's quickly. With very modest rigs, some hams have even worked DXCC in just one weekend!

Finally, by the end of the contest almost everyone is struggling to run their score up. The loud stations have all worked the rarer ones so now the DX will be aggressively trying to hear and work the weaker signals for additional points and multipliers. If you run QRP, mobile or just have less-than-optimum working conditions this may be your best chance to snare some of these DX entities. Good luck this weekend! 

See also : CQ WPX CW Announced Operations: 2015 by NG3K for a number of unusual contest participants.

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