3C0E and ARRL Contestby M0TTB - Andy on 03/04/12
3C0E was nice and strong on 17m this morning, a solar flare knocked the bands a bit and he resurfaced on 12m. I didn't work him but weekend pile-ups are always murder, so fingers crossed for next week.
The band conditions haven't been great for the ARRL contest, certainly compared to last year. Very few 6,7 or 0's were heard here on 20 and 15, the big East coast contest stations dominated through-out Saturday. I did pick up some LoTW WAS credits for 20m, and the real good one was MT with a very likely chance of LoTW upload from him. So that was one major target achieved..
You really need to search a callsign on LoTW to see their last upload date to get a real idea of the chances of LoTW credit. Some have clearly not updated their LoTW account and have then been lost in the technical complexities of renewing. Others simply have all the qsl options ticked in the qrz.com profile with 'Yes', yet have never even joined LoTW. So, just because it says 'Yes' in the LoTW field on a qrz entry, is no guarantee of a credt.
Did hear a WY and he looked good for LoTW, but he was very weak, and was struggling to hear anyone and just faded into oblivion very quickly, hardly anyone worked him... he was only spotted once.
Couple of VE8's in NWT enlivened things, never had a VE8 before and had one early in the morning on 20m, and another later in the day. Interesting place.