The IARU HF Championship that occured July 11, 2015 proved to be no disappointment for all of those that participated. Since my return to Amateur Radio as a full-time pursuit in 2006, I have really become fond of this particular contest event. I have participated yearly, with some years more fruitful than others as it relates to score and my overall placement.
For 2015, I decided that it would be interesting to gather a group of local contest talent and just see how well we could place with a dedicated effort from those very comfortable in front of the key or microphone. I invited several folks to the house for this event, planning out a loose operating scheme coupled with the treat of food from the grill and desserts lovingly created by the wife. It was a great learning experience, realizing what I did right in preparing for this event and then how I could improve and guide things for future events.
Fortunately, the bands were in relatively good shape, with activity not being hampered by any solar storms or by a K index that was over the top. One of the unique things about this year’s IARU Contest was the activity from all the WRTC stations on the air for the WRTC 2015 event, which interestingly enough was being convened in the USA.
Our single transmitter, multi-operator effort was a blast, with all that participated having a great time. One of the most important elements with any combined effort is that of achieving good results coupled with F-U-N.
Our operating effort was ended some 2-3 hours early due to some very active thunderstorm cells bearing down on our area. Even with this early exit from the airwaves, we were able to produce a very noteworthy entry.
We placed #1 in the ARRL Great Lakes Division for a multi-op, high power entry:
Displaying entries for Class=D and Power=C and Division=GL
We placed #15 out of all the multi-op entries entered from the USA:
Displaying entries for Class=D and Division=US Only
Well, the 2016 IARU will soon be upon us. Plans are being made already to again make a multi-op entry for KE4KY.
Who knows, maybe a a top 10 USA entry?? We can only hope!