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As we all know by now, Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914.
Roy G6NYG secured us GB1WWO a cherished callsign for our special event station that ran for the 10 days leading up to the anniversary. Thanks to the efforts of our everyone we gained good advance publicity for the event, with some 400 hits on our qrz.com page before we had keyed the mike.
During the first weekend, conditions were far from ideal with propagation inexplicably dropping out for indeterminate periods, only to surge back as if nothing had happened. Unless of course you were working PSK31 on 20m when a steady stream of callers refused to be believe that anything was amiss. Still, this is not a contest, and many callers were interested in sharing their stories with us in true commemorative spirit.
By the time that the second weekend arrived, the callsign was proving more and more popular although conditions remained stubbonly unreliable – except of course on 20m PSK!
At one point on Sunday afternoon we featured on the QRZ most wanted list and the number of hits on our QRZ listing topped 3500.
Sunday afternoon also saw 40m come alive with the predictable result – a pile-up that kept 3 members fully occupied.
By the end of our 11 days, the QSO total had exceeded 1600 as follows, a very creditable performance in view of the unhelpful ionosphere.
We also received over 4600 hits on QRZ.com
Below is a preliminary breakdown of our QSOs.
Total logged - 1688
1 x Pactor
25 x RTTY
511 x PSK
861 x SSB
31 x FM
259 x CW
Further details are on QRZ.COM.
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