The CQ World-Wide WPX SSB contest held last March 27-28, 1999 was again a venue for the foundation to provide an activity to its members. In time for the contest was the approved and released club station license and hence, DX1DX was again on air as the regular club station call with Serafin A. Nepomuceno, DU1SAN acting as station trustee.
Just like any other contest, participants have their own purposes to achieve and the contest provides that opportunity. With regards to the Philippine DX Foundation, Inc., the contest proved to be a very important venue for new members to experienced the hands-on contest situation and thus experienced the enjoyment of pile-up QSOs. The event simply injects into their minds the comaraderie and cooperation that exist between fellow hams. Learning the basics of this type of activity guides them into future upgrading of license, equipment, and skill. Competition was not the primary goal in this participation. The setting of the club's capacity to educate and train new contesters and future dx'ers was the primary concern. In a way, every contest will serve as a gauge if performance has improved. Of course, let's not forget the comaraderie and friendship it brings to the members. Along with the activity goes the learning and experience the participant gets in understand equipment handling, usage, and perfomance. The only thing that was lost in this activity was fright, the first time experience.
Participants in the activity were seasoned dx'ers and contesters DU1MHX, Mike; DU1JXP, Nicky; DU1COO, Ernie; 4F2KWT, Gil; and DU1SAN, Boysan. Trainees were DU1SUN, Brian; DY1LVA, Eddie; DU3CSV, Lito and YL operator Elma. In support, were DU1NZ, Johnny; JF2FUL, Kai monitoring equipment condition and status; and Marc, DU1SAN's 4 year old son who is present at all occassions. Equipments used were Yaesu FT-100MP, Heathkit SB-220, Alpha 76A, Henry 2KD, KLM 20m-6, Cushcraft A3S w/40m add-on, Heil microphones, and PC Pentium II 266Mhz using TR Logging software. Logistics for food and drinks were shared by participants and the rest subsidized by the foundation.
A total of 1,564 QSOs with 467 prefixes were recorded and a final score of 2,152,403 points. This sets the initial record to beat for next year's contest. The foundation pursues this activity to enhance one's enjoyment, involvement,and development and not as a competition with other hams, club or organization. We are here to take part and be involved.
Let's make ham radio enjoyable !!!
73 & Mabuhay, PDXF, Inc.
Updated : 07 June 1999