The contest season for me is, for all practical purposes, over.
I normally participate, in a major way, in three contests: The IOTA contest, the Texas QSO Party and the W/VE Island qso party. So far it has been a good season for me. My best yet, in fact. Much of this is due to the current antenna installation and the amplifier I ran, until it broke. (See amplifiers woes).
In the IOTA contest, I came in 11th overall in my class: high power, single op, unassisted, 12 hour, phone. This is much better than I did previously when I was in the middle of the pack. I think this result is as much install, as mentioned above, and strategy. I chose my working hours carefully. Still there is great room for improvement in this contest.
In the Texas Qso Party, I came in 3rd in my class: single op, high power, phone, fixed, in state. This is by far my best showing in this contest. I knew, or felt that I did good, but I was still surprised to see the results.
In the w/ve qso party, we are still waiting on the results. I can only say it was a good time. And, I did much better than last year. The pile up on 20 meters, on Saturday (I think), was pretty good at times.
If you read this blog, you will know that I also made a half effort at the ARRL ten meter contest this month (December, 2010). I do not know when the results from this contest will be released. I can only say that propagation to Galveston Island was not that grand!
Well there we go.
The contest season in a nutshell. I am sure you have noticed that the major contests are not listed. This is because I do not really participate in them. I will call people to give them contacts/points but these contests require more of a commitment than I can give. So for now the contests listed above are my major contests.
Wishing you all: 73 ya'll and good propagation
Hope to meet you on the bands
Galveston Island, Texas