In 2017 I entered and won the 15m section of the SCC RTTY Championship and although I wasn’t available for the full 24 hours of the contest this year, I did make a token entry by operating for around four hours on the Sunday morning.
The problem was that on the Sunday, conditions had absolutely plummeted. There were zero sunspots and both the A and the K indexes were quite high.
I persevered and called CQ for most of the time I was operating, interspersed with the occasional tune around the band to see what I could hear. I heard nobody else on 15m and not one station replied to my CQ calls.
Because of the time I’d spent operating, I decided to put my entry in anyway. To clarify, this was an entry with zero QSOs, zero points and zero multipliers! Not surprisingly, I was last in the section and you can tell from the other entrants that conditions were significantly better on the Saturday.
There’s always a nice “Final Comments” section for the SCC contest and my zero point entry got a mention. They said “Keith G6NHU operated 15m few hours as M7P and not a single QSO was logged 🙂 We really liked his SOAPBOX – take a look under Soapbox link.”
My certificate has to be the best certificate in the history of contesting with zero QSOs, zero multipliers and zero points but still #1 England.