ARRL June VHF Contest - 2021
Class: SO 3Band LP
Operating Time (hrs): 16
Band QSOs Mults
6: 139 68
2: 38 16
222: 2 1
Total: 179 85 Total Score = 15,385
Where to begin?
I recently acquired a Icom IC-9700 and wanted to go all out on this contest.
Equipment as follows:
Kenwood TS-590sg: 6m coverage
Icom IC-9700: 2m/70cm/1.2ghz coverage. Didn't use 1.2ghz
Diamond A430S10 70cm Yagi: 10 Element 70cm yagi
M2 6m Ho Loop: 6m horizontal loop antenna
Cushcraft 2m CSH-A124WB: 2m 4 element beam.
All the antennas were setup inside my apartment in my tower room. I manually
spun the beams to get new contacts on 2m. A photo of the tower:
Everything went right for this contest besides the lack of reliable E's. While
all day Friday I was able to make the occasional transatlantic 6m q or 6land 6m
q, Saturday and Sunday mostly offered limited domestic openings or 30-45 second
long quick openings. This made the contest very long/painful. I did managed to
get a 6m qso with Ireland on Saturday though, and I even managed to work friend
Chris K2CR on 2m ft8 as well. That has been a qso several years in the making.
Main takeaways from this contest is with antennas. While I knew more elements
equals better recieve, I never realized that until this contest. Replacing the
M2 Ho Loop with a directional antenna will improve my performance in general.
More elements in 2m would have allowed me to work so much more than I did. A
rotor would have also been nice, way easier to track down the source of a signal
with one vs running back and forth to a different room to spin a beam.
Overall a fun contest.
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