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[3830] ARRL June VHF KK6MC Single Op Port QRP

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Subject: [3830] ARRL June VHF KK6MC Single Op Port QRP
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Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2021 18:23:25 +0000
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                    ARRL June VHF Contest - 2021

Call: KK6MC
Operator(s): KK6MC
Station: KK6MC

Class: Single Op Port QRP
QTH: Sandia Crest
Operating Time (hrs): 17

 Band  QSOs  Mults
    6:  44     21
    2:   9      1
  432:  12      1
Total:  65     24  Total Score = 2,233

Club: New Mexico VHF Society


Trying to try different things in the VHF/UHF contest, so I did a SOP operation
instead of my usual roving, which had been on hiatus during the pandemic.
Eventually I want to mount a full out SOP effort, but thought I would try a dry
run, not too far from home, with my rover setup. I set up on the Sandia Crest,
which is a tough RFI & interred environment. I had surplus cavity filters
for 2m and 70 cm. 50MHz had a few problems with weak intermod, but it was
possible to work around them. 2M with the filter was OK, as was 432 on Sunday,
but on Saturday I had problems. Not sure what the difference ws, but I parked a
bit further away from the tower farm on Sunday. 222MHZ was useless with a 10dB
over 9 noise level. People could hear me, but I couldn't hear them. Very
frustrating, but now I know I need to get a filter for 222MHz for serious work
from where I would like to operate.

I had intended to run the WSJT digital modes to see how they worked with QRP,
but I had problems with both computers, one hardware and one software, so that
was out. I think I missed out on a lot of grids by not having that capability;
so that also goes on the list of things to improve. 

We had some short and weak Es openings, but there was not a lot of activity on
SSB and CW to match the openings. I got out better than I thought I would with
QRP, and only on occasion did I have to resort to CW to work an SSB station when
I was weak there. On my attempt to work a fairly strong multi-multi station on
CW when they were on SSB, I got a "please try us later when there will be a
different operator who knows CW." OK, I get it, I am becoming an

I was pleased with the score and feel more confident with a future more serious
SOP effort.

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