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Re: [VHFcontesting] [NEWSVHF] 222 Activity Night wrapup.

To: David Olean <k1whs@metrocast.net>
Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] [NEWSVHF] 222 Activity Night wrapup.
From: Paul Bourque <pbourque@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2022 18:28:38 -0400
List-post: <mailto:vhfcontesting@contesting.com>
This being my second week participating in 222 activity night, I'd say it
was a good one.  Started out working K1WHS twice- once mobile on the way to
my chosen hilltop (surprisingly great signal from Dave while in motion),
and again once I reached the hill.  Had a brief chat with Dave and WZ1V.  I
then started calling CQ and was answered by N1SV.  I heard K1WHS working
AF1T, but I was on the back side of Dale's antenna, and I could barely copy
him.  I wondered if he had turned the beam around if I could have worked

Turning towards the Southwest, I copied W1XR trying to contact me, and I
was pretty sure that I copied him saying my call , as well as his grid, but
I wasn't sure if he confirmed copying my grid.  That would have been a new
state on 222 as well as a new VUCC grid, as I'm just starting to work 222
in earnest.  Close, but no cigar!  We'll try again.  Maybe this weekend??

I then heard a station trying to work me, it ended up being N2SLO, but I
only got a partial call.  Pete, K1PXE, was assisting him in pointing his
antenna toward me, but we never made the contact.  I did work Pete though.
Thanks for trying to make that work for me!

I had noticed at one point the amp would stick keying on me.  It's an RF
Concepts brice, which has no keying input, so it's RF sensed.  I noticed it
while working Ron, and when I turned the amp off, he still said he copied
me 20 over- I was pointing right at him though.  Last week, the
transverter/amp combo worked great.  I swapped the jumpers that i had
running between the radio and transverter, and the transverter and the amp,
and the problem went away.  They're different lengths of cable so maybe RF
was getting back into the anp keeping the RF sense thinking it had an input
signal.  I'll have to investigate a little more before this weekend,

So K1WHS, WZ1V, N1SV, and K1PXE made it into the log.  I already have an
LOTW confirmation from N1SV, giving me a new grid (I had worked W2SZ in
Massachusetts years ago on FM).  Hopefully K1WHS will confirm Maine and
FN43 for me.  Wz1V confirmed my one and only contact from last week for CT
and FN31.  As you can tell, I'm a state and grid hunter LOL!
It was a lot of fun, though I only got 4 into the log.  Thanks for everyone
for making noise on 222 and the great QSOs 9and the assistance trying to
get me a couple of more contacts.

Hopefully, I'll hear you guys on over the weekend.

-Paul N1SFE (Sometimes in FN31rn, sometimes not!!)

> On 6/8/2022 2:14 PM, Peter Motyl wrote:
> >
> > I tried to get you hooked up with lettuce tomatoes and mayonnaise
> > (Doug for those who didn’t know and I had to look up all of those
> > salad words) he heard you working a 3 land station.  That station was
> > WA3EOQ and Ron and I worked Howard after you finished and I guess you
> > and Doug got lost in the shuffle.  Sorry about that.  Maybe next
> > time.  You worked AF1T.  I never heard Dale.  Did he say if he fixed
> > his 222 antenna?  Dale and Doug wanted to try to work on 3400.  I am
> > anxious to find out if they got together and tried it.
> >
> > Anyway, this week was better than last week on 222.  I worked: N1SV,
> > AND W1AIM.
> >
> > I expect that the contest will be mostly a 6 meter event.  My 6 meter
> > station is my worst band.  I really don’t expect to be doing much
> > contesting.  I’ll try to get on for the band activity hours.
> >
> > 73,Pete K1PXE fn31ke85mx. .
> >
> > *From: *David Olean <mailto:k1whs@metrocast.net>
> > *Sent: *Wednesday, June 8, 2022 11:50 AM
> > *To: *222 >> 222Activity@groups.io <mailto:222Activity@groups.io>;
> > vhfcontesting@contesting.com; NEWSVHF@mailman.qth.net
> > *Subject: *[NEWSVHF] 222 Activity Night wrapup.
> >
> > There is just not enough time in the day to accomplish everything.  I
> >
> > got on early last night, and, as typical, my first contact was W1XR in
> >
> > FM19 on SSB  I am not sure, but the distance must be 400+ miles.  Next
> >
> > contact was N1SFE mobile as he was driving to his hilltop in
> >
> > Connecticut. Signals were pretty good! It was immediately apparent that
> >
> > many stations are on all over the eastern US with activity in Ohio,
> >
> > Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Florida. That makes
> >
> > for some interesting sked possibilities, and I found myself running some
> >
> > impossibly long paths in hopes of picking up some elusive tropo.  The
> >
> > downside of this is that I missed a bunch of the locals again that WZ1V
> >
> > always manages to sweep up with regularity.
> >
> > I did work W1XR, N1SFE/m, WZ1V (Good Buddy Ron), N1SFE again on his
> >
> > hilltop, WA3NUF on SSB, AF1T, N1YCQ, N3RG FM29, WA3EOQ FM09 @ 502 miles,
> >
> > N1SV, KR1ST in FN21 on SSB, KE1LI (very loud in FN41), K1PXE, N2JMH,
> >
> > W1AIM, and N1LHP. Somehow I missed the guys around NYC & Philly again:
> >
> > N2SLO, N1GJ on the Cape, WA2ONK, and WA2Lettuce Tomato, and Mayonaise. I
> >
> > also never heard W1FKF, my neighbor in nearby NH. I must have been too
> >
> > busy running impossible skeds! I got an e mail from Walt K3BPP. He is
> >
> > working on getting back on 222 MHz and has his receiver working. He
> >
> > copied my signals along with a few others in Maryland in FM18 last
> >
> > night. He hopes to be QRV very soon.  222 is his favorite band!
> >
> > This was the first night and opportunity to try out my newly installed
> >
> > cavity preamp. I had installed the new tower box that afternoon. All was
> >
> > great. There was no RFI from Channel 11. I could aim the yagis at new
> >
> > York City and not see my noise floor go up about 10-15 dB. It was
> >
> > awesome (In the words of Chris Farley) Not having the overload problem
> >
> > made my life easier on 222.
> >
> > AT about 0100 UT, I elevated the 222 antenna and managed to work NH6Y on
> >
> > EME in BL10 via the EME route. It was a test of the new preamp, so it
> >
> > seems like it passed the test!
> >
> > Thanks to all who were on and making noise.
> >
> > 73
> >
> > Dave K1WHS
> >
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