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[3830] ARRL June VHF W3BBO/R Rover LP

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Subject: [3830] ARRL June VHF W3BBO/R Rover LP
From: webform@b4h.net
Reply-to: robw3bbo@aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 02:52:38 -0700
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                    ARRL June VHF QSO Party

Call: W3BBO/R
Operator(s): W3BBO
Station: W3BBO

Class: Rover LP
Operating Time (hrs): 6

 Band  QSOs  Mults
    6:  11      5
    2:  25     11
  432:   8      5
Total:  44     23  Total Score = 1,248



I only  operated as a Rover on Saturday, as my wife had other chores for me on

Wow, that was work!  I quit early Saturday evening, about 8 PM.  Bands were
still open, but just tired from being in the sun all day.  I found a nice place
to operate from in EN91, unfortunately couldn't put up the antennas, so had to
use the mobile antenna on the car.  Not as good, as using my homebuilt 4 element
2 meter and 8 element 432 MHz yagi's.

EN92 was much better and I was able to setup my antennas. I would have mounted a
6 meter dipole at the very top of my mast, but just not enough hands, so I used
the vertical on the car for 6 meters.  While assembling the 2 & 432 beams, I
managed to drop the pole.  Bent some of the reflectors, but not much damage.  

Then I came to FN02 to finish out my day.  I was really tired, and still am this
morning!  Hi.

6 Meters opened up late in the day and worked some Texas stations.  My best DX
on 2 and 432 was West Virginia.

Lessons learned - My portable setup is fine for a Field Day operation where
you'll be in the same spot for the day, or a weekend.  However for Roving, I'm
now a believer in good antennas mounted on the car, so you can operate while in
motion, or temporary stopped on the side of the road.  Stopping to setup
antennas is a real pain.  Hi.
73 de Bob W3BBO

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