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Subject: [3830] CQWW VHF VO1HE SOSB/6 LP
From: webform@b4h.net
Reply-to: vo1he@rac.ca
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 14:19:45 -0700
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                    CQ Worldwide VHF Contest

Call: VO1HE
Operator(s): VO1HE
Station: VO1HE

Class: SOSB/6 LP
QTH: The Rock
Operating Time (hrs): 20

 Band  QSOs  Mults
    6:  143    29
    2:    0     0
Total:  143    29  Total Score = 4,147

Club: East Coast Canada Contest Club



Rig:            FT-920
Amp:            SB-220
Antennae:       SteppIR 3 Element at 60ft
                Multi-band dipole for 40/80 at 56ft
                KI6T Linear Loaded Half Sloper for 160 at 55ft
                80/160 Coax Receiving Loop at 10ft
Program:        N1MM 6.5.8

The 3 days leading up to this contest were the best I've seen in my short
tenure on 6M so I figured I'd give this one a try too.

The band was dead at the start and never really opened until a couple hours
later. Never heard any Europe at all until the final contact so all the QSOs
were into the US and Canada. No Caribbean either.

Had some good runs going for a while. Managed to work over 100 stations in a
short period of time. Then the band got finicky. Over the course of the rest of
the time I was awake, it came and went sporadically... hence the name :)

I managed to get a few new grids but imagine my surprise when, from the noise,
came a CW tone.... was that a VE7? I listened intently as it repeated and sure
enough it was VE7DAY. I called but no luck. A few minutes later I heard another
stronger, but still weak, signal come out of the noise.... VE7SL. This time I
managed to get him! Coast to coast gn37>cn88! Ended up getting a couple more in
W7s from WA before the band dropped completely. Not bad for a newbie!

Next morning I got an early start but heard nothing. I managed to work 5
stations all day, the last one being a CT1... my only Europe.

Loads of fun though. Thanks to all who called me and sorry to the ones I know I
missed. CU in the next one.

73 de Paul VO1HE

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