ARRL June VHF QSO Party
Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs):
Band QSOs Mults
6: 349 115
2: 2 1
Total: 351 116 Total Score = 40,716
It's all about location, location, location, and a little bit of timing.
Saturday, i could find no strong openings in any direction. There were a few
weak contacts but nothing substantial. The 2m contacts were locals. As 6m was
not productive, I carried on the with the regular "Honey-Do" list items with
frequent checks across the bands.
The signals that did come out of the noise were often buried with static
crashes. We had a steady stream of thunderstorms roll through the region until
late Sunday afternoon. This didn't help the receiving conditions any and
several times I had to QRT until the storms passed.
I did copy a Cayman Island station Saturday afternoon for a nice double hop
path. Unfortunately he was busy working an obviously much stronger pileup as he
faded after 5 minutes, never to return.
Sunday morning flipped the radio on only to find conditions to the SE fading
fast. Apparently the band had been booming earlier. Made a few contacts but
other obligations kept me out of the chair.
Tuning around the band I heard several weak stations in the SW US so swung the
beam that way. Then I did something I rarely ever do...I started calling CQ on
CW. I figured it would be safe as the band was almost dead and there was no
fear of a pileup. Worked several 7 landers and then picked up a very weak WE1WV
or so I thought. His grid was JN88 and that made no sense I figured maybe CN88
as that was closer to where I was pointing. Unfortunatley QRM broke out and I
was never able to confirm the call and grid. As it turns out, it was actually
OE1WEU calling! My first European station on 6m and I blew it. That was off the
back of the beam...if only I had turned it 180 degrees, what would I have
Without spotting assistance I had no idea what was going on around me, just
what I could hear.
Off to more yard work until late in the afternoon. Was hearing a few stations
but you could tell conditions were a changing and suddenly everything finally
popped open. 6m sounded like 20m and everyone was scrambling for a place to
run. Of course I had just settled into a steady run when I got the dreaded call
from upstairs. Unexpected company had arrived and my presence was requested
(actually demanded) There went 3 hours but thnakfully when I got back on at
0030 things were still alive and managed to put 250 stations into the log into
the last 2.5 hours. Now that is fun!
Worked 3 new grids, all out in the DM area and confirmed Deleware as the last
of lower 48 states. Just need HI and AK now for WAS. Maybe next year!
IC7700 @ 150W
OB6-5 5element yagi @ 55 feet
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