ARRL June VHF QSO Party
Class: Rover LP
Operating Time (hrs): 25
Band QSOs Mults
6: 87 56
2: 34 6
222: 21 4
432: 23 3
1.2: 8 2
Total: 173 85 Total Score = 19,805
An interesting journey thru 14 grids (947 miles) with less than desirable
Plan was to drop YL Friend K5RZA at the airport early Saturday morning, drive
home & swap vehicles and head south. Upon leaving the airport, had a flat
tire - at 4 in the morning. Was able to drive about a mile to a lighted truck
stop & replace it - a wonderful start to the day! Got to my QTH about 5:15
AM & took a quick nap. Did a few tweaks & hooked up the generator in
the old Dodge Ram Rover Machine & headed out about 8:30 AM. Started in
DL99 near the Mexican Border & worked my way north. Spotty 6M condx, but
the EM00/EM10 guys (K5TR, K5LLL, K5AND & W3XO) kept me going. Not much
enhancement and 6M stunk, but was able to work K5QE (EM31) from EL08 & EL09
on 2 & 222. Slugged away thru some windy narrow roads & at 0445Z,
stopped at a sleazy "no-tell Motel" in Menard, TX (EM00). Well worth
it to not sleep in the truck & to actually get a shower!
Back on the road at 1145Z. Lame condx everywhere. Cut 4 grids out of the
route early Sunday afternoon due to time constrints. Had a long afternoon
with no Q's for almost 2 hours while making the long drive west across DM93.
When I got close to Lubbock, KC5MVZ called & was barely audible on 2M.
Worked him with big sigs on 50, 222, 432 & 1296. Hmmmmm. When I stopped
for gas in DM83, checked & sure enough the internal pre-amp in the 2M amp
had crapped out. Switched it off and 2M was back in action. Uggggh. Later
found out that K5TR & the others had been calling & calling!
Heading back home, 6M finally opened a bit while in DM82 about 2325Z. I had
only eaten a snack early Sunday morning and was starving, so grabbed a burger
while in Midland to take home. When I got to DM81 about 0110Z, 6M exploded
& I stopped and ran a bit in DM81 about 4 miles from home, the only spot
that had no line noise. At about 0205Z QSY'ed to my QTH in DM91 to finish up
the contest. Ever been stuck in a vehicle with a big ole cheeseburger &
fresh french fries in a sack for 2 hours when you are starving? Finally, 6M
pretty much crapped out about 0245Z & went inside & devoured the food.
About 0315Z, a huge storm rolled in. Had to hurry out & unhook all the
feedlines so I could close the window on the truck!
Had a good time, but man what a trip!
Rig: TS2000X for 50 144 432 & 1296 + 28 MHz IF for 222 Xvtr. Also had
a TR-751A 2M IF & 902 xvtr, but no Q's there.
Antennas: 1296=25el loop yagi 432=15el yagi 222=10el yagi 2M = 11el yagi
& horiz loop 6M=horiz loop. All mounted on 3' tower & 6' mast in
the bed of a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup. 120 VAC Power plant was a Honda EU2000i
Multiplier includes the 14 grids I activated: DL99 DL98 EL08 EL09 EM00 DM90
EM01 DM91 DM92 EM02 DM93 DM83 DM82 DM81
Thanks to all for the Q's! Ready for next year - maybe!
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