As usual, all my operating during the ARRL June VHF Contest occurred on 6
meters. Thanks to all for the action and contacts; it was great to see many old
friends and what appeared to me to be a lot of new calls.
Conditions were a mixed bag but interesting at times on 6 meters. I have
worked hard to get an effective array ( 4 x 7el with elevation) up for 6 and
played probably as well as it could with the propagation handed us in New
England. I also have a single 7el on another tower that generally keeps an ear
on the backside of the wherever the larger array was pointed. My rig is a
IC756PROII, a LNA CA50 preamp until I smoked it, converted AL-1500 amp.
I experienced some pretty exciting enhanced tropo on a band that was
generally quieter than normal, making the reach even further. Es action was
to Friday evening 0045z -- 0130z. The signals were very strong but sadly
spotty - 10 QSOs into EM22, 32, 34, 43, 55. I think a lot of folks out that
missed out of eastern USA grids because it appears that portion of the USA
was working Es to the West at that same time.
Meteor scatter action on traditional modes as well as WSJT digital was good
with sufficient burning rocks to keep one on his toes for a quick new grid.
I lost local power for hours Sunday, AM, an occurrence that took the wind
out of my sails so I let up on my band activity considerably. I left the band
at 1530z and returned about 2130z to hear the band buzzing away, literally.
The Au was incredibly strong and productive until about 0100z or so when I
seemed to run out of new stations to work and pulled the plug. Nevertheless,
Au gave me 131 QSO into 65 grids of which 30 were new ones for the weekend.
My farthest Au contacts were - West K0HA in EN10, South - KY5R EM64, North -
Limited action total for 6m after dupes = 487 QSO / 98 Grid
Good luck to all and thanks for all the fun
Dennis Motschenbacher K7BV/1
FN31vi - CT State
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