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Re: [VHFcontesting] T Minus 9 and Counting...

To: "les@highnoonfilm.com" <les@highnoonfilm.com>
Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] T Minus 9 and Counting...
From: Don Ross <N12614@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:59:32 -0500
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Hey Les,

Do you need EM03, 04, 05, 14, or 15?  I'm in the process of setting up my rover 
station and it will include 350+ watts and WSJT. I've got EM63 confirmed, but 
should be able to give you any of those five within the next month.

Don, NL7CO/EM04

Sent from my iPad Mini with the tiny keyboard

> On Oct 15, 2013, at 21:40, Les Rayburn <les@highnoonfilm.com> wrote:
> My quest for achieving 2 Meter VUCC using indoor antennas began in 2008 after 
> reading an inspiring column in QST authored by Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ. It was 
> entitled "Chasing VUCC" and I read it shortly after reluctantly moving into a 
> single story home in a deed restricted neighborhood.
> After being very active on low frequency (Lowfer) weak signal operations for 
> years, and also on 160 Meters, I didn't like my ham radio prospects with 
> strict covenants against outside aerials. I had resigned myself to a few 
> vertical antennas in my large attic for local repeater work, and a makeshift 
> longwire antenna stapled inside my privacy fence on 20 Meters.
> But after reading Gene's column, I went upstairs into my attic, and flipped 
> my four element beam that I used for distant repeaters from vertical to 
> horizontal. Went back downstairs, and called CQ on 144.200---and haven't 
> looked back since. I quickly filled my attic with the largest Yagi's 
> possible, low noise pre-amps, and 1/2" hardline. Anything to gain another db, 
> lower the noise floor, or work a new grid. 6 Meter VUCC came quickly, but 2 
> Meters has been one of the biggest challenges of my life in ham radio.
> 102 of those grids were worked with the indoor beams, while the other eight 
> were worked from a high spot near my house during contest roving trips. Well 
> over half were worked using WSJT digital modes on meteor scatter. Thank you 
> Joe Taylor!
> Now thanks to the help of my local VHF elmers, and a lot of expertise from 
> these lists, I've managed to work 110 grids on 2 Meters. Of those 91 have 
> confirmed, leaving me with only nine more to go.
> Recently, I sent out a second round of Self Addressed Stamps Envelopes (SASE) 
> and cards. Some of those unconfirmed QSO's date as far back as 2008. I've 
> worked stations in the following grids but have been unable to confirm them:
> DM98
> EL18
> EL79
> EL87
> EL88
> EL99
> EM00
> EM02
> EM20
> EM22
> EM26
> EM30
> EM49
> EM51
> EM80
> EN63
> EN93
> FN25
> If you live in one of those grids, and are active on digital modes or closer 
> in, willing to QSL, I'd love to work you. I'm going to try a third round of 
> QSL requests using special postcards I had printed with the QSO information 
> filled in. All they require is the operator's signature to confirm the 
> contact.
> If anyone has any suggestions on what else to try, please let me know. I'm so 
> close now, I really have a drive to finish it off. Thanks again for all the 
> help along the way.
> -- 
> --
> 73,
> Les Rayburn, N1LF
> 121 Mayfair Park
> Maylene, AL 35114
> EM63nf
> 6M VUCC #1712
> AMSAT #38965
> Grid Bandits #222
> Southeastern VHF Society
> Central States VHF Society Life Member
> Six Club #2484
> Active on 6 Meters thru 1296, 10GHz & Light
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