ARRL January VHF Contest
Class: Single Op Port QRP
Operating Time (hrs): 2
Band QSOs Mults
2: 2 2
222: 1 1
432: 2 2
903: 1 1
1.2: 2 2
2.3: 1 1
3.4: 2 2
10G: 1 1
Total: 12 12 Total Score = 624
Club: Society of Midwest Contesters
I guess this was my "token effort" for this contest this year. I haven't
been in the January contest in a few years, so I thought I'd get into this
one. I only had Sunday available. I knew the temperature was supposed to
get into the 50's here. That can be a good or a bad thing in the winter. In
this case, the top of the hill in EN50rl that I use was a muddy swamp. I'd
rather have had it a little below freezing.
Not only was it a swamp, but the wind was ferocious on the hill. My
microwave dish blew over twice (without feed, fortunately) and my 902
antenna blew down once. I found I had serious problems with my 144 and 222
MHz transverters and/or antennas. Stations that would usually pin my
s-meter on those bands were barely audible. I only worked two stations in
the contest. I could hear one just above the noise level on 222 and the
other I couldn't hear at all, although he could hear me. So I have some
troubleshooting to do before the next contest.
After a couple hours of slogging through the mud and getting all my antenna
cables, the inside of my car (and me) full of mud, I gave up and packed up
and went home. I just wasn't hearing anyone else on 144 and 222 MHz. I
didn't hear anyone calling CQ on the bands that did work.
This was one of the worst VHF contests I've been in. I can think of one
that was far worse and one that was comparable. I hope the rest of the year
goes better than this.
73, Zack W9SZ
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