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[VHFcontesting] W9SZ January VHF Single Op Portable

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Subject: [VHFcontesting] W9SZ January VHF Single Op Portable
From: Zack Widup <w9sz.zack@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 12:20:31 -0600
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                   ARRL January VHF Contest - 2021

Call: W9SZ
Operator(s): W9SZ
Station: W9SZ

Class: Single Op Port QRP
Operating Time (hrs): 5.0

 Band  QSOs  Mults
    2:   3      3
  222:   3      3
  432:   3      3
  1.2:   1      1
  2.3:   1      1
  3.4:   1      1
  10G:   1      1
Total:  13     13  Total Score = 559

Club: Society of Midwest Contesters


I haven't been in the January VHF Contest since 2017. I decided I was going
be in it this year "no matter what." The "no matter what" included a
temperature around 28 degrees most of the day and heavy snow during the
last hour I operated and for the additional hour or so it took me to take
everything down. The temperature was good, in a way; the top of the hill I
was on had frozen ground instead of a muddy mess. But my fingers didn't
like it! Very little wind. All the antennas stayed up.  Band conditions
were not great but it was great just to be in this contest as a QRP
Portable again. The FT897D
I got a few months ago did very well on 144 and 432 MHz in its inaugural
VHF contest use.

I was CW-SSB only. Logged on paper. No computer with me. I heard a VERY
strong signal on FT8 and wondered where he was.

I wonder how many people try to operate QRP Portable in the Midwest in the
January contest. Sometimes I think I'm getting too old for this. At least I
survived this year. :-)

73, Zack W9SZ

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