Mountaintopping on 10: N6MU so/hp/mixed
gadmsm at apollo.adcom.uci.edu
Wed Dec 18 16:17:03 EST 1996
ARRL 10 METER CONTEST -- 1996
N6MU @ N6NB (Single operator/unassisted, high power, both modes)
QSOs Multipliers (Domestic/DX)
CW 314 51 (41/11)
SSB 756 63 (44/19)
Total 1070 114 316,008 points
Comments (by N6NB):
N6MU guest-operated at my cabin in the Tehachapi Mountains--and
did pretty well in what was basically a VHF contest until Sunday.
On my way up the mountain late Friday night (John had one up much
earlier), I saw a lot of meteors. "Geminids is really putting on
a show," I said to myself. When I got to the cabin, I found out
it really was a good show: John had already worked every western
state except Wyoming via meteor scatter on an otherwise dead band
(he got Wyoming later).
That was a preview of what things would be like: it was a VHF
contest. John worked more than 300 California stations (from San
Diego to Sacramento) on tropo, and he caught several sporadic E
openings Saturday--plus some F2 on trans-equatorial paths.
But on Sunday everything changed: the F2 m.u.f. on northerly
transcontinental paths reached 28 MHz and the race was on.
With enormous pile-ups, John made 195 QSOs during his best
hour Sunday (1900-2000z); he also had a 120-QSO hour on CW
during the F2 opening.
When it was over, John had 1070 QSOs, 114 multipliers and 316,008
points--without any northern-latitude DX contacts (i.e., no
Europeans and no JAs). ...Not bad for a West Coast single-op
running a 3-element trap tribander at 40 feet, with a TS-140 and
a Drake L4B amplifier running on a 110-volt generator. I guess
this shows why a mountaintop is a good place to be during a VHF
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