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Wed Jul 25 21:22:20 EDT 2018

                    CQ Worldwide VHF Contest

Call: K3CCR
Operator(s): N3UM
Station: K3CCR

Class: SOAB LP
Operating Time (hrs): 1.7

 Band  QSOs  Mults
    6:  17     10
    2:   5      4
Total:  22     14  Total Score = 378

Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club


K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care 
retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. For the 
July 2018 CQ WW VHF, I (N3UM) was the only available operator. 

I was in SOHC mode [Single Op 2 Contest], also doing NAQP RTTY. 
Both tests started at 18Z; I got on 2m. for the first half-hour 
but heard very few signals, CQing or tuning. I got only 5 QSOs 
in 4 grids, plus giving W3EKT a QSO on 6m. and finding no other 
sigs there either. 

So, I went to NAQP RTTY and got lots of QSOs till QRT at 03Z. 
I had meant to try VHF again, but the contrast between high 
RTTY activity and nearly no VHF activity kept me from doing so. 

Sun. AM at 1340Z, 2 m. was empty but I could hear some 6m. sigs 
on a low 40m. dipole on its 7th harmonic. Desperate for a better 
antenna, I checked 6m. SWR of the loaded 2-el. 40m-part  of our 
JK 20/40 Falcon on the 85 ft. hilltop tower. WOW, 2.3 to 1 SWR! 
A tuner brought it down to 1-1.3 over the band, and I heard S9 
Es and local sigs. 

Starting 14Z I got 16 Qs on 6m, 11 of them on CW, including 9 Es 
QSOs in 8 EM and EN grids, and  broke for lunch. 

After lunch, heavy rain, P static, nearby T-storms, and only one 
signal heard, W3IP CQing on 6m. I passed on coming back for the 
last hour hoping for activity and no storms. 

Tiny score, but great to learn that our Falcon works well on 6m, 
because we’ve had no 6m. beam since we had the Falcon put up; just 
too much load to put both beams on the tower. NO idea why the 
Falconworks so well on 6m, or exactly what its gain is.  Sigs are 
~1 S-unit louder off the back of the beam.  Ham spirit: TRY IT!!

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