[CQ-Contest] Contest QTH, hilltop or seaside?

VK4TS Trent Sampson vk4ts at outlook.com
Thu Jan 1 14:17:48 EST 2015

Hi Mike,

Given those constraints - go the hilltop - a forty foot tower with a
tribander will play quite hard - in fact if the drop off is favourable even
a 40M yagi can work at that height -again refer to HFTA.

Look at some of the high performance DX stations like EF8M as to how simple
a setup can work from a mountain top - Trailer mounted Yagis around 20 feet


Have fun..


Trent VK4TS

-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
Mike & Coreen Smith VE9AA
Sent: Thursday, 1 January 2015 11:54 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Contest QTH, hilltop or seaside?

If you had to choose between a 600' hilltop or an oceanfront QTH in VE9, VE1
which would it be?-----6m thru 160m.


Sure, 600' doesn't sound like a lot, but most of the land around these parts
is from 30'-300' ASL. Lets say the ground is very poor and rocky &


Now to the oceanfront QTH.  These are harder to find. I mean the *ultimate*
reasonably priced ones are w/o a thick wallet

but perhaps something in southern VE1 or VE9 which is a bit of a point of
land giving 180-220* of water with fair but maybe not perfect views

to EU/AF and the USA & SA.JA would be blocked as would all northern paths.
At least 3-10* horizon and all over land in any case.

What about less of an "over the water shot" where you could only choose one
primary direction. Would you still do it? Choose EU over all else?

NA perhaps?....size is likely 2-5acres..what about QRM to neighbours?


Antennas would be very simple (no 100' towers in either case)


Perhaps 40'masts with K1WA/K8UR (4) sloping dipole arrays on all bands
10-160.  No stacks, maybe not even any short towers. Maybe just HF9V


So, strictly for contesting which would it be? Oceanfront or
"hilltop"..remember-simple antennas only.


I await the comments.


Mike VE9AA


Mike, Coreen & Corey

Keswick Ridge, NB


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