[SCCC] SCCC wins another gavel

Wayne Overbeck overbeck6 at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 14 05:08:10 EST 2013

The results of the June 2013 VHF contest are now 
online on ARRL.org.  The Southern California Contest 
Club had the highest club aggregate score of any club 
anywhere.  But it was a cliffhanger:  SCCC had 1.36 
million points to Potomac Valley's 1.33 million.  No other 
club had a score more than about half of the SCCC 
and PVRC totals.

SCCC also had a bunch of top individual scores.  More 
on that in a minute...

This is the second June contest in four years in which 
SCCC slipped past PVRC by a tiny winning margin.  It 
also happened in 2010 when SCCC had 2.81 megapoints 
to PVRC's 2.72 million.  No other club had more than 
about half of the top two scores that year as well.  So 
this is SCCC's second-ever gavel in the June VHF 
contest.  (It looks like we also won the gavel in the 
August UHF contest, but that's not official yet.)

Why were all of the scores so much lower in 2013 than 
in 2010?  In 2010, six meter sporadic E propagation was 
very, very good.  This year it was truly awful.  Fortunately 
for SCCC, propagation was equally bad almost 

For SCCC to win any gavel, a lot of SCCC members have 
to do really well in their categories  That happened again 
this year.

In the very competitive multi-multi category, N6VI was #3 
nationally.  That's pretty amazing for a station on the west 
coast.  I know Marty would want to thank his very talented 
team of operators and also the SCCC rovers, who
provided a HUGE boost to the N6VI score.

K6AH was #1 in the rover category, with SCCC members 
taking four of the top five spots nationally.  KI6FGV (now 
K6FGV) was #2, N6HD was #3 and KJ5MSY was #5 

W6TE was #1 nationally in the unlimited rover category.

N6NB was #1 nationally in the single operator (QRP) 
portable category by a wide margin.  Only one station in the 
country had a higher score in the single operator low power 
category (which allows 200 watts on six and two) than 
N6NB had in the 10-watt portable category.  It really pays 
to have a good group of rovers to work!

Many other SCCC members contributed to the club's win.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the June VHF contest.

Wayne, N6NB

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