[SCCC] N6MI report on CQ WPX CW portable operation
J. Scott Bovitz
bovitz at bovitz.com
Wed Jun 3 02:23:51 EDT 2020
Last weekend, I operated the N6MI contest van from Frazier Peak in the CQ
WPX CW contest. You can see a photo of the operation at n6mi.com (on the top
of the page).
The weather was nice -- in the day. The nights were very cold.
The van has a built in pneumatic mast. I used a small C3-S yagi at 60 feet,
an inverted dipole on 80, and a sloping dipole on 40 (heading east).
I was visited by WA6CDR. In a former life, this ham serviced television news
vans. He enjoyed the (socially distant) views of a recycled news/Sprint COW
This was my first contest with the Yaesu FTDX101D. I love the receiver. I
was able to carve out a little space for almost every signal, including
scores of weak DX stations at S0 (S zero). The Yaesu's waterfall display is
a little different than the display on my Flex Radio 6500. I recommend a
large external screen.
My raw score is 605,754 -- before the angry and vengeful CQ WPX contest
robot rips apart my log and rescores my submission at 118 points.
The results were:
Band QSOs Pts WPX Pt/Q
3.5 37 52 11 1.4
7 96 198 53 2.1
14 518 879 279 1.7
21 172 234 87 1.4
28 14 20 8 1.4
<<Total >> 837 1383 438 1.7
I am truly humbled by the great scores racked up by SCCC contesters.
I will see you on all modes in the June VHF contest on 6, 2, 222, 432, and
1.2. Please turn your beams northeast.
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