[SCCC] What are everyone's plans for June VHF Contest This Weekend?
n6vi at socal.rr.com
Tue Jun 9 00:40:26 EDT 2020
Hi, Tim and all.
I will be on part time from home with 50 through 1296 MHz (FM only on 927.5
unless someone has only a transverter at the low end, in which case I can
switch from the mobile rig to the HT).
From: SCCC [mailto:sccc-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Tim Goeppinger
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2020 8:22 PM
To: sccc at contesting.com
Subject: [SCCC] What are everyone's plans for June VHF Contest This Weekend?
This is text from an email that I am sending out to local VHF ops that I
have worked in several recent contests. Some of it is remedial info
targeted at new ops, so don't be offended.
For me it is that exciting time of year again, for THE BIG KAHUNA of VHF
contests, the ARRL June VHF. I will be roving again, this time in the
common 4 L.A. basin area grids. As usual, I will be on the 4 low bands as a
Limited Rover (6, 2, 222 FM, and 440).
I plan to start the contest somewhere in DM04, such at the Malibu Mountains.
Late afternoon I plan for Signal Hill DM03 until sundown. I might do a
little DM13 with my rover at home in the evening.
Sunday morning I will start in DM13, maybe from a hill that overlooks Lake
Matthews in Riverside, the hill in Newport Beach or in Diamond Bar, then I
will drive up to Keller Peak DM14, and stay most of the day. All of this is
subject to change. If 6 meters opens up, I will stay at a grid as long as
it is open.
There are a couple of trends I have noticed during the Spring VHF Sprints 1.
With so many people still staying at home due to the pandemic, activity in
contests is WAY up. During this year's 50 Mhz Sprint in May, my log had 3
times the number of contacts, compared to last year. 2. There are many,
many new operators on VHF, many of them on FM on 2 meters and 440. I am
planning to pay much more attention to 2 and 440 FM this year, so I will see
you on 146.52, and .55 simplex and 446.0 Simplex, vertically polarized.
Lets try to kick the contest off well the first 2 hours by contacting each
other on 6 meter SSB in the range of 50.125 and 50.140. We can QSY to 2 ,
220 and 440 to "run the bands". This way we won't get bogged down on FT8
making slow local contacts.
I will be on APRS again using an app on my phone. You can track me on APRS
by going to www.aprs.fi, and searching for N6GP-10, or follow this link:
Look for our friend Javier XE2CQ in Tijuana be on 2m and 440 from DM12 this
contest. This is a good opportunity to work a new country on 2 and 440
Remember, a rover can be worked each time they are in a new grid. I will
appreciate the contacts. It often takes 2 hours drive time and setup
between grid changes. Be patient. Hope springs eternal for 6 meter
openings, but I'm not counting on it.
Social media groups have boosted the number of rovers participating now.
There were 57 rovers to compete against last year, and the East Coast ones
have a huge advantage with more population. Any QSOs you could throw my way
would be appreciated. In return, I will give you the opportunity to make
16 QSOs to boost your score.
Please join the Facebook Group for So Calif VHF Contesters here
Please promote the contest as a good simplex operating exercise in your
Tnx & 73, and see you on the VHF Bands!
Tim Goeppinger, N6GP/R
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