[SCCC] K6NR June VHF Contest 2020
Dana Roode K6NR
dana.roode at gmail.com
Mon Jun 15 15:30:19 EDT 2020
ARRL June VHF Contest - 2020
Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 15
Band QSOs Mults
6: 49 23
2: 62 15
222: 12 6
432: 17 7
1.2: 3 3
Total: 143 54 Total Score = 9,612
Club: Southern California Contest Club
This was my first fairly serious effort in a VHF contest. I had a
blast. I operated from our property in Phelan, California.
I recently acquired a second AB-577 military mast and setup yagis for
2 meters, 440 and 1.2g at about 45'. I didn't install a rotator so I
turned the whole mast from the bottom with the AB-577 wrench. I had
three coaxes running down the mast to a switch connecting to the
shack. I spent an amount of time running out back to switch antennas
or turn the mast. At least I got some exercise. Next time maybe I'll
add a rotator and use a triplexer to feed the shack? Don't want to
make it too easy.
I spent a fair amount of time listening on multiple frequencies,
waiting for new stations to show up. I had my IC9700 as the main
radio, with my K3 on 6m, and mobile rigs on 220 and 440 fm. Hard to
tell which one I was hearing at times, and easy to pick up the wrong
microphone. 6m FT8 was helpful to keep up a pace when no one new
was on. The modest openings on 6m were nice, but, well, modest.
The calling frequencies were a bit over used - folks would get on from
mountain tops or strong base stations and make it hard for others to
come on and announce and get off. I am too used to HF contesting
where there is liberal use of VFOs.
Greatest fun was working some distant stations on 2 meters. I worked
a number of San Francisco area stations on FT8, as well as a few in
Nevada and parts east. I wasn't setup for FT8 on the IC9700 but
managed to crack that nut during the contest. I also worked K6MYC
and his megastation up in DM07. That's about the longest haul for me
on 2 meter SSB to date. Also worked K6MWK in DM06.
At any rate, it was quite an experience. Thanks everyone for the
QSOs, including my first 3 ever on 1.2ghz (W6PNG, N6AX and N6MI).
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