[VHFcontesting] new rover
martho at ameritech.net
Tue Aug 19 16:43:26 EDT 2003
Hook up with other rovers in your area. You can borrow equipment, get other
words of wisdom and learn about some of the common pitfalls of rover'ing.
From: vhfcontesting-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:vhfcontesting-bounces at contesting.com]On Behalf Of Marten T Beels
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 3:05 PM
To: vhfcontesting at contesting.com
Subject: [VHFcontesting] new rover
Hello all, I've been looking through the archives and reading all those
web sites like "so you want to be a rover". They've given me a good
point and I think I'm ready for this September's ARRL VHF QSO contest. It
not only be my first rover expedition, but also my first contest ever.
My goal is have fun with minimal equipment and not to be a serious
I just bought a Yaesu FT-480R (2m 10 watts) which I realize is susceptible
front end overload, but I hope that by being in semi-remote locations, it
be a problem. (The price was good)
I am in the process of building a 7 element 1.6 lambda beam and have a mast
TV rotator installed off the bumper of my car. I'll be able to operate
mobile and raise my antenna to about 15' while stopped.
25' of LMR-400 flex is on it's way along with 2 'N' connectors. I'll have
install a female chassis mount on my radio as I'm pretty sure that it is
with a SO-239.
I'd love to add more bands, but that just isn't an option right now, neither
an amp so I'm limited to 10 watts on 2m. Therefore I anticipate focusing on
rather then SSB to make more QSOs.
So here is my question, any words of advice/wisdom or mistakes that I should
avoid making as a new contester/rover? Also, I'm located in Kalamazoo, MI
would like to know which grid squares are the 'rare' ones. Tentatively, I'm
planning on starting in EN 73, going to EN74, EN64, EN63 and EN62 for a
conservative rover run.
Thanks for any input that you guys have,
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