[VHFcontesting] 2M Sprint

N1BUG paul at n1bug.net
Tue Sep 21 08:36:06 EDT 2004

Hi Dave and all,

There sure wasn't any tropo here either. I have not heard 
the band that dead since putting up the new antenna. The 
FN31 stations (WZ1V, K1TEO mostly) were loud at times, but 
they should be. FN20 and FM29 were in with extreme QSB, 
going from S9 to nothing in a second or two. Heard and 
called many stations only to have them disappear into the 
noise before I could get their grid. I did not work 
anything beyond FN20, and only one of those. Only 12 Q's in 
5 grids... ugh! I probably spent an hour calling CQ, but 
did not work a single station that way. My last Q was at 
9:15PM, and at 10:00 I just shut down. I like being in a 
"less common" grid, but sometimes I wish it was closer to 
the populated areas.

Nevertheless, it was fun. It was good chatting with K1WHS 
and others for a moment or two (yeah, I know, if I got on 
the band more often...)  Gee Dave, I just had an old junker 
hauled away last week. It might have had enough oomph left 
to take out one strategic pole!  ;-)

Let's hope for better conditions for the 222 Sprint! And 
enough activity to make it fun!

Paul N1BUG  FN55mf

On Tuesday 21 September 2004 08:02 am, David Olean wrote:
> Hi Ken et al,
>     Great totals from FN12!! It looks like you had some
> tropo. (and a good time!)  It was my time to get in my
> familiar position in the bottom of the tropo barrel. The
> band was absolutely gone here in Maine. The W3CCX beacon
> is always audible on 144 and 432 here...always except
> last night.  I could hear stations in New Jersey, VE3, 
> and Connecticut working some good DX, but it never was
> audible here. A weak frontal trough bisected the ME NH
> border and effectively disconnected us Maniacs from the
> action.  K2SMN told me about WA4WEN in FM86, and LOUD in
> NJ. I had the array aimed at the correct heading, but
> never heard even a peep.  I did not call many CQs, but
> listened a lot, and pounced on new stations. I quit at
> 9:30PM with 30 some contacts and about 14 grids. Did I
> mention that the power line noise peaked at S4 to 5 due
> Southwest where all the action normally is. I need to
> stage a power outage. Maybe I can run my old car into a
> strategic power pole or sub station before the next
> sprint.
> 73
> Dave K1WHS

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