[VHFcontesting] question about portable operator class

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Fri Aug 18 08:18:59 EDT 2006

Hi David,

You can do either of the scenarios you mentioned as a portable op.  I've 
been operating QRP Portable in VHF contests for quite a few years now. In 
my case, I stuff equipment for 10 bands into a Toyota Corolla and drive to 
a hilltop and set up.

Portable operating has its advantages and disadvantages. The big advantage 
is the elevation if you can find a good hill.  I found one I have been 
using for the last couple years that is the highest point in my area and 
offers 360 degree view of the horizon. You only have to get your antennas 
10 feet or so off the ground on a good hill.  So coax losses are also far 

Also, provided your hill isn't filled with commercial towers (and my 
favorite one isn't) you will experience less QRM and QRN from commercial 
sources there.

But you can't expect to hear and work everything you'd work with a 100+ 
foot tower and 100+ watts.

And you're right; there are no extra points given for being in that 
category.  If you don't have a huge tower filled with antennas at 
home, it's worth a try and very enjoyable.  I operated the January contest 
from a hilltop and the view was spectacular when everything was covered 
with frost.

73, Zack W9SZ

On Fri, 18 Aug 2006, David Ashworth wrote:

> Hello, been reading the rules for the September VHF contest and the "general
> rules for contests above 50 MHz".  It brings up a couple of questions. It
> doesn't look like you would get extra points for being a portable station.
> It looks like a good opportunity to see what your station can do.  So, what
> is a portable station?  From reading the rules, looks like 10 watts PEP or
> less, portable power source and portable antennas = portable operator class.
> Would this be someone who put all of this in his pickup and drove to a high
> spot and then setup?  Or, is it someone who would backpack up the mountain
> on foot with the equipment?  Thanks for your comments, Dave, NC6P.

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