[VHFcontesting] question about portable operator class

KA6AMD ka6amd at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 18 19:12:12 EDT 2006


I have operated this class a lot.  The rules prohibit the use of the 
home station and limit you to 10W.  This puts the emphasis on antennas 
and location, location, location.  Since I live in a hole with +5000 
mountains all around it, portable is the class where I have a shot at 
being competitive.

You describe my setup very well.  Look at my web site to see how I got 
it all in the truck.  http://home.earthlink.net/~ka6amd/Sep2002VHF.html 

You can also backpack up all the equipment, but you have to travel a lot 
lighter.  The biggest problem is a power source, they are always heavy. 

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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