[VHFcontesting] question about portable operator class

crawfish crawfish at surfmore.net
Sat Aug 19 16:43:59 EDT 2006

A friend of mine, W4RXR, made several contacts recently in the ARRL UHF
Contest. He took a big battery from a UPS(122 amp./hr.), an IC-402, a Mirage
100 watt amp, and a homebrew 13-el. beam at 15 feet on a nearly 1200' ASL
hill in southern TN. Worked out about 300 miles, and probably a dozen or so
contacts in less than 2 hours.I would think it would be easier on 6 or 2.The
100 watts is the key,plus location and antenna gain.Find a bald hill with no
                                                  Joe W4AAB
----- Original Message -----
From: <J999w at aol.com>
To: <vhfcontesting at contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2006 3:23 PM
Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] question about portable operator class

> In a message dated 8/18/06 6:04:43 PM Central Daylight Time,
> ku4bp at triad.rr.com writes:
> <<  From reading the rules, looks like 10 watts PEP or
>  less, portable power source and portable antennas = portable operator
> >>
> Unless you're out to win a plaque I'd run all the power you can. Go 100
> or better on 6 and 2. No sense suffering.
> :^]
> John K9RZZ
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