[VHFcontesting] W5VY Jan VHF Test Rove
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Tue Jan 27 12:52:19 EST 2015
W5VY/R Limited Rover
Band Mode QSOs Pts Grd
50 USB 1 1 1
144 CW 6 6 2
144 USB 32 32 16
222 CW 5 10 3
222 USB 7 11 5
432 CW 4 8 3
432 USB 11 22 6
Total Both 66 90 36
I activated 7 grids with just one QSO in EM23 (thanks WB5ZDP). Highlight of rove
was time spent atop Rich Mtn, 2681ft ASL (EM24) starting around sunset on Sunday.
Conditions weren't great but there was quite a bit of activity. Worked Sam, K5SW,
and others in Eastern OK, KS and MO. Worked Ron, KG5MD, on three bands.
Worked Ron, K5LLL in EM10 on three bands and K5VH down in EM00 on three.
He was my best DX at about 365mi. Conditions were strange. There was a slow
cyclic peak/valley on almost everyone. The wind was really whipping on the
6M was a bust. Early on in the rove I accidentally entered 150130 in N1MM to
QSY to 6M. My IC7000 made a strange noise and QSY'd to 150.130MHz. I punched
the band down button a couple of times to get to 6M and called the station.
The display on the IC7000 did a "shake/shimmy" and all the bar graphs went to
max. I thought I had EMI/RFI and started putting ferrites on USB and power
cables. After several attempts I did a master reset on the IC7000 and that
healed it. Never heard any Es and early Sunday I managed to snag my PAR
stressed Moxon on a tree limb and it was finished. After finishing the rove
I snagged my mast on a telephone drop across the driveway of a friend house.
Broke the fiberglass mast and damaged my 8ft yagis on 2, 222 and 70cm.
I think most can be repaired. It didn't rain, I didn't get stuck or have a
flat. I did give guided tours of the rover to two law enforcement fellows
(one was a ham) and one new ham!
Pat, W5VY EM34us
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