[VHFcontesting] N4BRF/WA2VNV Jan VHF Contest
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Mon Jan 22 14:20:08 EST 2018
ARRL January VHF Contest
Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 16
Band QSOs Mults
6: 25 12
2: 25 10
222: 9 6
432: 15 8
1.2: 7 4
Total: 81 40 Total Score = 5,040
Club: Boca Raton ARA (N4BRF.org)
Comments: Having internet this time helped with the chat pages & time sync for FT8. Only worked 4 Es stations on 6 meters via FT8. Otherwise the rest with normal SSB/CW human ear decoding.
Score more than doubled since past Jan contests from here and also having improved 222 receive with a cavity filter. There's a Chan 13 HDTV only 5 miles to the favored North direction. Last year the 222 receive was paralyzed by front end overload.
Continuing frustration from past contests that there were NO stations on in grid EL95 just South of me in the Broward & Miami Dade counties that have ONLY a few hundred hams. I tried FM simplex & local repeaters to get some activity going - nothing!!! I tried to unsuccessfully look up the phone number of a ham in EL95 (Homestead,FL) I worked on Friday while testing the station radios out. I pleaded with him then to get on for the contest - I guess football was more exciting for him.
Tnx to K4SME/R rover I worked in 2 far away grids and WA4GPM was my best tropo distance to EM90, 266 miles. C U in the Spring Sprints.
73's, George WA2VNV
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