[VHFcontesting] FN55 result and comments

Chet S chetsubaccount at snet.net
Mon Sep 10 15:23:11 EDT 2018

Hi Paul,

Here in CT where there is more local activity, the band is not over-crowded,
there is always lots of clear space, and it is rare to find anyone below 170
or above 250 so I would not CQ there because few would find you. 

I often point in your direction because 1) that is toward the Boston area
for me, and 2) I also want to work the grids farther up the coast that way.
In fact, I had put your call and grid on my contest plan sheet when you had
posted your intentions to be on, but never heard you. 

Have you considered spotting yourself on packet? ARRL now allows that. Or
checking into the ON4KST chat page to announce when and where you are on the
air? I do not find that useful and believe it dumbs down the contest a bit,
but if I was in a rare place like you I probably would. 

GL, CU in the next one.

Chet, N8RA

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Subject: [VHFcontesting] FN55 result and comments

144 MHz only: 27 QSOs, 17 grids.
1500W, 16 dBi at 110'
CW/SSB only

That's not bad considering I didn't make a full effort (taking advantage of
good weather to work on outside stuff including antennas). A full blown
effort from here will result in only about 1.5x this number.

As always, missed many stations that I could hear very well. Reason:
Only hear them when they turn antennas this way in preparation to run bands
with someone, and they don't check for other callers before moving off. Many
don't even ID before moving. Some say "I'll be back here" but are never
heard again for whatever reason. Kudos to AF1T who worked me only because he
did take time to check.

How far up/down the band (2 meters) do you tune and/or watch if using a band
scope? I never (or very, very rarely) hear anything below 170 or above 250.
Calling CQ anywhere in that range is 100% USELESS from here. I'm off the
back of everyone's antenna most of the time but QRM may be a factor too.
Would CQing higher in the band be of any use? Perhaps an unusual run
frequency with times announced before the contest?

I wish I'd had more bands!

Keep your fingers crossed that we get that hardline transported up here.
Adding bands depends on it.

Paul N1BUG FN55mf
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