[VHFcontesting] This rover stuff is hard....

jimk8mr at aol.com jimk8mr at aol.com
Mon Jun 15 12:47:14 EDT 2020

I trust you survived your journey and had fun.
I am concerned about your mention of hand logging, which I gather was being done while driving. If so, please reconsider that. I've done a number of mobile trips around Florida in the Florida QSO Party, driving while operating, almost all on CW , with a memory keyer to do the hard work. With reasonable road and traffic conditions I do not see that as an unreasonable safety issue. However taking the eyes off the road and a hand off the wheel, while tending to turn one's upper body toward the log, is not a good idea.

While I do 2/3 of the time in FQP operating while parked, while driving I record the contest to transcribe later. This may include sending notes to myself over the air, such as "15M" after changing bands. 

I strongly recommend anybody trying to operate while driving to not try to keep a log at the same time. Record it.

73  -   Jim   K8MR

-----Original Message-----
From: John Young via VHFcontesting <vhfcontesting at contesting.com>
To: vhfcontesting at contesting.com
Sent: Sun, Jun 14, 2020 5:58 pm
Subject: [VHFcontesting] This rover stuff is hard....

20ft box Uhaul with a loaded car trailer out back at 70mph from middle ohio to KS.  Glad I was using an FT-60 HT on FM so very few answered.  If driving and calling CQ (endlessly calling CQ) isnt hard enough, hand logging adds another level of complexity.

I stand in awe of those who do this well with multiple bands.  Thrilled to have activated 3 grids and one multi at a grid border.  More QSO's tonight after local nets.


Good luck to all

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