2018 ARRL January VHF Contest
32 Logs Received
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|K7ATN/R||40584||OR||Unlimited Rover||ABCDEFG||351||712||57||9||see below||9|
|WW7D/R||39264||WWA||Limited Rover||ABCD||588||818||48||10||see below||12|
|K7BDB/R||5808||OR||Limited Rover||ABD||191||242||24||5||see below||9|
|N6ZE/R*||2350||SB||Limited Rover||ABCD||72||94||25||7||see below|
* = PNWVHFS Member operating outside the Society
region. Not eligible for PNWVHFS Awards.
** = Log received late, not eligible for PNWVHFS Awards.
Band Codes: A - 50 MHz, B - 144 MHz, C - 222 MHz, D - 432 MHz, E - 902 MHz, F - 1.2 GHz, G - 2.3 GHz, H - 3.4 GHz, I - 5.7 GHz
PNWVHFS Award Winners
Certificates at the PNWVHFS Conference in October 2019
Limited Multi-Op: VE7AFZ-BC
Rover: KE7MSU/R - OR
Limited Rover: WW7D/R-WWA
Unlimited Rover: K7ATN/R-WWA
Single-Op High Power: K0JJ-OR, KE7SW-WWA
Single-Op High Power 50 MHz: KD7PY-WWA
Single-Op Low Power: VE7HR-BC, W7KKE-OR, N7QOZ-WWA
Single-Op 3-Band: VE7DAY-BC, KA7HBB-OR, N7KSI-WWA
Single-Op Portable: W4DVE - WWA
K5QE Limited Multi-Operator STX EM31: Operators K5QE, N5YA, K5MQ, AF8Z, W7XU, N0QJM, VE3WY, K2EZ, N1XS
K7ATN/R Unlimited Rover OR: 9 ROVER GRIDS ACTIVATED: CN74 CN75 CN76 CN77 CN84 CN85 CN86 CN87 CN95
K7BWH SO3B WWA CN87: It was fun to figure out and make FT8 contacts which added 13 Qs. I ran a portable station in my uphill neighbor's driveway in an attempt to gain a little altitude. Didn't work - still blocked by hills.
KE7MSU/R Rover OR: 5 ROVER GRIDS ACTIVATED: CN74 CN75 CN84 CN85 CN86
KX7L SO3B WWA CN87: No spectacular openings, and I did have other obligations on Sunday, which limited my time, but I still came close to last years score. High point was Saturday night, CQing with FT8 on 6m, and hearing a weak signal come back, but no copy. Later Isaw via PSKReporter that KA6BIM in CN73 had heard me!
Limited Rover SB: 7 ROVER GRIDS ACTIVATED: CM88 CM89 CM96 CM97
CM98 DM04 DM05
The January 2018 ARRL VHF Contest presented me with some unusual challenges due to a variety of changes to scheduling plans! Originally, I planned to operate from DM04, DM03, DM13, & possibly DM14. (CM94, a nearby grid I frequently utilize was unavailable due to the highway US-101 closure caused by mud slides.) My QTH in Thousand Oaks, CA, is located in the Conejo Valley, a valley area surrounded in all directions by substantially higher ridges & mountains. By operating as a rover during VHF contests, I travel to unobstructed hilltops to be able to make QSOs without nearby mountain ridges to interfere with my VHF/UHF signals. I frequently operate from various locations about 2500 ft above sea level in the Santa Monica mts. And typically can work out as far north as Sacramento, CA. During a 3.5 hour period on Saturday, I made 42 QSOs, mostly from the top of a small hill located within the city limits of Thousand Oaks, CA and a few QSOs were made while driving. Two round trips to the hill involved about 4 miles of travel. I made QSOs on both 6 & 2 meters with stations in both DM03 & DM04. 135 cm (223.5 MHz) & 70 cm provided QSOs with others in DM04 only. With a Yaesu FT857 and a Kenwood TM-231a, and 1/4 wave whip antennas, I made 11 QSOs on 6 meters, 13 QSOs on 2 meters, 9 QSOs on 223.5 MHz FM, & 9 QSOs on 70 cm. On Saturday night, I went to bed with the assumption that I'd probably operate for a bit on Sunday from DM04 in the Santa Monica mts, with a bit of a drive to the south to make some QSOs from DM03 so that I could truly qualify as a rover. Wrong! Early on Sunday morning with a pretty decent weather forecast to northern California & Oregon, my Robin (W7PBJ), my XYL, & I made the decision to drive up to Seattle, WA, to transport some household furnishings not suitable to transport by air. So: we decided to drive Interstate Highway I-5 north to Seattle. On Sunday afternoon, Robin drove, so I was able to make 31 QSOs on 3 bands with the FT857 and 1/4 wave whip antennas; N6ZE/R successfully activated grids DM05, CM96, CM97, CM98, CM88, & CM89 and we traveled 450 miles. During the Sunday rove, I completed 9 QSOs from CM96, 6 QSOs from CM97 & CM98, and 2 QSOs from CM88 & CM89. Thanks to WA6IKE, I was able to make contacts with him (CM98) & KJ6KO (CM98) during my 12 minutes in CM88 and 9 minutes in CM89! For safety reasons, I terminated my rove at sundown at Arbuckle, CA. And assumed the driving duties to our Redding, CA hotel.
Limited Multi-Op BC CN89:
Entered as a limited multi operator as I ran digi modes on one band while working SSB / CW on another. It was an interesting experience running from my home station vs roving during this contest.
WW7D/R Limited Rover WWA: 10 Rover Grids activated: CN76 CN77 CN85 CN86 CN87 CN88 CN95 CN96 CN97 CN98