2020 ARRL January VHF Contest
50 Logs Received
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|N6ZE/R *||13,326||SB||RU||ABCDEF||254||357||33||4||see below||0|
* = 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, J - 10 GHz, K - 24 GHz, L - 300+ GHz
PNWVHFS Award Winners
Certificates at the PNWVHFS Conference in
Rover: KE7MSU/R-OR, VE7AFZ/R-BC
Single-Op High Power: K7YDL-OR, KE7SW-WWA, VE7DAY-BC
Single-Op High Power 50 MHz: W7TZ-OR
Single-Op Low Power 50 MHz: N7JPF-OR, WV7S-WWA,
Single-Op Low Power: N7EPD-WWA, KT7E-OR, KI0E-ID, VE7JH-BC
Single-Op 3-Band: N7QOZ-WWA, AG7QH-OR
Single-Op Portable: K7ATN-OR
Single-Op FM: KI7LTT-OR, K3RW-WWA
VE7AFZ/R Rover BC: Activated 2 ROVER grids: CN89, CN99; Worked 8 PNW grids CN85, CN86, CN87, CN88, CN89, CN93, CN94, CO70
KE7MSU/R Rover OR: Activated 4 ROVER grids: CN76, CN77, CN86, CN85; Worked 6 PNW grids CN76, CN77, CN84, CN85, CN86, CN87, CN95
AG7QH SO3B OR CN84: Only worked last three hours of contest.
K7SWS SO3B MT DN26: Worked both days but only made contacts on Saturday. Small Moxon for 6, getting the tower up and a bigger 6m antenna is moving way up the list!
KX7L SO3B WWA CN87: Only five Phone QSO's out of 63 total. Lots more FT8 action on 2m this time around - really helped on the grid count. Biggest thrill was finally working KA6BIM down in CN73 - I've been hearing him on every contest but could never make the QSO.
K7SMA SOLP ID DN13: Not a lot of VHF activity here in Boise, but it was fun!
VE7DAY SOHP BC CO70: Another enjoyable contest. Not many operators in the area on.
K0JJ SOHP OR CN85: All Qso's Digital FT8 and MSK144.
K5QE Limited Multi-Operator STX EM31: Operators: K5QE, K5MQ, N5YA, N1XS, VE3WY, N5KDA, W5KDA, W5ZZ, N5NU, KV5W, WB2FKO.
KI7LTT SOFM OR CN85: I had a great time this January and had more QSOs than last year. I had some antenna problems the first day and ongoing issues on 70cm throughout the contest that can hopefully resolve before the June contest. Hopefully I'll have 1.25m available for the June contest as well.
N6ZE/R Unlimited Rover CA Activated 4 ROVER grids: DM03, DM04, DM13, DM14
Operators Pete, N6ZE and Woodie, WA6WDY, made just over 250 QSOs on 6 bands from activating four grids. Our 7-hour stint at our Saturday location in the Santa Monica Mts (DM04qb) yielded 150 QSOs. Of particular interest, on Saturday, we noticed lots of activity from the San Diego (DM12) area. We made 25 FM & SSB QSOs: 3 on 6m; two on 2m; one on 135cm; and five on 70cm. 16 different unique callsigns were worked. I think that is the biggest turnout we have ever noted from DM12. Most, if not all contacts, were made with roof mounted verticals on the pickup truck. For most of Saturday, our location in the Santa Monica Mountains experienced a cold Santa Ana wind. Looking Southward, we could visually see light brownish color over the Santa Monica Bay: this typically indicates a temperature inversion. This was borne out by SkewT-log P plots provided to us after the contest by NWS Oxnard/LOX: there appeared to be a temperature inversion, some 2800' thick.
On Sunday, we activated DM14, DM13, DM03, & DM04. Of note, we did very little transmitting when in motion due to maintaining LA Freeway safety. While driving Eastbound early in the morning at 65 MPH, with very strong, gusty NE winds, we heard a very loud bang, but could see that nothing had blown out of the bed of the pickup. It turned out that the 6m mag mount vertical had briefly encountered a gust of over 100 mph (65 mph ground speed + 40 mph wind) which dislodged the mag mount and subsequently broke the magnetic bonding of the other 2 verticals. They all ended up in the bed of the truck. Phew! Despite the Topa Topa Mountain Range to our North, best DX for the weekend was with K6MYC; SSB contacts were made on 2m, 35cm, and 70cm at a distance of 217 statute miles.
In the words of WA6WDY, some of our roving station activity was akin to a monkey chasing a football: An FT857 mounted in the cab of the truck was used for 6m SSB; 2m FM and some 2m SSB; 70cm FM and some SSB. For 135cm, a Kenwood TM331 was utilized. We just used a 1/4 wavelength vertical for 6m, a small dual band 2m/70cm vertical, and a 1/2 wavelength vertical for 35 cm. For long haul comms on 2m,135cm,70cm, and 23cm, we used an old barefoot FT-736 sitting on the tailgate of the pickup truck along with a rotor and small yagis for those bands. On 33 cm, we utilized an ALINCO handheld with a hand-held yagi. Band changing speed varied from 10 seconds to a couple of minutes! During the weekend, N6ZE/R had from 1 to 14 QSOs with 7 other Rovers who participated: N6GP/R, K6JEY/R, K6LMN/R , N6MI/R , K6WLD/R,NQ6X/R and KM6ZJY/R. Thanks to the ARRL for sponsoring the event and to those who participated this year.
K3RW SOFM WWA CN85: Planned periods away from QTH during the contest and a lack of a rotor negatively impacted score. Most of the contest I was physically holding a dual band yagi from a second story bedroom, and occasionally holding a homebrew 223 MHz yagi. 6m FM activity was frequent and had I not suffered an equipment failure I could have had up to a dozen or more 6m FM QSOs rather than one.
Kudos to most of the SOTA activators and chasers for moving to adjacent 2m calling frequencies. 2m FM 146.52 was already very crowded and there were few SOTA chasers compared to contesters. One operator berated me for contesting on 'the calling frequency'. This is a very sore subject for some ops locally, with some running informal nets on 146.52 and most contests utilizing this frequency. This controversy may be a matter of settled discussion at the League level, but I've run into this in every contest thus far and I would advocate a change to this rule. I have had at least one random QSO in every contest from travelers using .52 who were unaware of the contest and confused why everyone kept asking their grid. I only worked one rover during the contest. There may have been 1 more I missed early in the contest, but did not see any others. Weather was a significant factor in the days leading up to the contest.