2020 CQ WW VHF Contest
36 Logs Received
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|K7BWH ***||19,100||WA||Checklog||A||190||191||100||see notes below||20|
|KE7MSU/R||3,690||OR||Rover||AB||93||124||23||2||see notes below||10|
|K7JSG/R||1,008||WA||Rover||AB||54||72||13||2||see notes below||6|
|VE7AFZ/R||611||BC||Checklog||AB||39||47||12||1||see notes below||6|
|N6ZE/R *||8||CA||Rover||B||2||4||2||2||see notes below||0|
* = PNWVHFS Member operating outside the Society region. Not eligible for PNWVHFS Awards.
** = Log received late, not eligible for PNWVHFS Awards.
*** = Check log. Not eligible for PNWVHFS Awards.
Band Codes: A - 50 MHz, B - 144 MHz
PNWVHFS Award Winners
Certificates at the next PNWVHFS Conference
Hilltopper: K7IMA & K7ATN-OR
Rover: KE7MSU/R-OR, K7JSG/R-WA
Single-Op All Band: VE7DAY-BC, K7YDL-OR, N7NW-WA
Single-Op QRP: N7DB-OR
Single-Op Single Band 50 MHz: AL1VE-OR, K7CW-WA
Single-Op Single Band 144 MHz: K7ND-WA
K5QE Multi-Op EM31: Operators K5QE, N5YA, N1XS, AF8Z
KB7ME SOAB WA CN85: All Digi contest for me. Never made a FM/CW/SSB Qso.
K7YDL SOAB OR CN85: Tried using only FT8 this contest
KE7MSU/R Rover OR: Activated: CN84, CN85 Worked PNW Grids: CN74, CN84, CN85, CN86, CN87, CN93, CN94, CN95, CN96, CN98
KX7Y SOAB WA CN87: Wow! Lots of fun. Was 6m ever not open during the contest? Unfortunately I had other obligations, but still managed a decent (for me) score, and a new grid or two. Biggest surprise was working WR7X in DN15 (tropo?). Nice solid opening to SoCal on Sunday. I tried to follow the conventional wisdom, and went to SSB when signals got strong. Worked a few, but seems like most folk stayed on FT8.
K7JSG/R Rover WA: Activated: CN87 CN97 Worked PNW Grids:CN86 CN87 CN88 CN97 CN98 DN16
VE7AFZ/R Rover OR: Activated: CO80 Worked PNW Grids CN74 CN86 CN87 CN88 CN89 CO70
N6ZE/R Rover CA: Activated: CN82, CM99: All 6m QSOs worked on 2m 5/8s mobile whip, mag mounted and 20w. Heard no FT4 during During drive in R/V thru OR & CA on Interstate Route I-5, I called "CQ" from roadside rest areas only due to safety concerns on attempting QSOs while in motion in an unstable vehicle. (We drove 8 hours each day over bumpy roads with construction & heavy traffic.) In CN-82, I worked old friend, Paul, W7FS/NS6V, formerly of DM-04, who now lives in Grants Pass, OR. From CM-99, I made a QSO with WC6J/6 (CM-89). I called "CQ" from grids CN83, CN82, CN80, CM99, CM98, & CM97. I heard no other stations on 6 meters or 2 meters, but loud FT-8 on 6 meters, at one point. Rig: FT-817 (2w) & self contained extendable Maldol AH-510R whip. Roads traffic was grotesque & XYL had a migraine headache all of Sunday. Other than these events, this was a normal contest event, but I did get on the air. Thanks to "CQ Magazine" for sponsoring this annual event, and especially to Bruce Horn, WA7BMN who manages the Cabrillo Manual Log Entry web site AND especially his "3830 Rumor Page" for a tremendous number of amateur radio contests!!!
WA6EJO SOAB CA DM04: Never heard so much activity in the CQ VHF contest!
W6ABM SOSB OR CN82: Operating from Pumice Point on the rim of Crater Lake at 6,250'
AL1VE SOSB 50 MHz DN02:
Operated from the 9650' high Alvord Desert Overlook parking area on Steen's Mountain.
This was my first chance to try out a homebrew 5 element yagi paired with my TS-2000 at 100 watts. Not sure if it was the antenna or conditions, but compared to my last operation here my 50 MHz contacts were mostly single hops and not double hops like 2018. On FT8, I could see K7BWH and Seattle area stations seemed to be working many double hop stations. Next time I'll bring both the 3 el and 5 el yagis!
Not sure what type of propagation I was getting back into the Portland and Seattle areas as it was often short-lived and fairly weak. Possible Tropo or Scatter? FT8 has sure changed operating patterns. I have never worked so few SSB stations in a VHF contest before. Maybe 2 points should be awarded for 50 MHz SSB and FM contacts to encourage participation. If you're interested in working from Steen's Mountain drop me an email; you can't drive any higher than that with a regular vehicle in OR or WA.
K7BWH SOSB 50 MHz CN98:
This is a check log because I used internet assistance that is not allowed by the rules.
I drove to 6200' Fox Peak CN98vc to
activate rare grid Square CN98 for grid chasers.This was camping on a knob for three days in
the Cascade Mountains in Eastern Washington near Lake Chelan and Wenatchee. Operation was
almost entirely 6m FT8 with high power and 6m5 antenna. Although we're nearing the end of
the skip season, we enjoyed very good band openings across the country. Best contact was
KP4AJ in Puerto Rico, 3600 miles.
For the entire period of Saturday through Monday I made 254 contacts in 124 grid squares. The 6m band was open to somewhere most of the time. It was very much a spotlight - generally a small region came in strongly. It sure was fun to own the band while working FN01-FN43, a double-hop to Pennsylvania-New Hampshire. Had good openings on 6m with strong signals, so I tried FT4 since it could vastly speed up contacts. But only one signal was found. FT4 is not "faster" if nobody is there.
The man, K7BWH and his machine.
K7BWH's portable set-up includes an LED floodlight on top of the mast.
Fox Peak Operating Location at 6200'
Friends Brian KJ4ZTP and Ed N7PHY relaxing on Saturday night on Fox Peak.