2020 ARRL September VHF Contest
47 Logs Received
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|KA7RRA/R||5,562||WWA||RL||ABCD||147||206||27||6||see details below||8|
|N6ZE/R *||4,577||SB||R||ABCDEF||138||199||23||2||see details below||0|
|VE7AFZ/R||1,292||BC||RU||ABCDE||64||68||19||3||see details below||7|
* = PNWVHFS Member operating outside the Society region. 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 next PNWVHFS Conference TBD
Unlimited Rover: VE7AFZ/R-BC
Limited Rover: KA7RRA/R-WWA
Single-Op High Power: KE7SW-WWA, K6NGN-OR, VE7DAY-BC
Single-Op High Power 50 MHz: K7CW-WWA, K6UM-OR
Single-Op Low Power: K7ND-WWA, AF7MD-OR, VE7FYC-BC, K7SMA-ID
Single-Op Low Power 50 MHz: WV7S-WWA, W7TZ-OR
Single-Op 3-Band: K7YDL-OR, N7QOZ-WWA
Single-Op FM: K7IMA-OR
K7TEMPLATE/R Class Section:
Activated 3 Rover grids: CN84 CN85 CN86;
Worked 5 PNW grids: CN84 CN85 CN86 CN94 CN95
KA7RRA/R Limited Rover WWA: Activated 6 rover grids: CN86, CN87, CN88, CN96, CN97, CN98: Worked 8 PNW grids: CN86 CN87 CN88 CN89 CN88 CN96 CN97 DN04
VE7AFZ/R Unlimited Rover BC: Activated 3 rover grids: CN89, CN99,CO80 Worked 7 PNW grids: CN86 CN87 CN88 CN89 CN92 DN14 CO70
N6ZE/R Rover SB:
Activated 2 ROVER GRIDS: DM03 DM04
Only activated two grids due to smoke. Quite a bit of local activity in Ventura Co. (DM04) area. Interesting Tropo Ducting, Holes and Enhancement from Malibu to San Diego. FT8 not utilized. All QSO were SSB or FM. Worked WA6EJO on 6 bands. FT857 Kenwood FM rigs used along with mag mount whips for 6m - 70cm; ALINCO handhelds with rubber duckie or 10 element yagi used for 33cm, 23cm Nice to have activity from CM94 and DM02.
K5QE Limited Multi-Operator STX-EM31: Operators: K5QE, N5YA, N1XS, N5KDA, W5KDA, N5NU, AF8Z.
K7YO SOLP OR-CN85: This was a fun contest.
WE7X SOLP WWA-CN97: I only had a few minutes to operate.
KB7IOG SOLP WWA-CN87: I always enjoy working everyone. Thank you for the contacts.
KX7L SOLP WWA-CN87: With all the smoke in the air throughout the Northwest, I wasn't sure quite what to expect from this contest. Would we see signals greatly attenuated? Certainly there seemed to be fewer Rovers than usual, that's understandable. But if anything, I think conditions were much better than usual, even if there was very little E's. Stations I usually struggle to work (like VE7DAY), were worked on first call. I was able to easily complete a QSO with KA6BIM down in CN73, who I've never quite managed to complete with in the past. Likewise I worked AL1VE in DN04 for a new grid, and heard K6NGN several times way down in CN92, a grid I've never heard before on 6. I'd be interested in hearing if others experienced the same thing. Thanks for all the Q'S!
AL1VE SO3B OR-DN04: My original contest plan was to start roving northward from Snow Mtn in DN03, to Spanish Peak in DN04cj and finish at the DN05/CN95 grid corner near Fossil, OR. On my way south Friday, I stopped to check out Spanish Peak. At 6400' and an unobstructed 360 summit I had high hopes for this site. While inspecting the summit the partially smoky skies soon became enveloped in hazardous smoke conditions. With most of Oregon and Washington experiencing similar I decided to give up on the rove plans and spent the next three days sitting parked on Spanish Peak with my mask on. For some strange reason the summit was also home to LOTS of yellowjackets. While the smoke didn't appear to affect their activity, they were also strangely curious. During the daylight hours, whenever I stepped outside my vehicle, they flew around or would land on me. Although I never got stung, it made setting up, take-down and nature-calls quite interesting!
Like others stations in the PNW I never had any sporadic E conditions, but 50 MHz conditions out to 300 miles seemed better than past September contests. Maybe it was the Spanish Peak site? I thought it was the best site I've worked from in DN04. I could receive FT8 stations, throughout the contest period, westward from San Francisco to Seattle and across the north over to southern Idaho. Road access was fairly easy, but portions were a bit bumpy and I certainly wouldn't advise trying the last five miles in wet conditions.
Although there were campers and hunters everywhere in the national forest, I had the summit all to myself. Maybe the smoke and yellowjackets had something to do with that?