2022 ARRL September VHF Contest
31 Logs Received
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|KA7RRA/R||2,346||WWA||RL||ABCD||79||102||23||4||see notes below||5|
* = 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 - 220 MHz, D - 432 MHz, E - 902 MHz, F - 1296 MHz, G - 2304 MHz, H - 3456 MHz, I - 5760 MHz, J - 10 GHz
PNWVHFS Award Winners
Certificates presented at the PNWVHFS Conference, Oct 8, 2022
Rover Limited: KA7RRA/R-WA
Single-Op High Power: KE7SW - WA, VE7DAY - BC, W7MEM - ID
Single-Op Low Power: KG7PD - WA, VA7RKM - BC, K7YO - OR
Single-Op Portable: VE7VIE - BC
Single-Op Low Power - Analog: VA7SC - BC, AF7GL - WWA, N7DB - OR
Single-Op Three Band - Analog: N7QOZ - WA
Single-Op Portable - Analog: K7ATN - OR
KA7RRA/R Limited Rover - WWA : Activated 4 Rover grids: CN98, CN97, CN87, CN88
NE6Z/R Classic Rover - LAX :
Activated 1 Rover grid: DM04
A few hours of operating relatively unsophisticated gear in 3 poor locations and 1 good location yielded pretty good results for me!
From my one good location in the Santa Monica Mts, I operated Low Power SSB on 6m, 2m, and 70 cm with mag mount vertical antennas; for 135cm, I operated Low Power on FM-only with a mag mount vertical antenna. For the 33cm and 23cm bands, I operated QRP with stock Alinco handhelds with Alinco-supplied whips.
From my 3 Conejo Valley locations, I used the gear described above, and I also operated SOTA style with only the ALINCO handhelds from Tarantula Hill in Thousand Oaks, a walkup trail which has obscuring mountain ranges in most directions. I did manage QSOs with a number of operators who belong to the four Ventura County radio clubs. I do hope that some of them will take the plunge and participate in future VHF/UHF events.
AF7GL SOLP - WWA:
Last minute change of plans due to forest fires. Active only on Saturday for about 6 hours. Windy conditions, a cracked mast, and not the best propagation. Many station did not hear me even after raising power. Ended up operating only on 144, 432, 1296. Thanks for all the Qs!
W7TZ SOLP - OR:
Not a particularly good showing for me. No evidence of propagation in the "PACIFIC TRIANGLE". On the bright side, I caught a new grid.
N7DB SOLP - OR:
This past weekend was typical of other September Contest's in many respects: relatively low activity. Saturday was tough in CN85 between the temperature,smoke and Gorge wind. So, with the dry air and wind, tropo was poor. Local activity was OK. K7CPU and K7AGL were up in CN95 and one reported hearing AL1VE, n/c here. Later in the afternoon KD1RX/r was on from Mt. Hebo. He reported condition were not great and decided to flick in in and head to Lincoln City.
Sunday, ah, much better. Still smokey, but the wind died down. WA6OEM picked a good day to go up on Mary's Peak. He got on about noon and in an hour and a half said he had 60 contacts. Impressive. Had a real good signal on the bands out here. He did get on 6M FM with one rig which did not RX that well. Switched to his other rig and was full scale on that mode here. My first 6M FM contact during a VHF Contest was with KA7FQP.
KB7IOG SOLP - WWA:
Another fun time.
KB7IOG SOHP - WWA:
Thanks for all the contacts.
K5QE Limited Multi-Op - STX:
Operators: K5QE, N5YA, KI5MHB, K0AXX, KC5HOZ, N5KDA, WM5L, KF5LKG
K7CPU Limited Multi-Op - OR:
Operators: NR7Y, K7AHR
AL1VE Limited Multi-Op - WWA:
The VHF contest happened the weekend before a family reunion, so my brother Ken KL7P, from Fairbanks and I decided operate a Limited Multi operation. Ken ran the 50 MHz station and I worked the upper bands from my stationary rover set-up. Because of the extreme wildfire conditions we decided to stay close to home. It had been 15 years since I last operated from Mt Crag and luckily we found the reported locked gate, unlocked. (Nearby Mt. Buck was our back-up choice)
Our biggest disappointment for the contest occurred Sunday morning. We decoded quite a few stations on 50 MHz MS, but not one heard us.
The high point was convincing another brother, Bill KG4UPN, to build a few simple VHF antennas; so we were able work him on three bands from his home near Tacoma. Sunday afternoon he surprised us with a visit to our site. He's still trying to buff out the streaks on the side of his truck.
If you're thinking of visiting Mt Crag site: Be forewarned that Forest Service isn't maintaining the road and the vegetation has made it quite narrow in spots. I had to widen the roadway in a few spots to make it past low branches.
We set up on a landing about 400' from the summit that provided plenty of room to set up several antennas, a tent and my vehicle.
Ken KL7P, Tim AL1VE, Bill KG4UPN