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2023 ARRL January VHF Contest

34 Logs Received

Updated 2023-03-19
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K5QE * 73,914 STX LM ABDF 324 382 193 EM31 1
KE7SW 10,414 WWA SOHP ABCDEFG 155 252 41 CN87 15
N0LL * 6,365 KS SOLP ABCD 92 95 67 EM09 2
W7FI 4,752 WWA SOHP ABD 124 132 36 CN85 19
W7GLF 4,553 WWA SOLP ABCDEF 110 157 29 CN87 12
K7CW 3,638 WWA SOHP A 105 105 34 CN87 23
N7QOZ 3,220 WWA SO3B Analog ABD 111 140 23 CN87 8
K7MDL 2,461 WWA SOHP ABCDF 79 105 34 CN88 10
KA7RRA/R 2,256 WWA RL ABCD 114 141 16 4 see details below 3
WA9BTV 2,016 WWA SOHP ABCDF 74 112 18 CN88 7
NR7Y 1,696 OR SOLP ABCDF 85 106 16 CN85 8
KG7P 1,649 WWA SOHP ABCDEF 69 97 17 CN87 8
KG7PD 1,564 WWA SO3B ABD 81 92 17 CN87 9
K7YO 1,494 OR SOLP ABCDF 60 83 18 CN85 6
VE7DAY 1,404 BC SOLP ABDF 49 54 26 CO70 14
VE7AFZ 1,224 BC SOHP ABDF 63 72 17 CN89 10
N7MWV 1,120 WWA SOHP ABCDEF 38 56 20 CN86 7
AL1VE 976 WWA SO3B ABD 58 61 16 CN87 11
K7ND 760 WWA SOLP ABCDEFG 29 76 10 CN87 3
N6ZE/R * 729 LAX RL ABCDEF 44 76 9 1 DM04 0
N7NWP 703 OR SO3B ABD 36 37 19 CN84 14
K7BWH/R 684 WWA RL AB 57 57 12 2 see details below 6
AD7MC 572 WWA SO3B ABD 41 44 13 CN85 8
W7JMP 513 OR SO3B Analog ABD 47 57 9 CN85 3
VE7HR 506 BC SOLP ABCDF 26 46 11 CN89 3
VA7RKM 450 BC SOLP ABDF 37 50 9 CN88 4
KX7L 396 WWA SOLP AB 44 44 9 CN87 6
W7TZ 324 OR SOHP AB 18 18 18 CN83 13
WA7BRL 220 WWA SOLP A 44 44 5 CN87 4
N7DB 126 OR SO3B Analog ABC 19 21 6 CN85 3
K7ATN/R 100 WWA R 18 20 5 1 1 CN87 4
N7PHY 80 WWA SOLP B 20 20 4 CN87 4
K7SYS 35 ID SOLP A 7 7 5 DN18 5
VE7VIE 16 BC SOLP A 4 4 4 CN89 4

* = 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, 9 - 902 MHz, E - 1.2 GHz, F - 2.3 GHz, G - 3.4 GHz, H - 5.7 GHz, I - 10 GHz, J - 24 GHz, K - 300+ GHz

PNWVHFS Award Winners

Certificates presented at the PNWVHFS Conference, TBD Oct 2023

Washington Oregon BC Idaho
Classic Rover: K7ATN/R
Limited Rover: KA7RRA/R
Single-Op High Power:  KE7SW W7TZ VE7AFZ
Single-Op Low Power: W7GLF NR7Y VE7DAY K7SYS
Single-Op 3-Band Mixed: KG7PD N7NWP
Single-Op 3-Band Analog: N7QOZ W7JMP

Additional Information

K7ATN/R Rover Classic - WWA
Activated 1 Grids: CN87
Worked 3 PNW Grids: CN87, CN88, CN89, CN98

KA7RAA/R Rover Limited WWA
Activated 4 Rover grids: CN88, CN98, CN87, CN97
Worked 3 PNW grids: CN87, CN88, CN98

K7BWH rover van at Smokey Point Rest Area, I-5

K7BWH/R Rover Limited - WWA
Activated 2 Grids: CN88, CN87
Worked PNW 6 Grids: CN87, CN88, CN89, CN97, CN98, CO70

This event was a shakedown cruise for a new battery system for the radios in the rover van. I made two dozen contacts from the comfort of my driveway, and then three dozen Qs from the I-5 Smokey Point Rest Area at CN88ve, a nice open area without nearby hills.

After finally connecting the right antenna to the right radio, the setup worked well. Now, look: all I've got are two antennas and two radios. So it turns out the odds of connecting them the wrong way around is pretty near 100%. Thank you Murphy! See ya next contest.

N6ZE/6 Rover Classic - LAX
Activated 1 Grids: DM04 WA6WDY Atop Tarantula Hill in Thousand Oaks, CA

After hotel living for 5½ months while water damage from broken waterline in DM04 house attic plus bathroom rehabs, we got back in house a week ago. With limited operating available this time, I just used five in-town locations with my mobile rigs with whip antennas plus two Alinco FM handhelds with whips for a few QSOs on 223.5, 902.1 and 1294.5 MHz.

All Thousand Oaks (DM04) sites had little tropo noted: there were substantial winds and no temperature inversions were noted. All QSOs were on USB or FM.

Only non-DM04 QSO was with N6UTC DM03 in Long Beach. Made almost 50 QSO on 5 bands. Thanks to all who operated.

Right: - Woodie, WA6WDY, Atop Tarantula Hill DM04 in Thousand Oaks, CA exercises an Alinco handheld borrowed from N6ZE to work N7WLC and WA6EJO on 223.5 and 927.5 mhz FM.

Propagation was awful. Moon passes were truly terrible. The declination was very low and the moon times were short. You have to be a masochist to run this contest. - Marshall

This year Mr. Murphy came to visit the shack in spades. At the opening gate I realized I had some computer issues relating to the expiring support for Windows 7 that I had to resolve, then I messed up the WSJTx log files.

Finally got a late start, and began making QSO's, but then discovered that the tree next to my house had grown a bit since the Sep contest, and I could no longer rotate my antenna. I was stuck between 90 and 180 degrees! Then to make things worse, no one seemed to be hearing me on 2m. I worked a couple locals on FT8, but my calls on SSB went un-answered.

In desperation on Sunday afternoon I turned off the 2m amp, and suddenly people started hearing me. Evidently my 2m amp is now a 2m attenuator! Some station work needs to be done before June. Thanks for all the QSOs in spite of everything!

AL1VE SO3B CN87 Three band 3 element quad for rover
Did anyone else notice that someone erected a rf dampening fence on west of the Mississippi River again! I second Marshall's comments about the lousy propagation. Saturday activity was slow, Sunday morning, I missed the few 50 MHz MS contacts that some of you scored. The contest did give me a chance to try out another prototype rover antenna. Since building a 50MHz 3 element yagi antenna that fits in a carry-on bag, I've been searching for a 144-432 MHz companion antenna. A wire quad developed for the N6NB "pack rovers" might just be the thing.

So for the contest I built and tested this simple multiband, three element per band wire quad. The largest element is 27" square and the wooden boom was 36" long. N6NB's design used elements made of #12 TW solid (covered) copper wire. Not having much #12 TW wire around the shack some of my elements were made from sections of a failed Christmas light string.

Overall the antenna worked fairly well on 144 and 432 MHz, but the SWR on 220 MHz was well over 3:1. It didn't help that I fed the antenna with a run of 90' of RG-8. A triplexer fed each driven element with a short run of RG-8X, I used fiberglass plant stakes for the spreaders and the boom was a wooden 3/4" square tomato stake. Remember this was just a test situation.

It's definitely not a long haul antenna, but worked for close-in contacts. I'm going to rebuild this antenna for the June VHF contest. All the elements will be made from #12 TW wire. I'll still use the triplexor, but change the feedline to a short run of LMR-400.

If you feel so inclined to build this simple multi-band antenna and can't find the measurements on the internet, message me direct for them. - Tim

I did not invite Murphy into the shack for the contest, but he showed up and decided that I should not be able to use my 2M beam for most of the contest. So much for upgrading to a new antenna for the contest. Apparently the new antenna does not like wet weather in its current configurations. Guess what? It rained in Vancouver in January.

Limited-time operation this year. Saturday evening and most of Sunday.