2023 ARRL January VHF Contest
34 Logs Received
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|KA7RRA/R||2,256||WWA||RL||ABCD||114||141||16||4||see details below||3|
|K7BWH/R||684||WWA||RL||AB||57||57||12||2||see details below||6|
* = 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
|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|
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/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
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.
K5QE LM EM31
Operators: K5QE, KA6U, KI5MHB, K5SAB, K0AXX, KC5HOZ, K2EZ, N5YA, KF5LKG
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
KX7L SOLP CN87
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
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
VE7HR SOLP CN89
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.
K7MDL SOHP CN88
Limited-time operation this year. Saturday evening and most of Sunday.