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2023 ARRL June VHF Contest

44 Logs Received

Updated 2023-10-01
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K5QE * 364,854 STX LM ABDE 984 1024 356 0 EM31 16
W7MEM 129,704 ID SOHP AB 523 523 240 0 DN17 13
AL1VE/R * 103,592 KS RL A 563 563 184 6 See notes below 11
W7FI 86,714 WWA SOHP ABD 263 452 454 0 CN87 17
N0LL * 84,480 KS SOLP ABCD 414 420 202 0 EM09 18
N7PHY * 63,336 UT SOHP A 365 365 173 0 DN47 7
KI0E 50,240 ID SOLP ABCD9EFH 276 314 159 0 DN13 9
AB9BH 38,304 WWA SOLP ABD 281 288 133 0 CN87 10
NR7Y 35,990 OR SOLP ABCDE 276 295 122 0 CN85 7
VE7DAY 34,968 BC SOLP ABCDE 245 249 144 0 CO70 10
KB7ME 26,015 WWA SOHP AB 215 215 120 0 CN85 9
K7MDL 25,300 WWA SOHP ABCD9E 216 253 100 0 CN88 15
W7TZ 22,172 OR SOHP AB 194 194 117 0 CN83 10
KX7L 22,113 WWA SOLP AB 243 243 91 0 CN87 9
N7NW 21,115 WWA SOHP AB 205 205 103 0 CN87 13
N7DB 17,340 OR SOLP ABCD 192 198 87 0 CN85 9
AD7MC 14,620 WWA SO3B ABD 167 170 86 0 CN85 11
N6ZE 14,036 WWA SO-ALG-LP ACD9E 227 242 58 0 CN88 5
K7SYS 13,363 ID SOLP AB 161 161 83 0 DN18 3
K7YDL 13,188 OR SOHP AB 155 155 84 0 CN85 14
KG7P 12,358 WWA SOHP ABCDE 138 167 74 0 CN87 14
WA7BRL 11,972 WWA SOLP A 164 164 73 0 CN87 6
WA9BTV 9,324 WWA SOHP ABCD9E 162 216 42 0 CN88 8
K7YO 8,586 OR SOLP ABCDE 70 131 158 53 CN85 8
N7QOZ 6,920 WWA SO3B ABD 136 173 40 0 CN87 8
N7KSI 6,273 WWA SOHP ABCDE 91 124 51 0 CN86 10
K7BWH 4,420 WWA SOLP A 85 85 52 0 CN87 5
KG7PD 4,368 WWA SO3B ABD 102 112 39 0 CN87 11
W7GLF/R 4,238 WWA R ABCDEIX 99 153 28 3 See notes below 6
VE7HR 3,232 BC SOLP ABCD9E 76 101 32 0 CN89 5
KA7RAA/R 1,560 WWA RL ABCD 56 65 24 4 See notes below 5
VE7AFZ/R 1,472 BC RU ABDI 53 64 23 3 See notes below 7
AG6QV 1,392 WWA SOLP ABDEIX 53 87 16 0 CN87 7
KE7MSU/R 1,357 OR R ABCD 54 59 23 3 See notes below 7
KB7IOG 742 WWA SOHP ABCDE 32 53 14 0 CN87 3
VA7RKM 627 BC SOLP ABDE 28 33 19 0 CN88 3
WE7X 325 WWA SOP-ALG A 25 26 13 0 CN97 2
AG7QH 299 OR SOLP AB 23 23 13 0 CN84 2
W7WKR 210 WWA SOLP A 15 15 14 0 CN98 2
K7UN 200 WWA SOP ABE 23 25 8 0 CN85 3
K7ATN 80 OR SOP-ALG BD 16 20 4 0 CN85 2
VE7VIE 64 BC SOP AB 8 8 1 0 CN89 1
N0CYT 12 WWA SOP-ALG X 35 12 1 0 CN87 1
N7FW 3 WWA SOP-ALG 9 1 3 1 0 CN87 1

*  =  PNWVHFS Member operating outside the Society region. Not eligible for PNWVHFS Awards.

Category Codes:
SOLP - Single Operator Low Power,    SOHP - Single Operator High Power,    SO3B - Single Operator 3 Band SO-ALG-LP - Single Operator Low Power Analog,    SOP-ALG - Single Operator Portable Analog SOP - Single Operator Portable    R - Rover Classic,    RL - Rover Limited,    RU - Rover Unlimited   

Band Codes:
A - 50 MHz,  B - 144 MHz,  C - 220 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,  X - 17 GHz and Above

PNWVHFS Award Winners

Certificates presented at the PNWVHFS Conference, TBD 2024

Category Washington Oregon BC Idaho
Classic Rover: W7GLF /R KE7MSU /R
Limited Rover: KA7RRA /R
Unlimited Rover: VE7AFZ /R
Single-Op High Power: W7FI W7TZ W7MEM
Single-Op Low Power: AB9BH NR7Y VE7DAY KI0E
Single-Op Low Power Analog: N6ZE
Single-Op 3-Band: AD7MC
Portable: K7UN VE7VIE
Portable Analog: WE7X K7ATN

Additional Information

Activated 3 Rover grids: CN87 CN88 CN98
Worked 6 PNW grids: CN84 CN87 CN88 CN89 CN97 CN98

Activated 3 Rover grids: CN84 CN85 CN86
Worked PNW 7 grids: CN84 CN85 CN86 CN87 CN89 CN94 CN98

Activated 3 Rover grids: CO80 CN89 CN99
Worked PNW 7 grids: CN73 CN79 CN86 CN87 CN88 CN89 CO70

Activated 4 Rover grids:  CN87 CN88 CN96 CN98
Worked 5 PNW grids:  CN87 CN88 CN89 CN96 CN97

Thanks to Barry, K7BWH for letting me know about the contest.

I had fun during the contest except for when I was going west on I-90 and my antenna mast went east on me.

I started the contest in Dryden and headed south on 97 to Ellensberg. When I got to Ellensberg I had to pull over and take the antenna down, because the mast was bending on me and that happened during a 6 meter opening! I wasn't real happy about that.

Then I went to Green Mountain and found out I was getting RF feedback into the radio on 6 meters. I went and saw Eric, KB7DQH and we got everything fixed and he told me that there might have been a busted ground on the mike itself, but I got it working again. So much fun.

AL1VE/R - OK & KS:
Activated 8 Rover grids:  EM06 EM08 EM09 DM88 DM89 DM96 DM97 DM99
Worked 11 PNW grids:  CN84 CN85 CN87 CN88 CN94 CN95 DN13 DN17 DN18 DN26 CO70

My original plan for the contest was to rove only in Kansas, I saw on Slack that Hal, N7NW was hoping someone would activate EM06 in north-central Oklahoma, for one of his last needed FFMA grids. I was only 200 miles away and I thought why not! Six meter conditions weren't the best Saturday morning, but we were able to connect.

With this last minute change in plans I decided to start my contest rove from there. The day was sunny, hot, and with poor six meter conditions and I managed to eke out about 70 contacts. I also talked to one rancher who wanted to know why I wasn't on a nearby "hill" (literally only 20' higher), talked to a game warden who wanted to know what animals I was tracking, and became the item of interest for a herd of Black Angus.

Saturday night I drove into a area of severe thunderstorms (most of Kansas!). Some of the lightning from these storms I could see from over 80 miles away. Using the App Windy I was able use the radar graphics to thread my way around the really violent areas. It was still a rough ride, which included a lightning ground strike, just fifty feet from the vehicle. For the past 14 years I've roved through the Midwest during the June VHF contest and these were the biggest and most concentrated storms I had encountered.

Cows looking longingly at AL1VE rover vehicle
Do you think it's flat enough here in Oklahoma DN96? Why is it that cows in the Midwest are attracted to Rover vehicles. Is it the radio energy? Does my truck look like the rancher's vehicle? Are they just bored and I'm something new to look at?

Sunday morning in central Kansas started with light rain, poor band conditions and an afternoon forecast of more T-storms. Looking for an area with the least chance of storms I decided to drive two hours west to a grid corner a few miles east of the CO/KS border. It was a location I've visited several times before. Once there, after reconnecting all the gear and getting an antenna up (during electrical storms I disconnect everything and don't travel with any antennas up) I found six meters wide open and full stations on SSB! Over the next 7 hours I worked nearly 500 stations from every corner of the country. It had been over 11 years since I had experienced Six meters with that good band conditions.

Can it get better even next year during the sunspot peak?

Any takers for a pack rove in Kansas next June?

Operators: K5QE, K5SAB, KF5LKG, KV5W, N5YA, N5KDA, W5KDA

Contest was pretty tough on us this time. Again, hundreds of guys banging away on FT8 when 6M was wide open on SSB.

We don’t think we had a very good contest, propagation was poor, but we did a lot of good work on moonbounce. That’s where a lot of our multipliers and score comes from: working in Europe on Moon Bounce.

73’s to everyone in the Pacific Northwest. Marshall.

Busiest contest in many years,hectic at times and I really enjoyed it.

KX7L - OR:
Six meters was open at the starting bell, and as far as I could tell stayed open until the contest ended. I was up until 11 pm on Saturday night and the E-skip was still coming in. Got up Sunday and went into the shack and they were still coming in. An especially nice end to the contest with multi-hop to the East Coast. Wow. As Wally Shawn would say: "Inconceivable!"

Surpassed my previous best score from 2012 (11 years ago, imagine that!) by quite a margin.

All the propagation led to more mode diversity: although most of my QSOs were on FT8, I also made quite a few on CW, SSB and even FT4. Unfortunately activity on 2m suffered...

Thanks for all the Q's and new grids!

Thanks for all the contacts and effort by all. The 2m opening from CN87 to DM24 and DM43, was especially rare fun. 73's

Portable near Davis Peak, SW Wash. In the clouds most of the time. Cold and windy. 3 hrs of operation.

Just sporadic participation this year from me.

N6ZE/7 - WWA:
I operated outdoors for the entire contest in the great PNW from my deck overlooking the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. There were no rain showers until the last hour of the contest. Getting to operate from the home PNWVHFS territory was great.

There was a good bit of VE7 activity from CN88 and CN89, but did not even hear Portland, OR (CN85) until the last 15 minutes of the contest.

It was nice to work W7MEM (DN17) located on the East side of the Cascades. I elected to be a Low Power Analog Entry, which turned out to be quite favorable. There was an extremely high noise level part of the time, but I managed a double-hop E-skip QSO with N4SVC (EM80) in Florida.

My portable station included a FT-991, 3-element 6-meter "Hilltopper Yagi", 7-element Cushcraft 2 meter yagi, and an 11-element M2 70-cm yagi.

W7TZ - OR:
Unbelievable weekend! Often, more decodes per cycle of FT8 than total contacts per contest in the last ten years.