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2023 CQ Worldwide VHF Contest

27 Logs Received

Published 2023-10-01
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K5QE * 88,508 STX M AB 323 436 203 EM31 4
W7FI 9,027 WA A AB 131 153 59 CN87 20
W7MEM 8,175 ID A AB 97 109 75 DN17 14
AL1VE 7,210 OR A AB 100 109 72 CN93 16
K6NGN * 6,365 CA A AB 93 95 67 CN81 14
K7BWH/R 4,389 WA 6 A 77 77 57 1 see notes below 10
N7DB 2,160 OR A AB 62 72 29 CN85 11
VE7DAY 2,052 BC 6 A 53 53 22 CO70 11
N7QOZ 1,600 WA A AB 63 100 16 CN87 8
KA7RRA/R 1,520 WA R AB 53 81 20 4 see notes below 4
WA9BTV 1,168 WA A A 52 79 15 CN88 9
N7PHY 1,166 WA 6 A 53 53 22 CN87 11
N6ZE/R 1,080 WA R AB 54 81 18 2 see notes below 4
KE7MSU 865 OR A AB 39 54 16 CN85 10
K7CW 672 WA 6 A 40 40 16 CN87 15
K0JJ 480 OR A AB 23 30 16 CN85 10
VE7AFZ 400 BC A AB 29 40 10 CN89 6
W7TZ 368 OR A AB 20 23 16 CN83 8
WA7BRL 290 WA 6 A 29 29 10 CN87 6
KB7ME 288 WA 6 A 18 18 16 CN85 7
AB9BH 252 WA A AB 21 28 9 CN87 5
KX7L 248 WA A AB 26 31 8 CN87 6
KG7PD 225 WA A AB 25 33 9 CN87 4
KF7PCL 192 WA 6 A 16 16 12 CN76 4
K7SYS 63 ID A AB 8 9 7 DN18 2
VE7HR 60 BC A AB 7 12 5 CN89 4
KL7P * 6 AK 6 A 3 3 2 BQ11 0

*  =  PNWVHFS Member operating outside the Society region. Not eligible for PNWVHFS Awards. (Note: CQ defines a club area as club members residing within a 250-mile radius circle from the center of club area.)

Category Code:M - Multi-Operator,  A - All Bands,   6 - 50 Mhz only

Band Codes: A - 50 MHz, B - 144 MHz

PNWVHFS Award Winners

Certificates presented at the PNWVHFS Conference, TBD 2024

Category Washington Oregon BC Idaho
Single-Op All Band: W7FI AL1VE VE7AFZ W7MEM
Single-Op Single Band 50 MHz: N7PHY VE7DAY
Rover: K7BWH /R

Additional Information

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

Activated 2 Rover grids: CN87 CN88
Worked 4 PNW Grids: CN87 CN88 CN89 CN97
With limited time availability for the 2023 CQ Worldwide 6 & 2 Meter VHF Contests, I did manage a 2-grid Rove. In CN87, I used a 3-element beam for 6 meters and a 7 element beam for 2 meters on Mt. Erie in CN88. I used a vertical whip for both bands. All contacts were on SSB Phone (virtually nothing heard on FM) I did not attempt Data or CW modes. Three Sporadic-E contacts were made on 6 meters to DM79 and DN79. Just 2 States and 2 Provinces were worked on 6 meters. Contacts were made with only 1 State and 1 Province on 2 meters. Rove QTHs were at about 500 ft in CN87 and 1270 ft in CN88.

Activated 2 Rover grids: DN15 DN16 (Only DN15 counted towards contest results)
Worked 10 PNW Grids: CN83 CN85 CO70 DN93 DN04 DN06 DN13 DN14 DN17 DO00
I operated exactly on the grid line between two rare grids, DN15-DN16. I signed as rover /R, per contest rules since the station did not move. The trip's goal was to give these two rare grids to FFMA chasers. I feel really good about this trip I had five target stations in my sights and worked three of them: Jim K4XO, Greg KX4R and Mike W3IP.

I tried and tried to reach both Tac JA7QVI and Edfel KP4AJ but the band was completely uncooperative. In fact, the first two days I made only a handful of local contacts, all under 150 miles. Sheesh.

Fortunately, the last day gave me multiple openings. However, almost no FM, FN, FL OR FK grids were worked at all. No wait, I did work Mike W3IP in FM19, my only 'F' grid field. Plus, of course, several dozen other deserving and dedicated grid chasers. Farthest contact was N4WW in EL98 at 2,315 miles. Total miles traveled 1,200.7. Highest temperature recorded was 107 degrees inside the van; it was only 101 degrees outside, but some fool brought a kilowatt heater and ran it continuously on his desk.

Barry K7BWH is parked on the DN15-DN16 grid line
Barry K7BWH parked exactly on the DN15-DN16 grid line. This spot is about an hour south of Lewiston-Clarkston.
Barry K7BWH is working as hard as he can in 105° weather.

Operators: K5QE, K5SAB, N5YA ,KA5D,KV5W,KF5LKG

Too many demands on my time this weekend, so only managed a couple hours in the contest. But had fun anyway. Thanks for the QSOs!

After 3 years working from DN02 I thought it was time to try someplace different. So after looking at K7BWH's rover locations list, I decided on Hampton Butte in CN93.

Things started out slowly Saturday and although the weather was great, the band conditions were only so-so. By late afternoon the winds across the 6600' flat summit picked up considerably driven by the 100 degree plus temperatures out in the desert sucking the wind in from the North and East. My 5-element 50 MHz yagi was soon swapped out for a smaller 3-element at 15'.

Sunday I decided to stick with the smaller 50 MHz yagi and don't think I really missed too many contacts. Early morning a few stations were copied on Meteor Scatter, but soon some decent double hop popped in from New England down through Florida. That lasted about two hours and then the "well" went dry.

Once again like last year, during the last 90 minutes of the contest KH6HI was copied calling CQ on FT8, but not successfully worked. I also easily copied a southern Alaskan station, but I didn't complete with him until 1 minute AFTER the contest ended! Go figure. After the contest, I kept the radio on knowing that CN93 was still wanted by several FFMA stations, but other than KL7HG, who pounded in for another hour and a few Seattle and Portland stations, nobody else was worked.

Sunset with AL1VE rover vehicle
Here you can pick out Mt. Hood just to the right of the 2-meter yagi during a beautiful sunset. Besides the challenges of having a successful portable operation, it's sights like this that keep me roving.

KL7P BQ11:
I flew from Fairbanks to Utqiagvik, AK (formerly Barrow) to activate BQ11, the northernmost maidenhead grid in the United States. Driving a rental car out five miles from the village I operated portable on a narrow strand of beach separating the Beaufort Sea from a saltwater lagoon. Using a small 3-element yagi and 75 watts output I worked 3 Alaskan stations via ionoscatter, KL2R and AL7ID in BP64, and KL7HBK in BO49 (810 miles).

KL7P portable from BQ11,the northernmost United States grid
Operating from a stony spit just north of Utqiagvik, AK (formerly Barrow). Besides poor band conditions and near freezing temperatures, I also had to watch out for foraging Polar Bears! Yes, that's sea ice just on the other side of the spit.