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SOAPBOX: 81 QSO's 33 unqiue calls SOAPBOX: 3300 QSO Pts + 18101 km = 21401 pts SOAPBOX: Best Dx: 732km!! SOAPBOX: AA1I, N1DPM, K1OR at Pilgrim Bluffs SOAPBOX: (near Provincetown on Cape Cod, MA) FN42wb SOAPBOX: to K1RZ and W2RMA on Blue Knob, PA FN00rg SOAPBOX: Strong signals with slow deep fades
CALL Grid CALL Grid Dist AA2LY EM70HM to N2CEI EM60TL 96 km AA2LY EM70EC to N2CEI EM60TL 84 km AA2LY EL79GW to N2CEI EM70EC 25 km SUMMARY: total QSO points 2 x 100 = 200 total Distance points 96 + 84 + 25 = 205 these are calculated using the QTH locator or map square utility at K7FRY.com/grid/
Operated from Arizona (Area 7) in August and California (Area 6) in September.
W1MKY and I operated with K1RZ on Block Island, RI, in August, and were glad to make some long rain-scatter contacts. W1MKY and I were blessed with good weather on Martha's Vineyard, MA, in September. We really enjoy this event, even though it requires a lot of effort to operate portable. We hope to work you all next year! 73, Dale Clement, AF1T
Added by W9JJ 9-18-18 ARRL 10GHZ AND UP CUMULATIVE CONTEST 2018 Call used: AF4JF ARRL Section: Midwest List of operators: AF4JF Bands: 10GHz only Call area: 0 Club: Society of Midwest Contesters Total QSOs: 5 Total callsigns worked: 1 Scoring QSO Points from all bands: 100 (10GHz: KO0Z) Distance Points (km) from all bands: 111 Final Score: 211 Best DX: 10GHz KO0Z 44 km “I have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations for Amateur Radio in my country. My report is correct and true to the best of my knowledge. I agree to be bound by the decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee.” Date: 9/17/2018 Signed electronically Call: AF4JF Name: Herbert Ulmann Call: AF4JF Address: 30 Newberry Dr., ST PETERS MO 63376 Email: email@example.com ARRL 10GHZ AND UP CUMULATIVE CONTEST 2018 Call used: AF4JF List of operators: AF4JF Year: 2018 Bands: 10GHz only Total hrs worked: 11 LOCATOR REPORT DISTANCE QSO Nr DATE TIME CALL STATION WORKED SENT RECEIVED BAND POINTS POINTS 1 15-Sep 20:35 KO0Z EM48RT EM48SX 10GHz 20 100 15-Sep 20:37 KO0Z same, SSB EM48SQ EM48SX 10GHz 0 2 15-Sep 21:19 KO0Z EM48SQ EM49UA 10GHz 40 3 15-Sep 22:44 KO0Z EM48SQ EM58AS 10GHz 44 4 16-Sep 12:47 KO0Z EM59JI EM59JJ 10GHz 5 5 16-Sep 15:45 KO0Z EM59EK EM59EK 10GHz 2 TOTALS: 111 100
Northern Lights Radio Society member .... Total hours worked -- 35:05 hours Great event that pulls together a wonderful group of avid microwave enthusiasts in our upper midwest region each year. The interest and activity seemed to be as strong as ever, where other VHF/UHF contests in our area have been less well supported in recent years.
Over 2200 miles roving two weekends.
Sorry for the messy log. Originally used estimate of true distance but understand grid center-to-center with rounding up is possible so adjusted distances for that. We were blessed with excellent weather both weekends and large groups of hard working rovers. 10 GHz propagation was always fine but 24 GHz was erratic, peaking at sunrise/sunset, and 47 GHz contacts were LOS.
Conditions not as good as last year.
Roved the hot (100-105 degrees) and smokey San Joaquin Valley in August. Spent a day on Frazier Mtn and a day roving the (20 degrees) cooler SJV in September. Total score should be 65572.
There should be more points for 24G, since the contacts take longer, require more operator expertise and require more sophisticated equipment. Progressively more points for higher frequencies! Consider also points for longer contacts, for the same reasons.
Submitted by: Anthony L. Emanuele K8ZR 7156 Kory Court Painesville, OH 44077-2221 Total claimed score: 27,009
Had a terrific time! Weather was great and conditions were phenomenal! Highlights were working KA1OJ @ 507 km in FN2BL 10 GHz K1RZ, AF1T @ 563 km in FN41EE 10 GHz K9PW, KA9VDU, W9SNR, W9SZ @ 571 km in EN62BX 10 GHz K9JK, K9PW, KA9VDU, W9SNR, W9SZ @ 579 km in EN63CN 10 GHz K8ZR in FN02EI @ 25 km 47 GHz
Soapbox - The smoke from the Northern California fires wreaked havoc on the first Sunday and seemed to greatly affect microwave propagation, way more than I expected and so I gave up when I should have gone to a mountain to get above the layer. The second weekend I was getting over the flu but feel good enough to get out and operate Sunday.
worked Ray w7glf in cn86xx for a new grid from home....2ft. dish at 40ft.duel band feed and fed into 1/2 heliax ,downeast transverter 20mw..have a amp on order,trying to get my vucc from home....73,Tom ke7sw cn87td to cn86xx=31.32km=100+32=score 132
Operated from Arizona (Area 7) in August and California (Area 6) in September.
First time. Had fun.
First time contesting. Had fun.
SOAPBOX: The QSO's with K1RZ and W2RMA from FN42wb to FN00rg at 735km were not only the best of the contest, but my personal best on 10GHz.
Dew point really killed the upper bands this time around.
This was my very first 10 ghz contest and learned plenty. I went down to Sugar Hill FN12mj near Watkins Glenn..and had a clear path to the west. I easily learned the whole process of trying to make contacts at this high frequency is very difficult..Trying to copy CW when all the characters seem merged together was my biggest challenge.. This winter I`m going to make some improvements, add a preamp etc.. I've caught the Very very High Frequency bug.. Thanks to K2DH for his knowledge to this newbie.. Jeff-N2MKT
After a TR relay failure the first day we did a great job to heading home off an 8000 foot mountain to home 50 miles away. Repair was made and no problems for the rest of the contest.
FLEX Transceiver, DEMI 10G XVTR, 2 watts, 24" dish at 65 feet
resubmitting due to errors when calculating distance
Northern Lights Radio Society
First Weekend operating from Lake Superior, second from home on Red River Valley (North). One Digital QSo (JT4) at 496km. Participated with Northern Lights Radio Society group from Minneapolis/ St Paul MN. I did not totalize my hours in one place, it was 20+8+7= 35 hours Best 73 Barry VE4MA
The most exciting contact was with AF1T, using "Light"-LED Communication from FN41ee to FN41fd. Ruth, Dave Petke, K1RZ's Wife, drove Dale to a diagonally adjacent Grid in order to do this. 10 Contacts from Block Island, RI, FN41ee, were over 500 Km. 4 contacts from FN41oi and FN41ql, were over 600 Km. I am so happy that 50 different Hams operated in the Contest. I hope they had as much fun as we did, and will be back next year, and will introduce others to Microwave Radio. 73 Mickie Clement, W1MKY
Super contest! Wonderful scenery with plenty of wildlife, great group of cooperative hams to work/chew the fat with, weather that supported long distance Q's, best score ever, and I enjoyed a free steak dinner that satisfied a debt! Revamped/improved rig was a joy. Using a WG feed and a WG switch into a WG LNA really helps ones hearing. If you don't yet have a LO with a stable & known frequency, get one. Long Q's are much easier when you only have to manage one variable, dish direction. A contest hi-lite was working 734 KM to the K1OR/AA1I/N1DPM team at FN42wb Cape Cod from FN00rg Blue Knob, central PA, along side K1RZ. For all 5 of us, it was the longest 3cm Q ever. Nearly 40% of my Q's were 400km+. There is nothing like a 6:30 am Q of 593km to get you started - better than coffee. Both tropo and rain scatter helped. If you haven't worked RS, get with it! Would you like to work 578km SSB at 5x7? The second weekend, K1RZ was a master teacher of how to work a contest. The W3SZ/K1RZ list was combed and scratched until the list gave up or we did, whichever happened first. What was extremely useful was to have two cell phones - one Verizon and one ATT technology. I have no connection to Consumer Cellular, but found that their flexible plan met the need. Sometimes V worked and sometimes ATT worked. Some of the best mountain sites (FN00rg, FM19aw, etc.) can provide 4 bars and not connect via cell nor txt. What a contest....why not one in the spring as well?
First rain scatter QSOs. Ed, W3EKT.
My first time operating in this event. Thanks to those who took the time to work me, and to those who tried diligently. 2.5 watts and 18" dish. 73 Bart W9JJ
Had a good time both weekends but my time was limited to just Saturday operation. My 13 year old grandson, Maddux Morrow, road along with me the last weekend helping with logging and navigation. Hope to inspire him to get a ticket in the future. Rig was an FT-847 with a DEMI 10 GHz transverter and a solid state amp outputting 6 watts to a 27 dBi horn at 5 feet. Looking forward to next year.----- Had a good time both weekends but my time was limited to just Saturday operation. My 13 year old grandson, Maddux Morrow, road along with me the last weekend helping with logging and navigation. Hope to inspire him to get a ticket in the future. Rig was an FT-847 with a DEMI 10 GHz transverter and a solid state amp outputting 6 watts to a 27 dBi horn at 5 feet. Looking forward to next year.
SOAPBOX: Calculated points between grid pairs are: SOAPBOX: Grid Square 1 Grid Square 2 Points (km, round up) SOAPBOX: EL98hp EL98pj 71 SOAPBOX: EL98hp EM80em 302 SOAPBOX: EL98dp EL98im 43 SOAPBOX: EL98dp EL98pj 102 SOAPBOX: EL98bs EL98pj 122
First weekend on Lake Superior, second weekend on Lake Michigan.----- Great contest. First weekend on Lake Superior, and second weekend on Lake Michigan.
Thanks to all the rovers and home stations who were QRV and made this contest a blast. Looking forward to next year already!
Operated portable at Hammonassett Beach in Madison CT, FN31RG. First time out with my own gear, 2W to 18 inch offset dish. TNX to W1JHR and WA2BTR for "showing me the ropes" and to N1DPM for fixing my broken feed in time for the contest !