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I only had limited time for the contest over the weekend made just one contact
Very low activity here in north Alabama, but I had fun trying to make QSOs. Local 223.5 FM QSOs helped the score a bit, but the main contribution was a 177 km QSO on 432.1 CW with KX4R in Georgia. Ten watts and a 6 element Yagi on 70 cm made for tough slogging. I'll be back next year with better antennas and more bands. I hope this contest has reached critical mass and continues to grow in the future.
Sorry for delay. Just got back home. We had two deaths in the family. Did my entry in a rush at last minute before departure. grp
Low activity for this contest in East TN.
There were only a handful of the same contesters on here in Southern California. e.g. no DM12, DM14, or DM05 i.e. it was dead!
Wish there was no conflict with NAQP CW
222 is a great band, struggled on 432 and above. Conditions were not that good. Worked many local Roverts
Need more time.
Best DX was working N3RG via Meteor Scatter MSK in FM29KI. It was my first MSK COntact on 222Mhz
Participation seemed down and condx were poor.
operation from ridge in cn97 2800ft
We had a good turnout from mostly the Tucson area, but few found in Phoenix and points north. Got-aways on 1296: Doug W7IXA and Jay N1RWY. My station was too weak: 1.2Watts, 35 Element Yagi on a tripod in driveway, with no preamp. Next time I will have more power and a taller mast!
Nice short contest.
Saturday was terrible. Very few contacts. Sunday was much better.
contest region 11 (MI-OH-VE3-NNY-WNY-WPA)
Special shout out to N6JET/R who ran 222 MHz to 2304 MHz. EPIC ! Also, I worked an area that I previously did not have a "path" to. Shout out K6WIS !
bad propagation low activity
Thanks to N1BKB, N6HC, W6IT and W6TAI for making my 8-grid rove a success. They operated four fixed stations in Orange County that covered every band through 10 GHz with enough power to pull this off.
N6ZE/R roved from 3 locations, all within grid DM04. On Sunday morning, we operated 3.3 hours from DM04qb at ~2300 ft in the Santa Monica Mts. Sunday sports car drivers and motorcycle riders provided lots of deafening noise as the made jack rabbit starts and screeched tires on sharp curves of the mountain roads: much of the road QRM was heard by stations we worked! Weather was clear, slightly hazy,& hot, with no wind. There was no enhanced propagation and activity levels were not particularly high considering that I had heavily advertised the event among local radio clubs, 2 ARRL Sections, and others. We heard a couple of stations near Santa Ana make a few QSOs to the East, but we never heard anyone working to the SFO Bay Area, or even San Diego! We worked only Grids DM03, DM04,& DM13. Perhaps most VHF stalwarts were working 6 meter FT8 DX instead of participating in this event. I do know that some of the Southern stations could hear the Hawaiian 2 meter/70 cm beacons though. Of note, everyone we worked knew their 6 digit grid locator, even if they had no idea that there was a contest. We almost shut down .5 hours before the end of the contest, BUT we ended up making 20% of our QSOs in the last half hour! Brian, KM6MIN, who had operated with me during the Spring '18 Two Meter SPRINT accompanied me again today. He performed operating, logging, and got more experience in this facet of the ham radio hobby. Brian has been licensed for less than a year. Equipment: FT736, ALINCO GJ-G29 & yagis & verticals for each band. Thanks to W9JJ & all for their work on this contest.
second op is N9LHS
First test since tower work. New antennas on 222, 432, 1296 and new coax really paid off! Good conditions Sunday morning. Rene ve2ug.
Had some fun this weekend in the 222 and Up. Conditions were rather poor on Saturday, but Sunday morning helped. Glad to hear everyone on.Thanks to KF2MR/R for sweeps up to 2304 and VE3CRU/R for multiple bands and new grids from both Jarred and Bill. Also to VE3ZV for sweeps as well. Our Lake Ontario Group played very well, we will have to expand next year! Look for all next year.
Average QSO distance 297 km
First time in this contest. Next time will have 222 and 903 transverters working.
Conditions seemed flat both days. Always fun to play in this contest and make QSOs at UHF and microwaves. Thanks for the QSOs and 73, Ron (W8RU).
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