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AA6XA   Contact Moderator
Cold and windy day on SOTA peak Loma Alta, W6/NC-350, in CM88qa. It
was too cold to spend all afternoon on top, so my score suffered
compared to last year. Made my first contacts on 902 and 1296,
including a 280km one through multiple mountains to the Sierra
foothills near Fresno. After the wind blew over my mast for the 3rd
time I decided to just pack up and go home.

Full report and photos at
https://longgreentunnel.blogspot.com/2020/01/w6nc-350-loma-alta-2020-january-vhf.html
 
AA9IL   Contact Moderator
I had some time on Sunday to operate and hand out some Q's while working on projects in the shop.
 
AE5SB   Contact Moderator
My first VHF contest and I must say I had fun. using FT-8, dual band loop at only 15 feet with 50
watts. Looking forward to the next one
 
AF4NC   Contact Moderator
220 antenna down
 
AF6GM   Contact Moderator
new to vhf contest and the n1mm logging program.

Intended to submit 3-band category, as on the upload page, and the log seems to be all FM.  Not sure
how to address that.  Please advise if I need to fix something and resubmit.  af6gm@jsg.org

thanks for your help!
 
AF8C   Contact Moderator
ARRL VHF January 2020 combined log with FT8
 
AG7QH   Contact Moderator
only worked last 3 hours of contest
 
AI3Z   Contact Moderator
Stacked Loops and Yagis
Decoded IA and WI during the contest
Was able to work FL,AL,MS,IL and AL !
 
AI5I   Contact Moderator
6 meter log only, 2m system had some problems. Never heard
anybody on 222.  All digital log also, since I never heard anyone
on CW or phone on any band.  Conditions generally poor.  Is FT8
the beginning of the end for VHF contesting? Maybe, but too early
to say for sure, especially since propagation in the January VHF
Contest is often a challenge.  Might be better to wait and see
what the June contest reveals. But imy sense is that it's not
looking good.  FT8 is just not very useful for these very short
openings --- I saw lots of "one and done", i.e. one 15 second
decode only.  You can get a whole SSB or CW contest contact in 15
seconds if both stations know what they are doing.  I'm
embarrassed to say how much time I spent to get my whopping total
of 29 contacts.  The saving grace of this contest was that I
found two new grids for my FFMA chase.
 
AJ6T   Contact Moderator
I thought I might have a low-key operation from my new QTH in Tennessee, but with no antennas or ham
gear  setup yet, I decided to operate my barefoot remote station in Alabama on 6 meters FT8. The
only antenna  available to me was an all-band OCF dipole, but it worked remarkably well. There was a
bit of sporadic-E and  meteor scatter to spice up the expected flat band conditions. I hope to be
active from EM66 in the June  contest.
73, Walt, AJ6T
 
K0SM   Contact Moderator
The 10 GHz operation was from the garage.  I was able to work two obstructed paths easily and even
picked up grid #10 on the band.  The most interesting was working K2UA garage-to-garage with
snow-backscatter on a terribly obstructed path for both of us. I even had some local hams visiting
to see what fun these microwaves are.
 
K1HC   Contact Moderator
FT8 ruled under weak conditions.  116 FT8 contacts, 33 SSB, and 2 CW.
 
K1KI   Contact Moderator
100w to 20m beam
 
K1PDY   Contact Moderator
This file generated by home brew
logging program written by K1PDY

01234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789
 
K1VWQ   Contact Moderator
just dabbled - had to work this weekend... Best was MA - TN on 6m SSB
 
K2AMI   Contact Moderator
K2AMI operated on 2 meters and 6 meters with the FT-8 mode only.
 
K2GXT   Contact Moderator
Had fun, will try to get the rest of the club involved next year!
 
K2NUD   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
For this contest I setup at a parking lot across from where I live, using a generator and three ICOM
radios, 746 Pro, 910H, and 375A. Started setting up for the contest in a snow storm. Hands were numb
and I kept dropping the antenna parts in the snow. Finally got on the air an hour after the contest
started. Worked FM only again, I always wanted to use my bigger base antennas for FM instead of
mobile antennas like I usually do.  

The next day there was bright sunshine and it was easier working on the antennas. Log shows I had a
better time to the south and east, I did not get many stations to the west and north to northeast.
Bands on FM went mostly dead when football started, but I was able to work a few to get over my goal
of 1000 points for the contest. 

Overall, I had a great time finally using my big base vertical antennas in a contest. I will try
this again.
 
K2UA   Contact Moderator
Great contest with a lot of activity! I'm adding back more bands each year. This weekend, before the
contest, I ran new feed lines for 222 and 1296 MHz and reinstalled the FO16 for 222 MHz. Started the
contest out in the yard in a snowstorm on 10 GHz, working K0SM and trying with N2WK. It was snowing
all weekend or I'd have been back out Sunday. Also built a new 222 MHz transverter during the
contest (transmit converter failed in the old one), made a total of six trips up the VHF tower
(three of them in a futile effort to unstick the rotator for 6/222/432/1296, which decided to stop
turning overnight on Saturday night), and drilled through a branch circuit in the house while
running a new feed line. Best DX was VE1JF on 2-meter meteor scatter on Sunday morning. Ham radio:
Always an adventure!
 
K3IUV   Contact Moderator
Miserable score, but health issues kept me from using anything except
 
K3RW   Contact Moderator
Planned periods away from QTH during the contest and a lack of a rotor
negatively impacted score.  Most of the contest I was physically
holding a dual band yagi from a second story bedroom, and occasionally
holding a homebrew 223 yagi.  6m FM activity was frequent and had I
not suffered an equipment failure I could have had up to a dozen or
more 6m FM QSOs rather than one.

I corrected one operator who was using an unusual grid square for his
exchange, when I happened to know his real one.  Got argumentative
quickly.  It was inadvertent and took considerable persuasion to
determine the problem.  His geographic coordinates in QRZ had some
problem, so it generated his grid square in the geographic center of
the United States, and he was giving that as his exchange.  It may
have impacted several other op scores who received the initial
incorrect grid, as that was the one given in the exchange, but should
not be the one he should submit for the contest log.

Kudos to most of the SOTA activators and chasers for moving to
adjacent 2m calling frequencies.  2m FM 146.52 was already very
crowded and there were few SOTA chasers compared to contesters.

One operator berated me for contesting on 'the calling frequency'.
This is a very sore subject for some ops locally, with some running
informal nets on 146.52 and most contests utilizing this frequency.
This controversy may be a  matter of settled discussion at the League
level, but I've run into this in every contest thus far and I would
advocate a change to this rule.  I have had at least one random QSO in
every contest from travelers using .52 who were unaware of the contest
and confused why everyone kept asking their grid.

I only worked one /rover during the contest.  There may have been 1
more I missed early in the contest, but did not see any others.
Weather was a significant factor in the days leading up to the
contest.
 
K3TW   Contact Moderator
"There should be separate contests for digital modes. Those who have no interest in operating FT8
are disadvantaged by the current contest rules and have lost interest in operating."
 
K3WOC   Contact Moderator
Used a vintage Kenwood TS-700A with a homemade figure 8 antenna for
2m
SSB operation with only 10 watts, stock. I live in an HOA with many
restrictions and obstructions but fortunately I was successful with
making my first ever contact on 2m SSB which was my goal for this
weekend.
 
K5ND/R   Contact Moderator
Lots of digital contacts. Miss the operators that used to plug in their microphones and work several
bands from each of my grid stops. See my blog for more detail on my rover experiences in this
contest. www.k5nd.net
 
K5QE   Contact Moderator
Everything was working perfectly when we began.  But, once again, Murphy set up a mini-HQ at our
contest station.  We had failures on the 222 station(could not fix) and the 2M tropo station(finally
fixed).  We lost a lot of points due to these failures.
 
K5SRT/R   Contact Moderator
K5SRT/R Unlimited Rover operators K5SRT, K3NT, KG3DUK in ARRL January 2020 VHF Contest from North
Texas to Oklahoma
 
K5TRA   Contact Moderator
ATTIC ANTENNA FARM
 
K5ZD   Contact Moderator
Most activity on FT8.  Only 2 SSB QSOs!
 
K6NR   Contact Moderator
Operated portable in Scottsdale on roof of a condominium (4th
floor).  Vertical for 6m, small yagis for 2m and 440.
 
K6QCB   Contact Moderator
Check log
 
K7IW   Contact Moderator
Stuck at home with no summits to activate so I decided to
join in on the January VHF Contest for this weekend.
 
K7SMA   Contact Moderator
Not a lot of VHF activity here in Boise, but it was fun!
 
K7SWS   Contact Moderator
Worked both days but only made contacts on Saturday...Small Moxon for
6, getting the tower up and a bigger 6m antenna is moving way up the
list!
 
K7TEJ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Worked the contest frm PSTA summit W7A/AW-040 as part of the Arizona Summit 2 summit madness. Made
17 S2s contacts on all bands worked. Longest contact was 74 miles on 1296.41
 
K7VIT   Contact Moderator
I have limited VHF antennas up at this time. I got on to give out
some points to whomever could hear me. I worked many new calls on
2m and 70cm FM. I believe that the FM category is attracting
interest from a whole new group.  Congratulations to all.
 
K7XC   Contact Moderator
WOW! Lots of activity for a Jan VHF Contest. Began with some
decent 6M FT8 Tropo over the Sierras to CA from DM06 to CN90. 2M
SSB to N/S CA was in good shape along with several locals on FM
who gratefully answered my CQs on FM. 432/446 was manly a local
thing again thanks to those called in. Station: 6M- Flex3000 at
90W to 6ele DK9ZB design at 28ft. 2M- IC-746 at 80W to 16ele yagi
at 24ft. 70CM- IC706mkIIg at 35W to 29ele 9wl K1FO yagi at 26ft.
One of the better Jan Contests in a very long time. Thanks for
the Qs! 73s de Tim - K7XC - DM09jh... sk
Succeed!
 
K8RR   Contact Moderator
I never heard a single CW signal on 6m and heard one SSB for a few seconds. Just managed a handful
of FT8 Qs. Sad conditions in NE Ohio
 
KA0PQW   Contact Moderator
Slowest contest i can remember. This is the kind of score i had years a go in an apartment. not to
mention if you wern't on ft8 you really wern't going to do much, and that's to bad
 
KA5D/R   Contact Moderator
We are Der Funkwagen. KA5D.com
 
KA9VDU   Contact Moderator
Low Activity on SSB and CW for 50, 144 and 432.  Digital modes are
hurting ssb/cw.
Ops I talked to that are non-digi are thinking of no longer
participating in ARRL contests unless bonus points are awarded for ssb
and cw contacts or digi ops get their own contests separate from ARRL
ssb/cw contests.  ARRL must make changes to increase activity for
ssb/cw or risk losing a lot of participation!!!
 
KB0YHT/R   Contact Moderator
KB0YHT=Nick Farlow, KC0QIE=Jim Enix, and Jason Meirowsky
 
KB0ZOM/R   Contact Moderator
Great weather; definitely a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors, first contest with a rate in hours
per qso instead of qso's per hour
 
KB2HSH   Contact Moderator
Eagerly awaited this contest due to the fact that contesting with FT4/FT8...but conditions weren't
nearly as good as during last year's June VHF. On top of it, as a hopelessly addicted QRPer, it was
tough going. Perhaps more antenna is needed for future attempts.
 
KB2MMI   Contact Moderator
lots of technical issues, but got thru it!
 
KB6A   Contact Moderator
[(10)*(1) + (7)*(2)] * (3+4) = Score 168
Duplicate AD6AF not counted
 
KC0P/R   Contact Moderator
Propagation to this rover was weak
in the blizzard with 45 mph wind gusts
on hilltops !
 
KD2TDL   Contact Moderator
Kenwood TH-K20A
 
KD5IKG/R   Contact Moderator
Was set up for 8 bands and then had a catastrophic failure at the start of the contest, reconfigured
the rover during the first hour in order to salvage the contest.
 
KE0MHJ/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First Rover set up in less than a week with local and internet advice.  Not much 70CM activity here.
 Was really happy with the 6m opening on Sunday.  Special thanks to N0PB for following me to all 6
grids on all 3 bands as well as the support of those other rovers that gave me advice.  I still have
a lot to learn.  Please let me know of any questions or other documentation I might need to submit
as a rover.
 
KF3G   Contact Moderator
Operated from FM29jw

5 Contacts * 1 (Point per Contact) * 2 (Unique Grid Squares) = 10 Point.

Thank you for the 2020 ARRL VHF Contest Contest.
 
KF7NP   Contact Moderator
My contest entry consisted of a 5 hour Summits On The Air (SOTA) activation. Pete WA7JTM the
association manager encourages activations during the VHF contests. Many of the activators are
active on 5 bands.
 
KG5THG   Contact Moderator
Lot of fun. Want to give a special thank you to all the rovers that went out. Ya'll really add a lot
to the contest! I tried to work every one I could hear.
 
KG6IYN   Contact Moderator
Stellar turnout from the new operator, newly licensed folks as well as the ARES/RACES/CERT/AuxComm
folks. This was an effort to test and ensure that ARES EC's and DEC's were able to "map out" who
they could work from a volunteer perspective in their given areas of responsibility and across the
region. Having additional folks traveling in and through the area en route to Quartzfest as well as
a modest inversion layer along the coastal areas and slightly inland helped with additional grid
squares and surprising more than a few operators! More info in a future ARES news article to
demonstrate home, mobile, portable and hilltop operations! There were notable "on the air"
challenges as you would expect with FM Operations, folks doubling, tripling, quadtrupling, etc. and
everyone having to do their best to sort out who was actually contacting who (especially where we
had a large number of operators on the air over a wide geographic region, or even over water where
the paths were often well over 50 miles), essentially all real world possibilities. My thanks to all
that participated and especially for all of the email relays in advance of the event where we
proposed operating methods and techniques, "rally times" and frequencies, how to log contacts and
get new and first time folks on the air. Operators using multi-band, handheld radios that had 220
capabilities, as well as those that dusted off their mobile radios for the first time in many years
helped validate that while 2 meters was the prevalent band for reliable VHF communications in and
around the region, 1.25 meters was and still is an excellent alternative, especially when other
systems are congested or simplex communications are challenged on 2 meters. Not as much activity on
6 meters (which for FM was not a surprise), however we also had a great turnout on 446 FM, with many
folks, even with handhelds, making contacts with other stations doing the "heavy lifting" over 20
and even 50 plus mile paths. Station configuration planning also helped, and although the M2 6M5X
was never intended to be used as a solo vertical, or in the FM portion of the band, with the tuner
in the radio to compensate for the expected SWR mismatch, it performed quite well. Aside from
high-gain verticals on all four FM bands, I also used an M2 222-10EZ, and then pairs of Cushcraft
13B2's and 719B's with phasing harnesses and power dividers, vertically oriented, which made a
dramatic improvement in working grid squares otherwise difficult or out of reach - also a prequel to
getting more of my "junior" EME station running. Looking forward the June ARRL VHF Contest, where I
can build on the learning gained this time around.
 
KI7LTT   Contact Moderator
I had a great time this January and had more QSOs than last year. I
had some antenna problems the first day and ongoing issues on 70cm
throughout the contest that can hopefully resolve before the June
contest. Hopefully i'll have 1.25m available for the June contest as
well.

thanks to the ARRL volunteers that do the hard work of score checking
 
KJ7JC/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This contest was a blast. The Valley of the Sun is was hot this winter with VHF/UHF. Roved 5 grids
and put down ~500 miles. I found some great spots to set up and was able to work more than I had
imagined. This was by far the best rove yet and I'm excited for June already!! The station performed
awesome and i had no problems at all. Except for my 2 meter amp not working. Even taking rough roads
to the tops of peaks to about 7,000ft outside the Phoenix area. Well worth it. Was a challenge
working so many stations and pile ups for the first time, but got the job done. Its helping me
become a better operator. Best contact made was from Dm33 to Dm55 with another rover KK6MC/R on 6m
2m 70cm and 23cm. 

Just want to thank all the other Rovers out and about, the 2m FM locals who really piled me up
Saturday night, and all of the S.O.T.A. guys Sunday morning being patient while i made radio
adjustments. 

And most of all N1AV for always putting in the effort, help, and knowledge to every single person in
the hobby. AC7FF, for doing a good thing and getting people together and involed in radio, and the
all our local VHF/UHF locals who i have become friends with because of this exciting hobby. You know
who you are!

Tom N7GP (Az Grid Pirate) we all missed you this go around. I heard stations talking about you on he
air this contest and were all ready to hear you on the air come June for the AOCC club!! 

Thanks again everyone!

KJ7JC/R
 
KL7VHF/R   Contact Moderator
First run for the new club call sign. Go Alaska VHF-Up Group!
 
KM4KMU   Contact Moderator
Thanks go to:
K2EZ/R, K1TEO, N2NT, KM4OZH/R, KC5JSR/R (a trucker), N3NGE, Terry W8ZN and the several hundred Hams
who got on the air with FM in Va, Md, Pa and WVa.

Score:
KM4KMU, John Young, FM Only
 50MHz 33 QSO's 7 Grids
144MHz 97 QSO's 9 Grids
222MHz 23 QSO's 9 Grids
432MHz 51 QSO's 7 Grids
277 QSO Pts, 31 Grids
Score 8,587

N1MM gave a score of 8,773 which is what I claimed.  It will be interesting to see what comes up
after Log Checking.

Previous all time high January FM score is 8,172 by KG6IY in 2018 a great 3 band and FM operator.  I
am hoping my January curse is over.  Did I finally get my White Whale?

January Background:
January 2016:  First contest. My rig was built with bad mountain weather in mind but 4ft of snow
shut me out of the best sites.  100+Q's but I only submitted a log that included stations who
promised to submit a log.  Doom on the Newbie. FM is 70% unique's who don't log.

January 2017:  I made it up to Reddish Knob at 4,400ft but lost to W2EV by 60pts out of 6,300 after
bailing out early due to ice.  No better person to loose to.

January 2018:  I worked from Blue Knob Ski Resort and was crushed by noise from cars in the parking
lot and LED parking lot lights.

January 2019:  Due to high winds, single digit temps and ice I could not get up to Reddish Knob and
worked from Freezeland Road at 2,400ft which lived up to its name. I set up in a ice storm and went
QRT after 4hrs with 1/2 wall thickness ice tubes over my antenna's, high VSWR, 40mph winds and
single digit temps.

2020 Preparation:
I started in October with a reconfigure of my rig "Mad Max" to make it more comfortable to operate
from.  All cables tested for low loss and 1:2 or lower VSWR with several cables replaced.  A back
facing passenger seat, large operating table and a used Ham IV rotor in place of the Armstrong. 
This was two edged sword. Slower to spin but less tiresome plus I am not holding onto the lightning
rod. I installed a CX-333 triband omni low on the Jeep with RF switches for 2m, 1.25m and 70cm so I
could quickly go to the omni that is better for close in pile up QSY's, less likely to ice up bad
and easy to clean if it does. This was a back up if the big beams, which take and hour to drop,
clear of ice and reset go iced.  Many new FM guys wont wait around for me to swing the sharp beams
on the QSY to higher band to find them, but with the omni that does not matter.  I discovered my SSB
70cm preamp was blown, bought a new one ($$), the 2m brick amp blew up in testing so it got replaced
($$), then the 2Kw generator refused to idle smoothly and a carb rebuild didn't help so a new
generator was purchased ($$).  The XYL was very understanding of my quest for the White Whale.

Terry Price W8ZN help me set up a sequencer (yeah I am still a newbie) and provided an older DEMI
222 transverter to replace my ancient Kenwood 222 FM only rig.  A massive upgrade.  The FT991 is
very easy to interface if you know how to solder up a cable.  Love it.

3wks before the contest I sent out my usual 300+ email blast to regional FM operators I had
contacted in the past and set up my Scheds with the big stations and rovers.  2wks before the
contest I got permission to operate from Reddish Knob deep inside the National Radio Quiet Zone next
to the Green Bank Radio Observatory and right on top of the Sugar Grove "Listening" site.  The
weather started to look dicey about then.

Friday I staged to Harrisonburg for an early Saturday drive to Reddish Knob but the VA mountain
weather forecast started to change.  The rain turned to ice and went from an overnight ice storm to
an all day Saturday ice event with 1/2 of ice expected on the roads and temps in the low teens or
single digits.  Not good on steep switch back roads even with 4wd, lockers and chains. I decide to
shift locations to Freezeland road at 2400ft.  Raced home, resent my email blast letting everone
know of the change, a lot of grids would now be out of reach and Q count would be king.  A new
strategy was needed.

I got to Freezeland road at 1100 local Saturday in a light ice storm. Was this to be another 2019? 
The contest started with a 301 QSO to K1TEO on all 4 bands.  The local FM crowd showed up in a big
pile up, so thankful for the Omni and sloppy Cushcraft 6m beam.  Made the Scheds with K2EZ/R and it
was off to the races.  Hit all the Scheds, racked up a lot of QSO points and shockingly ended up
with 30 multi's when I expected 20.  K2EZ/R got me FM07 on 2m & 1.25M over two ridge lines. I only
needed 6m in FN20 to max out on possible Multis and they were on the Sched for Sunday at 1100 local.
 At 1900 local Saturday the beams iced up and I had to drop them to clean just before a Sched with
K2EZ/R.  We did the sched on my Omni. Cleaned the beams and had them up in time for our last Sched
with her in FM07.  Temps got above freezing at 2300 local and it was a strange, warm cloudless
night.

I turned in at 0130 local with 6,100 points.  FM rocked well into the night. I could not sleep.  Q's
are king.  I got up at 0330 local and began working Ham Radio Truckers, rovers of a different breed.
 They run up and own I-81 and I-66 across 3 or 4 grids to make morning deliveries. KC5JSR/R was ham
trucker standout.  I gave him the mile marker at each grid boundary.  We rag chewed all night,
bringing in more activity. He called me back at each new grid, 2 bands on 4 grids plus we drummed up
a lot of early morning activity.  KM4OZH/R (an FM rover) and 3 FM fixed stations worked all night
calling CQ.  I caught the Church rush early Sunday, mobile hams going to church.  Then the activity
got slow.  I pity the few who got on mid morning Sunday.  They were new FM blood in the water and
were jumped by a half dozen ravenous FM contesting sharks begging for Q's and QSY's.  It was a
feeding frenzy and everyone had a great time.

By 1100 local I was at 8,000 and wiped out from the ice, effort and lack of sleep.  I just needed
that final couple of Multi's from N2NT at 213 miles to put the icing on the cake.  N2NT was joy to
work we ripped through all 4 bands in a couple minutes and I was DONE with 8,700 points. By 1330
local I had the rig packed, the clouds came in, winds were up and the temps were well below freezing
again.  A white knuckled drive home (I was stupid tired) but a great day and got home by 4pm.  If I
had worked until 11pm it would have been ugly with the refreeze.  Did I make a mistake by not
sucking it up and pushing through? time will tell. 

Deepest appreciation to all who worked me or tried.  

73
John
KM4KMU
 
KM6ZJK/R   Contact Moderator
My first contest!
 
KN6FKQ   Contact Moderator
First contest.
Had a number of nice QSOs along the way.
Tnx to Bruce KG6IYN, strongest signal on the bands, for his coaching
and advice to those on frequency.
Limited to 15W max into an indoor 20'' magmount.
A few stations heard on 222, none worked w/ 5W + rubber ducky.
 
KN6GFZ   Contact Moderator
First attempt as a newly licensed ham, Thnks to my mother and also to my sister for their help!
 
KO0Z   Contact Moderator
Propagation was almost non-existant in central Illinois this weekend.
 
KQ2N   Contact Moderator
Conditions pretty poor throughout the contest perhaps due to the snowstorm going on here.  Finally
some 6 meter e-skip around 2300 utc Sunday evening.  FT-8 also took a lot of activity away from the
CW and SSB modes.
 
KT1R   Contact Moderator
New QTH with squalo antennas on 2M 432 and 1296, and dipole on 6M. The new IC-9700 worked very well,
had a blast.
 
KT5TE/R   Contact Moderator
ARRL is terrific!
 
KV2X/R   Contact Moderator
Thanks to Bill, K2TER for the loan of antennas and FM radio stack( 144
thru 1296)
 
KV4ZY   Contact Moderator
Very little activity seen on FT4 this contest. I called CQ constantly during the time I was on 144
Mhz and only got 2 QSO responses, both less than 25 miles distance. Using the FT4 contest mode
during this contest was a bust. :(
 
KX7L   Contact Moderator
Only 5 SSB QSO's out of 63 total..  Lots more FT8 action on 2m
this time around - really helped on the grid count.  Biggest
thrill was finally working KA6BIM down in CN73 - I've been
hearing him on every contest but could never make the QSO..
 
N0HZO/R   Contact Moderator
Roving is a Big Bad Bummer in a Blizzard!
 
N0JK   Contact Moderator
Some sporadic-E Saturday evening with XE2CQ decoded, and Sunday
evening to W1 and W2.
 
N0LD/R   Contact Moderator
N0LD/R, K5SRT/R, KB0YHT/R, K5ND/R, and K2EZ/R all working together!
Be aware that this did not happen without some difficulty!  All the
rovers had some unique challenges to meet the schedule to work together.
 
N1AV   Contact Moderator
Great contest, enjoyed the activity on 3.4 first time on the band.  Great signals!  Thanks to all
the rovers.
 
N1FTP   Contact Moderator
Still had a good time !!!
 
N2SLO   Contact Moderator
Possibly last contest at my current location. Looking to relocate
within same town/area for a bigger house and better location. Its been
great past 15+ years of contesting. Conditions for this contest fair,
we had snow on Saturday on Long Island, a little E's to Florida both
days. Too much FT8, we need more activity on 50Mhz SSB. Hope to be
back in September or for January 2021 contest. 73.
 
N2WK   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Another January VHF contest with the usual snow and freezing WX in WNY.
This contest has the tendency to be a 6m and 2m contest. I say that because of the folks who seem to
be stuck on Digital, FT8/MSK. It's extremely difficult to move stations above 144 MHz. Calling CQ on
6/2m CW is almost fruitless. I usually work lot's of VE3's on cw but no takers this year. Didn't
even work K1RZ who I usually log with no problem.

I used FT8/MSK144 to pick up needed mults. It's great technology and it works but limits usage on
the higher bands. 

I found that N1MM logs the wrong mode after switching back to SSB/CW. It still thinks it's in
digital mode tho reading the radio display.

Thank You to the Rovers, without them it could be a boring contest. I had fun but would still like
to utilize the 8 bands more above 2m I have.

Looking forward to June VHF. Thank You for all the Q's
 
N3JNX   Contact Moderator
Everything digital now ???
 
N4BRF   Contact Moderator
I could only operate 4 hours on Saturday due to family visiting South Florida from the cold North.
Didn't they know it was the contest weekend?!? Usual Murphy problems hit my 6 meter xmtr after only
making a few Q's on FT8 with the band open with some Es. No more 6 meter xmit. 432 developed a 3:1
SWR of unknown origin & the mast preamp was getting paralyzed by a local TV transmitter - that was
new to my setup. It took a while to figure out that I could hear stations with the preamp power off
by disconnecting the power feed to the preamp. With the power connected, the built in xmit power
sensor would switch itself out with a ~2 sec delay after transmitting where I could briefly hear a
station. After getting that resolved, I could make some normal contacts even with the high SWR.
 
N4HUF   Contact Moderator
First Contest
 
N4JQQ   Contact Moderator
Some of the worst conditions I've seen in January contest, propagation weather and operators (lack
of).  If you don't have FT8, you will communicate with no one.
 
N5BNO/R   Contact Moderator
RoverLog is terrific!
 
N5SAU   Contact Moderator
My First Contest Submission - I hope it's OK
 
N6KN   Contact Moderator
Moderately busy out here in Southern California, and it was fun to hunt and peck away at a relaxed
pace!  Happy to work a few Texas stations on 6.
 
N6VI   Contact Moderator
Most of Saturday was taken up with a fire dept comms exercise
so I just handed out contacts for a few hours on Sunday.
 
N6ZE/R   Contact Moderator
N6ZE/R, operated by Pete, N6ZE. & Woodie, WA6WDY, made just over 250
QSOs on 6 bands from activating 4 Ventura & Los Angeles Co. grids.
Our
7 hour stint at our Saturday location in the Santa Monica Mts
(DM04qb)
yielded 150 QSOs.
Of particular interest, on Saturday, we noticed lots of
activity from the San Diego (DM12) area. We made 25 FM & SSB QSOs: 3
on 6 meters; 16 on 2 meters; one on 135 cm; and 5 on 70cm. 16
different unique callsigns were worked. I think that is the biggest
turnout we have ever noted from DM12. Most, if not all contacts, were
made with roof mounted verticals on the pickup truck.
For most of Saturday, our location in the Santa Monica Mts.,
experienced a cold Santa Ana wind. However, when looking Southward,
we
could visually see light brownish color over the Santa Monica Bay:
this typically indicates a temperature inversion. This was borne out
by SkewT – log P plots provided to us after the contest by NWS
Oxnard/LOX: there appeared to be a temperature inversion, some
2800’
thick.
On Sunday, we activated DM14, DM13, DM03, & DM04. Of note, we did
very little transmitting when in motion due to maintaining LA Freeway
safety. While driving Eastbound early in the morning at 65 MPH, with
very strong, gusty NE winds, we heard a very loud bang, but could see
that nothing had blown out of the bed of the pickup. It turned out
that the 6 meter mag mount vertical had briefly encountered a gust of
over 100 mph (65 mph ground speed + 40 mph wind) which dislodged the
mag mount and subsequently broke the magnetic bonding of the other 2
verticals. They all ended up in the bed of the truck. Phew!
Despite the Topa Topa Mountain Range to our North, best
DX
for the weekend was with K6MYC; SSB contacts were made on 2m, 135cm,
&
70 cm at a distance of 217 statute miles.
In the words of WA6WDY, some of our roving station activity was akin
to a monkey chasing a football: An FT857 mounted in the cab of the
truck was used for 6 meter SSB; 2 meter FM & some 2 meter SSB; 70 cm
FM & some SSB. For 135 cm, a Kenwood TM331 was utilized. We just used
a ¼ wavelength vertical for 6 m; a small dual band 2m/70cm vertical;
& a ½ wavelength vertical for 135 cm. For long haul comms on 2 m,
135
cm, 70 cm, & 23 cm, we used an elderly barefoot FT-736 sitting on the
tailgate of the pickup truck along with a rotor & small yagis for
those bands. On 33 cm, we utilized an ALINCO handheld with a
hand-held
yagi. Band changing speed varied from 10 seconds to a couple of
minutes!
During the weekend, N6ZE/R had from 1 to 14 QSOs with 7 other Rovers
who participated:  N6GP/R, K6JEY/R, K6LMN/R , N6MI/R , KK6WLD/R,
NQ6X/R, & KM6ZJY/R.
Contacts were made with three SoCal PNWVHFS Members including AG6AG,
WA6EJO, & K7JA.
Thanks to the ARRL for sponsoring the event and to those who
participated this year.
 
N7TXT   Contact Moderator
Had a great time working the contest this year.Thanks to all of the SOTA ops, Rovers, and Home
stations for the contacts. Looking forward to next January!
 
N7VD   Contact Moderator
Added 902, 1296, AND 2304 bands and new antennas on a second tower for
a huge improvement to my score over last January.  No 6m opening in
the contest was a bummer but the SOTA guys helped ease the pain. Also
ran FT8 on 6M for a few extra points.  A big thanks to all the
Arizona Outlaws and Rovers for their effort too.
 
N7WLC   Contact Moderator
Experimented with FT8 on 6m this year.
 
N8GA   Contact Moderator
Except for FM contacts, this was pretty much an all digital modes event. The price of progress I
guess.
 
N9LB   Contact Moderator
A heavy coating of antenna ice limited my ability to make contacts.
Off the scale SWR probably resulted in radiating only milli-watts of power.
The weak signal digital modes saved the contest for me.
 
N9SD   Contact Moderator
First time in this contest from 230' up on top of our condo.
 
NA2NY   Contact Moderator
Ran 3 band DIGI but could not find any DIGI on 432 here in N.NY all in lower NY/LI/NJ by PSK
Reporter over 24hr period ( 1/19/2020 23:00 UTC ) selected. I have mentioned before that stations
above Albany should be in NNY Section ( look at the section map and part of the NNY section
"included counties" extends below my QTH here in ENY in N. Washington County ) not ENY as it would
be a more even playing field according to station density and chance to earn points. Yes I have made
it to MD/DC/VA area before on 432, but it's not easy with a 100W station with 18 element antenna.
 
NA6MG   Contact Moderator
This log is a CHECKLOG.
DO NOT CONSIDER FOR CONTEST ENTRY. I did not identify as ROVER.
I await the June VHF/UHF where I'll be better prerparred	 73...
 
NI4Y/R   Contact Moderator
2m/440 radio died contacts made on 2m less than 100mW
 
NR2C/R   Contact Moderator
RoverLog is terrific!
 
VE2HEW   Contact Moderator
Very quiet on FM this year. Maybe will try SSB next time, might be more fun.
 
VE2OTA   Contact Moderator
Jan 2020 VHF so cold I can't turn my antenna's rotor frozen...
Darn....
 
VE3CRU/R   Contact Moderator
I had no intention of roving, police told everybody to stay off the
roads, great advice.  Hardly a vehicle anywhere, except for a few
rovers.  Stayed close to home.  Visibility poor, traction dreadful.
Managed to pull off 10 on 432 and 20 on 144, no dx beyond VE3ZV in
EN92vw.  Visited multi-multi VE3MIS on Sunday, roads bare now.
 
VE3CVG   Contact Moderator
sick but managed a few contacts. Better in June.
 
VE3OIL/R   Contact Moderator
BAND           QSOs              MULTS

50             67                13
144            75                17
222            14                5
432            33                8
902            10                4
1.2G           9                 5
2.3G           6                 3
3.4G           3                 2
5.7G           1                 1
10G            1                 1
24G            0                 0
LIGHT          0                 0


OVHFA eleigible score 17331
The EN92 contacts up to 1910 were in EN92xx and are inside the OVHFA circle
The EN92 contacts after 2239 were in EN92fn and are outside the OVHFA circle.
 
VE3RKS/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Cold, and snowy, but got some corner running done. I am a low key effort. I went to the Hagarsville
grid corner on Sunday to try to help out VE3OIL/R with working the corner.  I have not been this
active for a while, so it was fun.  The weather steadily got better as the day went on. I also had a
visit to the VE3MIS station.  Nice setup.
 
VE4MA/K7   Contact Moderator
I am not a contester, only there to support contesters & Rovers.
Amazing activity on all bands. QRM on 1296 MHz!
 
VE7DAY   Contact Moderator
Another enjoyable contest.  Not many operators in the area.
 
VE7ZD   Contact Moderator
A very small effort here given bad weather but it was still fun.  See everyone for the summer
contest!
 
W1QK   Contact Moderator
Thank you for sponsoring the contest.
 
W1TR   Contact Moderator
I had all 5 transverters working for a full complement of 6 thru 1296.
Saturday afternoon was full of SSB on 6 meters but died out later then FT8.
Sunday afternoon was all FT8 and a small opening to the Midwest and South.
Sunday evening was 2m FT8 very few SSB / CW contacts on the upper bands.
I had a great time and put in a good effort.
Terry / W1TR
 
W1XM   Contact Moderator
Fun Contest, lotsa new folks on the air too. Milo Hooper got his call shortly after the contest
(KC1MNR), other operators included Fischer Moseley, Mario Lopez, and Maxwell Yun.
 
W2ODH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was another GREAT contest, Here in the west,(DM24) we saw very little 6m E but could see via
PKR that the East Coast & mid west were very active. Many thanks to ALL the Rovers we worked.
Station here consist of 6 elm-6 @72'/(2)18xxx @70'/41 elm-432 @66'/23 elm-220 @62'(see Photo by
W2ODH)
 
W3SEN   Contact Moderator
All contacts made on 2020-01-19 between 2143 and 2259 were Mobile contacts.
 
W4POT   Contact Moderator
Only 1 band opening each day it seemed.
 
W4TM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Most activity I've seen in a January VHF weekend
Started off right with a CW QSO on 2m
Worked 2 new grids and 47th state on 6m
Got my new 2m equipment sorted out
70 cm was a bust, need a new antenna
NOTE: all but the first 4 QSO were WSJT-X!?!?
 
W5TV/R   Contact Moderator
Good day for roving!!
 
W5VY/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Chilly but nice weather for a January Test. First time out as a 9 band Rover. Made my first Qs on
2304 and 5760. Tried Meteor Scatter on 6M for first time with 300W and a Moxon. Made four MS Qs with
Murphy's assistance. 300W amp baked a 300W Low Pass Filter! The FT8 battle is over...FT8 has won.
Very few SSB/CW QSOs during the test. Lots of missed opportunities for Qs on higher bands.  We need
to develop a scheme to announce availability of "bands/modes" and desire to QSY during a FT8/FT4 Q.
The FT8 free formed text capability might be used to note available bands using the Designator Codes
for Bands....i.e. ABCD9EFGHI. It might be possible to encode that data into fewer bits and have
WSJT-X display available bands? I only used 902 and up with a couple of other Rovers who I knew
would want to run the higher bands. I tried using free form messages like QSY 432174 with no
responses. Text or Chat appears to be the only workable method.  Some the spots I rove from have
spotty cell service which limits those methods. Kudos to N1MM+ and WSJT-X teams for the great
integration between the programs.  No glitches during the test.
 
W5ZJ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
From 1974 until a couple months ago, I never was interested in VHF communication and thought it
would be boring. At the request of a friend,I built a 5 element 6 meter yagi so we could communicate
locally. From there, I discovered meteor scatter and another friend mentioned the January VHF
contest. I was surprised to hear so many stations even though I couldn't work the most of them
running low power with the antenna still only 15 feet agl and surrounded by trees. For two meters, I
had recently traded for an old Yaesu FT726R to listen to SSB. I did not have an interface to the PC
for digital modes for the contest, so I simply just went primitive and laid the microphone next to
the PC speaker and connected a cord from the head phone jack to the PC mic in. I was able to make
two contacts on 2 meter FT8 running 10 watts and manually keying the radio microphone when the PC
went into transmit. Where there's a will, I guess there's a way. Great fun. Best of luck and 73 to
all.
 
W6TV   Contact Moderator
Portable from Bear Mt.
 
W7OJT   Contact Moderator
Es was poor this year in the west.
 
W7QH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Thanks for having these contests.  This one let us try out our new feed line, and it worked great.  
Unfortunately, our Rotor decided to stop pointed south Saturday evening!   We hope to have the
problem fixed by the next event!   Heard a lot of stations, but our power output of 10W was probably
hard for many of them to hear.
 
W8BRY/R   Contact Moderator
FM18 Log
 
W8RU   Contact Moderator
Had a good time on 6m despite no Es and some antenna problems.
Thanks for the QSOs and 73! -Ron (W8RU).
 
W9YOY/R   Contact Moderator
What a great contest!
 
WA1LBK   Contact Moderator
Handicapped on 6 meters running an indoor attic dipole until I can get my damaged 5 - element beam
replaced.  1st time running FT-8, carried a lot of weight! :)
 
WA2CHV   Contact Moderator
Every time I enter one of these contests, I learn something about my station of my technique.  This
contest was no exception.  Identified a noise problem in my shack on 2m.  "Life is a journey of
continuous improvement."
 
WA2TMC/R   Contact Moderator
FT8 should be its own contest. FT8 DOES NOT lend itself to running the bands". It kills the upper
VHF/UHF/Microwave bands.
 
WA4DYD   Contact Moderator
Horrible band conditions.
 
WA6IPZ/R   Contact Moderator
wa6ipz/r first time rover
 
WA7JTM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
My contest operation this year was a combination SOTA Activation and
VHF Contest from SOTA summit W7A/MN-070. I Hiked up the summit in the dark with 
a flashlight in one hand, my antenna bundle in the other (six yagis), and a 45 pound pack on my
back. I arrived on the summit before sunrise and proceeded to set up my station in the 40 MPH winds
and cold temperatures. The station set up was a lot more difficult than I had expected.

The contest itself was very busy with pileups on most every band at various times. There were ten
SOTA stations on peaks, a bunch of Rover stations, and the usual home stations on the air. I
operated until about 2130 UTC and decided to break down even though there was still quite a bit of
activity. 

I had a fair distance to hike out to my Jeep, and the 4WD road back to the freeway to contend with.
This years contest was just as busy as last
years...maybe even busier.
 
WB2SIH/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The weather had quite an impact in my rover activity. But overall it was a lot of fun. I only
operated from FN32 and FN33. All the equipment/ antennas worked flawlessly . Only running a 736R
barefoot and a 706 with single loops. Thanks to all for the QSO’s.
 
WB2VVV   Contact Moderator
Happy New Year to everyone and thanks for another enjoyable VHF contest. I am happy to report that I
once again worked more stations and more grid squares on 222 MHz than on 432 MHz! The propagation is
simply much better at half the frequency, and it's just physics and not determined by the
availability of turn-key rigs or even a new contest category excluding 222 MHz. Thanks to everyone
who operates 222 MHz, and especially to all of the Rovers and Hill-Toppers who ventured out
mid-winter, with a forecasted snowstorm. Best 73, Chris WB2VVV
 
WB9TFH   Contact Moderator
I was also in NCJ NAQP SSB contest same time.
Where did everyone GO! Only few on 2M phone,
Missed 2m ft8, mostly on 6m ft8 east of the Mississippi.
Sunday evening the E's appeared SE of me, nice openings
to the eastern sates, some on ssb. Didn't help we had a
terrible snow storm, high winds with sleet with QRN.
Missed Saturday because of snow removal for the neighbors,
didn't get on until SS, then on Sunday the Packers played. :((
Lack of ON4KST usage for Q's, tried a few times,
wished more locals and surrounding states would use it,
especially for 2m.
I didn't get on 432 because of bad N connector up the tower.
 
WC2K   Contact Moderator
First contest operation in many years. Also first contest using logging software.
 
WF4R   Contact Moderator
DEAD BAND CONTEST
 
WO1S   Contact Moderator
This contests marks our 25th Anniversary of participating in VHF
Contests, when
we first used our Kenwood TH78 Handhelds with 5 watts on a hilltop in
DM13 FM only. I think I just had a quarter wave whip. We've come a
long way since then and this marks our first time running as a
multi-op in Arizona.  We still like contesting both indoors and
outdoors. We can always learn something new about our station. KE6GFI