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6 meters was open almost the entire contest. I ran FT8 almost exclusively for the contest. I had a blast and enjoyed the entire event. Bill, AA2UK
1ST LICENSE AUG. 2017
First two hours of the contest were hot. The last few hours had deep QSB. FT8 was the saving grace to continue to make QSOs. This is the best ARRL VHF Contest that I have participated as far as fair propagation goes. However, the last day of the contest, propagation resulted in deep QSB in the later hours of the contest at my QTH siouthern EM65. Thanks for copying my 75-80 watts signals.
Another great contest with a few good 6 meter openings! It's always a surprise what you will hear or work during the ARRL June VHF Contest. I look forward to next year's running of the contest. 73 de Jim AC9EZ
I think this was my first time in a VHF contest.
My first ARRL VHF contest and it likely won't be my last!
Saturday was very poor on 6m. Conditions improved from Sunday mid-afternoon onwards. I heard one JA on 6 FT8. Then I was called by DS4EOI on FT8 but he was not using contest mode. By the time he fixed this, I lost him. Contest use of FT8 is a very mixed blessing. The mode generates lots of activity but is not conducive to making contacts when the propagation is poor and the path has rapid QSB on timescales of 10 seconds or so. Then there is the perennial problem of "participants" who see lots of activity and want to join in the fun, but are not using contest mode. A signal report is no use here. I saw a number of very loud FT8 signals, many of which were accompanied by 60Hz harmonic sidebands. There were a few really poor FT8 signals, and some very drifty ones. Most of my 6m QSOs were on FT8 because you have to go where the contacts can be made.
NEARLY MISSED THIS ONE. STARTED sUNDAY AFTERNOON AND THEN T'STORMS STARTED NEARBY TO WENT QRT.FUN WHILE IT LASTED!
WORKED SEVERAL GRIDS LOTS OF BAD WX SUNDAY BUT BETTER ON SATURDAY
Once again time ran out on my contest preparation, but at least new Yagis for 6, 2 and 70 cm got mounted on my low pole (really need a tower!) with mast-mount preamps on 2 and 432. My SO2R setup was not smooth, and that cut down on efficient operation. I was pleased to work out to over 350 miles on 2m FT8 with just 50 watts. The 6m E-skip on Saturday was very strong from Alabama toward New England, but erratic to the west. I did hear one station in Minnesota on 2m E-skip but he disappeared before I could call him. I ran two separate WSJT-X instances (one dedicated to the 6m radio and the other dedicated to the
6M FT8 is where all the action was! Hard to find a clear frequency many times. Used new IC-7300, PW-1 and homebrew 5 ele yagi on 17 ft boom at 50 ft. Nice opening to W6, W7 around 9:30 pm as sun went below horizon. FT8 allowed working more new ones in 200 mile range.
Had a lot of fun using only my 40M loop ant.
SkookumLogger K3S KPA1500 OB40-2 2XA-3B-12L wires
Thanks to all the rovers!
Six meter openings both days made up for lackluster conditions on the upper bands. Unfortunately, my QTH, buried in tall trees, also seriously hindered performance on the microwave bands.
RoverLog is terrific!
I ran 100 watts single band, 6M only. It was quite fun hunting but FT-8 really worked well this time for me. Next VHF contest I hope to have my new 2M, 430, and 1296 antennas up and running.
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. I (N3UM) did SO 3-Band in the June 2019 ARRL VHF contest. I was only on 2 and 0.7 meters because we have no effective 6 m. antenna right now. As always I enjoyed greeting and chatting with some VHF buddies of long standing. But, there were lots more I never heard. SSB and CW activity in VHF contests is down noticeably in recent years. This decline started well before FT8 and FT4 came. I only made 35 QSOs, vs 2 or 3 times that many in past VHF tests with no E skip. At the start Sat. I got 13 Qs and 9 grid mults in the first 1.5 hr, 18-1926Z Sat, then went QRT after just 1 more Q in 18 min. After supper I got 7 Qs and 4 mults in 1 hr, Sun. AM 6 Qs and 2 mults in 45 min, Sun. PM 7 Qs and 2 mults in 1.5 hr, and 2 Qs and 1 mult in a final 20 min. 0040-0100Z. In short: SLOW. I was pleased to work W3SO and W2SZ on both bands, 140 and 320 miles away on mountains in FN00 and FN32. But I heard no one in FN10, FN11, or FN12 to the N nor in FN06 or FN16 to the S where I’ve easily made QSOs in previous VHF tests.
2 watts to a 14 inch whip antenna did better than I had anticipated.
Not much, but I did dust off the cobwebs! Bert
K3SSS operating remote station located FN21 Monticello NY
With the popularity of FT-8 nowdays, it was certainly good to hear all the SSB activity on 6 meters.
Rig: FT-857D Antenna: Big Ears di-pole Ran contest from second home in Michigan
RoverLog is terrific! Really, it worked well. And we're getting better at roving!
Good eskip openning on 6.
CW and SSB, no digital.
Crappy band condx Sat; much better Sun; lost 10G; bad electrical storm Sun nite so pulled plug; still, had fun trying to integrate dig modes
Good opening to Asia on Sunday afternoon/evening, working 42 JA and 1 DS, also a few Eu Sunday afternoon. All Q's were FT8 except 4 SSB. 73, Connie / K5CM
Very little propagation from west Texas.
Saturday was awful! The only bright spot was 2M EME. We worked a lot of EU stations on 2M. Sunday saw more good 2M EME. We finished with over 100 grids on 2M. Sunday was slow, but we finally got a good run of JA's in the late afternoon on 6M FT8. We also had a few hours of good Es on 6M after the JA run shut down. Without the 6M Es run, our score would have been pretty bad.
Conditions were better on Saturday.
SD was a total surprise. New State on 6m.
Not too shabby for a Saturn 6 Halo @ 15' and a vertical @ 10'
4 Band, Limited Multi Op, Tim- K7XC & Dan- K7CAN Station- K7XC DM09jh. Operating Conditions 6M - Flex3000, 2M - IC-746, 222 - IC-706gmkIIg Ukrainian Xvtr Mil Surplus Amp Module, 432 - IC706mkIIg Mil Surplus Amp Module. Antennas 6M - 6ele 24ft Boom DK7ZB Home-brew @ 27ft, 2M - 16ele 30Ft Boom M2 @23ft, 222 - 16ele 18ft Boom K1FO Homebrew, 432 - 29ele 21ft boom K1FO. The winds on Thursday & Friday were fierce so we didn't have the time/opportunity to mount the 6M yagi on its own mast. Instead we punted and left it on the same stack with the other antennas but swung it around 180 degrees so one person could be operating the usual 6M E/NE paths while the second operator could be on 2, 222, & 432 to the typical paths of W/SW. It worked out great as we were low power, so the interactions were manageable. I was very surprised at the beginning that 6M was weakly open, & that it lingered in there for hours, often barely usable. Great conditions on the upper bands & the new 222 Xvtr and Home-brew 4WL yagi played well. The effort to install a run of 7/8" Heliax on 432 helped tremendously as no one was very weak. The connectors for the second fun of 7/8" for 222 didn't arrive in time so it managed well using a mixed bag of 3 shorter runs of low loss CQ-106 RG-8 style coax, kluged together with adapters in 4 places. It was Dan's first time participating in a multi-op, which he enjoyed greatly. Up early Sunday Morning starting at 6AM the Rocks Were Fierce! Huge MS burns on 6M for over 3 hours allowing me to work anyone in any direction well past 700 miles or more. By not having any real Es it forced everyone out West to work the closer in grids on MS, Kudos to K1JT as the latest release of WSJT-X was flawless on FT8 & MSK144. Then with about 3 1/2 hours left, in desperation I swung the 6M antenna out East... Poof with in 3 minutes the band went from limping along to wide open! Soon the second hop was in to the East Coast and the FT8 spectrum was completely packed past 3000 cycles! Here the adjustable SDR waterfall display extended out past 4500 cycles was a huge advantage. I hoped from FT8, to SSB, to CW, and back 3 or four times always finding new stations to work... Then BOOM it was 0300X and the band very quickly became extremely quiet. All in all it was a rewarding experience. We didn't get everything on the to-do list done in time but what was up played very well. Back in the 90s for 10years straight my buddy W7KK (ex NR6E) and myself chased the top W7 score as a 2 man limited multi op from some most awesome central Nevada Mountaintop locations. We took grids with no residential activity like DM17, DM18, DM19, DM27, DM28, DN00, DN10, etc and made them available using KW amps and large antennas. Between us, NW7O(sk), W7TVF(sk), and a few others, the most of Nevada wasn't all that rare when the FFMA was born. Fast forward 29 yrs and those same grids are back in high demand again. It was pure joy to see folks like AG6EE/R, and other ROVERs put those very grids back on the air again with KW amps and huge antennas! Never before (Since I started in 1990) have so many rare NV grids been available at the same time over a 48 hr period! LOTW FFMA totals should explode in a couple of days to be sure! Thanks to all that pulled our signals out of the noise! Still amazes me what 100W, large antennas, and some persistence can achieve on VHF/UHF. 73s and GL de Tim - K7XC & Dan - K7CAN, DM09jgh... sk Adapt, Overcome, Succeed!
Fun to try out my new IC-9700 during this contest. It did not disappoint. 6M blessed me with some weak E-skip late on Sunday. FT8 is now an unavoidable part of this event. I used it sparingly. Lots of weak signal ops here in the Pacific Northwest.... we use mountains as reflectors to obtain more local grids. See you in September.
This was a fun contest.
For the June VHF contest, I submitted two logs. My error, the 1st log only had partial information, the second log is correct. (k8jhcor is the correct log) My apologies for the work. Tom Bosscher K8TB firstname.lastname@example.org
1st time VHF contest. Had fun, learned a lot, had to troubleshoot equipment during content. Looking forward to portable in Sept! 73 de K8OI
Enjoyed the Es openings, northeast on Saturday, west/southwest on Sunday. Some nice runs. Was called by EA8DBM on 6M. W9RM, Chuck, your signal was splattering 14 kHz wide on 6 from 50.127-141. My request for you to turn down your processing was ignored. Way over processed. How much power you REALLY running????? Otherwise test was lots of fun. Thanks for the Qs!
6M antenna: 3L @ 24 feet AGL
144 MHz FT-847 to 8877, 1.5 kw out to 16 elements at 68 feet. 432 MHz FT-847 50 watts to 23 elements at 70 feet. Tower is 3200 feet ASL. Thanks to all for your participation. Hope to hear you again on the bands soon. Dedicated to Nick, AB4CQ SK, you will be missed my friend!
two meter ssb/cw rig was kenwood TR9000 at 25 watts to a three element yagi at 55 feet.
Good contest used Ft-8 only digital
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I haven't been a regular VHF Contest participant in many years. It seems as though the use of FT8 has made the June VHF fun again. 6m was in excellent shape, with conditions at times almost like 20m during a RTTY contest. Great fun, and looking forward to more FT4/FT8 use in the future.
All digital despite multiple attempts on CW/Phone... all 2m despite multiple attempts on 440. Nevertheless better participation/coverage than past years as heard by my station. Attempted assistance via web but all QSOs wound up random.
Gone camping for most of the contest, only five contacts Sunday evening.
First time using SO2R setup. I seamed to have goofed somewhere. I operated 50, 144,100watts and 432 with 50 watts, Only, and i don't understand where i goofed. Please let me know where i goofed as i am learning how to do SO2R. Thanks Steve Wendt KB9RDS
Found a golf coarse in Hinckley, MN that was open (few trees) to the SE (rare in Pine County). This allowed contact on six bands from EN36ka to EN44hr, W0UC. Paul said this was an all time first on at least two bands to EN36 and to a mobile at that. Rover antennas were working well.
Condx here seemed less favorable than last year. Still plenty of fun with some good openings. Thanks to all for the contacts.
This contest should be re-named "The ARRL June 6M FT-8 Contest"
This was a first contest, did a 10 grid rover trip with 6 bands, will remember to start in the South and move north so the antennas are pointed North when moving! A great contest, missed most of the band openning while driving, work got in the way of my contest and had a fixed time to arrive in EL17 to offload the rover gear and start work for the wek.
It was unexpected interruption for my operation from Winnemucca Mountain in Nevada. Before the sunset on June 8th local sheriff arrived and asked me what I am doing. Then he asked for my ID, took ID to his car and checked something on his computer. After this he asked me to explain what I am doing exactly and who I am contacting. I showed my paper log and I explained the best I can. Fortunately, another sheriff arrived shortly, and he new about HAM radio. Next time I will print ARRL June VHF Contest rules to have an exact explanation.
Casual trip across part of MO. Operated FT8 only on vertical antenna.
Time was very limited this weekend but I managed to catch an opening on 6 meters.
RoverLog is terrific! First contest, fun to try !
Operated from FM29jw CW Contacts: 10 Unique Grids: 8 10 CW QSOs x 8 Unique Grids = 80 CW QSO Points Thank you for the ARRL June VHF Contest.
had fun in the contest on FT8, as a casual op I didn't put total effort in but the M2 antennas helped. This was a first for me in the vhf contest and the Kenwood 990 and the IC-9700 ran perfectly, the Beko amp on 2m sure got a work out. Here the 6m band was fading in and out all day, you could see how the signals changed over the course of just one QSO. late in the contest the 6m band stretched out to AK and the west coast, what a pleasant suprise. 73 to all.
This has turned into an FT-8 Contest! Very few contacts on SSB or CW despite my calling CQ there.
I had a great time this year, Thanks for all the contacts! I did way better than in the past due to the combination of a new radio and finding the LED fixture that was generating HUGE amounts of QRM. I could hear so many more people than I did in January and September. Also I made my first ever contact on 6M (K7VIT) in this contest.
E-skip was fun. Nice to hear from so many grids.
equipment=TS570S and UV-5R, portable from Orkney Springs, VA. Thanks for the fun!
Conditions were alright. Moxon built out of pvc pipe at 10 feet
Go VHF and Up club!
THIS WAS MY FIRST CONTEST, I OPERATED FROM ELYSIAN PARK IN LOS ANGELES AT 34°04'57.1"N 118°14'12.4"W 672FT ABOVE SEA LEVEL. RIG WAS A YAESU 897D OPERATING VIA SOLAR/BATTERY POWER ON 50 (100W) 140 (50W) AND 440 (20W) BANDS USING A 6 METER EFHW WITH TUNER AND A 2 METER/70CM ROLL UP SLIM JIM. THE 6 METER ANTENNA WAS DEPLOYED IN A SLOPER CONFIGURATION DIRECTED AT ~10° HAD SOME CLEAR QSOS FROM SAN DIEGO, ABOUT 100 MILES AWAY, ON 2 AND 6 METERS. THE 6-40 METER EFHW HAD NOT YET BEEN TUNED, AND THERE WAS SOME TRIMMING TO DIAL IT IN TO 50.125 HOWEVER DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS A PERFECT MATCH WAS NOT ACHIEVED, THE BEST SWR BEING ABOUT 2.1 FOR 6 METER. I WILL NEED TO EXPERIMENT WITH VARIOUS LENGTHS. I WANTED TO GET SOME QSO ON SUNDAY BUT DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TIME, UNFORTUNATELY.
Enjoyed the test, needs to be longer.
Log correction uploaded 2019-06-11 03:44:26 K8GP FM19 = FM09
Casual off & on operating just for fun.
Pretty calm contest here until the last 3 hours or so. 6m was pretty dominated by FT8 this year, 63 QSO's in that mode, and only 6 on SSB. Lots of fun, thanks for all the contacts!
Hope everything is correct! My first contest!
Fun to be out and about in the rural county where I was born and raised. Nice Memorial Church service and pot luck lunch at Rush Point Baptist Church.
What a shame to have so many stations on FT8 when the band is WIDE OPEN. Can make so many more contacts on SSB or CW. Thanks to those that came down to SSB and CW end of 6 MTR band. Bob, N0IS
Happy with the station improvements, what a great 6m opening for the last 2 hours.
RoverLog is terrific!
Sure was nice when the band was open, hope All enjoyed.
My first time in this contest ever as I now have a 2 el add on my HF beam. That was not possible the many years I had a quad up. Most stations I called were able to hear me eventually. The exception was K3ZO. Sad. I did manage a new state - VT,
It's been 21 years since I did a full Evert in this contest. I truly missed it. Things are a little different from the past but still great fun. FT8 seems to be dominant on 6 meters but did manage to work many on CW. It's great to be back on.
Portable setup for single day using 3 beams and battery power.
IF THIS IS THE FUTURE OF vhf CONTESTING, (ft8) IT'S TIME TO TAKE DOWN THE VHF/UHF ANTENNAS.
2019 ARRL VHF Contest June
50 MHz - MFJ 9406 to TE Sys. 0510G amp to PAR Elec. OA-50 omni antenna up 21 ft 144 MHz - Kenwood TR751A to PAR Electronics OA-144 omni antenna up 24 feet
RoverLog is terrific! RoverLog is terrific!
Back on the air after 10 yrs off. Was a nice contest. A few band openings on 6 Meters, I wish more OPs were above 50Mhz.
Just got on for a few minutes at the end with ONE HALF WATT to a 20 foot wire thrown into a tree out my window. Worked 3 locals, 2 on CW and one on FT8. Maybe more time next year!! TNX for the QSOs, Glad to work some outlaws during the short time available. GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS! 73, John N6HI
First VHF contest!
RoverLog is terrific!
I REALLY DESPISE CABRILLO!
Only ten mults on 6m vs over 50 last year tells the story. Is this the price of being 100% analog nowadays? I did manage to sweep six bands with three stations.
Fought head cold all weekend: operated from home QTH on 6 meters only: i.e.: SO 1Band. Only made 10 QSO on SSB, 33 QSO on FT8. Still learning about FT8 use on 6m: heard lots of Midwest & East Coast 2x Es during last couple of hours of contest but only was able to work a couple!?, but was nice to hear bunches of familiar East Coast callsigns from my past! Rig: FT756Pro2 (50w on FT8), 5 el M>2 only 15 ft above ground level.
I had a lot of fun on 6 meters.
Yaesu FT-290RII, 1984 Saab 900S, 1/4 wave mag mount. Olympic National Park.
6m was only open for about an hour and fifteen minutes. All but one of my Qs occurred during that time. I only had 6m available to me.
Icom IC-7300 at 100w output,Heil Pro Micro Headset,and a home brewed 2 element cubical quad up 25 feet pointing N/W from 6,053 feet elevation.My recently repaired IC-706MK-IIG was still sitting in Boulder,CO. when this contest started,so this was a 6 Meter SSB only effort for me in this event.I worked one XE station in Mexico,but no other real DX.I am still new enough at 6 Meter SSB contesting to feel my heart racing during some good runs! I was sitting in church when the "big" opening Sunday morning occurred,but did hear reports of a 6 meter opening between CO. and Japan.Great to work local Ops WY7HR,Bob WY7KY,Tom and fellow GMCCer Dale,WC7S who found a mic long enough to give me a SSB contact! Thanks Dale! I had a few NIL contacts due to missing the other Op's grid square and/or call sign due to rapid QSB. Just the nature of the beast I guess.Thanks to those that "pulled teeth" at times,in order to finish a tough Q.The outgoing audio CQ file in my new IC-7300 really helped to save my voice. A special thank you to some very dedicated rovers,including one Op who drove from LA to the CO and WY area!I owe you lunch, at the very least! I picked up several first time ever new Grid Squares,and as always had a great time with just 100 watts and a wire from my Apartment QTH here in Cheyenne. I am already looking forward to next year's event,and hope to have some better antennas up for 2 and 440 meters by then.Thanks to all that managed to hear and work me. November Seven Many Zebras Walking.
Worked hard for the few CW contacts. Looks like I had to leave for dinner when the band finally opened. It was still lots of fun and enjoy it each year.
My first time to contest. Was a lot of fun and will try more.
Added 222 for a new band and new antennas for 2m and 432 for a great improvement to my score. The 6m opening late in the contest was a very nice bonus. A big thanks to all the rovers for their effort too.
I didn't have time to devote fully to the contest but did what I could. 6 meters was crazy crowded. Lots of participants locally as well as some DX too.
Decent openings6m, lots of FT8 action but still made a respectable number of Q's on SSB.
RS-HFIQ radio with 2m Ukrainian transverter and homemade 4 element yagi. 7 FT8 and 1 SSB QSO.
Just a casual effort. My first venture into 6 Meters.
Great Conditions, 6m open almost all weekend!
Thank God for 6 meters
ALL WAS WELL UNTIL THE THUNDER STORM CAME THRU.
Never before I have repaired a rotor control box so quickly.
A great time. Casual operations centered on working new grids. 75 watts into an LFA6 at 35'. Check Log.
LOVED BEING IN WYOMING
The Saturday enhancement was very welcomed in the face of a drop in participation. FT8 was a bigger part of our overall strategy than last year and produced a number of grids we would otherwise not have been able to work. Preparation for the rove took many more days than anticipated due to changes in our station make up and added software programs. Always lots to do with a 10 band rover. Great weather in EPA for the entire weekend with cool temperatures. At times two meters was as quite as a ghost town, and six meters seemed to be a copy but for the high level of FT8 activity. 73 from K3WGR for NN3Q/r
At 13:30 CDT on Sunday, T-storm hit this area and the rest of the contest time became a volunteer to clean up the storm debris.
RoverLog is terrific!
Yaesu FTdx1200 es Mosley Pro67a at 70-feet. Thank you for an enjoyable contest. Enjoyed all the QSOs.
Only could work 2 hours managed only 3 contacts my pea shooter signal didn't get out far. Thanks to all the operators and rovers
432MHz was my magic band - 355km with W3SO was a new best for me.
Lots of short meteor scatter which did not allow me to copy a lot of final RRRs...so I could not log the QSOs.
Worked rover in Ontario East
BAND QSOs MULTS 50 76 36 144 70 17 222 48 13 432 45 14 902 28 10 1.2G 30 10 2.3G 19 9 3.4G 7 2 5.7G 10 9 10G 7 6 24G 9 9 LIGHT 10 9 RVHFG eligible score is 75746 (end of EN92)
This was just a very small effort while doing other things as well. Six m did not open up much when I was checking.
My transmitted mode is shown for cross-mode contacts Log includes 3 duplicate contacts, not included in claimed score. Portable QTH: Kerns Road, Burlington, ON FN03bi Equipment - 144 MHz: FT-818 6 W, 5 el. Yagi 222 MHz: K2 + XV222 10 W, 7 el Yagi 432 MHz K2 + MM xvtr 10W , 11 el. Yagi 903 MHz K2 + rx conv + tx 5W, 7 el. Yagi 1296 MHz K2 + internal 2m xvtr + MM xvtr + amp 6W, 10 el. Yagi 2304 MHz K2 + internal 2m xvtr + homebrew xvtr 1W, horn/9 el. Yagi 3456 MHz K2 + internal 2m xvtr + homebrew/DEMI xvtr 1W, 15 dBi horn 5760 MHz K2 + internal 2m xvtr + homebrew xvtr 50 mW, 15 dBi horn 10 GHz K2 + internal 2m xvtr + Kuhne xvtr 2 W, 2 ft dish 300+ GHz Red Laser 0.5 mW, 2" Rx Lens
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June 2019 BAND QSOs MULTS 50 44 30 144 12 9 222 15 9 432 12 9 902 9 9 1.2G 11 9 2.3G 9 9 3.4G 0 0 5.7G 9 9 10G 5 5 24G 9 9 LIGHT 9 9 144 116 144Qs 334pts x 116mults = 38,744
Portable station was used on the summit of Missing Link Mountain (VE6/RA-023) a SOTA summit. The summit was an hour hike from the car. A special effort was made to activate using 23cm equipment.
I managed to work a few statioms with my FT-897D and vert antenna and simple 1/2 Square on 6 meters.
Another enjoyable contest.
6m: FT8 and 1 lone CW with F4HEC! BIG opening to Eu Sunday morning. It was bedlam for a couple of hours but many repeats required. Heard nothing from US on Sat . Late Sunday the band opened to US NE but very unstable. A station would call CQ and then disappear . A station would call me and then was never heard again. Fighting static and weak s1gnals on 160 was less frustrating! TS590SG 80-90w: Innovantenna 5el LFA at 50ft
2 meters was essentially deserted. Everyone on 6. Another year of surprising conditions. Openings to E/NE Saturday and Sunday evening W/NW. almost no Fla and Az. (SE and SW) which is very unusual from this location. Decoded a few CM/CN stations Sunday evening but unable to work despite high power.
After 55 years, this is the first contest log I have submitted. All 6 meters, all FT8.
My best contest activity since I dismantled my Minnesota station and moved to Texas. Only had 3 bands working at this time, but more bands are going to get connected before my next contest. Had a blast picking up E-Skip into Minnesota and working several friends on 6M SSB that I haven’t talked to in months to years!
Thank you for sponsoring the contest.
First time operating 6 bands 6m thru 1296... Band condx were pretty good and I had a blast 73, W1TR
Best contest in recorded memory, lots of new ops who will hopefully go out and get their own licenses now, a newly updated station, and lots of QSOs. Only sad thing was we lost 222MHz early on and don't know when we'll get it working again. 73, and thanks for all the Q's KC1EPN
The Rochester VHF Group is aiming to pass the MILLION POINT mark in the June VHF Contest as we continue to celebrate our 70th Anniversary year ... perhaps making us the longest continuously active VHF oriented amateur radio club in the known universe. To that end, we have both activated and encouraged activation from regional amateur radio clubs (both with and without a VHF orientation) with the goal of having on-the-air fun in mutual support.
Part-time only for this one again.
Saturday was The Pits -- much like the ARRL SEP VHF -- pretty much a 2M contest. Sunday seemed to start the same way -- nada on 6M in my first grid. Then the 6M band blew open in my 2nd grid. Nice! 6M then laid down when I arrived in my 3rd grid -- sadly DM87. But, 6M showed its Magic again in my 4th and final grid of the day. Actually made 3 446mcs FM contacts this outing, and ALL my rovering is far remote from any "metro" environment. Without the 446 FM contacts my total score would have been 631 points less. The new'ish 432/446 addition to the rover lashup was worth 3,179 points in the total score. (There's been contests when my TOTAL score was lower than that.) WX was good all weekend. Clear skies on Saturday. Sunday started out with heavy overcast -- quite concerning because I rely on solar panels to keep my battery alive. But, by 10 AM it started burning off and the rest of the day I had plenty of "solar".
FT8 appears to be the go to mode for VHF contesting so there where less CW & SSB contacts to be made. More time in the chair (5.3hrs) would definitely add to my score.
using KT34XA beam at 60 feet.
ANOTHER ONE FOR THE BOOKS. NOT AS GOOD AS LAST YEAR, BUT THE UPPER BAND BEHAVED BEAUTIFULLY. LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE. BEST TO ALL. 73 DE THE CONTEST CREW AT W3RFC
The Lone Gunmen W4AD Contest Team, Woodbridge Amateur Radio Club FM08 @ Big Meadows Campground, Shenandoah National Park
Our June tradition was interrupted by the Forest Service. They closed the road to Flagpole Knob in FM08. So our group split up. One gang went to Blue Knob in FN00 and the other went to Shenandoah National Park in FM08. We operated as W4IY and the other group (calling themselves the Lone Gunmen) used W4AD. was a good thing. We lost our 2M W6PQL amp after only an hour of operating. A big spark shot out of the side. Turns out one of the FETs in a switch circuit shorted to ground. So that left us with 7W from the Elecraft 2M module in our K3S. expirement for us in downsizing. We used KM4KMU's famous rover rig, which appeared in QST after he set the FM record. We had one station instead of 2. We had to learn a new operating plan of moving people up the bands. hard to figure out when to shift to USB. We decided to move when we saw high S/N reports in FT8. I enjoyed the Sunday opening to FL on 6. I worked W4DC, who was working back into VA at the same time on 40M. most of the time. Our group stayed at the resort. Friendly staff, but nothing to write home about. Flagpole in September. We'll run the same scaled down station to see if demand is higher than the supply. people on the VHF contest reflector. Their info about the site was invaluable.
Watching big red blobs in northeast on maps but not reaching me(sob).
As usual, I got to my first spot in EM56, near a grid corner, about an hour and a half after the contest started. I had been up to nearly 2am the night before wrangling my Win 7 laptop....I was running low on space on the SSD and opted to do a disk cleanup. Saw a bunch of old Windows Update files and decided to get rid of those. Windows took over and hour and a half to complete the purge and cleanup! Then I spent quite a bit of time trying to get WSJT-x and N1MM+ configured correctly. Got everything working except PTT! Gave up and hit the road for the 4 hour drive to EM56. I had hoped to be able to do 6M FT8 while in motion to make some Qs during all my solo driving time. Quickly determined I had zapped the front end in my 2304 XVTR. Need to add an isolation relay. The remaining six bands worked well. Had lots of Qs with my buddy, Steve, AG4V/R. Best DX was over 400km on 902 and 1296 with Steve...Rover to Rover. Nothing quite like the weak, watery sound of CW on the microwave bands! Feel like I missed a lot of Qs by not being on FT8. Activity seemed low on 2M....perhaps due to 6M openings. After the Test I loaded a new N1MM+ version and FT8 PTT started working. It was probably cockpit error on my part all along! Lots of fun. Hope to be out and about in September.
Time to reconsider the scoring rules and allow one QSO per MODE per BAND or risk the contest become a defacto digital only event
Nice Opening at 0115 Sunday
Just playing in the contest, hoping for an opening to finish my WAS. Had fun, but band didnt cooperate at all. Saw all locals. Only opening was for the 2 hours I was gone at church. Maybe next year. Whats sad, I had a great opening to JA the night before the Contest.
Had only one small opening to East coast.
Brief time available.
New rigs (IC-9700, IC-7300) great incentive to bet back into VHF/UHF contesting!
Need more than 1 PC to handle all this new digital communication. 1 sound interface 2 logging
This was a great time especially on Saturday and the end on Sunday working the West Coast. Working EA8 was clearly a highlight. I used an Icom 7300 100 watts SSB only my own stacked turnstile antenna up 30 feet. 73 Jim WA3FET
I wish more ops would try the phone and CW sections of the band when they are hearing lots of strong sigs on 50.313 mHz. That part of the band does still exist! Although FT8 is an effective means of racking up contacts, and indicating if the band might be open, the world is not all FT8.
There was so much lightning and thunderstorms around the entire weekend, I finally gave up.
Yet another dead-band scenario. Contacts were few and far between.
After reviewing it further once I sent it in, I don’t know why the “Mode” field says “Mixed”. I made all these contacts in FM mode. Thanks, Michael-WA5AZQ
144 MHz: Rig: Kenwood TR-751A into RFConcepts RFC2-417 Power output: 100 W Antenna: Homebrew Horizontally Polarized Omni-Directional Antenna, Stack of two 3-dipole arrays with dipoles @ 120 degrees (see photo). Parallel feed to 3 dipoles, homebrew phasing harness made from 50-ohm coax. 50 MHz: Icom IC-7610 @ 100 W Antenna: vertical dipole mounted on side of tower Note: I didn't really work the contest as much as I wanted to test new homebrew 2-meter SSB antenna. It worked pretty good for an omni. There were no band openings except for the 6-meter contact from EL09 -> EN74
Operated at home QTH, using 6 element 50 meg beam, Icom 7610, 150 watts SSB, 50 Watts FT8. Was pleased to see the band openings, but severe QSB. In prior years, I operated as Rover on way back from Ham Com, but could not make it there this year, so I did the next best thing - home QTH! Thank you. 73, George
Good band openings. Had other activities planned. New 6m beam will be raised before July contest. Bad local noise source here - heavy QRN. Thanks to all that worked me.
This is the first time that I’ve ever entered any ham radio contest! I’ve operated before, but I’ve never sent in a log before. I didn’t make many contacts, but it was all I could manage.
Operated from Josphine Saddle (elev. 7080 feet) in the Santa Rita Mts south of Tucson after 2.5 mile hike. Not the best operating location due to trees but good line of site north towards Tucson and Phoenix and south towards Mexico. approx. 200 milliwatts output. QSOs for the short operating time during my hike, but it was fun seeing if I could make any contacts during the contest with 200 mW and the 1/2 wave whip. from Queen Creek near Phoenix which was 111 miles NW. He had difficulty receiving me but a few repeats completed the contact. very good reception. Wrightson (highest peak in the Santa Rita Mts) if I can get back in better shape.
WB2CUT June 2019 recapSTART Usual new equipment: FT897 D and Mirage B5018 G. 13LBA antenna still not fully repaired. Strange contest, and it started well before it, with the QST announcement of it mentioning that paper logs were accepted. Haven’t seen that in YEARS! The weekend weather forecast, after being uncertain about possible showers, predicted a precipitation-free weekend - and they were right. Haven’t had THAT in a contest in years, either. (They didn’t do so well about the next day, calling for pockets of rain and it was raining when we got up in the morning and still raining when we went to bed at night.) The conditions were not very good, though the noise level was low in most directions. And, continuing a trend that started long before digital, it’s not “where WAS everybody” - on 6, most likely, on Saturday, but “where were people calling CQ contest”? I noted ONLY the following few: K1TEO, N2NT, K2BAR, N3HBX, W3CCX and W2SZ, as being heard frequently here. In fact, I only called 10 stations. Not that nobody was on on 2 SSB; I was called by 80. I couldn’t find W2GEZ/MM in FN40, though at least I had the grid confirmed. (WA2GFN DID find him on 6 for a new grid for him.) Nor, most annoyingly, could I find an FN10 despite much calling in that direction. And I only heard W3SO once or twice. I did not hear KA1ZE/FN01, but his rotor or antenna may not be functional. But I did get called by 2 FN41, FN43 - not AF1T; never heard him - FN33 - WB1GQR called ME and I never heard him again, FN12, FN22, FN23 - W1EP is now usually there instead of FN22 - FM09, and TWO FN27s. (No FM28) I’m getting a little old for this (I’m 71) but as long as I keep getting the NNJ 2 meter SOLP certificates I’ll keep trying. I also got the pleasant surprise as I typed up my logs of discovering that I had 19, not 18, grids, having forgotten to count FN21! Even stranger, for the first time ever I worked MORE stations on Sunday than Saturday - 46 vs 44. On digital, I really think that at least the 4 main categories - SOLP and SOHP, and unlimited multiop low and high power, should have 2 separate awards - classical and all-mode, the latter including digital (which would continue to give primarily digital operators the continued incentive to drop down to SSB/CW to hunt contacts, as they do now, at least in the last few hours or when it gets slow up there). Awards should also be changed. Mixed mode is mixed mode, with or without digital, but there should now be an additional “classic” mixed mode award. Sorry, but having my computer work your computer, though wonderful for showing exotic propagation modes, especially on 6, seems to be taking the ham out of ham radio. Surprisingly, though it’s put a nice dent in 6, there are still plenty of 6 meter SSB operators, and most still exchange QSL cards. Tuesday I heard WA4GZK and N4ETN in QSO and they share my feelings about digital. So do others, especially about taking the ham out. CU in September WB2CUT
Fun but 6M open only about 3 hrs to NE
Unfortunately, I heard no signals on the 432 MHz band - so my score was not so high. The 2 meter conditions were quite poor - The 6 meter band had several short openings, thankfully. TNX for the contest.
FT8 frustration when the band is open ops need to go to phone or cw! Wasting way too much time on FT8. If the band isn't open to phone or cw then use FT8. The E clouds were stuck overhead and no communications until they moved, it affected my score, even though there were plenty. Score not as good as last year, at times it was slow going with sharp fades and the signal gone. I'm hoping FT4 will be faster. It was fun to see 6 open, es tnx for all the Q's.
Myt first VHF contest ever. Greeted by a short opening toward the end.
6m was great, 4 Japan, and 3 Mexico contacts! Conditions were below normal on all other bands. Thanks to the Rovers!!
TNX TO ALL THE ROVERS FOR THE NEW RARE GRIDS!
Elecraft KX3 (10W) and a wire loop at 15 feet
Attic dipole and barefoot IC746