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Thanks to Dave, K1TTT, for the use of his fine station! 100w + 5 El @ 180'(!) The European opening on Sunday afternoon was a real treat. I particularly enjoyed working DL1VDL, because it seems like yesterday when Hardy and I shared coffee in his kitchen!
6 meters was on fire the entire weekend. I forgot that there is no QRP category for this contest but will not forget next year. I still made 160 FT8 QSO's, 3 2m and 1 70cm. Had a good time.
Wonderful contest! I wish I could have operated more on more bands and more time. With young kids, it gets hard. Next year, I hope to either be portable or add a couple of extra bands.
After operating rover with my son on Saturday, when 6 meter conditions were putrid, I operated very casually on Sunday. Night and day difference in band conditions. I managed nearly 40 contacts in just a couple hours on the air.
Max (KD9NZB, age 10) and I (AA9RK) operated a Limited Rover for the second consecutive year. We were out from the start of the contest for about 6 hours on Saturday. We picked better sites this year, but suffered from abysmal band conditions on 6 meters. Almost everyone we worked was local. We didn't work a single station on 222, but it wasn't for lack of trying. On the bright side, we got some great results on 2 meters and 70 cm, from local hams following us from grid to grid on FM but also from ops farther away working us on FT8 or SSB. We had better solutions this year for power and for setup and teardown at each operating location. We already have some great ideas for improvements for next year.
Glad to see lots of activity since over the past several years there did not seem to be any good propagation like this year. Wow, this was a great contest.
Best score ever for AD4ES June VHF. Modes worked: AM, SSB, CW, FT4, FT8, and Q65. This was our first effort using 1296MHz. Best QSO on 1296MHz was 150 miles with 2 watts at the 22 element antenna and no preamp for receive. 2m best DX was EL98 to EN15. We had our slow times and had problems reaching EU even though they were coming in loud and clear. Most of all we all had fun enjoying the pace of this contest.
SDR Pluto used fpor some of the QSOs.
I screwed up this contest for sure , but expected more Qs. Probably just hit a dead time frame. Looking forward to next time.
Best contest ever for me. We need this for FD as well !
Operated remotely from OH. Station was located in EM10cf at my home QTH in Austin, TX. Operated off and on throughout the contest, purely 6m, while dealing with some other real-life priorities.
Great band conditions!
My station is the middle of a major reconfiguration, and only 6m was operational for this contest. I was hoping to snag a couple of new European countries on FT8, but propagation in Tennessee did not favor going deep into Europe. Switching from the 3-element Yagi to an OCFD often made a huge improvement in readability. I was pretty successful running stations on SSB, and that was a lot of fun. I have a lot of work to do to locate all the sources of RFI at my QTH. Rig: K3s, KPA1500, 3-element Yagi or OCFD
Hoping I did this right. This is my first contest submission. Lots of fun!
Operating time reduced due to numerous Severe storms over the weekend.
Ran 2W, FT817nd, battery, 6m vertical, WSJT-X. Fun, nice 6m band condx!
The band conditions couldn't have been better in Missouri! Six was open until it wasn't, and then I slept. Two meters had openings going to Chicago and Milwaukee, but the big opening was Sunday afternoon when I spotted CO2ESP in Cuba. Didn't get the contact completed, but Miami and Jacksonville in Florida did confirm the contacts. 1100 miles is amazing for this part of Missouri. This gives me a good opportunity to do the final tweaks for Field Day and chase the bugs out of the logging system.
Just got on for a little fun using a 160m Inverted-L. Seemed to work fairly well until the Es went away.
Once again disappointing seeing the effect of FT8 and FT4 domination of 6 meters = the void of both cw and ssb activity as compared to the pre-WSJT years. On the bright side though... with new contests now appearing focused only on FT8 and FT4, and other digital modes, now would be a great time for changeover of allowed modes for this contest from All Modes and Analog to Analog only, recognizing this new change in landscape. Spin off a separate digital only event which doesn't overlap the timing of this contest. Something like this now seems like one reasonable way to balance out the monopolizing effects of FT... at least for a couple of days.
Glad to see and hear 6m SSB active on Sunday
Band conditions were challenging. But it's always fun!
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Sunday 6 Meters lived up to it's name "The Magic Band". AS, EU, NA all in worked HL3GOB thanks #117 on 6.
Used indoor fan dipole and 75 Watts
After 60 years of being a "ham" I operated in my 1st ARRL VHF Contest. With my new IC-7610 I had 6 Meters. Rig: IC-7610 @ 95W ANT: Traffie Hex-Beam ( worked FB ) Log: N1MM+ Thanks for the Qs Dick, K2ZR Grid: FN03
Great contest, 6 meters very strong. Never did get my second radio to play properly with WSJT-X and N1MM in SO2R mode. See you in September.
What an amazing weekend. It started out a bit slow and troublesome as I had just changed my call the day before from N3KCM to K3GD. As the day progressed and a deluge of rain hit, 6 meters finally opened up. I have never seen 6 meters wide open into EU like this weekend. My FT8 screen was all EU stations at one point. Peanut power and a moxon beam could only net a few, but it was well worth it. I took pictures of the screen just because I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The final hours didn't disappoint with a band opening on 2 meters from upstate PA to TX and OK. My personal best for sure!
HOA restrictions. No outdoor antennas. Bummer!
"It's great to have excellent activity again on 50 MHz. CW."
Operation was portable from Avalon, NJ.
Really great to hear all the SSB signals again. I was afraid everyone had gone to digital except me, HI
Had a good time at my new QTH, nothing permanent setup yet and only had a halo antenna hastily put up about 25 feet but still managed several good contacts.
I've returned back to ham radio after twenty years, and this was my first contest since long ago. I had a blast!!! Lotsa things to improve upon, but it was an amazing contest, with lots of propagation everywhere.
Very poor conditions, needed CW for most of the contacts.
Decent propagation this year!
My computer was only used for logging, not communications. It's a lot more fun talking to people versus staring at a computer screen. I was surprised at the number of stations on 6M, even without mid-west and the west coast. Most surprising was being called (and worked) by 9A4K (Croatia) on 6M SSB.
Blog post with photos at https://k5nd.net/2022/06/texas-panhandler-june-2022-rove-and-vhf-contest-results/
On Sunday highlight was being called by a station in CN04 at 1751z and a run later on from stations in CN85, CN84, CN87, and DN56 from 2326z to 2350z, Got a nice call from a VO1 in GN27 at 2359z. 100 watts to 3el M2 at 55 feet. No assistance, 73! Ed K5OF FM14rs
I worked 1 CW station and didn't hear a SSB so FT8 was the mode of choice and band conditions were weak most of the time
thanks for all the contacts, lots of fun, hope to work on 144mhz next year.
Fun contest. Nice to see 6 open for a change. Every operator was kind and understanding. Great Job everyone!
First time to enter the VHF contest in 50+ years of brr we I got a ham. Working ES with just an HF antenna was fun and challenging at the same time. Hope to have a “real” 6M antenna by next year..
Managed one more good run from a tired Yagi and coax.
Nice to see so much activity on CW/SSB. It was easier for me to make QSOs there than it was on the digital modes!
Pacific Northwest VHF Society
the 8 digital qsos in 4 grids are for log checking only
WOW, Sunday afternoon opening was EPIC. Finally nailed Es with the contest weekend and had a BLAST!
After being a driver only for several VHF contests, I moved into an operators chair with the OM. I am hooked.
Sunday was amzing!
k7YO operating from fixed CN85.
K1RA & N2NAR 50 MHz ops, K3MM 144 MHz op, W4XP 222 MHz op and W8ZN 432 MHz op @W8ZN FM09te QTH. We had interesting propagation across the bands throughout the weekend. We had a handful of station issues just before and during the contest including a broken 432 rotator connector on the roof, failing 222 & 432 MHz transverters and blown MOSFET switch in the 144 MHz SSPA, but eventually managed to keep everyone operating. 50 MHz was the big band including DX FT8 QSOs with Eastern and Western Europe, Central America, Carribean, Asia and all parts of the US. Best 50 MHz DX to the east was UW8SM KN28 (5000mi) and west JE6AZU PM51 (7250mi). We were spotted and copied BA4SI PM01 (7450mi) and R6KA KN75 (5300mi) on FT8 but no 2-ways. 144 MHz best DX was W5AFY EM04 (1200mi) on FT8 eSkip along with 5 other EM1x grids on FT8 eSkip too. 222 MHz best DX was K9MRI EN70 (365mi) and 432 MHz best DX was WA9DU EM69 (465mi). It was nice to work SSB and CW on 50 MHz running several small pileups throughout the weekend. We hope the analog only category continues to keep participation up on that mode. Also it was great to finally see people using FT4 on Sunday afternoon on 50 MHz. We had a few 3 QSOs per minute on that mode vs. 1 QSO every 1-2 minutes on FT8. Of course neither of those modes could beat both S&P and CQ/running stations on 50 MHz at times reaching 4-5 per minute. No EME this contest, but hopefully in future operations. Also we're looking to get a few permanent towers built and get the K8GP rover back out on the road where it belongs vs. being just an antenna support on site. See attached pix of the station (photos K1RA) and more at https://photos.app.goo.gl/KVKbpb4izH6jGAg18
More radio, less yardwork! Vy 73 to all, Charlie
I only worked 6 meters. Only got on the last few hourse of the contest. Discovered that all the activity was on FT4. Worked enough contacts for PVRC credit
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First Japans on 6m!!!
had a great time, the good 2M opening really iced the cake what can be done with halo antennas is amazing
Fun to work the Family station with my Dad.
Had a great time. Category was 3-Band, low-power, Analog. (In actuality, it was just 6M, low-power, CW/SSB.) I proudly run a "Peanut whistle" on 6M, with an M2 HO Loop and my 100W KX3/KXPA100. When the band opened up in earnest Sunday, I had plenty of stations to work, and several surprising reports of "great signal" when scavenging SSB contacts with Search & Pounce. Didn't get any rover stations in the log this year. Hopefully next year with improvement to the antenna system and a few more openings that will change.
A great June contest. Tahnks for having it. 73 Matt ka0pqw
Did not beat my score from last year but did get 5 new DXCC countries on 6 mtrs.
Part time between chores. IC-7300 DIPOLE IN ATTIC
I started the contest from Dryden Washington, I was at the Dryden Ham-Fest It is a town east of Leavenworth. I should have planned the 1st day better I only made 1 contact in the area. I went south on 97 to 90 and west back to Seattle I made a bunch of contacts when I got to the North Bend area, and on Sunday went to Green Mountain, and CN-87 and CN88 I had fun and was able to get a 60 second 6 meter opening and made a contact on 6 I was going to make a 2nd contact, but by the time I stopped and pulled over the station was gone looking forward to the next contest
Remote op while on vaca, 20 minutes while XYL wasn't looking! :)
FT8, 80-100W, 40m dipole (with tuner) @10m high.
It was a great contest from my new QTH on the side of a mountain near Frederick, MD with clear shots from N to E to SSW. It was full-on 6 meters for most of the contest with many quick openings lasting only a minute or two. Having used a 5-element 6m beam in past contests, the 6m loop did a much better job than I expected.
Newly retired and finally back on the air after a long work-related hiatus. Fun contest with good propagation! I ran 50 MHz/FT8 only with a FLEX-6700 barefoot into an InnovAntennas 50 MHz 5-el/4.4m LFA at 15 feet AGL - and even managed to snag a JL8! Not bad for a densely populated suburban QTH! I'm very much looking forward to future contests and DX-ing!
Good conditions for the contest with Es.
Very fun when all six bands worked at all five grids activated. Had to drive the Rover Mobile 481 miles for this route. Had to fill the truck gas tank twice. Ouch !
2ND CONTEST, 1ST JUNE VHF NEW 6M LFA BEAM @ 45FT FT991A 35 WATTS SOLAR POWERED BATTERY BACKUP
Murphy visited me, my Ic 706 would not turn on, that was used for 6M and also an IF for my xverters. So no 6M ssb for me, but I was able to have 6M FM. A few other non working things but I used what I had. Thanks for all the Q's guys (and Gals).
Operated from Stack Rock overlook on Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain, NC.
casual search and pounce operation
It was a great contest, had a wonderful SSB 3 rover pileup at one of the high points with a fantastic band openning. Had to cut the day short due to a health issue otherwise the score would have been way higher!!! Thanks for working the STX rovers!
I ordered a stressed Moxon for the contest and it did not arrive on time, so I threw up a dipole at 10 feet for 6m. that was good enough for 46 mults on FT-8 with 50W. Propagation was very good from my QTH. Open to the SW in the AM and evening on Saturday. Open to the east on Sunday. Somewhat less than 4 hours put it. Chased off by a T-storm Sunday evening. I wish there were more CW ops on 6m. Propagaton was good enough, but I only heard one and he QRT'd before I could get him. Could not get anyone to bite on SSB though I could hear activity. Had fun! Next year I will have my directional antenna! KD7HU
Operated from Keller Peak (DM14le) at altitude 7882 ft- also SOTA W6/CT-012
This is my first contest. Used home brew folded ladder line dipole for antenna.
Fun to do radio with my Grandpa!
K3/10 running 5 watts to wire antennas up 40 to 45'. 6M always fun, because I never know when or where the next Q will come from. Thanks for the fun! 73, Dan ke0tt
Challenging on 6m to bounce back and forth from 50.313 MHz to 50.323 MHz. Many amateurs on 6m were not in contest and only wanted to exchange signal reports. Towards the end just about when I was going to pull the plug, I worked Hawaii, Republic of Korea, and two stations in Japan for new ones on the band. Always nice to catch Iceland and 2 stations in Isle of Man, including MD0CCE. TOM KE1R
Hello from KF0IDT, My name is Dustin and a new HAM, by new passed my Gen. end of March. As there have been a few contest and QSO party's since then this was my first contest that I prepared for. As a new HAM have have been trail and error on what to use and what not to use, there is good info but also just as much as false or bad info out there. So with all the I found a logger that seem to be good and the last few days before the contest started my son and I built a homebrew Beam type antenna for 6M. The beam is 45ft on top of a tower. All I can say is WOW what a fun contest and so glad my son was part of it.. The next few weeks has him excited as field day and youth days are coming up.. I really just wanted to share that it was my first contest and how my son help build the antenna that made over 400 contacts this weekend AMAZING and such fun.. 73s from KF0IDT Northern Colorado DN80
Operated from FM29jw CW Contacts: 15 Unique Grids: 20 27 CW QSOs x 20 Unique Grids = 540 CW QSO Points Thank you for the 2022 ARRL June VHF Contest.
only ran a few hours until storms shut it down. was a miserable wet weekend.
Operate portable from SOTA summit W6/SC-366 Dictionaty Hill near San Diego CA.
Made first 6 meter contact just hours before contest after 52 years of operating. Astonished by the number of transatlantic and DX stations heard in digital mode. Upgrading my 50 MHz antennas as we speak.
Six Meters just wouldn't quit! This was my best outing as a limited rover. I tried out a new fiberglass mast setup this time.
Super fun when 6M opened WIDE!!!
Well, it all started FB on Saturday morning for a couple of hours. But except for an hour or so on Sunday morning, condx here in Central NV were spotty at best. We were SO envious of the folks east of the MS River working each other, and EU! And we got drips-and-drabs out here. But we had some great DX openings (JA and EU) before the contest, so overall I can't complain (well I can, but I won't!)
My last rover outing was the 2021 Sept VHF and over the winter I had acquired a fair amount of new gear that needed to be integrated into the rover setup. New bandpass filters for 6 thru 432, new (to me) amplifiers for 6 thru 432, and some other miscellaneous bits. Since I apparently didn’t think that was difficult enough to get going, I went and bought a completely new to me dedicated rover vehicle about three weeks before the contest. So, with the contest rapidly approaching, I set out to turn this new to me GMC cargo van into a fully functional Limited Rover setup. Luckily enough, I have some good friends that are always willing to help out… Long story short, after multiple full days on the weekends and several evenings, we managed to pull off what I thought might have just been impossible. On Thursday evening prior to the contest, I was finally able to actually fire up the radio and, again with the help of some friends, smoke test it all. Get drive levels set for the amplifiers, make sure the rotor turns, there is audio on SSB without any strange noises, etc. Everything checked out… we had done it! After work on Friday I set out for southern Michigan where I planned to start out the contest at the EN61-EN62-EN71-EN72 corner. So far so good, around midnight local I tucked myself into the local Walmart parking lot with other wayward travelers to get a few ZZZs. Bright and early Saturday it was time to go actually put an eye on the spots I found via Google maps satellite view to make sure they were really workable. I’ve never been to this grid corner before, so not only was this a brand new rover setup, I was in a brand new to me area. Everything looked good and I got settled in and setup at my first stop in EN72. Finally, it’s time to play radio. Saturday got off to a slow start for me. No real band conditions to speak of, but slowly but surely making some Qs. The new rover setup seemed to be working well and I was starting to get comfortable in the new operating position. After moving on to EN62, 6m started to open a bit with some activity from the east coast. Though there were several loud signals on the band from the east, trying to get any kind of run going was not successful. As it turned out, that would be the theme of the weekend for me. After moving again to EN71, it was much of the same conditions, with some additional activity from the southwest this time. While some band conditions were better than none on 6m, the constant QSB was exhausting. The NIL rates from FT8 Qs will surely be interesting I think. I finally shut it down around midnight local and again tucked myself into the local Walmart for a few hours sleep before my long drive to the next grid corner. After a little sleep, it was back on the road early Sunday headed towards EN50-EN51-EN60-EN61. Again, this was a new area / grid corner for me, but the spots I had picked out on Google maps worked out well here too. While the bands did seem to be in better shape for me on Sunday, it was a lot more of the same. Many very loud signals on the band, but again I failed to get any kind of phone run going. It really just wasn’t my contest I suppose. After spending most of the day making my way around that grid corner, it was finally time to head closer to home. On the way home I had planned to stop in EM59 and finally a mile or so from home in EM58. Though I had gotten on the road headed towards home a little later than I had hoped, I still had every intention of doing just that. So, at my last fuel stop in EM59, I looked around the parking lot for a place to quickly setup. After putting a splash of gas in the van, I quickly got setup and put on the headset. The bands were full. Best conditions I had seen all weekend. After running the bands with a couple locals I made a quick S&P run of the loud stations on 6m phone before getting back on the road. Thirty minutes later, I was quickly getting setup again in EM58 only to be greeted with 2m Es. What a way to end the contest. The last hour and a half or so I think was the most exciting part of the whole weekend. A rush to get some quick Qs from two additional grids and trying to soak up as much as I could of the great conditions. All in all, it was an enjoyable weekend. 900 miles and 64 gallons of fuel later, I had made it back home. I don’t really want to even think about what that drive cost, but I’ve always wanted to do the rover thing, have finally gotten around to doing it, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let high gas prices take the fun away. Thanks everyone for the Qs and see y’all in CQWW next month. Also, thanks again to Jeff K9KLD and Ron K9YY for all the help (re) building the rover. Gear: Flex 6600 / Q5 Signal 5BVUX 50 - 200w - Par Moxon @ 18’ 144 - 200w - Directive Systems 6el Rover Yagi @ 12’ 222 - 100w - Directive Systems 10el Rover Yagi @ 10’ 432 - 100w - Directive Systems 15el Rover Yagi @ 8’
Good time but man those signals fade in and out on 6 meters fast when it is open sometimes! Made it challenging, my first time entering this contest. 73 & all the best, Bennie Owsley KI7PMQ
Operating from in a valley near Orkney Springs, VA. Radio was Icom IC-746, antennas were 6 meter stressed moxon and 2 meter cubic quad on a pvc mast 4 feet above a horse trailer.
Teamviewered into my station via my cellphone over Cruise Ship internet just to show the flag...
Glad to be able to participate this year, though very unexpected. We were on the way to the Friedrichshafen Hamfest in Germany when we were told of a family injury (broken bones playing football) back home, so we returned to Alaska to provide medical support.
Operated from hilltop 400-foot ASL that is a commercial comm site. Three antennas mounted in bed of my pickup: 7-elem 144, 13-elem 432, and 25-elem 1296. Ran all with my IC-9700 on FM.
Started off Saturday kind of slow. Sunday was pretty wild with my first-ever 6m QSOs into Europe.
Did all my QSOs from CM97, but two locations QSOs #1-10 Jun11&12 = worked portable from garage at QTH (CM97dw), 20W on 144; 35W on 432 Equipment used Yaesu FT-8900R & copper J-pole. QSOs #11-26 Jun12 = worked portable from a hilltop (CM97cu), 1100' elev., 5W on an HT both 144 and 432; Equipm't used Day 2 = Anytone D878UV+ and DIY 2m Yagi (F4HWK plans) & and rubber duck antenna on HT for 432 I didn't use /R during QSOs as I wasn't roving in vehicle; pls email me if prob
Great turn out! Lots of stations on the air; lots of activity, lots of enthusiasm. Happy for the 220 contacts as well on the BF-R3 handheld. My goal was 120 points, which was well surpassed; the mults helped greatly there (especially from rovers on high points).
I tried to make a QSO with AF1T earlier, but couldn't copy his grid. When I tried to contact him again, he said that we already made contact and wouldn't let me explain that I never was able to copy him and was trying again. He did not understand me and went on to call cq.
While everyone was having a ball up North, I waited all weekend for 6m to open in the Caribbean. The machines (FT8) enjoyed some contacts with EU. For me it only happened for 15 minutes on Sunday around 2300utc. Made 4 QSOs on CW. Thats the way 6m is, gotta love her. 73 - KP3W
Well, I guess for 50w. and a TH3sr. 3 el. tribander that is made for 10 to 20 mtrs. up 50ft. I did OK. East coast seen here on 6 FT8 Sun. for 4 hrs. but only wrkd a few-noted fast QSB on mni sigs which probably accounted for not getting some RR73s. Following day after the contest 1s - 4s piled on me, most RR73s OK & got 1st 6m JA-figures!
This is the most fun I have had in a vhf contest - working DX with a dipole!
Casual operating just for fun.
Once in a while, the stars line up and we get a good opening during a contest here in the PNW. We had a good long opening down to AZ on Sat, then during the last few hours of the contest it was just non-stop multi-hop! I even managed a few CW QSOs on 6 My best score in the June contest since 2016. Thanks for all the QSOs.
Only on Sunday, decoded many NA stns on FT8, at very audible signal levels where a CW QSO would may have been quicker, worked all I heard on CW. 100W + 3ele yagi. 73 GL to all.
I jumped into this contest with only a few minutes left before the end. Use my log as a checklog for the three QSOs I made.
Great 6m Openings
Very fun when all six bands worked at all five grids activated. Fun to see little tracks left in a gravel road in the woods at EN36la by a very little newborn deer fawn.
Very good conditions for the weekend. Many CW and SSB stations. Good to hear. FT8 is great, but not for the June test. Bob, N0IS
Tropo on 2M mid-day Sunday. I was able to work up to 400 miles with just a whip antenna. Then Europe in on 6. Later Sporadic-E on 2 Meters to VE2, VE4 and W4 !
I was ready for the contest a few days beforehand. So, I thought. Murphy arrived 15 minutes before contest start. The computer and the software crashed. I learned that the tube amplifier warm up time is nothing compared to a computer restart and software compatibility resolution. But, that all worked three hours before the contest. I was finally on the air 30 minutes after contest start. Most contacts are FT8 and FT4. On one hand I miss talking to people. On the other hand, I am not hoarse on the day after. Although a lower score than I get when roving, I am pleased with the results considering the S3 to S5 urban noise floor that I have.
Nice band openings after 2300z utc both days.
I was only able to operate Saturday due to family obligations on Sunday. Went up to the hilltop for the start of the contest (SSB only) and didn't hear much activity. I guess I missed all the good conditions on Sunday, or everyone was staring at their computer screens watching FT8.
This is my first VHF contest.
A big THANK YOU to all of the rovers in these days of historically high gasoline prices. Six meters was in great shape on Sunday. Lots of fine and courteous operators on the Magic Band. Had to battle the typical heat, humidity, and mosquitoes of Mississippi as well as the three Q’s—QRM, QRN, and QSB! 73
I WAS HOPING THE NEW CATEGORY WOULD INCREASE SSB AND CW ACTIVITY.... WRONG.
Only had a 6M Vertical antenna....
Hope everyone had fun over the weekend. Just came back to the hobby after 20 years away. Thank you all for the contacts and great time ! 73 ... N3YY FN22
2022 ARRL VHF QSO Party
Great 6 meter activity both days, and a surprising number of 2 meter contacts especially on Sunday evening. I added a number of needed grids and had a lot of fun. Voice on 6 in particular is a great community of folks, and I look forward to renewing those acquaintences each season. 73 and thanks for all the contacts! Trent N4DTF
RoverLog is terrific!
I suppose the big news is Europe coming I during the contest. Even my station received quite a few countries and one heard me. No contacts were made, however. rig icom 7300 at 100 Watts into a horizontal skeleton Slot antenna.
No dupes included
Operation Saturday from Cerro Noreste peak, SOTA W6/SC-001. A K3 with battery power and a 6 meter square loop on a 10' pvc pipe. 2 meter contacts were made with an Icom IC2AT (1982 vintage) and Ed Fong roll up J-pole. Sunday I operated from my apartment with the same antenna configuration.
Operated Jeep Mobile, offroad in the Tillamook State Forest the first day and from various places along I-5 the second day. This also included two POTA activations (K-5461 and K-0496).
Pipeline on 6 into SC and NC! Really
N6MI operated the June VHF 2022 contest on Frazier Peak in Ventura County, California from his television news van (n6mi.com). Six meters was open for most of the contest from DM04ms.
Had fun with this contest.
N6ZE/7 operated outdoors for the entire contest in the great PNW from his deck overlooking the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. There were no rain showers until the last hour of the contest! There was a good bit of VE7 activity from CN88 & CN89, but did not even hear Portland, OR (CN85) until the past 15 minutes of the event. It was nice to work W7MEM (DN17) located on the East side of the Cascades. N6ZE elected to be a Low Power Analogue Entry, which turned out to be quite favorable. There was an extremely high noise level part of the time, but managed a 2X Es QSO with N4SVC (EM80) in Florida. Rig: FT-991, 3 element 6 meter "Hilltopper Yagi"; 7 element Cushcraft 2 meter yagi; and an 11 element M>2 70 cm yagi. Getting to operate from the home PNWVHFS territory was great.
Casual coastal SoCal operation with new op AG6WO.
Grid DN78wo Brush Lake State Park MT
My first VHF contest, and my first contacts on 6 meters ever! This was a lot of fun, in part due to the kindness of the Arizona SideWinders on Two in welcoming me to VHF SSB in the couple weeks before the contest. Seeing the band open up, and close just as suddenly, gave me a clear appreciation for the Magic Band! Used an Icom IC-7100, using a 71' End Fed Random Wire at about 20 feet AGL to an 9:1 unun with a 21' counterpoise for 6 meters (a basic HF multibander), and an Elk portable log periodic on a 20 foot pole with Armstrong rotation for 2m and 70cm. All contacts were made with SSB, and the radio was trying to provide 100 watts on 6m, 50 watts on 2m, and 30 watts on 70cm. Thanks to all the operators who dug me out, and also to some of those really far 6m stations who couldn't hear me but impressed me nonetheless with the reach of the Magic Band. I'm looking forward to improving my station and my contesting chops, but this was a fun way to start!
A huge thanks to all the rovers for their efforts.
It was nice to see some propagation into Colorado for a change. Hope we have similar propagation on 6 meters for Field Day. Rig here is an ICOM IC 7610 running about 90 watts into a Radio Works 80 - 10 meter "Carolina Windom". Hope to be back for the next one with a better antenna. Thank you for the contacts. 73, Steve N7VS
K3S, 77 w into 165 inch vertical over Breedlove mobile mount
The band openings on 6 and 2 werethe best in years, and there was serious SSB action again even though 6 was open to Europe on Sunday via FT8. Couldn't work them all because FT8 is sooo slow!
I operated field day style as no permanent VHF antennas up yet. Put up my 3 element beam on a 5' tripod ground mounted, with four 4' sections of Army surplus aluminum tent poles (green!), behind the backyard shed. The beam was only 17' above ground at its perch. No rotor, so made a lot of trips from the house to the shed 125' away to turn the antenna, a LOT! Very nice to see lots of analog activity, especially CW. That made this contest a lot of fun. I enjoy operating any mode in a contest. I'm a contester, I want to maximize my Q count and mults. I am a CW op at heart, so it was really great to see all the CW signals on the 6M band. It was a piece of Heaven Sunday afternoon and evening with all the CW signals fighting for a small slot to call CQ! Not sure how much the new rules change impacted the analog activity. I've always been of the opinion, in order to move DIGI and analog out into different sand boxes to play, would be to modify the point structure...(ie) 1 more point per band for phone, and 2 more points per band CW. Example for 6m, 1 point digi, 2 points SSB, 3 points CW. Or modify the rules so a station can be worked on multiple modes per band, a point for each mode. Most contesters are going to take advantage of the option for more points, right IMHO, the current rule modification by adding an analog only category, adds a bit of unintentional animosity , or wall, between digi ops and analog ops. You catch a lot more bees when you sweeten the pot rather than add a wall. Now it's like saying, OK, you analog guys go play in your sandbox and the digi guys go play in yours. I don't see the incentive for the digi guys to move around as well as the analog guys unless there is a carrot, "more points" to incentivize someone to try something different. Like I said in the beginning of this soapbox, I'm a contester, I want to maximize my Q and multiplier count and the only way to do that is use all modes available. Lots of fun this weekend, and 6m cooperated nicely! 73 Gene, N9TF EM66IJ 85 watts to 3 elements at 17'
Another great ARRL contest. Thanks Bill
Another frustrating VHF contest weekend here in propagation-denied Southern CA. We had a decent opening for a few hours at the start of the contest and then the band went dead around 2200Z for the rest of the day. I got up early here and by 1500Z, dozens of EU stations were pouring in! I thought I'd died and gone to heaven - I even had to move to 50.323 for FT8 contacts. There weren't any EU on CW that I could hear, but still managed 13 new grids in EU and 1 DXCC (YO) to get to 76. I wasn't able to pick up any of the 24 FFMA grids I still need. The EU opening lasted about an hour, followed by a mediocre single hop opening to the Midwestern US that evaporated around 2100Z. The band remained dead the rest of the day. So, I figure I had about six or seven hours of propagation in total. All in all, it wasn't the worst VHF contest weekend given the horrors of the past few years, but other than the EU opening, nothing I'll reminisce about later. Thanks for the Qs and CU next time! 73 de NC6K
Due to other conflicts I operated less than 1 hour - SSB only.
It was a fun contest. As always station improvement need to be made. Made my farthest 2m contact with KK4MA FT8 at 1106 miles, with a 9700 and a 10ft base whip at 15 ft. Thanks to KB0ZOM for giving me the heads up on 2m and just telling me to try it.
Missed way too many points and mults because stations didn't confirm after I sent report. Crappy deal!
Was very nice to hear the 6 Meter phone band filled with W4s here in CM87!
My first VHF contest. Ran 100w into an 80m dipole with AT-200 LDG tuner, and TS-480 Didn't operate the whole time. Lots of fun!
Where are all the Voice/CW stations on VHF? I monitored the 2 and 70 CM calling Freq and did not hear a peep in Central Indiana. On a similar note, I monitored the FT8 freqs for 2M and 70CM and in a similar fashion did not hear any activity. Tried a few CQ's on both modes but had no responses. It will be interesting to see the results for the new analog only category. Rick
EVEN WORKED EU ON 6M WITH MY 80W AND DIPOLE !
Well after all it was a good contest struggled with a delta loop for 50mhz that had so much noise and it was about 18 feet high only .Made my first Europe contact. Not heard anything on 144mhz or 432.See you in the next contest,VA3FN!!!!
Had fun great opening on sunday.
All Contacts were made using 20W USB at 6m on a 30m sloper
I might have tried some FM on 2m and 70cm except high winds knocked over a tree destroying my vertical along with its support, as well as some other things that got in the way. 6m was great all weekend.
BAND QSOs MULTS 50 141 71 144 70 24 222 33 12 432 33 11 902 18 9 1.2G 17 9 2.3G 9 7 3.4G 8 7 5.7G 6 5 10G 11 8 24G 7 7 123G 7 7 LIGHT 6 6
This was low key effort done while out geocaching as well. 6 m opened up on Saturday and Sunday a bit so I got a number of QSOs in.
The V/Uhf contest was a lot of fun this year. I managed to get digital set-up on 6 and managed a few band opening contacts. Rigs used a new FTdx-10and FT897D on 2
Operating time was cut short due to lightning storms.
First time I activated 3 grids! A big thing, for me -- one year into VHF+ contesting/roving. A bit difficult to do given the somewhat constraining geography of Southern Vancouver Island.
FT-857 and 6 el. Yagi
Six meters was alive for much of the contest, with Tropo, Es, Double-Hop, and even F2 propagation. My first serious contest in quite some time, and my first using FT8 along with a few CW and Phone contacts.
176 * 78 = 13728 in 1:30
Very good conditions -best in years.
ER on Saturday, no contest. Sunday short opening in the AM enuff for 74 Q's. Poor bands out here in the Southwest. Maybe next year.
Only got to run for a short time, but what a BLAST! Got 2 new bands on the air 1 hour before the start, 222 and 432. Lots of fun and even worked into Mexico on 144. Made it all worth the effort!
First ever VHF contest, FT-891 100W on 6m with horizontal loop IC-705 on 2m/70cm 10W with home made dual band yagi
Nice Opening on 6 on SSB and CW!
Thank you for the contacts. Highlight was working JA stations on 6M FT8. Thanks for the 6M CW contacts. Thank you for sponsoring the contest. 73, Dan-W1QK & Peter-KA1SYG.
First entry in this contest in many years. Despite antenna problems, I thought I'd only give out points at first, but got hooked, and operated part time, analog only, 6 meters only. The band produced several openings, South, West, and into Europe, yielding 2 new DX entities on that band. It was refreshing to hear and work so much CW and SSB on the band for a change!
Very Good 6 Meter Opening during the contest. We worked the Netherlands and France. Great weather for most of the contest.
after submitting my log, the entry showed ALL BANDS, I worked only 6 meters
First licensed July 2019
The analog category was a good idea, but compared to FT8 there was almost no activity. I don't know if it was the bands or general frustration, but by Sunday all the activity seemed to dry up.
MY FAVORITE CONTEST OF THE YEAR. 3 FM Q'S ALL OTHERS FT4/8. GREAT BAND OPENINGS TO EUROPE AND ASIA TODAY.
It was good to get back on the air as a rover and had lots of fun doing it. We activated 8 grids across VA, WV, PA, DE and MD, while working 56 grids on a combination of 50, 144, 222, and 432 MHz, low power. While it was fun, we could not help but wonder "where are the FM and PH contacts" Better than 75% of our contacts were on 6m FT8. We heard some FT8 on 144, but weren't set up for that mode/band combination. Having reviewed previous results, we anticipated hearing lots of chatter along the I-95 corridor between NYC and Alexandria. Instead, it was sparse and south of Baltimore all our activity was on 6m FT8. Our antennas did a good job as long as we didn't mangle them. They consisted of sqloops and a magnetic loop on 6m. We had yagi antennas with us, but did not erect them due to moving along or making repairs to the sqloops due to antenna obstacles. The most fun was had when we implemented know-how, skill, and determination on antenna repair efforts after encounters with overhead structures or trees. In Reading, PA we were focused on navigation through dimly lit streets that diverted our attention from low tree branches. That momentarily laps was catastrophic! The pushup mast mounted to the hitch was knocked clean off the vehicle and dragged 30 yards down the road. Invoking the school of MacGyver ingenuity, the next morning we took the mangled pieced to the nearest hardware store and reconstructed the mast, mast mount, and 6m antenna. The 144 and 432 sqloops were beyond field repair. However, we used our back-up vertical antennas on mag mounts to kept us on the air. Roger's (KD6EFQ) navigation skills got us onto outstanding sparsely-used, secondary highways. Not only was the roving less stressful but the scenery was awesome and we actually got to see America up close, instead of taking a distant, hurried glance along heavily trafficked interstates. Next contest, we will have FT8 capability on multiple radios! 73
Fourlanders Contest Team
Lightning in area Saturday afternoon and evening, no chance to operate. Put antenna up Sunday and worked until storms in the area 5:30pm Had to take antenna down and go QRT.
Fourlanders Contest Team
Wish there was an analog only Rover!
Operated with Dave, W6MTR, from Santiago Peak, at the center of the Los Angeles Basin and San Diego metropolis. We arrived to a hot, dusty, buggy site, installed 11 antennas including horizontal loops, yagis, and mobile whips. Operated with portable power from solar panels and a backup generator. We were happy with both line-of-sight and E-skip conditions. --Gary, W6GLS
Checklog - If there is a discrepancy, give the benefit of the doubt to the other operator. My log keeping is by hand, not electronic.
Used two different HTs with antennas mounted on HTs. Ran 4 watts all QSOs. Mostly indoors. It was a lot of fun.
A number of stations were not logged because I never received final RRR :-( I wish people would not send one RR73 and assume that was received during crowded and erratic band cndx...MUCH preferred to use RRR and 73. My operating time was limited due to time required to tend the slash burning outside.
Brought Grandkid Parker (6 years old) along, he enjoyed learning to send his name in morse code.
Fun expedition to Mt Rose, but we were in a bowl so difficult to get RF out well.
and EM89 gridline
That was fun! 6m kept on going and going. Really great to hear so many signals on CW and SSB. It seems that the new entry category worked. I had issues with the 902/1296 gear that took a few hours to rectify. The last-minute Es on 144 was a real treat! Thanks to all for the QSOs and 73, Ron (W8RU).
limited operator time, held to 100 w and 5 elements
Did not use digital this year......good old days again!
Analog category did help this year.
Roved in 6 grids in Illinois. Had capabilities to operate on the 4 lower bands, but no activity on 222 MHz or 432 Mhz, probably due to 6M being so active. Worked 90 grids on 6m (all ft8) and 18 grids on 2m (all ft8). Tried the SSB portion of the bands, but found nobody there. Made 220 QSOs. Had a great time!!!
My 4 el 6 mtr beam has 5 to1 swr and usless. So I just kept switching between various HF antennas! I am not sure but I think my category is all mde. I used CW and FT8. 73 BoB WA1FCN
Nice EU opening and than later on West Coast
Wildest I've seen 6M.in years!
What fantastic conditions here! 6 meters was open at various times coast to coast and to Europe, South America and Japan. There were even a couple of brief sporadic E openings on 2 meters which netted me a 1,500 mile contact! My only complaint was a lack of activity on 432 (maybe it was there and I just wasn't seeing it). I rushed to get a 432 beam up with 4 hours to spare before the contest and only managed to work one other station. But all in all, this is how contests should be! John Price WA2FZW
First Rover experience. First VHF contest in 32 years.
Interesting observation that in same June contests, (Claimed Scores) 2022, Score 49,815/298/135, Points/Q's/Grids, 2008, Score 49,864/292/119 (no FT8 back then) 2009, Score 49,374/297/117 I had almost the exact same scores and my station setup is essentially the same. Operating times basically the same. Even with the total number of QSO's/Grids is very much the same, the upper band contacts suffered from less QSO's/Grids with a corresponding increase in QSO's & Grids on 6 meters due to FT8 & 6 meters open almost the entire time to somewhere. I also had similar totals in 2010, 47,232/269/123 with 6 meters also open at times and the past years also being near/at the sunspot peak 10-12 years ago. This contest for me had a much slower Q rate due to FT8 slow timing and SSB/CW Q's would be faster when the 6 meter band is open. It was hard to find the usual stations to run up the bands, even at the usual ending last hours rush. When all is said & done it will be interesting how the Analog only entry stations scores came out for this contest. I did also switch to 2 meter FT8 once every half hour or so to look for new activity & openings. I also checked 6 meter FT4 but saw no activity. The Higher bands (222 & up) I saw had no FT8 activity. While running on 6 meters I would tune around SSB on 2 meters looking for contacts. Most of the time 2 meters & up was very quiet except for the ocassional auto voice CQ callers. Another problem with WSJT built in logging is that it has no dupe checking and resulted in a small number of 6 & 2 meter Dupes (~20+) when I imported the contacts into my W3KM logger program. This results in not knowing which contact to delete as you don't know which contact the other station is eliminating or not. So I left them in with zero points. I also had an interesting 6 meter FT8 completed handshake contact with unknown GB8QLB station (checked on QRZ.com, not in China) in Grid KG15 (North of New Guinea in South Pacific water area), I deleted the contact. I would have had a LOL or Hi Hi if the suffix of the call was QLF as a bogus contact. This was not a WSJT computer glitch. Thanks to all the rovers out there to work. 73's CU next contest.
Great to hear ssb/cw stations again
Ran 10W, KX3, 130' CF Zepp and 2-el 6m Moxon antenna. Delighted to have such good band conditions for my first ARRL VHF Contest on 6 meters.
Best 50 mHz conditions I've every heard in a contest!
Indoor Dipole, 80w.
I really like the new sub-category of analog only as it encouraged more people to use SSB which was very nice. It added more character to the contest rather than just staring at a digital screen on a computer.
Great conditions this year!
Started contest to search for FFMA grids I needed. Eneded up contest with nice 2M opening. Good way to end the contest!
good opening on 6 Sunday morning
June 2022 best 6mtr propagation I've ever experienced!
It was a bit strange contest for me - most of the Es was in the evening. I did hear Europe mid-Sunday morning but my QRP signal was not enough. Thank you for creating the new category breakdown for this event. I am QRP portable - Analog Mode only.
I had a great time in the VHF contest. There was not much activity on 144 and 432 but I had some great CW runs on 6 meters and worked many new countries including Italy, England (twice), Austria, and Mexico. Definitely my best score ever in this contest
RoverLog is terrific! RoverLog is terrific!
June 2022 was a fun ARRL VHF contest indeed! It was great to say HI to so many friends, with everyone enjoying excellent E and F Layer Skip on 6 meters. I was thrilled to see conditions good enough to work a hundred grid squares on 6 meters - with a little rooftop beam and 200W. The biggest surprise was when I turned my little 6m beam around towards the nearby North Atlantic, and was able to work several EU stations across the pond "analog-only"!!! This was a particularly interesting VHF contest as it is the first that I have seen to specifically allow stations that are interested in competing strictly by using their human ears, voices, and fists to work other stations "analog-only", preserving our traditional analog modes of communication while competing in a class with other traditional analog mode operators. Meanwhile the folks that like digital modes can continue to enjoy and expand these semi-automatic computerized communication tools, while competing in a class with other like minded contesters. Hopefully this will all generate more and more activity on the VHF/UHF bands by providing a place for everyone's favorites modes! Best 73, and Stay Well, Chris WB2VVV FN41
Little propagation to SoFl Saturday but Sunday was very good
K3/10 @ 5W to a 6m Omni-Angle. CW only. Had fun.
This was my second time entering this contest... Lots of local stations from CN85 this year. I was hoping for a good opening to the East or most any DX area, the best was Brazil but no joy for a QSO. I did get one duplicate near the end of the contest - 4 minutes apart. See you again next year. Bill, WB6JJJ Sherwood, Oregon
Had fun - The skip conditions were good during the evening hours on 6 meters ; The 2 meter band was quite bad. I was quite successful this time here.
This was fun. My 2nd highest score. Operated Analog only, no digital. I missed the first 5 hours on Saturday and operated until 10:30pm cst when the band went out. Was up 7am cst Sunday for 1.5 hrs, bands dead here. Was back on 12pm cst. 6m open and making Q's to end of contest. No DX. No local 2M or 432 activity to speak of, very disappointed on those bands. We use to have a lot of 2m and 432 activity, the bands were dead, where is eveyone Picked up new grids, EN08 ND, and EM01 and finally worked KY for WAS. I need AK and HI for 6m WAS. Thanks for all the Q's. See you in July CQ vhf.
great contest lots of activity on 6m ft8
SUPER QSB CONDX, GREAT CONTEST THOUGH. Total time OTA was about 8 hours.
Had fun roving, great weather, decent conditions, even worked a guy in Oklahoima...pretty cool for 2 elements on 6m. I wish I'd had more time. I live close to the corner of 4 grids. I dragged Tage, K1SEI, along to observe and help wrangle wires, I may have got him hooked on VHF roving.
This was better for me than, my first vhf contest, last year score 286 points. Enjoyed this so much so made over 14k points. Had troubles with log in beginning I lost a few entries that couldn't get back. Big fingered it I guess, lol. But, kept on making contacts and got to a point I didn't want to stop. Only had a few confusing moments. When I was on hunt, they were multiple stations on frequencies and not sure who was the actual one I was making contact with. Other than that was a great experience and most of the stations competing were very professional and gracious about about making room on the 6m band.
Analog Only Category.