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I only had a few hours to get on the air, so I went up to a peak with road access north of phoenix. 6m dipole and 10' and an arrow beam handheld for 2 & 432. HTs for FM only on 22, 902 and 1.2. it was tough holding the antenna in one hand and the microphone in the other and logging on paper! AA4Q
Managed about an hour on the air after resurrecting the station. Progress towards roving the next day fell short with family gathering. Hey, its a log.
Operating from my cabin in Mathias, WV.
Glad to work the Rovers! SSB activity seemed low, and I don't do FT-8. My 3 GHz rig died, so I replaced it with my low-power (2-Watt) unit. Having the microwave Bands more than doubled my score.
First time as a Rover on 5 bands.
Couldn't have asked for a better September contest (except perhaps less rain on Sunday). Multiple 6M Es openings to the southwest, shortlived though the were, gave a big boost in mults.
I had a lot of trouble with the N1MM+ integration with WSJT-X and had to resort to standalone operation with the resultant fractured logs. My 160 watt 2m Mirage amp failed during the contest so the rest of the 2m QSOs were only with 35 watts. I was very pleased to catch a very long-lived meteor burn that resulted in three surprise 6m FT8 contacts up into New England. I took off a few hours to participate in the Alabama QSO Party and to watch some college football on TV, but I don't think I missed much doing that. 73, Walt, AJ6T, EM64 Alabama
NO OPENINGS DURING MY LIMITED TIME ON MADE FOR VERY SLOW CONTEST.
TO CHECK WEB LOG UPLOADER READINESS FOR 2019 SEPTEMBER VHF CONTEST
Operated the last few hours of the contest after driving to Maine. Glad to work VE1SKY in FN74 on 2 meter SSB as a highlight of the contest. Thanks to all the rovers for all their efforts traveling from grid to grid!
We had fun.
Too much time spent messing with log software
Murphy came early and often. After a week battle, I got the propane company to come out and fill our propane tank. This just in case we lost power during the contest. After about 2 hours, the utility power just went away and we were in the dark. The stupid generator did not start. We had to get a new battery installed by the Generac repair guy....and the generator still would not start and run. He had to replace a little sensor too. Finally we got that working. Then we found that all the off,on,off,on from the power company had ruined our 432 EME amplifier, again!! We moved the amp from the tropo station over to the EME station. Then in the morning, we moved it back. The bad power ruined one of the UPS backup units. Fortunately, we had a spare for that.
Note - there were handwritten comments/soapbox in this paper log file but they were not transcribed. (Scanned PDF of handwritten comments uploaded on 9/30/2019).
THANKS TO MOUNTAIN TOP W6TV, WAS A GREAT ROVE WITH N6NB, NI6G,AND WB6HYD
Working QRP from a mountain top, this was another fun year doing the September VHF contest. On top of that, it was combeind with SOTA VHF Long-distance trial and I made multiple contacts over 100 miles including 167 miles from Bandwidth Mountain to Fuji!
Not much activity, need better antenna system - will work on it!
Filing this log to verify QSO's with my QSO partners. 73, Jerry
Not a full effort on my part. Surprised by the weak Es into 5 Land Sat afternoon & enjoyed reconnecting with friends I havnt worked since August. Missed working some stations in CA by not being QRV at the start time. Damadged the Xmit side of the 222 Xvtr by accidentally overdriving it as I was assembling the station so this is a 3 band only entry. See you all in January!
Fun to see the equipment work.
Summary Sheet listed "Midwest" as Section; based on address and sent grid, submitting with Nebraska (NE) as Section.
first time in a long time I had twice as many grids on 2 mtrs than 6
Ran 100 watts to hb 6 element yagi on 50 mhz, 200 watts for a few q's, mostly 50 watts to 16 element yagi on 144 mhz, 50 watts to 23 element yagi on 432 mhz. 2.5 watts to 6 element yagi on porch for 222 mhz. Thanks to the ARRL for sponsoring this VHF and up contest. And, thanks to all for taking time to get on the air and keeping our bands active. Operating time, 6 hours Saturday, 2 hours Sunday. 73, Kent/KA2KQM EM74tm
We are Der FunkWagen. KA5D.com
Fun to run the family station.
KS, OK Total QSOs 80 Total Points 144 Total Multipliers 24 Operated LOW power - 5 watts or less FM This was my first solo rover with a couple of hand held and low power. I set out to support N0LD and his rover attempt. I tried to talk with other hams, but they could not hear me. Next time I may us external antennas or better equipment.
Happy September VHF Contesters! This was the event that I always looked forward to when I was first licensed, and this year was no exception! 5W to an eFactor dual band halo was enough to make a few QSOS. Not a huge score, but still FUN!!
Chilly setup on Big Mountain in WPA in the early morning with temperatures in the mid-50s, quickly warming into the mid-70s with a cloudless sky. Operated 6m, 2m, 1.25m and 70cm on Sunday.
My third September VHF QSO party entry. Had good Es opening Saturday evening and worked 3 stations in Phoenix and Denver areas.
Lots of activity from EN44 & EN34.
September Rove was fun as always. Good to hear from friends near and far.
This was the first ham radio contest that I have participated in. What can I say - it was a blast. I know I don't have a huge score, but I am still very proud of it. I did a lot of research and planning working up to it. I even moved my shack into the garage to shorten my feed line run to limit line loss. For my modest station (FT-736R driving a brick on 2, and 30 watts on 432 - both into 10 and 11 element beams), I think I did great. I am fortunate to have met some great operators that have given advice to help me develop in the hobby. VHF weak signal has really started to become my main interest in the hobby and I am looking forward to expanding on it. Conditions were excellent off to my southwest, which allowed for a few long distance SSB contacts that I never imagined getting over those days. Of course a couple days after the contest the band opened off to the southeast and I made a SSB contact into EN70 on 2 meters.
Used two transceivers: one FM only (2m and 73cm) and one SSB only (2m only) and Arrow brand J-Pole about 20' above ground.
This was my first contest and I enjoyed participating thoroughly. I also learned a lot. Thank you!
Icom 746 100 Watts, Comet Magnet Mount Mobil antenna in attic
Loma Alta (SOTA W6/NC-350)
rookie ham licensed 10/21/18
Unplanned last minute entry.
No SSB or CW activity. Fairly boring wih just FT-8 QSOs.
Stuck in WSJT-X? Consider CW/SSB/FM at the top of every hour! Run the bands with your neighbors and local rovers. Give it 10 or 15 minutes. Everyone's logs will thank you, including your own. Thanks, all!
Kenwood TS-570S and Stessed Moxon for 6m SSB/digital, Baofeng UV-5R and vertical antenna for 2m FM
Casual operating just for fun
Limited effort this year due to lots of family obligations. Still had some fun, seemed like a fair number of rovers/portables out and about. Thanks for the QSOs!
RoverLog is terrific!
Short contest for me.
A surprise sporadic-E opening was a treat Saturday night of the contest on 6 Meters. Tropo was down this year.
MN, IA, MO, OK Total QSOs 233 Total Points 354 Total Multipliers 81
Our Plan was shortened in real time due to band openings. Had interesting conversations with the farmers.
The web submission form seems to be calculating the score incorrectly. 26 QSOs 25 QSOs on 50/144 = 25 pts 1 QSO on 10GHz = 4 pts 29 pts x 10 multipliers = 290 Web form calculated score of 130
Tnx to the organizers
Great job by the AZ Rover Swarm to keep us all busy for two days!
Band conditions were flattered than a pancake, rolled over twice by a steam roller!
Did not make very many QSOs but was thrilled to QSO K6MYC in DM07 on 222.100 MHz USB (over 150 miles from my QTH) with just 7 watts PEP output. Who needs a linear??!!? Did not QSO or even hear any rover stations, despite good weather in my grid square and the grids around it.
6M - MFJ 9406, TE Sys 0510G, Par Omniangle up 22 ft 2M - Kenwood TR751A, Par Omniangle up 26 ft
New to VHF and up, and my first contest in my 49 years as a ham. Contacts not easy on these bands, with some very hard fought. I learned to use propogation modes to your advantage, and on 6M MS you don't point your beam at a station to work him!
This was my first September VHF Contest after an absence of seven years. The band was flat here in the Arkansas Ozarks with only one short opening into South Florida on 6 meters that only lasted about a minute. Was only able to work close in to states surrounding Arkansas. Had some interesting band runs with those who were available. Already planning on January Vhf Contest. 73. Joe N5QYC
RoverLog is terrific!
Fun contest! All QSOs SSB or FM (NO FT USED) Weather summary for weekend: partly cloudy, misting, pelting rain at various times; winds southerly 5 - 25 miles per hour; temperatures ~65F on Saturday and ~60F on Sunday. No trop enhancement noted, but big surprise were Sunday QSOs on both 2m & 70cm with W7MEM in DN17 (ID) at 252 miles over the Cascades! I also had comms with him on 2 meters at mid-day and early evening. Rovers were active, but SOTA stations and stations casually mobiling on 2 or 70 cm FM added to the QSO totals this time: thanks to them. QSOs were made with just over 70 unique callsigns. Rigs: FT991 with 1/4 wave mag mount whip on 6m; 7 el. Cushcraft yagi on 2m; & 11 el, M-2 yagi on 70 cm. TM231 with 6 el. "VJB Cheapie yagi" on 135 cm ALINCO DJ-G29 with 10 el. "VJB Cheapie yagi" on 33cm ALINCO DJ-G7 with 10 el. "VJB Cheapie yagi" on 23cm See you in January from DM04ne or CN87tw
Great tropo on Saturday to the south and then a couple sporadic E openings on Sunday made for some good distance contacts.
Icom IC-7300, Heil Pro Micro Headset, and Homebrewed 2 element cubical Quad up 25 feet pointing N/W. Worked the three Ops I heard. I was operating on 6 Meter SSB only, LP, as a Single Op. Maybe next time I will have a functioning rig for 2 meters and 70 CM. 73, N7MZW
Three QSOs with Band 222 were transcribed as X-QSO: since entry category selected on Summary Sheet is 'Single Operator, 3 Band' On third log page, the only Date listed is "9-15-19" but Time rolled from 2353 to 028 between 25th & 26th lines on that page, Date was entered as 2019-09-16 from the QSO with the 028 Time until the end.
I added 902 and 1296 and long loop antennas for new bands for a great improvement to my score from last year. No 6m opening was a bummer, but the rover swarm kept me very busy. A big thanks to all the rovers for their tremendous effort to keep it interesting. Keeping up with you guys was crazy at times, but a lot of fun. I kept the amplifiers off and ran phone only. It still amazes me how good 10 to 25 watts works at UHF frequencies. I'll be adding 2304 and digital to the mix for the January contest.
I did not get the good antennas on the new tower quick enough for the contest so I had to use a Homebrew Squalo for 6 meters and a Discone antenna for 2 meters.
Not much in the way of band openings, but digital modes made up for a lot.
Poor Activity Found and entered 19 Qs on the "2 mtr" log page, count on was only 17. Counts agree for the other 2 bands.
During Transcription, entered dates one day later for QSOs showing times starting with "0"
As per usual the southern stations do not look to the north as most of the points to be had are in the south and west of them, as larger density of operators are there. Should be a digital class for the contest with the popularity of the new FT8 and FT4 and other digital modes. As I mentioned to Ria Jairam by email, I think we Amateurs in N.N.Y, Albany and above should be in N.N.Y. division not ENY as the density of Amateurs is much smaller than in the lower part of N.Y. so we will be competing on an even basis. As it is some of the NNY counties extend below the county I am in (Washington) and I am in ENY. Just my 2cents worth.
On third log page, the only Date listed is "9/15/19" but Time rolled from 2352 to 0013 between 15th & 16th lines on that page, Date was entered as 2019-09-16 from the QSO with the 0013 Time until the end. Numerous duplicate QSOs were noted that APPEAR to HAVE BEEN included in the count of "Valid QSOs" on the Summary Sheet.
RoverLog is terrific!
Most activity on 6 and 2m is now on FT8. This makes it difficult to ask stations to change bands with the present ft8 format. I suggest 2 possibilities: 1) possibly expand ft8 format to include message packages (TX7,8,etc) asking station to qsy to xxx band 2) designate specific hours (by band) during the contest when ssb/cw are recommended so band-hopping can be facilitated. I was surprised that no FT4 was being used as it was specifically designed for contest use although it is less sensitive than FT8, sometimes an issue on VHF/UHF.
First time using a Flex 6600M with an Q5 XVTR for 2M. The ability to see and bounce is pretty handy.
This is my first time using logging software ever,however when filling out the info there was no way to eliminate 220 mhz so it put me in the all band class? I Operated 3 bands low power only.The contest was mostly a local event with the exception for a brief opening south of the border on msk 144. Bob VA6ZO/VA6PPZ P.S. I found the error in my submission and it has been corrected.
Except for 1 SSB Phone QSO, All WSJT-X From Eastern Canada, to be in this contest, thank goodness for meteorscatter and MSK144
First Contest entered ever....
BAND QSOs MULTS 50 73 17 144 93 21 222 45 11 432 50 10 902 25 9 1.2G 26 9 2.3G 17 8 3.4G 8 4 5.7G 6 4 10G 4 2 24G 4 4 LIGHT 4 4 RVFHG eligible score 69871 The EN82 site is outside the circle
My transmitted mode is shown for cross-mode contacts Log contains 4 duplicate QSOs not counted towards claimed score Equipment - 50 MHz K2+xvtr+amp 50W, Moxon/mobile vert. 144 MHz IC-7000 50w, 5 el. Yagi/mobile PAR Omni 222 MHz K2+xvtr 20W, 7 el Yagi/mobile dipole, HT/duck 432 MHz K2+xvtr+amp 100W, 11 el. Yagi/mobile dipole
Digital, SSB, CW, FM. Sporadic E, scatter and tropo prop made for an interesting contest.
START-OF-LOG: 3.0 START-OF-LOG: 3.0 START-OF-LOG: 3.0
FT8 all the way with 10 watts and 2m SQUALO inside the shack!
Thank you for sponsoring the contest.
I finally got all the transverters to work with the Apache Labs Anan 100D SDR !
Not sure why is says DX. i was in FN31LQ
Rig Yaesu 847 Ant. m2 Squalo all 3 bands-can't wait til January! 73
I’m not much of a contester but I enjoyed working ft8 on 6 meters with my 5 element yagi. The trouble came when I up loaded my log as there apparently were issues getting WSJT-x JTAlert and HRD Logbook to work together correctly. I’m indebted to Paul, N1SFE who works for the ARRL who is the contest program manager. He offered to repair my log and submit it for me! Now that’s going above and beyond the call in my book. A big TNX to Paul and the League. Rick, W2JAZ
DISCONE ANTENNA IN ATTIC - EL 12 METERS, TS-990 50 WATTS - HELLO ANDY & PETER
IC-7610 & G5RV
IC-7300 W/ MP1 VERTICAL
Had a great time operating at 7,200 ft at the Duncan Peak Lookout
While we supposedly were in a tropo opening, we didn't think conditions were outstanding. In fact, we found 2m and 222 to be a struggle. Our one highlight of a possible opening was reaching out to KD9GKL/WS9V in EM59 from the EN21/31/32/22 grid corner from one of those grids. We do not operate FT8 from the rover. We thought activity was down. But we can't complain--we stayed busy. We took some night photos with a full moon and interesting clouds when we were on "Keister Hill" at EN33do.
In the days leading up to the contest I was scrambling to get some antenna upgrades in place and getting my "new" Tonna 55-element antenna on 1296 piped into the shack. As I mentioned last week, I also had a feed-line problem on 144 MHz, so I added a temporary replacement into the work mix. With the adapting from PL-259 to N and such I probably lost a dB or two on that band, but no biggie. Saturday morning and early afternoon a few local hams, including KC9JTL and me, helped direct parking cars at the Vernon County Fair and that effort included making a bit of noise on VHF FM. After I got home and put in an hour or so making the last fixes to the antennas and in the shack, I was able to put in a few hours of contest time on Saturday evening, a bit of time on Sunday morning, then a bit more time late Sunday afternoon. Conditions seemed flat to slightly positive. Others talked about some enhancement to the north, but I didn't really experience any. I think the new K1FO-style antenna on 222 MHz worked quite well. And I was finally able to make my first contact on 1296 MHz! I tried that band twice on Saturday, with K9MU and N0AKC. I could hear them fine, but my 1 - 1.5 watts running into the huge trees to my north prevented them from hearing me. But on Sunday morning I was able to make a full QSO with W0UC -- thanks Paul! As always, the rovers were great. I didn't catch Janice and Bruce in every grid, but was able sweep the bottom four bands with them where I did catch them. Thanks also to KC0SKM/R!
First time running 100% FT8.
I was surprised that I didn't find anyone on FT4, It's supposed to be the contest mode.
Much better conditions on Sunday evening!
*OLD* summary sheet used so default to SOHP Log pages show local time and am/pm; translated times (and dates, as necessary) from Eastern time to UTC (add 4 hours).
Horrible band conditions this year!
Thanks to all the rovers!!
Not many station on SSB or CW on 50 MHZ. More activity 144 MHZ. There was a lack of the usual local stations. Most operated digital FT8 maybe there should be a separate weekend for phone and CW and one just for digital. 73, Don WA8TWM
Summary Sheet listed "Great Lakes" as Section; based on address and sent grid, submitting with Michigan (MI) as Section. Also, "FM" shown as mode for ALL QSOs but "SOLP" is clearly checked as Category on Summary Sheet.
Operation was at SOTA location Mt Lewis, W6/CT-246, at 8396' elevation in the San Gabriels Mountains, north of Los Angeles.
Two Meters had some moments on Sunday morning with some minor tropo enhancements.
SEP 2019 CONTEST RECAP New usual equipment: Yaesu F897-D/Mirage B5018-G amp/preamp, same 13LBA 43’ up. And it’scertainly true that electrical and electronic equipment does NOT like me. On Saturday I made NO contacts between 21:45 and 23:18. In fact, I didn’t HEAR anybody, though the noise level did its usual variation as I swung the beam and the SWR seemed typical. WA2GFN suggested that I see if I could hear a repeater on FM. One, barely. But when I switched back to SSB I was right back in business, making 9 contacts between 23:18 and 23:55 (WB1GQR FN33 calling me), also including KA2LIM/R in FN11. And it stayed precipitation-free here, though a weak front sliding through surely didn’t help propagation. So I battled my way through, picking up 16 grids (though only 60 contacts) on Saturday. Sunday started off quite well. I made my first contact of the day at 13:50 and another 13 by 15:15, including both FN23 and FN44 (N1JEZ, who called me). Then it sadly fell apart. I only made another 18 contacts the rest of the contest, none after 01:30 on the 16th, though LIM did call me for FN12, so I got my 19th grid - never did hear an FN10, much less N3MK in FN27 (if he was on). So my score was two contacts better than the June contest. (It’s also true that the last few hours I wasn’t calling CQ after CQ with little break. I was quite tired and it wasn’t getting me much of anything, though the FN00 was an unexpected bonus.) It was a little odd. FM29s were scarce, FM19s were not. And, with W4IY back on in FM08, I worked both 08 and 09. FN32s were around, too. No FN22s again, and nothing from WNY again except LIM. But I did get an unexpected call from W0GPR/R for my second FN00, and his QRZ page says he QSLs. I wonder what county he was operating from. In fact, I sent out 12 QSL cards for new stations - that’s a LOT for only 92 contacts - and several say they will QSL. At least there was little QRM and not much QRN. Kept the preamp on most of the contest, even sometimes in the noisy area to the southwest, which wasn’t always noisy Almost 72 and still putting in 9+ frantic hours of CQing on Saturday and another 13 on Sunday. See you in January. WB2CUT PAPER LOG TRANSFORMED FROM WB2CUT'S RTF FILES INTO CABRILLO AND SUBMITTED VIA WEB UPLOADER APP http://contest-log-submission.arrl.org/
Conditions OK. Very little activity.
OPERATED MULTIOP IN KALAMA/KELSO AREA CN86. EQUIPMENT ISSUES LIMITED TO 5 BANDS, BUT ONLY WORKED 2 SUCCESSFULLY. SIGNIFICANT 2M FM ACTIVITY COMPARED TO PREVIOUS CONTESTS. FM AND SSB 70CM HEARD ABOUT EQUAL AT THIS QTH. 6M FM HEARD BUT NONE WORKED DESPITE MANY CALLS AND SEVERAL SKEDS. VERY CLOSE 6M STATION WAS CAUSING MAJOR INTERFERENCE RUNNING FT8 OR OTHER DIGI MODE IN SSB PORTION. HEARD FM CARRIER IN 6M SSB SEGMENT NUMEROUS TIMES. SEVERAL OPS HEARD TYING UP BANDS FOR MORE THAN A MINUTE AT A TIME WHILE TRYING TO FIND A PEN, FIX A LOGGING SOFTWARE ISSUE, ETC.
Not a barn burner submission. Ran 6m dipole at 20 ft and a 2m vertical also at 20 feet. Surprised 2m stations heard me, since I am using a vertical at 20 feet. FT8 seemed to help in that respect and probably would not have made any qsos on 2m SSB or Cw. Great fun no matter! Dan Jones - WB8JAY
The VHF conditions were typically on the poor side (no skip signals were heard on the six meter band), but still had fun - Thanks for the contest.
Being in the RF Black hole of the Midwest, there was not much fm activity. Maybe everyone was working FT8. Best qso was 114 miles.
At present limited to only six meters
Ms Pat-WT7N, Mike-W7MKE, Chuck-AC7QN, and Rich-KR7W, members of the Mt Rainier ARC drove to the Sunrise Visitor Center located in the Northeast part of Mt Rainier National Park- to hike approx 2.5 miles to the true summit of Mt Fremont (also a Summits on the Air summit, W7W/RS-005). The hike begins at 6600 ft elevation and gains approx 900 ft. The last 1/2 mile of the trek is off trail or X-country. We operated 6M SSB, 2M+70CM SSB, 2M FM and logged 65 valid QSOs from CN96 over a 3 hour period- using 5 watts or less to home-built antennas. Radios: Yaesu FT-817, Elecraft KX3, Kenwood D-72. Best DX was into VE7, British Columbia- approx 150-200 miles. WX was about 45 degrees with low hanging clouds. No view of Mt Rainier was had. Photos by WT7N.
W3BFC operated 2 grids but didn't sign /R. All contacts logged as PH despite mode.
Really fun! and CNDX terrible, but with national celebration too!!
It was terrible conditions this weekend, but I'm present here