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AA4Q   Contact Moderator
Operated field-day style in the Forest on the high elevation
Mogollon Rim in Arizona's DM44.
 
AB4DX   Contact Moderator
MY FIRST VHF CONTEST
 
AF4JF/R   Contact Moderator
Second time using SDR Pluto.
 
AJ4W   Contact Moderator
no real openings Same day as AL qso party?
 
AL1VE   Contact Moderator
Smoke, smoke, and more smoke. Just when you thought you
had seen everything roving.
 
K1HC   Contact Moderator
Thanks to al the rovers!
 
K1MTD   Contact Moderator
Where is everybody? Yikes, band conditions were terrible from my
location the first day. But 2 meters was open Sunday morning for a
fun
contesting day!
 
K2HN   Contact Moderator
First time in years on 6M.  Thought I'd try ft8 with conditions as they are.  Had a tough time with
minimal antenna system.  Made first contacts on 6 the first day but 2nd day very few. Thanks to
those who pulled me out. Will be better prepared for next year.
 
K2PHD   Contact Moderator
Used my Ft-817 with mobile whip antenna.
 
K3FR   Contact Moderator
I guess I have formally joined the "cap pistol" contest station category: my antenna was only an
inside 5/8ths mobile whip mag-mounted to a discarded Washing machine top and stood up for horizontal
polarization. Began working something more reasonable during the contest. Still had a lot of fun on
one of my all-time favorite contests.
 
K3TW   Contact Moderator
"FT8 has reduced the activity in this contest to nearly zero!  It's time put FT8 QSOs in a separate
category."
 
K4YRK   Contact Moderator
Good FT8 activity on 6m.
 
K5QE   Contact Moderator
This was the worst VHF contest that I have ever seen.  Propagation was
truly awful.  Even our mainstay, 2M EME, was really bad.  We had to strain
to work contacts via the moon.  I was hoping that the 222 crowd would come
out in force, but no luck there either.  We actually quit 6 hours early!!
That has never happened before.  FT8 continued to kill off any real chance
of working some rate.
 
K6VHF/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
What a blast was this VHF September Contest. K6VHF/R team reunited this year and participated as our
old team. Initially plan was to cover 14 grid squares and drive across 3 states AZ, NM and TX. The
first few hours showed that there is no propagation, no signs ot tropo and sporadic so we executed
our plan B. Plan B was to stick with AZ and cover as many grids within urban areas and high
elevation points. This decision was correct. We drove 840 miles in two days across central and south
parts of Arizona. Total of 8 grid squares were activated successufully. It could have been 9 but
DM51 was tough for us. We were happy to make QSOs on 902 and 1296 MHz, propagation on those bands
was great. Overall we satisfied with the results and looking forward to participate next year as
well. Best regards and 73 from K6VHF/R team.
 
K7ALO   Contact Moderator
Pacific Northwest VHF Society
 
K7EME   Contact Moderator
First time operating portable in this contest. At 8000 ft, but in some trees.  Solar for 50% of the
time. Next time will bring 222 and digital along.Yagis on 2,432,1296. Loop on 6 meters.
 
K7SMA   Contact Moderator
Six Meters conditions were terrible, only 7 multipliers for the entire contest. I was fortunate that
there were many locals on Simplex frequencies to help boost my score a bit. I sure hope for better
conditions in January!
 
K7YDL   Contact Moderator
A brief 3 band effort was all I could muster this year. A nearby forest fire (the Chehalem Mountain
fire)  threatened my Oregon home for 3 full days before the contest.
Lucky I didn't lose the whole QTH!
 
K7YO   Contact Moderator
This was a fun contest.
 
K8GP/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
It has been 3 years since Terry (W8ZN) and I (Andy K1RA) roved in an ARRL VHF contest in the K8GP
rover.  We'd put a fair amount of time this year into reworking the van. This included rebuilding
the front pneumatic mast, switching V/UHF amps from 12V to 50V and migrating from batteries to
generator. We also built an I/F switching system that allowed us to share the 4 low bands between
both operating positions using 2 sets of power divided antennas on 50-432 MHz on the forward and
rear masts. My normal low band position also had a small 900 & 1296 MHz setup. Terry had his usual
902-10368 MHz uwave gear on the rear pneumatic mast. We got a late start and ended up running our
route in reverse: FM08us, FM09te, FM19aw and FN00rg.  Conditions were above normal at our first two
grids, with nice propagation up the coast Saturday evening and Sunday morning, with best DX from
FM09te to FN74 with VE1SKY at ~780 miles on 144 MHz FT8.  Unfortunately our gamble to go to FN00rg
Sunday night didn't pan out as the front never pushed through early enough to cash in on much big
DX. Terry did manage to work K2DRH on 144 MHz FT8 in EN41 at ~620 miles though. 

73

andyz - K1RA @ K8GP/R
 
K9KM   Contact Moderator
20.16 ARRL SEPT VHF Replacement log
 
K9WKJ   Contact Moderator
bands just would not pop
 
K9YR   Contact Moderator
No 6 meter openings during the contest, but noticed on Sunday evening the winds were calm and the
sky was clearing. Figured that some VHF enhancement might be in order for the last few hours,
managed a few longer distance 2 meter contacts, including my best was NF2RS/R in FN02 on CW. After
complaining my 432 antenna was not working well, this contest the 432 antenna actually was working
better than I thought it could.
 
KA0PQW   Contact Moderator
Fun contest. 6 meters 100 w 7 el yagi 50 feet 2 meters 100 w 17 el yagi 1.25 100 w 10 yagi 432mhz
100 w 16 el yagi Thanks for having it. 73 Matt ka0pqw
 
KA5WSS   Contact Moderator
Conditions were not good on 6M here at all.
 
KA6KEN   Contact Moderator
IT WAS FUN LIGHTING UP A RARE GRID SQUARE, CM94, ESPECIALLY FOR THE HAMS IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA OVER
200 MILES AWAY!
 
KB0YHT/R   Contact Moderator
Due to Covid-19, I decided to operate only on Saturday, and only in Oklahoma.
Initially, I was going to operate CLASSIC with two people in the rover, plans
change so I operated solo.  I enjoyed supporting the other rovers I worked,
and giving contacts to fixed stations. I enjoyed this trip!
 
KB5WBH   Contact Moderator
All FT8 contacts.
73
Michael KB5WBH
 
KB7IOG   Contact Moderator
I always enjoy working everyone.
Thanks for the contacts.
 
KB8W   Contact Moderator
My fourth September VHF QSO party entry. Some Es all day Saturday but mostly not enough for
contacts.
 
KC0P/R   Contact Moderator
Four stations in WI helped with QSO count
 
KC1MXI   Contact Moderator
North Pack Mountain
50w through 4 element yagi
 
KC2WUF   Contact Moderator
40m/20m ladder-line dipole up 25 feet and a 6m dipole up 24 feet
roughly perpendicular
 
KD2QAR   Contact Moderator
First time participating in VHF contest.
 
KD5IKG/R   Contact Moderator
Busy work week, fit a little contest roving in for the Saturday and Sunday morning
 
KD6EFQ   Contact Moderator
Great propagation along the coast in evenings and variable propagation
over-land.    Very few non-FM 222 stations heard.   Many
non-contesters joined in to give points and to observe where their
station could be heard and how their station could hear others without
use of repeaters.    One station was on air for the first QSO ever
simply because he heard my station identify with my city location.
KN6IRV, David, in San Pedro, was very pleased to be able to hear and
be heard by KD6EFQ (operating portable with 45W on 2m) in San Diego.
Non-contest QSOs continued into the night with remarks and discussions
of radios, antennas, and conditions.
 
KD6RMS/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
 
KD7WPJ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I escaped from California fires, and operated from rare grid DM27 in Nevada. For my operational
place I choose a primitive campsite at Upper Pahranagat Lake on the National Wildlife Refuge. I was
able to make only few MSK144 contacts during the September 2020 VHF Contest, but I achieved my goal
and found a nice nature place and a fresh air in addition to the rare grid activation.
 
KE1R   Contact Moderator
A great thrill to be on 6m with new SteppIR DB11 and having fun in a VHF contest. Had not been on 6m
since days of vacuum tubes in San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s when 6m mobile units and repeaters
were a big deal, all crystal controlled. And the days of proximity to channel 2 interference when
many people had TV rabbit ear antennas.
 
KF7KTC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Difficult conditions. On Saturday I tried to set up a portable station on Genoa Peak, NV at DM09bb,
but the Forest Service had closed all access to the National Forest. I drove to an alternate
location on McClellen Peak, NV at DM09dg. It was on Bureau of Land Management land, so no
restrictions. The last 1 1/2 miles to the peak are Jeep trail hell and took almost 30 minutes to
negotiate. I got to the site and "No Trespassing" signs are at the actual peak location, so I drove
1/4 mile to a location below the peak and set up my station. The antenna was a homebrew "Hentenna"
that I have used before for field day, and find very effective. The rig was a Yaesu FT-2900. Power
was off of an automobile battery. I double checked my antenna connections and SWR before starting. 
Working from 19:00 UTC to 23:00 UTC, I had to take my station down after 23:00 UTC due to increasing
winds. I was working 2 meters simplex and called almost continuously, but I only got two contacts
from Reno, NV. Smoke from the fires in California was dense and getting worse. I could feel it in my
lungs by the time I finished my take-down. Temperature was about 86 degrees. I didn't try to return
to the location on Sunday.
 
KG5EIU   Contact Moderator
Bands were rough but still made some contacts
 
KG6BXW/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Best rover score to date looking forward to the next contest! First time operating 220mhz, worked a
lot of folks during the drive. Next time I plan to add a directional antenna to my setup and to try
some meteor scatter.
 
KJ2G/R   Contact Moderator
Thanks to all who participated. No digital modes used. Good to hear more rover activity than in
previous contests, though it was difficult to work many of them.
 
KK4BZ   Contact Moderator
Thanks for the fun!
 
KM5RG   Contact Moderator
No propagation at all on 6m. No Tropo either. Tried Meteor scatter for the 1st time. 3 QSOs.
 
KN6FKQ   Contact Moderator
Good fun.
The conversations on the side are interesting to hear, too.
Surprised at some of the DM13 contacts I got; especially with KN6FDP
on a summit in San Marcos on 220 with my 5W HT. Likely the longest
simplex contacts of mine yet.
 
KN6IOB   Contact Moderator
First time participating in any contest with all the gear being mine AND it not being cheap stuff.
It was filled with great lessons: 
I want a new antenna and it needs to be mounted on the roof not in the attic. 
I need an All Band big and/or 6m and 1.25m for the fun of it. 
Not everyone is ready for quick QSOs, I get it. It's just a hobby. 

Seems like 2M was happening, as expected. Mostly in spurts but still there and fun. 70cm was filled
with QRN not just on my side but other commented as well. Odd but still allowed for exchanges. 

There was never any 1 person hogging the calling frequency as there has been in the past. In fact
there were numerous QSOs on .490 and .550 which was great since I feel so many people forget that
there is an entire section of the band available for simplex. 

Logging shows only 196 now but earlier it showed higher. I think the earlier count was from QSOs
that got duplicated then deleted when I manually checked the logs. A couple points isn't going to
matter at this level. 

Thanks to all! 
73
 
KX6A/R   Contact Moderator
Just started VHF contesting this year and decided to try my hand as a Rover
in DM13 and DM03. Had fun and learned a lot! Saturday was pretty busy, muc
h quieter on Sunday. Missed an AZ multiplier on 2m phone late Sunday - othe
r op could not copy my call before he faded. Looking forward to the next co
ntest.
 
KX7L   Contact Moderator
With all the smoke in the air throughout the Northwest, I wasn't
sure quite what to expect from this contest.  Would we see
signals greatly attenuated?  Certainly there seemed to be fewer
Rovers than usual, that's understandable.  But if anything, I
think conditions were much better than usual, even if there was
very little Es.  Stations I usually struggle to work (like
VE7DAY), were worked on the first call.  I was able to easily
complete a QSO with KA6BIM down in CN73, who I've never quite
managed to complete with in the past.  Likewise I worked AL1VE in
DN04 for a new grid, and heard K6NGN several times way down in
CN92, a grid I've never heard before on 6.  I'd be interested in
hearing if others experienced the same thing.  Thanks for all the
Q's!
 
N0JK   Contact Moderator
A busy weekend with grandchildren. Was able to set up portable Sunday
morning on
6 Meter msk144. Nice sunny fall day. Conditions seemed good and I was
able to
complete a number of contacts. Station consisted of 10 watt MFJ-9406
and a 2 el
yagi on a 10 foot mast. W9FF (EN40) and W8GEX (EM79) had huge signals.
Nice to
find K0VG in rare EN27. Copied many more stations. But on meteor
scatter size
(power) does make a difference!
 
N0LD/R   Contact Moderator
Due to Covid-19, we decided to stay at home instead of a hotel.  This
Limited us to Oklahoma - so we operated from the NE part of OK on
Saturday and the SW portion on Sunday.  We normally operate as part
of a rover pack, but one of the rovers had other plans.  Indeed, the
other rover could only operate for a portion of Saturday.
Initially, we were going to operate CLASSIC with two people per rover,
but due to the changing plans, we decided to operate 3 people which
put us firmly back in UNLIMITED territory. We operated from some unique
hilltops this trip, since it was initially a CLASSIC rover plan.  We
truly enjoyed working people from all over - instead of focusing on
rover to rover activity.  Memorable points were the highway overpass
west of EL RENO, OK and Mt Scott near LAWTON, OK.  Pictures will be
available in the ARRL SOAPBOX.
 
N1AV   Contact Moderator
Thanks to all the rovers!
 
N1IA   Contact Moderator
6 meter dipole in bedroom
2 mete 5 element beam in bedroom
 
N1MU/R   Contact Moderator
Very casual rove with the Icom IC-706MkIIG and a vertical.  Stopped in for an eyeball at W2SZ's FN22
location.  Good to see the crew.
 
N1NW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Chuck-NA1CN and Chip-N1MIE setup on top of a hill in Norwich and used the club callsign for RASON
(Radio Amateur Society of Norwich), N1NW. Setup started shortly before lunch. A break for lunch was
held and a trip to Jersey Mike's was made. Operations began right on time and ended for the first
day shortly before dusk. Operations began on the second day around 09:30L and continued until around
12:30L. The site was broken down and policed. We were visited as we were cleaning up at the end of
day 1 by a local family who were curious about our activities. We spent about 20 minutes explaining
ham radio to the father and his 3 daughters.
 
N1QDQ/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
N1QDQ/R Working FN 41,42,32,31 - Yaesu 991A into two mobile whips for
50 and 144+432, one Elk LPDA for 144+432 on a homebrew armstrong pvc
mount. Had a great time. First Rover experience in many years! Solo
op. No driver or second op.
 
N1SFE   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I finally got the portable station together- an Icom 7000 that I picked up specifically for VHF
contesting as it has 6/2/440 all modes. Power was supplied by a Bioenno Power 15ah battery. This was
the first contest where I had 6 Meter SSB capability.  The last 2 VHF events I entered, I did as an
FM only. and I really didn't hear much FM activity in the Central CT area.  For September, I had
borrowed a 6 Meter rotatable dipole from Joe, NJ1Q and it seemed to work out quite well, even
without the great conditions on 6 Meters during the June contest.

We (the YL and I) ventured to a new spot for me, this was located on a hilltop that is an active
dairy farm in FN31tq.  We even had a visit from some Bovine friends on Saturday afternoon (see
photo).  Also, we had a short visit from the dairy farmer, who was very nice and I asked him if I
was disturbing anything being there, he said that it was ok.  Another person stopped by and asked
“are you contesting?”  Come to find out he was a ham (I can’t recall the callsign) as well.

I was missing a nut for the clamp holding the broom handle onto the top of the mast (I had borrowed
that nut to replace one for the 2 meter beam, which was lost while it was in storage at the garage
in Middletown for 19 or so years!)  You might see a ty-wrap there that I was using to hopefully hold
it together, but the handle went slightly askew from the pipe. 

The YL and I spent a couple of hours there on Saturday (I thought it was really nice of her to
appease me, and let me take her "sightseeing" ….ahh contesting for the afternoon!  I set up and
started operating, and I saw she was taking pictures of the antennas- I didn’t even ask her to! 
She took some nice ones of the farm as well.  She was keeping an eye on what time it was on the
phone so that I could log correctly.  When I made the contact, she’d say what time it was.  I just
had to remember to convert my paper log to UTC when I typed in the Cabrillo file.

I went back Sunday afternoon about 5:30 or so and stayed until about 8PM, the SSB portions of the
bands were pretty dead at that point, but I did get a couple of extra grids, and got K1WHS on 2
meters (I had worked him on 6 on Saturday) and got Jeff, K1TEO on both bands, as well as a couple in
FN41 and FN42.  I located a nut that fit the clamp for the antenna from an old commercial band 450
MHz yagi that I don’t have the right clamp to mount it onto the mast, so I was only on 2 bands. 
This was the first time I used this particular setup, so there was a learning curve to deployment,
but I think I've got the kinks ironed out.

I was hoping there would be more SSB activity on Sunday night with stations looking for extra
contacts at the close of the contest, but it seemed everyone migrated over to FT8 (there seemed to
be plenty of activity on both 6 and 2 meter FT8 frequencies).

For a modest setup, all in all I think I did ok.  The main thing is that I had fun!

73! N1SFE
 
N2MKT   Contact Moderator
6/2 were very open with enhancements in all directions!!  Wish more were on the upper bands!!
 
N2SCJ   Contact Moderator
Hopefully I have better antennas in January 2021.
 
N2WK   Contact Moderator
Tried to split my time between Phone/CW and FT8. Enjoyed the contest but thought conditions were way
down on the microwave bands.
 
N4FWD   Contact Moderator
Propagation was poor for 6M FT8. I saw many signals in the waterfall display, but those signals were
too low in strength for decoding. (even with deep decoding enabled)
 
N5XTR   Contact Moderator
Rotor needs an oil change, no 6m Es
 
N6IC   Contact Moderator
Hope the sun gets better next year
 
N6RH/R   Contact Moderator
RoverLog is terrific!
 
N6ZE/R   Contact Moderator
Activated DM03 & DM04 only due Covid & smoke.
 Quite a bit of local activity in Ventura Co. (DM04) area.
 Interesting Tropo Ducting & Holes & Enhancement from Malibu
to San
 Diego.
 FT8 not utilized. All QSO SSB or FM.
 FT857 & Kenwood FM rigs used along with mag mount whips for
6m -
 70cm;
 ALINCO handhelds with rubber duckie or 10 element yagi used
for 33cm
 &
 23cm
 Nice to have activity from  CM94 & DM02.
 
N7DB   Contact Moderator
Fires in the West! This will be a September to remember in Contesting.
Smoke covering OR, WA,parts of W6 & VE7 then stretching east.
A few rovers went out, in spite of poor visibility. Some voices not
heard because of evacuation zones. Visibility here was abt 1/4 mile
and did not feel up to a stronger effort. Surprised to work AL1VE in
DN04 with QRP on 6M. We'll see what 2021 season brings us.
 
N7VD   Contact Moderator
Great job by all the rovers.  Thank much!
 
N8GA   Contact Moderator
This turned out to be a 85% digital contest with very little effort even made to look for
traditional mode contacts. Did we leave a lot od Q's on the table with this approach? Who knows?
 
N8VWY   Contact Moderator
IC-7100, homebrew keyer/logger, 2m Hentennna and 6m Loop
 
N9LB   Contact Moderator
Terrible Conditions
 
N9OBB   Contact Moderator
By far the worst contest I have ever entered. Everyone is letting the computer do the work for them.
Pick up the microphone and talk.
 
NG2E/R   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I only participate in the VHF contests. It's a great pace and great camaraderie. All the others are
just an "arms race" among amplifiers and have become, in my limited opinion, rude and no longer fun.
 
NU2H   Contact Moderator
Only operated for 1 hour and worked 1 rover.  No time to work FT8 on this one.
 
VE2HAY   Contact Moderator
Ssb only!
 
VE3IPS   Contact Moderator
I was hoping to work VE3SMA/r but I could not find him or hear him on 1296. My First 1296 SSB
Contact was with Dana VE3DS FN03 about 20km. My Second 1296 SSB Contact was with Paul VE3EU EN93
about 50km and I was his FIRST 1296 contact so karma works wonders on 23cm
 
VE3IQZ   Contact Moderator
Saturday was good. A lot of SSB activity on 144 MHz, only 4 0n 432 MHz, one at 214 miles,6 Metres
was a bust with only 6 qso's.
Sunday was a waste of time, Most activity was on ON4KST with a lot of arranged qso's on FT8.
Nothing heard from here on Sunday.

Put the HAMs back in HAM Radio Contests. IF YOU can HEAR the other station, WORK them.

Eliminate the 'Computer Mandatory' modes, FTxxx, from the SSB, CW FM contests.
Move them to their own contests at different times.

VE3IQZ, ssb, cw, fm contesting since 1977
 
VE3OIL/R   Contact Moderator
BAND           QSOs              MULTS

50             75                18
144            62                16
222            32                12
432            34                10
902            17                7
1.2G           18                8
2.3G           15                8
3.4G           8                 5
5.7G           12                7
10G            11                8
24G            6                 5
123G           6                 5
LIGHT           5                 5
 
VE3RKS/R   Contact Moderator
A bit more than my usual low key effort. My YL and I did geocaching
and roving at the same time. I ended up at a grid corner on Sunday to
help my friends with some QSOs. The weather was good both days, but
the 6m propogation was poor.  I only set up my 2m beam once, and got a
few QSOs on that.  All in all it was fun.
 
VE3SMA/R   Contact Moderator
My transmitted mode is shown for cross-mode contacts
Log contains one duplicate QSO (VE3MIS)
Equipment -
50 MHz K2+xvtr 10W, Moxon, mobile vert.
144 MHz FT-290RII 20W, 5 el. Yagi/mobile vert.
222 MHz K2+xvtr 20W, 7 el Yagi/mobile vert.
432 MHz K2+xvtr 10W, 11 el. Yagi/mobile dipole, FT-818 with rubber duck
903 MHz K2+rx conv., homebrew tx, 5W, 7 el.
1296 MHz FT-290R+xvtr+amp 6 W, 10 el.Yagi
2304 MHz FT-290R+xvtr 1W, horn
3456 MHz FT-290R+xvtr 1W, horn
5.7 GHz FT-290R+xvtr 50 mW, horn
10 GHz K2 + internal 2M xvtr + DB6NT xvtr 1.5 W, 2 ft. dish
24 GHz Homebrew WBFM xcvr 150 mW, horn
 
VE3WJ/R   Contact Moderator
BAND           QSOs              MULTS

50             6                 5
144            10                6
222            5                 5
432            7                 6
902            6                 5
1.2G           6                 5
2.3G           6                 5
3.4G           0                 0
5.7G           6                 5
10G            6                 5
24G            0                 0
123G           5                 5
LIGHT          5                 5
 
VE7DAY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the contest.  Not many operators on, it seemed, as there were a couple of hours between
contacts at some points mid afternoon.  That is pretty much the norm for a contest in September up
here.  Always look forward to the VHF contests though.
 
W0AMT/R   Contact Moderator
START-OF-LOG: 3.0
RoverLog is terrific!
 
W0GHZ   Contact Moderator
No digital
 
W1AKI   Contact Moderator
I stumbled into this 6m QSO using my HF fan dipole instead of a
6m antenna.
involved with a new contest!
 
W1FKF   Contact Moderator
Great Tropo
 
W1TR   Contact Moderator
I didn't work many stations but had fun.
My transverters weren't working well but worked 50 thru 1296 6 bands.
Hopefully more activity in the next contest.
I would like to see a rule change for VHF contests...
Instead of working a station once per band...
How about once per band per mode (CW, PHONE, DIGITAL)...
This will encourage more CW and PHONE activity with the onset of FT8.
 
W3BC/R   Contact Moderator
Decided to go roving at the last minute, with only 50 watts of FM in the car, and a mobile antenna.
I was surprised that I worked anybody. Had I started in the afternoon I might have done considerably
better. Still, after being cooped-up all these past months, it was refreshing to get out in the
fresh air and play radio!
 
W3HMS   Contact Moderator
6 m FT4/8 only
 
W3KWH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
We operated the club station via remote control , because the club is closed because of covid-19. We
still had a blast thanks to our remote bases.
 
W4EUH   Contact Moderator
Activity was down from previous years. No enhancement to speak of on 50Mhz. I sure would like to see
more activity on 222mhz. 73.
 
W6HIP   Contact Moderator
AFTER 60+ YRS OF HAM RADIO, THIS WAS THE FIRST VHF CONTEST ENTERED
 
W8MRL   Contact Moderator
I only had a short amount of time to get on the air so I made the best of it.
 
W8RU   Contact Moderator
Still repairing antennas. Got the 6m yagi back online a week ago and
it is working well. The same cannot be said for its rotor -- it goes
MIA in the western hemisphere. I made two attempts to trim the trees that
have grown up into my VHF/UHF stack and got all but one. That left
that stack facing in an inauspicious direction so I went 6m only
for this contest. Thanks for the QSOs and 73! Ron (W8RU).
 
W8TN   Contact Moderator
400-watts to a 3-element INSIDE my attic worked nicely!
 
WA1LBK   Contact Moderator
Best tropo & activity I've seen in years!
 
WA1NVC   Contact Moderator
Too much FT8 and not enough usage of higher bands
 
WA2FZW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
 
WB2AMU   Contact Moderator
Family commitments kept me from operating on Saturday, but I was able
to start early on Sunday and enjoy the tremendous tropo conditions on
the bands!
 
WB2CUT   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
 
WB4OMM   Contact Moderator
Lots of hours both days....not much to report!  ICOM IC-706MKIIG running 50W on 2m/35W on70cm to 3
element 2M/7 element beam 70cm at 30 feet.  FTdx3000 running 70W to 3 element 6M beam at 40 feet. 
Hope Jan event is better!  73! Steve WB4OMM
 
WB8WUA   Contact Moderator
Had fun. The 2 meter wave conditions were rather poor. There were no
skip openings on the six meter band in my area - so I had limited
success.
 
WD5AGO   Contact Moderator
Great weather for portable work, only fair band conditions.
 
WE7X   Contact Moderator
only had a few minutes to operate
 
WF4R   Contact Moderator
LOG SUBMISSION SEEMS TO BE TOO COMPLICATED!
 
WJ4VA   Contact Moderator
Horrible Band Conditions hihi
 
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Surprised at dramatic increase in digital signals on all bands, disappointed in SSB contacts on all
bands.  I really missed the QSO's with friends that normal happen in this contest.  Found it
difficult at best to QSY to another band when operating Digital, lots of multipliers lost because of
no popular method to QSY.  Very laid back effort. Very glad to run all 4 bands with the stations
that I did work!  Look for everyone next time around.  We need to work out QSY procedures for
digital contacts during contests.