Re: VHF contest experiences?
Saturday was a pretty good day. I was able to work quite a few in all directions on 6 m FT8 from the DM56/66 line south of Bloomfield, then moved to just DM66 for more. I had a few SSB QSOs to 6 land in the evening, but despite huge signals just couldn't sustain that.
I came home, got 4 hours sleep, and then drove to the DM85/86 line between Tucumcari and Clayton for a late start Sunday. Things were much tougher there, with marginal conditions on 6 m and almost no cell service. I was informed by a polite but humorless rancher that the first spot I operated from, which I thought was a county road, was a private road. The second spot was right next to power lines that were somewhat noisy. To top it off, my 6 m antenna developed an electrical problem (that I haven't yet had the right combination of time and courage to fully investigate) that required me to quit in the late afternoon.
I had zero QSOs above 6 m, which is a real problem considering the additional effort required to carry antennas for 2 and 432. So I will be addressing that one way or another in future contests.
161 QSO points, 83 multipliers, 13,363 points, give or take.
On 6/18/2021 6:24 AM, Bruce Draper wrote: