Re: DM86 - June and July VHF contests
I have operated from a couple of locations in DM86.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
In CQWW VHF 2018, I operated from the upper parking lot of Capulin Volcano. This location has good sight lines from just east of north around to the west to just east of south. This is good for most of NM and the front range of CO, if those guys ever got on and pointed south. I worked W9RM easily from here, and Albuquerque also easily. I heard, but dont remember if I worked N2IC and K5LA. I pointed north and called you, Jonesy, and we easily worked. I may have picked up K0NR that trip as well. There was some Es to the northeast which is pretty much blocked by the volcano, so it is not completely useless in that direction, but I wouldn't rely on it. It is pretty much due south of your usual rover location near Rocky Ford. It is easy to drive up the volcano although the parking lot can get crowded in summer. The ranger up there had no problem with my parking there and operating, but I only took up one parking spot. I would return there.
I also operated from the side of Mt. Dora, near Clayton, in 2009 and that was a good spot. You can drive to the top, but need to get a key from the guy who owns the land in Texas. I did not do that as it seemed too far out of the way. This was a memorable operation as there was widespread Es, including 2M, from that location. This spot further removes one from the population centers of NM and it has the problem of the front range guys not turning their beam, so I have not returned.
I have also operated DM86 from the Texas panhandle, I don’t remember the exact spot, but that is pretty far from any activity and it has the problem of the front range guys not turning their beams. I did work KB0HH from there, but I think Gary has given up on his multi-multi operation.
I think Jon, W0AMT, who carries his station in a backpack could hike to the high point of the volcano as there is a good trail that circumnavigates the volcano and operate, thereby negating the problem of blockage to the east.
I echo John’s comments on looking for low horizons, particularly if you can find one with a negative horizon, as troposcatter signals strongly depend on the scatter angle, and the use of the < heywhatsthat.com > app. It is hard to find a perfect site, but compromising with good site lines in the direction of major activity centers is a good start.
I hope that this helps. - Duffey KK6MC
James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM
On Feb 3, 2020, at 21:13, John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote: