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AA5PR/R contest notes

John Klem
 

Thanks to Arne, N7KA, and Ed, N5JEH, for QSOs while I was in DM75, after having to throw out my original roving plan.  DM74 was a complete bust because I arrived just in time for a long thunderstorm.  Although I can tolerate a certain amount of wet, I have come to appreciate that raising antennas in the middle of an electrical storm is not a recipe for success.  Although I eventually got on the air, it wasn't in time to add any points.

So, back in my driveway in DM65 on Sunday, I was able to score a few QSOs using meteor scatter and FT8 on 6 m, making it a legit rover operation and breaking into the 3-digit score realm.

When I am in low-noise environments, even when 6 m is not open, I commonly see weak, unworkable signals from scatter of one sort or another, but I saw almost none of that this time around.  I don't know if that's an indication of low participation or particularly low MUF, or maybe both.  But this was definitely a tough one.

73,
John, AA5PR/R


W3DHJ/R -- After Action Report

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

Long story short: There was damn little "action".

Saturday:
It was low, heavy clouds -- all day.
It was mist and rain -- all day.
On and off fog -- all day.
It hovered around 51-52 degrees all day.
Wretched propagation -- all day.

I came this >< close to not classifying as a rover.

Sunday
WX started out as was on Saturday.
Sky finally opened to broken clouds by 10 A.M.
It went to clear, blue sky by 11 A.M.
But, the wretched propagation persisted.

Seven QSOs on 432.1 -- and one on 446 FM.
Four QSOs on 2M -- 2 SSB and 2 CW.
ABSOLUTELY NO QSOs on 6M.
I never even heard any &$#%&* digital noise on 50.313

Did I mention that the propagation was wretched?

I could've written my log onto the palm of my hand.
If I was a much younger man, I would've kept it in my head.

All the QSOs - except one - were with the same three
gentlemen: Dave, KB0KQI; Bryan, KL7YY; and Duncun, WE7L.
The one other was a lucky snag of George, AB0YM/R on 432.
AB0YM was rovering in northern Colo., whilst I staggered
around in southern Colo.

If you didn't catch it, I said the propagation was WRETCHED.
I blame it mostly on the fire smoke from the California, Oregon,
and Idaho conflagrations. All that smoke is mostly carbon
particulates. And they make dummy loads with carbon elements,
don't they? Just saying.

Unless the upcoming solar peaking delivers 6M Es (and 2M Es) this
late into the Summer, this'll probably be my last ARRL SEP VHF.

73
Jonesy
--
Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


Re: W3DHJ/R

Arne N7KA
 

W3DHJ/r Jonesy Did not hear you this weekend. Typed the info below then noticed the 73 SK, emphasis read into SK
KC0FLQ Kyle Did hear you very weakly, took several tries to get your call. I called but no response.
AA5PR/r John Worked on 144/432 SSB from DM75. Was waiting for move to DM74 but nothing heard so I ventured off to other distractions.

Sept is a hit or miss thing, mostly miss, IMHO.
Arne N7KA

On 09/10/2022 6:59 PM Jonesy W3DHJ via groups.io <mailserver@...> wrote:


If any of you ever see me posting planned Rover activities
for the ARRL SEP VHF contest in the future, please call my wife
and tell her to let the air out of all 4 of my vehicle's tires.

73
Jonesy
--
Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK



Re: W3DHJ/R

Kyle Best, KC0LFQ
 

It was pretty poor down south too.  The weather sounds like it was better than for Jonesy, as it was sunny to start, but the storms started building by 2pm.  I went up on the hills above Socorro (DM63), and only talked to Jim down in Socorro (DM64).  I heard a fleeting signal from Albuquerque, but 2 hours of calling netted nothing; so the thunderstorm and lack of signals chased me home early.  Maybe next June will be better.  Thinking of driving to Phoenix for January VHF.

Kyle
KC0LFQ


Re: W3DHJ/R

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

On Sat, 10 Sep 2022, John Klem wrote:

Likely it was no better here today.  A change of plans, a very late start, and
having to wait out a thunderstorm in DM74 did not help.  I am hoping for a QSO
from my driveway Sunday, which I might actually need to qualify as a rover in
this contest.

John, AA5PR/R
It was low, heavy clouds -- all day.
It was mist and rain -- all day.
On and off fog -- all day.
Wretched propagation -- all day.

I, too, came this >< close to not classifying as a rover.

I could've written down the log in the palm of my hand.
Five QSOs on 432 -- one on 2M CW.

Jonesy
--
Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


Re: W3DHJ/R

John Klem
 

Likely it was no better here today.  A change of plans, a very late start, and having to wait out a thunderstorm in DM74 did not help.  I am hoping for a QSO from my driveway Sunday, which I might actually need to qualify as a rover in this contest.

John, AA5PR/R

On 9/10/2022 6:59 PM, Jonesy W3DHJ via groups.io wrote:
If any of you ever see me posting planned Rover activities
for the ARRL SEP VHF contest in the future, please call my wife
and tell her to let the air out of all 4 of my vehicle's tires.

73
Jonesy


Re: W3DHJ/R

David Jarmuth
 

Jonesy,

If you don't go roving, who am I going to have to talk to???

73,
David
KB0KQI

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jonesy W3DHJ via groups.io" <mailserver@...>
To: "RMVHF+" <rmvhf@...>, "NM VHF" <nmvhf@groups.io>, "Front Range 6M" <FrontRange6Meter@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, September 10, 2022 6:59:30 PM
Subject: [nmvhf] W3DHJ/R

If any of you ever see me posting planned Rover activities
for the ARRL SEP VHF contest in the future, please call my wife
and tell her to let the air out of all 4 of my vehicle's tires.

73
Jonesy
--
Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


W3DHJ/R

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

If any of you ever see me posting planned Rover activities
for the ARRL SEP VHF contest in the future, please call my wife
and tell her to let the air out of all 4 of my vehicle's tires.

73
Jonesy
--
Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


AA5PR rove cancelled today

John Klem
 

rove to dm54/53 cancelled today due to a minor family emergency
John AA5PR 


W3DHJ/R ARRL SEP VHF DM77, DM78, DM87, DM88

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

I will be active as Rover in the 2022 ARRL SEP VHF Contest
-- basically solo grid circling around 38 N and 104 W all weekend.

It's not my favorite VHF contest -- last time was during the worst
of the 2020 pandemic and I _really_ wanted to get out of the house.

I am hoping for fantastic propagation and great regional participation.
As always, the triumph of hope over experience.

6M - 100W w/halo
2M - 120W w/stacked halos
432 - 75W and 8 elements
SSB and cwCW (cringe worthy CW)

Saturday in sequence:
DM88 - 1800z -- 2000z
DM87 - 2000z -- 2200z
DM77 - 2200z -- 2400z
DM78 - 0000z -> local sunset (0017z), at least.

Sunday in sequence:
DM78 - 1300z -- 1600z
DM77 - 1600z -- 1900z
DM87 - 1900z -- 2200z
DM88 - 2200z -> local sunset (0017z), at least.

Obviously I do not move from location to location instantaneously.
Pus or minus 15 minutes around each transition, I'll be mobile in
one or the other grid -- on 2M most often.

73
Jonesy
--
Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


AA5PR/R in contest this weekend

John Klem
 

Here's my plan:
Saturday
1800-2000 Z:  DM54xa
2030-0200Z or so: DM53ww
Sunday:
Probably get a late start, at best, and try to pick up a few either from DM65 or DM74.

I'll have 6 (100 W), 2 (100 W), 432 (50 W) and if anyone shows interest I'll have 1296 (10 W), with yagis on all bands.  FT8 on 50.313, 144.174, 432.174...1296.174 (?), and if I work you on one of those I'll then move up to the next higher band and try again.  SSB and CW in the usual places.  Q65 30A on 50.275 when nothing else is happening.
I should have cell service and be on Slack (message me either on VHF-Chat or New Mexico VHF Society) when in DM54, but I'm not counting on it in DM53.

Good luck,
John, AA5PR/R


Re: Pi Network for UHF Colinear

Bill Mader, K8TE
 

Thanks John.  Yes, he's looking for fixed values mounted on and/or part of a PCB for this application.  I'll pass your suggestion on to him.

73, Bill Mader, K8TE
ARRL New Mexico Section Manager
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio
Secretary/Treasurer and Past President, Albuquerque DX Association 
W6H NM Coordinator, Route 66 On-the-Air 10-18 Sep 2022
New Mexico QSO Party 8 Apr 2023
Duke City Hamfest Chairman www.dukecityhamfest.org 15-17 Sep 2023


On Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 8:06 PM John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote:
Bill - I'm not sure I understand what your friend needs, but if he's
just trying to design a lumped-element pi network he could try "PI-EL."
As the name implies, it's a program for designing pi and pi-L networks. 
I don't have it installed anymore, but from the Web description it looks
like it allows you to specify input and output impedances, although it's
not clear if they can be reactive.

http://tonnesoftware.com/piel.html

73,

John, AA5PR







Re: Pi Network for UHF Colinear

John Klem
 

Bill - I'm not sure I understand what your friend needs, but if he's just trying to design a lumped-element pi network he could try "PI-EL." As the name implies, it's a program for designing pi and pi-L networks.  I don't have it installed anymore, but from the Web description it looks like it allows you to specify input and output impedances, although it's not clear if they can be reactive.

http://tonnesoftware.com/piel.html

73,

John, AA5PR


Pi Network for UHF Colinear

Bill Mader, K8TE
 

A friend is working on a 450 MHz colinear antenna for which he was to design a PCB that will match about 250 Ohms.  I don't recall the reactance., if any.  He has (nearly) unlimited test gear at ASU in Tucson, but not the experience of this type of design.  Do any of you?  Or can you recommend something other than the ARRL Antenna Book?

Thanks and 73, Bill, K8TE


220 FM in ABQ area

K6EEN - Leif
 

Looking to set up a sked to debug a new 220 FM-only setup in the ABQ area or East Mountains, hopefully before the Sept. VHF+ contest weekend.

Maybe start out on a repeater and then move to 223.50 simplex.

Hope to operate 4 bands 50, 144, 220, & 440 MHz.

Thanks & 73 de K6EEN
Cedar Crest


Re: 2022 Sept VHF Contest -- Activity

K6EEN - Leif
 

Probably single-op FM only (SOFM) and/or Limited Rover (RL).

73 de K6EEN
Cedar Crest


Re: 2022 Sept VHF Contest -- Activity

Kyle Best, KC0LFQ
 

Sorry to hear you're still clearing things up in South Dakota.  Hope you are able to be back in the area soon.

I'll listen for folks next weekend, and see how we do.

Kyle
KC0LFQ


Re: 2022 Sept VHF Contest -- Activity

KC7QY
 

Kyle,

I plan to be on 3 bands; 50, 144 and 432. I hope to have digi running on 144 and 432 by then as well as 50MHz. Can run SSB or CW in any event. 

Jim KC7QY
Socorro, DM64nb


On Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 02:31:42 PM UTC, Kyle Best, KC0LFQ via groups.io <kyledoesitbest@...> wrote:


[Edited Message Follows]
[Reason: Mis-typed the location of Gallinas Peak...should have been DM74, not DM76]

Looks like the Sept VHF Contest is next weekend.  Is anyone planning to be on the air?

I am considering a trip down to DM63 (Magdelena Ridge) or DM74 (Gallinas Peak) to operate remote for a few hours Saturday.  Activity may influence my time on the radio; didn't know if there were any rover plans, multi-op, etc.


I am planning to have at least 50MHz, 144MHz, 432MHz.  I have transverters for 1296, 2304, 3400, 5760, and 10368, all at 10 to 20dbm, so a very modest rover stack, and poor antennas, if other microwaves might be out and about with line-of-site I can pack along and see.

Kyle
KC0LFQ


Re: 2022 Sept VHF Contest -- Activity

James Duffey
 

Kyle and John- I will not be out for the contestants I amnstill in South Dakota cleaning out my dad’s house. 

You might have better luck from Magdelena Ridge working the guys in Az.  Post your plans on their reflectors < azvhf@azvhf.groups.io > . N1AV and K7EME will both be willing to try to work you and John. I have worked both from far DM64 and DM54, so depending on the path you might have luck with that. They both have the microwave bands, but at your low power, it may be hard, but it would be worthwhile seeing if you can hear them. They both do the WSJT-X modes, so it will help if you have that and SLACK to coordinate, or coordinate through texting. The Albuquerque guys should be workable as well, and depending not eh path, the El Paso guys, at least on digital. 

Good Luck! I am really missing my ham radio activities here. - Duffey KK6MC 

KK6MC
James Duffey




On Sep 2, 2022, at 16:42, Kyle Best, KC0LFQ via groups.io <kyledoesitbest@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]
[Reason: Mis-typed the location of Gallinas Peak...should have been DM74, not DM76]

Looks like the Sept VHF Contest is next weekend.  Is anyone planning to be on the air?

I am considering a trip down to DM63 (Magdelena Ridge) or DM74 (Gallinas Peak) to operate remote for a few hours Saturday.  Activity may influence my time on the radio; didn't know if there were any rover plans, multi-op, etc.

I am planning to have at least 50MHz, 144MHz, 432MHz.  I have transverters for 1296, 2304, 3400, 5760, and 10368, all at 10 to 20dbm, so a very modest rover stack, and poor antennas, if other microwaves might be out and about with line-of-site I can pack along and see.

Kyle
KC0LFQ


Re: 2022 Sept VHF Contest -- Activity

John Klem
 

I'm planning to go out for Sept. VHF - maybe just heading down to DM53/DM54 on Saturday and operating closer to/at home Sunday.

John, AA5PR/R

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