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Re: N0KE September ARRL VHF Contest

Keith Morehouse
 

I'm not usually into long messages about my results, but as a courtesy to those who were on locally (and to talk up VHF contesting ) I'll give a quick overview :)

With only one tower up right now, with 6 & 2, I don't get too excited about VHF contests where there is little to no chance of sporadic E propagation on 6M.  But, I do try to get on the bands I have to help others in the region.  I'm pretty much the only opportunity anyone is going to have to work the DM58 multiplier above 6M (and usually on 6M also).  This time, my goal was working a bit of meteor scatter Sunday morning (I really like meteor scatter on 2 and 222, even now with the relatively easy WSJT mode, MSK144), maybe logging a new grid or two on 2M and chasing KK6MC/R who was doing a loop east and south of ABQ.  I figured I'd also be able to help out AB0YM/R, W3DHJ/r and others a little.

Things went pretty much as I expected.  I was able to work KK6MC/R on 2M from all four of his stops Saturday (DM64/74/65/75) and from two of four on 6M, including a all-time new 6M grid (DM74). I also worked W3DHJ/R from two or three stops, including one very strong 6M QSO from, I think, DM88 and a pair of 2M QSOs with AB0YM/R.  At the start of the contest, I heard George/YM almost S9 on 2M and called and called with no response.  Since I was probably running 3X his power, I was concerned he had a receive problem on 2M and made an effort with another front-range guy to relay my concern.  That didn't work too well so I emailed him.  He later replied that the location in question had S9 power line noise.  Oh.....

The number of people on PingJockey (the on-line chat site for VHF meteor-scatter) was surprising.  The two summer contests had seen a decline in activity but September was way up.  I guess the lack of decent 6M prop attract users to meteor scatter.  I made a large handful of QSOs on 6M Saturday afternoon, a time you usually don't bother.  Meteors are more prevalent in the morning hours and die off as the day goes on, starting to rise again after midnight local.  There were enough users on PJ that it made it worthwhile to try.  I also had a relatively easy and successful run with multi-op K5QE (EM31) on 2M at 3PM local time.  I wouldn't have even tried then, but they were going to be concentrating on EME all night and into Sunday morning, so it was my only chance to give Marshall the multiplier.  On Sunday, I started meteor-scatter ops at 1100Z, working a good number of 6 & 2M QSO's, including a pretty easy 1200 mile shot to KU8Y in EN61 on 2M.  Meteor conditions were average to maybe slightly above average.  Most runs attempted put a QSO into the log.

There was no other propagation noticed on 6M.  The vaunted and highly hyped FT8 mode on 6M was a non-starter.  There was NO sporadic-E and no amount of digi horsepower and black-magic algorithms was going to change that fact.  I did listen to the official FT8 6M frequency a couple of time and heard only meteor pings.  I had to laugh to myself, thinking that these guys could be making QSOs using meteor-scatter modes instead of spinning their electric meters for no reason.  Note to all readers - FT8 is a great mode when conditions are RIGHT for it, but don't be fooled into thinking it's the ONLY 6M mode.  When the band is open, you can still run contest stations 5X faster on SSB.

I turned everything off a little past noon on Sunday after I heard KK6MC/R was aborting the rest of his trip, ending the log with another W3DHJ/R and AB0YM/R QSO on 2M.

W9RM score as submitted:

50 MHz:    52 QSOs x 43 mults
144 MHz:  33 QSOs x 25 mults

Final:         85 QSOs x 68 mults => 5,780 pts

Club submission: GMCC


-W9RM


Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO

On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 7:41 AM, Phil Krichbaum <vailphil@...> wrote:
Well there was a minor spurt of activity on the western slope to break in the completion's of K0AMA's tower in Rifle with a 3 el Stepper IR and yagis for 432 and 2m. Also Rick, KB0AHR a few blocks away was finally able to make a  222 QSO with his newly finished xverter to N0KE and 1.2 GHz is his next project. I heard Jeremy on 6m MSK144 at the tail end but we'd already worked on 6m so he is good to go next time! A couple of us found Prentice on from El Jebel on 6m and 2m with a vertical and W9RM from DM58 west of Delta. I only made 3 digital QSOs and all on 6m, 2 to CA and one to NM and was late to that party as meteor scatter was pretty decent earlier Sunday AM on 6m and 2m.My best DX on 2m was two front range rovers, AB0YM/R in DM78 and W3DHJ/R in DM87 who called while I was  calling AB0YM./R
73 Phil N0KE DM69em

Final tally at N0KE:
50 MHz    9 QSOs in 6 grids
144 MHz  7 QSOs in 4 grids
222 MHz  4 QSOs in  1 grid
432 MHz  3 QSOs in  1 grid
Final        23 QSOs  12 grid mults x 30 QSO points= 360 points


W3DHJ/R Post OP: ARRL SEP VHF

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

Once again the ARRL SEP VHF presented as the triumph of hope over
experience. Very little Front Range participation -- at least
detectable by me. Reading Phil, N0KE's report reveals more Colorado
activity on the western slope. There were some "interesting" incidents
in the contest, but any reward of spending some 18 hours in a car seat
just did not seem to be there.

The first hour score was 4 -- 2 Q's
The second hour score was 25 -- 5 Q's
The four hour score was 49 -- 7 Q's....

It was just 1 1/2 log sheets. There'll be no frantic rush this time
to transcribe it into RoverLog to meet the ARRL submission deadline.
(A much younger ham could've kept the log in his head...)

DXCC 1 , WAS 3

I made more CW QSOs this time than in ALL my previous rover experience
combined! My Saturday CW QSOs exceed my SSB QSOs. Sunday was similar.
I probably screwed up copying one or two of the exchanges, but I was
extra careful in passing my exchange to the other OPs. At least they'll
get log credit. My brain goes blank when the QSO goes beyond the
contest exchange format. My apologies to everyone. I REALLY screwed up
when W9RM asked me to QSY to 6M. Sorry Keith! Worked Larry, N0LL late
Sunday afternoon on 2M CW. One totally surprising 2M CW QSO was with
Ben, KB0ZOM/R in EM09 -- my last QSO in the contest. A tough go - that
one was!

The only QSO into the NM VHF Society group was with K9VSW, DM76

My 432 rig was useless ballast on Saturday. But, on Sunday morning Ray,
AA0L replied to my CQ on 432 and then went to the effort to work me on
2M and 6M. He also helped me figure out where 432.1 is on _my_ antique
rig -- 432.101.5. WB0RRU (very weak) also gave me 2 QSOs on 432. And,
George, AB0YM/R worked me for several QSOs on 432.

Thanks to W0ETT -- who always seems to be there to make an exchange
and/or to lend some moral support. Thanks, too, to George, AB0YM/R who
had a tough go with WX this weekend and S9 QRN from his cellphone
charger (until he pinned it down.) (My WX, in contrast, was sunny, hot,
VERY DUSTY, with light wind.)

It was my firm impression that propagation was Just Crap this weekend.
Maybe it's the carbon attenuation from all of the smoke in the area from
the western North American forest fires. It was so bad even my usual
powerline QRN was down as I drove from site to site. HI!HI!

I have yet to tally my score,
but it would amaze me if it reaches 4 figures.

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


On my way out

James Duffey
 

Getting ready to head out to dm64. Look for kk6mc-6 on APRS.fi to see where I am. Bands 6m through 70cm. Thanks - Duffey kk6mc

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: Sep VHF

KC7QY
 

My plan is pretty much in line with Mike's. I'll be on from home 50, 144, 432MHz.
 
Jim KC7QY



From: Mike H <mph@...>
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 2:54 PM
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] Sep VHF

I will be around but do not plan to work this contest very hard.  I will try to keep track of KK6MC and hope to be at or around the radio for at least the first couple of hours.
Mike WB2FKO

On 09/08/2017 12:04 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
So, who's going to be where this weekend ?

I got my 2M feedline issue worked out (found out I had probably 5-6 dB loss in a 60' length of 7/8" Heliax - probably been this way for a while) so I will be looking to give out a new grid on the two lower bands.  I'm not going to sit around listening to noise for the whole weekend so I want to try and be on when there is someone to work !

-W9RM

Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO
_.




Re: N7KA

Jonathan Fox - W0AMT
 

Arne,

I have a 2M9SSB (or a 2M7) available if your interested in borrowing a 2 meter antenna. 

73, Jon
W0AMT


On Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 9:10 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
Sorry to hear about that Arne. Are you going to be on from home on Saturday? - Duffey
James Duffey
Cedar Crest, NM




On Sep 9, 2017, at 8:57 AM, Arne N7KA <N7KA@...> wrote:

Plans unraveled as days progressed.  No aluminum to finish 2M yagi.  Several of us had changes in plans.

Did not contact K5WO to request using club call yet.

I may do a solo trip on Sunday on 432 only.  Its about 120 mile drive so its a maybe at this time.

Arne N7KA


Re: N7KA

James Duffey
 

Sorry to hear about that Arne. Are you going to be on from home on Saturday? - Duffey
James Duffey
Cedar Crest, NM




On Sep 9, 2017, at 8:57 AM, Arne N7KA <N7KA@...> wrote:

Plans unraveled as days progressed.  No aluminum to finish 2M yagi.  Several of us had changes in plans.

Did not contact K5WO to request using club call yet.

I may do a solo trip on Sunday on 432 only.  Its about 120 mile drive so its a maybe at this time.

Arne N7KA


N7KA

Arne N7KA
 

Plans unraveled as days progressed.  No aluminum to finish 2M yagi.  Several of us had changes in plans.

Did not contact K5WO to request using club call yet.

I may do a solo trip on Sunday on 432 only.  Its about 120 mile drive so its a maybe at this time.

Arne N7KA


Re: Sep VHF

Bill
 

Keith,

I have some unfortunate errands to run in CA so will be off air..

Bill W7QQ


On Fri, Sep 8, 2017, 1:54 PM Mike H <mph@...> wrote:

I will be around but do not plan to work this contest very hard.  I will try to keep track of KK6MC and hope to be at or around the radio for at least the first couple of hours.

Mike WB2FKO


On 09/08/2017 12:04 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
So, who's going to be where this weekend ?

I got my 2M feedline issue worked out (found out I had probably 5-6 dB loss in a 60' length of 7/8" Heliax - probably been this way for a while) so I will be looking to give out a new grid on the two lower bands.  I'm not going to sit around listening to noise for the whole weekend so I want to try and be on when there is someone to work !

-W9RM

Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO
_.


Re: Sep VHF

Mike WB2FKO
 

I will be around but do not plan to work this contest very hard.  I will try to keep track of KK6MC and hope to be at or around the radio for at least the first couple of hours.

Mike WB2FKO


On 09/08/2017 12:04 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
So, who's going to be where this weekend ?

I got my 2M feedline issue worked out (found out I had probably 5-6 dB loss in a 60' length of 7/8" Heliax - probably been this way for a while) so I will be looking to give out a new grid on the two lower bands.  I'm not going to sit around listening to noise for the whole weekend so I want to try and be on when there is someone to work !

-W9RM

Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO
_.


KK6MC September VHF Contest Plans

James Duffey
 

I will rove in the September VHF Contest this weekend. Here is my temporary schedule:

Sept 9th
Moriarty Convergence
1800Z DM64
1945Z DM75
2130Z DM74
2330Z DM65

Depending on activity, I may stay on longer or shorter.

Sept 10th
1430Z DM64nb Socorro Fairgrounds
1630Z DM63ut HWY60
1900Z DM73AQ Valley of Fires campground
2300Z Redo Moriarty convergence

Again, the schedule will depend on how much activity there is.

I will have 50MHz (100W), 144MHz(100W), 222MHz(120W), and 432MHz (50W) with 8ft Yagis on all bands. I will also have APRS. Look for KK6MC-6. My cell is (505) 228-5491. Text (preferred) or call if you wish.

In other activity, Arne, N7KA operating as W5UHF will be on Mt. Sedgwick, DM55we. That is a good location and he should be able to work much of NM, AZ and west range CO from there. Look for him on 50MHz (100W), 144MHz(100W) and 432MHz (50W) Arne will have good Yagis on all bands.

Let us know what you plan for the contest. - KK6MC

James Duffey
Cedar Crest, NM
jamesduffey@comcast.net


Sep VHF

Keith Morehouse
 

So, who's going to be where this weekend ?

I got my 2M feedline issue worked out (found out I had probably 5-6 dB loss in a 60' length of 7/8" Heliax - probably been this way for a while) so I will be looking to give out a new grid on the two lower bands.  I'm not going to sit around listening to noise for the whole weekend so I want to try and be on when there is someone to work !

-W9RM

Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO


Eligibility list for September VHF Contest

James Duffey
 

I have submitted the following list of NMVHF Society members eligible to contribute to the NMVHF Society score in the September VHF Contest this weekend to the ARRL. To be eligible to contribute to the club score, you must be a member of the NMVHF Society, operate in the NM Section during the contest and reside in the NM Section. Here is the list:

W7QQ DM75ao
KK6MC DM65tc
WB2FKO DM65rc
N7KA DM65qf
N5EPA DM64vx
W5AKU DM72bw
KC7QY DM64nb
N5SJ DM55pm
N5JEH DM65rd
K9VSW DM76el
AF5AI DM65tc
K5WO DM65pc
NM5S DM75ap
K2XJ DM75ap
WA6WON DM76ej
K5RHR DM65uv
NK5W DM65pg
N5ZGT DM65rc
KA8JMW DM65rb
K5AM DM62ni
W5ZF DM65rd
AI5I DM65xr
KW5Z DM75bo
AA5B DM65qe
NM5WB DM64nc
KE5YT DM65rd
KA5EBL DM84jk
N2IC DM52xt
K5TA DM65qf
AG5S DM75ar
N3XKB DM65uv
WN5PMR DM65qb
W5UHF DM55we
AA5RR DM65uc
AF9O DM75ar
KG5OYU DM55pm
W0AMT DM65rd

Let me know before the contest starts if there are additions to the list. Thanks - KK6MC

James Duffey
Cedar Crest, NM
jamesduffey@comcast.net


Re: Subscribe

Michael Daly
 

Wonderful. Thanks

On Sep 6, 2017 2:06 PM, "Mike H" <mph@...> wrote:

We have 14 subscribed to the list, or about 1/3 of the NMVHF society membership.  Your messages just got through.  Mike WB2FKO


On 09/06/2017 01:32 PM, Jonesy W3DHJ via Groups.Io wrote:
I'm attempting to reply here via the web interface because my emails
do NOT seem to be working through this reflector.

So, I've also posted the below in the NMVHF Forums:

I will be activating the 4 grids squares in S.E. Colorado
(again) this weekend: DM77, DM78, DM87, & DM88.
 
6M , 2M , 70cm.
Old School: SSB and crusty CW.
 
A wee bit more:
 
73 ES GUD DX
Jonesy W3DHJ https://W3DHJ.net/



Re: Subscribe

Mike WB2FKO
 

We have 14 subscribed to the list, or about 1/3 of the NMVHF society membership.  Your messages just got through.  Mike WB2FKO


On 09/06/2017 01:32 PM, Jonesy W3DHJ via Groups.Io wrote:
I'm attempting to reply here via the web interface because my emails
do NOT seem to be working through this reflector.

So, I've also posted the below in the NMVHF Forums:

I will be activating the 4 grids squares in S.E. Colorado
(again) this weekend: DM77, DM78, DM87, & DM88.
 
6M , 2M , 70cm.
Old School: SSB and crusty CW.
 
A wee bit more:
 
73 ES GUD DX
Jonesy W3DHJ https://W3DHJ.net/


Re: Subscribe

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

I'm attempting to reply here via the web interface because my emails
do NOT seem to be working through this reflector.

So, I've also posted the below in the NMVHF Forums:

I will be activating the 4 grids squares in S.E. Colorado
(again) this weekend: DM77, DM78, DM87, & DM88.
 
6M , 2M , 70cm.
Old School: SSB and crusty CW.
 
A wee bit more:
 
https://w3dhj.net/vhfrover_plans.php
73 ES GUD DX
Jonesy W3DHJ https://W3DHJ.net/


Additional risks to Rovers

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

As if it wasn't risky enough to be a Rover:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-41179132

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


W3DHJ/r DM77, DM78, DM87, DM88

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

I will be activating the 4 grids squares in S.E. Colorado
(again) this weekend: DM77, DM78, DM87, & DM88.

Limited Rover category: 6M , 2M , 70cm.
Old School: SSB and crusty CW.

A wee bit more:

https://w3dhj.net/vhfrover_plans.php

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


Re: Subscribe

Steve Hutcherson WB5CTS
 

GM Bill,

Thank You for the quick reply !   I hope things go well for you and your friend in CA.

Take care and I hope your friend recovers quickly.

73, Steve  aka. "Hutch"   WB5CTS in ABQ



From: Bill <bill4070@...>
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Sent: Monday, September 4, 2017 12:10 PM
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] Subscribe

Hi Steve,

Unfortunately I had to take care of a sick friend in CA. Thats where i am now.

Would much rather work the contest but this was more important. Hope you do well, and hope to see you on the air for another one.

Bill W7QQ 

On Sep 4, 2017 11:02 AM, "Steve Hutcherson via Groups.Io" <Wb5cts=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Bill,  Good Job!!!

I'm ABQ without my Rover equipment......144 AND 432 ssb/cw in Phoenix.

I may run  all FM class/R. I do have 100w on 6m ssb/cw/fm, 75 watts 2m FM and 5 w 450 fm.  Just didn't bring all the gear to the Duke City Hamfest this year. If nothing else I can give out a few Q's to the guys from the Moriarity confluence.

GL and Hope you do well this weekend.

73, Steve
WB5CTS in ABQ




From: Bill <bill4070@...>
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Sent: Monday, September 4, 2017 11:49 AM
Subject: [nmvhf] Subscribe






Re: Subscribe

Bill
 

Hi Steve,

Unfortunately I had to take care of a sick friend in CA. Thats where i am now.

Would much rather work the contest but this was more important. Hope you do well, and hope to see you on the air for another one.

Bill W7QQ 

On Sep 4, 2017 11:02 AM, "Steve Hutcherson via Groups.Io" <Wb5cts=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Bill,  Good Job!!!

I'm ABQ without my Rover equipment......144 AND 432 ssb/cw in Phoenix.

I may run  all FM class/R. I do have 100w on 6m ssb/cw/fm, 75 watts 2m FM and 5 w 450 fm.  Just didn't bring all the gear to the Duke City Hamfest this year. If nothing else I can give out a few Q's to the guys from the Moriarity confluence.

GL and Hope you do well this weekend.

73, Steve
WB5CTS in ABQ




From: Bill <bill4070@...>
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Sent: Monday, September 4, 2017 11:49 AM
Subject: [nmvhf] Subscribe




Re: Subscribe

Steve Hutcherson WB5CTS
 

Bill,  Good Job!!!

I'm ABQ without my Rover equipment......144 AND 432 ssb/cw in Phoenix.

I may run  all FM class/R. I do have 100w on 6m ssb/cw/fm, 75 watts 2m FM and 5 w 450 fm.  Just didn't bring all the gear to the Duke City Hamfest this year. If nothing else I can give out a few Q's to the guys from the Moriarity confluence.

GL and Hope you do well this weekend.

73, Steve
WB5CTS in ABQ




From: Bill <bill4070@...>
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Sent: Monday, September 4, 2017 11:49 AM
Subject: [nmvhf] Subscribe



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