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NMVHF chat

Mike WB2FKO
 

I would like to try upgrading the NMVHF chat page to a full-featured slack channel.  Click or copy the link below to do the free sign-up; suggest using your callsign and first name:

https://join.slack.com/t/newmexicovhf/shared_invite/enQtNjUwNTM0MjczNTM4LTg2MTJmYmY0NmExOWNmODk4ZTYyODhkMjBhMWI1NWY1MzliNjliNTg3NjM5MWVmYmRkY2FlNmZmNDI5Zjc1MTI

If so inclined, there is also a slack app for your smartphone (that admittedly I have not tried yet) that bypasses the need to be on the NMVHF website. You'll have direct access anywhere you have cell coverage. Might be more useful during contests and for alerting people to Es openings when they are away from email.

This is an experiment with invites sent only to subscribers of the nmvhf mailing list. Please let me know if you have questions or problems. If there is a consensus, we can transition from our existing simple and somewhat buggy web app to slack for a better experience.

Mike WB2FKO


Re: W7QQ Big 76 GHz Adventure in Current Issue of DUBUS

Michael Daly
 

Also a nice article in CQ Mag.

Mike, n5sj

 

From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of Bob Kmak
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2019 6:23 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: [nmvhf] W7QQ Big 76 GHz Adventure in Current Issue of DUBUS

 

Last March Bill W7QQ wrote about his 76GHz adventures in AZ with mw luminaries W5LUA and VE4MA. Tony W8ZR has an article in the 2nd Quarter 2019 issue of DUBUS detailing the same operating activity. Picture of Bill on White Tanks mountain included.

 

Congrats Bill !!

 

73,

 

Bob K5WO


AA5PR June contest

John Klem
 

Yes, Saturday was grim, especially in DM83.  Wickedly hot and windy.  I heard a total of 3 NM stations:  K5AM (sometimes strong); WB2FKO (a couple weak decodes); and AI5I, God bless him, who somehow manages to hear me wherever I have been.  And I was trying both 6 and 2; FT8, SSB, and CW.  A total of 11 QSOs for the entire contest day, plus a couple of pre-contest meteor scatter contacts with W9RM.

Things definitely turned around on Sunday.  There was a good opening in the morning from DM73 to EN and EM grids, from around 1500 until at least 1800Z, when I felt I was getting a bit too much screen time and decided to move on.  DM74 was pretty much a repeat of DM73, with the welcome addition of some local contacts, including a few on 2 and 432.  I made a number of SSB contacts, but the large majority were FT8 because that's what worked for me.

Perhaps my biggest motivation to go roving is to escape the shadow of the Sandias, which severely obstruct my horizon at home for azimuths from 0 to 180 degrees. So this contest, with openings to grids I can rarely work, was a real treat.   

I believe I have so far added at least one digit to my score in each VHF contest, but this seems unlikely to continue.  My computer tells me 157 total QSO points, 74 total multipliers, total score 11,618.

John, AA5PR



Boo Hoo

Bob Norton
 

Pass the tissues...

June 2019 ARRL VHF contest a bust for me.

While perhaps not as exciting as Duffey's May-June road-trip, I finished a 10 day approximately 3500 mile road-trip Thursday PM. Then, did 3 hours of hard labor Saturday morning before the start of the contest. Pooped, indeed.

A majority of the road trip at, below, or close to sea level. 106 degrees the last evening (Laughlin, NV/Bullhead City, AZ) before some relief in northern Arizona and finally at home near 7000 feet.

Then, sometime Sat PM before a first QSO, the tailtwister controlling all of my VHF/UHF antennae decides to go rogue. Parks itself due south and would not budge in spite of frantic flipping the control switches. Meter stuck full clockwise at S. Not much interest to work the contest parked due south, so I thew in the towel. Still stuck to the south Sunday.

Monday morning, I turn on the rotor control. It now reads full counterclockwise on S. I feather the control and the meter jumps hither and fro, but the antenna now moves in a clockwise direction! I park the Yagis pointing to the west where they normally resided to minimize wind load.

Please, industrial strength tissues!

73, Bob N5EPA


Re: W7QQ Big 76 GHz Adventure in Current Issue of DUBUS

Bill
 

RR TU Bob.  Let's not forget Mark N0IO who made two beautiful 78 GHz tranceiving stations.  Stunning aerospace quality design and workmanship. Mark is from Colorado but is one of us at NMVHFS, along with three of his immediate family. Tony has done a nice job bringing this activity to a broad audience. Mark is the NMVHFS subject matter expert for all things microwave.

Let me also note, for those interested in microwave ops and gear that Phoenix, just next door, has a vibrant microwave community.  Many of them are very excited that there is a seed of microwave activity here in New Mexico.  We have 5 stations on 10 GHz and two on 24 GHz and there are more stations under assembly.  There is some donated gear available for anyone in the society. There's enough to seriously knock down the cost and complexity of getting started.  So, if you're one of those whose bucket list includes microwave let someone know you're interested: Myself, Arne N7KA, Duffey KK6MC, Bob K5WO or Art KC5EFM.

Thanks Again Bob es 73
Bill W7QQ
DM75ao


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 6:22 PM Bob Kmak <bobkmak@...> wrote:

Last March Bill W7QQ wrote about his 76GHz adventures in AZ with mw luminaries W5LUA and VE4MA. Tony W8ZR has an article in the 2nd Quarter 2019 issue of DUBUS detailing the same operating activity. Picture of Bill on White Tanks mountain included.

 

Congrats Bill !!

 

73,

 

Bob K5WO


W7QQ Big 76 GHz Adventure in Current Issue of DUBUS

Bob Kmak
 

Last March Bill W7QQ wrote about his 76GHz adventures in AZ with mw luminaries W5LUA and VE4MA. Tony W8ZR has an article in the 2nd Quarter 2019 issue of DUBUS detailing the same operating activity. Picture of Bill on White Tanks mountain included.

 

Congrats Bill !!

 

73,

 

Bob K5WO


Re: 6M opening(s)

KC7QY
 

Just like last night DX Maps refuses to connect!

Jim KC7QY


On Monday, June 10, 2019, 4:36:26 PM MDT, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


Right now (2230Z), the band is open to CT3/EA8 from DM58, there are guys calling and working JA's and W7D from rare grid confluence DM18/19/28/29 is pounding in.

All this on one tidy digital 'channel' - 50.313 FT8 :)

-RM

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


6M opening(s)

Keith Morehouse
 

Right now (2230Z), the band is open to CT3/EA8 from DM58, there are guys calling and working JA's and W7D from rare grid confluence DM18/19/28/29 is pounding in.

All this on one tidy digital 'channel' - 50.313 FT8 :)

-RM

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


Re: KK6MC in contest

Keith Morehouse
 

K5QE and W5PR fought with each other, on almost the same frequency, until the bitter end.  it was obvious each knew the other was there but they probably couldn't hear the other very well.  They were both 20-over up here - almost the same signal strength and pretty much unworkable as they trashed each other.

I though it was pretty darn funny...by the sound of the K5QE op at the very end, I am guessing he didn't see the same humor in it <hehehe>

-W9RM

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


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 4:30 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
Thanks. I was really beat when I got home sat night. It seemed like a good trade at the time. Towards the end of the opening, the TX stations, W5PR and K5QE,  were coming in, and I thought the opening might expand there, but it didn’t ‘t, so I left. I got home after 1100 as it was.

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 10, 2019, at 16:27, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Jim, you missed very little those last 45 minutes on 6M...

-W9RM

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


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 4:21 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:

Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   6:   183    72
   2:    46     9
 222:    26     5
 432:   32     7
-------------------
Total:  345    93  Total Score = 34,845

Thanks to the Sunday evening Es, I had the best contest here in several years. Having just returned from a 7 week/7000 mile road trip I decided to take it easy and just do a limited rove with the easy DM64/DM65/DM74/DM75 Moriarty convergence the first day and a more ambitious westerly rove the second day if I felt up to it, which I did. I did not operate in motion as I didn’t even try to convince Ginger to come along. 

The contest started with a brief, two QSO, Es opening, but it was mostly locals the first day, but they were plentiful and I ended the day a bit better than I expected for a no Es contest. Made a couple of nice long haul QSOes though, several with K5LA in El Paso and W9RM up in Olathe CO. Particularly nice were the SSB QSOs with Keith from DM74. It was encouraging to hear all the local activity, especially on the higher bands and I was encouraged to hear two new rovers, W0AMT/r and WA6BJH/r. AA5PR was also out, but I don’t think we connected. 

I felt OK the second day, so I set off for the more ambitious westerly route
consisting of DM54/DM64/DM55/DM56/DM66. The westerly route gave me a chance to work N1AV and WA7XX in AZ which was nice. The day started pretty much like the first day, although there was a small Es opening in the morning, but I think I missed most of it while in motion and trying to connect with the AZ guys.

I was using APRS, and my map from Sunday is attached. 

The contest was really made for me on Sunday evening when 6M opened to everywhere and I was in DM66, a rather rare grid in the contest. I had 130 6M QSOs the last hour and a half and a max hour in that time span with 102 QSOs. I was about 3 hours from home in DM66, so I pulled up stakes and left with 45 minutes left in the contest, but the band appeared to be dying with few responses to my CQs and no new stations on the band. And the prospect of a three hour drive home along NM550 seemed daunting.

<image1.jpeg>

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: KK6MC in contest

James Duffey
 

That should be Sun night. Still feeling the effects. 

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 10, 2019, at 16:30, James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:

Thanks. I was really beat when I got home sat night. It seemed like a good trade at the time. Towards the end of the opening, the TX stations, W5PR and K5QE,  were coming in, and I thought the opening might expand there, but it didn’t ‘t, so I left. I got home after 1100 as it was.

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 10, 2019, at 16:27, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Jim, you missed very little those last 45 minutes on 6M...

-W9RM

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


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 4:21 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:

Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   6:   183    72
   2:    46     9
 222:    26     5
 432:   32     7
-------------------
Total:  345    93  Total Score = 34,845

Thanks to the Sunday evening Es, I had the best contest here in several years. Having just returned from a 7 week/7000 mile road trip I decided to take it easy and just do a limited rove with the easy DM64/DM65/DM74/DM75 Moriarty convergence the first day and a more ambitious westerly rove the second day if I felt up to it, which I did. I did not operate in motion as I didn’t even try to convince Ginger to come along. 

The contest started with a brief, two QSO, Es opening, but it was mostly locals the first day, but they were plentiful and I ended the day a bit better than I expected for a no Es contest. Made a couple of nice long haul QSOes though, several with K5LA in El Paso and W9RM up in Olathe CO. Particularly nice were the SSB QSOs with Keith from DM74. It was encouraging to hear all the local activity, especially on the higher bands and I was encouraged to hear two new rovers, W0AMT/r and WA6BJH/r. AA5PR was also out, but I don’t think we connected. 

I felt OK the second day, so I set off for the more ambitious westerly route
consisting of DM54/DM64/DM55/DM56/DM66. The westerly route gave me a chance to work N1AV and WA7XX in AZ which was nice. The day started pretty much like the first day, although there was a small Es opening in the morning, but I think I missed most of it while in motion and trying to connect with the AZ guys.

I was using APRS, and my map from Sunday is attached. 

The contest was really made for me on Sunday evening when 6M opened to everywhere and I was in DM66, a rather rare grid in the contest. I had 130 6M QSOs the last hour and a half and a max hour in that time span with 102 QSOs. I was about 3 hours from home in DM66, so I pulled up stakes and left with 45 minutes left in the contest, but the band appeared to be dying with few responses to my CQs and no new stations on the band. And the prospect of a three hour drive home along NM550 seemed daunting.

<image1.jpeg>

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: Friday 1200 June 14 VHF Lunch Garcia’s Juan Tabo

Keith Morehouse
 

The Duke City hamfest is on my radar - as of now, I'm planning on coming down.

-W9RM

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


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 4:27 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
Dave - We will miss you too.  When (if?) you come out for the Duke CIty Hamfest the VHFers can all get together for lunch.

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

> On Jun 10, 2019, at 16:09, David Hollander <n7rk@...> wrote:
>
> Wish I was closer.
>
> Have fun.
>
> Dave N7RK
> --
> Dave Hollander N7RK
> Arizona Tube Supply
> http://arizonatubesupply.com
>
> Ham Radio Page
> http://n7rk.com
>
>
>





Re: KK6MC in contest

James Duffey
 

Thanks. I was really beat when I got home sat night. It seemed like a good trade at the time. Towards the end of the opening, the TX stations, W5PR and K5QE,  were coming in, and I thought the opening might expand there, but it didn’t ‘t, so I left. I got home after 1100 as it was.

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 10, 2019, at 16:27, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Jim, you missed very little those last 45 minutes on 6M...

-W9RM

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


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 4:21 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:

Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   6:   183    72
   2:    46     9
 222:    26     5
 432:   32     7
-------------------
Total:  345    93  Total Score = 34,845

Thanks to the Sunday evening Es, I had the best contest here in several years. Having just returned from a 7 week/7000 mile road trip I decided to take it easy and just do a limited rove with the easy DM64/DM65/DM74/DM75 Moriarty convergence the first day and a more ambitious westerly rove the second day if I felt up to it, which I did. I did not operate in motion as I didn’t even try to convince Ginger to come along. 

The contest started with a brief, two QSO, Es opening, but it was mostly locals the first day, but they were plentiful and I ended the day a bit better than I expected for a no Es contest. Made a couple of nice long haul QSOes though, several with K5LA in El Paso and W9RM up in Olathe CO. Particularly nice were the SSB QSOs with Keith from DM74. It was encouraging to hear all the local activity, especially on the higher bands and I was encouraged to hear two new rovers, W0AMT/r and WA6BJH/r. AA5PR was also out, but I don’t think we connected. 

I felt OK the second day, so I set off for the more ambitious westerly route
consisting of DM54/DM64/DM55/DM56/DM66. The westerly route gave me a chance to work N1AV and WA7XX in AZ which was nice. The day started pretty much like the first day, although there was a small Es opening in the morning, but I think I missed most of it while in motion and trying to connect with the AZ guys.

I was using APRS, and my map from Sunday is attached. 

The contest was really made for me on Sunday evening when 6M opened to everywhere and I was in DM66, a rather rare grid in the contest. I had 130 6M QSOs the last hour and a half and a max hour in that time span with 102 QSOs. I was about 3 hours from home in DM66, so I pulled up stakes and left with 45 minutes left in the contest, but the band appeared to be dying with few responses to my CQs and no new stations on the band. And the prospect of a three hour drive home along NM550 seemed daunting.

<image1.jpeg>

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: Friday 1200 June 14 VHF Lunch Garcia’s Juan Tabo

James Duffey
 

Dave - We will miss you too. When (if?) you come out for the Duke CIty Hamfest the VHFers can all get together for lunch.

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 10, 2019, at 16:09, David Hollander <n7rk@...> wrote:

Wish I was closer.

Have fun.

Dave N7RK
--
Dave Hollander N7RK
Arizona Tube Supply
http://arizonatubesupply.com

Ham Radio Page
http://n7rk.com



Re: KK6MC in contest

Keith Morehouse
 

Jim, you missed very little those last 45 minutes on 6M...

-W9RM

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


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 4:21 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:

Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   6:   183    72
   2:    46     9
 222:    26     5
 432:   32     7
-------------------
Total:  345    93  Total Score = 34,845

Thanks to the Sunday evening Es, I had the best contest here in several years. Having just returned from a 7 week/7000 mile road trip I decided to take it easy and just do a limited rove with the easy DM64/DM65/DM74/DM75 Moriarty convergence the first day and a more ambitious westerly rove the second day if I felt up to it, which I did. I did not operate in motion as I didn’t even try to convince Ginger to come along. 

The contest started with a brief, two QSO, Es opening, but it was mostly locals the first day, but they were plentiful and I ended the day a bit better than I expected for a no Es contest. Made a couple of nice long haul QSOes though, several with K5LA in El Paso and W9RM up in Olathe CO. Particularly nice were the SSB QSOs with Keith from DM74. It was encouraging to hear all the local activity, especially on the higher bands and I was encouraged to hear two new rovers, W0AMT/r and WA6BJH/r. AA5PR was also out, but I don’t think we connected. 

I felt OK the second day, so I set off for the more ambitious westerly route
consisting of DM54/DM64/DM55/DM56/DM66. The westerly route gave me a chance to work N1AV and WA7XX in AZ which was nice. The day started pretty much like the first day, although there was a small Es opening in the morning, but I think I missed most of it while in motion and trying to connect with the AZ guys.

I was using APRS, and my map from Sunday is attached. 

The contest was really made for me on Sunday evening when 6M opened to everywhere and I was in DM66, a rather rare grid in the contest. I had 130 6M QSOs the last hour and a half and a max hour in that time span with 102 QSOs. I was about 3 hours from home in DM66, so I pulled up stakes and left with 45 minutes left in the contest, but the band appeared to be dying with few responses to my CQs and no new stations on the band. And the prospect of a three hour drive home along NM550 seemed daunting.

image1.jpeg

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: WB2FKO short contest report

Keith Morehouse
 

JayAV, thanks for the chance to run with you on 2M.  Even with more-or-less equal distance between me and you and you and Bill/Mike, the terrain is vastly different. I recall how loud some of you AZ stations were when I had the chance to multi-op at Bills house in Santa Fe last year.  His shot west is exceptional.

Evidently, I just don't have the path or the antennas or the smoke to make it into the PHX area.

This morning, i worked W7D in DN11 on 2M at 500 miles.  It was an easy tropo-like contact on FT8 with signals in the mid to low minus teens.  Whatever does that, I wish it would do it to PHX during contest time :)

-W9RM

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


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 3:15 PM Jay <whereisjay@...> wrote:
MIke,
At some point when you and I are in the same place at the same time, remind me to tell you the story from the 2019 June VHF contest where I was listening to you and Bill on 222.1 MHz chatting away.. S9 on my meter. 
It was so loud I thought it was locals off the back of my antenna "in the way" of me being able to hear you all.. until Bill signed with his call.

Only some 350 ish miles away over some serious mountains.   ;-)

Nice to work many of you there in NM, and the a new goal to pick up the rest in Sept going forward.    The NMchat page was helpful - minus the odd "logout" that was happening often.


 - Jay N1AV
DM43ff 50MHz - 10GHz (minus 3 GHz)


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 2:04 PM Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
No, did not get RHR during the contest.  I heard you talking to him at
some point, but he was gone or inaudible by the time I had the beams
pointed north. Only a wire 250 mW on 1296; pretty incredible.

Nice to get K5LA in DM61 on both 2 and 222.  We were both QRP for the
latter with big mountains in the way, but piece of cake with FT8.

Worked W7D/R in DN10/11 and DN20/21 using meteor scatter on 6 and 2.
That's 2 new ones on 6m and another 4 grids for me on 2m; surprised how
quickly it went on 2m but really shouldn't be. Those guys drove halfway
across the country to activate some rare grids and brought plenty of
horsepower to make sure it was worth the effort. See attached photo from
their Twitter feed.  They are even doing mobile MS on 6m and I worked
them that way in DN81 on Friday morning before going to work. VHF grid
chasers should be aware that they will be setting up in many rare and
semi-rare grids on their way back to Iowa this week.



On 6/10/19 2:29 PM, Bill wrote:
> Well done Mike,
>
> I finished with 229 Q points and 105 grids for 24,045 total.
>
> I had a good time and didn't take it too seriously.  It was a good
> opportunity to learn MSK144 and FT8 as I had nobody else around to do
> it.  Reflecting what Keith W9RM had to say and my experience with you,
> I may have some disconnects in my log:  I set the logbook reminder in
> WSJT  and logged a QSO anytime that popped up.  Some times that
> happened before completing the loaded messages, so I am confused as to
> what it takes to complete on FT8.  No problems on MSK144.  I didn't
> use any spotting service on digi; Ping Jockey or other and that gave
> me some periods when I saw you and others working when nobody answered
> my CQ.
>
> I was not able to get WSJT-x and N1MM to quit fighting over the radio
> interface so it was pretty uncomfortable to bail out of a  digi run to
> finish logging in N1MM.  Also did not have the 6 and 144+ computers
> networked and that became pretty cumbersome as well.  My fault.
>
> I put up a 432 yagi on a 20 foot pole because Keith wanted a Q but it
> was far more useful than that. I worked 5 stations in Phoenix as well
> as Keith on 432 and used it for contacts with Duffey as well.  Longest
> was K7KMR west of Phoenix at 400.3 miles, CW with 50 watts on both
> ends.  I'll send a note for the web site posting for that one.  Worked
> all those guys on 222 and 144 as well.
>
> The new Elecraft amplifier was used on 6 meters and I ran it at about
> half power on digi modes.  That power setting was used to keep the
> temperatures down and avoid the high fan setting. It's a great legal
> limit phone amplifier but not up to the task on digi modes for 6
> meters.  It'll probably be OK on HF.
>
> I worked four rovers, the ones you mentioned as well as WA6BJH/r. 
> Good to see that many in NM.  There was another briefly in the NW
> corner but I wasn't able to hear him.
>
> Good to hear K5RHR on.  Did you work him?  He asked to work on 1296 so
> I had a wire antenna and placed it just outside. We worked on 1/4 watt.
>
> All in all, pretty fun.
>
> 73 Bill W7QQ





KK6MC in contest

James Duffey
 


Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   6:   183    72
   2:    46     9
 222:    26     5
 432:   32     7
-------------------
Total:  345    93  Total Score = 34,845

Thanks to the Sunday evening Es, I had the best contest here in several years. Having just returned from a 7 week/7000 mile road trip I decided to take it easy and just do a limited rove with the easy DM64/DM65/DM74/DM75 Moriarty convergence the first day and a more ambitious westerly rove the second day if I felt up to it, which I did. I did not operate in motion as I didn’t even try to convince Ginger to come along. 

The contest started with a brief, two QSO, Es opening, but it was mostly locals the first day, but they were plentiful and I ended the day a bit better than I expected for a no Es contest. Made a couple of nice long haul QSOes though, several with K5LA in El Paso and W9RM up in Olathe CO. Particularly nice were the SSB QSOs with Keith from DM74. It was encouraging to hear all the local activity, especially on the higher bands and I was encouraged to hear two new rovers, W0AMT/r and WA6BJH/r. AA5PR was also out, but I don’t think we connected. 

I felt OK the second day, so I set off for the more ambitious westerly route
consisting of DM54/DM64/DM55/DM56/DM66. The westerly route gave me a chance to work N1AV and WA7XX in AZ which was nice. The day started pretty much like the first day, although there was a small Es opening in the morning, but I think I missed most of it while in motion and trying to connect with the AZ guys.

I was using APRS, and my map from Sunday is attached. 

The contest was really made for me on Sunday evening when 6M opened to everywhere and I was in DM66, a rather rare grid in the contest. I had 130 6M QSOs the last hour and a half and a max hour in that time span with 102 QSOs. I was about 3 hours from home in DM66, so I pulled up stakes and left with 45 minutes left in the contest, but the band appeared to be dying with few responses to my CQs and no new stations on the band. And the prospect of a three hour drive home along NM550 seemed daunting.

image1.jpeg

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: Friday 1200 June 14 VHF Lunch Garcia’s Juan Tabo

David Hollander
 

Wish I was closer.

Have fun.

Dave N7RK
--
Dave Hollander N7RK
Arizona Tube Supply
http://arizonatubesupply.com

Ham Radio Page
http://n7rk.com


Re: Friday 1200 June 14 VHF Lunch Garcia’s Juan Tabo

James Duffey
 

Great Jim! It will be nice to see you and thanks for the QSOs this weekend. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 10, 2019, at 15:47, KC7QY <kc7qy@...> wrote:

Duffey,

Good choice of days. I will be in ABQ Friday morning for a Dr visit. See you all at noon.

Jim KC7QY


On Monday, June 10, 2019, 10:18:31 AM MDT, James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:


Let’s have an informal VHF lunch this 1200 Friday, June 14 at Garcia’s 3601 Juan Tabo. Let me know if you think you will come so I can give them a head count if there will be a large or semi large group. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM



Re: Friday 1200 June 14 VHF Lunch Garcia’s Juan Tabo

KC7QY
 

Duffey,

Good choice of days. I will be in ABQ Friday morning for a Dr visit. See you all at noon.

Jim KC7QY


On Monday, June 10, 2019, 10:18:31 AM MDT, James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:


Let’s have an informal VHF lunch this 1200 Friday, June 14 at Garcia’s 3601 Juan Tabo. Let me know if you think you will come so I can give them a head count if there will be a large or semi large group. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM



Re: WB2FKO short contest report

Jay
 

Once Bill "swung over" to us in 43/42 land, his signal actually dropped.  I think we were catching a serious reflection off something. 
We are working on station upgrade here as well.
Always something to improve to stretch that input or output signal just a few more miles...

 -Jay

On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 2:19 PM Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
Jay, too bad we didn't hear you on 222.  That would have been a nice one.  I'll see if I can fix the chat logout problem.  It's on my to-do list.  Mike

On 6/10/19 3:14 PM, Jay wrote:
MIke,
At some point when you and I are in the same place at the same time, remind me to tell you the story from the 2019 June VHF contest where I was listening to you and Bill on 222.1 MHz chatting away.. S9 on my meter. 
It was so loud I thought it was locals off the back of my antenna "in the way" of me being able to hear you all.. until Bill signed with his call.

Only some 350 ish miles away over some serious mountains.   ;-)

Nice to work many of you there in NM, and the a new goal to pick up the rest in Sept going forward.    The NMchat page was helpful - minus the odd "logout" that was happening often.


 - Jay N1AV
DM43ff 50MHz - 10GHz (minus 3 GHz)


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 2:04 PM Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
No, did not get RHR during the contest.  I heard you talking to him at
some point, but he was gone or inaudible by the time I had the beams
pointed north. Only a wire 250 mW on 1296; pretty incredible.

Nice to get K5LA in DM61 on both 2 and 222.  We were both QRP for the
latter with big mountains in the way, but piece of cake with FT8.

Worked W7D/R in DN10/11 and DN20/21 using meteor scatter on 6 and 2.
That's 2 new ones on 6m and another 4 grids for me on 2m; surprised how
quickly it went on 2m but really shouldn't be. Those guys drove halfway
across the country to activate some rare grids and brought plenty of
horsepower to make sure it was worth the effort. See attached photo from
their Twitter feed.  They are even doing mobile MS on 6m and I worked
them that way in DN81 on Friday morning before going to work. VHF grid
chasers should be aware that they will be setting up in many rare and
semi-rare grids on their way back to Iowa this week.



On 6/10/19 2:29 PM, Bill wrote:
> Well done Mike,
>
> I finished with 229 Q points and 105 grids for 24,045 total.
>
> I had a good time and didn't take it too seriously.  It was a good
> opportunity to learn MSK144 and FT8 as I had nobody else around to do
> it.  Reflecting what Keith W9RM had to say and my experience with you,
> I may have some disconnects in my log:  I set the logbook reminder in
> WSJT  and logged a QSO anytime that popped up.  Some times that
> happened before completing the loaded messages, so I am confused as to
> what it takes to complete on FT8.  No problems on MSK144.  I didn't
> use any spotting service on digi; Ping Jockey or other and that gave
> me some periods when I saw you and others working when nobody answered
> my CQ.
>
> I was not able to get WSJT-x and N1MM to quit fighting over the radio
> interface so it was pretty uncomfortable to bail out of a  digi run to
> finish logging in N1MM.  Also did not have the 6 and 144+ computers
> networked and that became pretty cumbersome as well.  My fault.
>
> I put up a 432 yagi on a 20 foot pole because Keith wanted a Q but it
> was far more useful than that. I worked 5 stations in Phoenix as well
> as Keith on 432 and used it for contacts with Duffey as well.  Longest
> was K7KMR west of Phoenix at 400.3 miles, CW with 50 watts on both
> ends.  I'll send a note for the web site posting for that one.  Worked
> all those guys on 222 and 144 as well.
>
> The new Elecraft amplifier was used on 6 meters and I ran it at about
> half power on digi modes.  That power setting was used to keep the
> temperatures down and avoid the high fan setting. It's a great legal
> limit phone amplifier but not up to the task on digi modes for 6
> meters.  It'll probably be OK on HF.
>
> I worked four rovers, the ones you mentioned as well as WA6BJH/r. 
> Good to see that many in NM.  There was another briefly in the NW
> corner but I wasn't able to hear him.
>
> Good to hear K5RHR on.  Did you work him?  He asked to work on 1296 so
> I had a wire antenna and placed it just outside. We worked on 1/4 watt.
>
> All in all, pretty fun.
>
> 73 Bill W7QQ