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Re: SLACK chat

James Duffey
 

Yes, and if the rovers could use APRS even through a cell phone, that would be nice. 

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 9, 2020, at 08:38, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


Don't forget about the NM VHF Society chat channel on SLACK if you're on over the weekend for the ARRL June VHF contest.

It's been very helpful the last few VHF contests to get guys on the right beam heading and to alert people that rovers and the like were changing grids.

-W9RM

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


SLACK chat

Keith Morehouse
 

Don't forget about the NM VHF Society chat channel on SLACK if you're on over the weekend for the ARRL June VHF contest.

It's been very helpful the last few VHF contests to get guys on the right beam heading and to alert people that rovers and the like were changing grids.

-W9RM

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


W3DHJ/R ARRL JUNE VHF

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

Well, my original plans for starting out on Capulin Volcano are bust.
Their posted (re)opening date is for JUNE FIFTEEN! I could neither
convince the National Park Service to open on June 13, nor the ARRL to
postpone the contest until June 20. Perhaps it is something I can work
into my plans for the CQ WW VHF in July.

So, my current plan is to start the contest in DM86bx about 1-2 miles
south of the Colo-NM border on NM 551. From Google Maps and Google
Street View I should have a good horizon into New Mexico from there.
After an hour or so I will slink back up into Colorado for about a mile
and continue to operate out of DM86bx with a good horizon into Colorado.
Then I'll move a couple hundred yards further north and operate from
DM87ba -- for maybe another hour - and depending on Es condx.

After that I will roll on up to the northern edge of the grid to DM87cx.
I will finish the day's operations in DM88bb.

Sunday will see me doing my old, time proven grid sequence of DM78xa,
DM77xw, DM87bw, and DM88bb -- circling the 38°N, 104°W conjunction.

I'll be operating Rover Limited: 6M SSB-CW, 2M SSB-CW, and 432 SSB-CW.

More details at https://W3DHJ.net/vhfrover_plans.php

Saturday:

SAT #1: DM86bx: 1800z-1910z, NM Hwy 551
then roll up to
SAT #2: DM86bx: 1920z-2030z, CO Hwy 389
then move to
SAT #3: DM87ba: 2045z-2145z,
then a long move to
SAT #4: DM87cx: 2300z-0100z,
then slip up to
SAT #4: DM88bb: 0130z-0200+z,
then enroute home DM78rf47hc

Sunday:

SUN #0: DM78rf47hc QTH: Radio checks (possible contacts?)

SUN #1: DM78xa: ~1200z~1530z Earliest possible "in" time
to latest possible "out" time...
SUN #2: DM77xw: ~1530z~1900z " "

SUN #3: DM87bw: ~1900z~2230z " "

SUN #4: DM88bb: ~2230z~0200+z " "


73 ES GL
Jonesy
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Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


DM76 Truchas

Keith Morehouse
 

You'll like the spot.  Here's a pic looking southeast taken during the UHF contest a couple years ago.

I'll be looking for you on 6 - point NW 😀

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


Re: June contest questions

redarlington
 

This sounds very reasonable.  I was looking at Clara Peak in DM66 but was scared off by the language about the last stretch to the fire lookout.   

Truchas Lookout it is.   

Thanks Keith, and the rest.  Especially for pointing out the reference I didn't know I already had (the website).
-Bob N3XKB

On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 4:29 PM Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:
Bob, you could go right east across the valley to the Truchas overlook in DM76 and probably be the only guy active from that grid.  I'd love to work you on 6 from there.

Site details are here:


-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 4:19 PM Arne N7KA <N7KA@...> wrote:
Probably anywhere in DM66 to provide a needed multiplier to others.

Arne N7KA
On 06/08/2020 3:06 PM redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:


Hi guys,

I'd like to participate in the contest this weekend to do an equipment shakedown.  I hear there are some locations that I can drive to and setup and make a few Qs, but really have no idea about where the preferred locations are or what's even close to me (I'm in Los Alamos).    

The plan is to drag out the 6 meter hexbeam (folds up), small 2 meter beam (Arrow, handheld but probably will strap it down to a pole), 23cm (cheap yagi with 25W DEMI transverter), and 10GHz dish (DEMI transverter right into the feed, 10mW I think).   I'd appreciate any recommendations that are not crazy far from home on where to setup.   

Thanks,
-Bob N3XKB


Re: June contest questions

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

On Mon, 8 Jun 2020, redarlington wrote:

I'd like to participate in the contest this weekend to do an equipment
shakedown. I hear there are some locations that I can drive to and setup
and make a few Qs, but really have no idea about where the
preferred locations are or what's even close to me (I'm in Los Alamos).

The plan is to drag out the 6 meter hexbeam (folds up), small 2 meter beam
(Arrow, handheld but probably will strap it down to a pole), 23cm (cheap
yagi with 25W DEMI transverter), and 10GHz dish (DEMI transverter right
into the feed, 10mW I think). I'd appreciate any recommendations that are
not crazy far from home on where to setup.

Thanks,
-Bob N3XKB
Bob,

Start here: <http://www.nmvhf.org/reference.html> on the NM VHF web site.

Poke around on the web site for some Really Good info <http://nmvhf.org/>


I'll be posting my Rover plans later this evening.

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


Re: June contest questions

Keith Morehouse
 

Bob, you could go right east across the valley to the Truchas overlook in DM76 and probably be the only guy active from that grid.  I'd love to work you on 6 from there.

Site details are here:


-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


On Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 4:19 PM Arne N7KA <N7KA@...> wrote:
Probably anywhere in DM66 to provide a needed multiplier to others.

Arne N7KA
On 06/08/2020 3:06 PM redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:


Hi guys,

I'd like to participate in the contest this weekend to do an equipment shakedown.  I hear there are some locations that I can drive to and setup and make a few Qs, but really have no idea about where the preferred locations are or what's even close to me (I'm in Los Alamos).    

The plan is to drag out the 6 meter hexbeam (folds up), small 2 meter beam (Arrow, handheld but probably will strap it down to a pole), 23cm (cheap yagi with 25W DEMI transverter), and 10GHz dish (DEMI transverter right into the feed, 10mW I think).   I'd appreciate any recommendations that are not crazy far from home on where to setup.   

Thanks,
-Bob N3XKB


Re: June contest questions

Arne N7KA
 

Probably anywhere in DM66 to provide a needed multiplier to others.

Arne N7KA

On 06/08/2020 3:06 PM redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:


Hi guys,

I'd like to participate in the contest this weekend to do an equipment shakedown.  I hear there are some locations that I can drive to and setup and make a few Qs, but really have no idea about where the preferred locations are or what's even close to me (I'm in Los Alamos).    

The plan is to drag out the 6 meter hexbeam (folds up), small 2 meter beam (Arrow, handheld but probably will strap it down to a pole), 23cm (cheap yagi with 25W DEMI transverter), and 10GHz dish (DEMI transverter right into the feed, 10mW I think).   I'd appreciate any recommendations that are not crazy far from home on where to setup.   

Thanks,
-Bob N3XKB


June contest questions

redarlington
 

Hi guys,

I'd like to participate in the contest this weekend to do an equipment shakedown.  I hear there are some locations that I can drive to and setup and make a few Qs, but really have no idea about where the preferred locations are or what's even close to me (I'm in Los Alamos).    

The plan is to drag out the 6 meter hexbeam (folds up), small 2 meter beam (Arrow, handheld but probably will strap it down to a pole), 23cm (cheap yagi with 25W DEMI transverter), and 10GHz dish (DEMI transverter right into the feed, 10mW I think).   I'd appreciate any recommendations that are not crazy far from home on where to setup.   

Thanks,
-Bob N3XKB


States Above 50MHz activity

James Duffey
 

The Central States VHF Society (CSVHF) sponsors a States Above 50 MHz Activity each year which runs from June 1 to May 31. The details can be found on the web page to which the link below will send you.

< http://www.csvhfs.org/index.php/awards-and-programs/states-above-50mhz >

The concept is simple, the total score is the sum of all the states worked on all bands above 50MHz. So, states can be counted more than once If they are worked on different bands. Everyone that has more than 30 band-states gets a certificate. Nice walnut plaques are given for CSVHF members who finish in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

This is good incentive to get on the air and work something other than grids. It is also good incentive to add new modes and operate on new bands. With diligent work 30 state/bands should be within the reach of most.

The award resets each year, so one cannot rest on past laurels. - Duffey KK6MC


James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: June contest

Jonathan Fox - W0AMT
 

John,

I have an antenna for 1296. It's your for the asking.

73, Jon
W0AMT


On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 6:14 PM John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote:
I'm tentatively planning on going in the opposite direction (southeast NM) this time around.  DM55/56 are not great places to visit at the moment.

That said, I need a little push (lacking an antenna) to get on 1296 myself, so I'm interested in this for a future trip.

John, AA5PR 


Re: June contest

Keith Morehouse
 

That would be great John.  DM82 is the one I really need to work on 6 !
Good Luck - I'll be following you.

-W9RM

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


On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 7:54 PM John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote:
Jay - I'm thinking of DM72/73/82/83 on Sunday.  Based on experience, if I start the day in DM82 we should have no problem.  DM81 is not in the plan this time around - I'm not done with New Mexico.
John, AA5PR


Re: June contest

John Klem
 

Jay - I'm thinking of DM72/73/82/83 on Sunday.  Based on experience, if I start the day in DM82 we should have no problem.  DM81 is not in the plan this time around - I'm not done with New Mexico.
John, AA5PR


Re: June contest

Keith Morehouse
 

John, DM81 or DM82 on 6 would be great for me !

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


On Wed, May 27, 2020, 6:14 PM John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote:
I'm tentatively planning on going in the opposite direction (southeast NM) this time around.  DM55/56 are not great places to visit at the moment.

That said, I need a little push (lacking an antenna) to get on 1296 myself, so I'm interested in this for a future trip.

John, AA5PR 


Re: June contest

John Klem
 

I'm tentatively planning on going in the opposite direction (southeast NM) this time around.  DM55/56 are not great places to visit at the moment.

That said, I need a little push (lacking an antenna) to get on 1296 myself, so I'm interested in this for a future trip.

John, AA5PR 


June contest

Keith Morehouse
 

Attention NM rovers !

Has anybody made any plans to rove up toward DM58 in June ?  K7ULS is going to be in a new high elevation location in DN41 and is bugging me to have 1296 available.  I told him I would consider putting my relatively small 1296 antenna on a 20' push up mast, but if Duffy (or anyone) is considering a path this way (either right here or through Moab/Green River area) it would be much more motivation to fire up 1296 (..and 900).

I'm not planning on a big effort in June since I'm not really thrilled with the prospect of a mostly FT8 6M contest.  The upside of this is I'll have much more time to concentrate on 2M and above.  Something that normally takes a back seat to 6 in June.

-W9RM

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


Re: About being Rover in ARRL JUNE VHF -- in NM

James Duffey
 

More than 4x. When I got mine, it cost $10. I was going to enter the Petrified Forest National Park during a 7th Call Area and the ranger said that instead of paying the park entry fee of $15, I could buy the pass for $10. I did and have not regretted it. It is a good deal, but not the one it used to be. Ginger has one too, she got it a bit before I did.


James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On May 16, 2020, at 07:56, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


If one is over 62, a one-time fee of $80 (think that's what it is now) will get you a lifetime free pass for you and everyone in your vehicle to any National Park, Forest or Monument where entry fees are charged, as well as a discount on camping & services in said area.

They raised the fee 4X a few years ago, but it's still a good deal if you frequent such places.  Personally, as far as 'nature' goes, my opinion is if you have to pay to see it, it probably isn't worth it...(but, I do have a pass).

-W9RM

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


On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 8:44 PM Jonesy W3DHJ via groups.io <mailserver=jonz.net@groups.io> wrote:


So, yes, I'll check with them before heading out.
One "benefit" of COVID-19 is that National Park entries are free
for now -- but, there are very little or no services for the public.

Thanks for the URL, Duffey!  I'll keep checking it up to ARRL JUN VHF.

73
Jonesy


Re: About being Rover in ARRL JUNE VHF -- in NM

Keith Morehouse
 

If one is over 62, a one-time fee of $80 (think that's what it is now) will get you a lifetime free pass for you and everyone in your vehicle to any National Park, Forest or Monument where entry fees are charged, as well as a discount on camping & services in said area.

They raised the fee 4X a few years ago, but it's still a good deal if you frequent such places.  Personally, as far as 'nature' goes, my opinion is if you have to pay to see it, it probably isn't worth it...(but, I do have a pass).

-W9RM

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


On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 8:44 PM Jonesy W3DHJ via groups.io <mailserver=jonz.net@groups.io> wrote:


So, yes, I'll check with them before heading out.
One "benefit" of COVID-19 is that National Park entries are free
for now -- but, there are very little or no services for the public.

Thanks for the URL, Duffey!  I'll keep checking it up to ARRL JUN VHF.

73
Jonesy


Re: About being Rover in ARRL JUNE VHF -- in NM

Bill
 

Jonesy,

Sure, we'll have you!  Good luck in June.

73 Bill W7QQ


On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 1:03 PM Jonesy W3DHJ via groups.io <mailserver=jonz.net@groups.io> wrote:
... and to some degree, the July CQ WW VHF, too.

The ARRL JUNE VHF is just 4 weeks away.  I've seen nothing (yet) from
the ARRL v-a-v "special conditions" governing the contest with regards
to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tho', I see other, past contests had
eliminated the Multi-Op category.  But, I could see the Rover category
being dropped if various states have restrictions on travel -- thus
putting many Rovers at a disadvantage.

Of course, I have NO plans involving direct human contact while
rovering.  At most I may confront a DIY gas pump.  HI!HI!

As for my plans, this year I wanted to drop down into N.M. (if you'll
have me - HI!HI!) and start on Capulin Volcano on Saturday in DM86.
After that I would work my way north on various blue (and brown) roads
into Colorado for DM87 and DM88.

The Capulin Volcano conditions look "sort of OK":
        https://www.nps.gov/cavo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
but the wording is perplexing.  In one place it states "The Volcano Road
is closed to RVs, buses, attached trailers or any other vehicles over 26
feet long while the road has the one-lane section."  And, in another
place it says, "The Capulin Volcano Visitor Center, Volcano Road, and
Park Store will be closed until further notice."  So, I'm unsure if one
can drive a vehicle to the upper parking lot.

To, I'm unsure what New Mexico restrictions and regulations might be in
effect for travelers -- either now, or in the next 28 days.  Would some
kindly NM op pass along a nm.gov website URL that contains state-wide
COVID-19 restrictions?  Thank you!

It is VERY MUCH out of the ordinary for me to be planning something like
this so far in advance.  These are, indeed, unusual times.

Wash your hands after handling this email.
73
Jonesy
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  Marvin L Jones     | W3DHJ      | W3DHJ  | https://W3DHJ.net/
   Pueblo, Colorado  |  @         | Jonesy |     __ linux FreeBSD
    38.238N 104.547W |   jonz.net | DM78rf | 73  SK




Re: About being Rover in ARRL JUNE VHF -- in NM

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

On Fri, 15 May 2020, Jonesy W3DHJ via groups.io wrote:

... and to some degree, the July CQ WW VHF, too.
OBTW, I forgot to point out some Good Press that New Mexico received
recently:
nytimes.com/2020/05/01/opinion/new-mexico-coronavirus-curve.html
73
Jonesy

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