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Re: AA5B LM in VHF contest

James Duffey
 

AA5B

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 12, 2020, at 18:21, Jonesy W3DHJ via groups.io <mailserver=jonz.net@groups.io> wrote:

On Fri, 12 Jun 2020, James Duffey wrote:

AA5B and I will be running a limited multiop from DM64
this weekend for the VHF contest.
Which call will you be using? Thanks.

73
Jonesy
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Re: AA5B LM in VHF contest

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

On Fri, 12 Jun 2020, James Duffey wrote:

AA5B and I will be running a limited multiop from DM64
this weekend for the VHF contest.
Which call will you be using? Thanks.

73
Jonesy
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Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
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Re: AA5B LM in VHF contest

Keith Morehouse
 

Great !  If we can't do CW (or just SSB), we'll be able to complete on digi-wigi on all those bands.

FWIW, I also have 1296 set up on the rover mast on the truck - 120W & 5' looper.  Seems to be working since I can hear the radar scan out of Grand Junction.  If 6 is dead and anybody wants to try....

- W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


On Fri, Jun 12, 2020, 5:00 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
Keith - 100W on 144, 50W on 432, and 20w linear/120W digital on 222MHz. My 8ft rover Yagis at 20ft. We will have the digital modes on all bands. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 12, 2020, at 16:51, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


...power above 6M ?

-RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Fri, Jun 12, 2020, 4:43 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
AA5B and I will be running a limited multiop from DM64 this weekend for the VHF contest. We will have 6M, 2M, 222MHz, and 432MHz. We will have 500W on 6M to 4element Yagis at 40 ft  and my Ts2000 plus XV222 on the other three bands with my 8 ft rover Yagis at 20 ft or so. We will operate SSB, preferred for rate, CW, preferred for rate under weak signal conditions and because we are old farts, and FT8/FT4/MSK144 preferred because that is where the points and mults are.

We will have Slack access primarily on the AZ and NM slack areas, and you can text me at 505 228 5491 during the contest to arrange QSOs.

The site is a good one, albeit with a bit of QRN towards the NE. - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM




Re: AA5B LM in VHF contest

James Duffey
 

Keith - 100W on 144, 50W on 432, and 20w linear/120W digital on 222MHz. My 8ft rover Yagis at 20ft. We will have the digital modes on all bands. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 12, 2020, at 16:51, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


...power above 6M ?

-RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Fri, Jun 12, 2020, 4:43 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
AA5B and I will be running a limited multiop from DM64 this weekend for the VHF contest. We will have 6M, 2M, 222MHz, and 432MHz. We will have 500W on 6M to 4element Yagis at 40 ft  and my Ts2000 plus XV222 on the other three bands with my 8 ft rover Yagis at 20 ft or so. We will operate SSB, preferred for rate, CW, preferred for rate under weak signal conditions and because we are old farts, and FT8/FT4/MSK144 preferred because that is where the points and mults are.

We will have Slack access primarily on the AZ and NM slack areas, and you can text me at 505 228 5491 during the contest to arrange QSOs.

The site is a good one, albeit with a bit of QRN towards the NE. - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM




Re: AA5B LM in VHF contest

Keith Morehouse
 

...power above 6M ?

-RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


On Fri, Jun 12, 2020, 4:43 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
AA5B and I will be running a limited multiop from DM64 this weekend for the VHF contest. We will have 6M, 2M, 222MHz, and 432MHz. We will have 500W on 6M to 4element Yagis at 40 ft  and my Ts2000 plus XV222 on the other three bands with my 8 ft rover Yagis at 20 ft or so. We will operate SSB, preferred for rate, CW, preferred for rate under weak signal conditions and because we are old farts, and FT8/FT4/MSK144 preferred because that is where the points and mults are.

We will have Slack access primarily on the AZ and NM slack areas, and you can text me at 505 228 5491 during the contest to arrange QSOs.

The site is a good one, albeit with a bit of QRN towards the NE. - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM




Re: AA5B LM in VHF contest

Bill Mader
 

Good luck from an older fart! 

Cheers, Bill, K8TE
Sent from my Secret Decoder Ring

On Fri, Jun 12, 2020, 16:43 James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
AA5B and I will be running a limited multiop from DM64 this weekend for the VHF contest. We will have 6M, 2M, 222MHz, and 432MHz. We will have 500W on 6M to 4element Yagis at 40 ft  and my Ts2000 plus XV222 on the other three bands with my 8 ft rover Yagis at 20 ft or so. We will operate SSB, preferred for rate, CW, preferred for rate under weak signal conditions and because we are old farts, and FT8/FT4/MSK144 preferred because that is where the points and mults are.

We will have Slack access primarily on the AZ and NM slack areas, and you can text me at 505 228 5491 during the contest to arrange QSOs.

The site is a good one, albeit with a bit of QRN towards the NE. - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM




Re: June contest questions

redarlington
 

Things changed and I can no longer leave home this weekend (on call, stuff at work not behaving, etc).   I will do what I can from DM65uv which is probably going to be limited to 2 and 6 meter bands.   

At some point in the near future I want to scout out Clara Peak in DM66va.   Descriptions online suggest it's an easy drive until the last 1/4 mile.  We'll see!

Catch you guys this weekend.

-Bob


On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 3:06 PM Bob Darlington <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


AA5B LM in VHF contest

James Duffey
 

AA5B and I will be running a limited multiop from DM64 this weekend for the VHF contest. We will have 6M, 2M, 222MHz, and 432MHz. We will have 500W on 6M to 4element Yagis at 40 ft and my Ts2000 plus XV222 on the other three bands with my 8 ft rover Yagis at 20 ft or so. We will operate SSB, preferred for rate, CW, preferred for rate under weak signal conditions and because we are old farts, and FT8/FT4/MSK144 preferred because that is where the points and mults are.

We will have Slack access primarily on the AZ and NM slack areas, and you can text me at 505 228 5491 during the contest to arrange QSOs.

The site is a good one, albeit with a bit of QRN towards the NE. - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


N7GP/R Rover plans for this weekend JUNE VHf CONTEST

Tom
 

To ALL...

I will be starting out this Saturday at beginning of the contest at the Junction on DM32 and Dm33....then moving to DM 42 and DM 43.. I plan on making this loop twice to pick up everyone..
Saturday night, over night will be in DM42 and DM43, DM32, DM33 primarily 6 and 2 meters FT8/4 and MSK 144.....
Sunday morning at dawn AZ time,1200 UTC ,I will be starting DM32, then DM42, DM43, DM33, DM34, and DM44,,, then the far west end of DM45,,, and If all goes well I will end up toward end of contest in DM 35 just west of Flagstaff, AZ.........
I will have 6, 2, 222, 432, 903, 1296 and 2304.. good power and decent antennas.....SSB,,,,CW,,FM,or ANY DIGITAL mode....I am willing to try any FM contact on any band!!!
I will be available for any pre-arranged skeds, via this email address wa8wzg@wa8wzg.net or CELL PHONE,,, 419-370-8802.
IF YOU HEAR me and cant get my attention, call!!!
AS a side note,, WE all know that 6 meters has BEEN HOT lately with openings every day..... that said.. IT may change how long I stay in one grid,,
hoping to work a lot of you , ,

GET ON AND MAKE SOME NOISE!!!
Tom
N7GP
EX WA8WZG


AA5PR/R ARRL June VHF roving plans

John Klem
 

My plan for this weekend is below.  I expect times will be accurate only given poor conditions on 6 m.  If 6 is open, I'll probably stay wherever I am until my productivity starts to seriously decline.

Saturday
1800-1900 Z  DM74xv
1930-2030 Z  DM84at
2200- ? Z        DM85fa
I will stay in DM85fa as late as 0300 Z, depending on 6 m activity

Sunday
1400-1500 Z  DM82ax
1530-1630 Z  DM83aa
1700-1800 Z  DM72xx
1830-1930 Z  DM73wb
2000 - ?  Z      Go back to some of the 4 previous grids

I'll have (all modes):
6 m:  100 W / Moxon
2 m:  100 W / 5 el
432:  50 W / 11 el

I haven't been to any of these places previously, but I expect to have decent cell coverage and to be on NMVHF Slack.  If things are slow there, I'll be on VHF-Chat Slack (rover-raregrid) instead. And I welcome texts from anyone in the area to 505-373-4671.

73 and good luck to all.

John  AA5PR/R


[UPDATE!!] W3DHJ/R ARRL JUNE VHF DM86-87-88, DM 77-78

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

So, wouldn't you know it. After sending out my plans last night, I
received the following reply email from the NPS Capulin Volcano folks:

"Hi Marvin. Thanks for contacting us. Our planned re-opening is June
15, however we are in the office and have opened earlier than
expected. We may still need to close to "retool" some of our
procedures, but I am fairly confident we will be open on the 13th."

So, my newest, most current'est plan is to start the contest in DM86as
on Capulin Volcano. From there I will move on to several locations in
DM86bx on the Colorado/New Mexico border. Next, a wee bit further north
for DM87ba. Then a long haul to the northern edge of DM87 and then the
southern edge of DM88 ---- all on Saturday.

IOW, a lot like my earlier plans -- just with Capulin Volcano inserted
at the front.

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: DM86as: 1800-1900z, Capulin Volcano
then roll up to
SAT #2: DM86bx: 1945z-2045z, NM Hwy 551 / CO Hwy 389
then slip into
SAT #3: DM87ba: 2055z-2130z,
then a long haul to
SAT #4: DM87cx: 2300z-0100z,
then move up to
SAT #5: DM88bb: 0130z-0200+z, (0222z == sunset)
then en route home DM78rf47hc

Sunday:

SUN #0: DM78rf47hc QTH: Radio checks (possible contacts?)
... then a 1 hour drive out to
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 " "


Perhaps I'll repeat this in the JULY CQ WW VHF....


73 ES GL
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: W3DHJ/R ARRL JUNE VHF [UPDATE]

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

BREAKING NEWS!!

Previously Jonesy W3DHJ via NMVHF[groups.io] lamented:

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.
STOP THE PRESSES!!! I just received an email reply from a query
I left on the NPS Capulin Volcano website's "Contact Us" page!

To wit:

"Hi Marvin. Thanks for contacting us. Our planned re-opening is June
15, however we are in the office and have opened earlier than
expected. We may still need to close to "retool" some of our
procedures, but I am fairly confident we will be open on the 13th."

So, I replied with my intentions to operate as an Amateur Radio mobile
for an hour beginning at noon on Saturday -- and whether or not that
would be cross-wise with their policies in the New Era.

So, unless they tell me to stay away, later today or tomorrow I will
send out an updated Schedule Of Positions.

Last week I prepared 3 .../vhfrover_plans.html pages --
1 without any DM86 activities
1 with the Capulin Volcano starting point
1 without Capulin Volcano, yet starting in DM86bx

Last night I uploaded the 3rd copy and sent out my Rover announcements.
This morning I received the email from Capulin Volcano.
I failed to rely on my Black Belt In Procrastination. Bad on me...

Talk to you soon.
Jonesy
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Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


Re: SLACK chat

James Duffey
 

Thanks Justin. APRS s really useful to fixed stations when it comes to allocating time to spend chasing rovers. 

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 9, 2020, at 09:31, Justin Clark (KJ7JC) <jstnsclark@...> wrote:


I will update slacks and also beaconing aprs every 10 min from AZ.

Kj7jc 

On Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 8:22 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
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


Re: SLACK chat

Justin Clark (KJ7JC)
 

I will update slacks and also beaconing aprs every 10 min from AZ.

Kj7jc 

On Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 8:22 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
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


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

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