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Re: NM VHF Society Lunch 1130 Thursday February 7

Bill
 

I think I’m coming.

On Feb 4, 2019, at 3:25 PM, James Duffey <JamesDuffey@comcast.net> wrote:

N5SJ will be in town Thursday, so I thought it would be a good time to get together for lunch and talk about things VHF.

We will meet at Pho Thien An restaurant, 7010 Central SE at 1130. This is the restaurant formerly known as Que Huang, where I have had lunch with many of you before. New name, slightly different menu, but still good food.

Let me know if you think you are coming so I can tell them how many to set up for.

See you Thursday! - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM



NM VHF Society Lunch 1130 Thursday February 7

James Duffey
 

N5SJ will be in town Thursday, so I thought it would be a good time to get together for lunch and talk about things VHF.

We will meet at Pho Thien An restaurant, 7010 Central SE at 1130. This is the restaurant formerly known as Que Huang, where I have had lunch with many of you before. New name, slightly different menu, but still good food.

Let me know if you think you are coming so I can tell them how many to set up for.

See you Thursday! - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: Anyone up for hand transcribing logs for ARRL VHF contest?

Scott K5TA
 

I’ll do a few — certainly they are not 1,000+ QSO entries. 

-TA


On Jan 31, 2019, at 7:59 AM, Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:

If he has a template and/or software, I can help. I used to do this for SS logs. 

Bruce AA5B


On Jan 31, 2019, at 6:52 AM, James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:

I have had a request from K9JK for help by the NMVHF Society in transcribing paper logs from the January VHF contest to electronic logs. K9JK is responsible for processing contest logs for the January contest. Part of our charter as an organization is to provide service to the VHF community at large, not just in NM. If you are interested in transcribing the logs, let me know and I will tell John, or you can contact John directly at:


Tell him I sent you.  I think he has three logs in queue an expects a few more. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: Anyone up for hand transcribing logs for ARRL VHF contest?

Bruce Draper
 

If he has a template and/or software, I can help. I used to do this for SS logs. 

Bruce AA5B


On Jan 31, 2019, at 6:52 AM, James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:

I have had a request from K9JK for help by the NMVHF Society in transcribing paper logs from the January VHF contest to electronic logs. K9JK is responsible for processing contest logs for the January contest. Part of our charter as an organization is to provide service to the VHF community at large, not just in NM. If you are interested in transcribing the logs, let me know and I will tell John, or you can contact John directly at:


Tell him I sent you.  I think he has three logs in queue an expects a few more. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: Anyone up for hand transcribing logs for ARRL VHF contest?

Bill
 

Duffy,

Sure, I'll help.

73 Bill W7QQ


On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 6:52 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
I have had a request from K9JK for help by the NMVHF Society in transcribing paper logs from the January VHF contest to electronic logs. K9JK is responsible for processing contest logs for the January contest. Part of our charter as an organization is to provide service to the VHF community at large, not just in NM. If you are interested in transcribing the logs, let me know and I will tell John, or you can contact John directly at:


Tell him I sent you.  I think he has three logs in queue an expects a few more. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Anyone up for hand transcribing logs for ARRL VHF contest?

James Duffey
 

I have had a request from K9JK for help by the NMVHF Society in transcribing paper logs from the January VHF contest to electronic logs. K9JK is responsible for processing contest logs for the January contest. Part of our charter as an organization is to provide service to the VHF community at large, not just in NM. If you are interested in transcribing the logs, let me know and I will tell John, or you can contact John directly at:


Tell him I sent you.  I think he has three logs in queue an expects a few more. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Jan VHF Contest Logs due 2019-01-31 03:59:00Z (Wednesday 2059 local)

James Duffey
 

Please submit your logs for the January VHF contest by Wednesday 2059 (local). No score is too small to submit. If you need help submitting your log, please contact W7QQ or myself and we can assist.

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: CQWW VHF results database

Keith Morehouse
 

To amplify, the 2018 scores have this option and it will be available going forward.  The data is available for 2017 and will be added ASAP.  It's doubtful any score before 2017 will have this option.

-W9RM

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


CQWW VHF results database

Keith Morehouse
 

I noticed that there was no club information present with the CQWW VHF on-line databases, so I contacted the new 'boss', K9JK, and requested that he look into making it available.  It turns out the info was in the database, just not visible. 

Now, you have the option to display club data for all entries by selecting the 'SHOW CLUB" click box in the SELECT FILTER window.


-W9RM

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


Re: KK6MC/r in January Contest

Michael Daly
 

Keith,

I have an 18 element 432 beam up about 60’.  Without too much effort I could add another.  But I think we can work with what I have . I did Santa Fe, Flagstaff and wet central AZ on 432 in the last contest.

My question to Jim was about his extended band coverage – is it worth it – and his answer was yes.  I have a 222 converter, but still in the box.  Someday…

 

Mike

 

From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of KC7QY
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2019 6:57 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] KK6MC/r in January Contest

 

Fortunately there is no limit on EIRP, more elements in the air can work wonders. I have made to path through the mountains from Socorro to El Paso (250km+/-) on 432 cw with my 50w, an old piece of RG8X and 6el @ 15'. Perseverance and dumb luck can work wonders.

 

From Gallup Mike should be in good shape to work stations on high ground all the way to Phoenix at least. Probably more available stations than NM and CO combined.

 

Jim KC7QY

 

 

On Thursday, January 24, 2019, 2:32:55 PM MST, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

 

 

Yep - I did forget that AND the lack of 900 is the south end of the state...

Thanks.

 

-W9RM


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

 

 

On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 12:55 PM KC7QY <kc7qy@...> wrote:

Keith,. Have to remember that we are in New Mexico and have to live with power restrictions. Legal limit on 70cm is 50w.

 

Jim KC7QY

 

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID



Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Mike, if you're thinking about adding bands, with how strong you are on 2M, I'm sure we could work on 432 easily (depending on your power out - I have a KW) and probably on 900 and possibly on 1296.  If I recall correctly, you are louder on 2 then W7QQ, given equivalent power and I can work him on 432.  I think we have a better geographic path between us then I do to Santa Fe.

 

Of course, I need to put the other antennas back up, but the equipment is here, including the high power - KW on 432 & 900 and 150W on 1296.

 

-W9RM


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

 

 

On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 10:20 AM Michael Daly <arrowengineering1@...> wrote:

Jim,
How much of your score was attributable to operating on the frequencies
above 432?
Mike, n5sj

-----Original Message-----
From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jonesy W3DHJ via
Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:36 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] KK6MC/r in January Contest

On Wed, 23 Jan 2019, James Duffey wrote:

>It was a good rove, enhanced quite a bit by the heavy SOTA and rover
>activity in AZ. This is my highest ever score in a January contest by a
>lot, and much higher than I would expect without Es, of which I heard
>none.

Duffey,

Your VHF Rover outings are simply mind boggling!
The effort you put into planning, preparations, and the scale of each trek
leave me almost speechless.

Good on You, Mate!!
73
Jonesy
--
<pre>  Marvin L Jones     | W3DHJ      | W3DHJ  | https://W3DHJ.net/
        Pueblo, Colorado  |  @         | Jonesy |     __ linux FreeBSD
         38.238N 104.547W |   jonz.net | DM78rf | 73  SK






Re: KK6MC/r in January Contest

KC7QY
 

Fortunately there is no limit on EIRP, more elements in the air can work wonders. I have made to path through the mountains from Socorro to El Paso (250km+/-) on 432 cw with my 50w, an old piece of RG8X and 6el @ 15'. Perseverance and dumb luck can work wonders.

From Gallup Mike should be in good shape to work stations on high ground all the way to Phoenix at least. Probably more available stations than NM and CO combined.

Jim KC7QY


On Thursday, January 24, 2019, 2:32:55 PM MST, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


Yep - I did forget that AND the lack of 900 is the south end of the state...
Thanks.

-W9RM

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


On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 12:55 PM KC7QY <kc7qy@...> wrote:
Keith,. Have to remember that we are in New Mexico and have to live with power restrictions. Legal limit on 70cm is 50w.

Jim KC7QY

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Mike, if you're thinking about adding bands, with how strong you are on 2M, I'm sure we could work on 432 easily (depending on your power out - I have a KW) and probably on 900 and possibly on 1296.  If I recall correctly, you are louder on 2 then W7QQ, given equivalent power and I can work him on 432.  I think we have a better geographic path between us then I do to Santa Fe.

Of course, I need to put the other antennas back up, but the equipment is here, including the high power - KW on 432 & 900 and 150W on 1296.

-W9RM

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


On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 10:20 AM Michael Daly <arrowengineering1@...> wrote:
Jim,
How much of your score was attributable to operating on the frequencies
above 432?
Mike, n5sj

-----Original Message-----
From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jonesy W3DHJ via
Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:36 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] KK6MC/r in January Contest

On Wed, 23 Jan 2019, James Duffey wrote:

>It was a good rove, enhanced quite a bit by the heavy SOTA and rover
>activity in AZ. This is my highest ever score in a January contest by a
>lot, and much higher than I would expect without Es, of which I heard
>none.

Duffey,

Your VHF Rover outings are simply mind boggling!
The effort you put into planning, preparations, and the scale of each trek
leave me almost speechless.

Good on You, Mate!!
73
Jonesy
--
<pre>  Marvin L Jones     | W3DHJ      | W3DHJ  | https://W3DHJ.net/
        Pueblo, Colorado  |  @         | Jonesy |     __ linux FreeBSD
         38.238N 104.547W |   jonz.net | DM78rf | 73  SK







Re: KK6MC/r in January Contest

Keith Morehouse
 

Yep - I did forget that AND the lack of 900 is the south end of the state...
Thanks.

-W9RM

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


On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 12:55 PM KC7QY <kc7qy@...> wrote:
Keith,. Have to remember that we are in New Mexico and have to live with power restrictions. Legal limit on 70cm is 50w.

Jim KC7QY

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Mike, if you're thinking about adding bands, with how strong you are on 2M, I'm sure we could work on 432 easily (depending on your power out - I have a KW) and probably on 900 and possibly on 1296.  If I recall correctly, you are louder on 2 then W7QQ, given equivalent power and I can work him on 432.  I think we have a better geographic path between us then I do to Santa Fe.

Of course, I need to put the other antennas back up, but the equipment is here, including the high power - KW on 432 & 900 and 150W on 1296.

-W9RM

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


On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 10:20 AM Michael Daly <arrowengineering1@...> wrote:
Jim,
How much of your score was attributable to operating on the frequencies
above 432?
Mike, n5sj

-----Original Message-----
From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jonesy W3DHJ via
Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:36 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] KK6MC/r in January Contest

On Wed, 23 Jan 2019, James Duffey wrote:

>It was a good rove, enhanced quite a bit by the heavy SOTA and rover
>activity in AZ. This is my highest ever score in a January contest by a
>lot, and much higher than I would expect without Es, of which I heard
>none.

Duffey,

Your VHF Rover outings are simply mind boggling!
The effort you put into planning, preparations, and the scale of each trek
leave me almost speechless.

Good on You, Mate!!
73
Jonesy
--
<pre>  Marvin L Jones     | W3DHJ      | W3DHJ  | https://W3DHJ.net/
        Pueblo, Colorado  |  @         | Jonesy |     __ linux FreeBSD
         38.238N 104.547W |   jonz.net | DM78rf | 73  SK







Re: KK6MC/r in January Contest

KC7QY
 

Keith,. Have to remember that we are in New Mexico and have to live with power restrictions. Legal limit on 70cm is 50w.

Jim KC7QY

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Mike, if you're thinking about adding bands, with how strong you are on 2M, I'm sure we could work on 432 easily (depending on your power out - I have a KW) and probably on 900 and possibly on 1296.  If I recall correctly, you are louder on 2 then W7QQ, given equivalent power and I can work him on 432.  I think we have a better geographic path between us then I do to Santa Fe.

Of course, I need to put the other antennas back up, but the equipment is here, including the high power - KW on 432 & 900 and 150W on 1296.

-W9RM

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


On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 10:20 AM Michael Daly <arrowengineering1@...> wrote:
Jim,
How much of your score was attributable to operating on the frequencies
above 432?
Mike, n5sj

-----Original Message-----
From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jonesy W3DHJ via
Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:36 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] KK6MC/r in January Contest

On Wed, 23 Jan 2019, James Duffey wrote:

>It was a good rove, enhanced quite a bit by the heavy SOTA and rover
>activity in AZ. This is my highest ever score in a January contest by a
>lot, and much higher than I would expect without Es, of which I heard
>none.

Duffey,

Your VHF Rover outings are simply mind boggling!
The effort you put into planning, preparations, and the scale of each trek
leave me almost speechless.

Good on You, Mate!!
73
Jonesy
--
<pre>  Marvin L Jones     | W3DHJ      | W3DHJ  | https://W3DHJ.net/
        Pueblo, Colorado  |  @         | Jonesy |     __ linux FreeBSD
         38.238N 104.547W |   jonz.net | DM78rf | 73  SK







KK6MC/r in January Contest score without 902 and 1296

James Duffey
 

Good question Mike. If I had not operated 902 to 1296 my score would have been about 14600, so about a third of my score is attributable to operating on 902 and 1296.

It is not so much the points generated on those bands alone, but rather the mults on the lower bands multiply the higher per band QSO points. This accounts for about 5500 additional points due to the higher bands. Also in a somewhat lesser impact, the QSO points on the lower bands multiply the mults on the higher bands for another 2800 points or so.

The sharp observer will note the numbers don’t quite add up due to the grid multipliers, but they are good enough to give you an answer to your question.

So the higher bands are a good addition in the contest as they leverage disproportionately the QSOes on the lower bands. The same can be said of adding 222.1 and 432.1 to one’s repertoire if one is only running 144 and 50MHz. In what may be a paradoxical statement, score wise it pays to add higher bands when activity is low as it increases the score where there is activity.

In this contest, the higher bands made up for the lack of Es on 6M, at least where I operated.

This is the best I have ever done roving in the January contest. In the past I have had two scores near 15,000, one as W7QQ/r and one as KK6MC/r, but both times there was Es.

In the bigger picture, if I had only operated the lower 4 bands my score probably would have been much more competitive in the limited rover category than my score will be in classic rover class. But, with the poor weather in the eastern half of the country many rovers stayed home, so I may do better than I think I will in the classic category.

Thanks for the QSOs Mike, especially the ones from DM44 and DM45. - Duffey KK6MC


James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jan 24, 2019, at 10:20, Michael Daly <arrowengineering1@gmail.com> wrote:

0MHz to Jim,
How much of your score was attributable to operating on the frequencies
above 432?
Mike, n5sj

-----Original Message-----
From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jonesy W3DHJ via
Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:36 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] KK6MC/r in January Contest

On Wed, 23 Jan 2019, James Duffey wrote:

It was a good rove, enhanced quite a bit by the heavy SOTA and rover
activity in AZ. This is my highest ever score in a January contest by a
lot, and much higher than I would expect without Es, of which I heard
none.
Duffey,

Your VHF Rover outings are simply mind boggling!
The effort you put into planning, preparations, and the scale of each trek
leave me almost speechless.

Good on You, Mate!!
73
Jonesy
--
<pre> Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK






Re: KK6MC/r in January Contest

Keith Morehouse
 

Mike, if you're thinking about adding bands, with how strong you are on 2M, I'm sure we could work on 432 easily (depending on your power out - I have a KW) and probably on 900 and possibly on 1296.  If I recall correctly, you are louder on 2 then W7QQ, given equivalent power and I can work him on 432.  I think we have a better geographic path between us then I do to Santa Fe.

Of course, I need to put the other antennas back up, but the equipment is here, including the high power - KW on 432 & 900 and 150W on 1296.

-W9RM

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


On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 10:20 AM Michael Daly <arrowengineering1@...> wrote:
Jim,
How much of your score was attributable to operating on the frequencies
above 432?
Mike, n5sj

-----Original Message-----
From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jonesy W3DHJ via
Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:36 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] KK6MC/r in January Contest

On Wed, 23 Jan 2019, James Duffey wrote:

>It was a good rove, enhanced quite a bit by the heavy SOTA and rover
>activity in AZ. This is my highest ever score in a January contest by a
>lot, and much higher than I would expect without Es, of which I heard
>none.

Duffey,

Your VHF Rover outings are simply mind boggling!
The effort you put into planning, preparations, and the scale of each trek
leave me almost speechless.

Good on You, Mate!!
73
Jonesy
--
<pre>  Marvin L Jones     | W3DHJ      | W3DHJ  | https://W3DHJ.net/
        Pueblo, Colorado  |  @         | Jonesy |     __ linux FreeBSD
         38.238N 104.547W |   jonz.net | DM78rf | 73  SK







Re: KK6MC/r in January Contest

Michael Daly
 

Jim,
How much of your score was attributable to operating on the frequencies
above 432?
Mike, n5sj

-----Original Message-----
From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jonesy W3DHJ via
Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:36 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] KK6MC/r in January Contest

On Wed, 23 Jan 2019, James Duffey wrote:

It was a good rove, enhanced quite a bit by the heavy SOTA and rover
activity in AZ. This is my highest ever score in a January contest by a
lot, and much higher than I would expect without Es, of which I heard
none.
Duffey,

Your VHF Rover outings are simply mind boggling!
The effort you put into planning, preparations, and the scale of each trek
leave me almost speechless.

Good on You, Mate!!
73
Jonesy
--
<pre> Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


Re: KK6MC/r in January Contest

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

On Wed, 23 Jan 2019, James Duffey wrote:

It was a good rove, enhanced quite a bit by the heavy SOTA and rover
activity in AZ. This is my highest ever score in a January contest by a
lot, and much higher than I would expect without Es, of which I heard
none.
Duffey,

Your VHF Rover outings are simply mind boggling!
The effort you put into planning, preparations, and
the scale of each trek leave me almost speechless.

Good on You, Mate!!
73
Jonesy
--
<pre> Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


KK6MC/r in January Contest

James Duffey
 

                  ARRL January VHF Contest


Class: Rover


Operating Time (hrs): 10


Summary:

Band  QSOs  Mults

-------------------

  6:   47     9

  2:   57    13

222:   31    10

432:   58    12

903:    7     3

1.2:   24     6

2.3:           

3.4:           

5.7:           

10G:           

24G:           

-------------------

Total:  224    54  Total Score = 21,924


Club: New Mexico VHF Society


Comments:


Thanks everyone for getting on!


It was a good rove, enhanced quite a bit by the heavy SOTA and rover activity in AZ. This is my highest ever score in a January contest by a lot, and much higher than I would expect without Es, of which I heard none. I did miss some NM stations that I should have been able to work based on other contests, but we couldn’t connect this year. Having said that, one of the high points of the contest was working W5UHF from Flagstaff, DM45, at 325 miles on 2M SSB with copiable signals both ways, and N5SJ from DM44 and DM45 with good signals. After years of being the only rover in AZ it is nice to have two others around to work. N7GP/r is a good op and we worked from several grids and most bands from 50MHz to 1296MHz.


After scraping 2 inches of snow off the Rover on Friday I headed out to El Paso where I stayed overnight so I would be fresh to start the contest on Saturday. I operated from the west side of the Transmountain Highway in DM61. There were lots of locals on and I also managed a QSO to Tucson with WA7XX at 250m miles. Signals were much worse than they were in June though. It was there my deep cycle battery failed. I jerry rigged something together and continued operating.



I continued on to DM62 and worked a few NM stations as well as Tucson, but that is a long ways from much activity. I then headed out to DM52 where I split operations between the NM and AZ sides of the border. Nice QSOes to AZ and NM stations. It was getting late by then, So I went straight

on to Phoenix, arriving about midnight. I had thought that if I had enough time would try to hit DM41, but that was not in the cards.


In the morning I got a late start as I went an bought a battery so that I could

use the computer to log and had a decent breakfast. I headed out to the Maricopa convergence and found that although I had followed previous years procedures and gotten approval to

operate when I called the Ak Chin Community police on Friday, they denied me permission

when I was there on Sunday, which cost me an additional hour of lost operating time

and more importantly, 2 grids. When I got on from DM33, about 1800Z, the SOTA activity had peaked but I still managed more than 50 QSOes from that location and then another 50 or so from DM43 when I moved acros the alfalfa field to operate there. 


I then headed up I-17, operating from DM34 near the Aqua Fria national monument with a good path to Phoenix and still lots of people to work. 


From there I went to the Mogollon Rim/Sedona Red Rocks scenic overlook off I-17 in DM44 south of Flagstaff. That has great paths into Southern AZ and I also worked N5SJ over in Gallup NM from there. Unfortunately, there is no access from north bound I-17 so going to the nearest exits north and south and then backtracking adds about 20 minutes to the trip, not usually a big consideration, but in the waning hours of the contest it means someone doesn’t get worked from the last grid. 


I ended up the contest at the scenic overlook just below the Llowell Obsservatory in Flagstaff,

DM45. I had good QSOes with Tucson, Phoenix, N5SJ in Gallup NM, and, at a distance of

325 miles, with W5UHF in Santa Fe, NM. KC7QY herd me, but we couldn’t complete. Due to the eclipse, the very small scenic overlook lot was packed with cars, spilling over to the narrow roadway and across the road. These were not astronomical observers, but rather partiers and among them was too loud bass with too little music, beer drinking, herbal experimentation, and judging by

the steamed up windows, more than a few makeout sessions. After a frenzied run up the bands with N7GP/r, I pulled the plug when the contest ended and missed out on a few more QSOes. 


I had no driver on this rove as Ginger opted to stay home. That makes a big difference as by operating in motion one can catch stuff that is not there when you are stopped, and by working guys between grids instead of being stopped, you can cut short your stay in grids as you have already worked them in motion. 


After a beer and a steak, I headed off to bed.


James Duffey KK6MC

Cedar Crest NM



Re: W9RM January VHF

Bruce Draper
 

>> My hunch is that the majority demographic of contest participants would be OK with a change.

"They say that change is good, but it never seems to work out that way."

    -Sheldon Cooper



On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 11:26 AM Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
How entrenched is the tradition of having the ARRL January VHF contest on AFC/NFC championship weekend?  There is no ideal date that going to work for everyone, but it seems to make a lot of sense to move it closer (or into) the Christmas holidays. The nastiest weather always seems to be around late January too. My hunch is that the majority demographic of contest participants would be OK with a change. Although my hunches are usually wrong. -WB2FKO

On 1/21/19 3:09 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
From what I remember, the January contest started because a couple of eastern VHF clubs (Pack Rats, Mt Airy, ect) wanted a event to get guys out winter mountain-topping.   It was scheduled in January to take advantage of the seasonal minor peak in sporadic E that is normally centered on the northern hemisphere winter solstice.  Why it's so late in January has probably been lost to history.

There are VHF single band Sprints in the spring, which are a blast, if you're in tropo country.  Out here, they are usually worse then the January test because you only have one band worth of noise to listen to.

-W9RM

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


On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 1:56 PM Steve London <n2ic@...> wrote:
Glad I wasn't the only one with an amp issue. I have a decrepit SB-220,
converted to 6 meters only. Started hearing a rapid tick-tick-tick sound in the
receiver late on Saturday. New local QRN ? Very local - inside the amplifier.
Something going on in the power supply. Date code on electrolytics is 1979. It's
time, along with new resistors and diodes.

W5UHF was very strong on 6 meter FT8. Solid S5 on the meter.

Why isn't there a springtime contest on VHF/UHF ? Or would it be as
propagation-free as January ?

73,
Steve, N2IC
DM52XT

On 01/21/2019 01:32 PM, Bill wrote:
> Hi Keith,
>
> Good write ups and thanks for being there the whole contest.  We did not meet
> our goals.
>
>   * 2 meter contact off the moon
>   * 1296 FT8 contact
>   * Improve on last year's score
>
> Largely these were not met because of factors beyond our control.  We operated
> for 26 hours.  I worked the bands 144 and up, and Mike WB2FKO worked six meters
> only.  I was glad we had WSJT on all bands.  Mike worked almost exclusively FT8
> and MSK144 on 6 meters.   I won't duplicate Mike's report but notably Mike used
> the reverse beacon network as a useful tool in finding and predicting small
> openings on 6. The six meter station performed smoothly until Sunday morning
> when the amplifier went snap, crackle and pop..... and tripped off. I pressed
> the KPA500 into service and we soldiered on.
>





Re: W9RM January VHF

Keith Morehouse
 

CQWW CW is the one major contest I could never attend at our multi-op, which was too bad.  it's easily the best of the four major DX tests.  Thanksgiving with family had to take precedence if I wanted to play multi-multi all those other weekend.

Actually, I think it averaged out where I could work CQWW CW every 4 years, or something like that, when November had that "extra" weekend.

-RM

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


On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 12:24 PM Michael Daly <arrowengineering1@...> wrote:
Just the wrong week for my family. But for me so is the CQ WW DX Contest on Thanksgiving weekend.
Mike, n5sj.

-----Original Message-----
From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of Steve London
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:16 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] W9RM January VHF

The Stew Perry 160 contest is held on the Saturday night between Christmas and New Years Day. Being only a 1 night contest, I would think to conflict between ARRL VHF and Stew Perry would be minimal. The question is whether it would negatively impact the VHF contest, with visiting relatives, etc.

73,
Steve, N2IC

On 01/22/2019 11:41 AM, James Duffey wrote:
> A quick search of the QST archives shows that in the early 60s the
> January contest was held on the first or second weekend on January,
> certainly a better date than we currently have. Suggestions to swap
> the RTTY Roundup and the January VHF contest dates have been around a
> long time and would be beneficial to 6M activity I think. The current
> situation is better than when it was held on the NFL bye week as that
> was usually the 160M contest, which took a lot of HF contesters out of the VHF contest.
>
> Bring this up to your elected ARRL representatives. When you go to an
> ARRL forum at a ham fest bring this up. After the bewildered look on
> the ARRL official’s face dies off your will have to explain yourself.
> When the official says he will take the suggestion back to Newington,
> ask the official to get back to you about what happens then.
>
> James Duffey KK6MC
> Cedar Crest NM
>
> On Jan 22, 2019, at 11:26, Mike WB2FKO <mph@...
> <mailto:mph@...>> wrote:
>
>> How entrenched is the tradition of having the ARRL January VHF
>> contest on AFC/NFC championship weekend?  There is no ideal date that
>> going to work for everyone, but it seems to make a lot of sense to
>> move it closer (or into) the Christmas holidays. The nastiest weather
>> always seems to be around late January too. My hunch is that the
>> majority demographic of contest participants would be OK with a
>> change. Although my hunches are usually wrong. -WB2FKO
>>
>> On 1/21/19 3:09 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
>>> From what I remember, the January contest started because a couple
>>> of eastern VHF clubs (Pack Rats, Mt Airy, ect) wanted a event to get
>>> guys out winter mountain-topping.   It was scheduled in January to
>>> take advantage of the seasonal minor peak in sporadic E that is
>>> normally centered on the northern hemisphere winter solstice.  Why
>>> it's so late in January has probably been lost to history.
>>>
>>> There are VHF single band Sprints in the spring, which are a blast,
>>> if you're in tropo country.  Out here, they are usually worse then
>>> the January test because you only have one band worth of noise to listen to.
>>>
>>> -W9RM
>>>
>>> Keith J Morehouse
>>> Managing Partner
>>> Calmesa Partners G.P.
>>> Olathe, CO
>>>
>>>
>>> On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 1:56 PM Steve London <n2ic@...
>>> <mailto:n2ic@...>> wrote:
>>>
>>>     Glad I wasn't the only one with an amp issue. I have a decrepit SB-220,
>>>     converted to 6 meters only. Started hearing a rapid tick-tick-tick sound
>>>     in the
>>>     receiver late on Saturday. New local QRN ? Very local - inside the
>>>     amplifier.
>>>     Something going on in the power supply. Date code on electrolytics is
>>>     1979. It's
>>>     time, along with new resistors and diodes.
>>>
>>>     W5UHF was very strong on 6 meter FT8. Solid S5 on the meter.
>>>
>>>     Why isn't there a springtime contest on VHF/UHF ? Or would it be as
>>>     propagation-free as January ?
>>>
>>>     73,
>>>     Steve, N2IC
>>>     DM52XT
>>>
>>>     On 01/21/2019 01:32 PM, Bill wrote:
>>>     > Hi Keith,
>>>     >
>>>     > Good write ups and thanks for being there the whole contest.  We did
>>>     not meet
>>>     > our goals.
>>>     >
>>>     >   * 2 meter contact off the moon
>>>     >   * 1296 FT8 contact
>>>     >   * Improve on last year's score
>>>     >
>>>     > Largely these were not met because of factors beyond our control.  We
>>>     operated
>>>     > for 26 hours.  I worked the bands 144 and up, and Mike WB2FKO worked
>>>     six meters
>>>     > only.  I was glad we had WSJT on all bands.  Mike worked almost
>>>     exclusively FT8
>>>     > and MSK144 on 6 meters.   I won't duplicate Mike's report but notably
>>>     Mike used
>>>     > the reverse beacon network as a useful tool in finding and predicting
>>>     small
>>>     > openings on 6. The six meter station performed smoothly until Sunday
>>>     morning
>>>     > when the amplifier went snap, crackle and pop..... and tripped off. I
>>>     pressed
>>>     > the KPA500 into service and we soldiered on.
>>>     >
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>






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