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KK6MC Rove in January Contest
Call: KK6MC/R Operator(s): KK6MC Station: KK6MC/R Class: Rover LP QTH: AZ Operating Time (hrs): 13.5 Summary: Band QSOs Mults ------------------- 6: 52 5 2: 56 6 222: 432: 56 6 903: 1.2: 46 4 2.3: 3.4: 5.7: 10G: 24G: ------------------- Total: 212 21 Total Score = 11,064 Club: New Mexico VHF Society Comments: This was a shakedown rove for my new rover. It replaced the one that got destroyed by hitting a horse at the end of the September contest. I found a lot of things that needed to get fixed or adjusted, so things were less than optimum. The 222MHz and 902 transverters did not work and I couldn’t fix it during the contest, so I was without those two productive bands. I could not get the WSJT interface to work so I was off the digital modes. Things to work on for next year. On the up side, all the antennas worked, and the new power line we ran from the main battery kept the aux battery nicely charged. I rove in AZ in the January contest as the weather is much nicer. When I first started doing this 10 years ago there was little to modest activity in AZ, but the last few years it has really picked up, due to three factors, SOTA activity scheduled around the VHF contest, moving the contest off the same weekend as the 160M contest, and the WSJT modes. There were 11 SOTA stations on summits, many well equipped with 6 bands. Thanks to WA7JTM for putting that together. There were 5 rovers out, including me, a long ways to come from the days when I was the only rover in January in AZ. Microwave activity has really increased in AZ as well, which really helps with the QS0 Points. I started Saturday afternoon in the Petrified National Forest at DM54. Activity was very slow, but I did manage 5 QSOs, including 3 nice ones with W9RM. I then moved to Pintado Point, DM55, in the park and managed a few more QSOs. Then on to DM45 and a few more. I was disappointed in the activity level on Saturday and I think propagation was really flat. We overnighted in Chandler and got a good start Sunday morning at the Maricopa convergence where I have finally figured out how to operate from the four grids and go quickly from one to another and not be on the Ak-Chin Native American community. There was good activity all morning with the SOTA guys, the rovers, the fixed stations and the increased microwave activity. We pulled up stakes in early afternoon, had a quick lunch and headed north to DM34 in the Aqua Fria National Monument. Activity was still good there, although by that time in the afternoon most of the SOTA ops were off the mountains. We were plenty tired by then, so we called it quits, headed for Flagstaff where we overnighted and had supper and a night cap at the Beaver Street Brewery.
James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM