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June contest - W9RM


Keith Morehouse
 

First off, BIG THANKS to AA5PR/r for taking the time to run a 6M scatter sked with me before he started running the contest from DM82.  That was an all-time new grid and takes me to 12 to go for FFMA.  I think I've worked John from almost every grid in NM now .

I had not planned a serious effort this weekend, thinking the majority of guys would simply stay on WSJT.  I was wrong and there appeared to be plenty of SSB stations to run when the band actually opened.  I have a new strategy about FT modes during the summer contests, when running 6M rate is king.  The only time I went to FT4 or FT8 was to work mults when the SSB rate dried up.  I look at it like the wolves moving into a herd of sheep, picking off the easy meat/mults and then heading back to SSB with their 'catch' and continuing to pursue rate.  When there is any opening at all, it appears that a lousy rate on SSB is easily the equivalent of a 'good' rate on FT8.  Strategies will change and I think it's going to be harder to compete in this new world of traditional/digital mix.  Although, having the 'sheep' broadcasting their grid every time they TX is pretty handy for us wolves :)

My score below.  It's about 95% 6M.  I did my usual mid-20's mults on 2 using meteor scatter and, unfortunately, the high winds all weekend (blew 40-50 MPH ALL WEEKEND, even at night) fatigue cracked the bracket holding the hardlines onto the crank up tower for 222 & 432.  The entire assembly (1 5/8" line, 7/8" line, 1/2" line and rotor/control cable) all came crashing down from 80' Saturday afternoon and pulling all the connectors out of the LMR600 rotor loops.  I don't think any serious damage was done but it was a non-fixable event.  Running big hardline on crank ups is challenging.  Sorry I wasn't available to those that need another mult above 2M.  We'll continue to redesign, re-engineer and re-break things.

583x220 > 128,700 claimed
About 17 hours of chair time.

-W9RM

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


John Klem
 

Jay - Glad I could help.  Getting there is the only hard part for me.  You make the rest easy.  Drive, set up, turn on radio, W9RM is calling.  And most critically, hearing me.

73,

John AA5PR

On 6/15/2020 12:14 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
First off, BIG THANKS to AA5PR/r for taking the time to run a 6M scatter sked with me before he started running the contest from DM82.  That was an all-time new grid and takes me to 12 to go for FFMA.  I think I've worked John from almost every grid in NM now .


Keith Morehouse
 

That's my bad noise / FM broadcast QRM direction.  I'm lucky to hear anything on 6M between about 100 deg and 160 deg.  You need a respectable signal to be heard - which you certainly have !

-W9RM

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


On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 3:04 PM John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote:
Jay - Glad I could help.  Getting there is the only hard part for me. 
You make the rest easy.  Drive, set up, turn on radio, W9RM is calling. 
And most critically, hearing me.

73,

John AA5PR

On 6/15/2020 12:14 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
> First off, BIG THANKS to AA5PR/r for taking the time to run a 6M
> scatter sked with me before he started running the contest from DM82. 
> That was an all-time new grid and takes me to 12 to go for FFMA.  I
> think I've worked John from almost every grid in NM now .
>
>




Bill
 

Nice work guys!

Bill W7QQ


On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 3:04 PM John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote:
Jay - Glad I could help.  Getting there is the only hard part for me. 
You make the rest easy.  Drive, set up, turn on radio, W9RM is calling. 
And most critically, hearing me.

73,

John AA5PR

On 6/15/2020 12:14 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
> First off, BIG THANKS to AA5PR/r for taking the time to run a 6M
> scatter sked with me before he started running the contest from DM82. 
> That was an all-time new grid and takes me to 12 to go for FFMA.  I
> think I've worked John from almost every grid in NM now .
>
>