Re: Tough Ones
Yea, huge unequal distributions of radio operators in various provinces definitely make it challenging to accumulate the required number of grids to earn a badge for a particular province. One of the keys to overcoming this, and what I've had some success at, is to try using multiple bands: for some of the VE provinces, I have QSOs from 6M thru 160M which I think increases your chance that a new band will generate a new grid. Secondly, terrain around the transmitter site can dramatically effect the path direction and signal magnitude. Tall mountains in one specific direction may hamper one's ability to have a decent signal in that direction. Or the overall radiation pattern of your antenna(s). For example, my HF dipoles now run broadside to NE and SW, so I have trouble working JAs and south Africa. Dean Straw (ex ARRL guy) has software and lots of info on doing a terrain analysis at one's site - you might want to check it out - often the results are surprising!
GL, 73, Rich, K3VAT
From: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io> on behalf of WL7CG <asorum@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 2:44 PM
Subject: [GAPA] Tough Ones
Glad to see new members to the list. Which provinces are tough for you? Right now I think everyone in VE4 lives in Winnipeg and VK8 in Darwin. I have multiple contacts in VK8 and one grid. One plus is I got my first VK0 station.
Reach out to your membership organizations and let them know about GAPA. I was able to get our northwest ARRL organization to mention the program. There lots of ham clubs and DX groups out there. I want to keep Ernie busy :)
73 Alan WL7CG