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Congratulations

Bruce Draper
 

Congratulations to the NM VHF Society on its fine showing in the NM QSO Party. Among the achievements for the club:

Highest-scoring club

Most counties activated

3 of the top 4 single-op scores

Top mobile/rover score

 

…and all of that with just 6 entries!

 

Results are here:

http://www.newmexicoqsoparty.org/wp/results/results-current/

6m Open

Keith Morehouse
 

6 is open to Carib and PY-land from DM58
Also, KG5THG/p in EL08 is on 50.313 FT8 - rare grid

-W9RM

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

6M open well to NE from DM58

Keith Morehouse
 

Seeing several dozen beacons in upper midwest.
Signals strong.
Possible EU extension.
KG5THG/r is in rare DM90 grid on meteor scatter - 50.265
Good Luck - see you in CQWW VHF contest next weekend.

-W9RM

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

New WSJTX release available

Keith Morehouse
 

So, it seems the brain surgeons responsible for WSJTX have released the new version of the program that includes FT4, less then one week before the CQWW-VHF contest.  This happened once before, with a major release right before one of the ARRL VHF tests which caused a widespread chaos of incompatibly.  FT4 is widely seen as a replacement for FT8 during contest conditions.

Since FT4 has been in beta before this, many have not used it.  I typically don't "do" beta software, so I don't even know what FT4 sounds like or what frequency to use it on.  Frankly, I think it's a tad irresponsible to do this.  Up until now, FT4 was 'locked out' over contest weekends.  I guess the people at CQ just don't have the following and I suspect this untimely release is going to mess up their contest.  You would have thought the WSJTX powers would have simply waited a week, released after CQWW-VHF and allowed people the time (7 weeks) to work out FT4 vs FT8 before the ARRL September VHF test.

Guess not - let the confusion begin !

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

Re: New WSJTX release available

Ed
 

I see that people using FT4 have been on 50,324.  The big problem that most are afraid of is that FT4 will become a replacement for FT8 and not just used for Contest as it was indended.

 

Ed N5jeh

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

 

ED  N5JEH   DM65RD

 

From: Keith Morehouse
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2019 1:57 PM
To: GMCC; nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: [nmvhf] New WSJTX release available

 

So, it seems the brain surgeons responsible for WSJTX have released the new version of the program that includes FT4, less then one week before the CQWW-VHF contest.  This happened once before, with a major release right before one of the ARRL VHF tests which caused a widespread chaos of incompatibly.  FT4 is widely seen as a replacement for FT8 during contest conditions.

 

Since FT4 has been in beta before this, many have not used it.  I typically don't "do" beta software, so I don't even know what FT4 sounds like or what frequency to use it on.  Frankly, I think it's a tad irresponsible to do this.  Up until now, FT4 was 'locked out' over contest weekends.  I guess the people at CQ just don't have the following and I suspect this untimely release is going to mess up their contest.  You would have thought the WSJTX powers would have simply waited a week, released after CQWW-VHF and allowed people the time (7 weeks) to work out FT4 vs FT8 before the ARRL September VHF test.

 

Guess not - let the confusion begin !

 

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

 

Re: New WSJTX release available

Mike WB2FKO
 

The WSJTX operating guide suggests a default FT4 frequency on 6m of 50.318:


Looks like a panadapter and a lot of patience will be needed this weekend. Mike WB2FKO

On 7/15/19 2:04 PM, Ed wrote:

I see that people using FT4 have been on 50,324.  The big problem that most are afraid of is that FT4 will become a replacement for FT8 and not just used for Contest as it was indended.

 

Ed N5jeh

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

 

ED  N5JEH   DM65RD

 

From: Keith Morehouse
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2019 1:57 PM
To: GMCC; nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: [nmvhf] New WSJTX release available

 

So, it seems the brain surgeons responsible for WSJTX have released the new version of the program that includes FT4, less then one week before the CQWW-VHF contest.  This happened once before, with a major release right before one of the ARRL VHF tests which caused a widespread chaos of incompatibly.  FT4 is widely seen as a replacement for FT8 during contest conditions.

 

Since FT4 has been in beta before this, many have not used it.  I typically don't "do" beta software, so I don't even know what FT4 sounds like or what frequency to use it on.  Frankly, I think it's a tad irresponsible to do this.  Up until now, FT4 was 'locked out' over contest weekends.  I guess the people at CQ just don't have the following and I suspect this untimely release is going to mess up their contest.  You would have thought the WSJTX powers would have simply waited a week, released after CQWW-VHF and allowed people the time (7 weeks) to work out FT4 vs FT8 before the ARRL September VHF test.

 

Guess not - let the confusion begin !

 

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

 


Re: New WSJTX release available

KC7QY
 

I haven't tried downloading it yet but just curious, does FT4 default to contest mode?

Jim KC7QY


On Monday, July 15, 2019, 02:48:53 PM MDT, Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:


The WSJTX operating guide suggests a default FT4 frequency on 6m of 50.318:


Looks like a panadapter and a lot of patience will be needed this weekend. Mike WB2FKO

On 7/15/19 2:04 PM, Ed wrote:

I see that people using FT4 have been on 50,324.  The big problem that most are afraid of is that FT4 will become a replacement for FT8 and not just used for Contest as it was indended.

 

Ed N5jeh

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

 

ED  N5JEH   DM65RD

 

From: Keith Morehouse
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2019 1:57 PM
To: GMCC; nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: [nmvhf] New WSJTX release available

 

So, it seems the brain surgeons responsible for WSJTX have released the new version of the program that includes FT4, less then one week before the CQWW-VHF contest.  This happened once before, with a major release right before one of the ARRL VHF tests which caused a widespread chaos of incompatibly.  FT4 is widely seen as a replacement for FT8 during contest conditions.

 

Since FT4 has been in beta before this, many have not used it.  I typically don't "do" beta software, so I don't even know what FT4 sounds like or what frequency to use it on.  Frankly, I think it's a tad irresponsible to do this.  Up until now, FT4 was 'locked out' over contest weekends.  I guess the people at CQ just don't have the following and I suspect this untimely release is going to mess up their contest.  You would have thought the WSJTX powers would have simply waited a week, released after CQWW-VHF and allowed people the time (7 weeks) to work out FT4 vs FT8 before the ARRL September VHF test.

 

Guess not - let the confusion begin !

 

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

 


FT4 first impressions

Mike WB2FKO
 

Made a couple of single-hop Es QSOs on 6m tonight. Can confirm the calling frequency is 50.318 MHz.  It's startling how quickly the QSOs happen -- only takes about 20 seconds!

Band was wide open, but the vast majority of activity remained on 50.313 FT8.  For this reason, I doubt FT4 will get much use in the CQ VHF contest this weekend, particularly if propagation is poor.

Unlike FT8 and JT65, FT4 is asynchronous or quasi-synchronous, ie. similar to RTTY, PSK31, and Olivia. Just click your mouse and call.  Like the other WSJT modes with forward error correction, FT4 still requires very tight station synchronization. This is accomplished by embedding each message with four, 4-tone Costas Arrays, each with a unique 4-tone sequence.  This allows the decoder to recognize and align signals with as much as 10% TX/RX time sequence offset. This is not as forgiving as FT8 and appears to be one of the tradeoffs that was made for speed. About 15% of each 5-second message is used for synch (I'm still working through the source code).

Interested in the initial experiences of others.

Mike WB2FKO


CQ WW VHF is this weekend!

James Duffey
 

The CQ WW VHF Contest is this weekend: 


This is 6M and 2M only, so things are less hectic than the ARRL contests. You can also submit a single band entry, that is a log entry for 6M only or, a log entry for 2M only, or a two band log entry. 

When you submit your log, please put NM VHF Society for the club. There are no territorial restrictions as in the VHF contests, so you can sub a log for the NMVHF society, no matter where you live. If you operate, no matter how much, please submit a log. We did very well last year in the club competition, finishing second in the nation and slightly ahead of our closest competition in the area, the Arizona Outlaws Contest club. They will be out to best us this year, I am sure. 

Please read the rules pertaining to assistance. It is different than the ARRL contests in that you cannot self spot and you cannot use nonamateur means to solicit a contact during the contest. This means no texting, phone calls or chat room. You may spot others though and please do as this will make it easier for everyone. 

Although we are on the down side of the Sporadic E season, there have been some 6M openings this week, so check the bands often. If the June contest is any indication, the digital modes will be used heavily. 

See you on the contest! - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

KK6MC/r will not be in the CQ WW contest

James Duffey
 

W7QQ has graciously invited me to operate at his station for a multiop effort, so I will not be out roving. It has been a long time since I operated a fixed station seriously in a VHF contest, so this will be both fun and a learning experience. Look for us! - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

Re: KK6MC/r will not be in the CQ WW contest

Bill Mader
 

Good luck in the contest from Reno!

73, Bill Mader, K8TE
W6H NM Coordinator, Route 66 On-the-Air 7-15 Sep 2019
ARRL New Mexico Section Manager
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio
Duke City Hamfest BoD www.dukecityhamfest.org 20-22 Sep 2019
President, Albuquerque DX Association 


On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 6:53 PM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
W7QQ has graciously invited me to operate at his station for a multiop effort, so I will not be out roving. It has been a long time since I operated a fixed station seriously in a VHF contest, so this will be both fun and a learning experience. Look for us!  - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM



Re: CQ WW VHF is this weekend!

Michael Daly
 

Where do you want us to spot? On NM VHF Chat page?

Mike, N5SJ

 

From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of James Duffey
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2019 7:51 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: [nmvhf] CQ WW VHF is this weekend!

 

The CQ WW VHF Contest is this weekend: 

 

 

This is 6M and 2M only, so things are less hectic than the ARRL contests.  You can also submit a single band entry, that is a log entry for 6M only or, a log entry for 2M only, or a two band log entry. 

 

When you submit your log, please put NM VHF Society for the club. There are no territorial restrictions as in the VHF contests, so you can sub a log for the NMVHF society, no matter where you live. If you operate, no matter how much, please submit a log. We did very well last year in the club competition, finishing second in the nation and slightly ahead of our closest competition in the area, the Arizona Outlaws Contest club. They will be out to best us this year, I am sure. 

 

Please read the rules pertaining to assistance. It is different than the ARRL contests in that you cannot self spot and you cannot use nonamateur means to solicit a contact during the contest. This means no texting, phone calls or chat room. You may spot others though and please do as this will make it easier for everyone. 

 

Although we are on the down side of the Sporadic E season, there have been some 6M openings this week, so check the bands often. If the June contest is any indication, the digital modes will be used heavily. 

See you on the contest! - Duffey KK6MC

 

James Duffey KK6MC

Cedar Crest NM

Re: CQ WW VHF is this weekend!

James Duffey
 

I think the Slack chat is probably preferred. You can also use the DX Cluster and N1MM will post to that automatically.

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jul 20, 2019, at 07:30, Michael Daly <arrowengineering1@...> wrote:

Where do you want us to spot? On NM VHF Chat page?

Mike, N5SJ

 

From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of James Duffey
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2019 7:51 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: [nmvhf] CQ WW VHF is this weekend!

 

The CQ WW VHF Contest is this weekend: 

 

 

This is 6M and 2M only, so things are less hectic than the ARRL contests.  You can also submit a single band entry, that is a log entry for 6M only or, a log entry for 2M only, or a two band log entry. 

 

When you submit your log, please put NM VHF Society for the club. There are no territorial restrictions as in the VHF contests, so you can sub a log for the NMVHF society, no matter where you live. If you operate, no matter how much, please submit a log. We did very well last year in the club competition, finishing second in the nation and slightly ahead of our closest competition in the area, the Arizona Outlaws Contest club. They will be out to best us this year, I am sure. 

 

Please read the rules pertaining to assistance. It is different than the ARRL contests in that you cannot self spot and you cannot use nonamateur means to solicit a contact during the contest. This means no texting, phone calls or chat room. You may spot others though and please do as this will make it easier for everyone. 

 

Although we are on the down side of the Sporadic E season, there have been some 6M openings this week, so check the bands often. If the June contest is any indication, the digital modes will be used heavily. 

See you on the contest! - Duffey KK6MC

 

James Duffey KK6MC

Cedar Crest NM

Re: CQ WW VHF is this weekend!

Steve Hutcherson <Wb5cts@...>
 

Will look for you and Bill from DM66 on 144.200 CW and 146.58 FM 6m Ssb /cw in same freq I worked Bill W7QQ in the June Contest. May go to DM 76 if condx are good are good. A few points for the group hopefully.😀
73 Hutch # 43
WB5CTS

W9RM CQWW-VHF

Keith Morehouse
 

Wow...what a difference a few hundred miles makes.  After seeing some comments stations not that far back east, I feel like I was in a different country for this contest.

This was, by far, the worst CQWW-VHF conditions I've seen since moving west.  Bad, as in poor 6M conditions, and bad, as in who else was working what, while I had nothing but marginal Es for short periods and difficult scatter conditions.  The DXmaps application flowed brightly with red lines of sporadic E east of the Mississippi River all weekend, with front range W0's coupling in on not only 6, but also strong 2M Es.

When 6M Es conditions did manifest themselves for short periods, it appeared most stations were on slow rate modes like FT8.  There were several periods when stations on SSB were very loud and commenting on how loud I was, but there were no decent runs to be had.  I can only assume everyone was on FT8 running 30-40/hour (if that...I actually made an attempt at running FT8 and am pretty sure it would be almost impossible to maintain that kind of rate for an hour straight).   FT4 appears a bit better, but that remains to be seen, as there were very few running that mode.  The bottom line is that high rate on 6 is becoming more and more difficult to attain.

Anyway, the results.

236Q  259 pts  140 grids => 36,260
6M Q's: 213
6M grids: 120
2M Q's: 23
2M grids: 20

Station:
6M - KW + 7el @ 65', 7el @ 45' & 5el fixed at 35'

2M - 600W + 5W/L antenna @ 50'

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

Re: W9RM CQWW-VHF

James Duffey
 

To

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jul 21, 2019, at 19:40, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Wow...what a difference a few hundred miles makes.  After seeing some comments stations not that far back east, I feel like I was in a different country for this contest.

This was, by far, the worst CQWW-VHF conditions I've seen since moving west.  Bad, as in poor 6M conditions, and bad, as in who else was working what, while I had nothing but marginal Es for short periods and difficult scatter conditions.  The DXmaps application flowed brightly with red lines of sporadic E east of the Mississippi River all weekend, with front range W0's coupling in on not only 6, but also strong 2M Es.

When 6M Es conditions did manifest themselves for short periods, it appeared most stations were on slow rate modes like FT8.  There were several periods when stations on SSB were very loud and commenting on how loud I was, but there were no decent runs to be had.  I can only assume everyone was on FT8 running 30-40/hour (if that...I actually made an attempt at running FT8 and am pretty sure it would be almost impossible to maintain that kind of rate for an hour straight).   FT4 appears a bit better, but that remains to be seen, as there were very few running that mode.  The bottom line is that high rate on 6 is becoming more and more difficult to attain.

Anyway, the results.

236Q  259 pts  140 grids => 36,260
6M Q's: 213
6M grids: 120
2M Q's: 23
2M grids: 20

Station:
6M - KW + 7el @ 65', 7el @ 45' & 5el fixed at 35'

2M - 600W + 5W/L antenna @ 50'

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

Re: W9RM CQWW-VHF

James Duffey
 

Keith and all - Here is a screenshot of DX maps I took on Saturday afternoon showing virtually no propagation to DM:

image1.jpeg
 
Pretty much everything south of 40 degrees and west of 100degrees had no Es propagation. It was that way most of the day. We could make scatter contacts but that was about it. Sunday was much better for us, but superbly better for the east coast with widespread MUFs over 50MHZ most of the day and over 150MHz for portions of it. 

At W5UHF (W7QQ’s station), we ping ponged back and forth between SSB, CW, FT8, FT4 and MSK144. I think we finished with 174 QSOS, with 98 of those on the digital modes.  About a dozen of those digital QSOs were random MSK144 QSOs on Sunday morning.  I only worked a couple of CW QSOs as most of the people I heard on CW we had worked prior on other modes. 

We had a good long ES opening Sunday morning with both east and west open simultaneously at times. I managed a best hourly FT8 total (run?) of 32 QSOs during that interval, but I was continuously busy during that time.  I was lucky to do half that on SSB even at the best of times. While on FT8 it was easy to tell when the band was open good enough to use SSB or CW, but the rates were never there when we switched modes. When I was on FT8 with good sigs and high rates, I always felt I could do better on SSB or CW, but when I QSYed, I never did as well, which made me think that I should be back on FT8. Which eventually happened.

I tried using the free form message feature of FT8 a couple of times to get people to QSY, but that proved unsuccessful. Need to refine my efforts.

We also tried FT4 and that appears to be a very good mode for contesting. One can make QSOs almost as one can click buttons and hit return. But there wasn’t much activity, so side-trips to FT4 were short lived. I found out later that this mode, intended to replace RTTY in HF contests, is not recommended for VHF contests. I suspect that advice will be ignored. 

I heard lots of NMVHF Society members on the air. Please submit a log with NMVHF Society as the club. - Duffey KK6MC


James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jul 21, 2019, at 20:52, James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:

To

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jul 21, 2019, at 19:40, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Wow...what a difference a few hundred miles makes.  After seeing some comments stations not that far back east, I feel like I was in a different country for this contest.

This was, by far, the worst CQWW-VHF conditions I've seen since moving west.  Bad, as in poor 6M conditions, and bad, as in who else was working what, while I had nothing but marginal Es for short periods and difficult scatter conditions.  The DXmaps application flowed brightly with red lines of sporadic E east of the Mississippi River all weekend, with front range W0's coupling in on not only 6, but also strong 2M Es.

When 6M Es conditions did manifest themselves for short periods, it appeared most stations were on slow rate modes like FT8.  There were several periods when stations on SSB were very loud and commenting on how loud I was, but there were no decent runs to be had.  I can only assume everyone was on FT8 running 30-40/hour (if that...I actually made an attempt at running FT8 and am pretty sure it would be almost impossible to maintain that kind of rate for an hour straight).   FT4 appears a bit better, but that remains to be seen, as there were very few running that mode.  The bottom line is that high rate on 6 is becoming more and more difficult to attain.

Anyway, the results.

236Q  259 pts  140 grids => 36,260
6M Q's: 213
6M grids: 120
2M Q's: 23
2M grids: 20

Station:
6M - KW + 7el @ 65', 7el @ 45' & 5el fixed at 35'

2M - 600W + 5W/L antenna @ 50'

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

Re: W9RM CQWW-VHF

Mike WB2FKO
 

Not a great contest here either.  It was shaping up to be a repeat of the 2016 snooze-fest when I couldn't crack 2000 points.  Saturday was a lot like the recent June ARRL contest with fluttery, sub-30 second 6m openings that let you know someone was there but not sustained enough for an FT8 QSO.

Good 6m Es conditions emerged on Sunday. Many/most ops still haven't figured out that FT8 is a weak-signal mode. I imagined them entranced by a tapestry of multiple, brightly-colored traces splattered all over the waterfall display.  With CAT enabled, it takes one click of the mouse to hop back and forth between FT8 and FT4, which I did frequently. I managed a couple of nice FT4 runs that were probably on par with the best I have ever done on ssb.  Decode, click, log. Zero errors, no repeats.  It's remarkably fast and efficient.  The east coast stations seemed to get it, the California guys not so much.  Very little FT4 on the west coast despite perfect conditions for it; did get a decent ssb run there.  Tried FT8 on 144.174 throughout the weekend and saw nothing.

I had 6m Es to most parts of the country at some point during the contest, except for the FM and FN grids.  Scored two new DXCC which is kinda nice, although I'll be starting from scratch in about a month. SSB activity in Albuquerque metro was almost non-existent.  I had to jump on 2m FM to make sure I'd work my own grid!

Claimed score:
6m: 176 QSOs, 103 multipliers
2m: 11 QSOs, 8 multipliers
Total: 21,978 points

6m: 5-el at 41 ft, kW; 2m: 9-el at 53 ft; kW+

WB2FKO


On 7/21/19 7:40 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
Wow...what a difference a few hundred miles makes.  After seeing some comments stations not that far back east, I feel like I was in a different country for this contest.

This was, by far, the worst CQWW-VHF conditions I've seen since moving west.  Bad, as in poor 6M conditions, and bad, as in who else was working what, while I had nothing but marginal Es for short periods and difficult scatter conditions.  The DXmaps application flowed brightly with red lines of sporadic E east of the Mississippi River all weekend, with front range W0's coupling in on not only 6, but also strong 2M Es.

When 6M Es conditions did manifest themselves for short periods, it appeared most stations were on slow rate modes like FT8.  There were several periods when stations on SSB were very loud and commenting on how loud I was, but there were no decent runs to be had.  I can only assume everyone was on FT8 running 30-40/hour (if that...I actually made an attempt at running FT8 and am pretty sure it would be almost impossible to maintain that kind of rate for an hour straight).   FT4 appears a bit better, but that remains to be seen, as there were very few running that mode.  The bottom line is that high rate on 6 is becoming more and more difficult to attain.

Anyway, the results.

236Q  259 pts  140 grids => 36,260
6M Q's: 213
6M grids: 120
2M Q's: 23
2M grids: 20

Station:
6M - KW + 7el @ 65', 7el @ 45' & 5el fixed at 35'

2M - 600W + 5W/L antenna @ 50'

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG
_._,_

Re: W9RM CQWW-VHF

Bruce Draper
 

I operated on 6 for just a little while on Saturday in the spaces between dog class, shopping, yard work, and volleyball practice. But as others have pointed out, conditions were bad and few QSOs were made.

On Sunday morning I finished working on a 6-meter portable yagi that I’d started building on Friday, so I threw some gear in the truck and drove to a nice spot in DM64. It takes literally less than 2 minutes to take the yagi out of the vehicle, assemble it, and get it in the air. Another 2 minutes to start the generator and be on the air. With the better conditions, I worked a dozen stations from ABQ to SoCal while running only 15 Watts and the antenna at only 6 feet. SSB only, didn’t take the laptop for FT8. Didn’t stay out there long — it was just a test run, and it started raining not long after I arrived. But I at least demonstrated that I now have a portable station that I can use on the spur of the moment. BTW, electrically the antenna is a 4-el YU7EF design, but I mutated it to a snap-together PVC and wire affair. Seems to have a great pattern and good gain.

   -Bruce AA5B



On Sunday, July 21, 2019, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:
Wow...what a difference a few hundred miles makes.  After seeing some comments stations not that far back east, I feel like I was in a different country for this contest.

_._,_._,_

Re: W9RM CQWW-VHF

Keith Morehouse
 

Sounds like you've got a good system.

I need to work DM63 for my last NM grid.  It's too close for E skip, but it's do-able on scatter with enough power on the DM63 end.  Using one of the WSJTX modes with their better S/N, makes it even more likely.  It can also be effective any time of year, meaning one doesn't need to focus on those 3 months of potential sporadic E.

If you can put 100W on the air using MSK144 or FT8, I'll bet we could complete.  I'll also bet I'm not the only guy who needs that grid.  Morning meteor scatter at that power with 4 elements gives you 1000 mile capability.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


On Mon, Jul 22, 2019, 6:58 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:
I operated on 6 for just a little while on Saturday in the spaces between dog class, shopping, yard work, and volleyball practice. But as others have pointed out, conditions were bad and few QSOs were made.

On Sunday morning I finished working on a 6-meter portable yagi that I’d started building on Friday, so I threw some gear in the truck and drove to a nice spot in DM64. It takes literally less than 2 minutes to take the yagi out of the vehicle, assemble it, and get it in the air. Another 2 minutes to start the generator and be on the air. With the better conditions, I worked a dozen stations from ABQ to SoCal while running only 15 Watts and the antenna at only 6 feet. SSB only, didn’t take the laptop for FT8. Didn’t stay out there long — it was just a test run, and it started raining not long after I arrived. But I at least demonstrated that I now have a portable station that I can use on the spur of the moment. BTW, electrically the antenna is a 4-el YU7EF design, but I mutated it to a snap-together PVC and wire affair. Seems to have a great pattern and good gain.

   -Bruce AA5B



On Sunday, July 21, 2019, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:
Wow...what a difference a few hundred miles makes.  After seeing some comments stations not that far back east, I feel like I was in a different country for this contest.