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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


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

Michael Daly
 

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

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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

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






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






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






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






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