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Author Topic: CQWW VHF running QRP!! Who's in?  (Read 5595 times)
N2RRA
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« on: July 11, 2012, 02:41:35 AM »

So the CQWW VHF 2m, and 6m contest is right around the corner.

Who's doing it? Do you participate often? What has been your experiences?

73!
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KG4NEL
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 07:49:12 AM »

Will be, but not QRP Wink

As I have severely compromised antennas, I've had fun when 6m opens up.

Hoping to rectify that in time for the ARRL's wintertime contest.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 02:04:04 PM »

I'm in. Undecided on class. First time to seriously pursue. Listened to them in the past and found that 6m is the only place I heard any significant activity.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 02:59:16 PM »

I'll be there if at all possible. Have to drop the XYL off at the airport that morning and it's a 3 and half hour drive back home and on the way, I wanted to stop off at HRO and some elec parts places before leaving the LA area.

BTW I'll be QRP ..... if you compare it to legal limit. I'll run up to 1200W on 6M and a couple hundred on 2M. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2012, 11:29:03 PM »

Thanks for the responses!

We've run in the past phased arrays and QRO, but this year decided to run something that would be challenging. So decided hill topper category along with of course QRP. With the help of the right antennas to make possible will help a great deal along with altitude. I'd like to see if even meteor scatter QSO's are possible from the location we've chosen. I know for M.S. there are certain requirements but I never rule out the impossible.

If anyone wants to try this before the contest I'd appreciate a sched. We'll more than likely be operating from the FN31 grid.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2012, 03:32:18 PM »

This may be a great time to try QRP 6m with JT65A. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2012, 05:47:48 AM »

This may be a great time to try QRP 6m with JT65A. 

Yep!

FSK441 mode for Meteor Scatter on 6m will be perfect for it. This I'll be running this weekend.
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2012, 10:28:14 AM »

Well, that one's in the can. 30 on 6m, 1 on 2m, 28 grid squares. Worked from 19:10 to 23:49. Ran the FT-817ND on the Really Big Battery Pack and the 6m/2m dipole.

Found a really nice location, Startz Hill, at 1358 ft. Noise floor stayed 1S or less, will use this location again:


http://preview.tinyurl.com/c86cfgs


Interesting factoid, or maybe disappointing news.. There are 84 licensed amateurs in the Canyon Lake address area. Did not hear a single one on the air. The only locals contacted on 6m or 2m were K5WLT in Seguin and W3XO in Kerrville.
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 01:15:08 PM »

Well, that one's in the can. 30 on 6m, 1 on 2m, 28 grid squares. Worked from 19:10 to 23:49. Ran the FT-817ND on the Really Big Battery Pack and the 6m/2m dipole.

Found a really nice location, Startz Hill, at 1358 ft. Noise floor stayed 1S or less, will use this location again:


http://preview.tinyurl.com/c86cfgs


Interesting factoid, or maybe disappointing news.. There are 84 licensed amateurs in the Canyon Lake address area. Did not hear a single one on the air. The only locals contacted on 6m or 2m were K5WLT in Seguin and W3XO in Kerrville.

Nice job!

There were no band openings here and we didn't run any FSK441, but we ended up with 58 QSO's and 17 grids on 6 meters and 27 QSO's and 13 grids on 2 meters within the 6 hour time frame allowed for the CQWW.

Heres a link to a video on what we used and how we did it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JgYo-BfUUk&list=UUUMz7vIlUxFXiGZPs6D_dgQ&index=1&feature=plcp

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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2012, 09:17:47 AM »

I was not QRP for cqww vhf, I was running over a kw... but doing EME. I managed to work a little over 20 contacts for the time I was on Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2012, 02:14:59 PM »

Looking forward to the ARRL September VHF QSO Party now. Planning same location, but this time with at least a 6m Moxon and 5+ element VHF and UHF stack. Still planning to use QRP but the whole 10 watts this time.
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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2012, 06:12:44 PM »

I was not QRP for cqww vhf, I was running over a kw... but doing EME. I managed to work a little over 20 contacts for the time I was on Smiley

Probably it was your signal I was hearing pretty loud from where I was. I could tell someone was running EME or MS.

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