As expected the ARRL VHF Sept Contest, which occurred this weekend, was the usual stinker here in DM15. I could not drag a solid QSO out of anything but mainly local contacts. That is even using a 7 element M2 6M7JHV at 40 feet on 6M and a 12 element 2M at 30 feet. Best long distance 6M QSO was with Lake Havasu on southern CA/AZ border, appx 200 miles direct from mt QTH. On 2M, I worked a contact in the Long Beach, CA area, again only a couple hundred miles. After several hours of listening and calling CQ on 6M and 2M, I came away with a ...... you better sit down for this one ....... 48 points!!! YES, THAT'S RIGHT - I SAID 48 POINTS!!
Three 6M QSOs and five 2M QSOs.
Worst showing in last 4-5 years for me. Heard plenty of short (single word at best) voice peaks all day but nothing ever rose up enough to get a callsign and make a QSOs with any of them. And to top it off, looking at the DX MAPS activity maps online I saw the typical bloody red map back east where traces were tearing it up both stateside and into the Caribbean and SA.
If things don't start gettng better in early fall for VHF, I may just start skipping the Sept VHF contest for a challenging game of 'tiddly winks'. At least there will be some activity!!!!