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ARRL September VHF Contest   2017   Sep 9   Claimed Score

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Operator(s): AEØEE
Station: AEØEE/R

Class: Limited Rover LP
Operating Time (hrs): 10

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:8523Total Score2,990


Club: Northern Lights Radio Society

Comments:     [email]     2017-09-11 17:52:14
Grids: EN24, EN25, EN34, EN35 Mostly an FM rover in a pack with W0ZF/R and K0BBC/R, but did make some contacts on various weak-signal modes. Power was a bit of an issue, as I only had one 10-Ah battery to power the weak-signal rig on Saturday and the laptop battery only gives two hours of uptime. Mostly used a dual-band handheld and a 222 FM handheld, either with a mag-mount antenna or a small (dual-band arrow or WA5VJB cheap yagi) hand-held antenna. On 6 m, I was able to use a Moxon, but forgot the tripod at home. Fortunately it was a nice day and I could lash the PVC mast to the car door and wedge it well enough to keep unanticipated rotating to a minimum. With the battery, though, I wasn't able to put more than about 20 W into it. I was happy to hear from W0VTT twice, handing out a pair of new grids to him. Congratulations, Mike! A few times I used the hand-held arrow antenna for weak signal on 2 meters or 432. This was an adventure because I had to hold the antenna properly polarized and pointed with one hand and still operate the mic, which was on a short cord attached to the radio in the back of the sedan. The straight key was a little bit more forgiving, but not much. On Sunday I was happy to hear several FM-only stations on in Bloomington, as well as several non-Bloomington-club stations working them. Our 30-minute FM focus times (4:00-4:30 both afternoons, 8:30-9:00 Sunday morning) seem to be effective. Thanks to everyone who got on the air!