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ARRL September VHF Contest   2017   Sep 9   Claimed Score

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Call: W9RM
Operator(s): W9RM
Station: W9RM

Class: Single Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 10
Radios: SO2R  

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:8568Total Score5,780


Club: Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado

Comments:     [email]     2017-09-11 07:30:22
Since I only have 6 & 2 available right now, I don't get too excited about contests with little to no chance of sporadic E on 6M. So, I got on with the intention of helping as many regional guys as possible with a new multiplier. I'm pretty much the only opportunity to log DM58 and there are very few ops on VHF out here. Most pre-contest goals were met and I even snagged a all-time new grid on 6M, thanks to KK6MC/R. There was a healthy up-tick in meteor-scatter activity over the summer contests. Meteors were average to slightly above and most runs put a QSO in the log. There was no other propagation noticed on 6M. The vaunted and highly hyped FT8 mode on 6M was a non-starter. There was NO sporadic-E and no amount of digi horsepower and black-magic algorithms were going to change that fact. I did listen to the official FT8 6M 'channel' a couple of time and heard only meteor pings. I had to laugh to myself, thinking that these guys could be making QSOs using meteor-scatter modes instead of spinning their electric meters for no reason. Note to all readers - FT8 is a great mode when conditions are RIGHT for it, but don't be fooled into thinking it's the ONLY 6M mode. When the band is open, you can still run contest stations 5X faster on SSB. And, LOCAL contacts on 6M FT8 ? Geez people - get a clue.....