Tuesday, September 15, 2009

September Contest a Bust

Friday afternoon found one of our biggest client's with an emergency requiring me to spend most of the weekend in an editing suite. Instead of a full blown, six band Rover effort, we had to settle for some quick QSO's from the parking lot.

Our "normal" mobile setup is a Yaesu FT-857D feeding a 1/4 magnetic mount whip for 6 Meters, and a M2 Loop for 2 Meters. It's perfect for working some e-skip and locals on 2 Meters, but not what you'd want for a contest effort.

Despite that handicap, we managed about 40 QSO's, including several on FM during the Alabama ARES Simplex Exercise. (At least that part of the contest was a success!) We also worked a few QSO's on 222 MHz, using my HT.

We had planned to mount the PVC "Rover Rack" with nice sized Yagi's and rigs for all bands...but it just never happened. This is the first time since I've started on VHF almost two years ago that I didn't beat last year's score for a given contest. Disappointing, but at least the client was happy!

We'll be on for the Sprints and back in force for January. Until then, look for us most mornings on 144.200 and on WSJT modes too.