Blog devoted to VHF/UHF Weak Signal DXing, especially as it applies to HOA/Deed Restricted sites. Discussions include indoor antennas, WSJT Meteor Scatter, system optimization. 2 Meters, 432, 222mhz, 1.2ghz, and above.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
102 Grids Worked on 2 Meters
Progress towards my goal of VUCC on 2 Meters has been slow, but I have managed to work 102 grids using my indoor antenna (6 element, 200 watts). WJST has accounted for about 60% of those grids, and e-skip has helped to fill in the rest. July of 2012 was an exciting time with e-skip in and out for the better part of an hour. Very exciting!
Now comes the fun part, getting the confirmations. Less than 70 grids confirmed, though I send out QSL cards for each new grids complete with return postage and an SASE. Have to do a second wave of follow up requests that includes a letter of explanation about why their card is so important.
LOTW isn't popular with 2 Meter DXers, though WSJT users seem to use it a lot.
Today is the January 2013 VHF Contest, and I'm excited to be back on the air. Slow going so far, but lots of new FM locals in the mix--so that's exciting. Thanks to everyone who has tracked my
progress--hope to be able to display a photo that VUCC certificate soon.
Professionally I work as a TV Director who specializes in films related to emergency management and law enforcement. We frequently deploy to disaster sites, and work to develop training materials for first responders. Member of the International Association of Emergency Mangers, and APCO. Also work closely with the National Communications Systems (NCS) in their SHARES program with the callsign of NCS-047. Former Shelby County EC. Member of Skywarn and ALERT. ICS/NIMS qualified and ARRL ARECC Level 3 Honor Roll.