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6 meter magic band ARRL VHF Contest

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KJ4YZI, Jun 12, 2017.

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  1. KJ4YZI

    KJ4YZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Pay no attention to the incorrect video image below.
    This weekend was the ARRL VHF contest, for 6 meters on up to microwave. I managed to get video of only part of my event on 6 meters. Sunday (Today) it was dead all morning and up until 430PM, then after 1 single contact into CT, it was absolutely slammed full within 20 seconds, and there was no open frequency anywhere. By the time I grabbed my camera i already worked close to 200 stations and it started changing, but here is some video on what happens with a 6 meter contest, excuse the beginning and end of the live stream, I had issues. Used my new Hy-Gain LFA-6m4el loop fed yagi, and 100 watts on my FT-450. Yagi was up about 18 feet on a mast with a rotator. Also my radio is getting replaced soon, with an FT-991. If you notice, my receive is OK but the signal meter just doesn't match up. So if i give a 59 report, it sounds like a 59, but the meter doesnt show it.

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  2. WB8LBZ

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    You haven't learned by now, in a contest they are all 59 or 599. It takes too long for an honest signal report.

    73, Larry WB8LBZ
    El Paso, TX
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  3. KJ4YZI

    KJ4YZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like to give an honest signal report, but when i get multiple stations telling me i am slamming them with 59+30 and i give them a 53, of course it must sound like i have no idea what i'm saying. I can tell when they sound 59 here.
  4. KJ4YZI

    KJ4YZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I guess the video thumbnail image corrected itself.
  5. KO6WB

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    Signal reports are unnecessary on the June VHF contest. Just your grid square and call are all that's needed.

    Got a few contacts but I wasn't even trying. Running a 5btv and a TS-590S.

    Have fun
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  6. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Made a few contacts in the contest mostly 6 and 2 ..6 open afternoon into evening mostly to the south Ga, Fl, Al etc.
  7. KJ6TTR

    KJ6TTR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Larry - signal reports are not exchanged in the VHF contest, so what are you talking about? I'm guessing it's simply general whining, moaning, and complaining without any factual support. This is a good example of that "fake news" folks have been talking about.
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  8. N7JI

    N7JI Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I was living in Maryland (FM19, up until 1998), I worked a TON of 6m stations during VHF contests using a dipole and 10 watts.

    Moving to Eugene, Oregon (CN84) has made me discover the differences.

    1) Sporadic E openings happen about 10 times more often east of the Mississippi than in the Pacific NW.
    2) When there's a good opening, east of the Mississippi you could pretty much find someone to work.
    3) In the Pacific NW, if you hear a beacon, it might be located on a remote mountaintop, so you might still not find folks to work.
    4) In the Pacific NW, it's very possible to not have much indication at all of a decent opening.

    When the band is good, 10 watts and a dipole will still work.

    To those back east, enjoy your frequent openings!

    Oh, and thanks to KH6TU for being a first-ever 6m contact (CW) with Hawaii (grid BL10) today (after 32 years). I would have received a 119 signal report, and I would've happily taken it.

    Scott N7JI

    Have fun with the Magic Band!
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  9. N3HEE

    N3HEE Ham Member QRZ Page

    We enjoyed a very nice Es opening starting mid Sunday afternoon and lasting into Sunday evening in FM19. I was only running 100 watts into a home brew moxon up 20 feet pointed in a southern direction. No rotator. Doesnt take much to have fun on 6 meters when the band is open. Worked KJ4YZI, who was very loud, and many others. Fun !
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  10. WM6H

    WM6H Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's difficult to believe this is the same contest we just had in the Midwest. Only a few short/weak openings Saturday afternoon.
    I'm new to VHF and was surprised to see the activity was on CW during the bad propagation. I expected USB and some FM on VHF but all the CW on 6 meters showed its more than a HF mode. I need to keep my CW sharp.

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