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VE2ZP   SOAB LP   2,2322002-07-21 14:52:46
Little activity, only one brief Es opening observed on 6m in the first hour of
the contest, weak tropo on 6m Sunday morning but no apparent tropo on 2m.
N8BJQ   SOAB HP   8,6422002-07-21 15:15:35
Nice opening on 6M the first hour, then the flare stole the bands for several
hours. Another opening to the west Saturday evening for a bit. A pretty good
opening to VE1 & W1 on Sunday AM. 2M did not have much activity here even
though the band was open much of the time. Was a nice test for the new ACOM1000.
Think I'll keep it.
N6MU(@N6NB)   SOAB QRP   17,1002002-07-21 18:53:49
Very poor participation. No rovers and many asked what contest it was. Had
openings to the northwest on Saturday evening and to Texas on Sunday morning but
only 40 grids on six says it all. 73...

John, N6MU
K3ZO   SOAB HP   14,8742002-07-21 20:16:07
Started the contest one and a half hours late so missed part of the
initial Sporadic E opening. But up until the solar flare Saturday
afternoon 6M condx were pretty good to TN, OK, AR, MO, KS and KY from here.
Then Sunday morning there was a nice opening to VE1/VE2/VY2/W1 mixed with
the usual MS activity. Congrats to W9JN, W4ZRZ and NW5E on the FB MS
signals. And to K1WHS who seemed to come in on Es, MS and tropo
combined and had a pile-up worthy of his signal. And to K1TOL whose
not-one-unnecessary-word operating procedure is recommended for
emulation by all!

Not much activity on 2 meters with six being in such good shape for
so late in the season. Now that W3ZZ has taken this contest firmly
in hand and moved it off the IARU weekend, I commend readers to give
this contest a try next year! With activity on a par with the ARRL
VHF contests, propagation would have allowed the numbers to be
E21EIC   SOSB/2 QRP   1,9842002-07-22 02:10:39
I vy happy for CQ WW VHF comingback again. John HS1CHB, Yod HS0XNO, Joe HS2JFW/1
and myself help promote in Thailand. All information, paper log, summary sheet,
results 2001 have been send to all hams by post.
This year many Thai hams QRV in CQ WW VHF (more than 30 stations) and 6
University ham club QRV in Multi-Single class are:

HS0AK (speical call) Kasersart U.,Bangkok (10 Ops.)
HS4FKF/1 Sriprathum U.,Bangkok (10
E20REE ABAC U.,Bangkok (10
E21TOY Horkanka U.,Bangkok (5
HS2JFW/1 Bangkok U.,Bangkok (5 Ops.)
HS3NEX Suranari U.,Nakhonrajsima (3 Ops.)

And many new hams and yong hams QRV are, E20YGG (YL), E20WGQ, E20RUZ,
Don't forget Pranee,E21DKD (YL) 1st Asia in 1996 and got the trophy from CQ
magazine joy in this year. She QRV also and she said "no good condition" and she
made around 600 QSOs. so I made 248 QSOs 4 GLs with my small antenna 10mH and I
has listening 27 hr.
I will have a hart work for checking log sheet in Thailand before send to CQ
magazine, but nevermind I'm happy to do and happy for Thai hams know contest,
made hams activity and support new hams....
Thank you very much to the CQ magazine for sponsor, Fred K3ZO and Ray
HS0/G3NOM for help and answer the question, John HS1CHB, Yod HS0XNO, Joe
HS2JFW/1 for promote and CU Next year..

73 de Champ - E21EIC,XW1IC

CU in the next Contest.
K1TEO   SOAB HP   37,8242002-07-22 07:43:48
Got home about 2:30 local time Saturday and found 6 open. Worked about 125 of my
6 meter q's in that next hour and a half. Managed to put in 4 hours on Saturday.
Had to pick my daughter up from camp Sunday so was only on for an hour Sunday am
and then another hour late Sunday afternoon. Activity on 6 was good at the
beginning and slow thereafter. 2 was dead at the start but had decent activity
after that. Found that there always a few stations on calling for the contest. I
ran 200w or less for 95% of my q's. Wanted to keep the neighbors happy, hi! Tnx
to Gene and CQ for sponsoring the contest. Jeff K1TEO
KØUK   SOAB LP   62002-07-22 13:40:28
The score doesnt indicate the number of hours more or less I spent listening to
white noise on 6mtrs and 2mtrs ssb plus calling cq.
I guess between the band conditions, summertime weather keeping others away from
the radio and my small setup. It spelled low score.
Did get the other tribander up on the tower at 60ft tho, so got something done
while the bands were in terrible shape.
I do need to get a update from Writelog so I have this contest in memory. Can
anyone help..PTL bill brown K0UK in Quiet but HOT Colorado
N3AWS   SOSB/6 QRP   202002-07-22 15:31:23
I was on call from 8 AM Friday through 8 AM Saturday (finally got out of the
Trauma Center around 9:30 AM) and had to be back at 8 PM Saturady through 8 AM
Sunday. Business was "booming" so I didn't have much time or energy to make
much of an effort. Still, I wanted to show my support for the contest.

73, Jim N3AWS
K8CC   SOAB HP   12,2402002-07-22 18:04:09

50 MHz: 8877, 6L@130', 7L@40', stacked KB6KQ loops @ 100'/80'
144 MHz: Henry 2002A, 13B2@100'

First time operating this contest. I would have preferred having more bands
allowed, but the "50/144 only" format has a certain appeal, particularly to guys
with modern radios which only cover those bands.

Early afternoon Saturday was fun on 50, working a number of grids across
southern W4 and W5. Not too much 144 activity until the evening and even then
it was slow. Around 02Z an S9 W0AH from Colorado answered a CQ to my surprise
and led to about a dozen Qs from that area over the next hour, most near S9.

Sunday morning before church I filled in a few needed close-in grids on 144,
plus it was fun to put some familiar HF calls like W3ZZ, K3ZO and N8II into the
log for some mults. I did not get back on until after lunch, but a thunderstorm
rolled in with S7 QRN and rain static even on 50 MHz. I spent the afternoon
checking the radio, working in the shack, and watching the NASCAR race on the
shack TV (how did I ever get along without it for so long?). I made no more
QSOs until the last hour (20-21Z) when I worked six more stations, all of which
were new band-grids including K4QI down in VA (FM06) on both 50 and 144, a good
haul from MI.

The contest was a good learning experience using the 50 MHz antennas here. We
have three antennas, a 6L HyGain yagi @ 130' which shares a rotator with the
high 5L 20M monster, a 7L C3I yagi @ 40' on its own rotator, plus a stacked pair
of omni-directional loops @ 80'/100'. The loops continue to be a surprisingly
good antenna - often almost as loud as the beams but since they're
omni-directional they're great to CQ on. This weekend, with the noise levels
high from the storms, the directivity of the beams received a lot better, plus
you could tell they *are* louder. Thank goodness for the selector switch.

Not too many people working the contest seriously from this area. KB8U,
kitty-corner from me in EN71 was active all weekend. The only other station
heard more than once or twice was W3SO in FN00.

The activity in the contest was disappointing. Let's hope sponsors can raise
awareness and roust up some more activity. I'll be back next year.


KB8U   SOAB HP   30,8882002-07-23 11:20:22
There was excellent tropo on 2m Saturday morning to New England, but it all
dried up by the start of the contest and never returned. 6m E skip was good,
but not like the excellent conditions we had last year on that band. There was
more activity on 2m compared to last year, though. I never heard any Aurora
sigs. I had some nice rag-chews on 6m SSB when the contest got slow; this
wasn't an all-out effort.

I missed some QSOs trying to move stations to 2m because the rotor isn't
indicating what direction the array is pointed (I had to run outside and look
occassionally) and the 2m amp isn't working. Next year...
VE3KZ   SOAB LP   9,5702002-07-23 13:13:00
I had intended to operate QRP at 25W but I ended up coming in to the shack
well after the start of the contest and forgot to turn down the wick! Thus LP
not QRP. IC-706MKIIG, 100W to 4el on 6m and 50W to 13el on 2m. Six was wide
open FN03bm to Gulf Coast and Florida at the start of the contest with those
on the south side of Lake Erie coming through on the same path with enhanced
tropo. The skip went as far west as EL18 and EM21 and then about an hour
started to shorten to EMx5's and 4's. The tropo improved to FM19 adn FN20 an
hour later. Around 23z the NE path opened to a bunch of FN25 & 24 plus rarish
FN05. Maybe I just got around to moving the antenna! The rest of the evening
was strictly LOS. A few QSO's were made on 2m as far as FN21 and FN00.

The morning started with a 6m opening to the east coast, FN31,34,41,43,44,95.
This was followed, an hour later by an opening (tropo?)to FM07, FM08, and
While trying for some more of the east coast, which was still audible, I was
called by W6OAL off the back of the antenna (Thanks Dave!) which alerted me
the fact that there was propagation west. Worked a cosy little group of DM78,
DM79,DN60,DN70 at which point I was called by FN14 off the back of the
another rarish local grid. That could even have been back-scatter. I couldn't
hear him on the direct path. Six gradually faded away and 2m was dormant so
other than a single local, the contest ended for me at 15:35z. Couldn't get
10,000 points!

Thanks for all the QSO's guys. It was a pleasure to participate.
73 Bob VE3KZ
HSØXNO   SOSB/2 QRP   3882002-07-26 01:29:46
I started on July 21 afternoon and I made 97 QSOs more than last year (24
QSOs).I would like say Thank you very much to CQ magazine and Champ, E21EIC for
promote CQ WW VHF contest many year ago.

Rig : Standard C-150 (Handy)
Power : 4 Watts
Ant : 13ele x 2 Yagi, and 5/8 Lamda

73 de Yod,HS0XNO
E2ØJPJ   SOSB/2 QRP   1002002-07-28 07:13:16
Pwr : 8 Watts
Ant : 5/8 Lamda

73 de Chartchai E20JPJ
E2ØMXA   SOSB/2 QRP   1,0162002-07-30 01:49:45
Rig: Kenwood TM-231A
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: 13x3ele Yagi

88 de Sri, E20MXA (YL)
HS8GLR   SOSB/2 QRP   3,9242002-07-30 01:54:44
Rig: Icom IC-229E
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: 13x2ele Yagi, 5/8 Lamda

I have 2 QSOs (9W2DD, 9W2XM) from Malaysia station on 2M FM.

73 de Boy, HS8GLR
HS4BPQ/9   SOSB/2 QRP   2642002-07-30 01:58:44
Rig: Icom IC-02N (Handy)
Pwr: 5 Watts
Ant: 5/8 Lamda


73 de Yong HS4BPQ/9
HS6MYW/1   SOSB/2 QRP   2322002-07-30 02:01:20
Rig: Icom IC-02N
Pwr: 4 Watts
Ant: 1/4 Lamda

73 de Time, HS6MYW/1
HS3NEX   Multi-Op QRP   10,4162002-08-01 01:05:25
Rig: Kenwood TM-241EJ
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: 13x2 Yagi, 5/8 Lamda

73 de Somkiat,HS3OPN
HS4FKF/1   Multi-Op QRP   11,0882002-08-01 01:11:40
Rig: Kenwood TM-241EJ
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: 13x2ele Yagi, 5ele Yagi, Folded Dipole 4 Stacks
Hight: 60m.

73 de SPU ARC.
HS5AYO   SOSB/2 QRP   9602002-08-02 01:52:10
Rig: Kenwood TM-241EJ
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ants: Vertical X-510

73 de Sam, HS5AYO
E2ØYGG   SOSB/2 QRP   3,3842002-08-02 01:58:24
Rig: Icom IC-229E
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: 5/8 Lamda

I got licensed 6 month ago. This is a first contest for me.
Have fun.

88 de Nuttida, E20YGG (YL)
E21DKD   SOSB/2 QRP   19,9582002-08-03 04:22:51
Rig: Kenwood TM-241EJ
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: Folded Dipole 8 Stacks

88 de Nut, E21DKD (YL)
HS2JFW/1   Multi-Op QRP   7,2162002-08-05 03:19:18
Rig: Yaesu FT-736
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: 13ele Yagi

73 de Bangkok University ARC.
E21SKK   SOSB/2 QRP   8,9522002-08-05 03:22:22
Rig: Icom IC-2G (Handy)
Pwr: 5 Watts
Ant: 15x2 ele Yagi

73 de Kang, E21SKK
VE7FO   SOAB LP   122002-08-11 01:03:36
Not much doing in WAE so thought I would finish this and get it out.


So, after all the encouragement from the VHF reflectors, did he actually make it
up the mountain without forgetting anything and hand out some DN09 Q's?

My elmer, VE7IN, (I used to be his) keeps saying, "You always want to make it so
complicated! You don't need a rotor for a beam that's only 10 ft off the
ground!" So, I agree with him (it's his IC706 I'm using) and take the rotor
anyway. As you will see later, I'm really glad I did.

Others also recommended simplicity unless I could be really well organized. I
didn't pay much attention to this as I consider "well-organized" to be a minor
subset of my normal obsessive-compulsive anal behaviour. (My check list took 5
8.5x11 pages.)

I am grateful to those who pointed out that using the vehicle battery could lead
to an expensive jump start charge (when you're a mile above the valley floor
services do start to get expensive) and to those who suggested that, for a first
time effort, computer logging may not be adviseable. (Hah! What do they know?
How am I going to track dupes at 100 Qs/hr without a computer?) As you will
see, use of the laptop probably tripled my score if not more.

I did pay attention to those who suggested that my estimated start time of 9-10
am local on Sun. might be a little late for any Es so set a target of 0700 local
(1400Z) start.

So, based on all the advice and my decisions to ignore some of it, I borrowed a
laptop from our Field Day chairman (VE7CX), one of the ones we used on Field
Day, which was convenient as TRLog was already installed on it, as well as a
backup laptop from a long-standing buddy. I also borrowed a deep-cycle UPS
battery from the same FD chairman (thanks Fred) and borrowed another regular car
battery for backup from the guys who keep my car running. I made up an 11 ft
tube with end caps from 4-1/2" or so plastic drain pipe, loosened the DB62 beam
element to boom clamps, slid all the elements off the boom, stuffed them and the
two halves of the boom into the tube, fastened the end caps with screws and tied
it to the roof racks on the car along with the 10 ft mast and a step ladder for
supporting the mast while I slide the beam onto it. Threw all the tools into a
5 gal bucket, put the bucket, the AlfaSPID rotor with stub mast, rotor
controller, rotor cable, patio umbrella base for the bottom end of the mast,
batteries, laptops, great circle charts showing grids as viewed from DN09ec and
the regular holiday gear. Did I mention that this is our annual vacation week
we spend at the lake in the mountains? Because of all the ham gear there was no
room left for certain things such as the blender usually used for making
fresh-off-the-tree peach Daquiris. If you're going to compete at the higher
levels sacrifices have to be made.

When we arrived at the lakeside motel on Saturday afternoon, the owner, always
dubious about my latest enthusiasm, enquired as to how a step ladder fit into my
vacation plans. As always, ten minutes later with the explanation not yet
complete, he was sorry he had asked. (Last year he was concerned about the 3.5"
dia Maksutov telescope that was aimed down the beach looking, presumably, at
carelessly covered pulchitrudity. I invited him to have a look, an invitation
he nervously accepted. To his great disappointment he found himself looking at
my grandchildren having fun on a slide a mile down the beach.)

Sunday, 0430 local, dragged myself out of bed. Lack of the aforementioned
blender made this easier than it might have been. On the road to the mountain
at 0530. Arrive at the top at 0630. Was glad I'd brought my windbreaker.
Although typical afternoon temperatures at the valley floor are 35-40 deg C
(94-104 deg F) it was cold and windy at the top. Start pulling the beam/boom
out of the tube. Hmmm.... When I put all that stuff in there each of the 10
elements had the boom to element clamps attached. i.e. I had loosened the
hardware sufficiently to slide both halves of each element, still attached to
the boom/element clamp, off the boom. Now, after a vertical mile of washboard
road, I had a bunch of individual half-elements, a whole lot of 2-piece clamps
which had separated, and 20-30 machine screws, lock washers and nuts, all
scattered over the 12 ft length of the tube. Not exactly what I had in mind.

Being a night owl, I don't move that quickly in the morning, especially during
those hours I didn't realize were part of morning. I always thought they were
just add-ons to late night contesting/DX hunting. Took me 3 hours to get
everything set up so it's now 0930 local. Kinda nice to have a rotor that runs
off 12V. Anyway, everything's functioning and I confidently call CQ on 144.2
SSB with the beam pointing at Vancouver/Seattle. Called a few more times.
Nothing. Tried CW on the same freq. Nothing. Tuned around a bit. No SSB
heard. No CW heard. Hmm... Well, the 706 MkII is only 10 W on 2, let's head
for the big time stuff on 6 with 100W. Call CQ on 50.125 SSB wondering how well
I'll be able to manage the pileup. Not a problem. Not a single answer. Try
CQing a little more. Nothing. Try CW. "DN09 DN09 VE7FO VE7FO NST". Why
NST? Well, TEST is a whole dit space longer and every contester knows you can't
waste time sending spaces that don't convey any information. It could easily
cost you several Qs/hr. Still no answer. Do it some more. Still no answer.
Tune around a bit on 6 to see what I can hear. Nothing. Hmm....

Got out my list of local repeaters and requested a signal check. Got a
response. Made me very, very happy to know that there was someone else alive
out there. Had him give me a long count while I turned the beam. Yep, there is
a pattern so guess it's working. Thanks Vern.

Here's where the benefits of the laptop and rotor start showing up. Set TRLog
to Auto CQ with a listening time of 2 seconds until the next CQ. Fall asleep
listening to perfect 23 wpm CW. Wake up... it's still going, but no fish on the
line. Couldn't do that without the laptop. Amuse myself for an hour or so by
checking that the rotor display of degrees with respect to True North is correct
(Tower Talkians will know that there are many ways of determining True North,
some involving owls and wasps) and just generally enjoy pointing it this way and
that with my new and quiet rotor. At least an hour of pleasure I wouldn't have
had without the rotor. Got tired of that and found something else exciting to
do. Eat lunch. Think of packing up but remember many contests when the
decision to stay in the chair paid off. Got serious, pointed the beam due N,
called CQ (6m CW) a half dozen times, moved the beam 15 deg CCW and repeated.
At around 270 deg or so I heard an unfamiliar sound! Someone is sending my
call! It's VE7DXG in CN88! I work him crisply with us doing the standard
exchange followed by TU VE7FO TEST. This seemed to me to be a rather abrupt way
of dealing with the only other person alive on the planet but hey, that's
contesting. Fortunately, he wasn't dismissed that easily and suggested we QSY
to 2. The freq he suggested was right on one of the buzzes from the inverter
running the laptop but I did hear him and we did the ESP thing. Wow! A short
term (90 sec) rate of 90 Qs/hr! If I can maintain this I'm going to really
clean up. Well, that's how it should have been, but there were 7 minutes
between Qs.

Encouraged, I auto-CQ some more. 15 min later I hear someone call a VE4. This
706 doesn't have a cw filter, otherwise I wouldn't have heard this. I move up
to where this is happening and hear VE7SL attempting, successfully, to work the
VE4. I turn the beam to VE4. Nothing. Oh well, I happen to know that SL has a
noise problem. Whenever a prop driven aircraft flies through the pattern of his
6m beam, he hears ignition noise. Other than that, nothing. When they are
finished I dump my call. Nothing. Maybe Steve thought I was calling the VE4.
Back to auto-CQ on the calling frequency. After a while Steve calls me. We
make the Q. A while later VE7DXG calls me again and suggests we try SSB. He
wanted to tell me something and had made an accurate assessment of my cw
capability outside the contest box. We established SSB contact and he told me
that there were a bunch of guys who wanted to work me. Bring 'em on, I say. He
makes a couple of calls and, lo and behold, there are 3 or 4 SSB W7s on the
frequency. He tells them I'm QRV and they ask my QRG. He tells them I've been
CQing on CW right on the calling frequency for the last half hour. In the
meantime I turn the beam on them and call. They go back to DXG sounding rather
bored and say they didn't and don't hear anything. Come on guys, this is DN09
and I'm trying for that DXpedition feeling! Given that response, there's
nothing else to do but CQ in their face. That'll fix 'em.

Auto-CQ until the end and pack everything up, thinking that I made a mistake in
the ham gear/blender trade off and vowing that I'll never do this again. I
attribute the 3 Qs I made to the use of the laptop for auto-CQ and the rotor for
making it easy to turn the beam in 15 degree increments.

While taking down I realize that I had actually set up in a little bit of a
hollow. Not much of one but my beam was only 10 ft. high. I found I could
drive along the ridge to another location with a couple of towers on it where,
had I set up there, I would have been sitting on a localized dome maybe 100 ft
higher with nothing in the way in the foreground. Hmm..., maybe next year.

A couple of days later, I consulted a topo map with back/forestry roads and
found something called Mt. Baldy which is 1400 ft higher than Mt. Kobau.
Through various subterfuges and inducements which will not be described here, I
convinced my XYL that we should drive 75 miles East for lunch and, on the way
back, explore a famous ski hill. When we got to the bottom of the ski lift, I
looked heavenwards and saw the New Jerusalem. A large, bald dome at 7500 ft,
bald save a couple of towers. Where there are towers, there are roads. "Hey,
the view should be really good from up there." This is where I ran out of
Brownie points so didn't get up there. Don't know if there is public access but
looked like a killer QTH. Will I be there next year? If the test dates
coincide with our vacation week, maybe. Don't know what I'll do for an antenna
as the DB62 is going up on my tower in a couple of weeks and will be a real
hassle to take down again.

I had to give the 706 back to VE7IN. He won it a while back at the Pacific
Northwest DX Convention. The next one is Aug 2-4 in Portland and I'm going to
be there. The raffle prize is an HRO $US1000 gift certificate. I have already
figured out that, if I win it, I'll get an FT847 so I can do this VHF stuff a
little better. Now, if I've got an 847, it wouldn't be too hard to justify, on
a percentage basis, another beam, especially for operation on Mt. Baldy. Maybe
I'll buy my first tent. I guess a little generator wouldn't hurt either.

I'm back from the convention. There were 4 VE7s there. They drew the raffle
ticket. V......E......7......O......N. Damn. So, VHF contesting may be in my
future but don't look for me any time soon. Well......, maybe someone can
suggest a transverter solution whereby I could make use of my 1000MP MkV. I
will have the DB62 mounted above the about to arrive Force 12 C4SXL and it would
be nice to be able to plug the coax into something.

Bottom line? It was an experience. Not a good one but a learning one. A
surprisingly large number of people (12) came by while I was up there. They
asked me what I was doing. I said, "I'm involved in a Ham Radio emergency
preparedness exercise along with others all over the world. This is a test of
my ability to, all on my own, set up a station in the field independent of
commercial power supplies and then communicate effectively with others doing the
same thing." I know, that sounds like Field Day, not CQ WW VHF but you have to
tailor the message to the recipient.

Would I do it again? The ham in me, while suppressing the "Not bloody likely"
statement from the practical side of me wants to do it again. Don't know if I
will or not but next year not too likely from mountaintops.

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and advice.

73 de Jim Smith VE7FO
HS9CRB/8   SOSB/2 QRP   2,0162002-08-19 02:05:54
Rig: Kenwood TM-255
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: Vertical 5/8 Lamda

73 de HS9CRB/8
HS8KVA(@HS8AN)   SOSB/2 QRP   4,5362002-08-19 02:09:25
Rig: Icom IC-275
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: 13x4ele Yagi, Folded Dipole 8 Stacks
Up 60 mH.

88 de Suchada, HS8KVA
E2ØRUZ   SOSB/2 QRP   5,2022002-08-19 02:11:49
Rig: Icom IC-229E
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: 13x2ele Yagi

73 de Nong, E20RUZ
HSØAK   Multi-Op QRP   15,2662002-08-20 04:47:15
Rig: Icom IC-2100T
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: 13x4ele Yagi, Folded Dipole 8 Stacks, 5/8 Lamda

73 de Kasetsart University ARC.
E2ØXEI   SOSB/2 QRP   7202002-09-01 08:39:28
Rig: Kenwood TM-231A
Pwr: 10 Watts
Ant: Vertical 5/8 Lamda

73 Amnouy, E20XEI