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ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest   2017   Aug 19   Claimed Score

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Call: K1RZ
Operator(s): K1RZ
Station: K1RZ

Class: 10G Only LP
QTH: FM19jh
Operating Time (hrs): 45

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCallsTot Dist(km)
10G:3411493
24G:
47G:
75G:
123G:
134G:
241G:
Light:
Total:3411493Total Score14,893

 

Club: Mt Airy VHF Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-09-22 08:07:20
Round 1. Saturday morning had some enhanced tropo to the northeast with Jeff K1TEO FN31jh worked at 406 km’s, and K1GX heard, and as normal that mode faded away about 8AM. Thanks to you Ray N3RG FM29ki 179 km’ for being in there to show both us our gear still working. Good local activity through the day with portables W3HMS, WA3PTV, WA3RGQ, and AB4CR on the bands " thanks guys for going out. At 2010 worked K2DH in FN02nu across the Appalachian mountains. Dave and I have had good luck with this path in the past and it continued that day. Then about 2045z I could see a strong storm front displayed on K0SM's Rainscatter program stretching from SW to NE across the FN00 to FN11 grids. I pointed at the middle of the “red” and worked K8ZR and KB8VAO in EN91ov, VE3FHM and VE3WJ in EN92op, and VA3ELE and VE3SMA in FN02at - finishing out a great run at 2125z. It was amazing in that I signed with a station and sent QRZ, and another station came back. I also took a chance and called CQ and had these stations call back. Heard Joe WA3PTV in FM19aw working the same northwesterly stations on Rainscatter and his signals were also coming back to me with the distorted “aurora-like” rainscatter effects (no pure tone). It was a strong front, and not uncommon in the heat of August. I need to keep looking for those storm fronts and cells. Later tried with Pete K9PW on Mt. Greylock, and could hear him, but path was too weak to complete. Finished out the day working close in stations Maurice K3EJJ, Mike WB2RVX and Chip WA4VHF. Sunday started off working Pete K9PW on Camelback FN21hb. Thanks for coming east Pete. K2DH in FN02xu came through on tropo and finished the day working local Connie WB3BZS, and working John W3HMS FM19kh portable on the ridge line north of Carlisle PA. Round 2. Started at 1042z with Steve KB8VAO coming down to central PA at FN00sn. Glad that Brian N3OC FM19le and John N9ZL FM08us portable on Hogback Mtn Virginia got on too. Otherwise would have been a very slow morning. Tried many times with the Blueknob PA FN00rg group W2RMA and NO3I and no luck at 158 km’s. Started to look for loose connectors and blown fuses. Unusually bad conditions, perhaps to due to the regional closeness of the Jose. Thanks to Bill W2RMA, Bob NO3I and Steve KB8VAO for holding on at Blueknob until the unusually bad conditions lifted. Sorry I missed Kip N3XRE who also got on from Blueknob thanks to Bill’s construction of a 2nd 10 GHz portable rig in the last week. Kip - hope you will continue with 10 GHz in the future. Then worked Paul WA3GFZ on Camelback FN21hb at 1637z which began a period of working far over the horizon stations. Connected with Warren WB2ONA and Ken KA2LIM portable near the K2LIM contest site in Fn12mg, at 331 km’s. In the late afternoon (2100z hour) worked John K1OR FN41LL at Horseneck Beach State Reservation, MA at 576 km’s for our first QSO on 10 GHz after trying for many years. FB John!! Then reached out to W1EX and KA1OJ and worked them both on Mt. Wachusset FN42bl at 571 km’s. The earlier poor band conditions had clearly repaired. Worked Bill W2RMA again, on his way back to Pittsburgh, Bill stopped and hauled his portable station with horn antenna up several flights of stairs on the Mt. Davis FM09js observation tower. Thanks Bill. And now to Block Island Rhode Island where Paul W1GHZ and Chip W1AIM were set up near the highest point on the island at FN41ee " 519 km’s. Good signals " thanks guys for going out there. Terry W8ZN brought the K8GP/R 10 GHz station on the air from his driveway and we worked through and around dirt and trees at 63 km’s. Had tried several times with Dale AF1T on Martha’s Vineyard MA FN41ql (and FN41oi) during the day, and finally made it! Thanks Dale and Mickie " sorry you had to leave the island earlier than planned due to hurricane Jose. But so glad you put Martha's Vineyard on the air. Sunday worked new local Dan WA2BTR (now living in Gettysburg PA), who went out with Marco KD3PD, to show Dan some rover spots in south-central PA. Glad to get you in FM19hx and FM19hs Dan " thanks Marco. Perhaps 10 GHz will be in your future soon too? Steve K3WHC was also able to work Dan from FN10ra. Glad we could work too Steve. Later in the afternoon Joe WA3PTV got to FN00wc and then FM09wx. Thanks Joe for getting out and working Dan, Steve, me and John N9ZL. John - you were a welcome addition at the end of the day, for your contacts in from FM19cd and FM09tf. It was a real treat to be able to connect by calling on 144.260 MHz or cell phone, figure out where to point, establish a frequency and calling sequence, and try to make a contact. And sometimes try again, …and again. Thanks for going out and getting on everyone. 73, Dave K1RZ FM19jh