Feature RADIOSPORT RADIOSPORT RADIOSPORT RADIOSPO Wet and Wild — 2008 June VHF QSO Party Results Were you prepared? Rick Rosen, K1DS email@example.com NØKE W The breakdown of entries included 659 (61%) in the Single-Operator Low-Power category, 200 (19%) in the Single-Operator High-Power category, 51 (5%) in the Limited Multi-Operator category, 33 (3%) in the Unlimited Multi-Operator category, 35 (3%) in the QRP Portable category, and 96 (9%) in the three new Rover categories. hat more fun can a few thousand VHF+ operators have than a weekend with plenty of other stations to work and with propagation enhanced by sporadic-E or “E-skip” (Es) on 50 and 144 MHz? The June 2008 VHF QSO Party was thoroughly enjoyed by almost all participants thanks to the substantial hours of open bands from Es, plus the use of CW and digital modes, including FSK441 for meteor scatter and JT65 for EME. Preparation included checking all the gear for functionality prior to the contest, checking the rover schedules of those who post a route on the various VHF and contesting reflectors, and then having a back-up plan for managing anything that needs repair or replacement during the action. Getting enough sleep prior to the contest is also useful preparation, as one unnamed operator manning the four stations of a limited multi-operator station in the wee hours of the morning was found asleep at 5:30 AM with all four voice keyers on a continuous loop calling CQ! The Bands “What bands do I need to be active on for this event?” The answer is you must have 6 m capability. That’s where everyone will be if that band is open. And since the band was open for a long time on both days of the weekend, there was the postcontest complaint on the various reflectors that scores were down on the higher bands. While it has been suggested that we should have an event without 6 m, the Midwesterners responded that without 6 m, there would be no significant activity. We have the August UHF QSO Party, on 222 MHz and up, for that type of a contest. For many in the right places, the action was fantastic on 2 m, as Es was prevalent throughout the Southeast, Central and Southwestern parts of the country. Grid Peanut, Rooster and Steve, NØTU, the “old goat” on the trail up to Mt Herman (CO) with a battery-powered FT817 transceiver, homebrew 6 m dipole, and 5 element 2 m beam. totals higher than 50 were achieved by 10 stations across a wide geography and included a station in each of the single- and multi-op classes. The Logs There were 1075 logs received and according to the log of W5PR from STX, operating only 6 m, there were at least 1630 participants as each of them were in his log! (See Figure 1.) Almost everyone was happy and excited to have some 6 m Es, and as reported by the stations in the Texas and surrounding Midwest areas, the band was open the entire contest. There was also an excellent enhancement on 2 m Sunday morning and some aurora facilitated QSOs during the weekend. Northeast and West Coast contesters were not as fortunate as those in more southern and central US locations, as the 6 m Es QSOs were less available. As a gauge of the different conditions, we can compare the 6 m results of multi-operator station K5QE, operating from EM13 in Texas, to the multi-operator W2SZ group in western Massachusetts in FN32. The Texas group had 1345 6 m QSOs in 245 grids, QST0002 1200 1000 Number of Logs Preparation Conditions 800 600 400 200 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Figure 1 — The trend is good for the June VHF QSO Party, as log submissions were the highest since the year 2000. From December 2008 QST © ARRL Single Operator, Low Power K2DRH 328,338 K5RQ 202,384 K3FM 193,817 WB1GQR 191,952 (W1SJ, op) N4BP 165,870 K4LY 144,826 AF1T 143,550 AA4W 135,740 K4EPS 135,026 KB9TLV 113,960 Single Operator, High Power K1TEO 657,815 W5PR 443,360 K1RZ 440,622 KC4PX 392,040 WD5K 365,044 K9MK 305,109 KMØT 304,007 K4SN 261,711 WB9Z 248,940 WA2FGK 242,536 (K2LNS, op) Single Operator Portable KA1LMR 78,078 K9AKS 36,120 K6VCR 35,588 N7IR 35,242 K1ZE 23,534 N8XA 11,658 N3LL 5,850 N3AWS 5,432 KQ6UP 5,088 WA4A 4,600 Limited Multioperator K5TR 577,638 AA4ZZ 458,136 W3SO 358,154 W4IY 355,100 W4NH 307,515 AE5T 218,400 AB5GU 208,848 WA7JTM 189,750 WØLSD 186,534 W1QK 181,536 Multioperator W2SZ 1,907,504 K8GP 1,434,157 K5QE 1,122,051 W3CCX 887,415 K3YTL 454,210 WØEEA 396,644 KBØHH 289,250 KØDI 217,404 N2NK 174,167 WØKVA 155,672 Rover N6NB/R 281,436 AE5P/R 160,398 N5AIU/R 154,364 AH8M/R 136,136 (KD4VRY, op) VE3NPB/R 111,166 W1RT/R 109,070 WDØACD/R 97,760 K2TER/R 94,677 K2QO/R 74,936 KC3WD/R 67,200 Limited Rover KG6TOA/R 97,328 W3DHJ/R 36,585 K4GUN/R 24,462 K6EU/R 22,876 AG4V/R 22,134 KK6MC/R 14,016 K6JRA/R 13,824 AF6AV/R 12,172 N4JDB/R 11,502 KR1ST/R 11,480 Unlimited Rover W6TE/R 385,336 N6MU/R 280,875 N5AC/R 65,230 KRØVER/R 22,035 KR5J/R 20,992 N1MU/R 16,030 W3BC/R 9,760 N3UW/R 5,920 while the Mt Greylock gang logged 889 QSOs in 153 grids on 6 m. The top 24 grid gatherers on 6 m with 199 through 280 grids were mostly in a band of states from Florida through New Mexico, plus others from Colorado, Iowa and South Dakota. Table 1 Section and Division Records Set in 2008 Call K5RQ K3FM K4LY AA4W W6ZI N4QWZ W9ZRX CO2OJ WA3EOQ W3PAW W4PJP XE3N W5PR K1RZ KC4PX W4WA XE2WWW AE5T KH7Y K5QE KØDI K9AKS K6VCR N3LL N3AWS WC4V Cat SO-LP SO-LP SO-LP SO-LP SO-LP SO-LP SO-LP SO-LP SO-LP SO-LP SO-LP SO-LP SO-HP SO-HP SO-HP SO-HP SO-HP LIM-MO LIM-MO UN-MO UN-MO SO-QRP SO-QRP SO-QRP SO-QRP SO-QRP Sec Score WCF 202384 MS 193817 SC 144826 NFL 135740 OK 99424 TN 95545 NC 89880 CO2 59792 MDC 55977 WPA 54002 GA 49968 XE 38413 STX 443360 MDC 440622 SFL 392040 GA 196605 XE 121218 LA 218400 PAC 270 STX 1122051 LAX 217404 NE 36120 SDG 35588 WCF 5850 MS 5432 KY 1287 QSOs 973 877 544 609 433 380 535 404 272 273 342 359 1630 919 1306 626 681 975 18 1943 726 240 290 90 97 37 From December 2008 QST © ARRL Mults 208 221 227 220 208 197 168 148 141 134 144 107 272 273 297 257 178 224 15 449 198 140 82 65 56 33 Two meters provided some nice longhaul openings for the central part of the country on Sunday. Noted on June 15 was a report of two long-haul 222 MHz contacts between W5UWB in EL17, Texas, and NØVZJ in EN35, Minnesota, and between AA4ZZ from EM96, North Carolina, and W5DDR in DM84, New Mexico. Digital modes were again popular for stations that either made schedules in advance of the contest for some DX grids, or for those who planned to use EME. Even without the ability to have elevation, there were QRO stations workable in random mode at moonrise and moonset using CW or WSJT modes. Record Setting and Breaking Many operators, recognizing the unique opportunity on 6 m took full advantage of running it long and hard. The stations with favorable 6 m conditions, well aware of the chances they had to top previous records, stayed in their seats to milk the last drops of propagation. Eight division and 26 section and DX records were set. See Table 1. A new record was set for the highest number of 6 m QSOs in a June QSO Party Single-Op High-Power category: W5PR, with 1630 contacts. The previous record of 1212 was set by N5HHS 10 years ago. This previous high-water mark was also topped this year by WD5K with 1388 QSOs, and by KC4PX with 1281 QSOs. The Unlimited Multi-op K5QE team also set a QSO record for their category this year with 1345 contacts, besting the 2006 W2SZ result of 1168. Looking at the Single-Op High-Power grid-multiplier records, KC4PX topped his previous 6 m record of 263 grids from 2003 with an extraordinary catch of 280 grids this time. W5PR with 272 grids also topped the old record and WD5K tied it with 263 grids. The Single-Op Low-Power record set in Division 2006 by Wisconsin’s K9MU Southeast 1094 QSOs in 229 grids still Delta Roanoke stands. Single-Operator West Gulf Southeast Int’l Delta West Gulf There are three single operators who have maintained their top spots in their respective categories for several years in a row. Setting the pace in the lowpower category, Bob, K2DRH in Illinois led with a score of 328k, using eight bands through 3 GHz and scoring 120k more than his nearest competitor. In somewhat of an operating contrast, K5RQ operating from West Central Florida came in second place using only 6 m and scoring 202k, with a hefty QSO count of 973 and 208 grid multipliers. K3FM was 3rd in the low-power category with 198k points, operating from Mississippi with 6 m and 2 m. Our 4 th place station, WB1GQR (W1SJ, op) from Vermont scored 191k in a 7-band effort, while in 5th place, N4BP amassed 166k from south Florida, as a single-band 6 m op. In the high-power group, Jeff, K1TEO managed to accumulate almost 658k points from his Connecticut QTH to stay in the top spot for yet another year. With pinpoint 6-digit grid aim, he is able to “run the bands” with microwave-capable stations. He added 228 QSOs on 903 MHz through 10 GHz and in the process scored an additional 124 multipliers. Taking second honors from South Texas, Charles, W5PR took advantage of the 6 m propagation and scored a whopping 443k points using a single band, the greatest number of QSOs made by any single-op in the contest. In third place, Dave, K1RZ operating out of Maryland was only 3k points behind, with a total of 440k points. Fourth place was won by KC4PX from South Florida, who also had a magnificent 6 m total of 1281 QSOs in 280 grids and garnished that with additional 25 contacts on bands B, C, D, and E. Our fifth place winner was WD5K Affiliated Club Competition Unlimited Club Society of Midwest Contesters Entities Medium Club Potomac Valley Radio Club North East Weak Signal Group Mt Airy VHF Radio Club Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado Florida Contest Group Florida Weak Signal Society Northern Lights Radio Society Carolina DX Assn North Texas Microwave Society Yankee Clipper Contest Club Roadrunners Microwave Group Contest Club Ontario Northern California Contest Club Rochester VHF Group Pacific Northwest VHF Society South East Contest Club Alabama Contest Group Central Arizona DX Assn Mad River Radio Club Frankford Radio Club Central Texas DX and Contest Club Oklahoma DX Assn Raritan Bay Radio Amateurs Tennessee Contest Group Bergen ARA Contest Club Du Quebec Kentucky Contest Group North Coast Contesters Local Club Nacogdoches ARC Murgas ARC Eastern Connecticut ARA Chippewa Valley VHF Contesters Badger Contesters Low Country Contest Club 10-70 Repeater Assn Portage County Amateur Radio Service Maritime Contest Club Steel City ARC Downey ARC Meriden ARC Ashe County ARC 71 Score 1,827,380 35 2,766,272 20 1,407,723 16 1,198,399 12 930,086 11 869,515 11 841,428 17 777,331 6 649,520 11 576,503 15 455,157 6 407,505 18 396,625 21 337,173 6 326,630 23 307,952 6 265,685 5 134,096 7 86,860 6 67,408 4 51,588 4 47,474 3 41,885 10 33,449 9 30,125 7 23,798 4 20,496 4 14,827 3 12,362 5 1,452,607 5 759,705 8 218,447 7 198,055 7 123,485 7 84,911 3 57,051 4 12,672 4 6,595 3 64,255 4 12,868 4 10,831 3 2,559 Midwest Region (Dakota, Midwest, Rocky Mountain and West Gulf Divisions; Manitoba and Saskatchewan Sections) Central Region (Central and Great Lakes Divisions; Ontario Section) Northeast Region (New England, Hudson and Atlantic Divisions; Maritime and Quebec Sections) Southeast Region (Delta, Roanoke and Southeastern Divisions) WB1GQR 191,952 (W1SJ, op) AF1T 143,550 NN1D 77,616 72,092 WB2SIH K1KG 61,632 A K5RQ K3FM N4BP K4LY AA4W 202,384 193,817 165,870 144,826 135,740 A A A A A K2DRH KB9TLV W9GKA KO9A K8MR 328,338 113,960 64,148 57,023 50,553 A A A A A WA5LFD W6ZI WB5ZDP NØPOH KØMHC 106,505 99,424 98,264 71,360 56,511 A A A A A NU6S WJØF VA6AN WE6T K6XN 77,248 43,146 32,004 29,484 28,260 A A A A A K1TEO K1RZ WA2FGK (K2LNS, op) K1TOL N2GHR 657,815 440,622 242,536 B B B B B B B B 248,940 235,036 142,096 112,312 109,720 B B B B B B B 392,040 261,711 238,750 196,605 188,496 WB9Z K9CT K8EB K9EA K8TQK 148,410 104,622 KC4PX K4SN WJ9B W4WA W4ZRZ W5PR WD5K K9MK KMØT K5AM 443,360 365,044 305,109 304,007 237,072 B B B B B K7AED K6KLY N6KN WB6AAG KI7JA 72,581 66,885 65,130 55,115 53,640 B B B B B 78,078 23,534 1,872 513 1 Q Q Q Q Q 5,850 5,432 4,600 216 110 Q Q Q Q Q N8XA WC4V VE3/KC8QVO NF8M 11,658 1,287 990 36 Q Q Q Q K9AKS KIØG NØGSZ 36,120 150 24 Q Q Q W3SO W1QK KV1J KB1DFB KA2LIM 358,154 181,536 147,630 100,980 98,334 L L L L L L L L L L K5TR AB5GU WØLSD WDØT WØVB 577,638 208,848 186,534 180,525 43,134 L L L L L Q Q Q Q Q L L L L L 82,654 27,707 14,016 7,326 5,424 35,588 35,242 5,088 4,025 3,648 458,136 355,100 307,515 218,400 62,088 N8ZM KC8QAE N9TF NG9R K2KW K6VCR N7IR KQ6UP VE7IHL N6FD W2SZ W3CCX K3YTL N2NK K3EOD 1,907,504 887,415 454,210 174,167 100,637 M M M M M M M M M M R 1,122,051 396,644 289,250 155,672 102,985 M M M M M 160,398 154,364 97,760 30,720 11,607 R R R R R 217,404 77,520 50,061 25,353 24,375 M M M M M R R R R R AE5P/R N5AIU/R WDØACD/R KCØIYT/R WRØI/R KØDI K6LRG K7RST W6YX KI6MPQ 109,070 94,677 74,936 57,245 45,276 136,136 AH8M/R (KD4VRY, op) KC3WD/R 67,200 AF4OD/R 14,170 KE5GAQ/R 13,736 N9KS/R 5,187 K5QE WØEEA KBØHH WØKVA WQØP L L L L L M M M 85,824 84,216 80,620 66,015 22,950 189,750 31,374 7,812 6,292 3,128 1,434,157 37,973 26,334 N9UHF K9SG VE3WCC N8KOL W8PGW WA7JTM W7JLC WB6BFG K4TRT K7TM RL RL RL RL R R R R R 80 36,585 14,016 4,400 281,436 18,528 8,772 4,563 2,944 K3IUV/R W3DHJ/R KK6MC/R AC5TS/R N6NB/R KE6QR/R KI6CG/R KB8VAO/R NW7O W3BC/R N3UW/R 9,760 5,920 RU RU N5AC/R KRØVER/R KR5J/R 65,230 22,035 20,992 RU RU RU KG6TOA/R K6EU/R K6JRA/R AF6AV/R AL1VE/R 97,328 22,876 13,824 12,172 11,067 RL RL RL RL RL 385,336 280,875 RU RU KA1LMR K1ZE WB2AMU K2KWK K1ZK W1RT/R K2TER/R K2QO/R K3LFO/R W1AUV/R A A A A N3LL N3AWS WA4A WA5ZEK KC8KSK AA4ZZ W4IY W4NH AE5T N4LR K8GP W4OZK W4YCC K4GUN/R AG4V/R N4JDB/R KR1ST/R WA4JA/R 24,462 22,134 11,502 11,480 1,998 with another one-band wonder-score on 6 m from North Texas, putting 1388 calls from 263 grids in his log. QRP portable participants are a hardy group. They adhere to a special set of station requirements, and better results are often achieved from being in a high spot in a densely populated area and using several bands. Topping the score list again in this class, KA1LMR from New Hampshire doubled the score of his nearest competitor with an 8-band 78k result. Even with QRP power, he logged 217 QSOs and 82 grids on 6 m and 92 QSOs on 2 m with 19 grids. In second place with 36k points, K9AKS operated from the Nebraska plains near a small airport, which provided a good horizon in all directions. Here was another adventure that capitalized on the great 6 m conditions with 203 QSOs and 111 grids, supplemented by a few additional contacts on bands B, C, D and E. Following in third place with 35.5k points, K6VCR in San Diego used a 10-band set-up and had multiple contacts on the microwave bands to boost his score. From Arizona, N7IR managed to capture the 6 m magic and most of his 35.2k score is accounted for by his 228 6 m QSOs in 119 grids for fourth place. On the East Coast, in Connecticut K1ZE scored 23k with a 7-band effort securing fifth position. R R R R VE3NPB/R VE3SMA/R WB8BZK/R K9ILT/R KF8QL/R 111,166 55,814 54,184 22,230 21,528 R R R R R RL RL RL RL RL K9ZF/R K8DOG/R K9JK/R VE3RKS/R VE3AP/R 10,224 9,792 9,776 1,056 45 RL RL RL RL RL N1MU/VE3/R 16,030 RU Multi-operator Battling it out in the top two Unlimited Multi-operator spots as they have for many years, W2SZ, the Mount Greylock Expeditionary Group, bested K8GP, the Grid Pirates, by having more QSOs, especially the higher point variety from the microwave bands. Despite the advantage of K8GP on 6 m and 2 m, the larger W2SZ group and their rovers were able to add the enormous number of QSOs and multiplier grids on the microwaves, even though their 10 GHz gear was visited by Murphy part way through the fray. Entering the national top-three circle was the multi-op team from K5QE. For the past several years this South Texas group’s activity had posted previous section records and scored in the 500-600k range. With the efforts to make this a fixed contesting superstation, the judicious tracking of rovers, and the addition of excellent 6 m and 2 m propagation, they broke the 1 million-point barrier. The fourth place Mt Airy VHF Packrats, W3CCX, redesigning many of their stations this year, were in a contest rebuilding mode, yet had a respectable 887k total. The K3YTL team continues to grow in band capability and scooted home with 5th place. In the Limited Multi-Operator category, stations submit a four-band entry. Operation on additional bands is allowed, but those West Coast Region (Pacific, Northwestern and Southwestern Divisions; Alberta, British Columbia and NWT Sections) W6TE/R N6MU/R QSOs are treated as in a check-log. Using the great advantage of the 6 m conditions to take first place in this category, again, are the K5TR multi-ops from South Texas with 577k points and a huge total of 1344 6 m QSOs in 264 grids. The AA4ZZ team in North Carolina challenged, but was in second place in this grouping with 458k points, building a solid number of QSOs and grid multipliers across all four lower bands. The W3SO operation netted third place scoring 358k from their mountaintop perch in Western PA. Just behind in fourth place were the W4IY multi-ops with 355k. The difference between these two groups was the number of QSOs made by the W3SO group on the higher-point bands of 222 and 432 MHz. The W4NH 4-band operation, also from NC, earned 5th place with 307k. Rovers — In Three Categories This is the first June QSO Party with the three categories of rovers; Classic, with 1-2 operators and all gear and antennas carried in the vehicle; Limited, with the number of operating bands limited to four; and Unlimited, where the number of participants, bands and rover tactics have little restriction. Ninety-five rovers submitted logs for this event. The overall number of rover entries is similar to previous years (98 rover entries in ’07 and 96 rover entries in ’06). A special From December 2008 QST © ARRL “Thank You” goes out to Toyota, who as graciously sponsored all available Rover plaques this year. A majority of the stations entering the Classic Rover category used six bands or more, with many having 8-10 bands in use. Eight of the top 10 scorers in this category had a two-operator entry. Apparently gas prices were not a serious challenge as the number of grids covered by the rover bunch did not seem to change much from previous years. One wily rover group found a way to maximize their scores simultaneously in all three categories. The Classic Rover category had 61 entries, and N6NB/R was top scorer with 281k points, covering 15 grids with a group of similarly-equipped rovers who operated in a fashion to enhance their scores and also garner top spots in the Limited and Unlimited Rover categories. There are further details of this group’s activity on the Soapbox Web page under “N6NB/R”, and also on the N6NB home page (commfaculty.fullerton. edu/woverbeck/n6nb.htm). There were 25 entries into the premier event of the Limited Rover category — stations who were using four bands of their choosing with the same power limits as for Single-Op Low-Power. The intention of developing this category was to allow stations who were somewhat limited in their gear, or newcomers to roving with rigs which included 1-4 VHF bands, to compete with each other and not with those stations equipped with a whole array of VHF-UHF and microwave bands. Finding a unique opportunity within this new category, using the four bands from 2.3 GHz through 10 GHz, and moving with the team of other rovers, KG6TOA/R topped this category with a score of 97k, traversing 15 grids. In second place with 36k, W3DHJ/R took advantage of the great 50 MHz openings in the Midwest and using only two bands and roving through only four grids, had a 135-grid multiplier. K4GUN/R with partner K4LIG copped third with a 10-grid band-ABCD activity and a 24k score. In 4th place K6EU/R had 22.8k points and a mere few hundred points behind, AG4V/R, who maximized his score focusing on 6 m multiplier grids. The average score in this group was 13k. The new Unlimited Rover category allowed stations to use almost any type of configuration, operator contingent and any number of QSOs with other rovers, including tandem roving or grid-circling. A total From December 2008 QST © ARRL VE3WCC Grid expedition to FN04xa by members of the West Carleton ARC of Ottawa. Operators included Ken, VA3KA; Doug, VE3XK; Andy, VE3NVK; Barney, VA3BGB; Dean, VA3CDD; Al, VO1NO and Jeremy. Complete Results are on the ARRLWeb For the complete 2008 June VHF Contest Results, including scores for all entries, see www.arrl.org/ contests/. Soapbox comments are at www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox/. of eight entries were received in this class, and these averaged 101k points, with a top score of 385k by W6TE/R traveling with partner K6MI. Second place was N6MU/R with 280k. Each of them carried 10 bands and roved through 15 grids, apparently tracking with the other top entries from the Classic and Limited rover classes. In 3rd was N5AC/R, who, with W5RSH and KE5BUZ covered five grids in the NTX area with nine active bands. These new categories of contest rovers will hopefully satisfy many participants. In time we are sure to see more feedback on the effects of the new classes; how the competition can still be managed and scores maximized in each group with specialized roving tactics — proudly promoted by some, and decried by others. Club Competition The group of VHF aficionados in the Midwest grew, as demonstrated by the Society of Midwest Contesters entry: 71 logs submitted for an aggregate score of 1.8M points. This is 16 logs and 700k points greater than their 2007 submission and has them as the only entry and top spot in the Unlimited Club category. Will it be long before we find additional Midwesterners capturing more top categories and besting some of the scores from stations on the coasts? In the Medium Club category there were 28 entries. Topping the list with 35 logs and 2.7M points, the Potomac Valley Radio Club, led by the K8GP contribution takes top honors again. In second place, moving up one place from last year with 20 logs and 1.4M points, we had the North East Weak Signal Group. Third honors go to the Mt Airy VHF RC with 16 logs and 1.2M points. Advancing several rungs up the club competition ladder, the Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado submitted a score of 930k in 12 logs, while the Florida Contest Group was close behind in fifth place with 869k from 11 logs. Led by the contribution of multi-op K5QE’s 1.1M, the Local Club competition was won by the Nacogdoches ARC (TX) with only five entries but a huge score of 1.4M points.. In the second spot was the Murgas ARC (PA) with 759k. The Eastern Connecticut ARA placed third with 218k. The club competition encourages participation. Of the 1074 log entries, 435 or 40% entered as a club-affiliated station. Much of the growth we get in VHF activity is supported by various club activities, rover development, building projects, club sponsored conferences, tune-up clinics and antenna range testing. If you are not already affiliated with a VHF-active club, go through the list of clubs on the competition list and find one that interests you and join in to share the VHF experience. VHF-DX It’s always exciting to have a call in your log from a DX entity. Thanks to the participation of many stations in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and even those across the Atlantic Ocean, DX appeared in the logs and contest submissions. With a single-band 6 m entry, CO2OJ had a 60k score, setting a record for entries from Cuba. EA8BPX had 27 6 m QSOs in 21 grids in his log entry. Canada was well represented with 43 logs from seven provinces in all operating categories. There were 11 entries from Mexico, with 10 of them submitting single-band logs, having enjoyed the 6 m enhancements. Tim, NU6S added this comment, “Never heard so many XE’s on six.” Notably, Jorge, XE2WWW as a SingleBand high-power single-op scored 121k with 681 QSOs on 6 m in 178 grids. With this score, he set a new high-score record for stations from Mexico and the international participants. Zalo, XE3N another single-op in the low-power category, set a record for Mexico with 38k points, all on 6 m! Preparing for the Future It is not too early to prepare for the next VHF contest and other on-the-air VHF activities. The next ARRL VHF QSO Party will be held on June 13-14, 2009, and like the Boy Scouts, make sure you’re prepared!
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