K1TR VHF Contesting - June 2011

June 11-12 2011 ARRL VHF QSO Party
6288' Mount Washington, NH, FN44IG & 2937' Mount Kearsarge, NH, FN43BJ


Mount Washington and Mount Kearsarge during better weather.

Thought I would do something different this year by doing a Limited Rove to two of the
more impressive hilltops in New England.  I set up in parking lots that 
are somewhat off the summit at both mountains.
It was a fun time although it could have been more comfortable without the
wind-blown rain and cold temperatures, especially on Mt. Washington
where the high temperature was 40F.
6 meters sported some E-skip, including some double-hop but the 
openings were not particularly deep and long for me.  I heard that
6 meter E was quite good on Sunday but apparently by the time I got set up
on Kearsarge in the afternoon, most of it was gone.
I didn't sense any enhancement on the bands 2m-70cm.  In fact band 
conditions were depressed from what I would have expected.
This, due on large part to a large low pressure area that was hovering over the northeast.

  Low Power Limited Rover Category - Submitted Score: 69,336

Band Power (PEP) Antenna QSOs/Multiplier (grid squares)
50 200W 3 element NBS Yagi 200/35
144 200W 12 elements (FO-12) 172/31
222 90W 16 elements (FO-16) 59/20
432 100W 19 elements (RIW) 79/21


The set up on Mt. Washington So much fun setting up in the wind-blown rain. The operating postion. On Mt. Kearsarge on Sunday KB1EKZ's super efficient rover set up on Mt. Kearsarge.


Some Video Snippets from the weekend: