K1TR VHF Contesting - September 2003

Sept 2003 ARRL VHF QSO Party
6288' Mount Washington, NH, FN44IG

High pressure drifting off into the Maritimes allowed for good weather and a little tropo on Friday into early Saturday.  Temperatures were in the 50-63 F range for the entire weekend; about ten degrees above average for this time of year. Gradually the remnants of tropical storm Henri crossed into the region, giving rise to occasional showers and a lack of propagation enhancement.

Stuff that didn't go well: 2m exciter became intermittent about 80% of the time, so very limited band presence on 2.  The computer's keyboard failed Saturday night; so I switched to a laptop with no voice or CW keying.

  Final Low Power Single Operator Category - Final Score: 211.6k

Band Power (PEP) Antenna QSOs/Multiplier (grid squares)
50 150W 4 elements (Hygain) 177/39
144 150W 12 elements (FO-12) 138/35
222 65W 16 elements (FO-16) 77/28
432 100W 19 elements (RIW) 107/29
903 10W 33 element LY 33/17
1296 10W 45 element LY 37/18
2304 10W 52 element LY 21/13
3456 4W 52 element LY 14/11
5760 0.2W 3" cylindrical feed 3/3
10368 0.2W 18" dish (Polarad) 6/5


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Friday 1pm and the ascent begins View of operating site with generator Saturday sunrise Cog Railway brings visitors to the summit  N1JEZ drops by for some roving


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Hard to compete with TV8, WZPK and WHOM FM K1TR cranking out those Qs View looking southwest Operating above the clouds... Another view of operating site