K1TR VHF Contesting - September 2013

Sept 14-15 2013 ARRL VHF QSO Party
2006' Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA FN42BL

First time back on Wachusett Mountain since they revamped the summit. To avoid
the new large blockage due East (greater Boston,) associated with the base of
the new fire tower, I elected to set up off the summit on the Southwest edge.
From here my shot to greater Boston would not be blocked but I still had a
blockage to the Northeast and I was in the trees. I underestimated how much
performance I would lose on the higher bands by the foliage. I was unable to
QSO with stations that are normally quite workable, my totals above 432 were
way down. 

For me propagation was about average until the last hour or so, when W4NH
(EM85) and AA4ZZ (EM96) popped up. We worked easily on 2m-432. One of the other
highlights was hearing K8EP (FM09) with good signals all weekend long. 


  Low Power Single Operator Category - Submitted Score: 158k

Band Power (PEP) Antenna QSOs/Multiplier (grid squares)
50 200W 4 elements (redesigned Hygain) 177/25
144 200W 12 elements (FO-12) 176/36
222 75W 16 elements (FO-16) 74/29
432 100W 19 elements (RIW) 109/29
903 10W 33 element LY 28/11
1296 10W 45 element LY 28/8
2304 10W 52 element LY 17/6
3456 4W 52 element LY 9/4
5760 2W 2' dish, dualband feed 4/3
10368 1W 2' dish, dualband feed 5/3


Operating position in the minivan View of station looking down from new summit lookout tower Inside the K1TR shack Elecraft K3 is the main radio View of Boston skyline from the lookout tower