CQ Worldwide VHF Contest 2017
category: ROVER
callsign: N2SLN / R





OPERATORS

    N2SLN -- 6m op / 2m op Saturday, 6m op Sunday
    KC2SFU -- 2m op Sunday






ANTENNA SYSTEM

6m
custom 5-el rover yagi with 3-piece boom
2m
6-el Directive Systems and Engineering Rover Special yagi





RADIO EQUIPMENT

6m
driver side Icom IC-7000

Advanced Receiver Research RF-sensed preamp

lowpass filter

TE Systems 200w amplifier

2m
passenger side Icom IC-7000

Advanced Receiver Research external preamp

OCI bandpass filter

TE Systems 200w amplifier







DESCRIPTION

The rover re-build is complete, but my 2nd operator was unavailable on Saturday, and I knew several days in advance that I would also have to leave home late for the first grid. So I decided that an all-out effort would not make sense. As a result, I would use this contest to research a new hilltop in FN11 and test the newly modified 2m preamp.

Making the trip southwest to FN11, I got near the "Plan A" hilltop, but the last time I used it was September 2013, so I couldn't remember how to get there. No big deal, because I brought directions to "Plan B" hilltop which I had never visited before. When I got to that one, the long access road was in terrible shape, plus there were lots of small overhanging branches and no way to avoid them, so for once I was glad I didn't have antennas permanently mounted to the roof. The top of the hill was a small plateau with trees blocking the signals in all directions, but it's a sharp hilltop profile, so the signals wouldn't have to go far in order to get beyond the trees. There were two roadside turnarounds and no power lines anywhere. I used the more distant turnaround to set up my tiltover antenna system and discovered that the antennas were pointing a few degrees apart despite being fine during a dry run the previous weekend, but since they have wide beamwidths, I didn't bother fixing the problem and decided I just wouldn't take any photos.

Six meters was not open, but troposcatter signals were loud on both bands, and almost every contact was a unique grid. I jumped right over New York State and easily worked VE3SMA FN05 on both bands with good signals, and worked K1TOL FN44 in the state of Maine (361 miles / 581 km) for a best DX from FN11. For the 2m contacts, since I'm not set up with SO2R, I was keying the 2m radio's footswitch with my right hand and dropping the 6m headset down on my neck and installing the 2m headset in its place temporarily. Lots of folks mentioned that they were happy to get FN11 which has gone almost completely quiet in the past year. Since the first contact went into the log 3 hours into the contest, I stayed only 90 minutes to ensure that I would have time for one more grid activation. After 28 contacts I tore down and began the long, inefficient drive north to my FN12 site.

When I got there and got on the air at 10 PM, the antennas were still pointing north after I had just finished resetting the rotor control box to zero degrees and I immediately heard 6m skywave stations coming in on the side of the antenna. I turned west and worked into Missouri, Colorado, Arizona, and the best DX of the contest, a portable station in the mountains of San Diego County, CA (2298 mi / 3698 km). Two meters started to see some evening enhancement: At 0340Z I heard Indiana station K9MRI EN70 on CW (492 mi / 792 km). Unfortunately, I was still running late, so I had to tear down and head for home after only 2 hours in this grid.

After some good sleep but still running late, I hit the nearby FN22 hilltop and there was Tom already waiting for me to arrive. The first contact went into the log at 1330Z. Two meters was still in improved shape in all directions and was the star of the show. The newly modified preamp (intentionally downgraded from 24 to 15 dB) is now at the right number of dB to pull in the weak ones without overloading the receiver front end (described as the squeals and "moving carriers" that I was experiencing before the modification). To the northeast we worked Maine station K1HC FN53. Working a Canadian rover in EN93 was also a pretty good haul. The best DX from this hilltop was southern Ohio station K8TQK EM89 (456 mi / 735 km) who we worked on both bands and we provided each other with new grids. Toward the end of our time on this hilltop, Tom and I were joking about how we were starting to run out of grids to work. We remarked at how we would point the antenna at an unworked grid and call CQ until someone from that grid answered us, then we moved the antennas to the next one. Tom left at 1700Z for prior commitments, and I stayed until 1800Z. I began wondering exactly when I should tear down and just then I heard a Quebec rover calling CQ. I answered him and found out that he was in FN45, a grid that I have worked only once before. Just as I was signing off with him after completing on both bands, he asked me to stay on the air because there was another station on the same hilltop. I worked the other VA2 on both bands and then heard him say that he was a QRP Hilltopper running 10 watts. Pretty good for being more than 250 miles away! Those are the thrilling contacts that make these contests fun.





POINTS SUMMARY


From    Band    QSOs    QSO pts.    Mults.
----------------------------------------------
FN11     50      16        16         12
        144      12        24         10
FN12     50      17        17         14
        144      12        24          9
FN22     50      53        53         29
        144      50       100         31
----------------------------------------------
TOTALS          160       234        105


       --- Claimed score = 24,570 ---





LOG

QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2059 N2SLN/R          FN11   K2LIM            FN12
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2102 N2SLN/R          FN11   K2LIM            FN12
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2105 N2SLN/R          FN11   K1RZ             FM19
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2108 N2SLN/R          FN11   K1RZ             FM19
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2109 N2SLN/R          FN11   KR1ST            FN21
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2111 N2SLN/R          FN11   KR1ST            FN21
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2112 N2SLN/R          FN11   K3MD             FN10
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2114 N2SLN/R          FN11   K3MD             FN10
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2118 N2SLN/R          FN11   K1TEO            FN31
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2118 N2SLN/R          FN11   K1TEO            FN31
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-15 2123 N2SLN/R          FN11   K1TOL            FN44
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2130 N2SLN/R          FN11   VE3SMA           FN05
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-15 2134 N2SLN/R          FN11   VE3SMA           FN05
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2135 N2SLN/R          FN11   VA3NW            FN04
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2137 N2SLN/R          FN11   VA3NW            FN04
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2143 N2SLN/R          FN11   K3ISH            FN21
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2152 N2SLN/R          FN11   K2PLF            FM19
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2155 N2SLN/R          FN11   N3HBX            FM19
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2156 N2SLN/R          FN11   N3HBX            FM19
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2158 N2SLN/R          FN11   K3MEC            FM09
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2159 N2SLN/R          FN11   K3MEC            FM09
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2207 N2SLN/R          FN11   WC2K             FM29
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2218 N2SLN/R          FN11   K1IIG            FN31
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2220 N2SLN/R          FN11   K1IIG            FN31
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-15 2221 N2SLN/R          FN11   WA1RKS           FN32
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2223 N2SLN/R          FN11   WA1RKS           FN32
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-15 2225 N2SLN/R          FN11   WB2JAY           FN30
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-15 2228 N2SLN/R          FN11   WB2JAY           FN30
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0155 N2SLN/R          FN12   W9RM             DM58
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0159 N2SLN/R          FN12   WA0OFM           EM28
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0158 N2SLN/R          FN12   K0MLD            DM79
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0203 N2SLN/R          FN12   WA2TMC           FN02
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0204 N2SLN/R          FN12   WA2TMC           FN02
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0209 N2SLN/R          FN12   K3ISH            FN21
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0212 N2SLN/R          FN12   KG6IYN           DM12
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0222 N2SLN/R          FN12   WZ1V             FN31
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0224 N2SLN/R          FN12   WZ1V             FN31
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0228 N2SLN/R          FN12   WA1T             FN43
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0229 N2SLN/R          FN12   WA1T             FN43
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0233 N2SLN/R          FN12   W1VD             FN31
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0237 N2SLN/R          FN12   W1VD             FN31
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0240 N2SLN/R          FN12   K1TEO            FN31
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0241 N2SLN/R          FN12   K1TEO            FN31
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0243 N2SLN/R          FN12   K2LIM            FN12
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0244 N2SLN/R          FN12   K2LIM            FN12
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0300 N2SLN/R          FN12   K2QO             FN03
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0300 N2SLN/R          FN12   K2QO             FN03
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0310 N2SLN/R          FN12   K1OR             FN42
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0312 N2SLN/R          FN12   K1OR             FN42
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-16 0319 N2SLN/R          FN12   K1TOL            FN44
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-16 0323 N2SLN/R          FN12   K3OO             FN20
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0327 N2SLN/R          FN12   W3SO             FN00
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0328 N2SLN/R          FN12   N2NT             FN20
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 0329 N2SLN/R          FN12   N2NT             FN20
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0351 N2SLN/R          FN12   VE3SMA           FN05
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-16 0357 N2SLN/R          FN12   VE3SMA           FN05
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 0400 N2SLN/R          FN12   VA3ST            FN03
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1331 N2SLN/R          FN22   W3SO             FN00
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1332 N2SLN/R          FN22   K2LIM            FN12
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1334 N2SLN/R          FN22   W3SO             FN00
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1335 N2SLN/R          FN22   K8GP             FM19
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1335 N2SLN/R          FN22   N3HBX            FM19
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1337 N2SLN/R          FN22   W3EKT            FM19
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1338 N2SLN/R          FN22   K8GP             FM19
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1339 N2SLN/R          FN22   KB3RHR           EN90
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1339 N2SLN/R          FN22   W3EKT            FM19
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1340 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2NT             FN20
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1341 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2NT             FN20
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1341 N2SLN/R          FN22   WC2K             FM29
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1344 N2SLN/R          FN22   K2LIM            FN12
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1344 N2SLN/R          FN22   K1TEO            FN31
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1345 N2SLN/R          FN22   K1TEO            FN31
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1348 N2SLN/R          FN22   W3RGA/R          FN10
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1350 N2SLN/R          FN22   K8TQK            EM89
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1353 N2SLN/R          FN22   K8TQK            EM89
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1357 N2SLN/R          FN22   AA2TT            FN30
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1358 N2SLN/R          FN22   N3XF             FN00
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1400 N2SLN/R          FN22   N3XF             FN00
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1401 N2SLN/R          FN22   K3WHC            FN10
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1404 N2SLN/R          FN22   W1VD             FN31
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1405 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2SLO            FN30
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1406 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2SLO            FN30
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1407 N2SLN/R          FN22   KC3FQF           FM29
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1407 N2SLN/R          FN22   KC3FQF           FM29
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1410 N2SLN/R          FN22   K1PTF            FN22
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1413 N2SLN/R          FN22   K1PTF            FN22
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1415 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA1NPZ           FN43
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1417 N2SLN/R          FN22   K1IIG            FN31
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1419 N2SLN/R          FN22   K1IIG            FN31
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1419 N2SLN/R          FN22   KE2DN            FN12
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1420 N2SLN/R          FN22   K2XA             FN32
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1421 N2SLN/R          FN22   KE2DN            FN12
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1422 N2SLN/R          FN22   NX2X             FN32
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1422 N2SLN/R          FN22   NX2X             FN32
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-16 1432 N2SLN/R          FN22   K1TOL            FN44
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1435 N2SLN/R          FN22   K3MEC            FM09
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1436 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA3NW            FN04
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1438 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA3NW            FN04
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1438 N2SLN/R          FN22   K3MEC            FM09
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1440 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA3JAR/R         EN93
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1442 N2SLN/R          FN22   VE3ZV            EN92
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1442 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA3WU            FN03
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1443 N2SLN/R          FN22   VE3ZV            EN92
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1443 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA2TMC           FN02
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1444 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA2TMC           FN02
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1445 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA3WU            FN03
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1445 N2SLN/R          FN22   VE3SST           FN03
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1447 N2SLN/R          FN22   W2UAD            FN13
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1448 N2SLN/R          FN22   N8ZM             EN80
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1451 N2SLN/R          FN22   N8ZM             EN80
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1453 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2BEG            FN12
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1455 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2BEG            FN12
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1501 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA2WAP           FN32
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1503 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA2RQC           FN23
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1503 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA2RQC           FN23
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1504 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA1T             FN43
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1506 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA1T             FN43
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1516 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA3HD            FN14
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1519 N2SLN/R          FN22   AF1T             FN43
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1520 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA3HD            FN14
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1521 N2SLN/R          FN22   AF1T             FN43
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1523 N2SLN/R          FN22   W1ZC             FN42
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1524 N2SLN/R          FN22   VE3AX            FN25
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1525 N2SLN/R          FN22   W1ZC             FN42
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-16 1534 N2SLN/R          FN22   VE3RSA           FN04
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-16 1535 N2SLN/R          FN22   W1AIM            FN34
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1545 N2SLN/R          FN22   W1GHZ            FN34
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1545 N2SLN/R          FN22   W1GHZ            FN34
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1547 N2SLN/R          FN22   K2ARM            FN33
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1548 N2SLN/R          FN22   K1HC             FN53
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1549 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2JJ             FN33
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1549 N2SLN/R          FN22   WB2SIH/R         FN33
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1550 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2JJ             FN33
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1554 N2SLN/R          FN22   WB2SIH/R         FN33
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1600 N2SLN/R          FN22   KR1ST            FN21
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1602 N2SLN/R          FN22   KR1ST            FN21
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1604 N2SLN/R          FN22   K1OR             FN42
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1605 N2SLN/R          FN22   K1OR             FN42
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1609 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2NKX            FN22
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1611 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2NKX            FN22
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1620 N2SLN/R          FN22   K3GNC            FN20
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1621 N2SLN/R          FN22   K3GNC            FN20
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1635 N2SLN/R          FN22   K3AJ             FM19
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1636 N2SLN/R          FN22   K3AJ             FM19
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1641 N2SLN/R          FN22   K3UL             FN11
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1654 N2SLN/R          FN22   K3TLP            EN91
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1656 N2SLN/R          FN22   N1FD             FN43
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-16 1710 N2SLN/R          FN22   K2TV             FN30
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-16 1711 N2SLN/R          FN22   VE3MMQ           FN14
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1716 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA2FGK           FN21
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1718 N2SLN/R          FN22   W3EP             FN31
QSO:    50 CW 2017-07-16 1723 N2SLN/R          FN22   N2WK             FN03
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1744 N2SLN/R          FN22   N1JEZ            FN44
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1746 N2SLN/R          FN22   N1JEZ            FN44
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1751 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA2NQ/R          FN45
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1752 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA2NQ/R          FN45
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1753 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA2MO            FN45
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1755 N2SLN/R          FN22   VA2MO            FN45
QSO:   144 PH 2017-07-16 1759 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA2RXX           FN13
QSO:    50 PH 2017-07-16 1801 N2SLN/R          FN22   WA2RXX           FN13






2m grids worked from FN22:
2m grids worked from FN22






N2SLN/R: A fringe rover in more ways than one.