CQ Worldwide VHF Contest 2020
category: ROVER
callsign: N2SLN / R





ANTENNA SYSTEM

6m
Moxon rectangle
2m
6-el Directive Systems and Engineering Rover Special yagi




RADIO EQUIPMENT

6m
driver side Icom IC-7000

TE Systems amplifier at 150w

1500w lowpass filter

2m
passenger side Icom IC-7000

Advanced Receiver Research RF-sensed external preamp

Telewave bandpass/bandreject filter

TE Systems amplifier at 150w







DESCRIPTION

With COVID-19 concerns as well as everyone being busy with other projects this year, I was unable to find a second operator. As a result, I rotated the faceplate of the passenger side transceiver so that it faced the driver position and operated SO2R rover like I did in 2017. After considering many antenna options, the chance for thunderstorms Sunday made me pick the smaller, quicker getaway antenna system. Due to the lower operating efficiency of one operator, I decided to reduce the number of grid activations and lengthen the time in each grid.

My FN23 site has two available locations: One is a roadside pulloff with no obstructions for 180 degrees but it's on the side of a hill. The other is the summit of the hill, but there are trees in many directions. With 6m/2m being the least affected by trees of all the VHF+ bands, I decided to go for the extra elevation despite the extra trees. I got set up, checked 6m, and the first contact was the best DX of the contest with double-hop into Arizona grid DM34 (2076 mi / 3341 km). I was also lucky enough to pick up NE, CO, IL, and SD. At 1922 UTC the path length shortened and I worked a station in the adjacent state of Ohio on skywave at 322 mi / 517 km for new grid EN91. The best DX on 2m was VE3ZV EN92 (252 mi / 406 km), and I picked up somewhat rare FN14 on both bands thanks to the Canadian rovers. I drove home after a 6-hour grid activation.

The next morning I got up as early as possible to get to the western FN22 hilltop incase of tropo. I was set up before 8 AM, but there was no enhanced propagation. Nonetheless, this would be the highest elevation of the weekend and the site with the fewest signal obstructions. That worked out so well that I ended up with more QSOs and grids on 2m than on 6m. In the process I picked up EN91, EN93, and the best 2m DX of the weekend: Virginia station N3MK FM27 (323 mi / 519 km). That one was a longer distance than my best 6m DX from this grid. I tore down the station around noon after 4 hours of operating.

I moved to a hilltop in eastern FN12 for the final grid activation. A local station said Doppler RADAR was showing a storm cell over Buffalo near the start of this grid activation, so I knew I needed to watch the skies. I had time to work a bunch of local activity which was great because then 6m opened to Florida and that became the focus. Then the path lengths shortened a bit, allowing me to work stations up through North Carolina and pick up FM03/04/05 which was a nice treat because those grids are normally a bit tough to get. The last skywave contact went into the log about 90 minutes from the end of the contest. I was now hearing lightning static with the antenna pointed in certain directions. Thankfully not when pointed west, because that's where my wx was originating. I was lucky to have the van oriented so that I could see the western skies through the windshield. I worked more local stuff, then with 45 minutes to go I saw clouds that looked like they were about ready to burst, but still no lightning bolts, so this was the perfect time to tear down the antenna system. I finished the final task, got inside the van, grabbed the flyswatter to kill two horseflies, and looked up to see rain on the windshield. I had clean sweeps with the following stations: W2RME FN22, KB2KIR FN22, KQ2N FN23, K1TEO FN31.






POINTS SUMMARY



FROM   BAND   QSOs   QSO PTS.   MULTS.
--------------------------------------
FN23   50      30      30         19
       144     17      34         10
FN22   50      19      19         12
       144     22      44         14
FN12   50      38      38         26
       144     12      24          7
-------------------------------------
TOTALS        138     189         88


       claimed score: 16,632







LOG

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CALLSIGN: N2SLN/R
CONTEST: CQ-VHF
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: ROVER
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: TWO
CLAIMED-SCORE: 16632
LOCATION: WNY
CREATED-BY: HAND
NAME:
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS-CITY:
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE:
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE:
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: USA
OPERATORS: N2SLN
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1822 N2SLN/R FN23 N7CW    DM34
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1826 N2SLN/R FN23 KB2KIR  FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 1826 N2SLN/R FN23 KB2KIR  FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 1827 N2SLN/R FN23 KQ2N    FN23
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1828 N2SLN/R FN23 KQ2N    FN23
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1843 N2SLN/R FN23 N2PYH   FN13
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 1844 N2SLN/R FN23 N2PYH   FN13
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1849 N2SLN/R FN23 KC0VEP  EN11
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1851 N2SLN/R FN23 W0ETT   DM79
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1910 N2SLN/R FN23 N0URW   EN41
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1912 N2SLN/R FN23 K2DRH   EN41
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1919 N2SLN/R FN23 W7XU    EN13
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1922 N2SLN/R FN23 WB8KRY  EN91
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1929 N2SLN/R FN23 VE3WJ/R FN14
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 1931 N2SLN/R FN23 VE3WJ/R FN14
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 1932 N2SLN/R FN23 N2NKX   FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1933 N2SLN/R FN23 N2NKX   FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 1957 N2SLN/R FN23 W1AN    FN41
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 1958 N2SLN/R FN23 W1AN    FN41
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2007 N2SLN/R FN23 AB3CX   FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2007 N2SLN/R FN23 W2RME   FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 2009 N2SLN/R FN23 W2RME   FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 2011 N2SLN/R FN23 W1VD    FN31
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2036 N2SLN/R FN23 KA2LIM  FN12
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 2037 N2SLN/R FN23 KA2LIM  FN12
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 2049 N2SLN/R FN23 N2SPI   FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2056 N2SLN/R FN23 N2SPI   FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2118 N2SLN/R FN23 W2RWL   FN13
QSO: 50  CW 2020-07-18 2124 N2SLN/R FN23 N2KW/1  FN32
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2126 N2SLN/R FN23 W3EP    FN31
QSO: 144 CW 2020-07-18 2159 N2SLN/R FN23 K0SM    FN12
QSO: 144 CW 2020-07-18 2221 N2SLN/R FN23 KA2UQW  FN20
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 2241 N2SLN/R FN23 WW2Y    FN24
QSO: 50  CW 2020-07-18 2245 N2SLN/R FN23 K2ZD    FN21
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2248 N2SLN/R FN23 KD2NZO  FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 2259 N2SLN/R FN23 KD2LGX  FN13
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2315 N2SLN/R FN23 KC4PX   EL98
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2321 N2SLN/R FN23 WB2FKO  EL89
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2325 N2SLN/R FN23 WA2ZVN  FN13
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2333 N2SLN/R FN23 K3IPM   EL96
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-18 2342 N2SLN/R FN23 K1TEO   FN31
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2343 N2SLN/R FN23 K1TEO   FN31
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-18 2351 N2SLN/R FN23 N6AR    EL98
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 0001 N2SLN/R FN23 VE3ZV   EN92
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 0004 N2SLN/R FN23 VE3ZV   EN92
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 0004 N2SLN/R FN23 N2YB    FN12
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 0005 N2SLN/R FN23 N2YB    FN12
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1206 N2SLN/R FN22 KB2KIR  FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1207 N2SLN/R FN22 KB2KIR  FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1210 N2SLN/R FN22 KQ2N    FN23
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1211 N2SLN/R FN22 KQ2N    FN23
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1217 N2SLN/R FN22 WW2Y    FN24
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1219 N2SLN/R FN22 WW2Y    FN24
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1224 N2SLN/R FN22 KA2LIM  FN12
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1225 N2SLN/R FN22 KA2LIM  FN12
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1235 N2SLN/R FN22 N3XF    FN00
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1235 N2SLN/R FN22 W3SO    FN00
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1236 N2SLN/R FN22 N3XF    FN00
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1240 N2SLN/R FN22 W3SO    FN00
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1248 N2SLN/R FN22 WZ1V    FN31
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1249 N2SLN/R FN22 WZ1V    FN31
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1301 N2SLN/R FN22 VE3TFU  EN93
QSO: 144 CW 2020-07-19 1315 N2SLN/R FN22 W1VD    FN31
QSO: 144 CW 2020-07-19 1321 N2SLN/R FN22 N2WK    FN03
QSO: 144 CW 2020-07-19 1325 N2SLN/R FN22 K3TLP   EN91
QSO: 144 CW 2020-07-19 1326 N2SLN/R FN22 K1ZE    FN31
QSO: 144 CW 2020-07-19 1329 N2SLN/R FN22 W1XR    FM19
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1332 N2SLN/R FN22 W1XR    FM19
QSO: 50  CW 2020-07-19 1340 N2SLN/R FN22 N2KW/1  FN32
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1343 N2SLN/R FN22 N3MK    FM27
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1401 N2SLN/R FN22 N1JEZ   FN44
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1402 N2SLN/R FN22 N1JEZ   FN44
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1403 N2SLN/R FN22 K1TEO   FN31
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1404 N2SLN/R FN22 K1TEO   FN31
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1412 N2SLN/R FN22 AF1T    FN43
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1413 N2SLN/R FN22 AF1T    FN43
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1417 N2SLN/R FN22 KC2SFU  FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1418 N2SLN/R FN22 KC2SFU  FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1421 N2SLN/R FN22 W1FKF   FN43
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1421 N2SLN/R FN22 W1FKF   FN43
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1428 N2SLN/R FN22 W1AN    FN41
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1429 N2SLN/R FN22 W1XX    FN41
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1430 N2SLN/R FN22 W1AN    FN41
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1430 N2SLN/R FN22 W1XX    FN41
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1439 N2SLN/R FN22 KA2ABA  FN12
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1522 N2SLN/R FN22 K2ZD    FN21
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1549 N2SLN/R FN22 W2RME   FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1550 N2SLN/R FN22 W2RME   FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1746 N2SLN/R FN12 K1IIG   FN31
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1746 N2SLN/R FN12 K1TEO   FN31
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1747 N2SLN/R FN12 K1TEO   FN31
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1749 N2SLN/R FN12 W2RME   FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1750 N2SLN/R FN12 W2RME   FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1755 N2SLN/R FN12 KB2KIR  FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1757 N2SLN/R FN12 KB2KIR  FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1808 N2SLN/R FN12 N4WW    EL98
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1809 N2SLN/R FN12 WA4GPM  EM90
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1810 N2SLN/R FN12 N4SVC   EM80
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1813 N2SLN/R FN12 WB2FKO  EL89
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1815 N2SLN/R FN12 K3TD    FM05
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1819 N2SLN/R FN12 KC4PX   EL98
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1826 N2SLN/R FN12 N2NKX   FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1827 N2SLN/R FN12 N2NKX   FN22
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1830 N2SLN/R FN12 W0LD    FM05
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1830 N2SLN/R FN12 W4JF    FM03
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1831 N2SLN/R FN12 WB5SGH  EM93
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1832 N2SLN/R FN12 W1XR    FM19
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1834 N2SLN/R FN12 W1XR    FM19
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1836 N2SLN/R FN12 WA4LDU  EM93
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1836 N2SLN/R FN12 WA3GDB  EM95
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1837 N2SLN/R FN12 WB7PMP  EM95
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1839 N2SLN/R FN12 N2NCB   FN12
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1841 N2SLN/R FN12 K3YDX   FM05
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1842 N2SLN/R FN12 WW4BT   FM04
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1844 N2SLN/R FN12 N4UFP   EM94
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1857 N2SLN/R FN12 KU8E    EM72
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1859 N2SLN/R FN12 K2JB    EM85
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1903 N2SLN/R FN12 NQ4I    EM73
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1906 N2SLN/R FN12 K4RM    EM84
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1908 N2SLN/R FN12 KA3EQU  FN11
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1909 N2SLN/R FN12 KA3EQU  FN11
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1910 N2SLN/R FN12 KQ2N    FN23
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1912 N2SLN/R FN12 KQ2N    FN23
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1913 N2SLN/R FN12 K4KZY   EM73
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1913 N2SLN/R FN12 W4WT    EM74
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1916 N2SLN/R FN12 AE4M    EM64
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1921 N2SLN/R FN12 AB4B    EM64
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1926 N2SLN/R FN12 KN4NVU  EM65
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1929 N2SLN/R FN12 KG2E    EM66
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1934 N2SLN/R FN12 K4IDC   EM66
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1955 N2SLN/R FN12 K2ZD    FN21
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 1957 N2SLN/R FN12 W2UDT   FN20
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 1958 N2SLN/R FN12 W2UDT   FN20
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 2003 N2SLN/R FN12 N2EWM   FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 2004 N2SLN/R FN12 N2EWM   FN22
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 2006 N2SLN/R FN12 KR1ST   FN21
QSO: 50  PH 2020-07-19 2007 N2SLN/R FN12 KR1ST   FN21
QSO: 144 PH 2020-07-19 2015 N2SLN/R FN12 W1VD    FN31
END-OF-LOG:





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