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    IC-7000 at 20 watts into Mirage B5018G amplifier for about 150 watts out plus receive preamp


The 2 meter fall sprint 2008 was sponsored by SVHFS, the Southeastern VHF Society. This single band contest ran from 7pm until 11pm local time, Monday, September 22nd, 2008. This was my first sprint as a rover, and I was set up and ready several minutes before the start.

I chose two locations close to each other to reduce off-air time since the contest is only 4 hours long. The sites I used were two of my favorite rover sites, each used many times before. The first was in extreme eastern FN12. This location often sees excellent propagation into Ohio, and this night was one of those times. The second was an FN22 site that's a little lower in elevation, but has a downward slope in all directions and no foliage nearby. The weather was cool, but there was no rain to slow down the progress, and winds were calm. There were occasional bursts of QRN at the FN22 site, but I think the IC-7000 handled all types of interference better than the IC-706 series I had used for years.

The highlight of this sprint was the "good" (one step above moderate) tropo that set up between central NY and northern OH. Here's a map showing conditions at 8:00 Eastern time that morning. The tropo moved east throughout the day, and slowly south during the sprint. I was hitting stations in Ohio regularly, even from further-east grid FN22. Then WA9KRT EN61 showed up from northwest Indiana and gave me a new multiplier, new state, and the longest-distance contact I've ever had in any 2m fall sprint (579 miles). Of course, that's the kind of thing that can happen when the other station is running a 68-element array. I operated right through to the end and collected 50 QSOs total. That's the most QSOs I've collected in this event so far. AF1T, who was located on the island of Martha's Vinyard (FN41) was my longest distance reached to the east at 265 miles (427 km) for the third year in a row (from FN22). The tropo to the west was so fascinating that I forgot to turn the beam south to pick up all the activity along the east coast. As a result, I missed out on a chance to work North Carolina station K4QI FM06 for the third consecutive year which would have been 485 miles / 780 km from FN22. My best DX toward the southwest was K8TQK EM89 for a distance of 458 miles (737 km) from FN22. Turning the beam north from FN22 didn't get me any VE's from that direction, only from the west. I did not hear any activity from FN00, FN01, FN02, FN21, FN24, or FN33, but I did manage to win first place in the rover category (results in HTML format).



    BAND   QSOs   QSO     UNIQUE
                  PTS.    GRIDS
    144     21    21       15

21 x 15 = 315


    BAND   QSOs   QSO     UNIQUE
                  PTS.    GRIDS
    144     29    29       18

29 x 18 = 522

Claimed score: 315 + 522 = 837


from FN12xp:

2302 W2RJO  FN23
2314 KA2LIM FN12
2322 W2EV   FN03
2329 KC8ZJL EN71   454 miles (730 km)
2334 VE3ZV  EN92vw
2336 N2LID  FN12
2345 VE3KKL FN25
2346 W8KNO  EN91
2351 W9KXI  FN12
2353 WN8R   EN91
0001 KB8O   EN81wi 
0011 K1WHS  FN43
0012 K1TR   FN42
0016 AK3E   FM19
0021 VE3CVG FN25
0025 K8MR   EN91
0028 KG9Z   EN90
0029 WA8RJF EN91iq
0030 N8IEZ  EN82mm
0032 VE3BSB FN14
0034 K1TEO  FN31

from FN22dn:

0136 K1WHS  FN43
0137 KD1EU  FN31
0139 N2LID  FN12
0140 WN8R   EN91
0141 WZ1V   FN31
0142 W9KXI  FN12
0145 K1IIG  FN31
0148 K3SZY  FN10
0152 W2RJO  FN23
0154 K8MR   EN91
0157 W2KV   FN20
0201 AK3E   FM19
0203 K1TR   FN42
0214 WA3HDQ FM19
0217 KB8O   EN81wi
0219 KA2LIM FN12
0227 WA8RJF EN91iq
0228 WB8PFZ EN91
0229 VE3TMG EN82
0230 VE3ZV  EN92
0230 K8NXI  EN90
0231 N8IEZ  EN82mm
0231 K8DIO  EN91
0235 W1TDS  FN32
0236 WA9KRT EN61   579 miles (931 km)
0238 K8TQK  EM89
0250 N2GHR  FN30
0254 WA2VNV FN30
0255 AF1T   FN41

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