SINGLE OPERATOR CATEGORY (hilltopping mobile)


previous-model Directive Systems 8-element horizontally polarized end-mount yagi


    Radio Shack HTX-100 10m mobile
    50 milliwatts

    Downeast Microwave 222 transverter
    35 watts

    Mirage C2512 amplifier
    120 watts and receive preamp


The 222 MHz spring sprint 2010 was sponsored by K9JK and the CSVHFS (Central States VHF Society). This single band contest ran from 7pm until 11pm local time, Tuesday, April 20th, 2010.

Due to the low activity level expected for such a rare band, I decided not to enter the contest as a rover, and use all available time to make contacts. The location was the nearest rover site in my home gridsquare FN22. The antenna was at 1960 feet above sea level and thankfully there wasn't much foliage in the immediate area. Due to the workable wx conditions, I was able to install the full setup. I enjoyed 50F and low winds when taking down the antenna system at the end of the sprint. The only complaint is that I didn't get the new Directive Systems 10-element rover yagi assembled in time for me to test it during this sprint.

Activity levels were better than expected for the spring version of this event (tropospheric ducting and evening enhancement generally don't play a role this time of year). The good activity level can probably be explained by the curiosity surrounding the new distance scoring method for the spring sprints which replaces the conventional formula of QSOs times unique grids. I operated the entire sprint and in looking back over the years, it looks like this is my first time in the spring version of the 222 sprint. I spent some time calling CQ with the antenna pointed north but got no results. My best DX to the west was VE3ZV EN92vw at 230.4 miles (370.7 km). Best to the south appears to be Maryland station W3ZZ FM19jd at 248.5 miles (my longest DX for this contest). Best to the east was Massachusetts station W1RIL FN42ah at 192.5 miles (309.8 km) and to the northeast was Maine powerhouse K1WHS FN43mj at 247.5 miles (398.3 km).

Here is a list of stations I heard but was unable to work: K1TR, K2ERG, K3TUF FN10we, and W3KWH. Notably missing were W2EV (whose 222 signal is usually stronger than 2m), WA2FGK, N2GHR, and the FN12 ops from the KA2LIM team. In fact, I did not work anyone in adjacent grid FN12 at all, but I did work my own grid. I would have liked to hear activity out of FN01, 02, 03, FN21, 23, 24, and FN32, 33, 34. Results are listed here.


              DIST (km)  PER QSO (km)
222     12    3,281.6    273.5


1948  K1DS     FN20ie  266.1
1949  WA3NUF   FN20ke  268.2
1951  WZ1V     FN31mp  249.2
2009  W1RIL    FN42ah  309.8
2019  K1ZE     FN31vx  295.9
2035  K1WHS    FN43mj  398.3
2040  K1TEO    FN31jh  249.5
2106  N2DCH    FN22ac   54.9
2112  VE3ZV    EN92vw  370.7
2119  KK1CW    FN32tw  276.0
2132  N3RN     FN11wh  143.1
2228  W3ZZ     FM19jd  399.9

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the N2SLN rover team."