The site chosen was an FN22 hilltop 15 minutes from home. At least I know I can eventually walk home if my vehicle gets stranded on the hilltop. At 2 PM the rain had just changed to snow in my area and by 4 PM the ground was completely white. Just two days ago it was 80 degrees and sunny...when will old man winter let go?
The good news is that I arrived on the hilltop to see that the snowfall total was only an inch, and no more was falling. No rain either, so that means no roof leak. Riding high on this surge of good fortune, I leveled the van and got the antenna system set up 12 minutes early. I did not bother with the FM yagi this time for a speedier setup and teardown. Next, I went to take some photos, but the camera's batteries were dead, and I would later find the headband lamp batteries to be dying slowly, and same with the logbook lamp. The headband lamp survived long enough for me to see the logbook until the end of the sprint, though. Best DX to the south would have been Maryland station K1DQV but he forgot to send his grid, so I can't count that one. He didn't hear me ask for it twice more because signals were already marginal in the rough propagation (with deep QSB nulls like during the 2m sprint the previous week). Best DX to the west was VE3ZV EN92 (230 miles / 371 km). No contacts were made to the north. Best DX toward the east was W1GHz FN34uj (213 miles / 343 km). Stations I heard but did not work: WA3SRU, W1XM FN42, K1TR FN42, WA2FGK, and W2BVH. Nothing heard out of adjacent grids FN11, FN23, FN32, and FN33.
BAND QSOs UNIQUE GRIDS ------------------------------ 222 11 9 --- Claimed score = 99 ---
MD UTC CALL GRID OTHER ------------------------------------- PH 2306 N2DCH FN22 PH 2309 K3TUF FN10 PH 2312 W9KXI FN12 5x9 PH 2331 WZ1V FN31 PH 2340 WA3NUF FN20 PH 2344 AF1T FN43 CW 0000 K2ERG FN13 PH 0009 VE3ZV EN92 PH 0046 W3GAD FN20 had to send my callsign in CW to complete CW 0133 W1GHZ FN34 PH 0230 K1TEO FN31
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