I recently installed a coaxial stub notch filter on the 222 MHz station. I didn't expect that to create any side effects, but with the beam in certain directions, my transmissions would temporarily "fry the brain" of the rotor control box, which would go into "preset beam heading" mode and start turning my antenna in the middle of a QSO! Thank goodness I have a kill switch on the power cord on this 12VDC rotor system. Turning the control box off stopped the rotor from turning, then after powering it back up, I had to press a button a few times to go back to normal operating mode. After a while I would power up the rotor control box just long enough to turn the antenna and then power it down again.
Band conditions were up and down throughout the sprint. One minute it was difficult to work local stations, the next minute I was working 335 miles to Virginia station KO4YC FM17. I relied more heavily on CW in this sprint than most--68 percent of the contacts were on CW. I seemed to work groups of stations in the same grid, so the variety of grids just isn't going to be there this time. One interesting event was the 3-person pileup of stations from FN31 calling me on CW. Being only an average CW operator, I had never experienced a CW pileup before, and it was funny that my first one happened on such a rare band as 222 MHz. Lots of fun, though, and a good experience to help bolster the confidence for the big 6m CW pileups. The last half hour was spent trying to pick up new grids to the west, and VE3DS suddenly came in with great 559 signals from FN03. The winds being generated on the exposed hilltop were quite bad every time another lake-effect snow squall came off Lake Ontario. It sounded like ice pellets hitting the side of the van a couple times. There was an inch of snow on the grassy areas when I got up there, then when the sprint was done, the road surface was completely covered too. I had a tough time getting the mast sections apart and getting the leveling blocks dislodged from the now-frozen ground, all of which is expected for a January VHF Contest but not for a spring Sprint in the second half of April!
BAND QSOs UNIQUE GRIDS ------------------------------ 222 19 12 --- Claimed score = 228 ---
MD UTC CALL GRID -------------------------- PH 2348 K1OR FN42 PH 2351 W2BDN FN22 PH 0001 W3KM FN20 PH 0004 KO4YC FM17 CW 0018 VA3ST FN03 CW 0030 AA2UK FM29 CW 0032 WA3DRC FN20 CW 0036 WZ1V FN31 CW 0049 N3RN FN11 PH 0052 KA2LIM FN12 PH 0106 W9KXI FN12 CW 0126 K1PXE FN31 CW 0127 K1GX FN31 CW 0128 K1TEO FN31 CW 0131 AF1T FN43 CW 0141 N2YB FN12 CW 0209 W1GHZ FN34 CW 0226 K1RZ FM19 CW 0254 VE3DS FN03