SINGLE OPERATOR CATEGORY (hilltopping mobile)


15-element yagi: Directive Systems DSFO432-15RS rover special


    Icom IC-7000 mobile
    35 watts


The 432 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, Wednesday, April 28th, 2010.

Due to a late start, I decided not to enter the contest as a rover. The location was a nearby hilltop in my home gridsquare FN22. The antenna was at about 1950 feet above sea level with very little foliage in the immediate area this time of year. I mounted the antenna only about 10 feet above the car roof since the wind gusts were expected to be 35 mph. The alkaline batteries in the digital camera were dead, so no pictures are available for this event.

Starting with the antenna pointed west, I heard nothing for the first few minutes and began wondering if I did something wrong. Finally I began turning the beam north to see if there was any activity from the Rochester area. I heard nothing from that direction, so I continued turning north and ran into KC2PLJ/R who had good signals coming out of northeastern FN12, so I breathed a sigh of relief that the equipment was working. He said he would be in FN22 next and it was a rover site I had used before, so I made a mental note to turn the beam in that direction later. I began hearing a station on CW, so I continued turning the beam through the north directions, and the signal got stronger as I turned toward the northeast. Turns out it was K1WHS in Maine at 247.5 miles (398.3 km) which was my best DX--not bad for 35 watts (787 watts ERP). Turning the beam back toward the west, I ran into 3 members of the KA2LIM limited-multiop team at their home stations and was able to complete with 2 of them. A while later I was pointed south into the busy mid-Atlantic region and worked Maryland station K1RZ FM19 at 237.6 miles (382.4 km). Pointing southeast toward Connecticut, I picked up K1TEO and WZ1V, both in FN31 and both 250 km away. I then remembered to point north and found KC2PLJ/R in his final grid FN22dw with nice loud 5x9+10 signals.

Here is a list of additional stations I heard but was unable to work: KA3EJJ FM19, K2ERG, N2DCH, K3TUF FN10we, and W3ZZ. I did not hear anyone from FN01, 02, 03, FN11, FN20, 21, FN23, 24, and FN32, 33, and FN42. Once again, I worked more stations on 222 than 432. Half of my contacts in this sprint were CW. Results are here.


              DIST (km)   PER QSO
432     8     1584.7      198.1


QSO:   432 PH 2010-04-28 1947 N2SLN            FN22DN KC2PLJ/R         FN12xv 
QSO:   432 CW 2010-04-28 1954 N2SLN            FN22DN K1WHS            FN43mj 
QSO:   432 PH 2010-04-28 2000 N2SLN            FN22DN W9KXI            FN12ne 
QSO:   432 PH 2010-04-28 2004 N2SLN            FN22DN N2LID            FN12md 
QSO:   432 CW 2010-04-28 2045 N2SLN            FN22DN K1RZ             FM19   
QSO:   432 CW 2010-04-28 2106 N2SLN            FN22DN K1TEO            FN31jh 
QSO:   432 CW 2010-04-28 2140 N2SLN            FN22DN WZ1V             FN31mp 
QSO:   432 PH 2010-04-28 2158 N2SLN            FN22DN KC2PLJ/R         FN22dw

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