6M SPRING SPRINT 2009
CATEGORY: SINGLE OPERATOR
- attempted a pair of horizontally polarized Cushcraft 3-element yagis, but due to estimated
wind gusts of 60 mph, had to drop to a single yagi (no photos available of single yagi
Icom IC-7000 at 100 watts
The 6 meter spring sprint was sponsored by the personal contributions of K9JK. The
rules and more info were provided
here. Every year this single-band
contest runs from 2300Z on a Saturday until 0300Z Sunday, and this year it was held on May
I got to the hilltop (1943 feet A.S.L.) twenty minutes before the start of the contest, got the
stacked pair assembled, and saw how far the mast was bending over from the wind. I considered
tearing it down and assembling the omnidirectional antenna system instead, but it would have been
on a separate mast that was even smaller than the 2-inch OD mast for the beams. So instead, I
decided to lower the antenna stack, remove the bottom antenna, take the phasing harness out of
the picture, remove one mast section, and tilt the remaining yagi up into position by itself. By
the time I accomplished this goal, 45 minutes of contest time had been eaten, so I decided not to
waste time taking any pictures of the modified setup.
peak wind gusts recorded at Binghamton, NY (1600+ feet A.S.L.)
|TIME (UTC)||WIND GUST (mph)|
As a result of the wasted time, I made only one QSO in the first hour, then 57 percent of my QSOs
were in the second hour. At 0107 I heard VE2JCW calling "CQ TEST" on 50.110 CW. The third hour
brought two QSOs, and the final hour brought a visit from a ranger, interrupting my CW QSO.
With two minutes to go in the contest, I happened to have my beam pointed west and stumbled upon
K2DRH EN41 on 50.130, but he was in QSO with someone already, plus he faded out within seconds.
But that would have been my best DX at 789 miles if band conditions had held long enough for me
to complete a QSO. I ended up operating 79 percent of the available contest time.
I spent two separate blocks of time swinging the beam through the "brick wall" to the north, but
it didn't net any QSOs. In fact, none of my QSOs in this contest were the result of calling CQ.
It appears that my longest actual contact was with K1TR in New Hampshire:
longest distances worked:
Here is a list of stations I heard but was unable to work, most often because the station was in
QSO for a long time or else just didn't hear me replying: KB3RHR, N2MH, KA2OON, W3RGA, W2RJO,
W3ZZ, WA2VNV FN30kv, K1TOL FN44, WA1RKS, K3TUF FN10we. Notably missing were KA1ZE/3 FN01,
K1WHS FN43, K1RZ FM19, and WZ1V FN31. I did not work my own grid, nor did I hear anything out of
FN01, 02, 03, FN24, FN32, 33, FN41, 43. The biggest surprise was not working anyone in FN20.
Here is a chart showing
how that the planetary-K index was never higher than 2 during the sprint. The solar flux was 72,
up from 67 in last year's event. A cycle 24 plage had rotated into view for this event, but did
not produce any visible sunspots, and there was no real sporadic-E.
Results are here.
BAND QSOs QSO UNIQUE STATES CANADIAN
PTS. GRIDS PROVINCES
50 14 14 7 6 0
--- Claimed score = 98 ---
MD UTC CALLSIGN GRID OTHER
PH 2351 N2GHR FN30ku
PH 0003 N2LID FN12md
PH 0005 WA2FGK FN21bf
PH 0014 W3SO FN00sn
PH 0031 KA2LIM FN12mg
PH 0032 KB2YCC FN12mg
PH 0034 KE2DN FN12xd
PH 0040 WW2DX FN31ep FN22 new
PH 0044 K2PLF FM19tp
PH 0120 K3ISH FN21fo
PH 0121 K1IIG FN31nl FN22 new
CW 0205 N1SV FN42ep
PH 0240 K1TR FN42iu FN22 new
PH 0251 WB2ENI FN12 50.400 AM
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