Category: Contesting

2022 January VHF Contest

The conditions for the January VHF Contest were not particularly good. Six meters never really opened up anywhere. So a major component of my previous scores went missing. I only ended up making 28 QSOs and 9 grids on 50MHz, 144 MHz and 440 MHz. Despite this, I did work a brand new grid on […]

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N1MM For Field Day

Logging a QSO

Here are some tips intended for fellow Valley of the Moon ARC club members to use the N1MM logging program for Field Day. Since we’re all working from home stations in 2020 each participant will have to learn how to set things up themselves. Non-club members are free to use this info as well, just […]

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Get Your ARRL Certificates

June VHF 2011 Certificate

Certificates are the awards of Amateur Radio contesting. Many Hams around the world dedicate large amounts of money and time building up stations and operating skills to take on their competition and win. But there are plenty of opportunities for participants of all levels to take part and compete against similarly equipped stations nearer to […]

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Field Day 2019

W6AJF Field Day Station

I operated Field Day this year with the Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club. We set up a 3 station emergency power operation at Sonoma Skypark. Power was supplied by batteries and solar panels. Field Day for the club is a very laid back affair. Everyone learns a little bit about something. Everyone operates […]

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Field Day 1986

W5EHM Field Day

The University of Texas Amateur Radio Club (W5EHM at the time) set up a portable operation on the University of Texas at Austin campus in 1986 for Field Day in 1986. This was a short distance from its Ham Shack at the time.

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1998 Phone Sweepstakes

1998 Phone Sweepstakes

The University of Texas ARC effort in 1998 earned a 5th place spot in the Collegiate Championship for Phone and contributed to an overall 3rd place finish in the combined category. It was one of the top 5 Phone Sweepstakes efforts in school history.

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1996 GridLoc

GridLoc

Despite a “leisurely” effort this log was good enough for 1st place worldwide! Of course, GridLoc was a short lived contest created by George Fremin (WB5VZL, K5TR) and myself so mind share and participation was not terribly high. By using Maidenhead grid squares as multipliers scores could climb rather high with lower QSO counts. GRID […]

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1996 NA QSO Party – August

NCJ Logo

According to some notes the University of Texas ARC may have placed 10th in the US with this multi-two effort in the 1996 North American QSO Party. date (UTC): 08/17/1996 call: W5EHM QTH: TX mode: SSB category: Multi-Op Two Xmtr operators: N1PVB, SQ9DDZ, KA5WSS band QSOs mults ____________________________ 160 5 2 80 27 16 40 […]

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