ARRL June VHF Contest today-tomorrow and Results
ARRL June VHF Contest today-tomorrow and Results avatar

Last minute reminder. There have been some excellent 6 meter openings to Europe already this month, including this morning. It may be mostly an FT8 affair, or it may not. Last year’s CQ VHF contest in July had a good mix of modes.
There is a new 2.2.0 release of WSJT-x with amazing decoding ability. I’ve had over 30 decodes on 6m from Europe in a single cycle, and I have only a mini antenna.
Look for FT4 on 50.318 for faster action when there are strong signals.
I don’t have any other bands so I can’t comment on how to operate there!

Local: 2pm Sat. to 11pm Sun.
Modes: anything legal
Exchange: 4 char. grid square (FN31 or FN41 for most of us)
Scoring: Work once per band. 1 pt 6 & 2 , More points for higher frequencies
Mults: Grids per band

4 comments on “ARRL June VHF Contest today-tomorrow and Results
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  1. WB2VVV ARRL June VHF Contest Log submitted to credit CTRI Contest Group.

    Band- QSOs / Grids
    50 – 257 / 89
    144- 25 / 10
    222 – 11 / 7
    432 – 12 / 8
    903- 2 / 2
    1296- 5 / 2
    total- 312 / 118
    score- 41,182
    modes- SSB/CW only (no digital or FM)

    Comments: Good 50 MHz sporadic E skip openings both days to the mid-west, upper mid-west, south-east, and occasional double hop to Western states. Activity level seemed low because many operators were sitting staring at slow semi-automatic FT8 computer screens on 50.313 MHz instead of getting on and just working stations while the band was open well enough to support SSB/CW. I roused several ops by contacting them on the VHF chat page to get off FT8 and get on the air to work me on SSB/CW. The vast time invested in digital operation on 50.313 when the band was not open well enough to support 50 MHz SSB/CW really hurt the activity on 144 MHz and higher bands which generally see much higher activity when 50 MHz isn’t open. Multi-Op Station activity was expectedly low due to pandemic concerns, but many Rovers were out and about. There was no tropo enhancement early Sunday morning (I wish I slept in), and the microwave band conditions were marginal.

    I personally think there should be separate categories for those stations using digital modes and those using traditional communication modes. Right now to attain a competitive score some ops feel forced to operate slow boring digital modes to up their grid count, and that hurts the more personal SSB/CW contact/sociability between operators. VHF contests were always a place to stop by and say hi to longtime friends and wish them well, and soon it will mostly become semi-automatic computer to computer communication without personal interaction.

  2. 2020 ARRL June VHF
    Call: W1AN
    Operator(s): W1AN
    Station: W1AN
    Class: Single Op HP
    QTH: CT
    Operating Time (hrs): 14
    Band	QSOs	Mults
    6:	437	130
    2:	25	9
    222:	17	10
    432:	12	5
    1.2:	9	5
    Total:	500	159	Total Score	86,973
    Club: CT RI Contest Group

    It was nice to get the time in on this one. The 6M openings missing in previous contest was surely welcome. But the only DX was YV. Several double hops to DN and DM late Sunday was a surprise. No FT4 or FT8 here yet. Six SSB and CW kept most ops busy and neglecting the upper bands.

    I still operate VHF from the 8’X12′ “shack in the back”. After chasing out the mice, squirrels and braiding up the cobwebs all seemed well. Only hangup was operator error. On 432 I thought I had lost the receive. But just forgot to power the preamp until halfway through the contest.
    Good to hear old friends! CTRIers KA1VMG, KS1J, W1XX, WB2VVV, W1HI were amongst the crew members worked.

    TS2000 Contest Rig for 6, 2, 432
    FT736R for 222 and 1296
    50:   SB220 (800W) modded for 6M with 5EL at 75 feet
    144:  AM6155 (300W)and 19EL at 70 feet
    1296: 24EL loop yagi at 113 feet
    432:  AM6155 (300W) 17EL at 115 feet
    222:  AM6155 (300W) 15EL at 117 feet

    73, John W1AN

  3. K1SX
    SOLP, 6m only
    113×66 = 7458
    Genesis G11, 50 w homebrew sspa, 3el LFA at 20 ft
    I am a fair weather vhf contester, and I don;t really want to sit on FT8 to eke out local qso;s, especially with a hand rotated yagi, but in the odd moments I could get on in this one, it always had some opening to offer. So for less time than usual I had by far my best ever in this event. I don’t even have the higher bands, but I want to second all VVV’s comments about FT8 keeping everyone absorbed when conditions are excellent for CW or FT4! I know not everybody on VHF has CW skills, anyway I was happy with the many cw q’s I was able to get, including a couple D grids. Almost everyone I called on cw heard me, even weak stations. No dx, bcz I was too distracted to turn the antenna to VP9 Sat. afternoon. 🙂 But that was FT8, so loud I wd think they could have run 150/hr on CW easily. FT8 did give me CM95, an “impossible” qso that seemed to be one of those personal spotlight openings. Heard John AN and XX but didn;t want to interrupt when the skip was in. Keep an eye on 6 the next couple weeks, conditions have been pretty surprisng so far this season.–73, Dave

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