7/18/10 - CQWW VHF... A lot of fun and Great PR!

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kg7hq Sun, 07/18/2010 - 06:24

I ran small but had a big impact!

I went out this year with the intent to run the QRP Hilltop class for the contest. I looked around locally for a nice convenient site with having to drive hours out of my way. At a recommendation of Doug (K7IP), I decided to give a hilltop a try called Cap Sante located Northeast of Anacortes, WA. I wasn't disappointed!

I broke out an old 11 element yagi for 2 Meters and used my Buddipole as a 2 element yagi for 6 Meters. The rig I used was my Yaesu FT-817ND which at less than 5 watts on each band qualifies my operation as a QRP entrée. I can't say that I am in the award winning ranks as a contester goes, but I did do well enough to keep it fun.

I covered 4 Grid Locators on both 2 and 6 Meters. At less than 5 watts at 500 ft.... That isn't too shabby. Most individuals were members of the Pacific Northwest VHF Society which made this even more enjoyable as I have met many of them through the years.

I have uploaded the pictures into the photo album linked to this article for your enjoyment