I was able to make my firt satellite QSO using FT-4 on the satellite RS-44. The QSO was with W0DHB in Colorado. I hope to make some DX contacts on RS-44 using FT-4 in the future.
Nancy, KG6PNP and I went with our radio club to participate in a Summits on the Air (SOTA) activation of Big Hill WS-NS290 in the Siera Nevada Mountains. Big Hill is a active forestry fire lookout. The weather was great Nancy got her contacts to activate the hill and I made a few summit to summit contacts. I also tried portable PSK31. I was surprised to still see a few PSK31 signals on the band.
Sunday the 17th while working the ARRL International CW Contest. I had about 3/4 of an inch of snow fall at the QTH. Our elevation is 1,200 feet and thats fairly low for snow in California. It snowed from 6:00am to 9:00am local and was all melted by 12:00pm. Up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, not too far from my home they have received over 14 feet of snow so far for the month of February. As for the CW contest I made about 47 contacts over 2 hours using 100W and a wire dipole.
View out the window watching the snow melt.
Antennas with a thin layer of February Snow.
This year for the ARRL June VHF Contest I participated as a rover for the first time in the low power limited rover class. My wife Nancy, KG6PNP was the dirver and I operated the radios from the back seat. We had a blast 910 contest miles over the two days covering 15 grid squares. We covered Northern California on Saturday and San Joaquin and Los Angeles on Sunday. We had lots of strange looks as people passed our rover vehicle. I don't think we did too bad for our first outing.
Spent some of the February rainy weekend woking in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest. Set up N1MM to use dual decoders this help qet quciker decodes and faster exchanges. Can't say that I put 100% effort into the contest but I had fun and got some other things done around the shack. Hope the score helps the NCCC rankings.
I was watching the Sacramento Kings pull out a win over the Rockets and working 40m RTTY as same time.
Screen capture from my friend Dave, K6TQ during 80m RTTY exchange.
Class: SOAB LP
Class Overlay: TB-Wires
QTH: El Dorado Hils, CA
Operating Time (hrs): 20
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