Another year of working the ARRL June VHF+ Contest.  This year I worked from Peddler Hill in Amador County, CA still in the grid square CM98.   The Hill top sits at 7,164 Feet and has good views to the North, West and Southwest.  I activated six bands most I have ever done and it took a long time to set up and tear down.   I also had some equipment issues.  My rotor quit working about 3 hours into the contest and a coax switch also failed.   So that’s what happens when you operate portable.  The 6 Meter band never opened so I didn’t get lots of multipliers.  For next year’s contest, I think I will be a rover station.

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First time I enteted the 7th Area QSO Party and I ended up in 2nd Place for my class.

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Summary:  
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
160:      
80: 32 59  
40: 24 63  
20: 24 24  
15:      
10:      
6:      
2:      
Total: 80 146 0
Mults 123 Total Score 37,63

I was able to the June ARRL VHF+ contest from the Ice House Reservoir area in grid CM98.  My original plan was to work from the Mormon Emigrant Trail but a road closure forced me to this location.  I had many interruptions during the day due to travelers on US 50 getting lost after being diverted to Ice House Road due to poor GPS instructions.  I made about 100 contacts on 6m, 2m, 1 1/4m, 70cm and 23cm.  The weather was nice and view wasn't too bad.

Got my 2018 ARRL RTTY Roundup Mug from Northern California Contest Club (NCCC).  I 'm glad my score help contribute to the big win for the NCCC in the clubs category.  Now to find the perfect beer to go with the mug. 

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Call: KE6GLA
Operator(s): KE6GLA 
Station: KE6GLA

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: CA
Operating Time (hrs): 24 
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band QSOs
80: 152
40: 155
20: 244
15: 58
10:  
Total: 609 State/Prov 50 Countries 19 Total Score 42,021

On January 28th and 29th, 2017 the El Dorado County ARC activated a special event station to celebrate the 169th anniversary of the discovery of gold in Coloma, CA by James Marshal.  The special event station worked under the club call of AG6AU, “Silver and Gold” during the event.   For the event we used the El Dorado County ARES trailer for the station.    This was my fifth year helping with the special event station.  Thanks to all the amateurs who helped with the operation and who worked us on the bands.