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.

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Antennas with a thin layer of February Snow.

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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.

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Screen capture from my friend Dave, K6TQ during 80m RTTY exchange.

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Station: KE6GLA

Class: SOAB LP
Class Overlay: TB-Wires 
QTH: El Dorado Hils, CA
Operating Time (hrs): 20 
Location: USA

Band QSOs
80: 102
40: 188
20: 177
15: 8
Total: 475 Prefixes 228 Total Score 209,532

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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I again, arranged the for the El Dorado County ARC to operate their special event station from the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in California.   We operate under the club call of AG6AU from our ARES trailer.   We ran about 400 watts into a rotatable dipole at 70 feet.  We worked 40M and 20M and worked 657 contacts.   The weather was great and lots of visitors poked there head into the trailer to see what we were doing.  It's a fun event that gets lots of my club members involved and shows off the hobby to the general public.

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


Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
80: 32 59  
40: 24 63  
20: 24 24  
Total: 80 146 0
Mults 123 Total Score 37,63