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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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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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
Operating Time (hrs): 24 
Location: USA

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

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

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.