January 2009 VHF Sweepstakes Contest
On 17 January the ARRL held their January VHF Sweepstakes
contest. Kevin, W2FA and I, N2WLH were invited to join Randy, KC2COB, Bob, N2NF
and Billy KO2W at Barnegat,
NJ to take part in this event.
Kevin swung past my house and picked me up and off we went. This was my first
opportunity to really get involved in a VHF contest so I was anxious to see how
things would transpire. Kevin and I arrived at Randy’s home and were
immediately made to feel at home by Randy, his wife Nancy and I couldn’t forget
there dog Cody. Randy gave us a quick tour of his “Shack” and the operating
positions. We then fallowed Randy and Bob outside to where we were shown the
antenna farm. Randy has several VHF antennas to include a 6 meter cubical quad
and a 2 meter Yagi mounted on his tower. Bob and I began assembling a 1.25
meter and a 70 cm Yagi antenna to use as well. Randy then introduced Kevin and
I to a trailer mounted tower which the four of us mounted the 220 and 440 Yagi
antennas. Within an hour or so we had stations set up for the 2 meter, 6 meter,
220 and 440 bands. All was ready for the big event to commence. While we had
some free time Randy took up a collection and headed off to the local sub shop
for get lunch. After eating we arranged antenna cables and set out headsets and
microphones. The logging computers were started and programs setup and checked
for operation. We sat and discussed strategy to use and in no time we heard the
speakers crackle with the first stations calling CQ; the contest had begun.
We made many contacts on every band and naturally had some
friendly competition as to who was ahead in total contacts made. We had a great
time operating on the bands and of course the hospitability was great. I’m
looking forward to our next visit with Randy and Bob.
Below are a few photos I took along with some from Randy.
Bob N2NF and Kevin
220 and 440 station.
The 2 meter station.
Here you can see the
trailer tower with the 440 and 220 Yagi’s. Here’s
a view of the trailer mounted tower and Yagi’s.
Randy’s 6 meter quad and 2
meter Yagi. Randy KC2COB
working his Icom 746 on the 6 meter band.
Bob N2NF working the 220 bands.
Kevin W2FA calling CQ on 2
Steve N2WLH working 6
Cody the Wonder Dog.