2008 CQ WW VHF Contest wrap up

Total QSO’s: 38 (2007 was 21)
Claimed Score: 1064 (2007 was 336)

BAND 6m 2m
QSOS 33 5
GRIDS 23 5
STATES 13 4

6m was 100w 5el 50′
2m was 45w 10el 58′

The CQ WW VHF 2008 was pretty slow this year. Considering all the nice 6m/2m action in June and many of the weekends prior to this contest, don’t guess I can complain. This is usually one of the better contests for me, historically at least. Last year was slow, so I was hoping this year things would pick up. My QSO and score is up this year, but still nothing in comparison to previous years activity levels.

Hardly anyone on 2m for some reason. I think they were busy chasing the very fleeting 6m openings we had. 2m was actually in good shape to the north and west. WB9Z over in Illinois (EN60) was easy on 6m direct and very loud on 2m.

I found and worked our local rover Dan, K9ZF in both EM68 and EM78. Hats off to Dan and his rover efforts when gas isn’t cheap!

6m was pretty slow most of the time. We had a couple decent, but short lived openings into Texas and New England areas. Then a few more very fleeting openings and what sounded like very weak scatter to the NE Saturday night.

Sunday morning 6m picked up somewhat and I managed to snag a pretty rare grid that I needed on 6m. During a brief New England opening I worked Nick, KC1MA portable out on Cape Cod in FN51. FN51 is mostly water and considered pretty darn rare! I think this is the last grid I needed on 6m to have all the New England grids. Needless to say the QSL card for that one is already in the mail! Punch FN51 in here and you’ll see why it’s rare (BTW, neat tool for finding 6 digit grids):

http://f6fvy. free.fr/qthLocat or/fullScreen. php

Even EM85 has been strangely dead this year in terms of rovers/portable operations down there. Several others have noticed it. So I’m still contemplating an EM86/EM87 grid/mountaintop mini dxpedition this fall for the sprints. Several of the CT gang need them both. We’ll see how things play out. I need to take a Saturday or Sunday and run down there and recon out some operating spots.

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