Well the 1st Spring Sprint is traditionally slim pickin’s at best around here, but this one was a bit better than expected. I was active for maybe 2 hours max with a couple breaks and distractions.
Final tally was 9 Qs, 7 grids, 4 states (IN, KY, OH, TN) for a normal score of 63. Best contact of the night looks too be K8GDT up near Cleveland OH in EN91BF at 233 miles.
Don’t know what the “distance scoring” score would be nor do I really care. IMHO the distance scoring stuff was probably well intended, but I feel it is unnecessary and does nothing to even the playing ground. It just creates additional headaches for folks. Heck I’m like a lot of folks and I don’t even bother with submitting logs for the Spring Sprints.
I think we would be far better off relaxing the VHF+ contesting rules and getting back to a more “get on the air, work some grids, just have some fun, and who really cares who wins or not” approaches versus all this worry wart nonsense that is probably doing far more harm than good. Lot of this stuff reminds me of politicians who seem to think they can make life “fair” and/or legislate evil out existence.
Hey if they really want to make things fair, then it can’t just be distance scoring. I would suggest distance combined with at least ERP factored in. Really Jeff? Yeah…which of the following is a more commendable QSO/contact:
1. A “big gun” working say 500 miles on 2 meters with a big multi-yagi array and a kilowatt amp.
2. A “little gun” working the same distance with a single yagi and 100 watts.
Point made eh? Of course where does this stuff stop? Distance, ERP, miles, AHAAT, etc etc? ’nuff said.
Was nice to hear KY4MRG on in KY along with N9TZL in Corinth. Great to hear some activity out of TN (KE4TWI) although it’s still awfully quiet down that way in comparison to years past.
There seemed to be some activity down in the Atlanta area. Around 9pm I heard someone on 144.200 give a grid of EM74TM (northern GA), but I could never get a full call or get their attention. I would heard a couple folks down that way with the same result. Pretty sure I could of added 2-3 more nice contacts to the logs once they beamed north. Hint to the guys down that way…look north some more, grin.
Well here are my logs for that evening:
K8TQK EM89JE OH 144.195 USB 89 miles
K8GDT EN91BF OH 144.210 USB 233 miles
WA9M EM79NC IN 144.205 USB 33 miles
N9TED EM68VH IN 144.210 USB 85 miles
KY4MRG EM77RP KY 144.205 USB 70 miles
N9TZL EM78RM KY 144.215 USB 13 miles
K8DZ EM79VN OH 144.210 USB 69 miles
K9LQZ EM68WO IN 144.200 USB 77 miles
KE4TWI EM66VC TN 144.207 USB 194 miles
Not a long list, but frankly I was only expecting about half that.
Remember the 222 MHz Spring Sprint is Tuesday April 16th. Then the 432 MHz Spring Sprint will be Wednesday April 24th.
Barring any schedule changes I should be on for the 432 Sprint.