Our first VHF contest in 2023, the "January ARRL VHF", just took place today. Weather was nice, almost 50F with plenty of sunshine, so Herbert AF4JF, Harry WA0CNS and Ron KO0Z decided to attend the contest as Rovers while Marshall WD9EXD attended from his contest QTH. We only operated for couple of hours on a few bands, but it was a nice start of the season.
Herbert AF4JF (myself) made 15 QSOs on 144 and 432MHz bands during first 3 hours of the contest and activated 2 grids (EM48 and EM49) as a Rover. Tested new small Yagi antennas (3 el. for 144MHz and 10el. for 432MHz). Much better than the loops I have been using before! I will have them mounted on a rotor installed on the luggage rack of my SUV for the next contest.
Several pictures to illustrate:
|AF4JF/R in EM48qs|
|AF4JF/R (and Darcey "K9DOG") in EM49pa|
|Winfield Lock and Dam in EM49pa|