A lot has happened since my last VHF contest twelve months ago. I’m active in the PNW VHF Society as a Director and Webmaster. I’ve refined my equipment and tested new VHF techniques. And I finished activating all eighteen grid squares in the state of Washington, becoming the first person to win this award.
Now I am interested in VHF locations in Oregon, so this contest gave me a good chance to explore south of home.
I drove the I-5 corridor from Eugene, Oregon to Marysville, Washington during the 2013 January ARRL VHF Contest on January 19-20, 2013. The total distance traveled from door to door was 941 miles.
I operated 17 hours of the 33-hour contest, averaging 15.35 contacts per hour of activity. I averaged 5.11 contacts per gallon and 65.25 contacts per gas tank.
The contest activity was steady along this route that includes major metro centers of Portland, Tacoma, Seattle and Everett.
|296||32 Sum of Unique Grids|
|+7 One multiplier for each grid activated|
|39 Rover multiplier|
|Score = 11,544 = 296 points x 39 multipliers|
Most Popular Contestants
- Eric N7EPD – 14 contacts
- Darryl WW7D /R – 12
- Tom K7ZL /R – 12
- Dale KD7UO – 12
- Bruce KI7JA – 9
- Jim K7ND – 9
- Tom KE7SW – 8
- Gary WA7BBJ /R – 7
- Mike WB7FJG – 7
- Merle W7YOZ – 7
- Ray W7GLF – 7