CQ WW VHF 2013 Thread

3pm Sat.
Contest has been underway for 2 hours.  It’s slow.  No two ways about it.  No Es on 6, and limited local participation.  Best news of all is that my 144 rotor was working for 10 minutes and then it decided to stop working as I completed with K2DRH.  So I’m stuck SW on 144.  Which is fine if I’m in New England, LOL.
Let’s hope for something on 6.
Oh yeah… also found out this morning a reunion I care about is being held on Sat. Aug 3rd, out of town.  Yep, the day of the UHF Contest.   So I’m a scratch for the UHF contest.  I’m OK with it myself, but it does make me feel like a deadbeat to others.  I know EN63 ain’t easy to find on higher bands.   I hope everyone is able to get on UHF in two Saturdays and that you have a tropo opening from Heaven.  Link to ARRL UHF Contest:  http://www.arrl.org/august-uhf

Grateful for cooler and drier air today.  Windows open for first time in days.  Going to be good Brewer watching and sleeping weather tonight.  There — I said something positive.  (forced smile 🙂 )

Back to the contest…
I did work a MN station right off the bat, which was fun.  W0ZQ Jon is out as W0AUS/R and as soon as I turned the rig to 144.220, Jon was in there and we worked both bands from his EN44 stop.  Just a few minutes ago, I also worked KF9US up in EN55 on 6.  He said I was his first contact.  I’ve also been able to complete with WB8BZK/R and K9JK/R in their first grids.

3:15 Sat.
6 is opening up to EM31 and EL29.

7am Wednesday morning, July 24th
Let’s wrap up this 2013 CQ WW VHF contest thread. 
I ended up pulling the plug about 5pm on Sat. evening.  Irritated at my dead rotor on the 144/222/432 tower, I decided to just let the contest go.  I realize I could have had fun on 6m, but I just wasn’t into it anymore.  Plus I hate bringing a bad attitude on the air.  It’s a hobby, it’s supposed to be fun, etc. etc. 
So I made about 35-40 Q’s total.   
Sorry for missing the rovers.  Rovers I know were out included:  W0AUS;  W9FZ/KA9VVQ;  WB8BZK;  K9JK and K9GY. 

If you care to read about a CQ WW VHF contest where everything went right, here’s a link to my gushing writeup about the 2006 contest: 
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=263   (I originally made that post back on May 25, 2009)
  My claimed score for the 2006 CQ WW VHF:  176,790
  50:  600 Q’s x 173 Mults
144:  115 Q’s x 40 Mults

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