June VHF Contest 2015

NI6E, AF6RT, NT5I, KK6KPW, KI6VVN

Grid Square DM23, South of Joshua Tree National Park

 

The tents go up first to provide some shelter from the sun and wind

 

Extending the rotator cable to reach the tent

 

Two pulleys placed high on the mast improved the geometry of the boom support lines
Lines go from the boom ends, up to the pulleys, then down the side of the mast to the boom, where they can be adjusted easily and secured

 

The gin pole here will be the mast for the 2m/70cm station

 

The ladder made tower work much easier and safer than climbing the tower

 

The 6m beam was on the tower by sunset on Friday
leaving the 2m and 432 setup for Saturday morning

 

It was really hard to raise the mast and keep it vertical until it was guyed with two antennas and the rotator at the top
This year the rotator went at the bottom of the stack and turned the mast, minimizing the weight at the top

 

Now, the guy ropes had to allow the mast to rotate
Large Yaesu thrust bearing at the 10 foot level

 

Small Yaesu thrust bearing at the 20 foot level
2m beam at 20 feet, 70cm beam at 25 feet

 

The station looks about the same as last year

 

Dennis and Harry piling up contacts on 2m

 

Scott and Michele piling up contacts on 6m

 

With white tent sides, computer screen glare was a serious problem

 

The sun sets on a slow day

 

Up at 4:00 AM for meteor scatter schedules, we head for breakfast at sunrise

 

We aren't "Big Guns," but we brought some along
Our two tents are in the background

 

After another slow day on 6m, we decided to break down at 1:00 PM on Sunday
thus missing the 4-hour opening that ran from 4:00 PM until the end of the contest at 8:00 PM

 

Teardown always goes faster than assembly
The 2m mast is once again the gin pole for the 6m beam

 

It always takes two people to watch one worker

 

Grids Worked on 6m
The God of Sporadic-E did not smile on us this year.
Our total score was only 15% of last year's, with the same equipment

 

Grids Worked on 2m
Thanks to the K6ZH team for activating DM02 and W9RM for MS into DM58