ALASKA VHF-UP GROUP
Activity Archive For 2005
2-GHz and Up Contest: April 30 - May 1, 2005:
The San Bernardino Microwave Society has announced the 2005 dates for this contest which
serves to encourage activity on the frequencies above 2304-MHz. The contest runs for a
24-hour period of choice running April 30th to May 1st. Individual operators may form clubs
of two or more for the purpose of entering the contest. See the contest rules.
Neither KL7UW or KL7FZ were able to get equipment ready or time to operate during the contest.
KL7UW is working on modifying a M/A "white box" for 10.368 GHz and has it about 80% finished.
KL7FZ has an ARR 10-GHz Gunnplexer and knows of two others in the Wasilla area so there is
potential for WBFM operation, as well.
ARRL VHF QSO Party Contest: June 11/13, 2005:
The contest begins 10:00 am ADT Saturday and ends 7:00 pm Sunday. Operate all bands 50-MHz
and higher. For details go to the ARRL contest webpage: June VHF QSO Party.
There are several hams in Alaska that have gear that will operate on 50 and 144 MHz, and many
have radios that can operate on 432 and 1296 MHz. This contest offers an opportunity to get on
the air and see how far you can make contacts! All modes (CW/SSB/FM) are allowed as long as
no repeater or national simplex calling frequency is used (i.e. 146.52, 446.00 MHz).
At this point KL7FZ is planning to operate 3-bands from Chugach State Park and KL7XJ is
planning operation from the Caribou Hills (east of Ninilchik) via 4-wheeler (possibly on 3-bands).
KL7UW plans to operate the contest starting at 10am on Saturday on:
SSB - 144.200, 432.100, and 1296.100 MHz, and FM - 144.55, 446.025, and 1296.500 MHz.
KL7UW will have two stations running so that both SSB and FM frequencies may be
monitored simultaneously. Both radios are capable of multi-mode on 50/144/432/1296 MHz.
KL7UW operated Saturday 10:00 - 14:00 making contact on 144.200 with three stations in grid
BP51: KL7DX, KL1PL, and KL7FZ. Attempts on both SSB and FM on 70cm were unsuccessful.
KL7FZ was not able to operate from from Chugach SP and nothing was heard from KL7XJ in
the Caribou Hills (though we chatted on the repeater Friday night). KL7XJ reported that there was
a conflict in plans with his ATV group's activities that prevented radio operation Saturday morning.
Apparently some 2m-FM contacts were made by Anchorage stations, but none were heard by
KL7UW (FM-simplex can be very difficult to hear over the 60-70 mile distance).
A report from KL7DX running as multi-limited category (KL7FH & AL1G) gave a score of 104 with
5 contacts on 50-MHz (1-FM), 13 on 144-MHz (9-FM), and 4 on 432 (2-FM) for 22 contacts in two
grids (BP51 & BP40). Stations active in the contest were: KL7DX, KL1PL, NL7Z, KL7HF, KL7FZ,
KL7CDG, KL7IKV, KL7DR, WL7WH, KY7J, NL7QZ, NL7SK and KL7UW. All stations are urged
to submit your scores (however small) to ARRL. Let's show that Alaska has VHF-Up activity!
This was a good "first turnout" for VHF contesting in Alaska! Comments were heard that stations
were interested in trying roving in the Fall VHF Contest. This should prove to make even more
interesting activity on VHF-Up.
Two Meter DX Contact made from Big Lake to south of Homer, AK:
On Monday, June 13, Ed, KL7UW made a 206.8-mile shot with Steve, KL7FZ (BP51aj) from Ed's
company's repeater site on 3300-foot Mt. Bede (BO49bg). Ed used his FT-817, RFC 2-23
(45w) amp, and 3-element Arrow antenna. Steve operates 50w with four 13B2 yagis in Big Lake,
Alaska northwest of Anchorage. Signals were weak but just readible (this would make a terrific
microwave location). Attempts by KL7UW to hear 2m repeaters on Kodiak Island 100-miles south
west were covered up by repeaters in Anchorage and Kenai on the same frequency.
The Mt. Bede repeater is reachable only by helicopter (see views on "my work" page)
Two Meter DX Contacts made from Anchorage to Fairbanks, AK:
In July, stations in Anchorage and "the Valley" have been making 2m FM simplex contacts with
Jerry Curry, KL7EDK, in Fairbanks (BP54gv) using a bounce off the face of Mt. McKinley. Jerry is
running four yagis and 150 watts but is working stations with 50w and small antennas over a 300
mile path thru the Alaska range.
KL7UW is still assembling information on who has made this path but it seems to have been done
over several days duration on 146.49 - 146.57 MHz. Location at the south end of the path is
critical to being in-line with Mt. McKinley, and the frequency requires shifting for best signal
reflections. KL7UW attempts from the Kenai Peninsula (BP40iq) using his 2m-eme station were
unsucessful (possibly due to blockage by 4400-foot Mt. Susitna about 100-miles north of him.
Since this was all done using FM, it is likely that using CW or SSB would improve signal levels to
extend this path further south. Could this path be better at 432-MHz, 1296-MHz or higher?
ARRL 10 GHz-Up Contest: August 20/21 and September 17/18, 2005:
Information and rules are published in QST and on the ARRL contest webpage.
Here is a link to the 2005 rules. KL7UW is planning to operate 10,368.100 CW/SSB from Page Hill
in grid BP40hr (300-feet ASL) running 500mw and 18-inch dish. Liason frequency will be 146.55 FM
or 144.200 SSB.
ARRL September VHF Contest: September 10/12, 2005:
Here is a link to the 2005 rules. Contest starts Saturday at 10 a.m. ADT and ends Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Frank, KL7FH, is running a rover station on 50/144/432 MHz up in the Hatcher Pass area (BP41).
KL7UW will be running 50.125/144.2/432.1/1296.1 MHz from his home QTH (BP40iq). Remember that
FM is allowed in the contest (check 146.55 and 446.55) as long as repeaters and calling frequencies
are not used (i.e. 146.52 or 446.00).
KL7UW was successful in getting his antennas back up and worked seven stations on three bands
(50/144/432) in three grids for a score of 105. KL7FH/R operated in Hatcher Pass (BP41) and
KL1PL/R on the Anchorage hill side (BP51). KL7FZ and KL6M were worked from BP51. AL2B, KL7XJ,
and NL7OW were worked on the Kenai Peninsula (BP40). Scores beginning to come in: KL1PL reports
a score of 280 as a rover on 50/144/222/432 with 21 QSO's in three grids. KL1PL/R Photos:
ARRL EME Contests:
Here is a link to the EME Page for the dates.
First Annual Meeting of the Alaska VHF-Up Group:
The first meeting of the Alaska VHF-Up Group was held in a meeting room at the Anchorage
Hamfest on October 1, 2005. Attending were KL6M-Mike, KL7FZ-Steve, KL1PL-Ron, and
KL7UW-Ed with his wife Janet. The short meeting addressed ways to encourage VHF weak-
Ed proposed a SSB net on 144, 432 and 1296-MHz. After some discussion it was agreed
for Mike, KL6M, to act as Net Control due to his hillside QTH with the net to be held at 2100
local time on Wednesdays. Over time other bands may be added and FM simplex run to
include those stations without SSB capability.
Later on the 147.27 repeater NL7OW-Tom suggested adding 50-MHz to the Net.
1296-MHz DX Contact made from Anchorage to Fairbanks:
Later on the afternoon of Oct. 1st, Steve, KL7FZ, operated at 2200 feet from the Anchorage
hillside (Chugach S.P. BP51dc) to make a 300+ mile contact with Bill, NL7F, in Fairbanks
Steve had no T/R relay for his IC-1271 with separate RX and TX antenna ports which required
manually switching the coax. Also his 60w linear failed to operate so he was forced to operate
with just the radio output (which later tested at 4w). Steve used an M2 44-element yagi and Bill
used his 12-foot eme dish with 400 watts.
They both bounced their signals off the face of Mt. McKinley using a path similar to the one
reported above for 144-MHz. Rain and wind made operating and pointing his hand-held
antenna quite difficult. S4 signals were heard when the sun came out producing a rainbow
directly in line with Steve's antenna.
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