Ken Harker WM5R
2008 CQ World Wide VHF - K5TR (WM5R, op.) SOSB/50 HP


The station at K5TR:
Kenwood TS-690 - 3CX800 amp (800 watts)
7 element yagi at 75'
7 element yagi at 30'
6 element yagi at 25' fixed west
2 phased vertical dipoles at 35' / 15'
Claimed Score

Band QSOs Mults
6CW 2 1
6SSB 449 153
Total 451 154

Claimed score69,454

I had to miss the ARRL June VHF QSO Party this year due to out-of-town family commitments, so I was looking forward to operating some rate on six meters in this contest. George was kind enough to let me use his station to operate. This is my first entry in the CQ World Wide VHF Contest in a few years.

The Eskip covered a surprisingly broad range over the country this weekend. I worked at least one station in every grid field covering the Lower 48 except DL. Unfortunately, the propagation was not very deep. I only had one hour with over 20 QSOs all day Saturday. Sunday was a little better, but I still couldn't break 100 QSOs in a clock hour. I suspect a lot of stations were bummed out by conditions on Saturday and didn't get on the radio on Sunday.

One mistake I made this weekend was sleeping in until 6AM on Sunday. When I woke up, the band was already open to W3.

I didn't hear or work any non-W/VE stations. My best DX was a VE6 station in DO33.


Contest Logging was done with TR LOG contest logging software. The following reports and log were created using TR LOG's post-contest processor.


Last Updated 14 April 2016
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