ARRL January 2017 VHF Contest
Not the best band conditions for this event but better than last January when it was raining. The best tropo opening was from southwest New England to the Mid Atlantic states. No Sporadic Es but there were reports of Meteor Scatter. A slow moving weather system in Alabama was moving northeast and reached New England as a noreaster by Monday after the contest. The rain line stayed south of the Mason-Dixon Line during the contest period.
Farthest contact was KA1ZE/P3, Grid FN01XT North Central PA on Saturday 1/21/17 2313 UTC local sunset. The QSO was on 144.190 MHz USB with 100 watts and 13 element yagi @ 75 feet AGL. Distance 410 miles. FN01<TR>FN41XQ. K2LIM on 144.207 in Steuben County, NY Grid FN12MG was heard but couldn’t make contact. Later Sunday night I contacted my friend Russ K1RTA at his QTH in Wellfleet, MA on 144.205 and 50.125. Russ lives in grid square FN51AV. Thanks for 51 !!