2013 ARRL June VHF Contest & Grid Expedition
- second full weekend in June. June 8-9, 2013
- Begins 1800 UTC Saturday (i.e. 2pm local time), ends 0300 UTC Monday
- see the ARRL June VHF Contest page for details.
- 50MHz and above, all modes
- Exchange is 4 character Maidenhead Grid Square (i.e. FN25) and call
The West Carleton Amateur Radio Club of Ottawa will again operate VE3WCC Field Day style from FN04xa for the June ARRL VHF QSO Party. Located at 730 feet ASL overlooking Lake Ontario, the location has a clear look to the horizon over more than 180 degrees centred on the south. This will be the sixth year of a multi-op effort from this site. The site is near the intersection of 4 grids and has been popular with rovers for long before our use of it. Although trees obstruct the view to one of the nearby grids at microwave frequencies the site allows good opportunities for communications on all frequencies. We registered our highest score and the highest in in Canada in 2012 and placed 9th overall among multi-ops in the contest. We are working to improve our score again this year!
Each of the past years we have added capability or power. This year we will add 2304 MHz to our standard coverage of the bands from 6M through 1296 MHz. We will run 800w at 2m and 1.5 kw at 6 m this year to single long boom yagis with lower powers on the other bands. We will again have the capability to operate WSJT at 2 and 6m and are interested in setting up skeds for the quiet hours of Sunday morning.
Above 2304 MHz we will use shorter range wideband systems such as 10 GHz Tellurometers and 24GHz gunnplexers.
Rovers who will be within range are asked to forward their rover schedules to VE3XRA. Please include the grids squares and approximate times you plan to be in each, a list of bands you are able to operate, and the co-ordination frequency you will use.
We will set up on the site at long -78.00239 W, lat 44.01971 N on Friday June 7 and pack up Monday June 10. Visitors are welcome to drop by. Those rovers who will actually pass near FN04xa are welcome to stop by for a snack and hot coffee. Directions to our location can be worked out easily from the track of VE3XRA-9 on 10 June 2011 on https://aprs.fi/ that ends at the site!
Schedules are very welcome - please send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have limited mobile access to internet at the site and can arrange skeds up to the start of the contest.
Write-up from Previous Years
Members of the West Carleton Amateur Radio Club of Ottawa will operate VE3WCC “Field Day” style in a multi-op effort from FN04xa for the June ARRL VHF QSO Party. Located at 730 feet ASL overlooking Lake Ontario, the location will have a clear shot to the major population centres of Ontario, Northern New York State and beyond. This will be our 4th year of operating from this site.
As in last year’s contest, the group will operate all bands from 6M through 1296 MHz. PLUS this year we will run higher power (700w on 6m and 2m). We will have an unusual 5.8GHz set up, a Ramsey laser kit for relatively nearby communications, 10 GHz wideband FM using a Tellurometers, but no narrowband 10GHz.
We scored the 2nd highest number of points of any Canadian operation last year and hope to do even better this year from this relatively rare grid square.
Rovers who will be within range are asked to forward their rover schedules. Please include the grids squares and approximate times you plan to be in each, a list of bands you are able to operate, and the co-ordination frequency you will use. Those rovers who will actually pass through FN04 are very welcome to stop by for a snack and hot coffee - directions to our location will be sent by e-mail upon request. As well, a limited number of 10 GHz Tellurometers and 5.8GHz units will be available for loan to rovers. We will be located near the intersection of 4 grids, so this could be quite profitable in terms of QSOs!
Home Frequencies for VE3WCC
- 50.130 (+/-QRM)
- Contesting Tips and Suggestions by Rick Bandla VE3CVG
- Pictures from June 2008 Grid Expedition to FN04xa
- Presentation by Al Penney VO1NO - 2010 June Grid Expedition to FN04xa (June 2010 Mtg)
- Pictures from 2009 and 2010 by Glenn MacDonell VE3XRA - Grid Expedition to FN04xa
- YouTube movie of June 2011 DXpedition to FN04 by Allan VA3FMN
- Press Release - West Carleton Review - July 21, 2011
- WCARC Contest Awards