21 stations operated in Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1999 ARRL 10-GHz AND UP CUMULATIVE CONTEST.
K2IYQ, AA6IW, K6GZA, K6KLY, WA6CDR, WA6KBL, WA6KLK, WB6CNI, WF6R, K6MGM, KA6VVE, KF6KVG, KK6MK, W6ASL, W6BY, W6CCY, W6RXQ, W6YX, W7LVO, K7NOM, and WOEOM.
Best distance was Robin, WA6CDR, @ 832 Km operating from Mt. St. Helena. The farthest nortt station was K6KLY operating near Arcata, CA at CN7OXB. 4 rovers, W6BY, WA6CGR, K6OW, and KK6MK, ran the valley floor with signals until nearly 2330 hours Sunday September 19! The second station from Southern California to join the "exclusive" membership of THE MT. VACA10-GHz DX GROUP was WA6CDR during the last Sunday ot the contest. Dave, K6OW, joined us last year. Both are SUPER 13 operators with high performance rigs. It was a pleasure working with both Robin and Dave. 6 stations were out with 24-GHz narrowband rigs: AA6IW, K6GZA, KA6VVE, KF6KVG, W6BY, and WB6CNI. Lars, AA6IW operated with his new 10/24 GHz dual-band feed~ And, last but not least, W6ASL operated from his home in Concord, CA at CM87XX the first weekend using Mt. Diablo as a passive reflector, 7 miles distant. The result was 17 QSO's; best distance was 98 Km. The bounce signals varied from "nearly moonbounce with QSB" to S9+40. This puts a new dimension and thought for a 10 GHz home station at 200-ft. elevation.
73.. jim W6ASL
W6ASL. Jim...ever wonder why he has such a good signal?.......with an over water shot like this.......from the August weekend.
Robin, WA6CDR, and Ron, K6GZA with Ron's 10 GHz setup on Mt. Vaca CM88WJ Sunday Sept. 19.
Robin and W6ASL. GZA's 24 GHz narrowband rig is on the bed of Ron's truck.
Jim was overheard telling Robin south is this way.......
Lars, AA6IW, admires (?) ASL's "stealth" antenna. Robin's setup on the right....
(Robin was busy turning off the Frazier Beacon)...we think he was bored.....
Lars "pounding brass" at his 10/24 GHz setup.
AA6IW's dualband 10/24 GHz feed......rumor has it it also works on 40 meters
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