This is an image my son Isaiah built for me in Mindcraft.
I participated in my first contests for the year. It was the British Columbia, Minnesota, and Vermont QSO Parties. I only had contacts on Saturday. 20 meters was not working well to BC. I had 8 contacts with BC, 19 contacts to Minnesota (3 on 40 meters, the rest on 20 meters), and 3 to Vermont.
My soapbox comment made it into the BC QSO Party Report: Wish I could have heard more of the great hams of BC. The band was too long for 20m and 40m and 80m weren't too cooperative. K1LOK
I participated in the ARRL International DX Contest. I worked from at home, and in the field at the nearby junior high school. I had 20 contacts total in three continents. My farthest was ZW5B on 20 meters in Brazil.
I participated in these three QSO parties. I had a 20 meter contact with Idaho, which meant the band was really short at that time. Most of my contacts were on 20 and 40 with just one on 80 to Idaho.
Highest Score from Utah, Wisconsin QSO Party
Certificate from the Idaho QSO Party
I think I like this one better than the ARRL DX contest. I had a total of 47 contacts. 19 were in the continental US, all on 20 meters. I had contacts in Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Australia. The contact with VK4KW in Australia was my first with that country and also my furthest ever at 12387 km (7697 mi). That was on the 15 meter band. In fact, 15 meters was working really well. 10 of my contacts were on 15 meters.
Portable setup for the CQ World Wide WPX contest near my home QTH DN40cj
The SPDX is a contest out of Poland. The band was not working there on Saturday. However, for the last half hour of the contest, I was able to make 2 contacts. The furthers was SO9I at 8783 km Between Wroclaw (Breslau) and Krakau. I had two contacts in to Louisiana and six to Mississippi. All contacts for these contests were on 20 meters.
I operated an amateur radio station on battery power at Fluke Calibration in American Fork for the Great Utah Shakeout. It was operated just as if we had lost power, and cell phone service was impeded. The equipment included a VHF radio with a J-pole antenna and a HF radio with a dipole antenna. All operations were done outside.
A total of 7 contacts were logged. This included checking into the Skyline Net in Sanpete County on the 146.66 repeater from my QTH in American Fork. I also did some work on HF. I checked into 4 nets with net controls in Oregon, Washington (x2) and Colorado, all on 40 meters. I also had a QSO with a station in Oklahoma on 20 meters. I passed a traffic message to AJ7M in Everett, Washington.
That evening I checked into the Utah RACES Net.
|Time||Freq||Mode||Call||Dist / km||Dist / mi||Remarks|
|11:39||7.24||SSB||N7GES||570||354||High Noon Net|
|12:32||7.272||SSB||W7ARR||865||538||Beehive Utah Net|
|13:03||7.204||SSB||WA7DUH||891||554||Jefferson Noon Net|
|20:56||147.12+||FM||N7GTE||44||27||Utah RACES Net|
Portable battery power from DN40ci for the Great Utah Shakeout
The 20 meter band wasn't too good and I only operated for 2 hours. I had 5 QSOs with Michigan and 1 with Ontario.
This year I went with the Skyline Radio Club to their normal location up Ephraim Canyon (DM49gh). I camped out overnight Friday and had fun making 20 meter contacts in Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic.
2021 Field Day at Skyline Road and Ephraim Canyon Road (DM49gh) at an altitude of 3000 m (10,000 feet) in Sanpete County, Utah. My 20 meter vertical is shown here with the GOTA station in the background and the Skyline Radio Club (K7BSK) main radio trailer in the back.
For this year’s parade, I worked at the same location as two other times, 200 S between University Avenue and 200 E (DN40ef) in Provo. There were no lost kids, but I was able to direct a number of people to the protopodites.
While visiting my mom’s house in Jasper, Texas (EM20xw), I did a little portable operation out in her front yard. I used my 20 meter vertical. I checked into the Texas Traffic Net and the 7290 Net on 40 meters. I had 7 QSOs on 20 meters. One was W4C, a special event station for awareness about what is going on in Cuba. The furthest contact was W1KA in New Hampshire at a distance of 2401 km.
The linked video is on What Frequency Should I Use intended for the POTA audience. My callsign appears at about 3:08 on the video. That was from Aug 8. The QSO was with a station in Indiana. Thanks to Chase Palmer KJ7OXM for pointing this out to me.
This was my first Parks on the Air activation. It was a successful event. I had 59 QSOs operating about 2 hours. I was at park K-3064, the Camp Floyd State Park in Fairfield, Utah. I had contacts from all over the United States including Florida and Alaska, plus I had my first contact in the Northwest Territories. My closest contact was from fellow POTA activator K7JSG at K-5970, a distance of about 5 km. I also checked into the Mercury Western Net while out there as well.
My portable setup at K-3064, in Fairfield, Utah County, Utah, grid DN30wg. All contacts were on 20 meters.
For this year’s North America QSO party, I operated for a total of 2 hours from my home QTH (DN40cj) and made 26 contacts all on 20 meters. My time was limited due to travel the next day. I was impressed with the band conditions between 22:00 and 23:00 UTC.
I did five different Parks on the Air activations on Labor Day weekend. All contacts were SSB. My favorites were the two in Wyoming. Those two parks had never been activated. They both were out of cell phone range, so I couldn’t self-spot. I also had a few QSOs on 17 meters. I think that's the first time I had been on that band. A summary of the activations is in the table below.
|Date||Park||Grid||County, State||QSOs||Operating Time|
|4 Sep 21||K-5929 Flight Park||DN40bk||Utah, Utah||21||0:37|
|5 Sep 21||K-5970 Fivemile Pass||DN30uf||Tooele, Utah||10||0:36|
|5 Sep 21||K-3064 Camp Floyd||DN30wg||Utah, Utah||44||1:14|
|6 Sep 21||K-6225 Piedmont Charcoal Kilns||DN41qf||Uinta, Wyoming||13||0:25|
|6 Sep 21||K-6228 Fort Supply||DN41se||Uinta, Wyoming||13||0:38|
My activations at K-6228 Piedmont Charcoal Kilns State Historic Si