Ken Harker WM5R
1998 ARRL September VHF QSO Party - N5XU M/L

N5XU participated in the ARRL September VHF QSO Party conducted from 1800 UTC 13 September 1998 to 0300 UTC 15 September 1998. We operated in the limited multioperator class, with KA5WSS and KM5FA operating. We were active on 50 MHz, 144 MHz, 222 MHz, and 432 MHz.

This was an interesting contest. The six meter eskip that started around 5:30 Saturday night local time was a lot of fun and seemed to cover a very wide area. Compared to this past January, we had almost 20% fewer 50 MHz QSOs, but only 5% fewer multipliers. Conditions on 144 MHz and higher were rather disappointing. We worked one all time new grid to the north on 144MHz, EM14, which was exciting, but otherwise the bands seemed dead, especially on Sunday morning. Perhaps tropical storm Frances and all the rain had something to do with it...

On 50 MHz, we worked all-time new grids in six different grid fields: DM, DN, EM, EN, FM, and FN. Many of the new grids were to our northwest, including in Utah, an all-time new state for the club's WAS efforts. In all, 23 new grids for the club's VUCC totals. For some reason, Kentucky seems to be a 6M black hole for us in VHF contests, as once again we worked grids all around that state! We could really use a second tower so we can place the 6M antenna on a separate rotor from the other bands.

We actually worked more stations on 222 MHz than in January, but worked one fewer grid, as stations in EM12 were scarce. 2M and 70cm were disappointing, however.


Frequency QSOs Points Grids
50 MHz 155 155 77
144 MHz 29 29 9
222 MHz 8 16 5
432 MHz 12 24 6
Total 204 226 97

Claimed score21,922

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

6M grids worked during the contest

6M grid map

All-time-new grids: DM49, DM54, DM57, DM59, DM67, DM68, DM69, DM72, DM76, DN30, DN40, DN52, EM09, EM55, EM62, EM64, EM65, EM92 EN00, EN45, FM06, FM15, FN11

2M grids worked during the contest

2M grid map

All-time-new grids: EM14

1.25M grids worked during the contest

1.25M grid map

70cm grids worked during the contest

70cm grid map

Last Updated 26 June 2020