The FSAARC VHF QSO Party at Rich Mountain State Park was an overall success with several fine contesters in attendance. Hugh; WA5R, John; W5ATW and the gang got the antennas assembled and the towers up in short order Saturday morning. Royce, KE5TC and Levi, WA5WRN were present for the tower raising party and Levi got some great photos! Once the stations were on the air we had time to take a breather and test the stations, confirm our output power and get computers set up for logging. The highlights include a contact with J69MV; a good 2,526 mile double hop to Saint Lucia Island on Saturday made by Roy, K6CKS on 6M. Another good contact was made to ZF1EJ on Cayman Is. at 1,345 miles one hour later on 6M with Cory, K5GTO at the mic. Within minutes Cory nailed XE3N in EL60 on the Isla de Cozumel, a very rare six meter contact! On Sunday morning 6M came alive and Gary, WQ5R took a shift at the six meter station and was immediately pounded. Gary logged a nice haul to VE2TK in FN25 east of Ottawa racking up a 1,297 mile hop. Gary continued to rack up really great 1200 mile hops into VE2 and VE3, W1 and W2 all morning. Jimmy, W5JNL served lunch to the crew and Jeff, K5KDX took over as operator and Rory K6CKS logged and the team cranked out a total of 374 contacts on all three bands before going QRT. There was a lot of good fun, good conversation and good food all weekend.
submitted by Rory Bowers, K6CKS