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Monthly News (SCCCORE)
June 2018
Who remembers the name of the club bulletin back in the 1980's? That's right, SCCCORE. Southern California Contest Club Operations, Results and Enlightenments. It was suggested by Jim, N6TJ. It and others were submitted and voted on by club members as we decided on a new name for the club bulletin. By popular vote, SCCCORE came out on top. The name debuted with the March-April, 1983 issue. I am considering changing this Monthly News column to SCCCORE, and of course continuing to publish it monthly. Let me know your thoughts.

I'd like to thank Jim, AF6O for his many years as SCCC webmaster. Jim did a great job putting the web site together and keeping fresh content up. I'd also like to thank him for coaching me as we worked on transitioning duties. I'm still learning about proper formatting, something Jim drove home during his coaching. It's harder than it looks, despite my years of authoring other web sites! And thank you, Jim, for continuing to host the web site.

2017 WRTC Winners N6MJ and KL9A WRTC 2018 is July 14-15. Defending champions N6MJ and KL9A (standing in the picture to the left) will be back. N6TR will pair up with N9RV on NA Team 6. David Hodge, N6AN will be one of the referees. WRTC takes place during the IARU Championship (as a contest within a contest) and pits the world's currently most accomplished contesters against each other using similar stations and antennas, all within the same geographic region.

I Wanna Take You Higher by N6VI
May 2018
N6VI on 10 GHz I Wanna Take You Higher (Boom Shaka Laka Laka)

So, ten meters isn't open to anywhere. What to do? HF'ers will say, "Go lower", but I did the opposite. I went higher - much higher - to 10 gigahertz, a.k.a. the 3 cm band.

The first weekend in May is the 2 GHz & Up contest, sponsored by the San Bernardino Microwave Society, so I took a 24" dish with a 2-Watt transverter up to Frazier Peak and spent the day. Like its HF counterpart, conditions on 10 GHz were not very good this weekend, but I managed over two dozen contacts with distances up to nearly 600 km. Just as on HF, when conditions are not good enough for SSB, I went to CW for several of the more distant contacts, and that did the trick.

HH2AA Remote Operation in ARRL DX Phone by W2GD
March 2018
W2GD at HH2AA Even after five decades of contesting, there is always something new to try. My first attempt at remote operation turned out to be an amazing and unique adventure. My tale below is rather long - there were so many twists and turns.

First a few words about HH2AA, a station that has been on the Remote Ham Radio (RHR) network for a few years. This is a proof of concept project supported by RHR in cooperation with the Radio Club of Haiti. All proceeds from station rentals are returned to the people of Haiti through donations to the Haiti Air Ambulance Service organization - The station is a test platform used to try out off shore construction and operation techniques. It is located on a mountain at 6,300 feet ASL near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, solar powered, and remotely controlled using proprietary RHR software.

Video: V55V Rhombic Antennas - A Big Signal Out of Africa
March 2018
June 2018
ARRL June VHF Claimed Scores
June 2018
         N6VI            SOHP          17,545            K6NA            SOLP             561
         N6AA            SOLP           1,560            N6IC            SOLP             256
         K6MUG           SOLP           1,482            N6VHF           SOHP             172  
         KF6I            SOHP             750            NE6I            SOLP              55             
WPX CW Claimed Scores
May 2018
         VY2TT (K6LA)    SOABHP    13,193,773            WA6URY          SOABHP       220,331
         N6CW (@K6NA)*   SOSB20HP   2,481,132            AI6O            SO(A)ABHP    172,960 
         KI6RRN          SOABLP     2,468,598            NK6A            SO(A)ABHP    141,897
         AA6PW           SO(A)ABHP  2,226,306            WN6K            SOABLP        54,813
         W6TK            SOABHP     1,321,610            N6AN            UNKNOWN       44,600
         WA6KHK          SO(A)ABHP  1,171,794            W6KC            SO(A)ABHP     43,596
         N5ZO            SO(A)ABHP  1,095,680            NI6W (W4EF)     SOABHP        36,855
         KM6Z            SOABLP       821,632            N6IC            SOSB20HP      23,744
         N6AA            SOABHP       445,740            WA7BNM          SOSB20LP      14,141 
         NO6T (N6NC)**   SOABHP       394,573            N6HC            SOSB20LP      13,260
         W6QU (W8QZA)    SOABQRP      340,844            KF6I            SO(A)ABLP      4,662

         NY6N (@W6YI K6AM, N6MJ, N6WIN, W6YI)                               M/2 HP 11,540,628 
         NX6T (N6KI, WQ6X, AI6O, K4RB, KB7V, N6CY)                          M/2 HP  5,470,240

         * SCCC Member application received from N6CW 28 May 2018 (welcome back Terry!).
         **Remotely operated the N5ZO station on antennas not in use by Marko at the time.
WPX SSB Claimed Scores
March 2018
         W6TK            SOABHP     1,469,880            WA6KHK          SOABHP       128,068
         KI6RRN          SOABLP       946,440            W6JBR           SOABHP        65,351
         N6WIN           SO(A)ABHP    932,790            N6AN            SOABLP        44,672
         AA6PW           SO(A)ABHP    812,820            W6KC            SO(A)ABHP     27,930
         WN6K            SOABLP       663,740            WA7BNM          SOSB20LP      23,296
         N6RV            SOABLP       307,060            K6MUG           SOABLP        18,408
         KF6I            SOABHP       268,590            N6HE            SO(A)ABHP      8,710

         NX6T (WQ6X, N6KI)                                               M/S HP     2,284,834 
ARRL DX PHONE Claimed Scores
March 2018
         ZF2MJ (N6MJ)    SOABHP     6,556,965            WA7BNM          SOSB/20LP     25,437
         VY2TT (K6LA)    SOABHP     1,451,664            K6RO		 SOABLP	       20,790
         W6YI            SOUHP        543,168            WA7BNM          SOSB/20LP     25,437
         W6TK		 SOABHP	      268,686		 W6JBR           SOABHP        20,160
	 N6AA		 SOABHP	      209,898		 N6HE            SOABHP         9,360
	 N6WS            SOUHP        180,420            W6ZAR		 SOABLP	        9,306
         N6RV		 SOABLP	      168,750		 W6KC            SOUHP          8,967
	 WA6KHK          SOUHP        160,140            WA6URY		 SOABHP	        6,969
         AA6PW           SOUHP         70,929            N6AN		 SOULP	        3,696
         NK6A		 SOUHP         38,850            AA6DW	  	 SOSB/20LP      1,296
	 NX6T (N6KI, WQ6X, N6CY, NN6X, AF6AV, W6ZAR, KK6NON)		 M/2 HP       730,256