A Collection of Past SCCC News Stories (Newest to Oldest)
Club Meeting
May 2015

Commentary by N6NB
CQ World Wide WPX CW Claimed Scores
May 2015
         VY2TT(K6LA)    SOABHP     13,991,520             W6QU(W8QZA)    SOABQRP      653,221
         N5ZO           SOABHP      5,077,104             NE6I           SOAABHP      519,256
         W6TK           SOAABHP     3,611,046             N6AA           SOABHP       369,834
         K6NR           SOABHP      2,457,312             AI6O           SOABHP       340,101
         AH7T(N6MI)     SOABHP      2,066,075             WA6URY         SOABHP       322,964
         WA6KHK         SOAABHP     1,453,830             NK6A           SOAABHP      309,075
         WN6K           SOABLP      1,178,165             NC6Q           SOAABHP       86,020
         N6MU           SOABLP        660,104             W6KC           SOAABHP       44,250

         WQ6X (N6KI N6CY W6JBR WQ6X K4VU N0DY W6RW WB6NBU K4RB W6QEG)    M2HP       9,236,016

Blast From The Past - NE6I
January 2015

While filing some QSLs this afternoon, I ran across one of my cards from the SCCC 1986 XE2SI CQWW CW operation. There were a couple of years in the mid-1980s when the club went down and operated field day style. I got a chance to go with the gang in 1983. It was a blast.

73 Dennis NE6I
CQ World Wide DX Contest CW Claimed Scores
November 2014
            VY2TT(K6LA)     SOABHP    11,501,145            XE2MX           SOABLP       536,846
            ZD8O(N5ZO)      SOABHP    10,747,094            K7ACZ           SOABLP       457,595
            HR2J(N6AA)      SOABHP     7,087,350            W6YA            SOSBHP       447,435
            KH7M(N6TJ)      SOABHP     5,843,271            W6JK            SOABHP       319,716 
            K6NA            SOABHP     4,173,624            N6HE            SOABHP       286,620 
            W6PH            SOABAHP    4,020,624            K6DDJ           SOABHP       257,881
            W6TK            SOABAHP    1,776,600            W6QU(W8QZA)	    SOABQRP      233,079
            AA6PW           SOABAHP    1,554,630            WA6URY          SOABHP       134,693
            N6RV            SOABLP     1,476,200            NK6A            SOSBAHP      133,104
            WN6K            SOABLP       819,153            N6KI@NX6T       SOABAQRP     132,164
            WA6KHK          SOABALP      697,600            W6LEN           SOABLP        78,642
            W6UM            SOABHP       600,541            KI6QDH          SOABAHP       32,928

            N6MI@AF6O (N6MI, AF6O)                                          M1HP       1,564,028
n6mi During the CQ WW DX CW contest (November 29-30, UTC), Scott N6MI (little pistol) was guest operator at the AF6O (big gun) station in Pinon Hills, California (DM14ej).

With help from Jim (AF6O), Sheila, and Scamp (the dog), N6MI piloted the station to a gross score of 1,564,028. This included 1,456 QSOs, 120 total zones, and 268 country multipliers (80 through 10 meters).

N6MI's best band was ten meters (428 QSOs, 30 zones, and 76 countries). Conditions were excellent on most bands, though N6MI recalls that conditions were "5% better" in the October CQ WW DX SSB. Both contests included long runs on 10 meters on Saturday morning (California time). Often, the biggest problem was where to point the beam because the bands were almost always open in more than one direction.

n6mi N6MI was very impressed with the twin AF6O delta loops on 40 meters. N6MI reports that some European stations just popped out of the noise on the EU-VK loop. N6MI's highlights include: being called by a VU2; working deep Asians during the entire contest; working Europe on 40 in the early evening; proper English tea breaks; breaking most pileups with the first or second call; the Sunday sunrise (windy with angry clouds); taking naps on a real bed (instead of the floor of the N6MI contest van); the luxury of operating without having to drive to a remote location in the ham van; and making AF6O laugh with silly CW frivolity.

N6MI had a macro for "AF6O is at the paddle" (to be played at appropriate times during the contest). N6MI acknowledges that his CW is substantially better on Saturday, when he is rested. N6MI was pleased with the meal service provided to guest operators; AF6O would not confirm that this service is available to all visitors.
CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB Claimed Scores
October 2014
            VY2TT(K6LA)      SOABAHP         9,441,090
            W6YI             SOABHP          2,485,120
            N6QQ             SOABHP          1,273,140
            N6RV             SOABLP          1,067,776
            N6MI+K6VCR       M1HP            1,025,387
            W6QU(W8QZA)      SOABQRP           343,869
            W6TK             SOSBAHP           335,895
            N6WS             SOABALP           328,280
            W6JK             SOABHP            319,658
            WA6KHK           SOABLP            262,782
            WA7BNM           SOSBLP            209,042
            WN6K             SOSBLP            149,073
            NK6A             SOSBHP             52,689
Breakdown of Radios and Loggers Used at WRTC
July 2014
          Radios Used at WRTC                      Loggers Used at WRTC
     K3             75      63.6%              Win-Test       40      67.8%
     FTDX5000       8        6.8%              N1MM           15      25.4%
     TS590          7        5.9%              Writelog       2        3.4%
     IC7600         6        5.0%              SkookumLogger  1        1.7%
     FT1000MP       6        5.0%              DXLog          1        1.7%
     IC7800         4        3.4%              TOTAL          59       100%
     IC756-3        4        3.4%
     FT1000D        2        1.7%
     FT3000         2        1.7%
     ORION II       2        1.7%
     IC7700         1        0.8%
     TS850          1        0.8%
     TOTAL          118      100%
IARU HF Championship
July 2014
       K6LA        SOHPMIX   1,305,472          NK6A        SOHPMIX    135,172
       K6NR        SOHPCW      590,178          KI6QDH      SOLPMIX     49,819
       N6MI        SOHPMIX     397,846          W6TK        SOLPCW      47,679
       N6QQ        SOHPMIX     181,632

       NX6T (N6KI, KL7SB, WB6NBU, NN6X, NA6L)               MSHP       997,084
       WA6URY                                               MSHP       111,696
World Champions N6MJ and KL9A
July 2014
Another Gavel for SCCC - N6NB
June 2014
SCCC has won still another gavel in a VHF contest, our eleventh (11th) during the last four years. But it could be our last gavel for a while.

The results of the January, 2014 VHF Contest are in the just-released digital edition of the July, 2014 QST.

Capture The Flag T Hunt - Anthony Cioffi N2KI
June 2014
Well hello everyone! Today was our Capture The Flag Fox Hunt sponsored by the Hudson Valley Direction Finding Association of Orange County NY. This was the first event of its kind in this area and I am happy to report, a success.

We had two teams made up of four hunters each. TEAM EAST was comprised of K2STN (Team Captain), KB2SSZ, WA2KOT and WM2C. TEAM WEST was comprised of AC2O (Team Captain), N2KI, N2DBD and KC2YYF.

The event promptly started at 10 am with a four hour time limit. The WEST team hid their transmitter in Highland State Park.

Promptly at 10am the transmitters were activated. Both teams were required to take their first bearing from where they hid their transmitter.    more
Members Well Placed in 7QP Results
June 2014
                 WN6K              Second Place              SOHPMIXED
                 AF6O              First Place               SOHPCW
                 W6AFA             First Place               SOHPPH
                 N6MU              First Place               SOLPCW
                 WA6KHK            Second Place              SOLPPH
                 NX6T              Second Place              MSHP
                 W6TK              Third Place               MSLP
Upcoming June VHF Contest - N6NB           (Mouseover for full story)
June 2014
The VHF contest is June 14-15. A number of SCCC members will be active, some at home, some on mountaintops and some roving. Unfortunately, it does not appear likely that we will have as many stations on as we did last year, when SCCC won the gavel for the highest aggregate score of any medium size club in the country.

Probably the largest multioperator effort will be headed up by Dave Smith, W6TE, on Frazier Mountain. His team will be using a motor home, a fifth wheel trailer and several other vehicles plus at least four generators and equipment for every band through 10 GHz. Among those planning to join W6TE on Frazier are K6MI, K6ZMW, W6YLZ, WA6WTF and WB2WIK.

N6MI and K6VCR will be on a mountain near Barstow, using Scott's converted TV news van. They will be on all bands through 1296.

NI6E and K6EPP are planning to tow their newly built tower trailer to the desert east of Chiriaco Summit in DM23. Look for them especially on six meters.
June SCCC Meeting
June 2014
At the meeting it was discovered that some members are still using flip phones!   photo: N6NB
   N6HC                           W6SQC                       N6MU                        AF6O
CQ World Wide WPX CW Claimed Scores
May 2014
VY2TT(K6LA)       SOABHP       12,378,037                   WA6URY            SOABHP          183,201
AF6O              SOABHP        2,025,058                   W6QU(W8QZA)       SOABQRP         134,196
W6TK              SOABHP        2,019,020                   ZM3T(W3SE)        SOASBLP         125,160
WN6K              SOABLP         924,8464                   NO6T(N6NC)        SOASBHP         101,982
N6MU              SOABLP          304,300

WQ6X@NX6T         M2HP   (K4RB KB7V N0DY N6CY N6EEG N6KI NN6X WA2OOB WB6NBU WQ6X)           9,619,592
N6MI              MSHP   (N6MI NB6E)                                                        2,227,722

ARRL Centennial: Southern California Operation - SoCal Coordinator K6NA
February 2014
SCCC is the host club of record for the Southern California operation using W1AW/6 as part of the ARRL Centennial year celebrations. The regional activity is coordinated by K6NA.

The week of operation begins at 0000UTC Feb 12th and ends at 2359:59UTC on Feb 18th. Active stations who can put out a strong, clean signal, and handle pileups of domestic and DX stations, may apply to be a W1AW/6 Host station.

Hosts must be ARRL members, but Hosts may invite non-members to operate as guests. Please download and read Rules and Guidelines for Operating. Use a logging program which can produce ADIF files.

Please access www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party to learn details. The goal is to put W1AW/6 on the air and make thousands of contacts from several sites in the Southwestern Division

NAQP CW Claimed Scores
January 2014
 N6WIN(N6MJ)     SO    312,232      N6MU            SO     99,530
 K6LA            SO    243,110      N6ER            SO     85,644
 AF6O            SO    204,048      KI6VC           SO     56,854
 N6AN(@W6UE)     SO    195,720      N6GP            SO     52,448
 AC6T(@W6RFU)    SO    177,240      N6NC            SO     43,070
 K6NR            SO    176,730      W6TK            SO     40,018
 XE2MX           SO    161,766      N5ZO            SO     35,100
 NX6T(N0DY)      SO    135,872      WA6URY          SO     15,664
 WN6K            SO    114,872
 SCCC #1 (N6WIN(N6MJ),K6LA,AC6T,N6AN,K6NR)              1,105,032
 SCCC #2 (NX6T(N0DY),WN6K,XE2MX,AF6O,KI6VC)               673,412
 SCCC #3 (W6TK,N6GP,N6NC,K6NA)                            135,536
CQ World Wide DX Contest CW Claimed Scores
November 2013
  HR2J(N6AA)  SOABHP    6,626,073       WA6URY     SOABHP    327,642
  K6NA        SOABHP    3,571,020       W6KY       SOABALP   202,261
  K6NR        SOABHP    1,396,440       NE6I       SOABAHP   154,936
  N6RV        SOABLP    1,191,330       W6SJ                 111,800
  W6TK        SOABAHP   1,121,956       WN6K       SOABALP    96,596
  N6WS        SOABAHP   1,107,288       KQ6ES      SOSBHP     86,526
  AA6PW       SOABAHP   1,000,494       AF6O       SOSBLP     83,884
  N6MU        SOABLP      522,368       NK6A       SOSBHP     66,785
  N6PE        SOABHP      501,847       N6IC                  57,477
  N6MI        SOABHP      473,344       W6GMU      SOABLP     53,988
  W6QU(W8QZA) SOABQRP     374,680       WA7BNM     SOSBLP      2,280
  ZF1A  (K6AM M4PN K5YAA)                         M/S HP  16,166,214
  OC4CW (K6ZH N7CW OA4TT)  (1/3 points to SCCC)   M/S HP  11,838,694
  NX6T  (N6KI WQ6X N0DY K4RB NN6X N6EEG)          M/2 HP   5,473,380
n6xt n6xt NX6T MULTI 2: Very good condx from start til Sunday morning when A index shot up to 8 and 10 and 15 mtrs didn't play as well as Saturday afternoon. Had a fun time running Multi-Two so our multi-op group were kept busy for all but 1.5 hours.

This was the most QSOs we have done from our portable site and hope to keep improving on station setup and antennas in the future. 70 ft Tower Trailer w/ 2el 40, 3el SteppIR 80m & 160m Inv V Dipoles. 40 ft Tower Trailer w/ 2el 40, 3el SteppIR. 2 K3s, 2 ACOM 2000A Amps. - N6KI
n6mi N6MI CONTEST VAN: J. Scott Bovitz, N6MI, is an enthusiastic little pistol and a proud member of the Southern California Contest Club. Business prevented Bovitz from enjoying the recent surge in sunspots (the second peak), so he was hell-bent on participating in the 2013 CQ WW DX CW contest in late November.

After studying the weather.gov pages, Bovitz drove 200 miles looking for a break in the rain and snow. Finally, the rain stopped for a few hours south of Mojave. Bovitz camped on a small rise with a good view in most directions. Bovitz was three hours late into the contest and exhausted, so he worked a few folks and went to bed. The rain started again and did not stop for 24 hours.

Bovitz woke at dawn on Saturday and found his milk was frozen...but the higher bands were hot and never dried up.    watch ham van video
California QSO Party Claimed Scores
October 2013
   N6WIN(N6MJ)  SOHP  371,811         AF6O         SOHP  248,414
   K6NA(N6ED)   SOHP  306,152         AA6PW        SOHP  117,936
   W6UE(N6AN)   SOHP  299,106         NK6A         SOHP   76,615
   W6TK         SOHP  272,546         N6HC         SOHP   32,614
   K6LA         SOHP  268,946         N6QQ         SOHP    6,720
   W6SX         SOHP  256,329
   K6AM         SOLP  222,585         KQ6ES        SOLP   90,324
   N6ZFO        SOLP  215,122         NK6A         SOLP   76,615
   WN6K         SOLP  164,640         N6MU         SOLP   68,000
   N0DY/6       SOLP  116,740         WK6I         SOLP    4,050
   K6QK         MSHP  294,872         N6HD         MSHP  217,442
   NX6T         MSHP  275,082         W6RFU        MSHP   93,335
   K6VO(@K6NR)  MSHP  243,504
   K6Z          MMHP  597,110         K6MI         MMHP  391,419
n6mi N6MI N6MI Kern County Expedition

J. Scott Bovitz, N6MI (www.n6mi.com), made a trip to Kern County for the 2013 California QSO Party. N6MI made more than 1,100 contacts from the Mojave Desert floor in his fully equipped ham van -- complete with a 56' 2" pneumatic mast and a rack mounted Elecraft K3 line. N6MI only missed one multiplier in the United States and Canada. His pain at missing Utah was partially eased by the enthusiastic CQP participation from Europe.
Ham Van Video
ARRL September VHF Contest Claimed Scores
September 2013
     K6FGV/R         Rover        223,020
     K6AH/R          Rover        183,260
     N6VI/R          Rover        173,145
     N6HD/R          Rover        165,066
     W6TE            MOUNL        149,710
     N6NB            SO/P         114,665
     AF6O/R          Rover         99,204
     KJ6CNO/R        Rover         31,270
     W6TAI/R         Rover         22,960
     W6TAI           SOLP             280
     N6VH            SOLP              28
ARRL September VHF Contest
September 2013
n6nb1 N6NB - it was a chance to try out my still-unoccupied house in Panorama Heights. I parked the tower trailer in the driveway and used the same equipment and antennas that I used in June on Signal Peak. It seems to be a pretty good location.

Video W6TAI wkg N6NB - 24GHz
(Starts when fully downloaded)

w6te W6TE - John, K6MI, and I operated the ARRL Sept. VHF contest from 8,000 ft Frazier Mt. Thanks to the So Cal rovers and others we were able to amass over 150,000 points operating 10 bands. Unfortunately, activity was way down from prior contests.

Claimed score: 149,930
Pack Rovers - A pack of six rovers travelled from DM12 (San Diego) to DM06/CM95/CM96 (Kettleman City) for a total of ten grids. Not all rovers visited all grids. Each rover was equipped with the ten bands between 50MHz and 10GHz. Many contacts were made with portable stations N6NB and W6TE. Special thanks to W6TAI who made a trip to Gaviota in order to work the pack from CM94 on all ten bands, over an almost all sea path.