2021 Contests

Going Mobile

For 2021 the club rover will be activating multiple grids in both the June and September contests. The emphasis will be on the 6 meter band, so don’t wait until the last minute to order parts.

Great antenna options for home or portable use include:

Note that weak signal operating on 6 M uses horizontal polarization, so plan accordingly.

Parks on the Air

In something brand new for 2021, the club is encouraging operators to set up portable and do Parks on the Air activations during the contest.

Click here for maps of park units. Many of them have accessible high locations that would be perfect for both VHF contesting and HF operating.

With all the activity on contest day it will be a no brainer to get your ten contacts in the log. And for POTA you can work HF as well. The VHF/UHF contacts counF/UHF contacts count for POTA!


June VHF

On Saturday the rover starts out in the hills above Anchorage and finishes the day on Turnagain Arm near Indian. The last grid is activated from Soldotna on Sunday, just before the Portable Operating Workshop.

DateGridLocationOn-AirDeparture
12thBP51Glen Alps Trailhead10001200
12thBP41Point Woronzof12301400
12thBP50Seward Hwy. mile 10714451600
13thBP40Soldotna08001000
Check the homepage for list of frequencies used on FM and SSB.

Remember that the 2 M SSB net starts at 0930, and is a great way to get on-air and do final tests before the event starts.

Expect a heavy emphasis on 6 meter contacts in this event, so if you haven’t strung up a horizontal dipole or yagi then now is the time.

The club calendar has specific start and end times for the contest.


September VHF

The September event is going to be a more ambitious route, replicating the Anchorage-to-Homer run we did last year. Don’t miss out!

As with the June VHF contest, we are encouraging operators to set up as “single operator portable” entries. If you wish you can even do a Parks on the Air activation at the same time.

DateGridLocationArrivalDeparture
11thBP51Meadow Road10001200
11thBP41Point Woronzof12301400
11thBP50Seward Hwy. mile 10714451600
11thBP40Sterling hwy. mile 6419002000
12thBP40Stariski Campground07000800
12thBO49Diamond Ridge Road09001100
Check the homepage for list of frequencies used on FM and SSB.

The club calendar has specific start and end times for the contest.