Hello there MARA,
On behalf of the club I wanted to thank you all for carrying our flyer for the contest. I think it definitely helped stir up interest.
In previous contests I think I've only ever gotten one or two contacts from stations north of Eagle River. This time around there were Mat-Su operators on the air at each of the four grid squares I activated. Most surprising was that I was able to reach the stronger stations from even the Turnagain Arm and Sterling Highway locations. Those signal paths were quite a stretch, and not line-of-sight either.
We were hoping for a really good debut with the new club call sign, and we definitely got it. In previous contests we've never had a rover score over 140 or so, and the highest number of contacts was about 20. This time around we scored 423, and had a total of 41 QSOs. It's a small score by contesting standards, but a huge jump for activity up here in Alaska.
Anyway, thanks again for your help. If there are projects we can help with we would love to return the favor.
Brandon Clark, KL7BSC
VP, Alaska VHF-Up Group