AA2SD/R Rover Jan 20-21 Plan


Thank You for Working Me!

This year's contest we experienced one of the coldest snaps in some time here on the East Coast during the contest weekend. Ice on antennas, delays in travel and not the best band conditions. Despite that we made 194 QSO’s and worked 33 total grids including your contacts.  Personally, as a Rover I visited Sandy Hooky, Lancaster, Welsh Mountain and operated from FN30, FN20, FM29, FM19 and FN10.

 I appreciate your contact and look forward to our June 2024 contest.

73 Scott AA2SD/R

Here is my Preliminary Raw Score for my 2 day Rove this past weekend. The colder weather and wind really impacted my ability to put up larger antennas at each site. at Sandy Hook, I did complete Mount Mitchel and the Twin Lights in the Atlantic Highlands of NJ,  and I scratched Cape May. I was able to complete the planned Rove in Lancaster with Welsh Mountain with the following grids. I also experienced much slower drive times, due to the ice and weather. The positive is that I was able to make over 40% of my calls "on the run mobile" with omni directional halo antennas. and digitally record the audio QSO for logging after the drive. The W3SZ.com Database and live map, worked very well for on the move contacts

Quick Summary below to follow with a video next week of the trip coming..

ARRL Section : SNJ

        Club/Team : Mount Airy Pack Rats

         Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.10003.0

        Band     QSOs     Pts  Grd  Pt/Q

          50      65      65    8   1.0

         144      74      74    9   1.0

         222      16      32    5   2.0

         420      38      76    6   2.0

       Total     193     247   28   1.3

            Score : 6,916

Thanks to all that worked  me on site and on the Run !




Thank you  everyone for contacting me on the Rove!

Plans for Jan ARRL Contest 2024

Dear Fellow Club Members

Thank you for contacting me during the past June ARRL contest as a Rover and the CQ VHF Contest . I will be upgrading my equipment with higher gain antennas and I also plan to set up SKEDS for contacts, and will work FT8 during the evening on 6 and 2 MTRS.

I plan to work from the Sandy Hook area on Saturday with a clear overlook over Sandy Hook to NY, CT, MA and NH. I plan to run south on the Garen State Parkway and set up in Wildwood Crest during the evening. During the second day I will be working from (2) Reading overlooks into the Pack Rat areas.  If you would like me to add your Cell Phone List to my SKED List , please let me know and send me your mobile phone number.

Google Link for Maps


Website Updates




Mobile Beacon - enter SSID AA2SD-9 


Twin Lights  House Navesink 


The Navesink Twin Lights is a non-operational lighthouse and museum located in Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey, overlooking Sandy Hook Bay, the entrance to New York Harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean. The Twin Lights, are a pair of beacons located 246 feet (75 m) above sea level on the headlands of the Navesink Highlands.

Mount Mitchell Scenic Overlook


At 266 feet, this overlook in Atlantic Highlands sits on the highest natural elevation on the  Atlantic seaboard (excluding islands) from Maine to the Yucatan providing beautiful views of Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook Bay, Raritan Bay and the New York skyline. 

Wildwood Cape May NJ 


Unlike its sister communities of Wildwood and North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest is generally set apart from the all-hours excitement that the resort area is known for. Many vacationers will find some of the quietest and most undisturbed beach space.

Reading Mount Penn Overlook 


1118 feet

The tower is located at 2500 Skyline Drive in the Mount Penn Preserve of Lower Alsace Township, Pennsylvania. Located near the summit of Mount Penn at 1,239 ft above sea level

Wesh Mountain PA Overlook 


1075 feet

Welsh Mountain, rising over 1,000 feet in eastern Lancaster County and western Chester County, contains the second largest contiguous forest in Lancaster County, 

Salisbury Park GAP PA 


460 feet

Salisbury Township Community Park, located in Gap, PA, is a Park that offers outdoor recreation and nature preservation

Brass Eagle Rest GAP PA 


790 feet

The Brass Eagle Family Restaurants Serving the community great homestyle meals for over 20 years and counting! Located in Lancaster County less than a mile from the Chester County border.

N3RG Custom Built

 (7) Element Yagi 

based on K1FO  Specifications

Steve Powlishen, K1FO, was best known for his antenna designs for weak signal work. Built by Pack Rat (N3RG)

12.3 dBi  10.11 dbd

M2 222 -10 EZ

 222 Beam

The heart of each 222-10EZ is their unique Driven Element Module, offering a balanced feeder for excellent pattern

14.1 dBi  11.81 dbd


6 Meter 4 Element Yagi 10-Foot Boom <5 Lbs 400 Watts PEP   4 Element 6 Meter Beam

Gain: 10.4 dBi

Boom Length: 10’ 6”

Weight: 4 lbs. 10 ozs.

Custom 11 Element 440 Yagi

430 - 440 MHz 10 Element Yagi Beam Antenna 

13.0 dBi  10.81 dbd

AA2SD/R   Rover Plans Jan 2024 VHF Contest 1/20-1/21

I am  pleased to announce that I will operating as a Rover with the Call Sign AA2SD/R with the limited class of four bands - 220/6 Meter/440 and 2 Mtrs.  You can track my location on APRS.FI by entering SSID number AA2SD-9

I have also provided my grid plan and beam heading documents  below.

  You can view the You Tube AA2SD/R channel here.

Pack Rats Beam Headings by Call Sign Please Click on the Link to view Your Grid Headings to my Rover Sites for the Jan VHF Contest  you can also download the pdf file after clicking on the link

AA2SD_RPlan for Jan 2024 Contest - Pack Rats.pdf

SJRA Members Beam Headings by Call  Please Click on the Link to view Your Grid Headings to my Rover Sites for the Jan VHF Contest  you can also download the pdf file after clicking on the link

FINAL AA2SD_RPlan for Jan 2024 Contest - SJRA only (1).pdf

January 2024 VHF Contest



Cell: 609-254-7120

Liaison: 144.200 -and up 50.125 and up 221.100 and up 432.200 and up - monitor 6 mtrs while Roving from each location

simplex monitor 146.520 during rove FT8 on 6 Mtrs during evening. You can track my location on APRS.FI by entering SSID number AA2SD-5 during the contest. Website updates at https://www.aa2sd.com/rover

Bands: 50 144 222 432

Follow Me on https://w3sz.com/map.php

You can track my location on APRS.FI by entering SSID number AA2SD-5 during the contest

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Sunday Jan 21               First Stop of Rove 9-11EST

Mount Penn Reading PA Memorial Fire Tower

1118 Feet Elevation

Grid: FN20BI13QG 

Bands: 50 144 222 432

Start: 1/21/2024 -   9:00:00 AM Eastern

Stop: 1/21/2024 -  11:00 AM Eastern

Sunday Jan 21        Second Stop of Rove  11:30-1:30 PM EST

Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve

1075 Feet Elevation

Grid:  FN10XB89M

Bands: 50 144 222 432

Start: 1/21/2024 -  1:30 PM Eastern

Stop: 1/21/2024 - 1:30 PM Eastern

Sunday Jan 21        Third Stop of Rove  1:30-3:30 PMEST

Salisbury Township Park

Feet Elevation 460 Ft

Grid:   FM19XX78UO 

Bands: 50 144 222 432

Start: 1/21/2024 -  1:30 PM Eastern

Stop: 1/21/2024 -  3:30 PM Eastern

Sunday Jan 21        Fourth  Stop of Rove  3:30-5:00PM 

Brass Eagle Restaurant Parking Lot - Gap PA

Feet Elevation 789 Ft

Grid:   FM29AX17

Bands: 50 144 222 432

Start: 1/21/2024 -  3:30 PM Eastern

Stop: 1/21/2024 -  5:00 PM Eastern

Second Place in the Atlantic Division in my First Contest

Rover Set Up

Antennas Deployed in the Field for my Rover Use

Teletec DXP-V175 VHF Amplifier

Type: Amateur VHF linear amplifier

Frequency range: 144-148 MHz (2 m)

Output power: 175 W

Weight: 6 Kg (13.23 lb)

Manufactured: USA, 1996-199x (Discontinued)

Other: Built-in preamp

New price 1996 in the US: $289.00


Frequency range: 144-148 MHz (2 m)

Output power: 175 W

Power supply: 13.8 VDC (Fixed power cord)

Current drain / power consumption: 25 A

Impedance / connectors: 50 ohm / Two SO-239

Dimensions (W*H*D): 197*51*279 mm (7.75*2*11")

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