past VHF/UHF+ adventures (send more)
This is a gallery of VHF/UHF-and-up photos, mostly from
rovers scattered across 5,000 miles of America. Yes, it's 5,000 miles
from Mt. Airy Packrat country, site of some of the first photos here, to Hawaii,
where one of the later photos was taken. A highlight here is a gallery
Subaru rovers--more than you've probably ever seen in one place.
Please send more photos--even if you don't rove in a Subaru!
No rover in recent years has earned a
higher profile than Andrea Slack, K2EZ, with "Rover" (that's its name
and is capitalized). Andrea first gained notoriety by activating
at least 27 grid squares during a single contest on a drive from her
home in New Jersey to her workplace in Texas. Then she started
winning plaques for finishing #1 nationally, first as a four-band limited rover and then as an all-band classic rover.
Here's Rover in its current configuration as of early 2021.
Andrea drives Rover every day with those antennas permanently mounted. Rover has more than 300,000 miles on its odometer.
Rick Rosen, K1DS, the Mt. Airy Packrats' most active rover over the last
two decades (or more), sent this photo. The lift supports the microwave
antennas for K3IPM (not for roving).
is what we're more accustomed to seeing when K1DS/R is in the field during
the UHF contest. He must be pretty serious about 5.7, 10 and 24 GHz!
AA2UK is also serious about the UHF contest and VHF+ contests
in general. He had the #1 single operator high power entry in the
2003 UHF contest and has built high-profile rovers such as the one
with a 28-foot mast shown here. He also built another rover with
a telescoping mast more than 50 feet high!
Here we have a major achievement and a potential disaster.
N0DQS/R is positioned to run a 24 GHz rain scatter schedule with KM0Tornado
(not Mike's usual phonetics) while Mike is busy photographing a tornado
behind his house. The May 1 twister did NOT strike the house, and
KM0T did work N0DQS for his 20th grid on 24 GHz. Early May is a prime
tornado season around Mike's northern Iowa QTH.
K1IIG sent photos of his impressive home station. At
left are two towers with VHF-UHF-microwave antennas. At right, Steve's
tilt-over tower is down so 10 GHz can be added to the array.
This is K1DY/R, set up about as far northeast as anyone roves
in the United States: the middle of the state of Maine.
Moving more than a 1,000 miles west from K1DY's haunts
in Maine, here's N0KP's microwave rover in Northern Lights Radio Society
country, the home of Rovermania.
This is Dave, N0KP, at his operating position.
We hope he puts a few things away before he drives, so he can be
around to take part in Rovermania again!
Now we begin our Subaru rover gallery with W0ZQ's new
Subaru rover, still in the land of
10,000 lakes Rovermania.
Here's W0ZQ's earlier Subaru rover. The antenna
platform is different and has no antenna rotator, but the car has standard
Subaru engineering: all-wheel drive with a "boxer" horizontally opposed
engine. Scroll up and down to compare Jon's two rover installations.
Then scroll on down to see more Subaru rovers...
W3DHJ, sent this photo of his new Subaru XV Crosstrek, outfitted for roving
with solar power! Because he now lives in Pueblo, Colorado, this
was probably taken near there. He is adding antennas for the UHF
Now we've moved to the west coast for this view of N6NB's
Subaru rover at California's Gaviota State Beach in CM94--a prized DX multiplier
if you're on the UHF+ bands in Southern California. But wait.
More Subaru rovers are just below.
This is W6XD/R in a... Subaru.
We've backtracked to New Mexico for this Subaru rover
photo. N6MU (left) and K2MM are ready to go.
KK6MC, who lives in New Mexico, sent photos of two more Subaru
rovers: his original Outback (left) that caught fire during a rove,
and the Forester that replaced it. Did you ever notice that little
things like fires and tornados don't stop hams?
|Well, the rover at right is not a Subaru, but it's an
effective rover. Here it's set up for the UHF contest. K6AH
was #1 nationally in the June 2013 VHF contest with this Toyota FJ Cruiser.
No, this is NOT a Subaru, either. It's a rented
Jeep Compass ready to rove up and down the slopes of Hawaii's Mauna Loa
volcano (with Manua Kea in the background). N6NB had roved too high
in this photo--above the top of the trans-Pacific tropo duct and near the
famous KH6HME beacon site. Only by roving back down into the duct
was it possible to make record-setting microwave contacts on this particular
day. The duct is often only 800 feet deep and can vary from 4,000'
to more than 8,000' in elevation. If you're too high or too low,
signals can be attenuated a lot.
Marie, W1TAI (left), and her sister Carrie, W6TAI, celebrate
making a 24 GHz contact. Um, the truth is that this photo was staged.
But they were excited
when they made 24 GHz contacts during the
2014 UHF contest. They tied for second overall in single op, low
power, using a shared fixed station under the family rule. Carrie
has the distinction of being the first woman to finish #1 nationally in
the rover category of an ARRL contest (June, 2010).