In a message dated 10/5/2006 8:55:18 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
As for VHF/UHF, as an HF contester, I tried it maybe 20 years ago...rather
slow, kinda boring unless you get really psyched by tiny openings which are
"cool" by some measure. On a band like 2m, you have to be a CQ machine and
hope to snag the casual Sunday morning types who make "one pass across the
and turn the rig off. Compared to HF, you sure do a lot of CQing with
relatively very little return. I just felt like I was rev'ing at 8,000 rpms
only moving at 5kph. Im sure things may have changed dramatically in the
last quarter century. LOL.de Doug KR2Q
The difference between HF and VHF is sort of like the difference between
drinking beer and sipping Scotch. On VHF you have to savor every little bit.
Things haven't changed much in the last 20 years, except for six meters from
a favored location in a big opening, where things have improved. There were
big openings this year in the ARRL June VHF QSO Party and the CQ WW VHF
contest. People in the upper midwest in both contests were working 1000+ qsos
If you have only a band or two on VHF things are bound to be slow. With more
bands things get better. The more bands you have, the more possible QSOs and
multipliers you have. Plus it helps the rate to move somebody through 4 or
more bands in a couple of minutes.
I urge everybody with any sort of VHF capable rig to do to be one of those
"casual Sunday morning types", and turn on the rig at least once during a VHF
contest weekend to help out the rest of us who need every qso we can get.
73 - Jim K8MR
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