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[VHFcontesting] ARRL VHF test "3 BAND" category

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Subject: [VHFcontesting] ARRL VHF test "3 BAND" category
From: Jay RM <w9rm@calmesapartners.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 09:02:39 -0700
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I think it's humorous that a lot of folks still think there is a HIGH POWER
category as a subset of the 3 BAND class.

But, it brings up a question.  I, personally, would be all over a category
like 3 BAND HIGH POWER.  3 band is a natural for where I live and, already
having amplifiers to compete in the traditional high-power class (the
big-boy class....wink wink nudge nudge), I'm not going to put them aside
and take the BIG hit out here in the wilderness of trying to work "locals"
200 miles away with 100W on 432 or, our bread and butter 6M scatter with
low power.

What do others think about petitioning the CAC to add a HIGH POWER
subcategory to 3 BAND ?  It certainly wouldn't diminish the traditional
(it's been around long enough that I can call it that) 3 band class - it
gives people the choice, just like the all-band categories.  But, it WOULD
open up, in my opinion, pretty intense competition for a BUNCH of guys who
know they CAN NOT win the regular high power class which is pretty much
dominated by one or two stations, time after time after time.  I'm not
denigrating the skill and engineering talent required to pull off a top all
band high power station - I salute that.  But, unless you live in a very
select area of the country, with plenty of stations to work above 1296 MHz,
all the gear and skill in the world will do you no good.

I would welcome a 3 BAND HIGH POWER category and I believe it just might
invigorate my rapidly diminishing desire to VHF contest, in general .
Anybody else have an opinion ?


Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO
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