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Re: [VHFcontesting] ARRL VHF test "3 BAND" category

To: Jay RM <w9rm@calmesapartners.com>
Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] ARRL VHF test "3 BAND" category
From: John Kludt <johnnykludt@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 10:15:32 -0800
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This may be an opportune time to make suggestions, whatever they may be.  I
recently moved to Idaho from Georgia but wanted to continue to compete in
the Club category via a remote station that is in Georgia.  Northern Idaho
far as I can tell is not a hotbed of VHF/UHF contesting.   The transmitter
is within the circle used by the club.  I asked for a clarification - can I
compete with my club.  The answer was "No -you must *reside *within the
circle."  I said "Okay, but please explain to me the good you are trying to
promote or the evil you are trying to prevent."  I got no answer.  Along
comes the January QST with the opening Editorial form the new CEO of the
League encouraging the membership to email him directly.  So I did.  He
responded that in the spirit of encouraging more participation they are
looking at *all* of the contest rules.   So if you have an idea that might
encourage more participation in VHF/UHF contesting this might be a good
time to get it in.

Not a guarantee of anything but a hopeful sign.

John K7STS (ex-K4SQC)

On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 8:03 AM Jay RM <w9rm@calmesapartners.com> wrote:

> 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 ?
> -W9RM
> DM58 CO
> Keith J Morehouse
> Managing Partner
> Calmesa Partners G.P.
> Olathe, CO
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