Sad to say, times continue to change , & some of us think NOT for the better.
My formative years were with K1YLU on mt wachusett, ma & i also spent some time
in the 90s with WB2ODH/6 on Mt Pinos/Frazier, ca.
Those were great times, but fewer people with substantial stations overall are
very active with 50mhz & up any more.
I work to get get newbies active, but most do not progress beyond using a
J-pole instead of a rubber duckie.
I’ve been roving a bit & that specialized bit of ham radio is still fun: even a
hard fought 33cm QSO with an ALINCO handheld & small yagi is fun.
At my age, transporting a bunch of extra gear & antennae does NOT entice me to
carry more gear & cables to do FT....
Just remember that 50mhz & up contesting varies greatly in different parts of
north America. An effort which yields 20 qso & 4 grids is a joke in most
cases: in Reno, nv that is a huge effort; in worcester, ma that is not an
effort at all.
BUT, i’m gonna continue vhf contesting.
Sent from my iPhone
VHFcontesting mailing list