VHF contest date change effect

N0bsh at aol.com N0bsh at aol.com
Tue Jun 7 00:11:54 EDT 1994

Just some idle thought in the wee hours of the morning during the 
VHF contest this past weekend:

It would be interesting to tune the bands next weekend around 1700 - 1800 Z
to see how many people are "getting ready" for the 
contest.  You know, the casual type who don't read the magazines but just
know that the VHF contest is always the second weekend in June.  

By the way, who was the person (or persons) responsible for causing this?  I
have heard that it was one person who wanted to 
attend the ARRL National Convention and probably operate the contest as well.
 If this is the case it must be someone who has a lot of clout!  

Why was the convention scheduled for the second weekend anyway?  Did the
league not advise the committee that there was a major, league sponsored,
activity that weekend?  What if they decide that a convention in the future
should be on the first weekend in November?

I'm not sure that the change had a major impact on the results (though the
conditions on 6 sure did.)   The first weekend is a big graduation weekend
around the country and I know of at least a few people who couldn't be on
because of this.

Just something I was wondering while listeing to the S9+10dB precipitation
static on 2M at W0UC/9.

73, Mike  N0BSH

>From rmarosko at bcm.tmc.edu (Ronald J. Marosko)  Tue Jun  7 15:17:10 1994
From: rmarosko at bcm.tmc.edu (Ronald J. Marosko) (Ronald J. Marosko)
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 1994 09:17:10 CDT
Subject: Final Results: W3XO/5 VHF Test
Message-ID: <199406071417.JAA18017 at bcm.tmc.edu>

Call used: W3XO/5 (+K5LLL, KB5NFN)
Grid Square: EM00

  50       311      146
 144        71       19
 220         3        3
 432        21       12
 902         3        2
 1.2         5        3
total      414      185

Overall Score = 83,990

Who said conditions were awful? These were the best I've seen yet.

>From Steve Harrison <sharriso at sysplan.com>  Tue Jun  7 16:19:25 1994
From: Steve Harrison <sharriso at sysplan.com> (Steve Harrison)
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 1994 11:19:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: VHF contest date change effect
Message-ID: <Pine.3.87.9406071125.S25860-0100000 at eagle>

What was really curious to me wasn't simply the change from the second 
weekend to the first, but also the fact that the famous Manassas, VA 
Hamfest, which has traditionally been held during the second weekend, was 
ALSO changed to the first weekend. This was probably because of the 
National; however, I doubt that very many people go to the ARRL's 
national convention from here.

I've got a good idea who may have started the original Nat date change, 
and another good idea who may have seconded the change and suggested 
others that have had a detrimental ripple effect. Grumble grumble...

And, how come Dayton was changed? Growl...

73, Steve KO0U/4 <sharrison at sysplan.com>

>From Skelton, Tom" <TSkelton at engineer.clemsonsc.NCR.COM  Tue Jun  7 19:38:00 1994
From: Skelton, Tom" <TSkelton at engineer.clemsonsc.NCR.COM (Skelton, Tom)
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 94 11:38:00 PDT
Subject: FW: Final Results: W3XO/5 VHF Test
Message-ID: <2DF4BF4A at admin.ClemsonSC.NCR.COM>

Who said conditions were awful? These were the best I've seen yet.

I said they were awful here in the SE USA.  However, as I remember
I also asked everyone to post how it was locally for them.  In the words
of Steve/WS4F:  These are the worst conditions in 19 years of
June contests.  Another person said it sounded like the January
contest instead of the June 'test.

I'm glad someone had good conditions, because we sure didn't!

How was it on the Left Coast??

73, Tom WB4iUX (Tom.Skelton at ClemsonSC.NCR.COM)

>From es at mvuss.att.com (Edward S Parsons +1 508 960 6722)  Tue Jun  7 16:46:00 1994
From: es at mvuss.att.com (Edward S Parsons +1 508 960 6722) (Edward S Parsons +1 508 960 6722)
Date: 7 Jun 94 15:46:00 GMT
Subject: Send Me VHF Results
Message-ID: <9406071549.AA23331 at ig1.att.att.com>

Send me your June VHF Contest results, including band breakdowns, and I 
will post a summary of what I receive to the reflector.

E-mail your info directly to me, not via the reflector.  Tnx.

73, Ed K1TR
es at mvuss.att.com

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