[CQ-Contest] RE: [WSVHF] VHF Sprints

Russ Pillsbury k2txb at dxcc.com
Wed Apr 14 17:39:17 EDT 1999

I don't like the idea of making the VHF contests like the lowband contests.
It's fun when we get a good band opening and it really gets hectic, but if
the contests were always like that, it would not be fun - it would be just
hard work.  If people want to make the contests into a test to see how many
times they can say hellogoodbye in 4 hours, then I'll do something else.

One further thing, I like the single band contests because it gives a chance
to see what one can do with full attention to a band.  So many contests go
by and I find that a choice dx contact was missed because I was on another
band at the time.  And it's fun to see how your one band station measures up
against others.

I guess that's all I have to say on the matter.  If you still think the
sprints should be on all bands at once, then we'll just have to agree to

Very 73, Russ K2TXB

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-wsvhf at qth.net [mailto:owner-wsvhf at qth.net]On Behalf Of
> George Fremin III
> Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 1999 2:48 PM
> To: Russ Pillsbury; cq-contest mail list; wsvhf at qsl.net
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] RE: [WSVHF] VHF Sprints
> Russ Pillsbury writes:
> > PS: For example, I worked 154 stations on 2 meters this sprint.  The top
> > station in this area worked 226 q's.  If we take 150 stations,
> and work them
> > on 6 and 2, and then work half of those stations on 222 and
> 432, and then
> > work half of them on 903 and 1296, we come up with a total of 525 q's in
> > just 4 hours.  That's 2.2 qso's per minute including band
> changes, with no
> > time out to drink or pee!  It might be fun to do it once, but
> it's not my
> > idea of a good contest.
> These contests are called sprints.
> Sprint: 1. To run or race at full speed, esp. for a short distance.
> This sort of rate is often acheived in HF contests and sometime
> even on 6 meters.  I just looked at the last two all band
> HF contest efforts I did.
> In the WPX SSB contest I made 546 contacts in the first 4 hours.
> It is true I only made 43 band changes in that 4 hours....
> In the SS SSB I usually make between 550 and 600 QSO in
> the first 4 hours and the exchange is about 5 to 6 times
> as long as the one in the VHF contests.
> These rates are not that fast - in the 10 meter
> contest I had four consecutive hours on Sat. morning
> that totaled 731 contacts.  Of course I did not have
> to change bands.
> In most of these HF contests I dont even get out of the
> chair for 6 to 9 hours at a time or more.  Of course many
> of them last 36 or 48 hours so I dont get much if
> any sleep either.  When I do a VHF contest - I operate it
> the same way.  Back when I was starting out in contesting
> I was told that the only way to make contacts was to
> stay in the chair in front of the radio.
> This even applies to VHF contesting - and maybe even
> to a larger degree - due to the fact that band openings
> are very short and VERY unpredictable.

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