[CQ-Contest] Six Meter Contest

Kenneth E. Harker kharker at cs.utexas.edu
Mon Dec 15 17:51:56 EST 2003

     Having just operated the ARRL 10 Meter Contest this weekend, I think
one of the big contest sponsors (ARRL, CQ, or maybe NCJ) should sponsor a 
similar Six Meter Contest.  Six Meters is a great band, and is the obvious 
gateway band to getting both non-HF ops exposed to contest and HF-style 
operating, and getting HF ops exposed to VHF.  In North America, the only six 
meter single band contests are sponsored by fairly obscure groups and have
predictably low participation.  I can understand the ARRL not wanting to 
sponsor six or seven single band VHF+ contests like they used to do (the 
former ARRL Spring Sprints) but surely a big Six Meter contest would be a 
great thing.

     The 10 Meter could be a guide for format.  The entry categories would
by Single-Op CW (H/L/Q), Single-Op Phone (H/L/Q), Single-Op Mixed (H/L/Q), 
and Multi-op.  Assuming the possibility of Eskip is important, maybe make it
W/VE works everyone, DX works W/VE, and hold it on, let's say, the third 
weekend of May, Saturday 1200 UTC through 0600 UTC Sunday.  Exchange is grids,
scoring is QSOs by grids.  Or something like that.

     Wouldn't that be fun?  

Kenneth E. Harker      "Vox Clamantis in Deserto"      kharker at cs.utexas.edu
University of Texas at Austin                   Amateur Radio Callsign: WM5R
Department of the Computer Sciences          Central Texas DX & Contest Club
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