[CQ-Contest] Re: [VHFcontesting] Six Meter Contest

Bob Naumann - N5NJ n5nj at gte.net
Tue Dec 16 10:20:19 EST 2003

I suppose it all depends on what you're looking to do.  

If you're looking to have fun and work stateside stations, and some DX if the considitons will allow, then 6 meters in the June contest is for you.  If enjoying some of the propagation that 6 meters offers, the best time to do that is during the June VHF contest.

The SMIRK and the 6-Club single band contests have no participation.  I've tried to work both, and have heard no one on.  It's pathetic.

I don't think it would be to anyone's interest to start up another single band VHF contest.

To be honest, unless you're blessed with being within line-of-site to one of the major population centers of the U.S. with lots of 2m FM types, it mostly is a 6m contest.  Sure, there are some opportunities to work someone occasionally on 2m, and you can coordinate to work some of them on 432 or higher if you pass them from band to band.  But, for most of the country, the only place you can run stations, if the band opens, is on 6m.  

Even here in the Dallas area, we don't have the VHF crowd to draw from like NYC or Chicago or LA has.

I'd rather see the participation level of the existing VHF activities grow, rather than try to thin it out.


From: "Kenneth E. Harker" <kharker at cs.utexas.edu>
Date: 2003/12/16 Tue AM 10:02:22 CST
To: George Fremin III <geoiii at kkn.net>
CC: CQ Contest <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Re: [VHFcontesting] Six Meter Contest

On Tue, Dec 16, 2003 at 07:30:26AM -0600, George Fremin III K5TR wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2003 at 05:51:56PM -0600, Kenneth E. Harker wrote:
> > 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.
> While I think a single band 6 meter contest would be intresting
> I really do think there are already two events in the correct 
> area of the year that can be entered as single band six 
> meter contests.  The ARRL June VHF contest has the most 
> people on in one weekend of any contest on 6 meters and 
> the band winners are listed.  The CQ VHF contest in July 
> is a two band contest and you can enter it as 6m single band
> I am sure.

The June VHF Contest, though, is not a single-band contest.  Entering
six meters only in that contest would be much like entering the 10M 
single band category in CQWW or the ARRL DX Contest - it's a fine thing
to do, but it's not the same as a single band contest.  And, at least 
in the writeup for the 2003 ARRL June VHF QSO Party, there is no more
reporting on band leaders in QST - you have to go the ARRL Member's Only 
expanded results, and even then they only show QSO leaders by band and 
multiplier leaders by band - they do not show a score leader by band.  
And nobody gets single band awards in the ARRL June VHF QSO Party, so 
it's sort of questionable that there's anybody who really takes a 
single-band effort in that contest seriously.

The CQWW VHF Contest does have provisions for single-band six meter 
entries - but it's still a two-band contest.
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