[CQ-Contest] More Sprints

Jeff Stai WK6I wk6i at twistedoak.com
Wed Feb 11 10:44:10 EST 2004

At 05:10 AM 2/11/2004, Cqtestk4xs at aol.com wrote:
>1. I don't get the idea of doing it on 6 10 and 15. I want to work a Sprint
>with some rate, not a VHF contest. There's some consistency with propagation
>on the currently used bands....de K7SV
>I agree.  Lots of guys do not have 6 meter set ups.  With the upcoming dip in 
>sunspots, 10 would be pretty boring. 

The idea was to run this one during a time when sporadic E propagation would be likely - there's no reason for it to be boring: you have the added enjoyment of riding the capricious winds of propagation....

If all you want is rate, use the RTTY rule that allows working a station more than once per band.

Lots of guys do not have 80 meter setups either, but somehow we don't have a problem running a Sprint there. I would submit that creating a 6m setup is a LOT easier than creating an 80m setup. A two or three element yagi on 6m is a piece of cake to build, or you can buy one for around $100, maybe less. Two ten foot poles from radio shack and you are on the air - add a cheap TV rotator if you want to get fancy.

And BTW: sometimes propagation stinks on 80m. We whine about it, sure, but we don't stop trying!-)

73 - jeff wk6i

Jeff Stai               jds at twistedoak.com
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Amateur Radio           WK6I

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