[CQ-Contest] VHF Contest - Self Spotting

Gerry Hull gerry at yccc.org
Thu Jun 11 21:07:33 EDT 2015

Lots of great comments here.  No "wrong" opinions.

We all see the value of this experiment differently.  Yes, a spot from a
guy 150 miles away not be of help to a small station on 6 meters... but
that same guy spotting would be very valuable to people on 2, 222, 432,
1.2, 3.4, 5.6 and even 10 GHz!  On those bands, knowing WHERE you might
point your antenna is very important.  In any given VHF contest, I bet 25%
of QSOs are missed because antennas were pointing past each other.  This is
not the case on HF.  On HF, many people hear stations.  Above 50 MHz,
people might not even point their antenna your way UNLESS you spot.
Completely different scenarios.

Six is more like HF -- if Es or F2 happens, lots of people hear the
stations, and spot them.

That said, see you from the Mountaintop -- W2SZ, Mt. Greylock, MA --
FN32jp, 6m though 24 GHz.

73, Gerry W1VE
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On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 2:20 PM, Jim Brown <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com>

> On Thu,6/11/2015 10:09 AM, Ed Sawyer wrote:
>> I must have "missed the memo" on this one if there was ever any dialog
>> concerning this.  Anyone else think this is just a bad idea?
> How much weak signal VHF/UHF work do you do?  I think it's a great idea.
> VHF/UHF is quite different from HF. In essence, the new rules open up the
> contest for WSJT modes.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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