[VHFcontesting] 432 activity
n6nz at n6nz.net
Tue Dec 11 16:25:07 EST 2001
In my experience rovering in northern Cal (fairly intense for 4 years in
June, then nothing after the baby was born in May 2 1/2 years ago, funny
thing that... anyway), I've only met 1 guy who was only on 432 and up. I
usually carried 50/144/222/432/1.2G. That said, a lot of guys have 432,
and are happy to move when asked, but not enough people "advertise" their
band capability. For me, 432 was always the #3 "money" band. #1 and #2
being 50/144 in some order depending on whether 6M opened nicely or not.
73, Dave N6NZ
At 09:19 AM 12/11/01 -0800, Tree N6TR wrote:
>I have seen some references to "activity hours" for 432 in the VHF
>contests. I was wondering how widespread this concept extends?
>During the June VHF contest, I was surprised to work 45 stations on
>432. This increased my lifetime 432 QSO total to about 48 QSOs. My
>station is an FT-736R - sans preamp, with a 100 watt brick. I had a
>28 element M2 up around 55 feet.
>I am pondering what could be done with some efforts to improve activity.
>One step we are taking is to put a beacon up. I felt really "in the dark"
>about the performance of my station until I actually started working guys
>in the contest. Having some kind of beacon around will allow me to make
>sure my systems performance is up to snuff. It appears I have found a good
>QTH for it - about 30 miles from my QTH. Hopefully, it will be heard from
>Seattle down to Salem (a 200 mile corridor).
>Another step is to try and be active on the band during the week before
>Finally, I am thinking of sending out mailers to the 45 stations I did
>work and encouraging them to spread the word. It would seem that
>announcing some kind of activity period - to focus the random activity
>towards would be useful.
>While most of my 432 QSOs were moved from other bands - it seems there might
>be some guys that show up here and nowhere else.
>Please share any experieces you have had.
>73 Tree N6TR / K7RAT
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