[VHFcontesting] FM Simplex freqs?

George Fremin III - K5TR geoiii at kkn.net
Tue Apr 30 13:06:58 EDT 2002

On Tue, Apr 30, 2002 at 02:27:49PM -0400, William B. Runyon, Sr. wrote:
> According to the ARRL Band Plan for 2 meters
>     anywhere between 146.40 to 146.58 are simplex freqs
>     146.52 is off limits for contesting however.
>     Also between 147.42 to 147.57 are simplex freqs
> with no restrictions for any particular frequency such as a calling freq like
> 146.52

I think it should be pointed out that the ARRL contest rules state:

	1.8. Use of the national simplex frequency, 146.52 MHz, or
	immediately adjacent guard frequencies, is prohibited.

	1.8.1. Contest entrants may not transmit on 146.52 for the
	purpose of making or soliciting QSOs.

	1.8.2. The intent of this rule is to protect the national simplex
	frequency from contest monopolization.

	1.8.3. There are 1.9. Only recognized FM simplex frequencies may be
	used, such as 144.90 to 145.00; 146.49, .55 and .58, and 147.42, .45,
	.48, .51, .54 and .57 MHz on the 2-meter band.

I do not recall how far from 146.52 you have to be to be off
of the "guard frequencies" but I am guessing it would need
to be more than 10khz. 

I have used 146.52 several times (outside of contests) when the 
band is open with E-skip or tropo.  It is pretty cool to 
work some mobile that is 900 miles away one FM - and it gives
that station something to brag about for weeks.

George Fremin III - K5TR
geoiii at kkn.net

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