[Mw] Re: [VHFcontesting] ARRL Membership Services
Committee VHF/UHF Award...
k3dne at adelphia.net
Thu Oct 10 18:17:43 EDT 2002
Well put, Bill.
There are many ways to increase activity as has been expressed very well
past few days on these reflectors.
I have been impressed by the amount of activity in past January VHF SS
with club competition. ARRL recently added the September VHF QSO Party as
competition and I don't see why the June version of that contest, the ARRL
and the CQWW VHF contest should not be included for club competition. At
presentations could be given to encourage members to participate AND submit
by encouraging club member participation in VHF+ contests we could target
the casual ops to
send in scores, get to the FM ops to send in scores and hopefully explore
the weak signal
portion of the bands (on SSB/CW, of course) and to hit the HF ops
(especially HF contesters)
to try out VHF+ contesting. At the club level, awards could be given out
to top scorers in the
club. I am a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC), which is more
of an HF contesting
club, but in recent years has become very competitive in VHF+ club
competition. PVRC awards an
engraved gavel to it's club station with the highest score in each club
competition contests. We
also have other club awards to stimulate contest activity (which works well
to increase HF contest
There is an Introduction to VHF/UHF Weak-Signal Operating by N1DPM and
WA2TEO (now K1TEO)
- A downloadable presentation YOU can present to your local club on the
NEWS web-page at
Happy VHF+ contesting!
At 11:54 PM 10/9/2002 -0400, Bill Seabreeze wrote:
>While I agree, that it's nice to see your call in the magazine,
>let's not forget that the biggest problem we are facing is dropping
>We all need to try hard to help potential newcomers, FM converts, etc to
>discover SSB/CW on the higher bands. I have run across many hams
>on FM who tell me they tried 2/432 SSB and couldn't find anybody to work.
>Many of these guys think 2m is only good for a 50 mile radius or so.
>I think we really need a grass roots effort to try and point these guys
>some local nets, etc. to let them see how much fun the higher bands can be.
>We should all be salesmen, to try and keep the bands alive. There are real
>serious threats out there to our bands. There are also many interested
>bystanders who need some good advice about how to find some activity.
>Even a guy with a 706 and a gringo-stranger antenna can be shown the
>"light" of narrowband communications. Please help these guys out. Spread
>the word about our activities. GET ON and show these guys what is possible
>with weak-signal equipment. Many of us old farts are becoming less active,
>and we need to find several young replacements for each of ourselves. They
>are out there.
>While I have sent my suggestions to the ARRL, it's not up to them to bring
>activity to your door (although they're trying hard!)...it's up to us. I
>also need to realize that contests can be intimidating to newcomers, and
>need a chance to get their feet wet by finding some local activity. Maybe
>can get some more nets going, or at least help new guys to find the existing
>nets. When I first got on 2m AM, I really enjoyed rag chewing with local
>guys about equipment building, parts availability, antenna options, etc. We
>just need to hook up with the many like-minded hams who are out there,
>waiting to be discovered.
>The bands you help save may be your own. Let's get busy! We need more
>RF savvy guys in industry in the USA, and we can help grow some right here
>within our beloved hobby. VHF & up hamming is lots more fun with more
>If you're not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem!
>Your enthusiasm can really be contagious. So can your apathy.
>Make the choice! Let's roll!
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