[VHFcontesting] Re: ARRL VHF+ contest proposals: input invited

dpease at adams.net dpease at adams.net
Sun Feb 22 13:45:35 EST 2004

I agree with these statements and would like to see 222 used more casusaly, 
plus more activity in contests.  Where I am, there is no activity outside of 
the few contests a operate a year.  I would love to see more contests, 
operating events or activity days that include 222.

Danny  NG9R 

Ron Hooper writes: 

> For those of you that have not operated 222 before or reluctant to purchase
> equipment for that band, you need to reconsider. For a long time now that
> band has been under pressure to be taken over by another service. Since 222
> is not commonly sold on the many 3 or 4 band VHF/HF rigs, it has remained in
> the lower activity status. The propagation conditions on 222 compare more to
> 144 mhz than it does on 432. You can actually work aurora and meteor scatter
> on 222, where as on 432 it is extremely rare. 
> I heard comments like, "its just another band to take" and "not enough
> activity" for years now. I think it is time for the ARRL to actually do
> something positive to enhance operation on 222 by increasing the contact
> points enough to make it worth the time for stations to get on and be active
> during the contest. I know many will disagree and would simply allow the
> band to disappear, but isn't that band worth fighting to keep in the ham
> spectrum? 
> Ron W4WA 
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Danny Pease
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