[VHFcontesting] IRLP Contest????

Kenneth E. Harker kenharker at kenharker.com
Tue Mar 15 15:16:06 EST 2005

On Tue, Mar 15, 2005 at 12:50:46PM -0500, Ed K1EP wrote:
> And while the ARRL is advocating this practically non-radio event, 

To be fair, this is NOT an ARRL-sponsored radio contest.  It is personally 
sponsored by WB7OTQ.  It is being reported on the ARRLWeb merely as a 
news-worthy item.

My take on this is that, like a few "cumulative contests" I've seen 
VHF/UHF weak signal groups sponsor (which might last an entire year,)
there will end up being only two or three people serious enough to send 
in a log, and perhaps even fewer who actually care about the results.  
The value of something like this (alas, why do they have to use the 
term "contest" for these kinds of events?) is not so much that there 
is actual demand for this kind of operating event, but that it can 
generate a lot of PR for the mode/club/individuals involved.  This 
seems to be more of an issue on VHF/UHF than it does on HF.

> I am still trying to obtain a VUCC certificate.  I say trying because 
> some of my 100+ confirmations are electronic and the ARRL doesn't 
> accept electronic submissions for VUCC.  Electronic QSLs?  Yes, the 
> ARRL doesn't accept their own LoTW electronic QSLs for VUCC.  Maybe 
> I should shut off my radio and start making QSOs over the Internet.  
> Wouldn't have to worry about propagation, interference, government 
> allocations, or even losing the spectrum. 

Actually, from what I understand (not having used the technology myself,)
IRLP actually requires a radio link on either end of the communications 
circuit.  EchoLink, on the other hand, does not have that requirement, and
there are users of the EchoLink system who do not use radios at all, but
Internet-connected PCs.

> At 3/15/2005 12:18 PM, KG4RUL - Dennis Zabawa wrote:
> >PLEASE!  Can someone describe to me WHAT is the "Contest" aspect of an IRLP contact?  Also, when figuring out what is and IRLP "DX" contact, is the distance end-to-end or just the RF paths on each end?  It seems to me that "DX" of Peoria to Pretoria contact should be the total of the distance the signals from the transceivers travel to the IRLP nodes involved and not one inch more!  That boils down to very little radio and a LOT of wire and fiber optic cable connectivity.
> >
> >Dennis / KG4RUL
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Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
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