[VHFcontesting] Bringing newbies to VHF-UHF
w9sz at prairienet.org
Thu Mar 1 14:52:08 EST 2007
The contest is still thriving! I took over for Sean when he left this
area. We had one back at the end of January. According to the logs sent
in, there were 32 different callsigns in the logs. I posted the results
I received many comments from people asking if we could have more of them
in a year. We're looking at four a year right now.
So this is a start! I'm thinking we can have a get-together of the
participants and then I can invite them to see what a weak-signal
VHF contest looks like.
73, Zack W9SZ
On Thu, 1 Mar 2007, Sean Kutzko wrote:
> For me, I was interested in showing the local Techs
> ("shack-on-a-belt") around Champaign, IL that there
> was more to 2m than just repeaters. I started
> sponsoring a 1-hour 2m FM simplex contest for hams in
> the area, using cities as multipliers. Rovers were
> accepted. This introduced a bunch of locals not only
> to the potentials of VHF, but contesting as well. The
> results were very strong; many of the new participants
> from the university ham club had never operated
> anything other than 2m or 440 through a repeater. The
> concept of simplex was new to them.
> This local contest, coupled with Field Day, did
> wonders to open the eyes of the newer folks to VHF
> weak-signal work.
> Open up your shack to anybody who's interested. Answer
> questions. Be an Elmer. Offer to teach classes through
> your local club. Enthusiasm is contagious.
> Sean Kutzko, Amateur Radio KX9X
> Gillespie, IL Grid EM59cd
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