[VHFcontesting] VHF contesting newbie

w1rrd at columbus.rr.com w1rrd at columbus.rr.com
Thu May 28 07:12:41 PDT 2009

Steve, thanks for taking the time to provide some information on this. I appreciate it.
I'm sure others will chime in as I've always found the ham community helpful to new folks.
Thanks again,

Dick, W1RRD

---- Steve Clifford <k4gun.r at gmail.com> wrote: 
> You chose a bad time to ask this question.  We're in the middle of a very
> heated debate and a lot of guys are deleting a lot of messages from this
> reflector.  Your question however, is a good one.  With your 706, you've got
> a lot of possibilities.  The first thing you need are antennas that are
> horizontally polarized.  Without that, you're not going to hear much.
> There could be a book written about how to get started, but I'll just give
> you one or two tips to get you pointed in the right direction.  On contest
> day, you don't have to bother with the whole 6, 2 and .7 meter bands.  Use
> SSB and scan around 50.125 to 50.225, 144.150 to 155.300 and 432.070 to
> about 432.170.  Most activity on 144 and 432 will be centered close to the
> calling frequencies (144.200 and 432.100).  On 6 meters, things can get
> interesting if there is any E skip.
> Like I said... there is a LOT to learn but this should get you started.
> 73
> Steve
> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM, <w1rrd at columbus.rr.com> wrote:
> > I'm a newbie to VHF contesting and was wondering where I could read up on
> > participating in these events. I've got a base 706, so i think I could
> > operate with that. I'm located in Central Ohio so I'm not sure if there is
> > much activitity in this area. Thanks for any help you can provide.
> >
> > Dick, W1RRD
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