[VHFcontesting] New CQ VHF Rules- BRAVO!

Les Rayburn les at highnoonfilm.com
Fri Apr 22 12:14:31 PDT 2011

I couldn't agree more with Marshall, K5QE and want to applaud the new CQ VHF 
Rules as a step in the right direction.

The notion that VHF Contesting is just the same as HF Contesting is the most 
illogical assertion that I've ever heard. It may be true in the Northeastern 
United States, but for those of us in the fly-over
states, it's nonsense. Nearly every contest that I participate in is 
followed by a ragchewing session the next day on 2 Meters. Inevitably during 
that session, someone will say something like, "I was on for about five 
hours on Sunday...but I didn't hear you".

Usually this is a comment from someone who is well within my normal 
back-scatter range, but with our narrow beamwidth antennas, we simply passed 
each other like ships in the night. Does that happen on HF? Hardly. Listen 
to the bands during a major HF contest at 4 AM and you'll hear tons of 
signals...but listen during the June VHF Sweepstakes and you'll most likely 
hear noise. To say that HF and VHF Contesting are the same, and should have 
similar rules is just nonsense.

Anything that generates activity during a VHF contest is fine with me. 
Self-spotting, Internet Clusters, cell phone calls from rovers, digital 
modes, who cares! I'm on the air to make contacts, something that isn't 
always possible on VHF during non-contest periods. If you allow spotting, 
then the same big guns will still win. Nothing changes, except that we all 
work more stations. Why on God's green earth someone would complain about 
that is beyond me!

Bravo, CQ Magazine. Common sense prevails over the nonsense from Newington 
again. Wake up ARRL.


Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114

6M VUCC #1712
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Life Member Central States VHF Society 

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