[VHFcontesting] FM-Only Frequencies?

Les Rayburn les at highnoonfilm.com
Tue Dec 11 19:46:05 EST 2012

I'm excited about the new "FM Only" category that is scheduled to debut 
in this January's VHF Sweepstakes Contest. I hope that other weak-signal VHF
operators are also looking forward to this development.

For most of us, it may mean adding a higher gain vertically polarized 
antenna, more power on FM, etc.

My only concern is that it may be difficult for newcomers to "find" weak 
signal operators who are looking for them. The National Simplex 
frequency is off-limits, of course,
so what frequencies will you be monitoring in your area? For distant 
questions, it's really necessary to monitor with the squelch 
off--meaning that it would be helpful
to have two or three frequencies where weak signal operators could look 
for newcomers and casual operators.

Personally, I think it would be great if the ARRL had published 
"recommended" frequencies for the contest, but so far that suggestion 
hasn't been acted on. So,
I'm curious--

1.) What are other weak signal operators doing differently in this 
contest to support more FM activity? I'd love to hear about changes in 
operating strategy, new or
improved gear, etc.

2.) What frequencies will you be monitoring or do you think will be 
active in your area?


*Les Rayburn, N1LF*
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