[VHFcontesting] 10 Meters in ARRL VHF Contests

Duane - N9DG n9dg at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 21 08:34:34 EDT 2013

On Fri, 9/20/13, Bob K0NR - email list <list at k0nr.com> wrote:

 On 9/20/2013 3:05 PM, John Geiger
 > I would definitely have to agree with us.  Logic
 would tell us that there should be more participation on the
 VHF/UHF bands then there used to be, given the availablity
 and cost of all mode rigs combining HF/6m/2m/70cm. Now 6m
 activity has really increased over what it used to be, but I
 think that 2m and 70cm has decreased since I started VHF
 contesting in the mid 80s. I saw a FT100D for sale today for
 $425.  Who would have dreamed 15 years ago of getting
 on 6m with 100 watts, 2m with 50 watts and 432 with 20 watts
 for $425?  In a box smaller than the TR9130 I used to
    I have to conclude that VHF Contesting is
 no fun.
    <runs for cover>
    73, Bob K0NR
John's observation and point are spot on, yes it is cheaper and easier than ever to get onto SSB and CW 6M and up. And Bob, no need to run for cover.... but I think your remark is precisely how the majority of ops who have gotten licensed in the ast 20 or so years do perceive VHF weak signal work, or anything that challenges them within ham radio.. This unwillingness to accept challenges is so pervasive throughout all of today's populace whether they are in ham radio or not. Fix that and things will get better.


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