[VHFcontesting] 6M only category & other ideas.
k1whs at metrocast.net
Sun Jan 11 13:58:10 EST 2015
Wow, you were way ahead of me with that instant ON design. My 6M mobile rig
had a 2E26. It was not instant on, but I did have a Command set for the IF
at 7 Mc and an Intl Crystal 6M converter kit on a PC board. Antenna was a
Saturn 6 from Henry at Hi Par. One big problem was that I had to run this in
my parents car, as I could not even drive yet and didn't own a car.
The next radio club meeting I go to I will push for sponsoring some sort
of VHF contest. While I am waiting for that meeting, I will conjure up some
wild rules that are fun. You know that we could really get carried away with
some crazy contest ideas. The one idea that keeps sticking in my head is a
rover contest where you only get points by working a rover. (Rovers would
only work home stations) I have not figured out entirely what the rovers do
for points though. The cool thing is that whenever a rover sets up, he will
get deluged with a huge pileup. I am thinking that it could also be distance
based with 6 digit squares. The rovers should be encouraged to move around
over a small distance, say 10 miles or km. Another twist might be that they
must use a different frequency at each place with no spotting. Maybe if
some rover guys would e mail me with ideas, that might help. I have zilch
experience as a rover. I have helped to outfit them, and have much
experience finding spots for them, plotting path profiles and such, but have
never operated as one! Maybe you just add up the distance points, and count
multipliers from each site in a cumulative total. That would encourage short
stops, and keep the homies on their toes too. I suppose that having short
distances between rover stops would mean that running and gunning would not
work. Vehicles would have to be stopped to make a bonafide QSO. That might
also be safer too for single op rovers.
So think about it... A home station would have to be constantly tuning
and listening to other stations in hopes of hearing a QSO with a rover
station. When he hears one, he has to aim and peak the rover up, make a
contact, and then go look for another QSO in progress. Remember that home
stations would not be able to work other home stations for points. If you
hear another home station in a DX locality, you can work him, but you will
get no points for the purpose of the contest. You could also call CQ in
hopes that a rover might call you. It could definitely happen especially
when a rover gets to a new spot and needs to work someone with a big signal
so he can get started with his next pileup. I suppose that the home station
should QSY after working that rover. This all needs to be fleshed out.
Places like the midwest with RoverMania could do very well with such a
contest. The rules seem to favor places that are treeless and flat. New
England NY and PA among other places are at a disadvantage, as good rover
sites are few with most sites tree covered. Many hills/obstructions are not
accessible. In such cases stations outside of the Golden Corridor would do
well to use microwaves as lack of trees and a low horizon would favor the
higher bands. The more I think about it, the more I like it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Olson" <callbill at hotmail.com>
To: "Jonesy W3DHJ" <w3dhj at jonz.net>; "VHF Contest Reflector"
<vhfcontesting at contesting.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2015 5:56 PM
Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] 6M only category & other ideas.
> Oooooh, I'm getting nostalgic.. I built a 6M tramsmitter when I was a
> kid.. The final was a 2E24, an "instant heating" version of the 2E26..
>> Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:52:33 -0700
>> To: vhfcontesting at contesting.com
>> Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] 6M only category & other ideas.
>> From: vhfcontesting at contesting.com
>> On Sun, 11 Jan 2015, Bill Olson wrote:
>> >Hey, do you think if we went back to using Megacycles
>> >that activity would improve??
>> heh... +1
>> And, add a category for 2E26's and 6146's.
>> Jonesy W3DHJ
>> Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | http://W3DHJ.net/
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