[VHFcontesting] The World Above 50 MHz

John Geiger af5cc at fidmail.com
Sun Jan 11 21:25:42 EST 2015

One positive think about QST carrying reports of band openings is that it
might catch the attention on the non-weak signal VHF operator, and show
them what is possible.  If they don't subscribe to the VHF email lists (and
I assume most don't) they might never get beyond the belief that VHF and
above is line of sight, FM, and repeaters. Most local clubs will promote
that idea amongst new hams, so any way we can get the message out as to
what VHF is really about is definitely beneficial.

73 John AF5CC
6 meter addict with no plans for rehab!

On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:56 AM, Les Rayburn <les at highnoonfilm.com> wrote:

> While I appreciate all the work done by QST columnists and authors, I'd
> have to agree. Reading about band openings and activity months after it
> occurred might have made since years ago. But in today's world of e-mail
> lists, social media, and real-time propagation loggers, we can track
> openings as they happen. Reading summaries later is of little interest to
> me.
> I also agree that the pulpit allows a unique opportunity for the columnist
> to inspire, and sometimes give a "push" towards improving your station and
> getting on the air. It was Gene's column several years ago "Chasing VUCC"
> that inspired me to tackle the obstacles of operating with indoor antenna
> and chase a dream. It lead to one of the grandest adventures in my amateur
> life.
> I'd love to see the "formula" approach to the WAFM scrapped, and see a new
> model take it's place.
> --
> --
> 73,
> Les Rayburn, N1LF
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