[VHFcontesting] 2016 ARRL UHF Contest Cancelled

Ken Kent - KA2LIM ka2lim at stny.rr.com
Fri Mar 11 11:27:03 EST 2016

That sure is a "kick-in-the-head" to all the effort we have been putting
into the K2LIM contest station to provide contact ability up through 10 GHz.
Guess we should have stayed as a 4 band station " L-M".

No input was solicited or given on this issue from any of our operating
group. What a great way to promote and encourage operation on the higher
bands. CANCEL a contest that provided specific activity on the upper bands. 


-----Original Message-----
From: VHFcontesting [mailto:vhfcontesting-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf
Of James Duffey
Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 10:30 AM
To: VHF Contesting Reflector
Cc: James Duffey
Subject: [VHFcontesting] 2016 ARRL UHF Contest Cancelled

This has just been posted on the ARRL site:

< http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-2016-august-uhf-contest-cancelled >

I have promised to myself to try not to make cynical and snarky comments on
this list, but this cancellation of the UHF contest is really trying that

I will be the first to admit that the UHF contest has big problems, I once
went out as a rover and made zero contacts in the whole contest, but if lack
of activity is a problem, one sure way of making sure that activity
decreases, not increases, is to cancel the contest. Then no one can
participate and there will be no activity, the exact opposite of what is

It will be hard to put the contest on hold and then restart it again with
reasonable activity. There is a large risk that interest will be lost
entirely if there is no contest and that the people who had marginal
interest will lose interest in UHF contesting entirely. 

I wonder how many people who provided input to the ARRL VHF Contest
Revitalization Committee suggested that the contest be cancelled until
better alternatives could be found? I wonder how many people would have
answered yes to a question like "With activity in the UHF Contest hovering
between 150 and 250, do you think the contest should be cancelled?" Even a
contest with low participation is better than no contest at all. - Duffey
James Duffey
Cedar Crest NM

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