[VHFcontesting] 2016 ARRL UHF Contest Cancelled

Marshall-K5QE k5qe at k5qe.com
Sat Mar 12 12:24:00 EST 2016

Hi Ken and all interested in this topic....I know a few of the members 
of the Committee.  ALL of the members of the committee are true VHFers 
and in my opinion, they really do care.

I hope that something can be found that will bring this contest back.  
Unfortunately, in my area, there is nothing on UHF+, which makes it hard 
to find the enthusiasm to get on and operate......Also, I now have only 
6M thru 432, so I would be operating a 2 band contest.  That is OK, if I 
could find anyone to work......a chicken-egg problem....

73 Marshall K5QE

On 3/12/2016 7:16 AM, Ken Kent - KA2LIM wrote:
> I answered those questions back last fall, way ahead of the deadline. I
> thought they were pretty lame then and still do now. That being said, I did
> comment on how I go about showing and helping those interested in the upper
> bands, how to build and operate and get on the air on the microwave bands. I
> will also bet that the majority who answered the poll care nothing about
> VHF/UHF/Uwave.
> I will make a statement here that will probably "piss off" a lot of people
> but it is the truth: All these "so called" committees care about is anything
> and everything to with HF. Been that way forever and still that way today.
> "actions speak louder than words"
> When VHF/UHF/Uwave is mentioned to the general populous in this hobby, all
> that comes to their mind is FM. When you talk about weak signal operation
> all you get is the thousand mile stare.
> As for trying to get CQ to do something, That's a dead horse running that
> doesn't know it's dead.
> Ken
> -----Original Message-----
> From: VHFcontesting [mailto:vhfcontesting-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf
> Of Ward Silver
> Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 12:36 PM
> To: vhfcontesting at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] 2016 ARRL UHF Contest Cancelled
> The CAC does not have final say over anything and only considers HF
> contesting issues, anyway.  Reading the announcement carefully, the issues
> are being handled by an ad hoc VHF Contesting Revitalization Committee and
> the board's Programs & Services Committee made the final decision.
> The ad hoc committee is collecting input on what kind of UHF/microwave
> contests the community wants, when they should be held, etc.  While there
> may be some disagreement about the order in which things are being done,
> there is significant interest and goodwill for UHF/microwave contests.  I
> suggest that you think of what kind of contest you would like to see, write
> it up, and submit it to the email address N0JK provided.  Consider what
> would attract new hams to give these contests a try, what would drive
> technical innovation, is a single time period the right way to go, should
> there be new categories or styles of operation?
> Put those thinking caps on and send in your ideas.
> In case there is any confusion, I do work with the writeup authors but I am
> *not* a member of the ad hoc committee.
> 73, Ward N0AX
> On 3/11/2016 11:05 AM, vhfcontesting-request at contesting.com wrote:
>> ARRL Ad Hoc Subcommittee on VHF and Above Revitalization made the
> recommendation to cancel the UHF contest. Last year they asked for input on
> how "to expand participation in the August UHF contest. To that end they are
> asked for responses to the following questions:
>> ? Are you now active on UHF?
>> ? How often do you presently operate in the ARRL UHF contest ? never,
> occasional, or always?
>> ? If you do not presently participate, why not?
>> ? If you do not presently participate, what changes might compel you to
> participate in the future?
>> ? What are your ideas for attracting more amateurs to UHF operation in
> general?
>> Please submit your comments by October 1, 2015 to:vhf-input at arrl.org
>> Did you comment?
>> They still may be open to comments. The CAC though likely had the final
> say on the cancellation.
>>    - N0JK
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