[VHFcontesting] ARRL 222 MHz & Up Contest To Be Held On August 05 and 06, 2017

Zack Widup w9sz.zack at gmail.com
Mon Jul 10 14:48:12 EDT 2017

My station is set up to run QRP Portable and I've entered past ARRL
UHF contests with a 10 watt output (3 watts on 10 GHz). I have an amp
for 432 but it's been ailing and I haven't had it repaired yet. I did
enter as a Rover a couple times in the past, but still limited to 10
watts. I have a 50 watt 1296 amp kit I haven't put together yet and a
25 watt 2304 amp I haven't tried.

I find the weighting of QSO's for the different bands interesting. I
am guessing that they are there to inspire activity on certain bands.
222, 902, 3.4 and 5.7 GHz are under-utilized around here with only one
or two people having 5.7 GHz gear. Lots of people are active on 432,
1296 and 10 GHz.

73, Zack W9SZ

On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 1:05 PM, Bruce Kripton <bkripton at pacbell.net> wrote:
> I knew I should have put more detail in my email so folks wouldn't
> potentially get a bad read, but at 0200 local time, it is what it is...
> To clarify, I was hoping for more classes of entry. Yes, I know there was
> never a single op portable category or class, I was only referencing my
> general mode of operation. Being portable, away from home, I can and do
> dictate how many bands I choose to operate, how many and which modes and
> what power levels from QRP to "high power". Having said that, I can taylor
> my operation and be "competitive" with other folks in whatever class I land
> or operate in. The way it is now, based on region carved out, a single
> operator competes with all other single operators, regardless of time on the
> air, power levels, bands used, portable operation, etc.
> Perhaps after the inaugural run, and feedback comes in, another discussion
> can be had regarding future events.
> 73 - Bruce KG6IYN
> -----Original Message-----
> From: VHFcontesting [mailto:vhfcontesting-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf
> Of Zack Widup
> Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 5:45 AM
> To: VHF Contesting Reflector <vhfcontesting at contesting.com>
> Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] ARRL 222 MHz & Up Contest To Be Held On August
> 05 and 06, 2017
> The ARRL UHF contest never did have a category for Single-Op Portable, but
> probably the multipliers of grid squares has a little difference compared to
> a distance-scoring method. I hope someone does some sort of an analysis and
> comparison after the contest. I know W9GKA was working on such an analysis
> using the distance-based scoring contests that have been done.
> As for me, I'm just interested in working people (or trying to) and creating
> activity and don't much care for awards.
> .73, Zack W9SZ
> On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 4:21 AM, Bruce Kripton <bkripton at pacbell.net> wrote:
>> Hello Pete,
>> I have to share that I'm exceptionally pleased that this contest has
> finally emerged after many many years of discussions and now ARRL
> sponsorship.
>> But, having said that, I'm not so sure I'm likely to be as actively
> engaged with the breakdown of awards and the classifications of entry
> categories. As you already know, I am all for playing radio, promoting VHF
> and up events and contests, and bringing in new folks as well.as those long
> in the hobby but new to things other than HF, but there isn't nearly the
> incentive from an awards perspective for the effort of setting up as a
> single portable operator running low power levels as compared to other VHF
> events and contests....
>> I plan to be on from my usual location, but it's far more likely to be
> more of a spectator sport this time around....
>> '73 - Bruce, KG6IYN
>> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
>>   On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 9:16 PM, peter h via
> VHFcontesting<vhfcontesting at contesting.com> wrote:
>> 1. Objective: Work as many stations as possible on the 222 MHz through 241
> GHz bands using any allowable mode.  A station in a specific grid locator
> may be contacted from the same location only once on each band, regardless
> of mode.
>> 2. Date and Contest Period: The contest is held on the first full
>> weekend of August, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and ending at 1800
>> UTC Sunday (August 5-6, 2017). (11AM PDT Sat. to 11AM PDT Sun.)
>>  For Full Details, Please go to
>> >>>>http://www.arrl.org/222-mhz-and-up-distance-contest<<<<;
>> N6ZE Plans a rove of some type in SoCal on 222MHz (135cm), 432MHz
>> (70cm), 902MHz (33cm), 1296MHz (23cm)
>> (Typical modes will include SSB, CW, & FM)
>> Please get 'on the air' for this event!
>> bt73 Pete, N6ZE
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