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Author Topic: ARRL VHF/UHF QSO contest June 8-9 2019  (Read 634 times)

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« on: June 04, 2019, 12:16:43 PM »

This weekend is the June VHF contest it covers all bands from 6m (50mhz) to as
high as you can go and all modes.

For the QRP operators there is a category to compete in.
Single Operator Portable:
*Ten (10) W PEP output or less.
*Portable power source.
*Portable equipment and antennas.

Rover is possible too.

So if you have a FT817/818, IC703(HF+6m version) and many other radios go for it.


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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2019, 03:45:55 AM »

Gil is not going to like this.....,125248.0.html



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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2019, 09:01:48 AM »

It is interesting how people always seem to think that their particular flavor of "ham radio" is the holy one. Gil likes to operate portable mainly on CW and you must "ragchew with him" or he is miffed.  A contest exchange just pizzes him off.  Live and let live I say.  Nothing wrong with operating portable on CW and ragchewing, but nothing wrong with contesting either.

73  James K0UA
ARRL Missouri Technical Specialist

Posts: 1794

« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2019, 10:28:22 AM »

CW on 6, 2M, and up is good, higher points too.

Then again I'm a believer that QRP is not restricted to CW.


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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2019, 04:03:31 PM »

" must "ragchew with him" or he is miffed..."

I know Gil rather well, and frankly, don't see that statement above as accurate at all.  The almost unending string of weekend HF contests ( often more than one per weekend, beginning Friday and ending Sunday ) , blot-out the vast majority of ham radio operators who would actually like to communicate with each other some weekend.

The QRM-culture is not going away; I understand that, but I also see that no solution is offered to make contests compatible with fellow hams.

de Ray  ..._ ._

Ps. Contests ARE good training, I will admit that: for operating a radio in an Electronic Warfare / Heavy Jamming Environment :-)


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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2019, 07:53:28 AM »

Hello. It's not the concept of the contest that is a problem in my opinion, it's that they use the whole bands from top to bottom. They are the ones who think contesting is the only radio activity taking place on those week-ends. They park on QRP calling frequencies, calling for hours with a couple seconds between calls... Then it's often not just one band but the whole of HF (except WARC bands for which not everyone is equipped), and in this case 6m up.

When those contests are taking place anyone not participating might as well plan a different activity all together that week-end because operating is impossible. And I don't mean just difficult, really impossible.

If you love going to the public beach to soak up some sun but every few week-end every square meter of sand is taken up by a soccer player hitting balls and sand in your face every few seconds, it's no fun anymore... The soccer match could be contained on a delimited soccer field on the beach... But no, and the hell with everyone else. And don't ask me to play soccer on the beach, I'd rather go swim in a swarm of jellyfish.

The last article I read was about the IARU wanting to extend the 6m band coverage in Europe from 50-52 to 50-54MHz without creating interference to primary users, us Hams being secondary, is going to do so by organizing a contest on 6m to show it's possible!! Best way to lose the 6m band all together!! What a bunch of total idiots.

Why can't contest organizers consider other people? Hell, leave 50kHz contest-free, I'll be happy...

The weird thing is that I have met very nice people who love contests... I also have met very nice people who once behind a wheel will chase you then beat you up with a baseball bat for cutting them off on the road... I had a girlfriend like that, nicest girl you'd have ever met, until she got in her car... But I digress... Psychologically interesting nevertheless.

It's the total, utter lack of respect of the organizers and lots of the participants that pisses me off. It's taking all the bandwidth for days with QRO power and ZERO respect for others that pisse me off. When we tell them, they don't give a rat's ass, excuse my French, but they don't. They probably think there are no issues with contesting at all and it doesn't bother anyone but a few people like me, but it isn't the case... Because nice people don't raise their voices (I'm not always nice)... I don't even send "f_ck test" on automatic call every five seconds, because I respect the amateur spirit. Contesting, most of the time, does not. Every call they send is a "FU" to me and countless other users who can't enjoy their hobby, maybe on the only remote vacation week-end they've had in years... But who cares right?

I'll finish by saying that I do reply to DX calls even knowing it's going to be a fake 599 report and last five seconds... I don't like it much, but to each his own, as long as you don't prevent my pursuit of happiness... I slow down for beginners, I send ? then QRL to meke sure I don't bother anyone. I operate CW, SSB, FM, AM and digital, mostly CW and a bit of SSB, FM on VHF.

Bottom line is, I don't like disrespect, rude behavior and people kicking sand in my face... I don't care about contesting, I just hate bullies, especially those I can't grab by the neck.



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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2019, 08:09:33 AM »

I'm with Gill and others.

Contest ops that do not respect long standing nets and QSOs
have been a issue for many decades.  There are many solutions,
one being join in, give a few points, some will talk for a bit.  The
other is WARC bands as most contests contacts on those bands
and 60M are not allowed.  Watch, someone will find a WARC
band contest!  Most of the larger contests are no WARC and
some specify the watering hole and  calling frequencies are to
be kept clear.

That means 60, 30, 17 and 12M are very likely to be unmolested.
OK other than the DX ops with  "call, 59, 73, QRZ" doing
the "howmanycontactscanImake" operation.

For the VHF/UHF ops any contact is welcome (so much hiss so few Qs)
so most of that does not apply.  Smiley


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