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Author Topic: Nebraska QSO Party  (Read 1789 times)
KC0SHZ
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« on: April 18, 2006, 07:43:15 AM »

The Nebraska QSO Party is on this Saturday and Sunday
(1700 UTC to 1700 UTC).  There will be a category for 2 meter simplex.  I have never done any contesting.  Any tips for VHF participation?

I have only a 50 watt rig and a 2.5 dB gain antenna (copper pipe J-pole), and thus I will likely make very few contacts.  If I make a couple, that would be great.   I was thinking of calling on 146.52 and then qsy'ing to alternate simplex frequencies.  Are their any good simplex frequencies that people use for 2 meter contests other than the national calling frequency?  
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N0MUD
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2006, 06:10:04 AM »

kc0shz you should be able to go to your local freq list of available simplex freqs put out by your local Council of amateur radio frequencies and that should give you an idea of what is available for simplex freqs.  With that list of avail freqs you can choose any freq that is listed as SIMPLEX and hopefully whoever you make contact with can also talk on the same freq in their state.  With .520 being the supposedly NATIONAL calling freq I say good luck.  My reason for that is two years ago I took a trip by vehicle to the East Coast and I had my Yaesu FT-8800r on all the time with the NATIONAL calling freq of 146.520 on at all times and I never ever heard anyone making any calls for anyone.  I even made calls of CQ CQ CQ and at no time did anyone come back to me.  All I wanted to do was talk and who knows maybe I would have made contact with someone I needed for WAS all bands.

So I say "GOOD LUCK" and "GOOD HAMMIN"...

73's N0mud
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KC0SHZ
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2006, 10:22:11 AM »

Thanks.  I did that.  Found the list of simplex frequencies and made 8 QSO's in about 4 hours.  Had bad signal reports, but found a broken coax connector at the feedpoint of my antenna.  Fixed that and got better reports.

For my first time out and on VHF, I guess 8 is ok.
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