Hello All, Well another VHF contest has come and gone and I hope everyone had fun using all the different modes available to make those contacts. Each modeMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 14, 2005View SourceHello All,Well another VHF contest has come and gone and I hope everyone had fun using all the different modes available to make those contacts. Each mode has its own unique advantage under different band conditions. SSB being used when ever possible..CW always the back up when SSB can't make it and when Aurora conditions occur....WSJT for working those grids that aren't usually worked under normal conditions and even FM simplex. So many ways to make those contacts now days.Many took advantage of pre- arranged skeds while others battled it out making random contacts, ect... The one thing I would like to bring to everyones attention is the fact that contacts arranged during the contest on the internet, telephone..email, repeaters, ect. are not legitimate contacts in ARRL contest, so one might want to use good judgement when deciding whether to use these contacts when tabulating a contest score. I don't know how close the ARRL or other contest bureau's monitor this but I hope they will not omit certain modes in the future because some might take advantage of it.Below is the rule as stated under ARRL general contest rules...........
3.10.The use of non-Amateur Radio means of communication (for example, Internet or telephone) to solicit a contact (or contacts) during the contest period is not permitted.
I am just mentioning this to let those people know that may not be aware of the rule....and I have not seen a problem with this but it could be a problem in the future. I myself want to work every grid I can possibly work whether in a contest or not!
73's and see you all in 144 MHZ Sprint on Sept 19th 7-11 PM local times...