6 and 2m activity this weekend
- Relayed for kc9bqa, <sprinkies@...>
New poster KC9BQA here. I'm Todd, right across the lake in Sheboygan
Co. WI. Big lover of V/UHF, and I want to share a fun ham activity
this weekend of which you may not be aware.
Many of us in S WI and N ILL will be on 6m and 2m FM simplex, making
contacts with anyone for this weekend's CQ VHF Contest.
We're asking for your help because you're not that far away in W MI,
especially with a water path between us. Many of you have surely heard
distant repeaters "skip in". Well, this weekend we're looking for you W
MI hams to make some noise on 6 and 2 meter FM simplex. Work each
other, or maybe work some of the
stronger stations across the Lake. Listen carefully, with squelch low
and with headphones, so you can hear the weak stations, because those
are your best contacts in a contest.
We're going to focus in on two time periods for FM activity in this
contest. 10pm-midnight on Sat. July 17th and 7-9am on Sun. July 18th.
All times eastern. Those times were chosen to take advantage of the
tendency to have better band conditions later at night and early in the
The frequencies to use are 52.525 on 6 meter FM mode. On 2 meters,
we're talking 146.550-146.580 primary, but be ready to spread out to
146.400-146.490 simplex as well, if it's busy.
There is no contesting on repeaters, nor on the 146.505-146.535
frequencies. This protects the 146.52 national call freq. on 2m FM.
You do not have to "be in the contest" to enjoy this. You can just hand
out points on a casual basis. V/UHF contests are WAY more casual than
HF ones. We also need new ops, so consider this a friendly invite.
Have a new ham radio experience. Talk with some new hams. Hear what
VHF can sound like when the bands are alive with activity. Any V/UHF
contest is a great time to experience this.
Talk this concept up with your ham buddies and get on the air this
weekend. It will generate a lot more contacts, if you share some
enthusiasm with others. Nobody likes dead bands.
Thanks for your time, I'm done with the short version.
For those who enjoy more detail, there's a wealth of contesting info up
on my website -- http://www.kc9bqa.com I will let you know that I'm
very thorough, so you may want to visit when you have some time. I'd
pay especially close attention to the posts I made on July 11 and
12th. That has everything you need to get up to speed with what's
going on this weekend.
It will also get you thinking about reaching beyond the local repeater,
improving your station's range, and expose you to another interesting
aspect of ham radio -- weak-signal V/UHF work.
I am always willing to help anyone with a sincere interest, so if you
have questions, email me.
Todd KC9BQA EN63 (my grid square) 40 north of Milwaukee
http://www.kc9bqa.com For Frequent VHF/UHF Updates