FM Contest Frequencies and Basic Logging Format
- 146.550 and 146.580 primary.
146.490 and 146.460 secondary.
No contesting on repeaters, and leave 146.520 alone.
2 meters could be busy. If this happens, you're far better off spreading out and calling CQ on your own, rather than standing in line with 5-10 other callers. Use your VFO and tune around.
Also keep squelch as low as you can, so you hear the light stations. Might catch someone from IL, IN or WI that way.
If it's super busy, you can also spread out to the 147.420-147.570 portion of 2m simplex.
On 6m use -- 52.525
1.25m -- 223.500
70cm -- 446.000
Most VHF contesters do their initial calling on 2m (or 6m). Once they make contact with a station there, they should ask, "do you have any other bands?" That way you can snag more contacts on 6m, or 223, or 440. Then when you're done, you head back to 2 and start calling CQ Contest again.
BAND, TIME, DATE, (their) CALLSIGN, (their) GRID SQUARE
Pencil and paper is fine if you don't have a logging program. If you want to submit a log to ARRL, you can, and you have up to 30 days after the contest to do it. I will help those who have questions.
Good luck, have fun, 73
Todd KC9BQA EN63ao 40 N of Milwaukee
http://www.kc9bqa.com For Frequent VHF/UHF Updates