Quick V/UHF Contest Calendar and VHF Contesting School Articles

   8am Thur.
   No time to do a proper job of it right now, but here’s a reminder to myself to promote the busy summer VHF/UHF contest calendar.  Also put up the links to the VHF Contesting School articles.   Plus that’s right, ARRL has just announced two new categories for V/U contesters, starting with the January 2013 contest.  That’s a lot to cover, whew. 

   2012 ARRL Multi-Band Contests (All bands from 50 MHz on up thru 2m, 222, 432, and into the microwaves) are on the weekends of:
   June 8-9
   Sept 8-9
   ARRL UHF Contest (All bands from 222 and 432 MHz on up thru the microwaves)
  Aug. 4-5
   CQ WW VHF  (Fun contest with the bread-and-butter VHF bands of 6m and 2m only)
   July 21-22.   

   Want to know a lot more about V/UHF contesting?   I did, too, when I first got on in the summer of 2003.  It was hard to find this info, so I wrote these articles sharing my experience.  I am constantly amazed that there aren’t hundreds more VHF contesters.  For me, it’s still the single-most exciting time to be on the V/U bands.  
    As I said above, I’ve written a series of articles called VHF Contesting School.  They are thorough.  It may be more than a total newbie will want to read thru.  That’s fine, skim thru the articles, and take what you need.   Don’t worry about every last detail.  You can be a casual contester, and have fun on your terms.   VHF Contesting is much more laid back than on HF.  At least in the Midwest, there’s plenty of room to operate, plus it’s not so much about competition, but more about having fun and enjoying lots of activity.   If you want more contesters on the bands, do what you can to spread the word.   Plus tell those hams with lousy QTH’s to consider becoming rovers or hilltoppers.  
    I firmly believe that if the 700,000 + hams in USA and Canada knew more about what they can *really* do on VHF and UHF, we’d have several thousand new enthusiasts within a year or two.  The key is in spreading the word.   Please remember you are always welcome to share the VHF Contesting School articles with hams everywhere. 

    These links are in order from a basic introduction, to antennas, to what bands and frequencies to use, and so on.  
   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1677   VHF Contesting School — Introduction.
   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1689    Antennas – The Most Important Part of Your V/UHF Station.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1700    What Bands and Frequencies to Use.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1717     How to Log a V/UHF Contest.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1727    Helpful Hints — Being a Smarter Operator.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1737    Go Roving!   Put the Antennas and Rigs in the Mobile.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1740    More Detailed Rover Info.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1750    Rules and Scoring. 

    I hope to reorganize this post over the weekend.  For now, it will have to do.

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