Expanded Thoughts and Info on FM Simplex Contests

   5:25pm Tuesday —
   A good New Year’s Resolution for me in any year would be to be more concise.  I’m terrible at it.  I try, but I always feel like I’m leaving out too many important details.  
   Toward the goal of being concise, I’m going to break up this add’l info on FM Simplex Contests into two pieces.  
    This originally was part of a Dec. 2011 post I made at kc9bqa.com —
    FM Simplex contests are popping up all over the country.   I’ve read of others in IL, IN, OH, PA, NJ and ME.    I’m sure there are many more.  Ask around and see if there’s one in your area.  If not, go ahead and start something.   This will motivate hams in your area to get on the air.   Heck, if it becomes popular, go ahead and have a couple a year, or one every quarter.   Make sure you hand out certificates, or perhaps even a first-place plaque/trophy to the participants.  The recognition on the ham shack wall will serve as a good reminder about VHF/UHF contesting for the rest of the year. 
    The Pittsburgh, PA area has an FM Simplex contest that uses zip codes as the multiplier.  What a nifty idea!  Think about how rovers could go to town activating different zip codes!   http://n3sh.org/wash_2m_contest_2008.htm

    If there are already existing FM simplex contests within 100-150 miles of Milwaukee (roughly) please let us know, using the “comment” feature at the bottom of every post. 

   There was a nice article in the Jan 2010 (not 2011) QST about FM contests being a great training ground for VHF/UHF contesters.   It was written by ARRL Contest Branch Manager  KX9X.   Sean’s article is on page 79 of the Jan, 2010 QST.   Check it out, take it to your club meeting and try something new in your area.  Then follow up by making sure your club knows of the larger ARRL VHF/UHF Contests in January, June, August, and September.   Plus the CQ WW VHF Contest in July.   And the VHF Spring and Fall Sprints in April and October.

    There’s far more V/UHF activity than most hams realize.  The challenge is to let every ham know when and where the activity is.    That’s what this website does, and what many of you also do.   Thanks for helping.

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