2013 Spring VHF/UHF Sprints Schedule

   3:45pm Saturday —
   Pleased to see the 2013 Spring VHF/UHF Sprints schedule has been released by sprints sponsor K9JK, John, with help from the Central States VHF Society.   Go here:  https://sites.google.com/site/springvhfupsprints/2013-announcement-rules  for full details.   Please take  time to go thru the website, as it has many helpful hints and rule explanations. 

   The first sprint is always the 2m sprint and this one is a bit early this year, so start spreading the word in your area. 

   The 2m sprint will be on Monday, April 1st, from 7-11pm in your local time zone.   No fooling — April 1st.  🙂 
   The 222 MHz sprint will be on Tuesday, April 16th, 7-11pm. 
   432 MHz will be on Wednesday, April 24th, 7-11pm. 
   Microwave sprint will be Saturday, May 4th, from 6am to 1pm local time.  Microwave includes all bands from 902 MHz and up. 
   50 MHz sprint will be on Saturday, May 11th, from 2300Z until 0300Z on Sunday, May 12th.  (This will be from 6-10pm Sat. night central time and from 7-11pm eastern) 

   The reason the 2m sprint isn’t on April 8th is to avoid a conflict with the men’s NCAA basketball final. 
   The reason the uWave sprints are early is to try and take advantage of enhanced propagation that can happen in the morning hours.   
   The reason the 6m sprint uses UTC time, is so that everyone in different time zones is on at the same time, in case there are sporadic E skip openings that span the USA and Canada.   Sporadic E skip openings on 6 meters become increasingly likely by mid-late May, and continue thru June, July and sometimes into early-mid August.  

    It’s important to get the word out in your area about the sprints.  You are welcome to use the info here and make sure to refer hams to the sprints website link at the top.   

    The sprints are a great time for newer ops to get their toes wet.  Or to try a little roving, without having to make a larger time and travel commitment.  Make plans now to get on and enjoy the activity.

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