ARRL June VHF Contest is June 8-9th + Links to Other VHF/UHF Contest Posts

   7:15am Monday

   Again, Happy Memorial Day. 

   Want to get the Contest info front and center this morning.    *You are free to take any/all of this info and share it with your ham clubs, and ham buddies.* 
   The ARRL June VHF Contest starts at 1pm central time on Sat., June 8th and runs 33 hours until 10pm on Sun., June 9th.    This contest has evolved into easily the most active and well-attended V/UHF contest.  The reason is that 6m is often open to many parts of the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean in May, June and July. 

   I made a number of contester-friendly posts several weeks ago.  Let’s recap. 

   **The VHF/UHF summer contest calendar is here: ** 
   Everything you need is there, plus some of my personal observations about the ins and outs of each contest.   Take that summer V/U contest calendar, print it out and set aside some time for you and your ham buddies to have fun on the weak-signal portions of bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.   There is guaranteed activity on contest weekends, and we always need new signals.  

   Why get on for the V/UHF contests?  Here’s two posts that explain why.  
   1)  Talks about exciting new categories that ARRL has created in V/UHF contests.  These are user-friendly categories that every ham should know about.  Do yourself, and your ham friends a favor.  Tell them about the new 3-band and FM-only categories.   Spreading the word to Joe Q. Hams everywhere about these new categories will attract a lot of new signals to VHF/UHF contests. 
   2)   Talks about how we need more V/UHF contesters in general, and especially why we need more rovers (rovers are stations that operate mobile, traveling in different grid squares, making themselves a desirable target for fixed stations and other rovers in the V/U contests.)  Often times, rovers have poor home QTH’s, or antenna restrictions.  So they take their radio show on the road, where they can go where they choose and operate how they want.  
   If you know very little about V/UHF contesting, don’t worry.  I was in the same boat 10 years ago.  What I can offer is my 8-part series of articles called VHF Contesting School.  I will make a separate post about those articles very shortly.   The direct link to the VHF Contesting School articles is

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