Several Items to Put on Your VHF/UHF Calendar

   10:30am Friday 

   Been meaning to make this post for a few days.  

   There are several V/UHF events coming up. 

   1)  Aurora — which is a gathering of VHF’ers from MN and surrounding states.  Technical programs, antenna range, show and tell, the whole 9 yards.  It’s on May 11th, in White Bear Lake, MN (Twin Cities).   Go here for full info:   http://www.nlrs.org/home/aurora  

   2)  Central States VHF Society will  hold their annual conference in suburban Chicago again this year.   It will be on July 25-27th, in Elk Grove Village, IL.   I was able to attend the 2009 CSVHFS conference in Elk Grove Village, and it was very well done.   Put this one on your calendar.   Go here http://www.csvhfs.org/2013conference/index.html for more info.   I am a Central States VHF Society member and this event has a proud tradition, going back at least 45-50 years.  Take some time at the CSVHFS website and decide if it’s for you — http://www.csvhfs.org/

   3)  Microwave Spring Sprint (All bands from 902 MHz and higher) is tomorrow morning, Sat., May 4th, from 7am-1pm.    If you need more sprint info, go here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=6885   
   4)  The 50 MHz sprint is on Sat. evening, May 11th, from 2300Z until 0300Z on Sun., May 12th.  In the central time zone, this is 6-10pm Sat. night.

   5)  ARRL June VHF Contest is barely a month away.  It’s on the weekend of June 8-9th, 2013.  This is the first big V/UHF contest of the year, all bands from 50 MHz on up are in play.   More info is here:  http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf 
    If you have no idea how to “do” a VHF contest, I understand.  I was in the same boat 10 years ago.  That’s why I wrote a series of articles I call VHF Contesting School.  The articles are not fast food, but I have broken them down into bite-sized pieces.  If you take an hour or two to go over the material, I think you’ll feel comfortable sitting at the mic and enjoying the single-most exciting time to be on the air.  
    The VHF Contesting School articles are here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5931  You are free to share them with hams everywhere.

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