CQ WW VHF Contest is July 16-17 + Post Your Contest Plans + Link to VHF Contesting School Articles

8:30am Thur.

Next weekend is the CQ WW VHF Contest, which concentrates on the 6 meter and 2 meter bands.  These are the bread-and-butter bands of VHF’ing and even the most casual VHF’er has either 2 meters or 6 meters.
This is a great contest for newer VHF’ers to dip their toes into, and veterans would sure enjoy hearing some new calls.  CQ WW VHF is a lot of fun, especially if 6 meters opens up with sporadic E skip.  The ARRL June VHF contest had a fantastic band opening on 6.  Not only across North America, but also to the Caribbean and even to Spain, if memory serves.   That’s why 6 meters (50 MHz) is also called “The Magic Band”.

The CQ WW VHF contest runs 27 hours.  Starts at 1800Z on Sat., July 16th and ends at 2100Z on Sun. the 17th.  Link to rules — http://www.cqww-vhf.com/rules.htm

W0UC in EN44 has once again created a Google spreadsheet where you can post your contest plans.  Your plans don’t have to be etched in stone; just an indication that you will be on is fine.  Also note that there’s a separate tab on the bottom for rovers.
I know nothing about Google spreadsheets, I’m just the messenger.  Also W0UC kindly asks that the emphasis remain on areas within 300-400 miles of EN44.  This is NOT a nationwide resource.  It would be great if other parts of the country developed their own contest “sign-up” sheets.
The link to the CQ WW VHF 2016 Google spreadsheet is

1)  If you (or a ham buddy you know) isn’t sure about VHF/UHF contesting,  I can help.   Several years ago, I wrote a series of articles that I hope will educate and motivate hams to get on the air for the friendly and laid-back VHF Contests.    Visit this link for KC9BQA’s VHF Contesting School articles   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5931   You are free to share those articles with hams everywhere.

As of July, 2016, some of the info I’m sharing in those articles may be outdated, in the areas of scoring or rules.  Refer to the ARRL or CQ websites for current info.

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