The August UHF Contest is ON in 2016

8:15am Thur., July 7, 2016
I originally made this post back on April 3rd.  With the UHF Contest coming up on August 6-7th, it’s time to get the word out.  Since ARRL dropped the UHF contest for 2016, many casual UHF’ers will (mistakenly) assume there’s no contest this year.  Help spread the word that the UHF contest is still ON for 2016.  Get lots of signals on the air and help ARRL realize they need to reconsider.
Read below and feel free to share this info with your ham buddies, or VHF group, etc.

Back on March 23rd, I received some great news in my email, via the VHF email reflector.

If you enjoy V/UHF contesting, it’s important you help spread this news to everyone you know who is on 222, 432, 902, 1296 MHz and higher.   Those are some great bands, and the UHF contest is the best time to find activity.

The announcement below by N6NB Wayne Overbeck is posted in its entirety.

“Please save August 6-7 for the 2016 August UHF Contest.

It will be held as scheduled this year, but under new sponsorship

After ARRL announced that it would not sponsor the UHF Contest in 2016, a group of radio amateurs from coast to coast came together to make sure that the contest does occur in 2016.

The sponsoring group includes the leaders of several large VHF-oriented clubs, two volunteers who write contest results articles for QST, the editor of the “World Above 50 MHz” column in QST, two people with extensive computer log-checking expertise, and others who are concerned about the future of contesting on the amateur bands above 222 MHz.

This will be the 39th annual August UHF Contest. We believe continuity is important.  Even a one-year hiatus is not a good idea for a contest that has shown an upswing in logs submitted for several years in a row.

The new sponsors will try very hard to make the 2016 UHF Contest a good one. There will be gavels awarded to the top-scoring clubs plus certificates for all division leaders.  We will try to publish the results promptly and prominently online and in print.  In addition, the Northern Lights Radio Society will again sponsor “Rovermania” and the limited (three-band) rover award–both fixtures of the August contest.

We already have a website to promote the UHF Contest. It includes a history of the UHF Contest and a photo gallery of rovers in five different time zones.     OR  (either domain name will get you there)

See you on the bands above 222 MHz on August 6-7, 2016 (1800z Saturday until 1800z Sunday).

73, Wayne Overbeck, N6NB”

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