ARRL Jan VHF Sweepstakes are Jan 22-23rd.

    The ARRL has all-band VHF/UHF contests 3 times per year.   They’re always in January, June and September.   Outside of major band openings, these are the times when the airwaves are busiest, so enjoy the activity. 

     By all-band, I mean starting on your bread-and-butter bands of 6m and 2m, and going right on up thru 222 and 432 MHz, all the way on up to microwave bands like 902, 1296, 10 GHZ and beyond.    Nearly all VHF contesters have 6m and 2m, and then guys add 432 and/or 222 MHz from there.   Some move even higher up, and you might add 902/903 MHz, 1296, 2304 MHz and perhaps 10 gigahertz, too, which is increasingly popular.   
    Two more contests are the ARRL UHF on the 1st weekend of August, which is on 222, 432 MHz and higher.    A 5th good contest is the CQ WW VHF (6m and 2m only)  in mid-July.  

     Again, in my experience, a contest is when the bands are busiest.   That’s why I love contests; because of the action.   If you are bored with quiet bands, make sure you save plenty of time to play along in the VHF/UHF contests.      

    Visit these links for rules and helpful hints:    http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf-sweepstakes
    Here’s some helpful hints and tips:   http://www.arrl.org/contest-toolbox-tutorials

     See my post directly below for the link to my articles called VHF Contesting School.   Or visit:   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=2641  I wrote those articles aimed at beginner and intermediate VHF/UHF Contesters.   I firmly believe that if 100,000 hams knew what really happens on “our” bands, at least 10-15% would be interested.   The goal is to spread the word as widely as possible.

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