I wrote these articles back in early 2010. I hope they motivate many hams to enjoy a VHF contest. These articles are not fast food. Take your time reading and absorbing them. Some will probably have honest differences with what I say and that’s fine. I’ve never done a VHF contest from any place other than my EN63 QTH, so mine is a Midwestern perspective.
You are free to pass this info along to anyone who might be interested. The busy summer contest season starts June 11-12 so right now is a good time to get educated. (Here is a summer 2011 VHF/UHF contest calendar: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=4624)
These links are in order from a basic introduction, to antennas, to tips, rover operation, logging, scoring. The whole 9 yards is in here.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1677 VHF Contesting School — Introduction.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1689 Antennas – The Most Important Part of Your V/UHF Station.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1700 What Bands and Frequencies to Use.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1717 How to Log a V/UHF Contest.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1727 Helpful Hints — Being a Smarter Operator.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1737 Go Roving! Put the Antennas and Rigs in the Mobile.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1740 More Detailed Rover Info.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1750 Rules and Scoring.
Enjoy! Again, feel free to pass this on to anyone you can think of. If you have questions or comments, email me or use the “comment” feature here on the website.