ARRL UHF Contest This Weekend 1pm Sat. to 1pm Sun.

     With the CSVHFS behind us, it’s right back to summer contest season.   This weekend, starting at 1pm Sat. Aug 1st, we have the ARRL UHF Contest.   All bands from 220 MHz on up.   No 6 or 2 meters in this contest.  

     Rules link:   http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/uhf.html

     I would like everyone reading this post to give me a few minutes — there’s a Midwest angle to this contest that I care very much about.   If you have any bands above 2 meters, I’d like you to participate in the UHF contest this weekend. 

    First, ARRL has added Club Competition for the UHF contest.   That’s new this year.    The NLRS club out of Minnesota (www.nlrs.org) is going for a huge score by activating over a dozen different rovers, and anchoring their region with a big multi-op up on a ski hill, 500′ above average terrain.  The multi-op will be using the callsign W0AUS, from Buck Hill, just a little SW of Minneapolis. 

     The W0AUS multi-op should be very loud and extremely busy.   In just 24 hours, they will attempt to keep track of 15-20 rovers on multiple bands in Lord-knows-how-many total grids.   In some parts of the Midwest, you’re going to hear more activity on UHF than ever before.   Get on board and support this contest!  I know I’ll be on — hopefully all night, if there’s enough action to justify it.  Propagation is almost always better at night on the high bands anyway. 

      If you have 222 or 432 SSB gear, great, you’re all set to go.   The call freqs. are 222.100 and 432.100.   In this busy contest, there may be activity from 222.050-222.150 and 432.050-432.150.  The rovers will especially have to spread out, so as to not be in each other’s way all the time.   So tune around, swing your beams if you have them, call CQ and see who’s out there. 

     If you have an FM-only rig for 223 or 440 FM, put those bands into play by using 223.5 and 446.0 FM.   You should be able to make some Q’s there, especially on 223.5 MHz.   I’m sure there are Q’s to be made on 900 MHz and 1290 FM, but I honestly don’t know where those bands operate on the FM side.   The call freq. on 902 and 1296 SSB is 902.100 or 903.100, and 1296.100 MHz.   I run on 902/903 via a Down East Microwave 10 watt transverter, into a pair of 33 element loop yagis up 80′.   My 1296 (when working) is a module I added on to my IC-910H, 10 watts out into a pair of 45 el loop yagis up 80′. 

     If you care to read a thorough report of all the NLRS Rovermania happenings, including links to Excel spreadsheets of where the rovers will be, when they will be there, plus their “assigned” frequency, here you go:   http://www.nlrs.org/#AugUHF_Rover    The whole Rovermania story is a good one — NLRS started this effort in 2004 to protest a possible ARRL decision to cancel the Aug UHF contest.

     NLRS’s ambition is a big part of why V/UHF contesting is alive and well in the Midwest.   Help support Midwest V/UHF’ing by coming out and playing this weekend.  

    As always  SPREAD THE WORD.    Help get a few guys on.  Have a new op over for a little while, to observe what it is you enjoy in ham radio.   If you live near a fair amount of other hams, consider going out on a local rove.   Talk up your plans, get your friends to come out and support you with their 223 or 440 gear.

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