MRAC FM Simplex Contest is Feb. 10th — 1:00-3:30pm

   If it’s late January, that means the annual Milwaukee Radio Amateurs Club FM Simplex Contest is just around the corner.   This year it’s on Feb. 10th, from 1:00-3:30pm. 
   This event gets the simplex portions of bands like 52, 146, 223 and 446 MHz really hopping.  It’s always had good participation. 
   Go to http://www.w9rh.org/fm_simplex_contest.htm  for all the details.  Make sure that once you’re there, you also click on the link at the bottom, in the middle, that says “FM Contest Rules”   That will answer any questions you might have.  Lot of helpful hints and tips there.

    Readers in other parts of the country, consider doing something similar in your area. 

    I do have a vertical up 70′ on the FM side of 2m.   I want to make time to play in the MRAC FM Simplex Contest.  
    
    I have a more-than-casual interest in weather.  My “inside sources” (a Magic 8-Ball, LOL) tell me it will be nicer on Feb. 10th than it was today.   Since this is a short-duration event, I hope some of you will try hilltopping, roving, etc.  Take your radio show up high and start hearing signals from farther away.  Even if you get cold, this will be good preparation for the many V/UHF events  in the months to come. 
   If readers know of similar FM Simplex Events within a few hundred miles of Milwaukee, let us know using the “comment” feature at the bottom of this post. 

    REMINDER TO MYSELF TO TALK ABOUT THE  SPRING  VHF SPRINTS WHEN THAT INFO IS RELEASED.  (They will start in early April).

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