2015 Summer VHF/UHF Contest Calendar

2:45pm  Thur.

Before I share the actual contest dates, I want to post an important rules change for all VHF/UHF contests from ARRL.  The following is from the ARRL Contest Update email that went out on May 20, 2015:

SELF-SPOTTING is now ALLOWED in ARRL VHF/UHF Contests, starting with the June (2015) ARRL VHF Contest.  These changes were made to encourage greater participation and band utilization.  For more information on these rule changes, see the Jan. 22nd 2015 ARRL Letter and the General Rules for ARRL Contests Above 50 MHz (specifically item 1.16) at this link  http://www.arrl.org/general-rules-for-arrl-contests-above-50-mhz
Note that self-spotting… “Announcements shall be limited to call sign, location, band or frequency, mode and — if applicable — transmitting sequence and listening direction… (and) may also be used to coordinate antenna peaking prior to initiation of the contact and to explain contest rules, such as the exchange required…”

2015 Summer VHF/UHF Contest Calendar
June 13-14   ARRL June VHF Contest.  In the central time zone, this starts at 1pm central on Sat. June 13th and runs 33 hours until 10pm Sun. June 14th.  See http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf  for full info.
All bands from 50 MHz on up thru the microwaves are in play here.

July 18-19   CQ WW VHF Contest.  In the central time zone, this starts at 1pm central on Sat. July 18 and runs 27 hours until 4pm Sun. July 19.  See http://www.cqww-vhf.com/index.htm  for more info but please note that as of today (May 28, 2015) the link to the rules PDF shows the 2014 info.
This contest uses 50 and 144 MHz only.  Bread-and-butter bands of VHF’ing.

August 1-2  ARRL UHF Contest.  In the central time zone, this starts at 1pm central on Sat. Aug. 1 and runs 24 hours until Sun. Aug. 2.  See http://www.arrl.org/august-uhf for full info.
The UHF contest starts at 222 MHz, and goes up thru 432, 902, 1296 MHz and beyond, clear up into the 10Gig and laser spectrum.  50 and 144 MHz are NOT in play in the UHF contest.

Sept 12-13  ARRL September VHF Contest.  This contest follows the same format as the ARRL June and January VHF Contests.  In the central time zone, it starts at 1pm on Sat. Sept. 12 and runs 33 hours until 10 pm on Sun. Sept. 13.  All bands from 50MHz on up are in play.  This includes 144, 432, 902/3, 1296, 2304, 3456 MHz, 5 and 10 GHz and clear on up to laser.

There’s your Summer 2015 VHF/UHF Contest Calendar.  The June contest is barely 2 weeks away.  Start spreading the word and getting your station ready to play.  Feel free to rebroadcast this info to hams everywhere.

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