What Are You Doing on Jan. 19-20, 2013?

  Veterans and Newcomers alike —
   Remember the next big contest is on the weekend of Jan 19-20, 2013.  ARRL Jan VHF.  All bands from 50 MHz on up.    http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf  
   Are you newer to the SSB/CW side of VHF and are unsure of how to operate in a contest?  I was brand new just 9 years ago.  Let me help.  Here’s a series of articles I wrote called VHF Contesting School.   They are designed to get any ham comfortable with sitting in front of the mic and calling, “CQ Contest”.  
    Here are the links to the complete set of VHF Contesting School articles.  Actually, much of the info below is helpful for general operating on the “weak-signal” portions of bands like 6m, 2m and 70cm.   Wouldn’t you like to work guys 100, 200, 300 or more miles away on VHF frequencies that are (mistakenly) thought to have only line-of-sight range?  Get some horizontal antennas with gain, an all-mode rig and start DX’ing on the VHF/UHF bands.   Be your own ham, and discover range that the H/T and rubber duckie crowd will think is science fiction. 
    These links are in order from a basic introduction, to antennas, to what bands and frequencies to use, and so on.  
   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.  
   You are free to share the VHF Contesting School articles with hams everywhere.

    You do not have to have a big station or have years of experience to enjoy a V/U contest.  VHF/UHF contests are far more laid-back than the ones you may have heard on the HF bands.  Nor do you have to commit to being on the air for 15, 20, 25 hours.  Have fun on your terms, but by all means, get on and tell your ham buddies to get on, also.  
    I’ll be blunt, we have an urgent need for more V/UHF contesters.  Especially on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.   There’s over 700,000 hams in the USA and Canada.   It baffles me that we can’t find more who get as excited as I do.   Just need to spread the word.  We need more signals from fixed stations and rovers or hilltoppers.  Read those articles and get motivated.

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