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ARRL VHF QSO Party
12-21-2017, 09:47 PM
Post: #1
ARRL VHF QSO Party
After a 20+ year sabbatical from contesting I will go all in on an ARRL contest. Joining me will be Jim (KC1BB) and Ford (N5FW). We will be operating as "Unlimited Rover" on five bands from 6M on up. The VHF QSO Party is a contest catered to Technician class operators; but is open to all licensed amateurs as always.

Here is a synopsis from the ARRL:
http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf
Objective: For amateurs in the US and Canada (and their possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree Maidenhead grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Stations outside the US & Canada (and their possessions) may only work stations in the US (and its posessions) and Canada.

Stations in KH0-9, KL7 & KP1-KP5, CY9 and CY0 count as W/VE stations and can be worked by DX stations for contest credit.


The three of us will activate four grids on the following bands/modes:

6M - SSB, FM Simplex
2M - SSB. FM Simplex
220 - FM Simplex
70cm - FM Simplex
900Mhz - FM Simplex

The four grids we will activate in order are DM43, DM33, DM32 & DM43. And DM32 is a rare grid for you grid hunters. When possible we plan on using the terrain to our advantage. For example one of the spots in DM42 we plan to set up in is on top of Sacaton Peak; and Top of the World in DM43.

As we near the event I will add photos of our preparations; and naturally some of us operating in the mobile ham shack which will be my F250.

Plan on working us in as many bands as possible and in every grid we activate.

73 DE NA7CS
Curt

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12-30-2017, 05:39 PM
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RE: ARRL VHF QSO Party
Updates after some planing.

When traveling we will be monitoring 146.520, but will not make any contest contacts there. Look in the following places on the air to find us.

6M (SSB) - 50.100 - 50.130 Mhz
6M (FM) - 50.300, 52.490, 52.510, 52.525, 52.540 & 52.550 Mhz
2M (SSB) - 144.200 +/- 50Khz
2M (FM) - 146.540, 146.500 Mhz
220 (FM) - 223.480, 223.500 & 223.520 Mhz
70cm (FM) - 446.000, 446.025, 446.050 & 446.075 Mhz
33cm (FM) - 927.800 Mhz

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01-21-2018, 07:07 AM
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ARRL VHF QSO Party
We passed a car on 347 yesterday, with a nice stack of antennas on the trailer hitch.

My wife looked at it and made a comment about how the antennas were bigger than the car, and how hideous it looked.

I just grinned.

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