Friday, January 29, 2016

January VHF/UHF contest this weekend!

The ARRL January VHF/UHF contest is this weekend. If you haven't tried this contest you should. Maybe you can hook up with the rovers working in WNY!

...........also don't forget this is also Winter Field Day weekend as well.

Nice Article from the February RaRa Rag about this weekends VHF/UHF contest:

author: Jarred Jackson, KF2MR, Rochester VHF Group 

The January VHF/UHF contest starts on January 30th at 2pm and runs through Sunday January 31st at 11pm. The purpose of the contest is to contact as many amateurs as possible on as many VHF/UHF and microwave bands as you can, using FM simplex (no repeaters), or narrow-band operating modes (SSB/CW). Two stations only need to exchange call signs and grid squares (see the map below).

Western NY is home to several stations that are consistently at the top of their class or within the Top 10 as published within QST. In the 2015 January VHF contest, Western NY stations took home awards for being #1 nationwide in the “FMOnly” category and the “Limited Multi-Operator” category. Don’t worry if you don’t have a competition class station. In addition to individual efforts, the ARRL recognizes the cumulative efforts of club members through the Affiliated Club Competition. This feature provides a great opportunity to showcase your club. So even if you just turn on the radio and call CQ on the way to get coffee on Sunday morning, your efforts help out the local contesting community, and might even make a difference in the Affiliated Club Competition.

If you have limited time to participate in the contest, it’s recommended that you operate the first hour of the contest (2- 3pm) and again “On the 8's” or 8pm both days and 8am on Sunday. Weather permitting, a handful of local rovers will activate all four grids near Le Roy from approximately 12:30 – 2:00pm on Sunday 1/31 to provide some additional local activity. Meet the group on 146.55 simplex to join in (or come out to the grid corner and participate!). If you have questions before or after the contest, please contact me at

Are you operating Winter Field Day or another special event that weekend? No problem, we can make all necessary exchanges for event credit. My rover station is shown in the picture above, so feel free to stop and say hello if you see me out and about (you can’t miss me!) You can find more details about the contest, including log sheets and log submittal information on the ARRL website:

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