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A quick search of the QST archives shows that in the early 60s the January contest was held on the first or second weekend on January, certainly a better date than we currently have. Suggestions to swap the RTTY Roundup and the January VHF contest dates have been around a long time and would be beneficial to 6M activity I think. The current situation is better than when it was held on the NFL bye week as that was usually the 160M contest, which took a lot of HF contesters out of the VHF contest.
Bring this up to your elected ARRL representatives. When you go to an ARRL forum at a ham fest bring this up. After the bewildered look on the ARRL official’s face dies off your will have to explain yourself. When the official says he will take the suggestion back to Newington, ask the official to get back to you about what happens then.
James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM
On Jan 22, 2019, at 11:26, Mike WB2FKO <mph@...
How entrenched is the tradition of
having the ARRL January VHF contest on AFC/NFC championship
weekend? There is no ideal date that going to work for everyone,
but it seems to make a lot of sense to move it closer (or into)
the Christmas holidays. The nastiest weather always seems to be
around late January too. My hunch is that the majority demographic
of contest participants would be OK with a change. Although my
hunches are usually wrong. -WB2FKO
On 1/21/19 3:09 PM, Keith Morehouse
From what I remember, the January contest started
because a couple of eastern VHF clubs (Pack Rats, Mt Airy, ect)
wanted a event to get guys out winter mountain-topping. It was
scheduled in January to take advantage of the seasonal minor
peak in sporadic E that is normally centered on the northern
hemisphere winter solstice. Why it's so late in January has
probably been lost to history.
There are VHF single band Sprints in the spring, which are
a blast, if you're in tropo country. Out here, they are
usually worse then the January test because you only have one
band worth of noise to listen to.
Keith J Morehouse
Calmesa Partners G.P.
On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 1:56 PM Steve London <n2ic@...
I wasn't the only one with an amp issue. I have a decrepit
converted to 6 meters only. Started hearing a rapid
tick-tick-tick sound in the
receiver late on Saturday. New local QRN ? Very local - inside
Something going on in the power supply. Date code on
electrolytics is 1979. It's
time, along with new resistors and diodes.
W5UHF was very strong on 6 meter FT8. Solid S5 on the meter.
Why isn't there a springtime contest on VHF/UHF ? Or would it
propagation-free as January ?
On 01/21/2019 01:32 PM, Bill wrote:
> Hi Keith,
> Good write ups and thanks for being there the whole
contest. We did not meet
> our goals.
> * 2 meter contact off the moon
> * 1296 FT8 contact
> * Improve on last year's score
> Largely these were not met because of factors beyond our
control. We operated
> for 26 hours. I worked the bands 144 and up, and Mike
WB2FKO worked six meters
> only. I was glad we had WSJT on all bands. Mike worked
almost exclusively FT8
> and MSK144 on 6 meters. I won't duplicate Mike's report
but notably Mike used
> the reverse beacon network as a useful tool in finding
and predicting small
> openings on 6. The six meter station performed smoothly
until Sunday morning
> when the amplifier went snap, crackle and pop..... and
tripped off. I pressed
> the KPA500 into service and we soldiered on.