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CW during the VHF-SSB contest

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KJ4VTH, Jan 21, 2013.

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  1. KJ4VTH

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    Conditions were not so great. So perhaps it was not unusual that some stations wanted to switch to CW to make contacts. But I thought this was a SSB contest.

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    edit: I should read the rules before posting. :(

    Sorry, this contest not restricted to SSB.
     
  2. WG8Z

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    There is life in amateur radio besides contesting....
     
  3. KJ4VTH

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    I'm sure there is but on non-contest weekends the ether is pretty thin.
     
  4. KC0W

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    Understatement of the year.

    I checked 6 meters constantly while operating in the NAQP 'test. Would bring up to the real time 6 meter opening map's as well. Band never opened for us here in the upper Midwest.




    Tom KC├śW
     
  5. W7UUU

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    Really funny to see this thread! As I tuned across 6m on Saturday, all I heard
    was local CW activity! I called CQ a few times but there were so few stations on
    it wasn't worth giving up on NAQP for activity. Never once heard SSB on 6m.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
  6. WA4OTD

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    ARRL January VHF Contest: 1900Z, Jan 19 to 0359Z, Jan 21
    All I operated was CW.....
     
  7. AE1P

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    Really? That's Funny, You should hear all the Crickets on the bands right now...
    been listening for several hours...nada...other than some local 80m cw..
     
  8. K0RGR

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    Nope, it's a VHF contest. In fact, this year, for the first time, they have an 'FM Only' category, so people who only have FM gear can get on and compete with other FM only folks. I think that's a really good move on the contest committee's part. Many years ago, when FM first grew in popularity, people used all sorts of tricks to make contacts on FM, including some that were pretty annoying to non-contesters. As a result, FM was pretty much relegated to the back shelf with new rules limiting the use of FM. 'Serious' contesters had to have multiple bands and all modes - the highest scores usually reflected the most bands and multipliers. The new rules create opportunities for those less 'dedicated' to VHF contesting to get on and have a fun time making some contacts.

    We should still encourage the use of SSB and weak signal modes, as well as multiple bands, and I hope the new rules don't change that. I hope that giving a more equal footing to FM will encourage many who've had no interest in VHF before a reason to explore it.
     
  9. KK4JSJ

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    About half an hour ago I was walking thru 6 meters and on 50.138 I heard '73 and Thanks for the contact' at about 56 and then nothing. I guess they were done. I didn't hear any of the local 6m beacons. I walked thru 10,12,15,17,20,30, and even 40 meters here is currently dead...I had to drop down to 3576 and make a quick JT65 contact to make sure my equipment still worked.
     
  10. W7UUU

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    It's always amazing to me that the "bands only open during contests" - especially, 10m.... I've really
    only gotten into contests so that I can have an afternoon of QSOs quite easily during a contest. Granted,
    not exactly rag-chews but I still enjoy it.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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