Have you ever operated an ARRL VHF contest FM only?

Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by N3AWS, May 27, 2020.

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  1. N3AWS

    N3AWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you have, which bands were the most productive and which were the worst? I am debating with myself whether to try FM only or 6, 2, 0.7 meters category.

  2. KA2RRK

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    This is the best way to get surrounded by the non-contesters @ the next hamfest and bullied into
    buying them lunch. Without FM, these guys would starve. Remember these guys listen unsquelched.

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  3. KO4LZ

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    I laughed for several minutes after reading that :).
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  4. K3RW

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    I have operated SOFM several times. To be competitive, run all 4 bands, unless you operate in a section/state/division where almost no one enters that category.

    In January 2019 I would have won with a score of 27 here as SOFM. Instead I 'roved' with HTs and worked no one in 3 grids and almost no one in 2 others. Had I not called /rover early on I should have been SOFM and turned in the few I worked.

    In every contest on FM I have way more 2m by far. I found little activity on 6m FM, but always was ready, and for that I'd recommend having a 6m vertical tuned to the sinplex part in your area (ours is 52.525 but it may vary regionally), and perhaps even just a simple dipole for 6m as well, since the 6m crowd can usually just spin the VFO or flip a switch and work you on FM. But being cross-polarized it makes it a lot more difficult. 100w on 6m FM into a beam isn't bad at all. Ask the SSB ahead of the contest to QSY or something.

    Usually I work quite a few on 70cm FM and significantly fewer on 223. This last contest I worked more 223 than I ever had, not just because I was a rover, but a lot more people had it now. A Baofeng 223 on a decent antenna works well enough. My G29 Alinco digs out weaker ones but my 223 beam did most of it.

    But thats just my area here in CN85. Its a totally different contest in CN88 (Seattle area) and elsewhere.
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