by: Jamie Dupree NS3T
July 26, 2010
2009 CQ WW DX SSB Cheating Crackdown Wins Broad Support From Ham Contest Community
A second straight year of high profile disqualifications and rules warnings by the CQ WW Contest Committee is winning worldwide support in the ham radio contest community, as contesters say the get-tough approach is the right way to deal with cheating.
Congratulations on starting to penalize cheaters,” said Jarda Loufek OK1TC. “It should have started many years ago.”
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by: Rob Mavis AE6GE
July 8, 2010
CARP Members Loaded for Bear for the 2010 ARRL June VHF QSO Party
The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers participated in the 2010 ARRL June VHF QSO Party. Patrick May KI6QOH, Rob Mavis AE6GE and John Mitchell N7SLX and son were in attendance.
The contest site was located on Black Mountain in grid CM95 in the Santa Barbara Section. The site is located on a communications site hilltop in the rural Los Padres National Forest which was a nice leisure 3 1/2 hour drive from Fresno. While there was no available power and no facilities, there was a nicely paved road all the way to the top of the hill.
Saturday morning during setup the team was paid a visit by a bear. Not to be detoured the team continued on with setup, after the bear left of course, and was ready by the start of the contest.
The site turned out to be an ok VHF contest site due to the distance from any population center. However, it was excellent for 6 meters. During the contest the 6 meter station racked up 125 QSOs in 80 grids! Locations contacted were Alaska, Canada, across the the US and the East Coast.
Thanks to those who made the event possible by the way of equipment loans: Dave Smith W6TE, Pat Fennacy W6YEP, Steve Stoehr N6JXL, Ray Harkings KB6LQV, Dave Dansby NI6M
Radio Amateur Society of Thailand
Thai hams authorized to use 6-meters during CQWW VHF contest
Thai radio amateurs have been granted temporary permission to use the 6-metre (50-54MHz) amateur band for the first time in almost two decades by the Thai regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). This will allow Thai amateur radio operators to operate during the CQ Worldwide VHF contest for 48 hours on July 17-18, 2010. The last time such permission had been granted was in 1992 during the Southeast Asia Net convention staged in Chiang Mai that year. The only other sanctioned six-metre operation in Thailand had been by the late co-founder of RAST, Gen Kamchai Chotikul, HS1WR (SK), in the late 1970s and early 1980s, according to Champ, E21EIC.
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