I came across this story in my archives, written by me way back in August 1992. This was before mobile phones were commonly available, so ham radio turned out to be critical in this incident. Even today, there are many places in the Colorado backcountry where mobile phones don’t work but amateur radio can communicate. My callsign at the time was KBØCY
Something happened on the way to Uncompahgre Peak on August 8, 1992.
Around noon, my brother, my two nephews and I made it to the summit and had just signed the log. I called on 146.52 and contacted Chris, NQ5V, who was somewhere to the east of me (Creede, I think). This must be his summer location, since his callbook address is Texas. We talked about the trail up Uncompahgre, since he was interested in hiking it.
The results are in! ARRL September 2017 VHF/UHF contest results show CARP club members earning significant scores in three different categories. With almost 500 submitted logs for this particular contest, the CARP club members scored quite well against the competition from around the country, Canada too.
Ron Hunt (N6MTS) scored 76,320 points in the Classic Rover category. He used the callsign N6MTS/R during the exchange to identify his category. Ron worked multiple grid squares and a variety of frequencies from six meters to 24 GHz earning a position of third overall.
Rob Mavis (AE6GE) scored 48,246 points in the Unlimited Multioperator category from DM06. Rob worked in unison with Pat Fennacy (W6YEP) both using the callsign W6TV. Together they also worked a variety of frequencies from six meters to 24 GHz earning a position of fourth overall.
Rick Tyburski (W6KKO) scored 5,310 points in the Single Operator Portable category, which is limited to 10 watts or less. Rick worked the contest from the DM06 grid square using five bands from six meters to 33 cm earning third overall. With only 10 watts, the secret is having an 8000 foot antenna height. Try getting a city permit for that!
W6TV and W6KKO were also the Pacific Division winners in their respective categories.
Some additional local valley residents also worked this contest and submitted results for scoring. John Morrice (K6MI/R) scored 93,786 points in the Unlimited Rover Category, with Dave Smith (W6TE/R) right behind him at 74,664 points in the same category. Both were significant scores nationally for this contest.
Contesting takes some effort, but the experience provides an education. Are you interested in VHF/UHF contesting? Any of these contesters would be happy to share their experiences. Get a head start or figure it out yourself from the ground up. All competition is welcome.
Participating in a radio contest actively was something I had yet to do before the VHF / UHF contest in January. With some inspiration from Rick (W6KKO) who was at the time actively preparing his home station to participate as single operator came the discussion of driving to the different grid squares and making contact. It was at that time I was told about rover stations. I decided that with all the stations in the area putting forth the effort and improving their stations, I would add two more radios to my truck and at least help them get more points. I never intended on keeping my score, as I was working solo and some of the contacts may come while I was moving. You never know, an operator from the Central Valley may be recognized as the winner, I thought.
Your fellow amateur radio operators need your help. Three times a year the ARRL sponsors a VHF/UHF contest. These contest events are held in January, June, and September. All licensed operators may participate and they are not required to submit a log of their contacts, nor are they required to be a member of the ARRL. While some enjoy the competition and submit a log of their confirmed QSO’s, others enjoy making contacts to see how well their station setup is working. In order to participate, each operator must provide their callsign and grid square. A typical calling station may say, “CQ Contest W6KKO DM07” on standard FM simplex frequencies, and their call sign and grid square phonetically when calling on standard SSB frequencies.
Please save August 6-7 for the 2016 August UHF Contest. It will be held as scheduled this year, but under new sponsorship.
After ARRL announced that it would not sponsor the UHF Contest in 2016, a group of radio amateurs from coast to coast came together to make sure that the contest does occur in 2016.
The sponsoring group includes the leaders of several large VHF-oriented clubs, two volunteers who write contest results articles for QST, the editor of the “World Above 50 MHz” column in QST, two people with extensive computer log-checking expertise, and others who are concerned about the future of contesting on the amateur bands above 222 MHz.
Summer is nearly here, and that means it’s time for the ARRL June VHF Contest, June 13-15! Participants in the US and Canada (and their possessions) work stations in as many different 2 × 1° Maidenhead grid squares as possible, using the bands above 50 MHz. Stations outside the US and Canada may only work stations in the US and Canada (and their possessions). Stations in KH0-9, KL7, KP1-KP5, CY9, and CY0 count as W/VE stations and may be worked by DX stations for contest credit.
The Programs & Services Committee of the ARRL Board recognizes the need to review and update various aspects of the League’s contest program for our VHF and higher bands. To this end, it recently formed an Ad Hoc Subcommittee on VHF and Above Revitalization. You can help us by providing additional insights and ideas for our consideration. Continue reading ARRL Seeks Input on Initial VHF+ Contest Rule Changes→
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