2009 ARRL June VHF Contest this weekend

The first major (outside of the January contest) VHF/UHF+ contest is this weekend. The ARRL June VHF QSQ Party starts at 2pm (eastern) Saturday and runs till 5pm (eastern) Sunday.

More info and rules here:
http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/june-vhf.html

From looking at the tropo forecast maps, it looks like there’s a pretty good chance of some tropo/inversion enhancement across the SE USA and extending into our area. So Saturday night/Sunday morning could get interesting.

http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html

I’ll be on from EM78pp with the usual:
6m – 100w to 5 el at 50′
2m –  45w to 10 el at 58′
432 – 45w to 18 el at 55′

I’ve got a pile of stuff on the plate for this weekend and probably will not get home till around 4-5PM’ish Saturday. As such I plan to work just portions of the contest during Saturday evening and maybe Sunday morning…will have to see how things play out. If activity is as low as it was during the sprints, I’ll probably divert my attention to other projects and just occasionally check the bands.

Hopefully there will be some more local/semi-local activity this time around. KY and TN seemed very dead during the spring sprint. TN is usually full of activity, but not lately. Used to be a handful of us on in Kentucky. This spring I think I was the only KY station on for the sprints.

Fire up those rigs and at least work a few locals if you get time. In this area you’re unlikely to win a contest, but it can be a lot of fun working various stations, grids, and states. Maybe 6m will open up for the weekend…got some rovers hitting some odd/rare grids out west…could be fun working those guys!

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