From June 7th to 10th, the West Carleton Amateur Radio Club will participate in the ARRL June VHF contest. It will be our 12th year competing as a multi-operator station (VE3WCC), and our sixth year operating from the Corkery Community Centre, West of Ottawa.
Although we have scored very well in past years, this isn’t our primary focus. More importantly, we want to have fun and encourage our members and visitors to try operating VHF and above. I encourage each and every one of you to come visit the station and try your hand at operating, even if it’s only for a short time. VHF contests have a much more relaxed pace than HF contests, so anyone should be able to participate. No contesting experience is required.
We’ll be active on all bands from 50 MHz through to 24 GHz. Please contact us during the contest if you’re able to do so, whether from your home station or as a rover. Every contact makes the contest more interesting and helps us increase our score.
I’ve attached some more information about the contest below.
The ARRL June VHF Contest: https://www.arrl.org/june-vhf
Corkery Community Centre, 3447 Old Almonte Road, Carp, ON
Maidenhead grid square FN15xg
Outdoor setup (towers, rotators, antennas, coax) will begin on Friday morning (June 7) around 09:30. We’ll have access to the inside of the community centre starting around noon. Final setup will take place on Saturday morning. The contest begins at 14:00 (local) on Saturday (June 8) and continues until 23:00 (local) on Sunday (June 9). We’ll dismantle the station on Monday morning (June 10) from about 08:30 to 11:30.
What to bring?
- Work boots and work gloves, if you’ll be helping with tower setup or teardown
- A smartphone, tablet or laptop (to make 2.4 GHz microwave contacts over WiFi during your visit)
- A transmit-capable SDR (e.g. HackRF, BladeRF, LimeSDR), if you have one
- A Ramsey laser kit, if you have one
- Food and drinks for yourself
Clayton Smith (VE3IRR)