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2020 VHF+ Calendar

Jan 18/20          ARRL January VHF Contest
Feb 1                 Minnesota QSO Party
Mar 21               MidWinter Madness Hamfest, Buffalo, MN  8:00 to 1:00 
April 6                144 Spring Sprint, 7pm to 11pm local
April 14              222 Spring Sprint, 7pm to 11pm local
April 22              432 Spring Sprint, 7pm to 11pm local
April 25              Aurora Conference, White Bear Lake, MN
May 2                902 & Up uW Spring Sprint, 8am to 2pm local
May 2/3             SBMS 2304 & Up Contest:
2020 cancelled due to COVID-19
May 9/10           6m Spring Sprint, 5/9 2300z to 5/10 0300z
Jun 13/15          ARRL June VHF Contest
Jul 18/19           CQWW VHF Contest
Jul 24/25           Central States VHF Society ConferenceCancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19
Aug 1/2             
ARRL 222 MHz & Up Distance Contest 
Aug 15/16         
ARRL 10GHz & Up Contest, 1st weekend
Sep 12/14         ARRL September VHF Contest
Sep 12/13         ARRL EME Competition, 2.3 GHz & Up
Oct 15/18          Microwave Update, Dulles Airport, Sterling, VA (DC)

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10 GHz and Up Contesting

At the higher microwave frequencies, making successful QSO's generally depends on more than simply having adequate equipment. It almost always requires either a clear line-of-sight path between the two stations, or else that each station have a clear line-of-sight path to a large object at an intermediate location which can act as a reflector of microwave energy (such as downtown skyscrapers, large water towers, etc.) The NLRS crowd has been actively searching out good locations from which to work the bands on 10 GHz and up. The link below will take you to a page where some of the good sites found so far are documented. It also offers links to useful software tools for 10 GHz and up operating, such as computation of bearing and distance, creating a log for the ARRL 10 GHz And Up Cumulative Contest, etc.:

Interested in getting active on the bands from 10 GHz and up? Many of the NLRS locals started by putting together a 10 GHz WBFM (Wide-Band FM) rig, and here are a few links to get you started. Most of us are using narrow-band (SSB, CW, FM) rigs now on 10 GHz, but some of us still use WBFM on 24 GHz.