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Published on May 28, 2009
Welcome to another of my Get On Six Meter videos. In this video I take a look at the ARRL June VHF QSO Party contest and Scotts, N3FJP, contesting software. If you have seen my previous videos you have been introduced to six meters and have seen an example of simple six meter dipole that I have built.
I show you how to find the contesting section on the ARRL website to find out the details and rules of the VHF contest. Here is the link to the Contest Calendar page. You can find this, and other, contests from here
Next I introduce you to the N3FJP contest logging software. This software was recommended by many of the members of the Northern California Contest Club for contest beginners. The software is not free, but inexpensive at $10, or $39 for all of his contest loggers. He also has a general non-contest logging program. There is other free contesting software, but I thought they were a bit more complex for the new contester. You can install the program without registering and try it out with a limit of 30 QSOs. You can download the program and register from this link.
The software installs easily and I show you the basics of setting it up. I demonstrate how to use the program by entering a few sample calls and grid squares. You will need to know your grid square. ARRL has page full of resources for you to use to determine your grid square.