PEARS National VHF and UHF ContestThe annual PEARS National VHF and UHF contest will take place over the weekend of 20 to 22 January 2017 and is open to all licensed amateurs in the RSA and the neighbouring states.
The aim of a VHF and UHF contest is to stimulate activity on these bands, make many long distance contacts possible, establish new records, encourage the improvement of VHF and UHF equipment and advance amateur radio.
This is a 44-hour dual contest for analogue and digital modes, which is divided into 2 sessions that will spread out activity over the contest period and reflect changes of propagation. So watch out for Tropo Ducting or Meteor Scatter in the early mornings or at night on 50 and 144 MHz, while in the daytime look out for Rover stations, Aircraft scatter and possibly Sporadic-E. This is also a wonderful camping period with lots of fun for field stations. Amateurs are requested to participate in both the contests and keep the bands alive.
The first 22-hour session of the VHF and UHF contest starts at 16:00 UTC on Friday 20 January and closes at 14:00 UTC on Saturday afternoon 21 January. The second 22-hour session commences immediately after 14:00 UTC on Saturday and ends at 12:00 UTC on Sunday 22 January 2017.
Get all the details in the 2017 Blue Book, available from www.sarl.org.za or on page 31 of the January 2017 issue of Radio ZS.
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