News & Events‎ > ‎

June VHF Contest is Just Ahead

posted Jun 2, 2015, 7:32 PM by Jeremy Betz   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 6:27 PM ]

Summer is nearly here, and that means it's time for the ARRL June VHF contest, June 13-15! Participants in the US and Canada (and their possessions) work stations in as many different 2 × 1° Maidenhead grid squares as possible, using the bands above 50 MHz. (That includes 6 meters, 2 meters & 70 cm so those of you with only an HT or VHF radio can participate)  

The June VHF Contest occurs at the start of the summer sporadic E season, and intense openings on 6 meters and even 2 meters are possible. It's a whole new world of propagation possibilities that also include tropospheric ducting, aurora, and even meteor scatter and moonbounce. 

Several entry categories are available, including 

  • portable -- for those who enjoy operating low power from a portable power source and using portable antennas
  •  rover -- for mobile operators who enjoy traveling from one grid square to another to hand out contacts. 
  • There's even an FM-only category (50, 144, 222, and 446 MHz at power of 100 W or less).

In January 2015, the ARRL Board approved some rule modifications for General Rules For ARRL Contests Above 50 MHz, and these changes become effective with the 2015 June VHF contest. Assistance is now allowed for all entry categories. This includes the use of assistance to announce your availability for contacts (ie, self-spotting.) The new rules allowing assistance eliminate the need for the Single Operator Unlimited categories, and these have been removed. A FAQ on the June VHF web page may help answer your questions about the recent rule changes.

The ARRL June VHF Contest begins at 1800 UTC on Saturday, June 13, and continues through 0259 UTC on Monday, June 15. Read more.