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Old 11-22-2013, 5:25 AM
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Anyone here into all bands of the VHF/UHF and up and contesting? I am starting back up again into radio from a 2 year hiatus. I want to get into 220, 900 and 1.2 and wondering during contest is there much activity in FM mode compared to SSB? Reason I am asking is it is easier to get FM rigs for 220, 900 and 1.2 than getting SSB.
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Here in the north east during contests, most activity especially on the bands you mentioned are SSB. When I contested , I slowly added transverters for bands like 222 and 900. I was using a Kenwood ts2000x which covred 4 bands out of the box.

You may talk some people into trying an fm contact, but it maybe on the weak dignal portion of the band, and their antennas will almost certainly be horizontally polarized.

Whatever your decsion , have fun!

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Anyone here into all bands of the VHF/UHF and up and contesting? I am starting back up again into radio from a 2 year hiatus. I want to get into 220, 900 and 1.2 and wondering during contest is there much activity in FM mode compared to SSB? Reason I am asking is it is easier to get FM rigs for 220, 900 and 1.2 than getting SSB.
Most serious VHF/UHF'ers are going to be running transverters for those bands, using an HF rig as the IF.

Downeast Microwave, DB6NT and others sell ready-to-go units, so I don't know about FM being "easier"...cheaper, very likely
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What's your grid square? If it's a good one, then they'll find a way to work 'ya on FM. =:^)

I was just listening to some K8GP audio, I miss VHF contesting!

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The vast majority of VHF/UHF contesting is on SSB and CW. Without those modes, you'll miss out on 98% of the activity.
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Downeast Microwave, DB6NT and others sell ready-to-go units, so I don't know about FM being "easier"...cheaper, very likely
Even the "ready to go" transverter modules will take considerable work being integrated into a working station. Virtually all contest work above 1200 is done with transverters, so there's a wealth of information how to get started. But buying a ready made transverter module isn't cheap. Building your own can be almost free, if you know where to shop.
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