If you move the Novice RoundUp to VHF and you're in a small city or the
country, you wont have many folks to work. so the contest will die. If you
hold it on 40m, the new Novice ops will have a chance to work others from
all over (within 1000 miles, anyway). By keeping the operating frequencys to
a few bands, you concentrate all the novices into one or two areas. If they
hear activity, they may stick around and make some points. This year, I
wouldnt expect to hear much on any bands other than 40m & 80m. Although 15m
is a much better band usually, its quiet and has lots of room to move around.
But its only open a few hours at most. I would suggest make it 80 & 40 only,
right now and add 15m later when conditions get better.
HF used gear is inexpensive and easy to come by. You dont see many hams
buying used 2m gear. Plus alot of HF gear is donated to Novices for free. At
least by our local club, here in Michigan.
Its also alot more fun talking to New Hamshire or Mississippi than to Joe Ham
down the street.
I would like to see the rules kept simple, the operating times in the
evenings on weekdays and all day long on sat & sun. A full week makes sure
anyone can find time to operate. I think the whole point to the RoundUp is to
get those new hams operating, making contacts and having fun, before they
lose interest in the greatest hobby I've ever had. Ham radio fits into
everyones life style. You can put it aside while starting a family, or jump
into it with both feet when you have the time. Maybe having two Novice
RoundUps each year is a better way to encourage them to join in. Basically
the rules are good as is, it justs needs a push. Maybe a mailing from ARRL to
all Novices/Techs, three weeks before the contest.
I like the participation PINS idea. thats what got me into the ten meter
contest last year and this year. unfortunetly, i keep forgetting to send in my
I regret not working harder on my WAS as a Novice and not getting into the
Novice RoundUp. Back then it was a one year, non-renewable license. It went
by incredibily fast. It was also the down turn in a solar cycle. Bands were
like they are today except I was only on 15m. My receiver was terrible on
Having a code speed of 12 wpm after high school certainly helped me to become
a radiomen in the Navy. Only needing to upgrade my speed another 6 wpm to
finish radiomans "A" school.
72, Byron WA8LCZ RM2
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