CSVHFS recap in October CQ Magazine

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CSVHF-CAuthored by Tony Emanuele WA8RJF of CQ Magazine

(Reprinted from the vhf plus column October 2015 CQ Magazine)

The Central States VHF Conference was held in Denver the weekend of July 25th with over 125 weak-signal aficionados in attendance (see Photo A). As usual, the program included an antenna test range, noise figure measurements (Photo B) and technical presentations (Photo C). The banquet speaker, Rick Roderick, K5UR, First Vice President of the ARRL and avid VHFer, challenged the audience to leave an amateur radio legacy that one could be proud of. The society presented its John T. Chambers Award to Wayne Overbeck, N6NB (Photo D), for his recent record-breaking 2.3 and 3.4 GHz QSOs between California and Hawaii, detailed in last month’s VHF+ column. The Chambers Award was instituted in 1970 to honor Chambers, W6NLZ, for his many contributions to VHF, most notably his work with KH6UK proving the existence of the West Coast-to-Hawaii duct. How fitting it was that this year’s award was presented to Wayne for his record breaking QSOs over the same path.
For someone thinking about testing the VHF+ waters or new to VHF the thought of attending a conference, such as CSVHF or any of the other conferences held throughout the year, may be a bit intimidating. In an effort to pro- mote activity on the VHF+ bands many conferences, including CSVHF, now offer a VHF 101 session or an Introduction to VHF program. Topics and presentations are, by definition, basic in nature. The target audience is any- one from the newest grade school licensee to the oldest, most experienced HF operator who has worked everything there is to work on HF and is now looking for a new challenge.
Conducted by experienced VHFers, these interactive sessions cover basic propagation, equipment, antennas, and operating practices answering questions and dismissing the usual misconceptions about the capabilities of VHF and operation on the higher bands. If you are considering moving up in frequency or new to VHF consider attending such a session at the next VHF conference in your area.