About the 39th annual August UHF Contest in 2016

     After ARRL announced that it would not sponsor the UHF contest in 2016, a group of radio amateurs from coast to coast came together to make sure that the contest does occur as scheduled on Aug. 6-7, 2016 (1800z Saturday until 1800z Sunday).

     The sponsoring group includes the leaders of several large VHF-oriented clubs, two volunteers who write contest results articles for QST, the editor of the "World Above 50 MHz" column in QST, two people with extensive computer log-checking expertise, and others who are concerned about the future of contesting on the amateur bands above 222 MHz.  We believe that continuity is important in amateur radio contests.  We do not want even a one-year hiatus for a contest that has been an annual tradition for almost 40 years.  While we welcome the efforts of ARRL's leaders to develop a new kind of UHF contest that could be held in the spring of 2017, in the meantime we are committed to hosting a first-rate UHF contest in 2016.

     We will try to make the 2016 UHF contest everything participants have come to expect and, we hope, more.  In addition to the individual competition, there will be a club competition with gavels awarded to the top-scoring clubs.  Certificates will be sent to all division leaders as soon as possible after the results are announced on this and other websites and in print.  In addition, the Northern Lights Radio Society will present its limited (three-band) rover award as usual.  NLRS will also again sponsor "Rovermania" to encourage roving during the UHF contest.  In addition to NLRS, other organizations that are cooperating in this effort to hold the 2016 August UHF Contest as scheduled include the East Coast VHF Society, K2LIM Contest Group, Mt. Airy VHF Club and the Pacific Northwest VHF Society.

     Sponsoring individuals (listed alphabetically)  include K2DRH, KA2LIM, K2SMN, K3TUF, KK6MC, K7ATN, K7BWH, K7CW, K7ND, K8CC, K9JK, N2EME, N6NB, N0JK, W7QQ, W0WOI and W0ZQ.  Additional volunteers are welcome.  This website was placed online by N6NB, who first proposed having a UHF contest as chairman of the ARRL Contest Advisory Committee in 1977.  The contest made its debut under ARRL sponsorship in August, 1978.  The early history is online here.

     The full rules, which are substantially unchanged from the 2015 rules, are here

     For more information, email N6NB: woverbeck@fullerton.edu .