Atlantic City | Ham Radio History and its Beginnings

On August 5, 1978, i was one of the more than 600 hams that started the first UHF race. Learn more about this day and where it went after.

Part One - The Earliest Years of Atlantic City

This announcement marks the start of the UHF competition. I (N6NB) visited ARRL headquarters in July 1977 as chairman of the Competition Advisory Council and had a mission. I think there are two new leagues in the ARRL calendar: leagues above the bands above 220 MHz and leagues specifically dedicated to the work of Moonbounce. ACC agrees.

\ I met several members of the group, including Dave Sumner, K1ZND (the current K1ZZ who retireED in 2016 after more than 30 years as CEO of ARRL). Therefore, Dave is an aspiring member of the group with lots of ideas on various aspects of radio amateurs. Tom Frenaye, K1KI, who led the New England ARRL division for approximately 30 years, also participated in the trial as a member of the competition team. Dave, Tom and others agree that the state of the art is so advanced that it makes sense to consider the competition between EME and UHF. Everyone seemed to appreciate their suggestion, and both races were on the ARRL racing calendar the following year: 1978.

\ Finally, Dave checked my sketch for a new run and took out his pen. He made some reasonable suggestions for UHF games. One is a new multiplier for UHF competitions. The Maidenhead Grid Mosaic has not yet been discovered, but will soon be there. Dave suggests using frame frames separately as coefficients, which are indicated by the rounded length and the length of the rounded number. A number like 11834 is a multiplier (it moves east of the grid DM04). Dave and others agreed that the first weekend in August was the best time for the UHF competition. It was almost the start of this year’s best trophy season, and it was a time when the chances of killing, even in northern latitudes, were slim.

They asked me to write a short article on each new contest. What I wrote in the announcement of the first UHF competition is shown here.

\ On August 5, 1978, he was one of the more than 600 hams that started the first UHF race. Over 100 people returned to the newspapers. Competition was very different in California and the northeast. On my laptop, at the top of the mountain. In Pinos, California, there was a lot of activity on FM 223.5 MHz (so now the frequency of national calls). But in 432, there was not much activity. And in 1296, it was worse. In 1296, I only controlled five transmitters in five networks. I had nothing for a larger group, and the 902 was not yet open to amateur radio. However, 223.5 increased. Rumor has it that amateurs will drop station 220 for a new group of Class E citizens, and manufacturers have started producing mass-produced mobile transceivers for 220. For this reason, the FCC has decided not to add new group for creation. a citizen who lives there (although the FCC has removed 2 MHz from the amateur rating at 220 ° C while priority guaranteed for radio amateurs 222-225 MHz). As a result, thousands of CB 220 transceivers have been launched into the amateur market at low cost. Suddenly, 220 FM had a lot of activity and I liked it. I ran 223.5 kilowatts on a mountain at 8,800 feet above sea level. You can easily work on mobile phones from North Fresno to San Diego with many multipliers and QSO points.

\ In New England, where my friendly rival K1FO is seriously pursuing a new UHF race, it’s a different game. He found 432 people and more chances than me in California, but in 220 he had less Q. Winning the West Coast FM race was never easy, but I won K1FO in 1978 thanks to the popularity of 220 with a small lead in California. I think the margins are narrow, but also narrower in the second UHF race in 1979. I won with 27 out of 20,000 points!

\ When K1KI wrote an article about the results of the QST in 1979, he said, “The UHF competition continues! 159 jobs were received this year, 35% more than the year before.” This shows that the enthusiasm and activity in the UHF groups has really increased. “

Before the turn of the year and century I remember that one day somewhere in Atlantic City I was able to pick up the security receivers of the Tropicana Atlantic City Casino. I was not only able to listen in on the security guard walkie talkies I could, if I wanted to, speak with them.

On the day I picked this up I was listening to the security having to escort a man from the casino having caused trouble at the Craps table. They referred to him as if known by the authorities. It was fascinating to learn about the security of a casino and what goes on. Analysing every detail of the blackjack and poker tables to look for card counting.

\ The recovery continued into the 1980s. K1FO and others controlled the game. For some operators, W2SZ was dominant in the early years of the UHF competition, such as Monte. The Greylock Group has been participating in FM competitions in June and September for years.

\ Initially, there were only two categories of research in the UHF competition: one operator and multiple operators. Roaming is allowed because too many 1x1 fields are not full, but the mobile has a score for each screen listed separately. As early as 1978, active competitors generally had friends who activated rare boxes, but the terms “aura” and aura class appeared later.

\ The photo taken in the top left corner in August 1978 shows a portable N6NB player on top of a mountain. Pinos, California, for the first UHF race. The kit contains vacuum tube transformers and amplifiers (with Inline 4CX250B tubes) for 220 and 432 MHz and control triangles for 1296. Separate amplifiers from 220 kilowatts, compatible with Midland transceivers 13-509 to 223.5 MHz, including the FM antennas for vertical and horizontal polarization 222 of Quagis, the Yagi 432 long and the propeller 1296. The kilowatt FM 220 is shown in the figure below.

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