I am sorry for the delay in producing some replies but I am really amazed by the number of feedbacks received here and also during my last weekend activations. I think some conclusions can already be drawn… the future of the UVHF is in our hands and together we can do many things. It is clear to me that we must sow the seeds doing more publicity.
A challenge on 2m/70cm would be a good idea in order to give us a strong boost and move much more people than usual to these bands. This movement will be creating a bigger impact into the surrounding areas to attract new users. Really 3 element yagi or slim jim antenna hanging on a fishing rod and 1w, can be very productive from high altitudes. It does not take much effort to have a handheld radio listening on the 2m FM sota calling frequency when we are activating on HF, but this lies in the hands of the activators.
Besides this, the idea of a new challenge could be helpful way to be more polyvalent operating the greater number of bands.
73s de EB2GKK, Inaki