Just recently, I’ve been surprised by how many chasers, both HuMP and SOTA, ask if I have UHF with me when I’m operating on the VHF band and would I QSY?
Let me say, I’m as guilty as the next man for not using the band enough and the amount of activations I’ve used the band can be counted on one hand.
I’m always happy to QSY and work a chaser (especially as it’s just a push of a button when using a dual band collinear) and then inevertably someone else calls break. This is an interesting band and I’m often surprised at the distances that can be achieved. Maybe it’s a bit nostalgic for the old class B licences who were restriced to this band and above millions of years ago.
How things have changed…
I have also noticed that very often, a CQ on 433.500 will produce zilch even from 1800ft ASL! Do chasers monitor 433.500 anymore?
Maybe, I’ll do an activation only on UHF one day and see what DX is possible and how many chasers can be found.