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GETTING READY FOR JANUARY The January VHF contest is almost here. Make sure to mark your calendars (if you haven't already) for the weekend of January 21st and 22nd. Make arrangements to make sure that someone else doesn't 'plan' some other activity for you that weekend! Hopefully, your antennas are up by now, and your rigs are in working order. They aren't? Don't procrastinate! We have been blessed with unusually mild weather (At the time of this writing, anyway), and there should be no excuse for not getting this taken care of now! As far as your rigs go, the morning before the contest is not the time to discover that your 2-meter station is dead! Check your rigs out NOW (That is, after reading this arti- cle) and make srti- cle) and make sure they work. Incidentally, those of you who know me know I tend to overbuild things. This has paid off in the long run, as the equipment generally works when turned on, and doesn't have to be repaired the morning of the contest! Last, but not least, DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR LOGS! Last year. there were many instances of logging inaccuracies noted during process- ing. A couple of these were so bad, that I worked with the sta- tions involved to help them turn in a log that wasn't likely to get them disqualified! I have no plans to do that this year. IT IS UP TO EACH STATION TO TURN IN AN ACCURATE LOG!! If you log using a computer, you are encouraged to make your log submission on a disk. This will greatly simplify the League's processing, as well as mine. See the official rules for details, or call me at the numbers at the end of this article. There is a new version of the Grouper computer program available, called GROUPER2. This program is used to determine how many RVHFG members you worked for the Rochester Cup and Worked Most RVHFG Member awards. It has some minor fixes in it, most importantly, a checksum feature that allows me to know what membership list you used to generate the result lis generate the result list. GROUPER2 is available for down- load on the NS9E VHF Contesting page: http://www.lionlmb.org/vhftest.html The Fun is back in the January VHF contest! I hope to hear (And work) each and every member of the club! GOOD LUCK and SEE YOU ON THE AIR! REMEMBER, THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR STATION IS YOU!!