I started contesting in 1984 by doing lots of VHF tests. Our Club (DF0RI) used a nice spot close to our City on a hilltop. It’s the highest one in our region (380m asl).

The DARC VHF/UHF contests (24h) are very popular in Germany. You can do easy several 100s contacts on 2m. Our record was 1030!

There are also some smaller ones like Nord- or Nordsee-Contest. I finished most times in the Top 3 when I took part.