Big Island ARRL News, 23 June 2017, 14:55 hrs, UTC, Post #223.


Author:  Bob Witte (KN0R).

Accessed on 23 June 2017, 14:55 hrs, UTC.

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With the 2017 ARRL Field Day only days away (24-25 June 2017), you may want to gear up for the event by making a few contest and DX contacts.  Another way to keep your operating skills intact is to pursue several popular operating awards, which will not only give you excellent practice, but also some beautiful certificates for your shack wall.

Bob Witte (KN0R) says there are several awards worth seeking, including Worked All States (WAS), Worked All Continents (WAC), DX Century Club (DXCC), the VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC), CQ WPX, and Summits on the Air (SOTA).  Witte believes these events will increase your skill level, enjoyment of Amateur Radio, and appreciation for science and technology.

Bob observes that the accomplishment of goals, be it in Amateur Radio or life beyond your shack, makes life more interesting and fosters a deeper understanding of Amateur Radio:

“You may not find the awards and goals I’ve mentioned to be very interesting, but there are many other options. In 2016, the ARRL sponsored the National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) program, which created a lot of interest and activity. I did just three activations for NPOTA but many people really got into it.”

“You might also set your own personal goal, not associated with any award. I know one ham that decided his goal was to make a ham radio contact every day of the entire year. This sounds simple but if you have a full-time job and other responsibilities, it takes some persistence to make this happen. Perhaps you are public service oriented; you might set a goal for the number of ARES events you support this year. I challenge you to think about what it is you are trying to do with ham radio and set a goal that is consistent with that.”

“Those are my thoughts, what do you think?

73, Bob K0NR”

Don’t forget the 2017 ARRL Field Day on 24-25 June 2017. Hawaii Island radio amateurs will meet at the Eden Roc park and community pavilion on Saturday, 24 June, 8:00 a.m.  The event ends on Sunday, 25 June, at 8:00 a.m.

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