Accessed on 21 February 2018, 1434 UTC, Post #470.


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Here are the main topics discussed in the current issue of “The ARRL Contest Update.”  Views expressed in this post are those of the reporters and correspondents.


The upcoming North American QSO Party (NAQP) RTTY Contest is a great opportunity to try RTTY. One hundred watts is the maximum power in any entry class, and single operators operate for ten hours. A large part of preparing for this contest is making sure that your equipment and logging program are set up to work together correctly. The RTTY Contesting web pages can be helpful, and past presentations regarding RTTY contesting from Contest University can give you a leg up. You can even get some practice on Thursday evening in the NS RTTY session. Don’t assume that your particular logging program “out of the box” will have good contesting messages. Time spent improving your macros will save you time and earn you more contacts during the contest. If your exchanges messages are substantially different from others you hear in the contest it’s a sign that you should re-examine what you are doing.

The upcoming CQ 160 Meter SSB contest is the last major Top Band contest this Winter season. Some operators are poised to roll up their Beverage antenna wires and put them away for the season.

Last weekend’s ARRL International DX CW Contest provided some short but reasonable DX opportunities on 20 and 40 meters for those that were in the right place at the right time. The SSB version of this contest is coming up on March 3 and 4. Various DX bulletins, such as The Daily DX, and the OPDX Bulletin, publish details of planned contest operations. It can be advantageous to be familiar with the calls you might hear during the contest.

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