The ARRL Contest Update, 08 August 2018


Accessed on 09 August 2018, 0422 UTC, Post #649.


Editor:  Brian Moran (N9ADG).

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Here the main topics covered in the current issue of “The ARRL Contest Update”:


One way to improve operating skills in general, polish mode-specific skills, make new radio acquaintances, and have fun, is to participate in a weekly or monthly contesting event. The weekly Phone Fray can hone your SSB operating. For CW, there are a number of weekly or monthly events put on by the CW Ops, the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC), Straight Key Century Club, the QRP Fox Hunt group, and the North American QRP CW Club.

An event that accumulates a score over a number of consecutive weeks with multiple events is a good ‘excuse’ to operate more. The NCCC’s 28th National Sprint Ladder contest starting August 10 consists of eight weekly sessions of thirty minutes using the Sprint format – see the rules. Bands include 160 meters through 15 meters, 100 watts maximum, with a QSY requirement. No spotting assistance is permitted. Only your top five scores count toward the NSL’s final award. All of these events take place on Thursday evenings, so you won’t miss weekend contests!”

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Notes:

Thanks to Leigh of the “Big Island Amateur Radio Club Newsletter” for this item.  Barbara Darling (NH7FY) says the management of the Nani Mau Gardens will no longer be serving lunch because of the closing of Jack’s Tours, which delivered about half of the restaurant’s lunch business.  BIARC members have been gathering for Friday weekly lunches at Nani Mau.  Barbara and Richard will have more information when they return from their vacation.

Oscar Resto (KP4RF), the Puerto Rico ARRL Section Manager, will be speaking at the LDS Church in Orchidland on Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 2 p.m./6 p.m. HST.  According to Bob Schneider (AH6J), the presentations will focus “on a general description of what happened-emergency first responders and government responses–” during the Hurricane Maria emergency.  Please RSVP to Pascal ( if you are interested in attending so we can have a headl count for event planning.

The Fifth Annual Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF simplex event is coming on Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST. The Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club sponsors this fun event “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm…”  For details, visit

Thanks to Joseph Speroni (AH0A), the ARRL Pacific Section Manager, for these items:  The Hawaii QSO Party will be held from 6 p.m., Friday 24 August, 5:59 p.m., Sunday 26 August, 2018.  All Hawaiian hams are invited to participate.  For details, visit  If you’re interested in improving your CW skills, register for a new CW class sponsored by the CWops Club.  The tentative beginning date for the class is 01 September 2018.  For more information, visit

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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section