The ARRL Contest Update for November 28, 2018

Accessed on 28 November 2018, 0357 UTC, Post 786.


Editor:  Brian Moran (N9ADG).

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Comment:  Here are some of the topics discussed in the current edition of “The ARRL Contest Update.”  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.


Despite the lack of sunspots,10-meter contests must go on! The upcoming ARRL 10-Meter Contest provides a generous 36 hours of operating within the 48-hour contest period. Most operators will confine their CW or SSB operation to daylight hours to take advantage of any potential band openings. If you’re in an area of higher population density, make your operating plans known to your radio club’s members for extra contacts. For example, emailing people to let them know “I’ll be on at noon during the 10-meter contest” could encourage others to get on for a contact. If you prefer a digital mode, you could try the 10 Meter RTTY Contest on December 2, which follows on the heels of the first-ever FT8 Roundup, on December 1.

Operating on the 160-meter band can be a challenge just from the size of the antennas required for this band, and the noise levels in any areas that are populated. But because we are at the bottom of the sunspot cycle, Top Band conditions have the potential to be very good this year during the ARRL 160-Meter contest. One strategy to get on the air if you don’t have your own antennas is to find a DXer in your radio club that would let you use their station to operate.”

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

Leslie Hittner (K0BAD) has three pieces of 1/2 inch Andrews 84147 Heliax LDF4-50A cable to give away before he takes them to the recyclers.  Here are the details:

One piece is approximately 16 feet/4.87 meters–50 ohms.

One piece is approximately 19 feet/5.79 meters–50 ohms.

One piece is approximately 15 feet/4.57 meters–50 ohms.

You can contact Les at

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Upcoming Events (thanks to Barbara, NH7FY):

20 November 2018:  The BIARC Ham Radio lunch will be held at the Ponds Restaurant at 11:30 HST.  Barbara already has enough hams to reserve one big table.  If you plan on attending the informal lunch, please call Barbara at 936-3377.  Richard (AH7G) is celebrating his 85th birthday that day.

01 December 2018:  Dean Manley (KH6B) announces a change for the ham radio breakfast.  It will be held at 0800 HST at KMC (Kilauea Military Camp) in the National Park.  Drive past the visitors center and the steam vents.  Just before the road closure, take the entrance into KMC on the right.

08 December 2018:  The Big Island Amateur Radio Club (BIARC) will hold its annual Christmas dinner at the Keaau Community Center at 1400 HST.  The club is providing the ham and turkey.  The rest of the dinner will be potluck.

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section