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The ARRL Contest Update

Here’s the latest contest news compiled by HQ ARRL.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news update are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by HQ ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.

Accessed on 03 March 2021, 1247 UTC, Post 1908.

Source:  http://www.arrl.org/contest-update-issues?issue=2021-03-03

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March 3, 2021

Editor: Brian Moran, N9ADG

IN THIS ISSUE
NEW HF OPERATORS — THINGS TO DO

In the upcoming weekend of March 6, the SSB side of the ARRL International DX Contest will be the main event. If SSB is not your thing, there’s the Open Ukraine RTTY Championship. March 13 – What’s NOT happening on the March 13 weekend? There are at least 20 events, spanning 160 meters to UHF, with CW, RTTY, SSB, PSK… but no FTx mode contest. Stations participating in the RSGB Commonwealth (BERU) contest don’t get any points for working a US station, so they may not answer your call. The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12-14 includes a number of contesting related presentations. See the Sights and Sounds section for more information.

BUSTED QSOS

Dale, WC7S, notes:” The QRP FOX HUNTS are held on 40 and 80 meters during the winter, through April 1. The Summer season is on 20 meters only. For more information and rules, see QRPFOXHUNTL.ORG.”

In the last issue, who was that smiling guy operating from W8UM, the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club, during the North American Collegiate Championship? Michael, KE8AQW, that’s who! Michael is the W8UM President / W8AXZ Trustee.

CONTEST SUMMARY

Complete information for all contests follows the Conversation section

3 Mar – 17 Mar 2021

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March 17

NEWS, PRESS RELEASES, AND GENERAL INTEREST

The ARRL International DX Contest, SSB, is the weekend of March 6. Like the CW event previously, due to COVID-19 there’s a temporary accommodation for multi-operator stations.

Tree, N6TR, has posted the 2021 dates for the four Stew Perry 160 meter contests. This year’s “Main Stew” in December will occur one week earlier than normal, on 12/18, to avoid a conflict with 12/25. The dates are as follows: March 13, June 19, October 23, and December 18.

In the last issue, the Operating Tip stated that it’s generally unnecessary to include the call area with your call sign when operating outside the traditional call area boundaries. Bob, N7WY, writes that for some contests, the contest rules require you to include call area with your call sign. “The rules for BARTG RTTY contests require appending the true call area.” Bob is N7WY/0 for BARTG contests in January, but N7WY when he’s operating from Wyoming.

The CQ WPX SSB Contest is coming up on the March 27 weekend. You can find some excellent pointers on strategy and how to maximize your score by reading the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (completed) pointers in the Northern California Contest Club’s February JUG. David, WD6T, starts off with location, location, location, then heads into antennas, pointing out that contacts on 160 through 40 meters are worth double those on the higher bands. Then, strategy. Prefixes are the multipliers, so if you have a unique one, or access to a unique one, use it! He also points out that part-time contesters could maximize their contribution by throwing in with a distributed multi-multi effort. David points out that knowing the rules, and the changes in the rules, is important, and should influence where you point your antennas and what bands you are on to maximize QSO values.

N1MM Logger+ added a new feature that will be of interest to Sprint contest participants: “Silent” macros that can be included in messages to automatically change the operating frequency after a QSO. Here’s the description of the feature added in version 1.0.8990 and later by N2IC: “Added {FREQUP} and {FREQDN} macros. These are used after an {END} macro to shift the active radio frequency by the frequency increment in the Configurer->Other tab. Useful in Sprint-like contests to automatically change the frequency after a QSO, as required by the rules.” The North American Sprint, RTTY on March 13 would be a fine time to try this out!

Neil, WB9VPG, writes that the Youth on the Air Camp is still on for Summer 2021: “We know that changes in the COVID-19 pandemic status between now and July will have an impact on our decision to host the camp. At this time, we are still hopeful that hosting the camp safely July 11-16, 2021 will be possible. Should we not be able to host the camp, we will let everyone know with as much notice as possible, and postpone it to 2022. Our plan is to make the final decision in the month of April.” For more information, see the YouthOnTheAir website.

KB6NU’s blog notes that Amazon is going to require sellers to provide FCC certification information to “create new listings or update existing listings of radio frequency devices” starting in April 2021.

WORD TO THE WISE

BIC, B-I-C.

“Butt In Chair” radio contests have a defined start time and end time. If an operator is not at the radio and making contacts, they’re losing points. “I didn’t do as well in the contest as last year – too many weekend distractions, not enough B-I-C.”

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

Randy, K5ZD, presented “Tips on How to Be a Better Contester” as part of HAM-CON, the Vermont Ham Radio Convention. More HAM-CON videos can be found here.

Mike, VA3MW, of FlexRadio, presented a video on how to set up N1MM Logger+ with FlexRadio transceivers for RTTY contests using MMTTY. Though his video was targeted to the CQ WPX, the radio setup information is applicable to any RTTY contest.

The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12 – 14 includes a number of contest-relevant presentations, including:

“D4C – You Call, We Answer” – Marco, IK2LFF

“Underdog Contesting” – Fred, K4IU

“K9CT Tour and a Peek at 2021 Enhancements” – Craig, K9CT

“Low Band Receive Antennas for All Yards” – Gary, W9XT

“FlexRadio with IBM’s Node-RED in the Ham Shack” – Dave, WO2X

“The State QSO Party Challenge” – Anthony, K8ZT

“Another Look At Verticals” – Tom, N6BT

“VHF Contesting” – Jim, K5ND

Check out the website for more information and the schedule of this event that starts at 1800 PST on March 12.

This short video from IEEE is not contest related, but does involve radio and how technology can impact society. A member of the New Jersey Antique Radio Club demonstrates an early Westinghouse receiver, and discusses how radio was launched to compete with print media for the home audience.

RESULTS AND RECORDS

The 2020 FT Roundup Results have been published. The 2020 contest had a 17% increase in participation vs. 2019, with 1,058 logs submitted. The cumulative number of contacts submitted increased by 23%, while the overall error rate decreased from 5.5% to 4.5%. The contest results article notes that this error rate is approximately twice that of an SSB or CW contest. FTx modes can make for easy remoting, since it’s possible to use one of the many desktop sharing software products for a contest. The top three multi-operator scores were all achieved with remote operation. The 2021 contest will be December 4-5.

Raw scores for the 2021 CQ WPX RTTY contest have been posted. “Raw Scores are calculated by the log check software, before any reductions for errors, not the Claimed score, if any, submitted in the Cabrillo log file header by the submitter’s logging software. The OOF (Order Of Finish) may change after log check errors are determined.” (Ed, W0YK)

Raw scores for the 2021 CQ 160 Meter CW Contest have been posted. These are the scores before any log checking.

OPERATING TIP

Grounding and Bonding

According to Ward, N0AX, the “best time to do grounding and bonding work is before any equipment is installed.” Starting with a clean slate, it’s easier to define your protective zones and ensure all of your gear is within them.

TECHNICAL TOPICS AND INFORMATION

Gary, NA6O, tackled some RFI issues he had with Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) at his remote location. He found that both normal-mode noise and common-mode noise were being generated, which required different strategies to solve. You can read about it in the February 2021 Northern California Contesting Club (NCCC) JUG.

Using surface mount components is a necessity for most modern electronic projects. Commercial board houses use automation to pick and place parts onto printed circuit boards prepared with solder paste, which are then precisely heated to melt the solder and affix the parts. At the hobby level it can be challenging to find and use tools to effectively deal with the small components and small build quantities. Rather than using masks, solder paste can be applied by hand, parts added, then the boards reflowed (baked) in modified toaster ovens. Some small designs can be carefully heated using hot air, with care taken not to blow the small components off the board. Applying the solder paste can be messy and frustrating, but here’s a more controllable syringe-style dispenser that has been developed with hand assembly in mind.

VK4GHZ provides information on how to find interface boards for use with a popular surplus server power supply, the Eltek Flatpack 2 HE. The Eltek power supply is capable of 2000 watts at between 48 and 60 volts, perfect for many of the modern solid-state PAs.

Ward, N0AX, noticed a workbench vice built by Frank, K4FMH: “A very flexible design that looks like it can hold all sorts of stuff like connectors and cables and PC boards alike.” Using a device like this can help get hot solder where it belongs, and not on the floor, in your lap, or between your toes when you happen to be soldering in sandals. So a friend tells me.

CONVERSATION

Demographics and Dormancy

Frank’s, K4FMH blog post “Lemmings Over A Demographic Cliff?” is a follow-up to his two-part series in the July/August and September/October 2020 National Contest Journal (NCJ) entitled “The Demographics of Contesting.” Frank’s observations include that the data show radio contesters are older than the average ARRL member. Taking into account information from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics on Leisure Time Use, he opines that this should be expected: “Leisure pursuits are highest during youth and young adulthood but dramatically taper off about ages 25-34 until age 55 and over. This hollowing out of leisure and sport time is a predictable outcome of competing and more important activities.”

We should just expect during the course of someone’s life they will not have a consistent level of involvement with the amateur radio hobby. Such an expectation makes it even more important that the early impression of the hobby one may get through a school activity, social organization, radio club, and so on be relevant, memorable, favorable, and pave the way for a return after a period of dormancy.

Frank argues that the format of the major radio contests may serve the leisure interests of established contesters — those on the other end of the demographic spectrum from the beginners. They may not provide the best experience for radio contesting beginners. He might have something there: To be able to compete at a high level in a major contest as a single operator requires time, equipment, and skill that are probably beyond many in the “caterpillar” stage. Most school-age operators don’t have the time for the all-important B-I-C on weekends. Those fortunate to be able to join seasoned teams of multi-operators at well-equipped stations have a different contesting experience than those plugging away solo. With the opportunity for mentorship, camaraderie of a group effort, and a chance to be part of something bigger, they’ll be more likely to emerge from their expected dormancy period as a contest butterfly.

That’s all for this time. Remember to send contesting related stories, book reviews, tips, techniques, press releases, errata, schematics, club information, pictures, stories, blog links, and predictions to contest-update@arrl.org

73, Brian N9ADG

CONTESTS

3 Mar – 17 Mar 2021

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HF CONTESTS

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 4, 0300z to Mar 4, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 6.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 4, 1700z to Mar 4, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: March 9.

NRAU 10m Activity Contest, Mar 4, 1800z to Mar 4, 1900z (cw) and, Mar 4, 1900z to Mar 4, 2000z (ssb) and, Mar 4, 2000z to Mar 4, 2100z (fm) and, Mar 4, 2100z to Mar 4, 2200z (dig); CW, SSB, FM, Digital; Bands: 10m Only; RS(T) + 6-character grid square; Logs due: March 18.

SKCC Sprint Europe, Mar 4, 2000z to Mar 4, 2200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: March 11.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Mar 5, 0145z to Mar 5, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: March 7.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 5, 0200z to Mar 5, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: March 11.

NCCC Sprint, Mar 5, 0230z to Mar 5, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: March 7.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Mar 5, 2000z to Mar 5, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 7.

Novice Rig Roundup, Mar 6, 0000z to Mar 14, 2359z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 15, 10, 2m; Name + QTH + Optional (Rig, NRR number); Logs due: April 13.

ARRL International DX Contest, SSB, Mar 6, 0000z to Mar 8, 0000z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; W/VE: RS + (state/province), non-W/VE: RS + power; Logs due: March 14.

Wake-Up! QRP Sprint, Mar 6, 0600z to Mar 6, 0629z and, Mar 6, 0630z to Mar 6, 0659z and, Mar 6, 0700z to Mar 6, 0729z and, Mar 6, 0730z to Mar 6, 0800z; CW; Bands: 40, 20m; RST + Serial No. + suffix of previous QSO (“QRP” for 1st QSO); Logs due: March 13.

Open Ukraine RTTY Championship, Mar 6, 1800z to Mar 6, 2059z (low band) and, Mar 6, 2100z to Mar 6, 2359z (low band) and, Mar 7, 0800z to Mar 7, 1059z (high band) and, Mar 7, 1100z to Mar 7, 1359z (high band); RTTY; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; 2-letter regional abbrev. (state/province/canton, etc.) + Serial No.(restart serial no. for high band); Logs due: March 22.

UBA Spring Contest, CW, Mar 7, 0700z to Mar 7, 1100z; CW; Bands: 80m Only; ON: RST + Serial No. + UBA Section, non-ON: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 21.

NSARA Contest, Mar 7, 1200z to Mar 7, 1600z and, Mar 7, 1800z to Mar 7, 2200z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 80m Only; Nova Scotia: RS(T) + county, non-NS: RS(T) + QSO No.; Logs due: April 6.

SARL Hamnet 40m Simulated Emerg Contest, Mar 7, 1200z to Mar 7, 1400z; SSB; Bands: 40m Only; Class A: RS + Serial No. (starting with 201), Class B: RS + Serial No. (starting with 401), Class C: RS + Serial No. (starting with 601), Class D: RS + Serial No. (starting with 801), Non-participants: RS + Serial No. (starting with 001); Logs due: March 14.

WAB 3.5 MHz Phone, Mar 7, 1800z to Mar 7, 2200z; SSB; Bands: 80m Only; British Isles: RS + serial no. + WAB square, Other: RS + serial no. + country; Logs due: March 17.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Mar 8, 0000z to Mar 8, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 14.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Mar 8, 1630z to Mar 8, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 12.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Mar 9, 0100z to Mar 9, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: March 10.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 9, 1700z to Mar 9, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: March 9.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 10, 0200z to Mar 10, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: March 11.

Phone Weekly Test – Fray, Mar 10, 0230z to Mar 10, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15m; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: March 12.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 10, 1300z to Mar 10, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 13.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mar 10, 1700z to Mar 10, 2000z; FT8; Bands: (see rules); 4-character grid square; Logs due: March 15.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 10, 1900z to Mar 10, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 13.

RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW, Mar 10, 2000z to Mar 10, 2130z; CW; Bands: 80m Only; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 11.

AWA John Rollins Memorial DX Contest, Mar 10, 2300z to Mar 11, 2300z and, Mar 13, 2300z to Mar 14, 2300z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; RST + Eqpt Type + Eqpt Year; Logs due: April 1.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 11, 0300z to Mar 11, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 13.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 11, 1700z to Mar 11, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: March 16.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Mar 12, 0145z to Mar 12, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: March 14.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 12, 0200z to Mar 12, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: March 18.

NCCC Sprint, Mar 12, 0230z to Mar 12, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: March 14.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Mar 12, 2000z to Mar 12, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 14.

YB DX RTTY Contest, Mar 13, 0000z to Mar 13, 2359z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 20.

SARL Field Day Contest, Mar 13, 0800z to Mar 14, 0800z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RS(T) + Number of transmitters + Category (see rules) + Province (or “DX”); Logs due: March 22.

RSGB Commonwealth (BERU) Contest, Mar 13, 1000z to Mar 14, 1000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 19.

DIG QSO Party, SSB, Mar 13, 1200z to Mar 13, 1700z (20m-10m) and, Mar 14, 0700z to Mar 14, 0900z (80m) and, Mar 14, 0900z to Mar 14, 1100z (40m); SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; DIG Member: RS + Member No., non-Member: RS; Logs due: May 31.

South America 10 Meter Contest, Mar 13, 1200z to Mar 14, 1200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 10m Only; RS(T) + CQ zone; Logs due: March 28.

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, Mar 13, 1200z to Mar 15, 0000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: March 21.

F9AA Cup, SSB, Mar 13, 1200z to Mar 14, 1200z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 2m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: April 13.

Oklahoma QSO Party, Mar 13, 1400z to Mar 14, 0200z and, Mar 14, 1500z to Mar 14, 2200z; CW, Phone, Digital (no FT8); Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; OK: RS(T) + County, non-OK: RS(T) + (state/province/country); Logs due: April 4.

AGCW QRP Contest, Mar 13, 1400z to Mar 13, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RST + QSO No. + class(pwr) + (AGCW Member No./”NM” if not member); Logs due: March 31.

Stew Perry Topband Challenge, Mar 13, 1500z to Mar 14, 1500z; CW; Bands: 160m Only; 4-Character grid square; Logs due: March 29.

EA PSK63 Contest, Mar 13, 1600z to Mar 14, 1600z; PSK63; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; EA: RSQ + province code, non-EA: RSQ + Serial no.; Logs due: March 29.

TESLA Memorial HF CW Contest, Mar 13, 1800z to Mar 14, 0559z; CW; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No. + 4-character grid square; Logs due: March 19.

QCWA QSO Party, Mar 13, 1800z to Mar 14, 1800z; CW/Digital, Phone; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; last 2 digits of year first licensed + name + (state/province/country or QCWA chapter); Logs due: April 13.

Idaho QSO Party, Mar 13, 1900z to Mar 14, 1900z; CW, Phone, Digital (no FT8); Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; ID: County, non-ID: (state/province/country); Logs due: March 24.

QRP ARCI Spring Thaw SSB Shootout, Mar 13, 2200z to Mar 13, 2300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RS + (state/province/country) + (ARCI number/power); Logs due: see rules.

North American Sprint, RTTY, Mar 13, 2300z to Mar 14, 0300z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name] + [your state/DC/province/country]; Logs due: March 21.

Classic Exchange, Phone, Mar 14, 1400z to Mar 15, 0800z and, Mar 16, 1400z to Mar 17, 0800z; AM, SSB, FM; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2m; Name + RS + (state/province/country) + rcvr/xmtr manuf/model; Logs due: April 30.

Wisconsin QSO Party, Mar 14, 1800z to Mar 15, 0100z; CW/Digital, Phone; Bands: All, except WARC; WI: county, non-WI: (state/province/country); Logs due: March 28.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Mar 15, 0000z to Mar 15, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 21.

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, Mar 15, 0000z to Mar 15, 0200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: RS(T) + (State/Province/Country) + Member No., Non-member: RS(T) + (State/Province/Country) + Power; Logs due: March 17.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Mar 15, 1630z to Mar 15, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 19.

Bucharest Digital Contest, Mar 15, 1800z to Mar 15, 2059z; FT4; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + QSO No.; Logs due: March 22.

RSGB FT4 Contest Series, Mar 15, 2000z to Mar 15, 2130z; FT4; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; 4-character grid square; Logs due: March 16.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Mar 16, 0100z to Mar 16, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: March 17.

CLARA Chatter Party, Mar 16, 1700z to Mar 17, 1700z and, Mar 20, 1700z to Mar 21, 1700z; CW, Phone; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RS(T) + Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: April 15.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 16, 1700z to Mar 16, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: March 16.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 17, 0100z to Mar 17, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: March 18.

Phone Weekly Test – Fray, Mar 17, 0230z to Mar 17, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15m; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: March 19.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 17, 1300z to Mar 17, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 20.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 17, 1900z to Mar 17, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 20.

VHF+ CONTESTS

SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest, Mar 13, 0500z to Mar 13, 0700z (6m) and, Mar 13, 0700z to Mar 13, 0900z (2m) and, Mar 13, 0900z to Mar 13, 1100z (70cm) and, Mar 14, 0500z to Mar 14, 0700z (6m) and, Mar 14, 0700z to Mar 14, 0900z (2m) and, Mar 14, 0900z to Mar 14, 1100z (70cm); Analog (CW/SSB/AM/FM); Bands: 50 MHz, 70 MHz, 144 MHz, 432 MHz, 1296 MHz; RS(T) + 6-character grid locator; Logs due: March 21.

UBA Spring Contest, 2m, Mar 14, 0700z to Mar 14, 1100z; CW, Phone; Bands: 2m Only; ON: RS(T) + Serial No. + UBA Section, non-ON: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: March 28.

Also, see SKCC Sprint EuropeNovice Rig RoundupWorldwide Sideband Activity ContestSKCC Weekend SprintathonF9AA Cup, SSBOklahoma QSO PartyQCWA QSO PartyClassic Exchange, Phone, above.

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Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

 

Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amateur (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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Posted in Amateur/Ham Radio, ARRL, Big Island ARRL News, Big Island of Hawaii ARRL info, Club Activities, Contests, DX-peditions
  • Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2282 for Friday July 23, 2021 July 22, 2021
    - HAMS AT THE READY AFTER WESTERN EUROPE FLOODING - INDIAN AMATEURS HELPING WITH DISASTER RESPONSE TRAINING - SPECIAL EVENT STATION TO HIGHLIGHT CUBAN CRISIS - TOWER BATTLE ENDS IN FAVOR OF MASSACHUSETTS HAM - BATTLE OVER ANTENNA MAST CONTINUES FOR UK AMATEUR - FCC OKS EXPERIMENTAL 40 MHZ STATION FOR HAM IN GEORGIA - […]
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  • Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2281 for Friday July 16, 2021 July 15, 2021
    - HAM RADIO OUTLET OPENING FLORIDA STORE - YOUTH ON THE AIR CAMP ENJOYS SUCCESSFUL START - OFCOM REMINDS SWISS HAMS OF SATELLITE-USE FEES - SPECIAL EVENT STATION HONORS AMERICAN COMEDIAN 'RED' SKELTON - UK HAMS RESPOND TO SURVEY ABOUT AMATEURS' CHALLENGES - RESEARCHERS STUDY PIEZOELECTRICITY AS BATTERY REPLACEMENT - SUMMER AM QSO PARTY ATTRACTS […]
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  • Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2280 for Friday July 9, 2021 July 8, 2021
    - DXPEDITION TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD - OBSERVATORY RADIOTELESCOPE TO SPAN TWO CONTINENTS - SILENT KEY: IARU's FAISAL AL-AJMI 9K2RR - SILENT KEY: INDIA'S MAHABALA HEGDE VU2HEG - NEW SUNSPOT EXPLOSION CAUSES SHORTWAVE BLACKOUT - SPAIN'S AMATEUR MAGAZINE MAKES DIGITAL ARCHIVE AVAILABLE - PLUTO SPECIAL EVENT IS BACK IN ORBIT - ONLINE EDITION […]
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Amateur Radio related websites

http://www.HawaiiARRL.info (ARRL Pacific Section website)

 

https://www.simplehamradioantennas.com.

https://oahuarrlnews.wordpress.com.

https://www.eham.net.

http://www.southgatearc.org.

http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/ (ARRL Audio News Podcast).

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