How to operate/participate in ARRL DX Contests from Hawaii.
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Accessed on 02 December 2021, 1740 UTC.
Content provided by Joseph Speroni (AH0A), ARRL Pacific Section Manager.
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Over the years as Section Manager (SM), I’ve frequently got the
question “How can Hawaii stations operate in the ARRL DX contests as a
state so we can work DX”. The short answer is “we can’t” under
current ARRL contest rules. Some ideas for proposed rule changes have
been rejected outright as unworkable. But the question keeps coming
Another possible workable suggestion recently came to our attention.
One avid contester suggested that the only justification for a rule
change would be if it would increase the number of Hawaii stations
operating in the contests. Thus, this survey to see what the effect
The requested rule change is documented in a PDF. It has not been
submitted to the ARRL Contest Activity Committee (CAC) and won’t be
unless there is wide interest and no major objections.
The short version is, “this rule change would allow Hawaii stations to
choose how they want to operate”. Operate as a W/VE station by
prefixing their Hawaiian call with W/. Or operate as a DX station by
continuing to identify with their Hawaii call sign. For example, under
these suggested revised rules,
KH6TU, WH6ABC, KH6ABC and WH7ABC would be DX stations
working only W/VE stations
W/AD6E, W/AH0A, W/WH6ABC, W/KH6ABC and W/NH7ABC would
operate as W/VE stations working only DX stations.
If contesting and DX’ing is one of your interests, please take a few
minutes to fill out this survey and let us know what you think.
The results will be published along with the section decision on
requesting a rule change for Hawaii Amateurs operating in ARRL DX
To be realistic any request will take time to be adequately reviewed to
understand unintended consequences affecting other participating
ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A