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ARRL Contest Update

July 20, 2022

Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

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Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

YOTA Contest, Round 2, is This Weekend

The Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) Contest, round 2, will be held Saturday, July 23, starting at 1000 UTC. The objective of the event is to increase the activities of youth in amateur radio. The contest is organized by IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, in cooperation with the Hungarian Amateur Radio Society. For more information, visit their website at www.ham-yota.com/contest/.


Lunar Landing EME SSTV Party

July 21 marks 53 years since Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. To celebrate this historic event the C.A. Muller Radio Astronomy Station in the Netherlands will activate PI9CAM on 1296.110 MHz using SSTV mode Martin-2. The station will transmit several lunar landing and space related images starting about 0730 UTC on July 21 and will continue operation until their moonset. Amateurs are also encouraged to attempt SSTV QSOs with the station as well.

 Thanks to Jan Van Muijlwijk, PA3FXB

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Bulletins

2022 Scandinavian Contest Cancelled

The organizers of the Scandinavian Activity Contest (SAC) have announced that both sections (SSB and CW) of the 2022 contest in September and October have been cancelled. For more information, visit www.sactest.net/

– Thanks to Ingemar Fogelberg, SM5AJV


Call for Photos from CQ 160-Meter Contest

Andy Blank, N2NT, Director of the CQ World Wide 160-Meter Contest, is looking for photos from the 2022 event for possible use in the results article. He notes, “If you were active in the contest, no matter how big or small the log, we would love to publish a picture of you in the shack or out in the antenna field.” Photos can be emailed to him at andyn2nt@gmail.com.

 thanks to Andrew Blank, N2NT


Requests for Stories for National Contest Journal

Lee Finkel, KY7M, Editor of the National Contest Journal (NCJ), is looking for stories about contest expeditions to DX locations or contest station operations and strategy in North America. Stories can be submitted in written form or via a Zoom interview. Send your stories or requests for an interview to Lee via email.

– Thanks to Lee Finkel, KY7M

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Contest Summary

See the “Contests” section below for complete contest information.

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News, Press Releases, and Special Interest

2022 Pacific Northwest VHF Society Conference Registration Now Open

The 26th annual Pacific Northwest VHF Society Conference will be held Oct 7 – 8, 2022 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Salem, Oregon. Early-bird registration discounts are available if participants register before October 1. Registration and hotel booking information is available at www.pnwvhfs.org/conference/2022/announcement.html.

 Thanks to Barry Hansen, K7BWH

Technical Topics and Discussion

Remembering the The First Accidental Geomagnetic Storm

Sixty years ago this month, one of the biggest geomagnetic storms of the space age struck Earth. However, it didn’t come from the sun. You can read more about this phenomenon in Dr. Tony Phillip’s article, “Starfish Prime: The First Accidental Geomagnetic Storm,” at spaceweatherarchive.com/2022/07/08/starfish-prime-the-first-accidental-geomagnetic-storm/.

 Thanks to Dave Heimke, AL7LO


The Start of Amateur RTTY

Ed Sharpe, Archivist for the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications, and Computation (SMECC), shared a collection of journals and articles on the beginnings of amateur radio Radio Teletype (RTTY) at www.smecc.org/rtty_ratt_radio_teletype.htm.

– thanks to Brian Moran, N9ADG

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, Paul, N1SFE

Contests

July 21, 2022 – August 3, 2022

An expanded, downloadable version of QST’Contest Corral is available as a PDF. Check the sponsors’ website for information on operating time restrictions and other instructions.

HF CONTESTS

Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest , Jul 21, 0000z to Jul 22, 0300z; CW; Bands: 20; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: Jul 28.

NAQCC CW Sprint , Jul 21, 0030z to Jul 21, 0230z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power); Logs due: Jul 24.

CWops Test (CWT) , Jul 21, 0300z to Jul 21, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jul 23.

CWops Test (CWT) , Jul 21, 0700z to Jul 21, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jul 23.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Jul 21, 1700z to Jul 21, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Jul 28.

NTC QSO Party , Jul 21, 1900z to Jul 21, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; NTC Member: RST + Member No., non-Member: RST + “NM”, Less than 25 wpm; Logs due: Jul 24.

QRP Fox Hunt , Jul 22, 0100z to Jul 22, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Jul 23.

NCCC RTTY Sprint , Jul 22, 0145z to Jul 22, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Jul 24.

NCCC Sprint , Jul 22, 0230z to Jul 22, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Jul 24.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Jul 22, 2000z to Jul 22, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jul 24.

YOTA Contest , Jul 23, 1000z to Jul 23, 2159z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Single Op: RS(T) + age (on Jan 1 of year of contest), Multi-Op: RS(T) + average age of ops (on Jan 1 of year of contest); Logs due: Jul 30.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Jul 25, 0000z to Jul 25, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jul 27.

QCX Challenge , Jul 25, 1300z to Jul 25, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Jul 31.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Jul 25, 1300z to Jul 25, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Jul 28.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC) , Jul 25, 1630z to Jul 25, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Jul 29.

QCX Challenge , Jul 25, 1900z to Jul 25, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Jul 31.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Jul 25, 1900z to Jul 25, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Jul 28.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest , Jul 26, 0100z to Jul 26, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Jul 27.

QCX Challenge , Jul 26, 0300z to Jul 26, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Jul 31.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Jul 26, 0300z to Jul 26, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Jul 28.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Jul 26, 1700z to Jul 26, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Aug 2.

SKCC Sprint, Jul 27, 0000z to Jul 27, 0200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Jul 29.

Phone Weekly Test , Jul 27, 0230z to Jul 27, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Jul 29.

A1Club AWT , Jul 27, 1200z to Jul 27, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Aug 1.

CWops Test (CWT) , Jul 27, 1300z to Jul 27, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jul 30.

Mini-Test 40 , Jul 27, 1700z to Jul 27, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Jul 29.

Mini-Test 80 , Jul 27, 1800z to Jul 27, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Jul 29.

CWops Test (CWT) , Jul 27, 1900z to Jul 27, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jul 30.

CWops Test (CWT) , Jul 28, 0300z to Jul 28, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jul 30.

CWops Test (CWT) , Jul 28, 0700z to Jul 28, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jul 30.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Jul 28, 1700z to Jul 28, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Aug 4.

RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data, Jul 28, 1900z to Jul 28, 2030z; RTTY, PSK; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Jul 29.

QRP Fox Hunt , Jul 29, 0100z to Jul 29, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Jul 30.

NCCC RTTY Sprint , Jul 29, 0145z to Jul 29, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Jul 31.

NCCC Sprint , Jul 29, 0230z to Jul 29, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Jul 31.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Jul 29, 2000z to Jul 29, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jul 31.

Feld Hell Sprint, Jul 30, 0000z to Jul 30, 2359z; Feld Hell; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; (see rules); Logs due: Aug 2.

RSGB IOTA Contest , Jul 30, 1200z to Jul 31, 1200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RS(T) + Serial No. + IOTA No.(if applicable); Logs due: Aug 5.

Tennessee State Parks on the Air , Jul 30, 1400z to Jul 31, 2200z; All that support exchange; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, Satellite; TN Park: park abbreviation), W/VE: (state/province), DX: “DX”; Logs due: Aug 14.

ARS Flight of the Bumblebees , Jul 31, 1700z to Jul 31, 2100z; CW; Bands: 40, 20, 15, 10; Home: RST + (state/province/country) + Power, Bumblebee: RST + (state/province/country) + Bumblebee no.; Logs due: Aug 14.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Aug 1, 0000z to Aug 1, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 3.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Aug 1, 1300z to Aug 1, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 4.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC) , Aug 1, 1630z to Aug 1, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 5.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Aug 1, 1900z to Aug 1, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 4.

ARS Spartan Sprint , Aug 2, 0100z to Aug 2, 0300z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + Power; Logs due: Aug 4.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest , Aug 2, 0100z to Aug 2, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Aug 3.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Aug 2, 0300z to Aug 2, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 4.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Aug 2, 1700z to Aug 2, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Aug 9.

Phone Weekly Test , Aug 3, 0230z to Aug 3, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Aug 5.

A1Club AWT , Aug 3, 1200z to Aug 3, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Aug 8.

CWops Test (CWT) , Aug 3, 1300z to Aug 3, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 6.

Mini-Test 40 , Aug 3, 1700z to Aug 3, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 5.

Mini-Test 80 , Aug 3, 1800z to Aug 3, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 5.

CWops Test (CWT) , Aug 3, 1900z to Aug 3, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 6.

VHF+ CONTESTS

ARAM 50 MHz Contest, Jul 23, 0000z to Jul 23, 2359z; CW, Phone; Bands: 6; RS(T) + Serial number + 6-character grid square; Logs due: Aug 15.

WAB 144 MHz Low Power Phone , Jul 30, 1400z to Jul 30, 1800z; Phone; Bands: 2; British Isles: RS + serial no. + WAB square, Other: RS + serial no. + country; Logs due: Aug 9.

See also: Worldwide Sideband Activity ContestTennessee State Parks on the AirFeld Hell SprintSKCC Sprint

Log Due Dates

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