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ARRL Contest Update

August 3, 2022

Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

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Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

ARRL 222 and Up Distance Contest

The ARRL 222 and Up Distance Contest is this weekend, starting at 1800 UTC on Saturday, August 6, and concluding at 1759 UTC on Sunday, August 7. Stations may be contacted on any authorized mode on the 222 MHz through 241 GHz amateur bands. Full rules and contest details are available at www.arrl.org/222-mhz-and-up-distance-contest.

Ten Ten International Summer QSO Party

The Ten Ten (10-10) International QSO Party is this weekend, beginning at 0001 UTC on Saturday, August 6, and concluding at 2359 UTC on Sunday, August 7. The 10-10 QSO parties are a great way for anyone interested in operating on 10 meters to get on the air. All amateurs with operating privileges on the 10-meter band may participate. For rules and other information about Ten Ten International, visit www.ten-ten.org.


North American Meteor Scatter Sprint

For those of you interested in making contacts via meteor scatter propagation using MSK144 and/or FSK441, Francis Inman, KV5W, has put together the North American Meteor Scatter Sprint. The event is scheduled during the peak of the upcoming Perseids meteor shower. The event starts at 1500 UTC on August 12 and concludes at 1459 UTC on August 14. Participants may operate for up to 36 hours of the 48-hour contest period, with off times being at least 60 minutes, during which no contact is logged. Full rules are available at kv5w.com/2022/07/23/north-american-meteor-scatter-sprint-digital.

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Bulletins

FISTS Club CW Sprints to Return in August

The FISTS Club has announced that their CW sprints will return on Saturday, August 13 from 1600 until 1800 UTC, and Sunday, August 21, from 2100 until 2300 UTC. The club would also like to welcome their new Sprint Manager, Ashley Lambe, KX4ASH. For more information about the sprints, visit fistsna.org/operating.html#sprints, or contact Ashley via email at sprintlogs@fistsna.org.

Thanks to Dennis Franklin, K6DF

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Contest Summary

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

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August 17

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Results and Records

2021 Oceania DX Contest Results Released

The results for the 2021 Oceania DX (OCDX) Contest have been announced at www.oceaniadxcontest.com/current-years-results. The organizers stated that the turnout for the 2021 event was “fantastic,” with a total of 1,908 logs being submitted for the SSB and CW weekends. Additionally, the new YL awards introduced last year were deemed a success and will continue this year, along with awards for youth operators. The 2022 contest will run during the first two weekends of October. For more details about the contest, visit www.oceaniadxcontest.com.

Thanks to Martin Luther, VK7GN

Technical Topics and Discussion

Reverse Engineering the Apollo Spacecraft’s FM Radio

Ken Shirriff wrote a post on his computer history and reverse-engineering blog in which he documents a project where he reverse engineered the FM radio equipment aboard the Apollo spacecraft. I found the article fascinating, and a rather enjoyable read. You can read the post at www.righto.com/2022/07/reverse-engineering-apollo-spacecrafts.html?m=1.

Thanks to Chuck Dubé, W1CLD

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

August 4, 2022 – August 17, 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, Aug 4, 0000z to Aug 5, 0300z; CW; Bands: 40; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: Aug 11.

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

CWops Test (CWT), Aug 4, 0700z to Aug 4, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 6.

NRAU 10m Activity Contest, Aug 4, 1700z to Aug 4, 2100z; CW, SSB, FM, Digital; Bands: 10; RS(T) + 6-character grid square; Logs due: Aug 18.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Aug 4, 1700z to Aug 4, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Aug 11.

SKCC Sprint Europe, Aug 4, 1900z to Aug 4, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Aug 11.

QRP Fox Hunt, Aug 5, 0100z to Aug 5, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Aug 6.

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

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

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Aug 5, 2000z to Aug 5, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 7.

Batavia FT8 Contest, Aug 6, 0000z to Aug 7, 2359z; FT8; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Aug 21.

10-10 Int. Summer Contest, SSB, Aug 6, 0001z to Aug 7, 2359z; SSB; Bands: 10; 10-10 Member: Name + 10-10 number + (state/province/country), Non-Member: Name + 0 + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 15.

NRRL MGM Weekend Contest, Aug 6, 1400z to Aug 7, 1400z; Digital (any digital mode); Bands: 10, 642; RST + 4-character grid square; Logs due: Aug 14.

North American QSO Party, CW, Aug 6, 1800z to Aug 7, 0559z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; NA: Name + (state/DC/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Aug 14.

SARL HF Phone Contest, Aug 7, 1400z to Aug 7, 1700z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 12.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Aug 8, 0000z to Aug 8, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 10.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 8, 1300z to Aug 8, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 11.

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

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 8, 1900z to Aug 8, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 11.

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

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 9, 0300z to Aug 9, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 11.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Aug 9, 1700z to Aug 9, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Aug 16.

NAQCC CW Sprint, Aug 10, 0030z to Aug 10, 0230z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power); Logs due: Aug 13.

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

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

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

Mini-Test 40, Aug 10, 1700z to Aug 10, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 12.

Mini-Test 80, Aug 10, 1800z to Aug 10, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 12.

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

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

CWops Test (CWT), Aug 11, 0700z to Aug 11, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 13.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Aug 11, 1700z to Aug 11, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Aug 18.

EACW Meeting, Aug 11, 1900z to Aug 11, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; EACW Member: RST + Member No. + Nickname, EA non-Member: RST + Nickname + EA province, non-EA: RST + Nickname + DXCC prefix; Logs due: Aug 13.

QRP Fox Hunt, Aug 12, 0100z to Aug 12, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Aug 13.

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

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

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Aug 12, 2000z to Aug 12, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 14.

WAE DX Contest, CW, Aug 13, 0000z to Aug 14, 2359z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 23.

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, Aug 13, 1200z to Aug 14, 2359z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Aug 21.

Keyman’s Club of Japan Contest, Aug 13, 1200z to Aug 14, 1200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; JA: RST + prefecture/district code, non-JA: RST + CQ zone; Logs due: Sep 29.

SARL Youth Sprint, Aug 13, 1200z to Aug 13, 1300z; SSB; Bands: 40; RS + age; Logs due: Aug 18.

Maryland-DC QSO Party, Aug 13, 1400z to Aug 14, 0400z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 62432; MDC: entry class + county, non-MDC: entry class + (state/province/country), FT4/8: (see rules); Logs due: Sep 13.

Kentucky State Parks on the Air, Aug 13, 1400z to Aug 13, 2200z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; KY Park: park abbreviation, W/VE: (state/province), DX: “DX”; Logs due: Aug 27.

FISTS Saturday Sprint, Aug 13, 1600z to Aug 13, 1800z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; FISTS: RST + (state/province/country) + first name + FISTS No., non-FISTS: RST + (state/province/country) + first name + “0”; Logs due: Aug 27.

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

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Aug 15, 0000z to Aug 15, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 17.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 15, 1300z to Aug 15, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 18.

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

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 15, 1900z to Aug 15, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 18.

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

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 16, 0300z to Aug 16, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 18.

VHF+ CONTESTS

ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest, Aug 6, 1800z to Aug 7, 1800z; Any; Bands: 222 MHz and up; 6-character grid square; Logs due: Aug 21.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Aug 10, 1700z to Aug 10, 2000z; FT8; Bands: 432 MHz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Aug 15.

MMMonVHF/DUBUS 144 MHz Meteorscatter Sprint Contest, Aug 12, 1500z to Aug 14, 1459z; Any; Bands: 2; Signal report; Logs due: Sep 15.

North American Meteor Scatter Sprint, Aug 12, 1500z to Aug 14, 1459z; MSK144; Bands: 6, 2, 222; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Aug 21.

50 MHz Fall Sprint, Aug 13, 2300z to Aug 14, 0300z; not specified; Bands: 6; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Aug 27.

Log Due Dates

August 4

August 5

August 6

August 7

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August 17

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