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ARRL Contest Update

August 17, 2022

Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

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Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

North American QSO Party – SSB

The August SSB edition of the North American QSO Party (NAQP) begins at 1800 UTC on Saturday, August 20, and concludes at 0600 UTC on Sunday, August 21. The NAQP’s 12-hour format allows participants to do some great contesting, yet still have time for other activities during the weekend. Power output is limited to 100 W, so this is a great contest for beginners with low-power stations to get their feet wet! Complete rules are available at ncjweb.com/naqp.


ARRL Rookie Roundup – RTTY

If you earned your ham license within the last 3 years, or have never participated in a RTTY contest before, the ARRL Rookie Roundup is the perfect opportunity for you to try out contesting on this digital mode. The event begins at 1800 UTC, Sunday, August 21, and runs for 6 hours, concluding at 2359 UTC.

Rookies can contact everyone, and non-Rookies can only contact Rookies. The exchange is your name, call sign, a two-digit year, and state (US or Mexican), Canadian province, or “DX.” Full rules are available at www.arrl.org/rtty-roundup.

World Wide Digi DX Contest

The World Wide Digi DX Contest begins at 1200 UTC on Saturday, August 27, and concludes at 1159 UTC on Sunday, August, 28. The objective of this event is to contact as many other amateurs in as many Maidenhead grid fields as possible using the FT4 and FT8 modes. The exchange is your station’s Maidenhead grid square. Visit ww-digi.com/index.htm for rules and other contest resources.

 


Several State QSO Parties Coming up on August 27 – 29

Fans of state QSO parties can enjoy three different events during the last weekend of August. The Hawaii QSO Party begins at 0359 UTC on Saturday, August 27, and runs through 0400 UTC on Monday, August 29; the Kansas QSO Party starts at 1400 UTC on Saturday, August 27, and concludes at 2000 UTC on Sunday, August 28, and the Ohio QSO Party begins at 1600 UTC on Saturday, August 27, and ends at 0400 UTC on Sunday, August 28. More details are available at their respective websites or in the “Contests” section below.

 

Bulletins

Additional Weekend Added to ARRL EME Contest

An additional weekend of 2.3 GHz and above activity has been added to the ARRL International EME Contest. The new microwave-only weekend begins at 0000 UTC on Saturday, August 27, and concludes at 2359 UTC on Sunday, August 28. Complete logs for all four weekends of the contest are due on December 13. For full details on all EME Contest weekends, visit contests.arrl.org/eme/.

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Contest Summary

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

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Sights and Sounds

Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, recently gave a Zoom presentation to the Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee (RATPAC) about his Contest Calendar and 3830 Scores reporting websites. You can view the video recording of the presentation at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwfe6c4T_BA.

– Thanks to Anthony Luscre, K8ZT

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Results and Records

July 2022 NAQP RTTY Preliminary Results Available

Mark Aaker, K6UFO, the North American QSO Party (NAQP) RTTY Contest Manager, announced that the preliminary results for the July 2022 NAQP RTTY are now available on the National Contest Journal website at www.ncjweb.com/current-naqp-rtty-results.

Mark adds that there’s still time to send him photos or stories for possible inclusion in the full results article. You can reach Mark via email.


2022 YOTA Contest Second Round Results Released

Philipp Springer, 9A/DK6SP, the Chair of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 Youth Working Group, announced that the final results of the second round of the 2022 YOTA Contest have been released on their website at www.ham-yota.com/contest.

Technical Topics and Discussion

Converting a DB6NT 3456 MHz Transverter to 3400 MHz

Terry Price, W8ZN, of Directive Systems & Engineering published an update to his previous article “Converting a DB6NT 3456 MHz transverter to 3400 MHz.” The update includes the process to add the Leo Bodnar GPS Disciplined Oscillator or the Down East Microwave/Q5 Signal digiLO High Stability Wideband PLL Synthesizer. The update can be found in the “Tech Notes” section of the Directive Systems website at directivesystems.com/information/tech-notes.

– Thanks to Terry Price, W8ZN

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

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HF CONTESTS

Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest, Aug 18, 0000z to Aug 19, 0300z; CW; Bands: 20; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: Aug 25.

CWops Test (CWT), Aug 18, 0300z to Aug 18, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 20.

CWops Test (CWT), Aug 18, 0700z to Aug 18, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 20.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Aug 18, 1700z to Aug 18, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Aug 25.

NTC QSO Party, Aug 18, 1900z to Aug 18, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; NTC Member: RST + Member No., non-Member: RST + “NM”, Less than 25 wpm; Logs due: Aug 21.

QRP Fox Hunt, Aug 19, 0100z to Aug 19, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Aug 20.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Aug 19, 0145z to Aug 19, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Aug 21.

NCCC Sprint, Aug 19, 0230z to Aug 19, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Aug 21.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Aug 19, 2000z to Aug 19, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 21.

SARTG WW RTTY Contest, Aug 20, 0000z to Aug 21, 1600z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Sep 11.

Russian District Award Contest, Aug 20, 0800z to Aug 21, 0800z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RU: RS(T) + District code, non-RU: RS(T) + QSO No.; Logs due: Sep 5.

Feld Hell Sprint, Aug 20, 1600z to Aug 20, 1759z; Feld Hell; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; (see rules); Logs due: Aug 23.

North American QSO Party, SSB, Aug 20, 1800z to Aug 21, 0559z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; NA: Name + (state/DC/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Aug 28.

CVA DX Contest, CW, Aug 20, 2100z to Aug 21, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + type/UF(see rules); Logs due: Aug 28.

SARL HF Digital Contest, Aug 21, 1400z to Aug 21, 1700z; RTTY, PSK31; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 26.

NJQRP Skeeter Hunt, Aug 21, 1700z to Aug 21, 2100z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Skeeter: RS(T) + (state/province/country)+ Skeeter No., Non-Skeeter: RS(T) + (state/province/country)+ Power + “W”; Logs due: Sep 4.

ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY, Aug 21, 1800z to Aug 21, 2359z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; NA: Name + 2-digit year first licensed + (state/province/XE area/DX); Logs due: Aug 24.

FISTS Sunday Sprint, Aug 21, 2100z to Aug 21, 2300z; 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: Sep 4.

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest, Aug 21, 2300z to Aug 22, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + (Member No./power); Logs due: Aug 28.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Aug 22, 0000z to Aug 22, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 24.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 22, 1300z to Aug 22, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 25.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Aug 22, 1630z to Aug 22, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 26.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 22, 1900z to Aug 22, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 25.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Aug 23, 0100z to Aug 23, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Aug 24.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 23, 0300z to Aug 23, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Aug 25.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Aug 23, 1700z to Aug 23, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Aug 30.

SKCC Sprint, Aug 24, 0000z to Aug 24, 0200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Aug 26.

Phone Weekly Test, Aug 24, 0230z to Aug 24, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Aug 26.

A1Club AWT, Aug 24, 1200z to Aug 24, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Aug 29.

CWops Test (CWT), Aug 24, 1300z to Aug 24, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 27.

Mini-Test 40, Aug 24, 1700z to Aug 24, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 26.

Mini-Test 80, Aug 24, 1800z to Aug 24, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Aug 26.

CWops Test (CWT), Aug 24, 1900z to Aug 24, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 27.

CWops Test (CWT), Aug 25, 0300z to Aug 25, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 27.

CWops Test (CWT), Aug 25, 0700z to Aug 25, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 27.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Aug 25, 1700z to Aug 25, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Sep 1.

QRP Fox Hunt, Aug 26, 0100z to Aug 26, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Aug 27.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Aug 26, 0145z to Aug 26, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Aug 28.

NCCC Sprint, Aug 26, 0230z to Aug 26, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Aug 28.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Aug 26, 2000z to Aug 26, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 28.

RTTYOps WW DX RTTY Contest, Aug 26, 2200z to Aug 28, 2359z; RTTY; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + 4-digit year license first issued; Logs due: Sep 4.

Hawaii QSO Party, Aug 27, 0400z to Aug 29, 0400z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; HI: RS(T) + QTH, non-HI W/VE: RS(T) + (state/province), DX: RS(T); Logs due: Sep 12.

ALARA Contest, Aug 27, 0600z to Aug 28, 0559z; CW, Phone; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; ALARA: RS(T) + Name, non-ALARA: RS(T) + Serial No. + Name + (whether YL/OM/club station); Logs due: Sep 30.

YO DX HF Contest, Aug 27, 1200z to Aug 28, 1200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; YO: RS(T) + county, non-YO: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Sep 4.

W/VE Islands QSO Party, Aug 27, 1200z to Aug 28, 0300z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; Islands: RS(T) + USI/CISA Island Designation (see rules for digital), Non-Islands: RS(T) + (state/province/country)(see rules for digital); Logs due: Sep 30.

World Wide Digi DX Contest, Aug 27, 1200z to Aug 28, 1200z; FT4/8; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Sep 2.

Kansas QSO Party, Aug 27, 1400z to Aug 28, 2000z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; KS: RS(T) + county, non-KS: RS(T) + (state/province/”DX”); Logs due: Oct 1.

Ohio QSO Party, Aug 27, 1600z to Aug 28, 0400z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; OH: RS(T) + county, non-OH: RS(T) + (state/province/”DX”); Logs due: Sep 26.

CVA DX Contest, SSB, Aug 27, 2100z to Aug 28, 2100z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + type/UF (see rules); Logs due: Sep 4.

SARL HF CW Contest, Aug 28, 1400z to Aug 28, 1700z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Sep 2.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Aug 29, 0000z to Aug 29, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Aug 31.

QCX Challenge, Aug 29, 1300z to Aug 29, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Sep 4.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 29, 1300z to Aug 29, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Sep 1.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Aug 29, 1630z to Aug 29, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Sep 2.

QCX Challenge, Aug 29, 1900z to Aug 29, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Sep 4.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 29, 1900z to Aug 29, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Sep 1.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Aug 30, 0100z to Aug 30, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Aug 31.

QCX Challenge, Aug 30, 0300z to Aug 30, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Sep 4.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Aug 30, 0300z to Aug 30, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Sep 1.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Aug 30, 1700z to Aug 30, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Sep 6.

Phone Weekly Test, Aug 31, 0230z to Aug 31, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Sep 2.

A1Club AWT, Aug 31, 1200z to Aug 31, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Sep 5.

CWops Test (CWT), Aug 31, 1300z to Aug 31, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Sep 3.

Mini-Test 40, Aug 31, 1700z to Aug 31, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Sep 2.

Mini-Test 80, Aug 31, 1800z to Aug 31, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Sep 2.

CWops Test (CWT), Aug 31, 1900z to Aug 31, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Sep 3.

VHF+ CONTESTS

ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, Aug 20, 0600z to Aug 21, 2359z; Any; Bands: 10 GHz to light; 6-Character Maidenhead Locator; Logs due: Oct 18.

ARRL EME Contest, Aug 27, 0000z to Aug 28, 2359z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: 2.3 GHz and up; Signal report; Logs due: Dec 13.

See also: Feld Hell SprintSKCC SprintW/VE Islands QSO PartyKansas QSO PartyWorldwide Sideband Activity Contest

Log Due Dates

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ARRL Contest Update wishes to acknowledge information from WA7BNM’s Contest Calendar.

Reminder:  The Hawaii QSO Party is set for 26-28 August 2022.  For more information, please go here:  https://www.hawaiiqsoarty.org

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