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The ARRL Contest Update

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ARRL Contest Update

September 28, 2022

Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

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Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

Collegiate QSO Party

The Collegiate QSO Party begins on Saturday, October 1 at 0000 UTC, and runs through Sunday, October 2 at 2359 UTC. Each Fall, the Collegiate QSO Party provides an opportunity for clubs to demonstrate amateur radio to new members, engage with alumni, and promote activity throughout college and university communities. The event is open to all radio amateurs. For more information, visit collegiateqsoparty.com/


California QSO Party

The 57th running of the California QSO Party (CQP) begins on Saturday, October 1 at 1600 UTC, and concludes on Sunday, October 2 at 2200 UTC. CQP Chairman, Dean Wood, N6DE, stated that all 58 California counties will be active during this year’s event. He also noted that there are rule changes taking effect this year that participants should familiarize themselves with. Visit cqp.org/pdf/cqp2022_changes_summary.pdf for more about the rule changes.

Complete information about the event, including an operating guide and a page with links to audio and video recordings from previous events is available at cqp.org/index.html.

Thanks to Dean Wood, N6DE.


Pennsylvania QSO Party

The 66th Pennsylvania QSO Party, also known as the “Friendly QSO Party,” begins Saturday, October 8 at 1600 UTC and concludes on Sunday, October 9 at 2200 UTC. Pennsylvania participants send a serial number and their county. Stations outside of Pennsylvania send a serial number and their ARRL section. There will be a bonus station on the air for 2022, KQ3F, operating from Lehigh County. Each contact with KQ3F is worth 200 extra points.

Please visit www.paqso.org/index.html for full rules and information on log submission, awards, and certificates.

Thanks to Bud Trench, AA3B.


Nevada QSO Party

The Nevada QSO Party, sponsored by The Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society, occurs the second full weekend in October. The 2022 event starts on Saturday, October 8 at 0300 UTC, and concludes Sunday, October 9 at 2100 UTC.

The objective is to a work all 17 counties in Nevada. Nevada stations work anyone, and participants outside of Nevada work only Nevada stations. Stations can be worked once per band and mode (SSB/CW/Digital) on HF, and only once on VHF+ frequencies. Complete rules can be found at http://nvqso.com/.

-Thanks to Jim Shepherd, W6US.


Also occurring over the weekend of October 8 and 9 are the Arizona QSO Party and the South Dakota QSO Party. For more information, visit the contest sponsors’ websites or check the Contests section in this newsletter.

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Bulletins

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) reorganization effective January 1, 2023.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) have announced a realignment of their Field Organization resulting in the addition of a new section and name changes to several others effective January 1, 2023. This will result in the changes to ARRL contests that use ARRL/RAC sections as multipliers, including Field Day, ARRL November Sweepstakes, and 160-Meter contests.

The RAC Field Organization will be reorganized into the following sections effective January 1, 2023:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)
  • Nova Scotia (NS)
  • Prince Edward Island (PE)
  • New Brunswick (NB) – the Maritime Section (MAR) will be abolished.
  • Quebec (QC)
  • Ontario East (ONE)
  • Golden Horseshoe (GH) – currently called Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
  • Ontario South (ONS)
  • Ontario North (ONN)
  • Manitoba (MB)
  • Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Alberta (AB)
  • British Columbia (BC)
  • Territories (TER) – Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut will be combined into one section.

Note that this change is forthcoming and will not impact the 2022 ARRL November Sweepstakes (CW/SSB) or 160-Meter Contests.

Please direct any questions to Dave Goodwin, VE3KG, Regulatory Affairs Officer, RAC, by email at regulatory@rac.ca.

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Contest Summary

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

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Sights and Sounds

Using the special event call sign W7G, Mike Buettner, K7STO; Woody Jacobson, N7HCJ; Scott Buettner, W5SAB; Ron McCollum, W7GTF, and, spouse Mary Lou; Bob Lee, N7AU, and spouse Diane, and Steve Adler, W7STV, participated in the 2022 Washington State Salmon Run. The team operated from the Umatilla National Forest in Garfield County.

Results and Records

NAQP CW and SSB Preliminary Results

The August 2022 NAQP CW and SSB Preliminary Results have been released at ncjweb.com/ The contest organizers would like to thank the many operators who took place in the contest. If you identify any problems with the results, please contact the appropriate contest managers at cwnaqpmgr@ncjweb.com for the CW event, or ssbnaqpmgr@ncjweb.com for the SSB event.

That’s all for this time. Yours truly will be on hiatus for a little while, but I’ll be leaving you in the capable hands of the previous editor of Contest Update, Brian Moran, N9ADG, in the interim. 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

September 29,2022 – October 12, 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

CWops Test (CWT), Sep 29, 0300z to Sep 29, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 1.

CWops Test (CWT), Sep 29, 0700z to Sep 29, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 1.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Sep 29, 1700z to Sep 29, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Oct 6.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Sep 30, 0145z to Sep 30, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Oct 2.

NCCC Sprint Ladder, Sep 30, 0230z to Sep 30, 0300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Oct 2.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Sep 30, 2000z to Sep 30, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 2.

Collegiate QSO Party, Oct 1, 0000z to Oct 2, 2359z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: All, except WARC; Collegiate: School Identifier + RS(T), Individual: State/Province/DX Entity + RS(T); Logs due: Oct 31.

Oceania DX Contest, Phone, Oct 1, 0600z to Oct 2, 0600z; Phone; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 31.

Worked All Provinces of China DX Contest, Oct 1, 0600z to Oct 2, 0559z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; BY: RS(T) + 2-character province, non-BY: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 9.

Russian WW Digital Contest, Oct 1, 1200z to Oct 2, 1159z; BPSK63, RTTY; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; UA: RST(Q) + 2-character oblast code, non-UA: RST(Q) + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 7.

California QSO Party, Oct 1, 1600z to Oct 2, 2200z; CW, Phone; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; CA: Serial No. + County, non-CA: Serial No. + (state/VE area/DX); Logs due: Oct 17.

International HELL-Contest, Oct 1, 1600z to Oct 2, 1100z; Hell; Bands: 80, 40; RST + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 16.

SKCC QSO Party, Oct 1, 1800z to Oct 2, 1800z; CW; Bands: All, except WARC; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + 4-Character Grid Square; Logs due: Oct 9.

RSGB DX Contest, Oct 2, 0600z to Oct 2, 1800z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 7.

UBA ON Contest, SSB, Oct 2, 0600z to Oct 2, 0900z; SSB; Bands: 80; ON: RS + Serial No. + ON Section, non-ON: RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 9.

Peanut Power QRP Sprint, Oct 2, 2200z to Oct 2, 2359z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RS(T) + (state/province/country) + (peanut no./power output); Logs due: Oct 19.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Oct 3, 0000z to Oct 3, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 5.

German Telegraphy Contest, Oct 3, 0700z to Oct 3, 1000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; DL: RST + LDK, non-DL: RST; Logs due: Oct 17.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Oct 3, 1300z to Oct 3, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 6.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Oct 3, 1630z to Oct 3, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 7.

RSGB 80m Autumn Series, CW, Oct 3, 1900z to Oct 3, 2030z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 6.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Oct 3, 1900z to Oct 3, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 6.

ARS Spartan Sprint, Oct 4, 0100z to Oct 4, 0300z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + Power; Logs due: Oct 6.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Oct 4, 0100z to Oct 4, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Oct 5.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Oct 4, 0300z to Oct 4, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 6.

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

Phone Weekly Test, Oct 5, 0230z to Oct 5, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Oct 7.

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

CWops Test (CWT), Oct 5, 1300z to Oct 5, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 8.

Mini-Test 40, Oct 5, 1700z to Oct 5, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 7.

Mini-Test 80, Oct 5, 1800z to Oct 5, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 7.

CWops Test (CWT), Oct 5, 1900z to Oct 5, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 8.

UKEICC 80m Contest, Oct 5, 2000z to Oct 5, 2100z; SSB; Bands: 80; 6-Character grid square; Logs due: Oct 5.

Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest, Oct 6, 0000z to Oct 7, 0300z; CW; Bands: 40; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: Oct 13.

CWops Test (CWT), Oct 6, 0300z to Oct 6, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 8.

CWops Test (CWT), Oct 6, 0700z to Oct 6, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 8.

SARL 80m QSO Party, Oct 6, 1700z to Oct 6, 1900z; SSB; Bands: 80; RS + Serial No. + Grid Locator or QTH; Logs due: Oct 11.

NRAU 10m Activity Contest, Oct 6, 1700z to Oct 6, 2100z; CW, SSB, FM, Digital; Bands: 10; RS(T) + 6-character grid square; Logs due: Oct 20.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Oct 6, 1700z to Oct 6, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Oct 13.

SKCC Sprint Europe, Oct 6, 1900z to Oct 6, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Oct 13.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Oct 7, 0145z to Oct 7, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Oct 9.

NCCC Sprint Ladder, Oct 7, 0230z to Oct 7, 0300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Oct 9.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Oct 7, 2000z to Oct 7, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 9.

Makrothen RTTY Contest, Oct 8, 0000z to Oct 9, 1559z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Oct 19.

QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party, Oct 8, 0000z to Oct 8, 2359z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; ARCI: RST + (state/province/country) + ARCI No., non-ARCI: RST + (state/province/country) + power out; Logs due: Oct 31.

Nevada QSO Party, Oct 8, 0300z to Oct 9, 2100z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, VHF/UHF; NV: RS(T) + “NV” + county, non-NV: RS(T) + (ARRL-RAC section/”DX”); Logs due: Nov 1.

Oceania DX Contest, CW, Oct 8, 0600z to Oct 9, 0600z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 31.

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, Oct 8, 1200z to Oct 9, 2359z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Oct 16.

Arizona QSO Party, Oct 8, 1500z to Oct 9, 0500z; CW, Phone; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; AZ: RS(T) + county, non-AZ: RS(T) + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 18.

Pennsylvania QSO Party, Oct 8, 1600z to Oct 9, 2200z; CW, Phone; Bands: All, except WARC; PA: Serial No. + County, non-PA: Serial No. + ARRL/RAC Section; Logs due: Oct 16.

South Dakota QSO Party, Oct 8, 1800z to Oct 9, 1800z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 62; SD: RS(T) + county, non-SD: RS(T) + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 17.

PODXS 070 Club 160m Great Pumpkin Sprint, Oct 8, 2000z to Oct 9, 2000z; PSK31; Bands: 160; RST + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 16.

UBA ON Contest, CW, Oct 9, 0600z to Oct 9, 0900z; CW; Bands: 80; ON: RST + Serial No. + ON Section, non-ON: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 16.

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, Oct 10, 0000z to Oct 10, 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: Oct 12.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Oct 10, 0000z to Oct 10, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 12.

10-10 Int. 10-10 Day Sprint, Oct 10, 0001z to Oct 10, 2359z; All; Bands: 10; 10-10 Member: Name + 10-10 number + (state/province/country), Non-Member: Name + 0 + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 18.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Oct 10, 1300z to Oct 10, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 13.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Oct 10, 1630z to Oct 10, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 14.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Oct 10, 1900z to Oct 10, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 13.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Oct 11, 0100z to Oct 11, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Oct 12.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, Oct 11, 0300z to Oct 11, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 13.

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

NAQCC CW Sprint, Oct 12, 0030z to Oct 12, 0230z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power); Logs due: Oct 15.

Phone Weekly Test, Oct 12, 0230z to Oct 12, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Oct 14.

A1Club AWT, Oct 12, 1200z to Oct 12, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Oct 17.

CWops Test (CWT), Oct 12, 1300z to Oct 12, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 15.

Mini-Test 40, Oct 12, 1700z to Oct 12, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 14.

Mini-Test 80, Oct 12, 1800z to Oct 12, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 14.

RSGB 80m Autumn Series, Data, Oct 12, 1900z to Oct 12, 2030z; RTTY, PSK; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 15.

CWops Test (CWT), Oct 12, 1900z to Oct 12, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 15.

VHF+ CONTESTS

IARU Region 1 UHF/Microwaves Contest, Oct 1, 1400z to Oct 2, 1400z; All; Bands: 435 MHz, 1.3 GHz, 2.4 GHz, 3.4 GHz, 5.7 GHz, 10 GHz, Millimetre; RS(T) + QSO No. + 6-character grid square; Logs due: Oct 10.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Oct 5, 1700z to Oct 5, 2100z; FT8; Bands: 144 MHz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Oct 10.

432 MHz Fall Sprint, Oct 5, 1900z to Oct 5, 2300z; not specified; Bands: 432 MHz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Oct 19.

Microwave Fall Sprint, Oct 8, 0800z to Oct 8, 1400z; not specified; Bands: 902 MHz and above; 6-character grid square; Logs due: Oct 22.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Oct 12, 1700z to Oct 12, 2100z; FT8; Bands: 432 MHz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Oct 17.

See also: Worldwide Sideband Activity ContestSKCC Sprint EuropeSKCC Weekend Sprintathon

Log Due Dates

September 29

September 30

October 1

October 2

October 3

October 4

October 5

October 6

October 7

October 8

October 9

October 10

October 11

October 12

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