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The ARRL Contest Update

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ARRL Contest Update

October 12, 2022

Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

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In this Issue:
Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

ARRL EME Contest

It’s never been easier to complete the Earth-moon-Earth circuit. October 15 – 16 is session three of the ARRL EME Contest, for frequencies between 50 MHz and 1296 MHz. Lance Collister’s, W7GJ, “6 Meter EME Today” document from 2010 talks about the minimum frequency you’d need to decode signals from the moon, which can be boiled down to a good antenna, reasonable radio, and appropriate software. Activity also helps. With a “regular” 6-meter antenna, it should be possible to copy signals from the moon at moonrise, taking advantage of ground gain.

State QSO Parties

New York and Illinois QSO parties are November 15 and 16, respectively. Changes for New York include a new portable class, and county-line operation for portable and mobile entries. Mobiles and portables can also self-spot, which is handy when popping up in a new place as a new multiplier. You’ll have to scroll down a couple of pages on the Illinois QSO Party website to see the information specific to the QSO Party.

ARRL School Club Roundup

This takes place DURING THE WEEK! Everyone is encouraged to participate and send in logs, but the focus is to encourage activity by school clubs. Check out the scores from the event that ran in February of 2021, and you’ll see that most of the contacts in this contest are made on phone.

Contest Summary

October 13, 2022 – October 26, 2022

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

October 13

October 14

October 15

October 16

October 17

October 18

October 19

October 20

October 21

October 22

October 23

October 24

October 25

October 26

News, Press Releases, and Special Interest

ARRL Northwestern Division Director Mike Ritz, W7VO, provides some practical advice regarding amateur radio operations in a US National Wildlife Refuge (administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, USFWS) in the September 2022 ARRL Northwest Division Newsletter. The item was spurred by an inquiry from a Division member who was attempting a Parks on the Air type of operation, but was stopped from doing so by a USFWS park manager.

 

FlexRadio Systems has released SmartSDR v3.3.33. Additional details for this software release are available on the FlexRadio Community site. “FlexRadio highly recommends upgrading to SmartSDR v3.3.33 at your earliest convenience…”

The NA SSB Sprint, coming up on October 23 (UTC), can be daunting for first-timers. There is no “running” in the conventional contest sense and there are different exchange formats for the callers and the responders. The contest lasts for 4 hours, and you can operate on three bands. Single operators only, with optional team entries. Plaques and t-shirts go to the winners. You’ll just have to experience it for yourself!

Word to the Wise

TIL” Today I Learned a new acronym — AFAIK. It’s been in use for a while. Is this a useful acronym? YMMV.

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Sights and Sounds

The Pacific Northwest SOTA Newsletter is like an outdoor travelogue, but with radios. In the October-November-December 2022 edition, in addition to some great pictures of radios being used in the outdoors, we learn that many geographical features on public lands are going to be renamed, which will impact Summits on the Air (SOTA) reference manuals, as well as future contests and events. Also in this issue: Some summits have commercial TV or FM radio transmitters that provide so much RF that amateur band receivers in close proximity are overloaded and rendered nearly useless. Tim Sherry, N7KOM, compares two models of bandpass filters for use with amateur-band transceivers, and finds that both would reduce signals outside of the amateur bands.

Barry Hansen, K7BWH, notes on the Pacific Northwest VHF Society email list, that Scott Farrell, KE4WMF, has put together an “excellent” video entitled, “VHF Contest Rover – A Beginner’s Journey,” showing his VHF contest rover setup in his Volkswagen GTi. He’s indexed the over 27-minute video, which makes it easy to get to the part you’re interested in. Barry also notes: “If his VW GTi looks familiar, you may have seen it on page 18 of [the] October 2022 [issue of] QST.”

 

Winter is coming! Make sure you coax connectors are well-wrapped, otherwise, you’ll be calling Hector, XE2K, to repair a situation like this. [Hector, XE2K, photo]

Dennis Vernacchia, NX6T, writes: “Here’s how NX6T Contest Operators remain COOL and WIN CONTESTS.” The USB-powered LED fan’s instructions and protocol were deciphered by John, W6JBR.

HamSCI posted a nearly 2-hour seminar by Dr. Frank Howell, K4FMH, entitled, “Revolutionary Alternatives in Sunspot Prediction,” to their YouTube channel. The presentation kicks off HamSCI’s online talk initiative. Frank’s material was also presented in the July and August 2022 issues of the Radio Society of Great Britain’s magazine, RadCom.

Results and Records

Ward Silver, N0AX, the Manager of the NA CW Sprint, notes: “Final results for the recent September edition of the North American CW Sprint have been posted. Thanks to everyone who got on. Conditions were good and are reflected in the excellent scores. There were quite a few new records set across the continent! A record number of multipliers were represented in the final tallies, as well. Thanks also to the Sprint team in the Boring Amateur Radio Club, who got busy and generated these results quickly and, we hope, accurately… The next NA CW Sprint is the weekend of February 4 and 5, 2023 — get it on your calendars now!”

Operating Tip

Turn AFC off While Searching and Pouncing in RTTY Contests

To increase your rate while searching and pouncing in a RTTY contest, make sure your AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) is set to OFF as you tune the band. Try to get within a few Hz of the station calling CQ before calling. If your AFC is off, chances are, if you’re able to decode the CQing station, they’ll be able to decode you calling them. If your AFC is inadvertently turned on as you are searching and pouncing, your transmit frequency could be much different from your receive frequency, and the running station won’t be able to decode your call.

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Technical Topics and Discussion

Telnet cluster sites for N1MM Logger+ are crowd sourced! According to a recent post by Larry Gauthier, K8UT, to the N1MM Logger+ Groups.io group, “There is no method by which clusters get manually added to the telnet Live Cluster list… When users successfully connect, their N1MM desktops notify the server, which adds the site to its database. Sites with at least 10 reported connections and a connect/fail ratio of at least 75% are presented to users in the drop-down list.” For further information, see the N1MM Logger+ telnet cluster documentation page.

Contest/Event Organizers: Make it just a little bit easier for potential participants by publishing a calendar event (a file ending in .ICS) for your event on your website. Participants can load the ICS file into their calendar(s) ahead of time and can even set reminders. To find out how, use your favorite search engine to search: “how to create an ICS file.”

Most of the amateur radio devices and accessories that we use with computers have USB ports. Over the years, the standard for USB has evolved, and the physical connectors along with it. Today’s USB-C ports can handle multiple data streams, and even provide up to 240 W of power in either direction! Learn more about USB 3.1 (actually called 3.2) and USB-C in this article.

In a QRP-Labs Groups.io discussion of PIN diodes, and the suitability of certain 1N400X parts for RF switching at certain frequencies, Sverre Holm, LA3ZA, recommends “…a very instructive video on the use of diodes as switches. From W2AEW and only 15 minutes.”

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, Brian, N9ADG

Contests

October 13, 2022 – October 26, 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) , Oct 13, 0300z to Oct 13, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 15.

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

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

EACW Meeting , Oct 13, 1900z to Oct 13, 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: Oct 15.

NCCC RTTY Sprint , Oct 14, 0145z to Oct 14, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Oct 16.

NCCC Sprint , Oct 14, 0230z to Oct 14, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Oct 16.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Oct 14, 2000z to Oct 14, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 16.

JARTS WW RTTY Contest , Oct 15, 0000z to Oct 16, 2359z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + age of operator; Logs due: Oct 31.

10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW , Oct 15, 0001z to Oct 16, 2359z; CW; Bands: 10; 10-10 Member: Name + 10-10 number + (state/province/country), Non-Member: Name + 0 + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 24.

New York QSO Party , Oct 15, 1400z to Oct 16, 0200z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: All, except WARC; NY: RS(T) + county, non-NY: RS(T) + (state/province/”DX”); Logs due: Oct 30.

Worked All Germany Contest , Oct 15, 1500z to Oct 16, 1459z; CW, SSB; Bands: (Please observe contest free band segments per the rules), 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; DL, DARC-Member: RS(T) + DOK (local area code), DL, non-DARC: RS(T) + “NM”, non-DL: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 24.

Feld Hell Sprint , Oct 15, 2000z to Oct 15, 2359z; Feld Hell; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 15, 10, 6; (see rules); Logs due: Oct 24.

Argentina National 7 MHz Contest , Oct 15, 2130z to Oct 15, 2230z; SSB; Bands: 40; RS + 2-digit year first licensed; Logs due: Nov 15.

Asia-Pacific Fall Sprint, CW , Oct 16, 0000z to Oct 16, 0200z; CW; Bands: 20, 15; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 23.

Illinois QSO Party , Oct 16, 1700z to Oct 17, 0100z; CW/digital, Phone; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2; IL: RS(T) + County, non-IL: RS(T) + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 17.

RSGB RoLo CW , Oct 16, 1900z to Oct 16, 2030z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + previous 6-character grid square received; Logs due: Oct 17.

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest , Oct 16, 2300z to Oct 17, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + (Member No./power); Logs due: Oct 23.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Oct 17, 0000z to Oct 17, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 19.

ARRL School Club Roundup , Oct 17, 1300z to Oct 21, 2359z; CW, Phone, RTTY/Digital; Bands: All, except 60, 30, 17, 12m; RS(T) + Class (I/C/S) + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 5.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Oct 17, 1300z to Oct 17, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 20.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC) , Oct 17, 1630z to Oct 17, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 21.

RSGB FT4 Contest , Oct 17, 1900z to Oct 17, 2030z; FT4; Bands: 80, 40, 20; 4-character grid square + signal report; Logs due: Oct 18.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Oct 17, 1900z to Oct 17, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 20.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest , Oct 18, 0100z to Oct 18, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Oct 19.

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

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

Phone Weekly Test , Oct 19, 0230z to Oct 19, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Oct 21.

A1Club AWT , Oct 19, 1200z to Oct 19, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Oct 24.

CWops Test (CWT) , Oct 19, 1300z to Oct 19, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 22.

Mini-Test 40 , Oct 19, 1700z to Oct 19, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 21.

Mini-Test 80 , Oct 19, 1800z to Oct 19, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 21.

AGCW Semi-Automatic Key Evening , Oct 19, 1900z to Oct 19, 2030z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No. + “/” + 2-digit year first used a bug; Logs due: Nov 2.

CWops Test (CWT) , Oct 19, 1900z to Oct 19, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 22.

Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest , Oct 20, 0000z to Oct 21, 0300z; CW; Bands: 20; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: Oct 27.

CWops Test (CWT) , Oct 20, 0300z to Oct 20, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 22.

CWops Test (CWT) , Oct 20, 0700z to Oct 20, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 22.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Oct 20, 1700z to Oct 20, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Oct 27.

NTC QSO Party , Oct 20, 1900z to Oct 20, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; NTC Member: RST + Member No., non-Member: RST + “NM”, Less than 25 wpm; Logs due: Oct 23.

NCCC RTTY Sprint , Oct 21, 0145z to Oct 21, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Oct 23.

NCCC Sprint , Oct 21, 0230z to Oct 21, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Oct 23.

Telephone Pioneers QSO Party , Oct 21, 1700z to Oct 23, 0100z; CW/Digital, Phone; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, VHF/UHF; Members: chapter no. + name, non-Members: RS(T) + name; Logs due: Dec 2.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Oct 21, 2000z to Oct 21, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 23.

YBDXPI FT8 Contest , Oct 22, 0000z to Oct 23, 2359z; FT8; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; 4-Character Grid Square; Logs due: Oct 30.

UK/EI DX Contest, SSB , Oct 22, 1200z to Oct 23, 1200z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; UK/EI: RS + Serial No. + District Code, DX: RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 24.

YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest , Oct 22, 1400z to Oct 24, 0200z; CW/Digital, SSB, Separate logs for each mode; Bands: All, except WARC; Serial No. + RS(T) + (ARRL Section/province/country); Logs due: Nov 23.

Stew Perry Topband Challenge , Oct 22, 1500z to Oct 23, 1500z; CW; Bands: 160; 4-Character grid square; Logs due: Nov 7.

North American SSB Sprint Contest , Oct 23, 0000z to Oct 23, 0400z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name] + [your state/province/country]; Logs due: Oct 30.

Classic Exchange, CW , Oct 23, 1300z to Oct 26, 0700z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2; Name + RST + (state/province/country) + rcvr/xmtr manuf/model; Logs due: Nov 30.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Oct 24, 0000z to Oct 24, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 26.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Oct 24, 1300z to Oct 24, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 27.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC) , Oct 24, 1630z to Oct 24, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 28.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Oct 24, 1900z to Oct 24, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 27.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest , Oct 25, 0100z to Oct 25, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Oct 26.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Oct 25, 0300z to Oct 25, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Oct 27.

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

SKCC Sprint , Oct 26, 0000z to Oct 26, 0200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Oct 28.

Phone Weekly Test , Oct 26, 0230z to Oct 26, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Oct 28.

A1Club AWT , Oct 26, 1200z to Oct 26, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Oct 31.

CWops Test (CWT) , Oct 26, 1300z to Oct 26, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 29.

Mini-Test 40 , Oct 26, 1700z to Oct 26, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 28.

Mini-Test 80 , Oct 26, 1800z to Oct 26, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 28.

CWops Test (CWT) , Oct 26, 1900z to Oct 26, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 29.

UKEICC 80m Contest , Oct 26, 2000z to Oct 26, 2100z; CW; Bands: 80; 6-Character grid square; Logs due: Oct 26.

VHF+ CONTESTS

ARRL EME Contest , Oct 15, 0000z to Oct 16, 2359z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: 50 MHz and up; Signal report; Logs due: Dec 13.

UBA ON Contest, 2m , Oct 16, 0700z to Oct 16, 1000z; CW, Phone; Bands: 2; ON: RS(T) + Serial No. + ON Section, non-ON: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 23.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest , Oct 19, 1700z to Oct 19, 2100z; FT8; Bands: 1.2G; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Oct 24.

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