The ARRL Contest Update

Here is the latest Amateur Radio Contest News compiled by HQ ARRL.

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November 23, 2022

Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

 

 

In this Issue:
Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

The CQ WW CW Contest is the focus of the November 26 – 27 weekend. Hundreds of operators will be traveling in the days before and after this contest to get to far-away places to hand out rare multipliers. A contact can count for both a CQ zone and a country multiplier. Wonder if Antarctica will be on? The CQ Amateur Radio website says, “Stations KC4AAA and KC4USN are at the South Pole and will count for any one of the listed zones.”

If you have 160-meter capability, December 3 – 4 is a good time to use it, during the ARRL 160-Meter Contest. This is a CW-only contest. “W/VE stations may contact any other station. DX stations may only contact W/VE stations. Stations located in overseas and non-contiguous US territories count only as ARRL Sections and may be contacted by DX stations.” Multipliers for US/VE stations are DX entities, plus US/RAC Sections. The ARRL 160-Meter Contest rules spell out all of the details.

 

Contest Summary

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

November 24 – December 7, 2022

November 24

November 25

November 26

November 28

November 29

November 30

December 1

December 2

December 3

December 5

December 6

December 7

News, Press Releases, and Special Interest

Ellen White, W1YL, ex W1YYM, passed away on November 5. Her life’s accomplishments were numerous. She spent 25 years on the ARRL Headquarters staff, she played an instrumental role in the creation of a number of contesting clubs, and was a foundational member of the Florida Contest Group. The 2015 May/June issue of NCJ featured “A Conversation with Ellen White, W1YL,” which illustrates the influence that she has had on contesting. Chris Plumblee, W4WF, posted a detailed message describing some of the events in Ellen’s contesting life, including the formation of the precursor to the Yankee Clipper Contest Club.

 

Ellen White, W1YL (ex W1YYM) buried under the received logs in the era of paper logs for ARRL Sweepstakes.

 

Here’s an excerpt from The ARRL Letter, February 17, 2022: “New rules go into effect in June [2022] for all ARRL HF contests. Starting with the ARRL International Digital Contest, the use of online and other non-amateur radio platforms including — but not limited to — social media, live video streaming, and internet chat rooms will be permitted in all categories that allow assistance (Unlimited). In all Unlimited and Multioperator categories, the prohibitions against self-spotting and asking another station to spot you will also be removed.” (Dick Swanson, K7BTW)

The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) announced the creation of two new scholarships of $2,500 each, for students who “demonstrate active on-the-air operation, including entering contests or achieving awards such as DXCC or WAS.” These will be administered through the ARRL Foundation, and eligibility is not subject to student nationality, place of residence, location of the institution, or intended field of study. The application deadline is January 4, 2023, 1700 UTC. For more information see the ARRL Foundation scholarships website.

There are a few reports of at least one version of N1MM Logger+ not being able to generate an ARRL Sweepstakes log file appropriate for uploading to the website. The issue appears as a missing space between the sent exchange and the worked call sign. According to Tom Wagner, N1MM, the issue can be remedied by editing the sent exchange in the contest setup (see the link above for details). The deadline for ARRL November SSB Sweepstakes log submissions is November 28.

Raspberry Pi computers are used in an ever-increasing number of ham-oriented applications, especially related to station automation. Their availability during the pandemic has been problematic. Websites have sprung up to match buyers and sellers, two examples of which are rpilocator and NowInStock. Another option could be to use the same (or similar) hardware, but packaged for alternate purposes. OnLogic has a rugged CM4-based model that “uses industrial, fully standardized components with longer lifecycles and better thermal management.” This might be a choice for some applications where price isn’t the primary driver.

Oh, those kids! You know, the adolescents and young adults that practice unsafe listening practices? They may be facing hearing loss in their aging future, according to a recently published study. Study participants aged 12 to 34 had unsafe habits that included use of personal listening devices and attending loud entertainment venues. Listening to 160 meters during summertime conditions was not included.

Word to the Wise

This one was suggested by Ward Silver, N0AX: Dumbfungled — An old Scottish word that means physically or mentally worn out. “May be appropriate after a contest.”

Sights and Sounds

Tim Duffy, K3LR, and DX Engineering, a supplier and supporter of DXpeditions around the world, provided a directional noise finder to locate power line noise sources to the utility in Palau. Gary Shirk, T88SS, facilitated the interaction. [Photo: Rob Fanfant, N7QT]

 

Steve Babcock, VE6WZ, constructed some very small signal sources that he can lift under his Mavic Mini drone. He uses these to field test the performance of some of his 160-meter receive antennas. His YouTube video shows how he built them and how they’re used.

Results and Records

Kirk Pickering, K4RO, notes that the 2022 July/August NAQP results are available on the NCJ website:

The 2023 January/February series kicks off with the NAQP CW on January 14.

The results for the 2022 ARRL Field Day are on the Field Day results page. They’re also in the 2022 December issue of QST.

Bill Clark, K6WSC, Chairman of the Arizona QSO Party, announced the results of the 2022 event. Participants can print their own certificates, and those who made contacts with the K7A bonus station can print a special certificate. The 2023 event will be held October 14 (1500Z) to October 15 (0500Z).

Operating Tip

Sometimes Spots Are…Not

We’ve all grown used to technology mostly working, so when it doesn’t, it can sometimes be surprising. Drew Vonada-Smith, K3PA, noticed that there were a number of nonsensical call signs being spotted by the Reverse Beacon Network in the RTTY sub-bands. His conclusion: “When you see unlikely calls spotted in RTTY sub-bands, and the calls have lots of dots in them, it’s a busted spot due to RTTY.” (K3PA via RBN-ops mailing list).

Technical Topics and Discussion

Don Kirk, WD8DSB, found a new RFI source on 160 meters and tracked it to a location 1.1 miles from his house. The culprit? A variable speed drive running a large blower to inflate a balloon at a museum. You can read the story in this post to the RFI mailing list, and view a short YouTube video about the signal. Don uses a PC-based SDR and handheld directional antennas to locate sources in the field.

While trying to bring a high voltage power supply back from multiple years of disuse, I was looking for a variable transformer. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that brand new ones are available, and some even come with LCD Displays.

For those trying to use N1MM Logger+ and other Microsoft Windows software under the Parallels environment on a M1 MacBook, things may have recently gotten a little easier. Ron Bolton, WU4G, reported to the N1MM Logger+ group that www.eterlogic.com has a virtual serial port emulator (VSPE) available in beta that works with this configuration.

 

Elektor magazine featured an article on switching inductive loads during zero-current periods of the ac cycle. By electronically switching at the time of zero current, instead of using mechanical contacts, arcing can be avoided. This concept is useful when switching power transformers, for example. If you want to experiment with circuits like this, make sure you do so safely, by carefully using an isolation transformer.

 

The LM78XX series of linear voltage regulators has been around for decades. Chances are some equipment you have uses these. Electronics in general have gotten smaller since those were developed, and entire dc-dc converters can now fit in the same footprint as the older analog parts. Because they’re miniature switched-mode power supplies, they’re much more efficient, but measures must be taken to control for EMI with filtering capacitors and inductors. CUI Inc. makes an example of these with their VX78-500 series.

Antuino is a “compact radio lab for antennas and radio circuits” brought to you by the same people behind the BITX transceivers. It can perform many of the functions of an antenna analyzer, but with two ports, and can measure the response of devices or circuits under test at various frequencies to 150 MHz. It’s based on an Arduino CPU, and the software is open-source.

Conversation

Caution! Human Contesting!

If you’ve been in any phone contest, you’ve likely heard a station provide their exchange starting with “please copy,” “copy,” “my exchange for you,” or other words that aren’t strictly part of the exchange. Because it’s not a necessary part of the exchange, some operators on the receiving end of a PC (please copy) exchange vehemently want to stamp it out, eliminate it, remove it, unhear it. Some even claim they’ll not work anyone using PC exchanges.

I have a confession to make – I don’t particularly enjoy the verbal empty calories of PC exchanges either.

But after having lent my ears to a full weekend of ARRL November Phone Sweepstakes, I am not here to bury the exchange, but to praise it. I would estimate that more than 80% of the exchanges I received had some variation of the PC message. I would rather have those contacts in the log than not at all.

While running, I was glad to help some new operators through the exchange when they called. They were brave enough to try a contest with a difficult exchange — something that’s daunting even for some QCWA-qualifying amateurs. Could there be a stronger signal of contester tendencies? If these newbies had a pleasant experience, maybe they’ll be in the contest again next year. While searching and pouncing, I found a number of M category stations, where the aurally young operator was being coached by someone in the background. Occasionally, I heard the PC phrase being used. It’s on the control operator coach to provide the right guidance, but also consider that they had somehow convinced that person to be in the seat giving out bits of information to strangers. I think I can overlook a few PC words, and hearing young operators was heartwarming.

It’s amateur radio, not professional radiosport. We’re supposed to be having fun contesting, and different operators have different goals. Some want high rates, some just want to get a clean sweep, and some want to hand out a few contacts from a rare Section. If more operators also means more PC language, I’ll take it.

In my view, a win is to make a lot of contacts, to improve your contesting skills, to distill the exchanges down to just the necessary syllables over time, and to have fun doing it year after year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

That’s all for this time. Remember to send stuffing recipies, alternative uses for leftover turkey, 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

November 24 – December 7, 2022

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HF CONTESTS

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 24, 0300z to Nov 24, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 26.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 24, 0700z to Nov 24, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 26.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Nov 24, 1700z to Nov 24, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Dec 1.

RSGB 80m Autumn Series, CW , Nov 24, 2000z to Nov 24, 2130z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 27.

NCCC RTTY Sprint , Nov 25, 0145z to Nov 25, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Nov 27.

QRP Fox Hunt , Nov 25, 0200z to Nov 25, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Nov 26.

NCCC Sprint , Nov 25, 0230z to Nov 25, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Nov 27.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Nov 25, 2000z to Nov 25, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 27.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW , Nov 26, 0000z to Nov 27, 2359z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + CQ Zone No.; Logs due: Dec 2.

Ham Spirit Contest, SSB , Nov 26, 0600z to Nov 27, 0559z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + ITU Zone No. + 2-character grid field; Logs due: Dec 4.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Nov 28, 0000z to Nov 28, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 30.

QCX Challenge , Nov 28, 1300z to Nov 28, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Dec 4.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 28, 1300z to Nov 28, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Dec 1.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC) , Nov 28, 1630z to Nov 28, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 2.

QCX Challenge , Nov 28, 1900z to Nov 28, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Dec 4.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 28, 1900z to Nov 28, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 30.

RSGB FT4 Contest , Nov 28, 2000z to Nov 28, 2130z; FT4; Bands: 80, 40, 20; 4-character grid square + signal report; Logs due: Nov 29.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest , Nov 29, 0100z to Nov 29, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Nov 30.

QCX Challenge , Nov 29, 0300z to Nov 29, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Dec 4.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 29, 0300z to Nov 29, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 30.

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

QRP Fox Hunt , Nov 30, 0200z to Nov 30, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Dec 1.

Phone Weekly Test , Nov 30, 0230z to Nov 30, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Dec 2.

A1Club AWT , Nov 30, 1200z to Nov 30, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Dec 5.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 30, 1300z to Nov 30, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 3.

Mini-Test 40 , Nov 30, 1700z to Nov 30, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 2.

Mini-Test 80 , Nov 30, 1800z to Nov 30, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 2.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 30, 1900z to Nov 30, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 3.

UKEICC 80m Contest , Nov 30, 2000z to Nov 30, 2100z; CW; Bands: 80; 6-Character grid square; Logs due: Nov 30.

QRP ARCI Topband Sprint , Dec 1, 0000z to Dec 1, 0300z; CW; Bands: 160; ARCI: RST + (state/province/country) + ARCI No., non-ARCI: RST + (state/province/country) + power out; Logs due: Dec 18.

Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest , Dec 1, 0000z to Dec 2, 0300z; CW; Bands: 40; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: Dec 8.

CWops Test (CWT) , Dec 1, 0300z to Dec 1, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 3.

CWops Test (CWT) , Dec 1, 0700z to Dec 1, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 3.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Dec 1, 1700z to Dec 1, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Dec 8.

NRAU 10m Activity Contest , Dec 1, 1800z to Dec 1, 2200z; CW, SSB, FM, Digital; Bands: 10; RS(T) + 6-character grid square; Logs due: Dec 15.

SKCC Sprint Europe , Dec 1, 2000z to Dec 1, 2200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Dec 8.

NCCC RTTY Sprint , Dec 2, 0145z to Dec 2, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Dec 4.

QRP Fox Hunt , Dec 2, 0200z to Dec 2, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Dec 3.

NCCC Sprint , Dec 2, 0230z to Dec 2, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Dec 4.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Dec 2, 2000z to Dec 2, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 4.

ARRL 160-Meter Contest , Dec 2, 2200z to Dec 4, 1600z; CW; Bands: 160; W/VE: RST + ARRL/RAC Section, DX: RST; Logs due: Dec 11.

UFT Meeting , Dec 3, 0500z to Dec 4, 1000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Member No., non-Member: RST + “NM”; Logs due: Dec 15.

Wake-Up! QRP Sprint , Dec 3, 0600z to Dec 3, 0800z; CW; Bands: 40, 20; RST + Serial No. + suffix of previous QSO (“QRP” for 1st QSO); Logs due: Dec 10.

PRO CW Contest , Dec 3, 1200z to Dec 4, 1159z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; CW Club Member: RST + Serial No. + “/M”, non-Members: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 11.

INORC Contest , Dec 3, 1400z to Dec 4, 1359z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Naval: RST + Club + Member No., Independent: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 19.

FT Roundup , Dec 3, 1800z to Dec 4, 2359z; FT8/FT4; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; W (except KH6/KL7): RST + state, VE: RST + province/territory, non-W/VE: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 11.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Dec 5, 0000z to Dec 5, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 7.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Dec 5, 1300z to Dec 5, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Dec 8.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC) , Dec 5, 1630z to Dec 5, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 9.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Dec 5, 1900z to Dec 5, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Dec 8.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest , Dec 6, 0100z to Dec 6, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Dec 7.

ARS Spartan Sprint , Dec 6, 0200z to Dec 6, 0400z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + Power; Logs due: Dec 8.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Dec 6, 0300z to Dec 6, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Dec 8.

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

QRP Fox Hunt , Dec 7, 0200z to Dec 7, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Dec 8.

Phone Weekly Test , Dec 7, 0230z to Dec 7, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Dec 9.

A1Club AWT , Dec 7, 1200z to Dec 7, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Dec 12.

CWops Test (CWT) , Dec 7, 1300z to Dec 7, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 10.

Mini-Test 40 , Dec 7, 1700z to Dec 7, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 9.

Mini-Test 80 , Dec 7, 1800z to Dec 7, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 9.

CWops Test (CWT) , Dec 7, 1900z to Dec 7, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 10.

VHF+ CONTESTS

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest , Dec 7, 1700z to Dec 7, 2100z; FT8; Bands: 144 MHz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Dec 12.

Log Due Dates

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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/.

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

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

Contests

August 18, 2022 – August 31, 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 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

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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

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

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

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Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

State QSO party fans have three events to participate in this coming weekend. The Michigan QSO Party runs April 16, 1600 UTC through April 17, 0400 UTC; the Ontario QSO Party starts April 16, 1800z and concludes April 17, 1800z; and the Quebec QSO Party is April 17, 1200 UTC through April 17, 2000 UTC. All three events are CW and phone only. Visit the rules pages of the events for more complete details.


The North American SSB Sprint Contest, begins Apr 24, 0000 UTC, and concludes at 0400 UTC. The four hour contest, on the 80-, 40-, and 20-meter bands, are short, intense competitions which challenge the best operators, while allowing others to sharpen their contesting skills. Operators who have never participated in the Sprints before should take a look at the Tips & Tricks section of the website.

For complete rules, visit ssbsprint.com/rules/.

Bulletins

2022 VHF and Up Spring Sprint Dates

The Central States VHF Society is proud to sponsor and announce the dates and times for the 2022 running of the VHF and Up Spring Sprints. 222 MHz: Tuesday, April 19, 7 – 11 PM local, exchange: 4 character grid square; 432 MHz: Wednesday, April 27, 7 – 11 PM local, exchange: 4 character grid square; microwave – 902 MHz and up: Saturday, May 7, 8 AM – 2 PM local, exchange: 6 character grid; 50 MHz: Saturday, May 14, 2300Z until 0300Z Sunday, 5/15/22, exchange: 4 character grid square. (The 144 MHz Sprints occurred on Monday, April 11 -ed)

Classes: Stations will be classified as either Single Operator or Rover. A portable or mobile station that operates from only one grid is considered a Single Operator station. A Rover must operate from at least 2 grid squares. All legal modes are welcome!

More information and rules are posted at: https://sites.google.com/site/springvhfupsprints/home

73! Kent O’Dell, KA2KQM; Mike Metroka, WB8BZK; and Jon Platt, W0ZQ, Central States VHF Society Spring Sprint Organizing Committee


WRTC 2022 Youth Team Leader Applications Being Accepted

Applications for WRTC 2022 Youth Team Leaders will be accepted beginning April 1, 2022 until May 1, 2022. No applications will be accepted after the closing date. Anyone born after July 14, 1997, who has not been chosen as a Team Leader may apply to be a Youth Team Leader. (See Article 8 of the WRTC 2022 rules- www.wrtc2022.it/en/selection-criteria-7.asp).

To apply, send an email to the WRTC 2022 Committee at competitors@wrtc2022.it confirming the following:

1. That you want to participate in WRTC 2022, to be held in July 2023,

2. That you are applying to be a Youth Team Leader,

3. That you were born after July 14, 1997, and,

4. That you accept the selection criteria and contest rules of WRTC 2022.

The email must include your full name, call sign, email address. Include a photo and your contesting biography – up to 500 words. Selection is based only on Qualification Score. If you have selected a Youth Team Mate, give their full name, call sign, and email address. The Team Mate must meet the same age criteria and may be from anywhere in the world. A separate application or Qualification Score is not required for a Youth Team Mate.

If you have questions about the Youth Team selection process, contact the WRTC 2022 Committee at competitors@wrtc2022.it.

Busted QSOs

In the announcement for the new ARRL International Digital Contest on page 77 of the May issue of QST, the 40-meter band was omitted from the list of bands allowed in the contest. Operation is allowed on the 160-, 80-, 40-, 20-, 15-, 10-, and 6-meter bands. The inaugural running of the new contest occurs during the first weekend of June. For full details, see arrl.org/arrl-digital-contest.

Contest Summary

Complete information for all contests follows the Conversation section.

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News, Press Releases and Special Interest

Recent changes to Super Check Partial

Stu Phillips, K6TU, writes: “Users of Super Check Partial will see a significant increase in the number of callsigns in MASTER and its derived files. This month’s release (just posted live) has 40,940 calls in MASTER – up from 35,416 last month.

This step function in active calls is a result of a new API which allows logging programs to directly submit a log to Super Check Partial. This removes the need for the contester to take the extra step of emailing the log to logs@supercheckpartial.com. Logs are submitted securely to Super Check Partial over HTTPS and are “signed” by the logging program before submission to authenticate the origin of the log.

SCP API support has already been added to N1MM+, DXLog.net, SkookumLogger, N3FJP’s loggers and Writelog. This support is in published releases for N1MM+ and DXLog.net, selected contests for N3FJP loggers and in beta versions for SkookumLogger, Win-Test, TR4W, and Writelog. N3FJP’s release process will add this support to all their loggers through the course of this year.

I will be watching closely over the next few months to see whether the threshold needs to be changed. As in the past, please report busted calls or requests for add/deletions/changes to logs@supercheckpartial.com.”

Stu also added that any logging software authors who wish to add the API support to their programs to contact him directly at stu@k6tu.net.


Joe Rudi, NK7U, to Speak at the 2022 Dayton Contest Dinner

Tim Duffy, K3LR, has announced that Joe Rudi, NK7U, will the Contest Dinner speaker during Hamvention 2022. Tim adds that “Joe was the very first Contest Dinner speaker in 1993 and we are thrilled that he will speak again as we transition to the Hope Hotel.” You can read about NK7U’s contest operations at nk7u.com. The Contest Dinner is Saturday, May 21, at the Hope Hotel, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. Tickets are available at www.contestdinner.com.


Florida QSO Party Marks 25 Years

The 25th Anniversary 2022 Florida QSO Party is being held 1600 UTC, April 30 to 2159 UTC, May 1. Be sure to mark your calendar and join in the fun during the upcoming Florida QSO Party (FQP).

In honor of the 25th FQP Anniversary, we will have 25 special 1×1 stations – N4A through N4Z, (no N4X, FCC regulation). There will be 21 stations on CW and 21 stations on phone. Pick a mode and contact all 21 for a handsome printable certificate with CW or phone endorsement.

Please go to floridaqsoparty.org for rules, 2021 results, records and more information.

Results and Records

2021 CQ WW SSB Contest Results

John Dorr, K1AR, the CQ WW Contest Director, has announced that the final scores for the 2021 CQ WW SSB Contest have been posted at cqww.com. If there are any problems or errors in the results contact him via email at cqk1ar@gmail.com.


2021 ARRL 10 Meter Contest Results

The results for the 2021 ARRL 10 Meter Contest are available at contests.arrl.org/10m/. The Full Results article by Scott Tuthill, K7ZO, line scores, and log checking reports are available at the website. Click on “Articles/Line Scores” on the left side of the page to view results. Downloadable certificates are available by clicking on the “Certificates” at the top of the page.


2022 Minnesota QSO Party Results

The results for the 2022 Minnesota QSO Party have been released at www.w0aa.org/results. All-time records are also listed on the page. Plaques, prizes and certificates will be distributed later this year. The organizers would like to thank all that participated.

–Thanks to Mark, WA0MHJ


2021 ARRL International EME Contest Results

The results for the 2021 ARRL International EME Contest are available at contests.arrl.org/eme. The Full Results article by Rick Rosen, K1DS, line scores, and log checking reports are available at the website. Click on “Articles/Line Scores” on the left side of the page to view results. Downloadable certificates are available by clicking on the “Certificates” at the top of the page.


YOTA Contest 2021 Third Round Results Issued

Philipp, 5B4AQC, Chair of the Youth Working Group of IARU Region 1 writes “The final results of the third round of YOTA Contest 2021 can now be found on ham-yota.com/contest. Congratulations to all for achieving great results among the competition.

Throughout the log submission period nearly 700 logs were received from all over the world. We want to thank everyone who participated and thus introduced youngsters around the world to the world of contesting. Without you all this event would not be possible.”

Operating Tip

Technical Topics and Discussion

Brain Moran, N9ADG, (your former Contest Update editor -ed) shared the following link about the phenomenon of “Tin Whiskers.”

www.microcontrollertips.com/when-tin-whiskers-spontaneously-erupt-faq/

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

April 14, 2022  April 27, 2022

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HF CONTESTS

CWops Test (CWT), Apr 14, 0300z to Apr 14, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Apr 16.

CWops Test (CWT), Apr 14, 0700z to Apr 14, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Apr 16.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Apr 14, 1700z to Apr 14, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Apr 21.

EACW Meeting, Apr 14, 1900z to Apr 14, 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: Apr 16.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Apr 15, 0145z to Apr 15, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Apr 17.

NCCC Sprint, Apr 15, 0230z to Apr 15, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Apr 17.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Apr 15, 2000z to Apr 15, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Apr 17.

Holyland DX Contest, Apr 15, 2100z to Apr 16, 2100z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; 4X: RS(T) + area, non-4X: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: May 31.

ES Open HF Championship, Apr 16, 0500z to Apr 16, 0859z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40; RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: May 1.

Worked All Provinces of China DX Contest, Apr 16, 0600z to Apr 17, 0559z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; BY: RS(T) + 2-character province, non-BY: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 24.

YU DX Contest, Apr 16, 0700z to Apr 17, 0659z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; YU/YT: RS(T) + County, non-YU/YT: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 27.

CQMM DX Contest, Apr 16, 0900z to Apr 17, 2359z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; All: RST+continent abbreviation, CWJF members: RST + continent + “M”, QRP: RST + continent + “Q”, YL: RST + continent + “Y”, Multi-Op,Clubs,Groups: RST + continent + “C”; Logs due: Jun 30.

Michigan QSO Party, Apr 16, 1600z to Apr 17, 0400z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; MI: RST + county, non-MI: RST + (state/province/”DX”); Logs due: Apr 24.

EA-QRP CW Contest, Apr 16, 1700z to Apr 17, 1200z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + 1-letter category + “M” (if EA-QRP member); Logs due: May 17.

Feld Hell Sprint, Apr 16, 1800z to Apr 16, 2159z; Feld Hell; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; (see rules); Logs due: Apr 19.

Ontario QSO Party, Apr 16, 1800z to Apr 17, 1800z; CW, Phone; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 62; ON: RS(T) + county, non-ON: RST + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 17.

Dutch PACCdigi Contest, Apr 17, 0700z to Apr 17, 1900z; FT8, RTTY; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + 4-character grid square; Logs due: Apr 23.

Quebec QSO Party, Apr 17, 1200z to Apr 17, 2000z; CW, Phone; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 62; QC: RS(T) + QC zone, non-QC: RST + (state/province/’DX’); Logs due: May 17.

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest, Apr 17, 2300z to Apr 18, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + (Member No./power); Logs due: Apr 24.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Apr 18, 0000z to Apr 18, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Apr 20.

DARC Easter Contest, Apr 18, 1500z to Apr 18, 1730z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40; DL: RS(T) + DOK (or “NM” if not a DARC member), non-DL: RS(T) + QSO No.; Logs due: Apr 25.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Apr 18, 1630z to Apr 18, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 22.

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

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Apr 19, 1700z to Apr 19, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Apr 26.

Phone Weekly Test, Apr 20, 0230z to Apr 20, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Apr 22.

A1Club AWT, Apr 20, 1200z to Apr 20, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Apr 25.

CWops Test (CWT), Apr 20, 1300z to Apr 20, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Apr 23.

Mini-Test 40, Apr 20, 1700z to Apr 20, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 22.

Mini-Test 80, Apr 20, 1800z to Apr 20, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 22.

RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB, Apr 20, 1900z to Apr 20, 2030z; SSB; Bands: 80; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 21.

CWops Test (CWT), Apr 20, 1900z to Apr 20, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Apr 23.

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

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

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

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

EACW Meeting, Apr 21, 1900z to Apr 21, 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: Apr 23.

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

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

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

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

10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital, Apr 23, 0001z to Apr 24, 2359z; Digital; Bands: 10; 10-10 Member: Name + 10-10 number + (state/province/country), Non-Member: Name + 0 + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 2.

QRP to the Field, Apr 23, 0800z to Apr 23, 1800z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15; RST + (state/province/country) + name/SOTA; Logs due: May 7.

SP DX RTTY Contest, Apr 23, 1200z to Apr 24, 1200z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; SP: RST + 2-letter province, Non-SP: RST + QSO No.; Logs due: May 1.

Helvetia Contest, Apr 23, 1300z to Apr 24, 1259z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; HB: RS(T) + 2-letter canton, non-HB: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: May 2.

North American SSB Sprint Contest, Apr 24, 0000z to Apr 24, 0400z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name] + [your state/province/country]; Logs due: May 1.

ANZAC Day Contest, Apr 24, 1200z to Apr 25, 1159z; CW, SSB, FT8; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; CW/SSB: RS(T) + Serial No., FT8: Signal report + grid square; Logs due: May 1.

UA1DZ Memorial Cup, Apr 24, 1300z to Apr 24, 1859z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; SP/LO Oblasts: RS(T) + RDA district, Non-SP/LO: RS(T) + 4-character grid square; Logs due: May 4.

BARTG Sprint 75, Apr 24, 1700z to Apr 24, 2059z; 75 Baud RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Serial No.; Logs due: May 1.

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

QCX Challenge, Apr 25, 1300z to Apr 25, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: May 1.

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

QCX Challenge, Apr 25, 1900z to Apr 25, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: May 1.

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

QCX Challenge, Apr 26, 0300z to Apr 26, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: May 1.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Apr 26, 1700z to Apr 26, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: May 3.

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

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

A1Club AWT, Apr 27, 1200z to Apr 27, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: May 2.

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

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

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

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

UKEICC 80m Contest, Apr 27, 2000z to Apr 27, 2100z; CW; Bands: 80; 6-Character grid square; Logs due: Apr 27.

VHF+ CONTESTS

222 MHz Spring Sprint, Apr 19, 1900z to Apr 19, 2300z; Bands: 222 Mhz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: May 3.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Apr 20, 1700z to Apr 20, 2000z; FT8; Bands: 1.2G; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Apr 25.

432 MHz Spring Sprint, Apr 27, 1900z to Apr 27, 2300z; Bands: 432; 4-character grid square; Logs due: May 11.

See also: Ontario QSO PartyQuebec QSO PartyWorldwide Sideband Activity ContestFeld Hell SprintSKCC Sprint.

Log Due Dates

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April 18

April 19

April 20

April 21

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April 24

April 25

April 26

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The ARRL Contest Update

Here’s the latest ARRL Contest News as of 08 December 2021.

Views expressed in this Amateur Radio Contest and DX News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Accessed on 08 December 2021, 1112 UTC.

Content provided by HQ ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.

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December 8, 2021

Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

IN THIS ISSUE

 

NEW HF OPERATORS — THINGS TO DO

The ARRL 10-Meter Contest is this weekend, starting on Saturday, December 11, at 0000 UTC (Friday evening in the US and Canada). Stations may operate CW, phone, or mixed CW and phone modes. The contest concludes at 2359Z on December 12. For complete rules, scoring and exchange information, visit www.arrl.org/10-meter.

The RAC Canada Winter Contest 0000 – 2359 UTC, December 18. Each December, Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the Canada Winter Contest. Amateurs all over the world are invited to participate. The contest is CW and phone only, on HF bands (WARC bands excluded) and 6 and 2 meters. Stations in Canada send RS(T) and province or territory. VE0s and stations outside Canada send RS(T) and a serial number.

See complete contest rules at www.rac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/CanadaWinterContestRules2021_English.pdf for more information.

If you’re new to CW operating, The ARRL Rookie Roundup (CW) is December 19, 1800 – 2359 UTC. The objective is to encourage newly licensed operators to operate on the HF bands and experience competitive amateur radio operating.

A Rookie is defined has having been first licensed in the current calendar year or the previous three calendar years (2021, 2020, 2019, or 2018), regardless of license class. If you were licensed earlier, you can also qualify as a Rookie if you haven’t made any contest contacts on CW before this Rookie Roundup.

Rookies will attempt to make as many contacts as possible during this 6-hour event. Rookies work everyone, and non-Rookies work only Rookies. Stations exchange each other’s call signs, first names, a two-digit year, and state (US or Mexican), Canadian province, or “DX.” If you’re a Rookie, send the last two digits of the year of your first contact in your exchange. If you’ve never made any contest contacts using CW, or if you’re a non-Rookie, send the last two digits of the current year in your exchange.

Full rules for the event are at www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup.

BULLETINS

Pete, N4ZR, has announced that the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) team is planning to release a new version of the pattern file that Skimmer Server uses to validate call signs that it copies to be as up to date as possible by the time of the ARRL CW DX Contest.

Why is this important? Depending on how familiar the pattern of the call sign is, Skimsrv will require fewer or more repetitions before it recognizes it as a valid call sign. With the proliferation of single-letter suffixes in contest calls, the system needs to be kept as up-to-date as possible.

If you are aware of a callsign pattern that is not in the current list, please drop Pete a note and let him know. If you’re anticipating a change, such as a new set of single-letter suffixes or a new alternate prefix (like VL plus single-letter suffixes in VK, for example), we want to make sure it is included, but not unless it will be in effect before February of next year, and only if you have authoritative information.

Send an email to Pete at pete.n4zr@gmail.com with as much detail as you can, if you have any changes that need to be made.

CONTEST SUMMARY

Complete information for all contests follows the Conversation section

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NEWS, PRESS RELEASES, AND GENERAL INTEREST

On December 12, ARRL and the RSGB will jointly sponsor the 160-Meter Transatlantic Centenary QSO Party. This 6-hour event will run from 0200 to 0800 UTC or until the band closes at sunrise. The event coincides with the 100th anniversary of the successful Second Transatlantic Tests. Participating stations will operate only on CW, trying to contact the two official call sign activations, W1AW and GB2ZE. The exchange is call sign and signal report.

During the QSO Party, ARRL will activate W1AW from Newington, Connecticut. RSGB will activate GB2ZE with help from a team of stations, including members of the GMDX Group of Scotland sharing the operating duties. GB2ZE commemorates the call sign of Paul Godley, 2ZE, who was sent by ARRL to the UK to lead the second Transatlantic Test in December 1921. For additional details, visit www.arrl.org/transatlantic or rsgb.org/main/activity/transatlantic-tests.

For updates on these events and other special events commemorating the Transatlantic Tests Centenary, see the ARRL News.

WORD TO THE WISE

Multi-Channel Decoder

A device such as CW Skimmer software that provides information about the identity and frequency of contest station transmissions. Software that displays multiple decoded signals at the same time is considered to be a multi-channel decoder.

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

If you’ve ever worked EF8R in the Canary Islands during a contest, and want to know more about that big signal you’re hearing, check out the YouTube video they shared about the station. They’ve got quite the impressive setup!

RESULTS AND RECORDS

The results from the October ARRL School Club Roundup (SCR) are available at contests.arrl.org. Click on “School Club Roundup, October” on the left side menu and then “Scores” to view the results. The October event saw participation from 63 stations, making 8,324 contacts. SCR is co-sponsored by ARRL and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club. The next SCR is February 14-18 2022.

CQ WW Contest Director John, K1AR, announced that the raw scores for the 2021 CQ WW CW contest are now available at https://cqww.com/raw.htm?mode=cw. John also extends his thanks to the CQWW Contest Committee members responsible for the compilation of the raw scores.

Jim, W6US, shared that the results of the 2021 Nevada QSO Party are now posted on the website at http://nvqso.com/2021-results/.

“We had a good turnout and all of the counties except Lincoln were activated. There were a number of expeditions out into the rural areas that made lots of contacts. One expedition was sitting on the only 4 county point in the state and they were quite successful in giving out lots of contacts. The biggest operation was a multi-op CW only at the W7RN contest location in Storey County.

Thanks to all those hams that made contacts with the stations in Nevada. 73, Jim Shepherd, W6US.”

The results for the Two-Meter Classic Sprint have been published on the FWRC website at fwrc.info/2021/11/30/two-meter-classic-sprint-september-and-october-results/. The November/December results will be published after final scores are tallied following the December sprint. (Thanks to Jim, AC9EZ)

The Scandanavian Activity Contest Committee has announced that the SAC SSB 2021 preliminary scores are now available at www.sactest.net/blog/sac-ssb-2021-preliminary-results/.

The committee also noted that the CW scores have been updated with new results for the Multi Single participants after corrections were made.

Please check your category, score and LCR and let them know if anything looks wrong. Send an email to support@sactest.net if you have any questions or corrections.

OPERATING TIP

Ward, N0AX, offers some advice for Technician-class licensees operating SSB in the ARRL 10-Meter Contest this weekend.

“10 meters is a big band — if there is enough solar flux, you may find stations spread out from 28.300 to well above 28.500 kHz! (Remember that Technician privileges do not span the entire 10-Meter phone band so make sure that you’re operating within your license class privileges. -ed) Tuning across that much spectrum can be tedious so the natural response might be to set your transceiver’s tuning rate (also called “tuning step”) to move in steps of up to 1 kHz. This will definitely move you across the band quickly but most of the stations you hear will not be operating right on the 1 kHz boundaries and won’t sound right. (Neither will you!)

Similarly, if you use the spots from the various networks, those frequencies are approximate, so you won’t land right on the station’s operating frequency either. Here’s a good compromise: set your radio so that the tuning rate is about 2.5 to 3 kHz per turn of the “Big Knob” – your main VFO. That will get you from station to station quickly, but you’ll still be off-frequency most of the time.

Remember — it’s you that will be off-frequency, not the CQing station! So turn on both RIT and XIT (also called “Clarifier”) and use that knob as a “fine tune” control. Step one — tune the main VFO or click on a spot. Step two — adjust RIT/XIT for the right voice pitch. That will move you around the band efficiently and get you right on-frequency for the CQing station, which helps everybody make lots of contacts. Enjoy the contest!”

CONVERSATION

In my first issue as editor, I had asked readers what they’d like to see more of in the Contest Update, and I also included an open call to contest clubs asking what they were doing to encourage contest participation from their members, as well as what they’re doing to attract new members and contesters. I’m hoping to highlight those clubs’ activities in the coming months. If you’d like to let the contesting community know about your club’s activities, please send me an email at contest-update@arrl.org or n1sfe@arrl.org. I’d love to hear from your club!

Until next time, keep working that DX! 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

December 9, 2021 — December 22, 2021

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 Mini-CWT Test, Dec 9, 0300z to Dec 9, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 11.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Dec 9, 0700z to Dec 9, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 11.

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

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Dec 10, 0145z to Dec 10, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Dec 12.

QRP Fox Hunt, Dec 10, 0200z to Dec 10, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Dec 11.

NCCC Sprint, Dec 10, 0230z to Dec 10, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Dec 12.

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

ARRL 10-Meter Contest, Dec 11, 0000z to Dec 12, 2359z; CW, Phone; Bands: 10; W/VE: RST + State/Province, XE: RST + State, DX: RST + Serial No., MM: RST + ITU Region; Logs due: Dec 19.

PODXS 070 Club Triple Play Low Band Sprint, Dec 11, 0000z to Dec 13, 2359z; PSK31; Bands: 160, 80, 40; RST + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 20.

TRC Digi Contest, Dec 11, 0600z to Dec 12, 1800z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; TRC Members: RST + Serial No. + “TRC”, non-TRC Members: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 19.

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, Dec 11, 1200z to Dec 12, 2359z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Dec 19.

ARI 40/80 Contest, Dec 11, 1300z to Dec 12, 1300z; Phone, CW, Digital; Bands: 80, 40; RS(T) + 2-letter province car code; Logs due: Dec 19.

International Naval Contest, Dec 11, 1600z to Dec 12, 1559z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Naval Club Member: RS(T) + Club + Member No., non-Naval Club Member: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 31.

QRP ARCI Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint, Dec 12, 2000z to Dec 12, 2300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + (ARCI number/power); Logs due: Dec 23.

CQC Great Colorado Snowshoe Run, Dec 12, 2100z to Dec 12, 2259z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jan 11.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Dec 13, 0000z to Dec 13, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 15.

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, Dec 13, 0100z to Dec 13, 0300z; 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: Dec 15.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Dec 13, 1630z to Dec 13, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 17.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Dec 14, 0100z to Dec 14, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Dec 15.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Dec 14, 1700z to Dec 14, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Dec 21.

QRP Fox Hunt, Dec 15, 0200z to Dec 15, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Dec 16.

Phone Weekly Test- Fray, Dec 15, 0230z to Dec 15, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Dec 17.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Dec 15, 1300z to Dec 15, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 18.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Dec 15, 1900z to Dec 15, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 18.

Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest, Dec 16, 0000z to Dec 17, 0300z; CW; Bands: 20; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: Dec 23.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Dec 16, 0300z to Dec 16, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 18.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Dec 16, 0700z to Dec 16, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 18.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Dec 16, 1700z to Dec 16, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Dec 23.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Dec 17, 0145z to Dec 17, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Dec 19.

QRP Fox Hunt, Dec 17, 0200z to Dec 17, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Dec 18.

NCCC Sprint, Dec 17, 0230z to Dec 17, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Dec 19.

AGB-Party Contest, Dec 17, 1600z to Dec 17, 1700z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 80, 40; AGB Member: RST + QSO No. + Member No., non-Member: RST + QSO No.; Logs due: Jan 15.

Russian 160-Meter Contest, Dec 17, 1800z to Dec 17, 2200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160; Rus: RS(T) + Oblast code, non-Rus: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 28.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Dec 17, 2000z to Dec 17, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 19.

Feld Hell Sprint, Dec 18, 0000z to Dec 18, 2359z; Feld Hell; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; (see rules); Logs due: Dec 22.

OK DX RTTY Contest, Dec 18, 0000z to Dec 18, 2359z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + CQ Zone; Logs due: Dec 25.

RAC Winter Contest, Dec 18, 0000z to Dec 18, 2359z; CW, Phone; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2; VE: RS(T) + (province/territory), non-VE and VE0: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Jan 31.

Padang DX Contest, Dec 18, 1200z to Dec 19, 1159z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 26.

Croatian CW Contest, Dec 18, 1400z to Dec 19, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 27.

Stew Perry Topband Challenge, Dec 18, 1500z to Dec 19, 1500z; CW; Bands: 160; 4-Character grid square; Logs due: Jan 2.

ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW, Dec 19, 1800z to Dec 19, 2359z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; NA: Name + 2-digit year first licensed + (state/province/XE area/DX); Logs due: Dec 22.

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest, Dec 19, 2300z to Dec 20, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + (Member No./power); Logs due: Dec 26.

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

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Dec 20, 1630z to Dec 20, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Dec 24.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Dec 21, 0100z to Dec 21, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Dec 22.

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

SKCC Sprint, Dec 22, 0000z to Dec 22, 0200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Dec 24.

NAQCC CW Sprint, Dec 22, 0130z to Dec 22, 0330z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power); Logs due: Dec 26.

Phone Weekly Test- Fray, Dec 22, 0230z to Dec 22, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Dec 24.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Dec 22, 1300z to Dec 22, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 25.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Dec 22, 1900z to Dec 22, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Dec 25.

VHF+ CONTESTS

ARRL EME Contest, Dec 18, 0000z to Dec 19, 2359z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: 50 MHz and up; Signal report; Logs due: Jan 18.

See also: Worldwide Sideband Activity ContestRAC Winter Contest

LOG DUE DATES

December 9

December 10

December 11

December 12

December 13

December 14

December 15

December 16

December 17

December 18

December 19

December 20

December 21

December 22

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ARRL Contest Update wishes to acknowledge information from WA7BNM’s Contest Calendar; Rick Lindquist, WW1ME; Pete Smith, N4ZR; and Ward Silver, N0AX.

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The ARRL Contest Update

Here’s the 06 January 2021 ARRL Contest Update compiled by HQ ARRL in Newington, CT, 06111.

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January 6, 2021

Editor: Brian Moran, N9ADG

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE
NEW HF OPERATORS — THINGS TO DO

The North American QSO Party, CW, is coming up the weekend of January 9, followed by the SSB version on January 16. All NAQPs are 12-hour contests with a maximum of 100 watts, so why not try running a frequency for a bit? Other “features” of these contests include per-band multipliers, so to maximize a score, you have to be on the right band at the right times. No assistance (spotting networks, skimmers, etc.) are allowed for single ops! There are further rules about band changes, multipliers, and exchanges, so it’s best to read the rules and also study what others have done in past years by mining the contest reflectors and soapbox section of 3830scores.com for NAQP-related posts.

The Northern California Contest Club Sprint Ladder Series is starting up again on January 8 (Thursday evening in the US). If you enjoy sprints, you might want to join in! There are five consecutive weekly 30-minute sessions, of which only four are scored for position. The UTC dates are January 8, 15, 22, 29, and February 5. Note that the North American Sprint CW contest occurs on February 6. For more information, see the News section below.

CONTEST SUMMARY

Complete information for all contests follows the Conversation section

7 Jan – 20 Jan 2021

January 7

January 8

January 9

January 10

January 11

January 12

January 13

January 14

January 15

January 16

January 17

January 18

January 19

January 20

NEWS, PRESS RELEASES, AND GENERAL INTEREST

The Ohio ARES Simplex Contest is January 9, 2021 from 10AM – 4PM EST. “The purpose of this contest is to give operators an opportunity to improve their station and antenna capabilities, and test their coverage areas on simplex frequencies.” This contest is for any band 50 MHz and up, using any mode “accepted by NBEMS/ARES® in Fldigi. (Default = Mt63 2K).” (PCARS Radiogram, January, 2021)

Bill, N6ZFO, Northern California Contest Club National Sprint Ladder Competition Director (NCCCNSLCD) writes: “NS Ladder 31 (XXXI) begins on January 7! The National Sprint Ladder (NSL) Competitions are regarded by many as a productive run-up the CW North American Sprint (NAS) contests, and we schedule two ladders yearly in which the last session is the Thursday night before NAS CW. As far as I know the NS Ladder is still the only radiosport event for which scores accumulate week by week, analogous to ladders in chess and bridge. We are planning a 5-week NS Ladder series prior to the NAS CW Sprint according to the following schedule:

Complete Schedule for NSL XXXI:

(note all times are Thursday evening in the US)

Week Date US Date Zulu Time Zulu
1 January 7 January 8 0230-0300
2 January 14 January 15 0230-0300
3 January 21 January 22 0230-0300
4 January 28 January 29 0230-0300
5 February 4 February 5 0230-0300

Details:

The Reverse Beacon Network has received a couple of enhancements. Pete, N4ZR, notes: “Thanks to Mark Glenn, K7MJG, the RBN beta site’s world map now displays currently and recently active RBN nodes, along with spots. Red dots denote nodes that have made at least one spot in the last 30 minutes, and are refreshed every 15 minutes, unless you uncheck and recheck the ‘show spotters’ checkbox, in which case they are refreshed immediately. (You can) mouse over a dot to see the call sign of the node.”

Active Noise Cancelling may be available without headphones in the future. Researchers have come up with a way to cancel ambient noise in a listener’s field using a specialized sensor and speakers. Such a system might have application in environments like airplanes, vehicles, and other places where the necessary sensors and speakers could be placed in a headrest.

The Radio Society of Great Britain’s Contest Committee is sponsoring the Christmas Hope QSO Party series, which extends into January. Christmas HQP Series 2 starts January 4, and runs through January 14.

Bob, N6TV, in his 3830scores.com soapbox post for the ARRL RTTY Roundup: “First ARRL RTTY Roundup (?). Just time to test the [Elecraft] K4D in AFSK mode. Works fine!”

Chris, N6WM, with a great SO2R claimed score of 212877 operating from the N6RO station in the ARRL RTTY Roundup, had an extensive soapbox post on his strategy, a self-assessment on how he executed, including mid-contest corrections. It’s well worth reading… but he also wrote: “… Did I hear N6TV QRV on RTTY???”

Robert, W6FGH, commented to the RTTY Operators Facebook group: “…I must try to find a way to burn some oil so it’ll bring me back to the full TTY Model 28, smells and all!”

The ARRL January VHF Contest is on tap for the weekend of January 16-18, 2021. Don’t forget that FT4 mode can provide faster contacts than FT8. While using the FT modes, if the indicated dB signal level approaches or exceeds 0 dB, conditions are likely good enough for CW or SSB. Contacts using those modes can be made more quickly under those conditions.

The North American Collegiate Championship, sponsored by the Society of Midwest Contesters, returns this year starting with the NAQP SSB contest on January 16. Now in its third year, the NACC is a competition between colleges and university amateur radio stations using the “contest within a contest” format during the NAQP SSB and NAQP RTTY contests. Competing teams must preregister. The contest sponsors are aware that there are delayed starts of the spring term at many institutions due to the pandemic. Craig, K9CT, notes “It may take some twists and turns but we will see. There are already two Event pages on the ARRL Collegiate Initiative (Facebook) page. We will be using https://contestonlinescore.com/, and there will be a special page for the team competition that everyone can watch.” More information on the event is on the NACC page.

The December 2021 Northern California Contest Club (NCCC) Jug features a couple of articles on station ergonomics, one by David, WD6T: “Adapt or Perish: Station Ergonomics”, and a guest article by John, K3MD, entitled “Ergonomic Considerations for the Contest Station.” If you’re sore after a weekend of contesting, you should consider how to improve your “operating conditions.” Four out of five doctors recommend good ergonomics for happy, healthy contesters.

Have you seen the Periodic Table of Major Amateur Radio Contests? It’s been going around on email, Twitter, and websites for a while now, but where did it come from? Maybe EA3O!

Thinking about Winter Field Day later this month? This Eskimo insulated ice fishing tent might make it more comfortable. With no floor, coax can go right out the bottom!

Animals can often see wavelengths of light beyond those visible to humans. For many years it’s been known that birds have this ability, but after recent studies of the eyeball structures of the 38 mammalian species, it’s also suspected that dogs, cats, ferrets, and reindeer can also see UV. Scientists in the UK and Norway hypothesize that ultraviolet-sensing animals can see the corona of high-voltage power lines, which might appear as bursting and popping flashes. (Dennis, N6KI) (Sure, cats can see that the amplifier is on with the lid off, and there’s high voltage. Will they warn you before you touch anything? No. — Ed.)

WORD TO THE WISE

Auroral Flutter

Rapid changes in the ionosphere influence the radio signals using it as a medium. On HF, signals traversing the polar regions may experience flutter in slightly disturbed geomagnetic conditions. In the northern hemisphere, when strong Aurora Borealis is present (along with a high Kp index) HF polar paths are likely shut down, while North American VHF and UHF operators can beam north and use the aurora itself as an imperfect reflector to make contacts. Signals have a distinctive sound, both on SSB and CW.

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

Dan, K7SS, suggested this video taken by Adam, K6ARK, to the Western Washington DX Club’s email reflector. K6ARK operated portable for the ARRL 10-meter Contest as part of a Summits on the Air (SOTA) activation. His operation bordered on deluxe: Operating from a peak near San Diego, he set up a four-element beam with rotator, along with an Icom 7300, and even had an operating chair! (Dan, K7SS)

RESULTS AND RECORDS

Ewe, SM7BHM, notes that the SARTG WW RTTY Contest Results for 2020 are available at www.sartg.com. 2021’s SARTG WW RTTY Contest will be held the third weekend in August, 2021.

Looking at some of the soapbox comments from last weekend’s ARRL RTTY Roundup, there was no lack of activity. It appears that the FTx mode users are indeed spreading out to other portions of the band, many competitors are using both FT4 and FT8 along with RTTY, and there are some indications that from some locations DX multipliers may have been easier to work using the FTx modes.

During last weekend’s ARRL RTTY Roundup, FTx activity could be found above 14.130MHz, as well as at the usual frequencies.

OPERATING TIP

You Can Never Have Too Many Antennas — Except You Can

This one is from Frank, W3LPL, excerpted from a discussion about takeoff angles: “You can never have too many antennas — but this is very important — unless they interfere with each other as they very often do.

It takes a huge piece of property to avoid antenna performance degradation caused by multiple antennas within a few wavelengths (or more) of each other.”

TECHNICAL TOPICS AND INFORMATION

SDR# (aka SDRSharp) is a program to take advantage of RTL-SDR, Airspy, and other SDR hardware. It’s a versatile and popular program, with a number of plugins available to enable decoding of various modulation schemes, audio tones, TV formats, digital broadcast information, and so on. Jeff, KE9V, notes that Paolo, IZ1MLL, has augmented the program documentation available from the RTL-SDR website and has translations available in English, Italian, and Spanish. Paolo’s SDR # User Guide is available on the Airspy download page.

Q65 is the designator of a new VHF/UHF transmission scheme due to arrive with WSJT-X 2.4.0. According to the Q65 Quick Start Guide “Q65 is particularly effective for tropospheric scatter, ionospheric scatter, and EME on VHF and higher bands, as well as other types of fast-fading signals.”

Presentations from GNURadio 2019 are now available on YouTube. (RTL-SDR.com)

CONVERSATION

This issue’s Conversation section is from ARRL CEO David A. Minster, NA2AA

Thinking Anew in the New Year

At last, a new year is here! And hopefully, with it, changes for the better and a brighter outlook than 2020!

One of my roles as ARRL CEO, as I see it, is to challenge the status quo and explore ways to innovate within the hobby. Contesting is my favorite of all aspects of amateur radio, and I have many ideas about it. As we look farther into 2021, perhaps it is time to start thinking anew. To that end, I want to touch on three simple notions: Evolution, Revolution, and Fair Play.

My favorite of all forms of contesting is multi-operator. Dealing with planning, operating, and the variabilities that arise out of human interaction leads to an adrenalin-filled and unpredictable experience. With this said, are you aware of any organized sport, other than radiosport, where the team sizes are not defined? Perhaps the time has come for contest organizers to evolve and take a position on exactly how many participants should be allowed on a “team.” What is your view on how this makes sense in making radiosport more competitive?

Then there’s the big-picture issue of remote operating in contests — and, more specifically, the question of creating yet another category for remotes. I look at it this way: I travel to PJ4 to operate, and I remote into PJ4 to operate. In both cases, I must pay to rent the station. Whether I fly there or connect there, it’s still me, a radio, and an antenna. Why wouldn’t one category cover both scenarios? What are your thoughts on needing a new category for remote stations?

There are legitimate issues with remote stations, such as when one station is being accessed by different operators over the course of a contest, but the station itself is limited to one call sign. The rules that exist today did not foresee this issue! John, W2GD, recently did a fantastic write-up (pages 14-17) for the Frankford Radio Club’s newsletter, covering the issues and considerations of remote radio and contesting.

Contesting from remote stations is here to stay. It will continue to grow. Opportunities to rent stations that are not yours will also grow. We can choose to deal with the implications, or continue to bump into restrictions that never took these scenarios into consideration. At ARRL, we have begun reviewing how the issue of remote operating impacts all ARRL contests, and will be providing suggestions to the PSC on how contest rules might evolve accordingly.

In terms of revolution, it seems to me that contesting is being affected by the one real truth of the digital transformation of society: people are “on” 24 hours a day, and yet never have time for anything. We must revolutionize radiosport to create “contests within contests” that offer ways to spend a portion of the weekend operating and competing for a win. Brooke Allen, N2BA, a brilliant Wall Street technology guy, has many ideas on creating new forms of contesting, especially for younger hams who may be more driven by shorter “games” where real-time scoring drives the adrenalin rush of competition much in the way a first-person shooter game does.

When writing my column for an upcoming issue of QST, I went into the scores database of CQWW to do some analysis. As I went through the results year by year, there was one thing that never changed: if you don’t operate from Africa, it is very likely you cannot win, place, or show in CQWW. It may be time to take a page from Stew Perry and analyze what a big DX contest looks like when your score is based on band, distance, and power for each contact made. What becomes important? Does location get neutralized so that a station in Asia now has a chance of winning? Analyzing the years of excellent data from both CQWW and ARRL DX could revolutionize these events and lead to the creation of a more globally competitive contest.

And finally, on the issue of fair play, there are a number of topics worthy of mentioning: excessive power, VPN self-spotting, and the implications of an operation streaming in real time, among others.

One contesting issue that ARRL is looking at is the consequences of a wide or dirty signal. On one hand, there are those who shun one type of radio because it is “too clean,” and allow stations to elbow in too close to hold a run frequency. On the other hand, hearing key clicks on the bands during a CW contest today is unforgivable, and yet, they are there, in every contest. In the name of fair play, ARRL is evaluating ways to create operating standards, use voluntary reporting and education to improve conditions, and ultimately hold accountable those stations that are not living up to proper signal quality.

The views and ideas that I have highlighted here are far from being the only ones that are worthy of attention. For me, the steps toward innovation in contesting come down to identifying an issue or idea, fearlessly challenging the status quo, and seeing how we can make radiosport more exciting, and engaging — and for more participants, so that it can grow! I’d love to hear your ideas. Drop me an email at ceo@arrl.org.

Here’s wishing you a great remaining contest season, and a very happy and healthy 2021.

David A. Minster, NA2AA

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

7 Jan – 20 Jan 2021

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

AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest, Jan 6, 2300z to Jan 7, 2300z and, Jan 9, 2300z to Jan 10, 2300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40m; RST + Eqpt Year + Input Power (see rules for format); Logs due: February 1.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Jan 7, 0300z to Jan 7, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: January 9.

RSGB Hope QSO Party, Jan 7, 1400z to Jan 7, 1530z (cw); ; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; ; Logs due: January 13.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Jan 7, 1700z to Jan 7, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: January 12.

NRAU 10m Activity Contest, Jan 7, 1800z to Jan 7, 1900z (cw) and, Jan 7, 1900z to Jan 7, 2000z (ssb) and, Jan 7, 2000z to Jan 7, 2100z (fm) and, Jan 7, 2100z to Jan 7, 2200z (dig); CW, SSB, FM, Digital; Bands: 10m Only; RS(T) + 6-character grid square; Logs due: January 21.

SKCC Sprint Europe, Jan 7, 2000z to Jan 7, 2200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: January 14.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Jan 8, 0145z to Jan 8, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: January 10.

QRP Fox Hunt, Jan 8, 0200z to Jan 8, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: January 14.

NCCC Sprint Ladder, Jan 8, 0230z to Jan 8, 0300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: January 10.

YB DX Contest, Jan 9, 0000z to Jan 9, 2359z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: January 16.

Old New Year Contest, Jan 9, 0500z to Jan 9, 0900z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RST + sum of operator age and years on the air; Logs due: January 24.

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, Jan 9, 1200z to Jan 11, 0000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: January 17.

UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest, Jan 9, 1200z to Jan 10, 1200z; BPSK63; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; ON: RSQ + UBA Section, non-ON: RSQ + Serial No. (starting with 001); Logs due: January 17.

North American QSO Party, CW, Jan 9, 1800z to Jan 10, 0559z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; NA: Name + (state/DC/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: January 17.

NRAU-Baltic Contest, SSB, Jan 10, 0630z to Jan 10, 0830z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No. + 2-letter Fylke/Lan/Province/Region; Logs due: January 17.

NRAU-Baltic Contest, CW, Jan 10, 0900z to Jan 10, 1100z; CW; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No. + 2-letter Fylke/Lan/Province/Region; Logs due: January 17.

DARC 10-Meter Contest, Jan 10, 0900z to Jan 10, 1059z; CW, SSB; Bands: 10m Only; DL: RS(T) + QSO No. + DOK, non-DL: RS(T) + QSO No.; Logs due: January 17.

Midwinter Contest, Jan 10, 1000z to Jan 10, 1400z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; YLs: RST + Serial No. (beginning with 2001), OMs: RST + Serial No. (beginning with 001); Logs due: see rules.

RSGB AFS Contest, Data, Jan 10, 1300z to Jan 10, 1700z; RTTY, PSK; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: January 11.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Jan 11, 0000z to Jan 11, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: January 13.

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, Jan 11, 0100z to Jan 11, 0300z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: RS(T) + (State/Province/Country) + Member No., Non-member: RS(T) + (State/Province/Country) + Power; Logs due: January 13.

RSGB Hope QSO Party, Jan 11, 0930z to Jan 11, 1100z (ft4); ; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; ; Logs due: January 13.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Jan 11, 1630z to Jan 11, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: January 15.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Jan 12, 0100z to Jan 12, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: January 13.

RSGB Hope QSO Party, Jan 12, 1100z to Jan 12, 1230z (cw); ; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; ; Logs due: January 13.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Jan 12, 1700z to Jan 12, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: January 12.

QRP Fox Hunt, Jan 13, 0200z to Jan 13, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: January 14.

Phone Fray, Jan 13, 0230z to Jan 13, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15m; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: January 15.

RSGB Hope QSO Party, Jan 13, 1230z to Jan 13, 1400z (rtty); ; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; ; Logs due: January 13.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Jan 13, 1300z to Jan 13, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: January 16.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Jan 13, 1900z to Jan 13, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: January 16.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Jan 14, 0300z to Jan 14, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: January 16.

RSGB Hope QSO Party, Jan 14, 1400z to Jan 14, 1530z (ssb); ; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; ; Logs due: January 20.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Jan 14, 1700z to Jan 14, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: January 19.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Jan 15, 0145z to Jan 15, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: January 17.

QRP Fox Hunt, Jan 15, 0200z to Jan 15, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: January 21.

NCCC Sprint Ladder, Jan 15, 0230z to Jan 15, 0300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: January 17.

Hungarian DX Contest, Jan 16, 1200z to Jan 17, 1159z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; HA: RS(T) + 2-letter county, non-HA: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: January 22.

PRO Digi Contest, Jan 16, 1200z to Jan 17, 1159z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Digi Club Member: RST + Serial No. + “/M”, non-Members: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: January 23.

RSGB AFS Contest, SSB, Jan 16, 1300z to Jan 16, 1700z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40m; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: January 17.

NA Collegiate Championship, SSB, Jan 16, 1800z to Jan 17, 0559z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; NA: Name + (state/DC/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: January 24.

North American QSO Party, SSB, Jan 16, 1800z to Jan 17, 0559z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; NA: Name + (state/DC/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: January 24.

WAB 1.8 MHz Phone/CW, Jan 16, 1900z to Jan 16, 2300z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160m Only; British Isles: RS + serial no. + WAB square, Other: RS + serial no. + country; Logs due: January 26.
Feld Hell Sprint, Jan 16, 2000z to Jan 17, 0559z; Feld Hell; Bands: ; (see rules); Logs due: January 21.

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest, Jan 17, 2300z to Jan 18, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RST + (state/province/country) + (Member No./power); Logs due: January 24.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Jan 18, 0000z to Jan 18, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: January 20.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Jan 18, 1630z to Jan 18, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: January 22.

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

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Jan 19, 1700z to Jan 19, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: January 19.

QRP Fox Hunt, Jan 20, 0200z to Jan 20, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: January 21.

Phone Fray, Jan 20, 0230z to Jan 20, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15m; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: January 22.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Jan 20, 1300z to Jan 20, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: January 23.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Jan 20, 1900z to Jan 20, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: January 23.

VHF+ CONTESTS

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Jan 13, 1700z to Jan 13, 2000z; FT8; Bands: (see rules); 4-character grid square; Logs due: January 18.

ARRL January VHF Contest, Jan 16, 1900z to Jan 18, 0359z; Any; Bands: 50 MHz and up; 4-character grid square; Logs due: January 28.

Also, see SKCC Sprint EuropeNCCC Sprint LadderSKCC Weekend SprintathonWorldwide Sideband Activity Contest

LOG DUE DATES

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