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

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 09 November 2022, 1548 UTC.

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Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

 

 

In this Issue:
Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

Three words: ARRL Phone Sweepstakes! With recent conditions, 20 meters may not need to be the slugfest it sometimes can be in this domestic contest, as stations will be able to spread out. Remember, you can work a station once per contest.

For a bit of a warm-up, give the JIDX SSB phone contest a try — the exchange is your RST and CQ zone. The only contacts that count for points are between JA and non-JA operators. If you’re going to try for the highest points-per-Q band, make sure you’re aware of the JA 160-meter phone bands.

Contest Summary

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

November 10, 2022 – November 23, 2022

November 10

November 11

November 12

November 13

November 14

November 15

November 16

November 17

November 18

November 19

November 20

November 21

November 22

November 23

News, Press Releases, and Special Interest

Users of the VE7CC packet cluster noticed that on Saturday they were temporarily being connected to AE5E’s packet cluster instead. British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest experienced a wind storm that disrupted commercial power over a wide swath, and VE7CC.CC was one of the casualties. The VE7CC server’s DNS fails over to AE5E’s node. Ron Stordahl, AE5E, noted in an email on Saturday that at one point, over 1,700 users were connected to his node. After 19 hours, VE7CC’s power returned. New connections are once again being served by VE7CC.CC.

Bruce Draper, AA5B, recently passed away. Bruce was a past editor of NCJ, as well as a past editor of the Convention and Hamfest Calendar in QST. Ray Sokola, K9RS, noted, “Over the years, Bruce distinguished himself as both a single operator and multi-op contester. I was privileged to be part of many multi-op teams with him and appreciate those memories. He was a great teammate, and I will miss him.”

QO-100 is an amateur satellite in geosynchronous orbit over Africa. Its footprint doesn’t include North America…or does it? A recent AMSAT-UK article speculates that it may be possible for a station on Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, to successfully communicate through it. To spur attempts, AMSAT-UK and the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) are sponsoring the QO-100 Challenge for North America, with trophies awarded to the first station that:

  • Completes the first two-way contact via the QO-100 narrow-band transponder when operating from Newfoundland
  • Completes more than 100 two-way contacts via the QO-100 narrow-band transponder when operating from Newfoundland
  • Completes the first two-way DATV contacts via the QO-100 wide-band transponder when operating from Newfoundland

Subsequent operations from Newfoundland will also be eligible to apply for a special certificate, according to the article.

Rob Fanfant, N7QT, currently on a DXpedition in Palau (T8), points out: “When using FT8 to call a station in Fox/Hound mode, make sure you’re picking a transmit tone that’s at least 1100 Hz. In Fox/Hound mode, the Fox will only respond to stations above 1000 Hz. If you call too close to 1000 Hz using radios that are slightly off, the Fox may not hear you.”

The third annual TRX Tower Rodeo Challenge on December 2 – 3, 2022, features seven two-person crews assembled from different sectors of the professional tower-climbing industry, including communications workers, utility workers, and first responders. The competition includes challenges that go beyond mere towers. This year there will be situations involving rooftops and building edges, mobile elevated platforms, and sponsor-promised surprises. Spectator interest has grown with each event, so this year the competition will be live-streamed on YouTube. Last year’s competition is also available for viewing.

Word to the Wise

Cut Number — Letter abbreviations for Morse numerals, such as N for 9 A for 1, T for zero, and so forth.

Sights and Sounds

K3LR may have done it again! This team achieved the #1 multi-multi USA claimed score in the 2022 CQWW Phone Contest. This year marks the “diamond” 30th anniversary of multi-multi operations from K3LR.

Michael Walker, VA3MW, opining on 10 meters when it’s open: “If you haven’t ever been through a solar cycle peak, you are going to be in for a nice ride. You can work the world on 10 W and a dipole. Even today signals are over S9. These are not the days for FT8. These are the days to drag out the microphone. You can even cut down an old CB beam and work anyone QRP. Get on and make some noise!”

Weinermobile® On The Air (WOTA)? Ward Silver, N0AX, past editor of the Contest Update (among many other roles) was captured in a picture with one vehicle of the “Weinermobile® Meat Fleet” as it was parked in St. Charles, Missouri

Results and Records

The raw results for the recent CQ WW SSB Contest are now online. As with any list of raw scores, these will be adjusted as necessary by the contest sponsor. You can see some of the pre- and post-contest tweets by searching for #cqwwssb, #cqww, and #cqcontest on Twitter.

Operating Tip

Copy and Log What is Sent

This topic is a perennial: Modern logging programs do a great job of providing copying aids in the form of check databases and call history files. When a call sign is typed into an entry window, a look up against a side database is performed by the logging program, and information about that call sign is displayed, which can include location, exchange, and so on. Some logging programs will even pre-fill the appropriate form fields in the entry window before the other station has sent it. It’s vital to log what is sent by the other station, not the pre-filled information. It’s OK to ask the other station for a repeat, but always remember that the sent information has precedence over the pre-fill.

Technical Topics and Discussion

Practice! Practice! Practice! That’s how you can improve your CW skills, and using MorseRunner as a training aid is one way to do it between contests. If you like to tinker, MorseRunner source code is available with MorseRunner Community Edition, and the project is seeking quality contributions pertaining to improving the end-user experience, bug fixes, support for alternate operating systems, and integration with popular logging programs.

Prosistel Rotator users may find Eugenio Morales’, EA7HG, Visual Rotor project of interest. According to the website, it uses an Arduino Mega 2560, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and various board-level modules to enable control of the rotator via the screen, serial/USB, or even via Android device.

Older radios can be a lot of fun to restore, align, and get on the air. Using them for DXing or contesting can sometimes be difficult, however, because modern features like CAT control, frequency memories, or even second VFOs can be lacking. The UDVBM-1 project, a Universal Digital VFO and BFO Motherboard, was born of the creator’s need “to replace the drifty VFO in one of my rigs with a digital solution.” Combine the ever-popular Si5351 PLL with an Arduino Nano, Arduino Pro Mini, or Seeed Studio’s XIAO MCU (ESP32-based). Appropriate source code is available in a GitHub repository.

Tree rings may contain historical records of past cosmic events. Research done by the University of Queensland indicates that “huge” radiation storms affecting Earth may have left evidence in the form of carbon-14, which is filtered through trees, among other things. Trees from thousands of years ago are available for study, and they seem to show that Miyake events “have occurred approximately once every thousand years.” The researchers also find that these events are not correlated with sunspot activity.

John Fallows, VE6EY, has blogged about a NanoVNA Current Choke Test Rig project by Mark Smith, N6MTS, to enable quick “design and test of all sorts of common-mode chokes in your home lab.” The accompanying video shows how to test common-mode chokes using this or similar setups.

Conversation

Getting Ready for Next Year

After any major contest, there’s usually a flurry of posts on 3830scores.com about the contest and the support groups for various radios or logging software packages. Whether it’s participants still excited about a great contest experience, those that worked through an issue, or those that still need to work through some issues, there can be a lot of information to go through. It’s great material to read for the next contest.

Here’s an example: On the N1MM Logger+ Groups.io web page, there has been a discussion about how to make CW Sweepstakes messages have slightly longer spacing for improved readability for the long Sweepstakes change. Definitely one to remember for next year. There’s also a discussion about how to properly set up N1MM Logger+ for Sweepstakes, pointing to the section in the documentationN1MM Logger+ changes frequently, so it follows that this information occasionally changes, too. Always good to read it before the contest.

And here’s the best part: you can go back to last year’s post-contest discussions to get ready for this week’s contests!

 

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

November 10, 2022 – November 23, 2022

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HF CONTESTS

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 10, 0300z to Nov 10, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 12.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 10, 0700z to Nov 10, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 12.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Nov 10, 1700z to Nov 10, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Nov 17.

EACW Meeting , Nov 10, 1900z to Nov 10, 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: Nov 12.

NCCC RTTY Sprint , Nov 11, 0145z to Nov 11, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Nov 13.

QRP Fox Hunt , Nov 11, 0200z to Nov 11, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Nov 12.

NCCC Sprint , Nov 11, 0230z to Nov 11, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Nov 13.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Nov 11, 2000z to Nov 11, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 13.

WAE DX Contest, RTTY , Nov 12, 0000z to Nov 13, 2359z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 21.

PODXS 070 Club Triple Play Low Band Sprint , Nov 12, 0000z to Nov 14, 2359z; PSK31; Bands: 160, 80, 40; RST + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 21.

10-10 Int. Fall Contest, Digital , Nov 12, 0001z to Nov 13, 2359z; Digital; Bands: 10; 10-10 Member: Name + 10-10 number + (state/province/country), Non-Member: Name + 0 + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 21.

JIDX Phone Contest , Nov 12, 0700z to Nov 13, 1300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; JA: RST + Prefecture No., non-JA: RST + CQ Zone No.; Logs due: Dec 14.

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon , Nov 12, 1200z to Nov 13, 2359z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Nov 20.

OK/OM DX Contest, CW , Nov 12, 1200z to Nov 13, 1200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; OK/OM: RST + 3-letter district code, non-OK/OM: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 20.

FISTS Saturday Sprint , Nov 12, 1600z to Nov 12, 1800z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; FISTS: RST + first name + FISTS No. + (state/province/country), non-FISTS: RST + first name + “0” + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 26.

CQ-WE Contest , Nov 12, 1900z to Nov 14, 0500z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2, 432 MHz; Name + Location Code (see rules) + Years of Service (see rules); Logs due: Dec 1.

AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party , Nov 12, 2300z to Nov 21, 0300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20; RST + Name + QTH + Eqpt Year + Transmitter Type (see rules for format) + Input Power(W); Logs due: Dec 5.

FIRAC HF Contest , Nov 13, 0700z to Nov 13, 1700z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RS(T) + Serial No. + “F”, Non-member: RS(T); Logs due: Nov 27.

Classic Exchange, Phone , Nov 13, 1400z to Nov 16, 0800z; AM, SSB, FM; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 62; Name + RS + (state/province/country) + rcvr/xmtr manuf/model; Logs due: Nov 30.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Nov 14, 0000z to Nov 14, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 16.

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint , Nov 14, 0100z to Nov 14, 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: Nov 16.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 14, 1300z to Nov 14, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 17.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC) , Nov 14, 1630z to Nov 14, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 18.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 14, 1900z to Nov 14, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 17.

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

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 15, 0300z to Nov 15, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 17.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Nov 15, 1700z to Nov 15, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Nov 22.

QRP Fox Hunt , Nov 16, 0200z to Nov 16, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Nov 17.

Phone Weekly Test , Nov 16, 0230z to Nov 16, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Nov 18.

A1Club AWT , Nov 16, 1200z to Nov 16, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Nov 21.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 16, 1300z to Nov 16, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 19.

Mini-Test 40 , Nov 16, 1700z to Nov 16, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 18.

Mini-Test 80 , Nov 16, 1800z to Nov 16, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 18.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 16, 1900z to Nov 16, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 19.

RSGB 80m Autumn Series, SSB , Nov 16, 2000z to Nov 16, 2130z; SSB; Bands: 80; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 19.

Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest , Nov 17, 0000z to Nov 18, 0300z; CW; Bands: 20; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: Nov 24.

NAQCC CW Sprint , Nov 17, 0130z to Nov 17, 0330z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power); Logs due: Nov 20.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 17, 0300z to Nov 17, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 19.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 17, 0700z to Nov 17, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 19.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Nov 17, 1700z to Nov 17, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Nov 24.

NTC QSO Party , Nov 17, 1900z to Nov 17, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; NTC Member: RST + Member No., non-Member: RST + “NM”, Less than 25 wpm; Logs due: Nov 20.

NCCC RTTY Sprint , Nov 18, 0145z to Nov 18, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Nov 20.

QRP Fox Hunt , Nov 18, 0200z to Nov 18, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Nov 19.

NCCC Sprint , Nov 18, 0230z to Nov 18, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Nov 20.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Nov 18, 2000z to Nov 18, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 20.

LZ DX Contest , Nov 19, 1200z to Nov 20, 1200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; LZ: RS(T) + 2-letter district, non-LZ: RS(T) + ITU Zone No.; Logs due: Dec 5.

All Austrian 160-Meter Contest , Nov 19, 1600z to Nov 19, 2359z; CW; Bands: 160; OE: RST + Serial No. + District Code, non-OE: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 30.

REF 160-Meter Contest , Nov 19, 1700z to Nov 20, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160; RST + Serial No. + Department Code; Logs due: Nov 28.

South American Integration Contest CW , Nov 19, 1800z to Nov 20, 2100z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 15, 10; CWSP Members: RST + “M”, QRP: RST + “QRP”, YL: RST + “YL”, All Others: RST + ITU Zone No.; Logs due: Dec 5.

Feld Hell Sprint , Nov 19, 1900z to Nov 19, 2059z; Feld Hell; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 15, 10, 6; (see rules); Logs due: Nov 23.

RSGB 1.8 MHz Contest , Nov 19, 1900z to Nov 19, 2300z; CW; Bands: 160; UK: RST + Serial No. + District Code, non-UK: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 20.

ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB , Nov 19, 2100z to Nov 21, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Serial No. + Precedence (Q/A/B/U/M/S) + [your call sign] + Check + ARRL/RAC Section; Logs due: Nov 28.

Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment Party , Nov 20, 1300z to Nov 20, 1700z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No. + “/” + class; Logs due: Dec 26.

FISTS Sunday Sprint , Nov 20, 2100z to Nov 20, 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: Dec 4.

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest , Nov 20, 2300z to Nov 21, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + (Member No./power); Logs due: Nov 27.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Nov 21, 0000z to Nov 21, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 23.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 21, 1300z to Nov 21, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 24.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC) , Nov 21, 1630z to Nov 21, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 25.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 21, 1900z to Nov 21, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 24.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest , Nov 22, 0100z to Nov 22, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Nov 23.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 22, 0300z to Nov 22, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 24.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Nov 22, 1700z to Nov 22, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Nov 29.

SKCC Sprint , Nov 23, 0000z to Nov 23, 0200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Nov 25.

QRP Fox Hunt , Nov 23, 0200z to Nov 23, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Nov 24.

Phone Weekly Test , Nov 23, 0230z to Nov 23, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Nov 25.

A1Club AWT , Nov 23, 1200z to Nov 23, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Nov 28.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 23, 1300z to Nov 23, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 26.

Mini-Test 40 , Nov 23, 1700z to Nov 23, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 25.

Mini-Test 80 , Nov 23, 1800z to Nov 23, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 25.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 23, 1900z to Nov 23, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 26.

VHF+ CONTESTS

ARRL EME Contest , Nov 12, 0000z to Nov 13, 2359z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: 50 MHz and up; Signal report; Logs due: Dec 13.

SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest , Nov 12, 0300z to Nov 13, 0900z; Analog (CW/SSB/AM/FM); Bands: 50 MHz, 70 MHz, 144 MHz, 432 MHz, 1296 MHz; RS(T) + 6-character grid locator; Logs due: Nov 20.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest , Nov 16, 1700z to Nov 16, 2100z; FT8; Bands: 1.2G; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Nov 21.

Log Due Dates

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In this Issue:
Upcoming Contests — Things to Do

The CQ WW Phone contest is this weekend. It’s probably the most popular, with thousands of stations on the air. Though recent conditions have been great on the higher bands, at the time of this writing forecasts say that geomagnetic conditions could be unsettled during the contest. If open, ten meters is great for multipliers — in this contest, “juicy mults” count separately for each band. Make sure you’re providing the right exchange: report and CQ zone. That practically means 59 and 3, 4, or 5 for the mainland US. The Explorer entry category for 2022 “is intended to encourage innovation in operating strategies, station design, and technology adaptation” and may be something to try for a distributed multi-op, because in that category, “members of a multi-operator team are permitted to operate from different locations.”

The CW leg of ARRL Sweepstakes is November 5 – 7. ARRL Sweepstakes is the “oldest domestic contest, beginning in 1930” with competition at the individual, team, and club levels. In this contest, multipliers are the 84 ARRL and RAC Sections; each may be worked once in the contest, regardless of band. The exchange is daunting to this contest’s first-timers, but familiar to those who have operated it before. Contacts may be made on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters, but because multipliers may only be worked once, activity tends to cluster on the bands that are open and populated.

Don’t forget: “100 W is now the low-power category limit for all ARRL and IARU HF contests, effective January 1, 2022.”

Busted QSOs

In the last issue, the New York and Illinois QSO parties should have been listed as being on the weekend of October 15. Sorry about that.

Contest Summary

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

October 27, 2022 – November 9, 2022

October 27

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News, Press Releases, and Special Interest

Contesters and DXers have a similar goal: make contacts as quickly and efficiently as possible. The International DX Association (INDEXA) published DXing tips in their summer newsletter, which were authored by many operators who you would also associate with contesting.

The Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge was last weekend, and the soapbox comments indicate conditions were worse than last year. This would be expected in a time of increasing sunspot activity. Get ready for the main event in December!

As more of our gear and software become connected to our in-shack networks and we make our stations accessible remotely, keeping unauthorized users out is of paramount importance. The NodeRED members on Groups.io have published some guidelines that should be followed by anyone considering opening access to their dashboards from the outside. The key is to not open any network ports, or port forward from the outside to the inside. Instead, use a VPN and require authentication.

Paul Wade, W1GHZ, has announced that after a 3-year hiatus, the Microwave Update will return in 2023. On April 14 – 15, 2023, the event will return to the Hilton Garden Inn at the Bradley Airport in Windsor, Connecticut. Details for registration and hotel information will be coming soon, at https://microwaveupdate.org. Those with an interest in submitting presentations or papers should email Paul at w1ghz@arrl.org.

Word to the Wise

Golden Log —

A submitted log judged by the contest sponsor to contain no mistakes.

Sights and Sounds

This common-mode power line choke is constructed with type 31 cores and 12 AWG Romex-type cable.

Keeping electromagnetic interference (EMI) out of power lines is important when using generators with radio gear. Jim Brown, K9YC, provides guidance on constructing practical common-mode power-line chokes for this purpose, in his document, “A Ham’s Guide to RFI, Ferrites, Baluns, and Audio Interfacing.” I recently built a couple of the chokes shown in Fig 30a. If you’re building one, you’ll need at least 62 inches of Romex-type cable to make one of these with the three cores. In email communication with Jim, he reiterates to not substitute wire type or cores, otherwise you’ll be on your own for characterizing the performance of the chokes.

“For the faint of heart, this is what the logging computer screens looked like at W7RN during the JARTS RTTY contest. Those who know Jeff Stai, WK6I, will recognize his mascot, the rubber chicken.” [Tom Taormina, K5RC, photo]

Results and Records

Ed Muns, W0YK, notes: “The 2022 WW Digi DX Contest results are now online. Thank you for your patience, as they were delayed.”

Stu Phillips, K6TU, announces: “The results for the 2022 running of the Makrothen RTTY Contest are now available on the Pizza Lovers 259 website. Personalized certificates are available to all participants. We would like to thank all who took part and congratulate the top scorers in all categories. The 2023 Makrothen RTTY Contest will take place October 14 – 15, 2023.”

Since the finish of the Stew Perry/LowBand Jack contest last weekend, and as contest logs are submitted, the preliminary results of this contest are frequently updated on the contest website. Scores are updated as new low power and QRP log submissions are made, because those contacts earn a higher multiplier. Larry Tyree, N6TR, notes that “anyone interested in sponsoring a plaque for the December main event is welcome to sign up. Information is available on the website under Plaques.”

Operating Tip

The Logger-Calculated Score is Just an Estimate

For any given contest, contacts will be made and logged. The logging program will examine each contact, and to the best of its ability, keep a running total of what your score is in the contest. There are many reasons why the logger’s calculated score may not match what the contest sponsor calculates. Even with a golden log (see “Word to the Wise” above), calculating the exact score for some contests is impossible. This is because contests have rules that assign points based on information that the logging program doesn’t have. For example, in the recent Stew Perry Topband Challenge, a contact’s points are calculated based on the distance between the two stations participating, as well as the power category for each station. The logging program doesn’t know how much power the other station is using, so it can’t accurately calculate a score for logs containing contacts with QRP, low-power, and high-power stations.

Technical Topics and Discussion

Cruciform drive screws have a head with two slots crossing. Some screws just have the two slots, some have slots and a dot or two, and sometimes the slots have a different shape where they cross. As long as you have a tool that will turn them, it’s ok, right? Well, maybe, maybe not. There are different types, denoted by the markings on the screw heads, and for critical applications, you should always use the right tool for the right screw, especially if you want to avoid cam-out and damaging the slots. It’s easy to geek out on this topic, but here’s a Wikipedia article that provides a high-level overview of the various types.

In a post to the Amps list on lists.contesting.com, Mike Schlamp, W5CUL, noted that there’s a Groups.io group dedicated to the Alpha 87A amplifier. Alpha RF Systems has a web page on these amplifiers that offers a wealth of technical information, as well as production dates for many legacy Alpha amplifier models.

Harvey Mudd College has published the video lecture series, “Learn SDR with Professor Jason Gallicchio,” on YouTube. The series of lectures are highlighted by demonstrations of the theory with actual RTL-SDR hardware. The lectures start with FM reception and proceed through on-off keying, phase-shift keying (PSK), doppler radar, digital symbol recovery, and GPS reception. The RTL-SDR receiver is an inexpensive USB-based receiver that was originally intended for DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial) reception, but now finds application in hundreds, if not thousands, of SDR-related projects.

A number of university researchers have figured out how to use Starlink signals as an analog for GPS. They did so by decoding Starlink signals and reverse engineering the data streams. One of the teams from Ohio State University has gone even farther, constructing a framework they’re calling cognitive opportunistic navigation, which will observe and decode arbitrary signals from an orbiting satellite to be able to accurately determine the receiver location on Earth.

Conversation

Sustainable Contesting

Becoming a better operator usually refers to becoming more skilled at the techniques of contesting. The human operator is part of the signal chain — becoming and maintaining a healthier human is something that can translate into better contest scores. There’s no quick pill for this one, and some of the most important skills are boring, like getting more and better sleep, eating appropriately, and exercising regularly.

Sitting for 12, 24, or 48 hours during a contest has a negative impact, but you can take advantage of the time between contests to counteract those effects. Maintaining the human can lead to a longer life, and therefore more contests. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

That’s all for this time. Remember to send contesting-related stories, book reviews, tips, techniques, press releases, errata, schematics, club information, pictures, stories, blog links, and predictions to contest-update@arrl.org.

73, Brian, N9ADG

Contests

October 27, 2022 – November 9, 2022

An expanded, downloadable version of QST’Contest Corral is available as a PDF. Check the sponsors’ website for information on operating time restrictions and other instructions.

HF CONTESTS

CWops Test (CWT) , Oct 27, 0300z to Oct 27, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 29.

CWops Test (CWT) , Oct 27, 0700z to Oct 27, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 29.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Oct 27, 1700z to Oct 27, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Nov 3.

RSGB 80m Autumn Series, SSB , Oct 27, 1900z to Oct 27, 2030z; SSB; Bands: 80; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Oct 30.

NCCC RTTY Sprint , Oct 28, 0145z to Oct 28, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Oct 30.

NCCC Sprint , Oct 28, 0230z to Oct 28, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Oct 30.

Zombie Shuffle , Oct 28, 1500z to Oct 28, 2359z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RS(T) + (state/province/country) + (Zombie number/area code) + name; Logs due: Nov 15.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Oct 28, 2000z to Oct 28, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Oct 30.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB , Oct 29, 0000z to Oct 30, 2359z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RS + CQ Zone No.; Logs due: Nov 4.

Ham Spirit Contest, CW , Oct 29, 0600z to Oct 30, 0559z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + ITU Zone No. + 2-character grid field; Logs due: Nov 6.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Oct 31, 0000z to Oct 31, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 2.

QCX Challenge , Oct 31, 1300z to Oct 31, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Nov 6.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Oct 31, 1300z to Oct 31, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 3.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC) , Oct 31, 1630z to Oct 31, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 4.

QCX Challenge , Oct 31, 1900z to Oct 31, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Nov 6.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Oct 31, 1900z to Oct 31, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 3.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest , Nov 1, 0100z to Nov 1, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Nov 2.

QCX Challenge , Nov 1, 0300z to Nov 1, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Nov 6.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 1, 0300z to Nov 1, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 3.

Silent Key Memorial Contest , Nov 1, 0600z to Nov 1, 0859z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + SK call sign you wish to recognize; Logs due: Nov 15.

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

QRP Fox Hunt , Nov 2, 0100z to Nov 2, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Nov 3.

Phone Weekly Test , Nov 2, 0230z to Nov 2, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Nov 4.

A1Club AWT , Nov 2, 1200z to Nov 2, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Nov 7.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 2, 1300z to Nov 2, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 5.

Mini-Test 40 , Nov 2, 1700z to Nov 2, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 4.

Mini-Test 80 , Nov 2, 1800z to Nov 2, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 4.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 2, 1900z to Nov 2, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 5.

UKEICC 80m Contest , Nov 2, 2000z to Nov 2, 2100z; SSB; Bands: 80; 6-Character grid square; Logs due: Nov 2.

Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest , Nov 3, 0000z to Nov 4, 0300z; CW; Bands: 40; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: Nov 10.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 3, 0300z to Nov 3, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 5.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 3, 0700z to Nov 3, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 5.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Nov 3, 1700z to Nov 3, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Nov 10.

NRAU 10m Activity Contest , Nov 3, 1800z to Nov 3, 2200z; CW, SSB, FM, Digital; Bands: 10; RS(T) + 6-character grid square; Logs due: Nov 17.

SKCC Sprint Europe , Nov 3, 2000z to Nov 3, 2200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Nov 10.

QRP Fox Hunt , Nov 4, 0100z to Nov 4, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Nov 5.

NCCC RTTY Sprint , Nov 4, 0145z to Nov 4, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Nov 6.

NCCC Sprint , Nov 4, 0230z to Nov 4, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Nov 6.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Nov 4, 2000z to Nov 4, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 6.

Gunung Jati DX Contest , Nov 5, 0000z to Nov 6, 2359z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 13.

ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW , Nov 5, 2100z to Nov 7, 0300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Serial No. + Precedence (Q/A/B/U/M/S) + [your call sign] + Check + ARRL/RAC Section; Logs due: Nov 14.

EANET Sprint , Nov 6, 0800z to Nov 6, 1200z; Any; Bands: Any; RS(T); Logs due: Nov 16.

High Speed Club CW Contest , Nov 6, 1400z to Nov 6, 1700z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Members: RST + HSC No., non-Members: RST + “NM”; Logs due: Nov 20.

K1USN Slow Speed Test , Nov 7, 0000z to Nov 7, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 9.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 7, 1300z to Nov 7, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 10.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC) , Nov 7, 1630z to Nov 7, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 11.

ICWC Medium Speed Test , Nov 7, 1900z to Nov 7, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: Nov 10.

RSGB 80m Autumn Series, Data , Nov 7, 2000z to Nov 7, 2130z; RTTY, PSK; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 10.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest , Nov 8, 0100z to Nov 8, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Nov 9.

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

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

RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Nov 8, 1700z to Nov 8, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Nov 15.

QRP Fox Hunt , Nov 9, 0200z to Nov 9, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Nov 10.

Phone Weekly Test , Nov 9, 0230z to Nov 9, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Nov 11.

A1Club AWT , Nov 9, 1200z to Nov 9, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Nov 14.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 9, 1300z to Nov 9, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 12.

Mini-Test 40 , Nov 9, 1700z to Nov 9, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 11.

Mini-Test 80 , Nov 9, 1800z to Nov 9, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Nov 11.

CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 9, 1900z to Nov 9, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 12.

VHF+ CONTESTS

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest , Nov 2, 1700z to Nov 2, 2100z; FT8; Bands: 144 MHz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Nov 7.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest , Nov 9, 1700z to Nov 9, 2100z; FT8; Bands: 432 MHz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Nov 14.

Log Due Dates

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In this Issue:
Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

ARRL EME Contest

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

State QSO Parties

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

ARRL School Club Roundup

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

Contest Summary

October 13, 2022 – October 26, 2022

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

October 13

October 14

October 15

October 16

October 17

October 18

October 19

October 20

October 21

October 22

October 23

October 24

October 25

October 26

News, Press Releases, and Special Interest

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

 

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

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

Word to the Wise

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

Sights and Sounds

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

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

 

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

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

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

Results and Records

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

Operating Tip

Turn AFC off While Searching and Pouncing in RTTY Contests

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

Technical Topics and Discussion

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

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

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

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

That’s all for this time. Remember to send contesting-related stories, book reviews, tips, techniques, press releases, errata, schematics, club information, pictures, stories, blog links, and predictions to contest-update@arrl.org.

73, Brian, N9ADG

Contests

October 13, 2022 – October 26, 2022

An expanded, downloadable version of QST’Contest Corral is available as a PDF. Check the sponsors’ website for information on operating time restrictions and other instructions.

HF CONTESTS

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

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

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

EACW Meeting , Oct 13, 1900z to Oct 13, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; EACW Member: RST + Member No. + Nickname, EA non-Member: RST + Nickname + EA province, non-EA: RST + Nickname + DXCC prefix; Logs due: Oct 15.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VHF+ CONTESTS

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

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

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

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The ARRL Contest Update

Here’s the latest Amateur Radio Contest News compiled by “The ARRL Contest Update”, 16 March 2022.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Accessed on 16 March 2022, 2004 UTC.

Content provided by HQ ARRL and W1AW.

Source:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGmvTvDXwjCGxnmQgHsRxVjnQSB

Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.

March 16, 2022

Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

 

 

In this Issue:

 

 

Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

Virginia QSO Party

For those of you who like to participate in state QSO parties, the Virginia QSO Party begins this Saturday, March 19 at 1400 UTC. The event concludes on Sunday, March 20 at 2359 UTC. See www.qsl.net/s/sterling//VA_QSO_Party/2022_VQP/2022_VQP_Main.html for more information.


CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB

The CQ World Wide WPX Contest, SSB, runs from 0000 UTC Saturday, March 26 through 2359 UTC Sunday, March 27. Participants may operate on the 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and a sequential contact serial number starting with 1. Single Operator stations may operate 36 of the 48 hours – off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes, during which no QSO is logged. Multioperator stations may operate the full 48-hour contest period. For full rules and scoring details, see www.cqwpx.com/.

Contest Summary

March 17

March 18

March 19

March 20

March 21

March 22

March 23

March 24

March 25

March 26

March 27

March 28

March 29

March 30

Complete information for all contests follows the Technical Topics and Discussion section.

News, Press Releases and Special Interest
SWODXA DX Dinner
The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has announced that
Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD, will be the keynote speaker at the 37th annual DX Dinner®. The dinner, held in conjunction with the 2022 Dayton Hamvention®, will be on Friday, May 20, at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton, Ohio.
Scott will present the “High C’s of DXing – Operating in the Caribbean, Chile, and China”. For more information and to order dinner tickets, visit www.swodxaevents.org.

Sights and Sounds

Will advances in artificial intelligence (AI) benefit ham radio? With AI applied to challenges such as noise reduction and decoding CW, this might very well be in our near future. The BBC News channel program, Click, featured a segment about nVida’s work with artificial intelligence being applied to noise reduction. The segment begins at 6:07 in the video linked below.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0_O8l-jKEc

-Thanks to Brian Moran, N9ADG, and Robert Grinnell, KD7WNV.

Results and Records

The January North American QSO Party SSB preliminary results are posted the National Contest Journal website – ncjweb.com/current-naqp-ssb-results/.

-Thanks to Bill Lippert, AC0W


Keith, NM5G, the Texas QSO Party Coordinator, informs us that the final scores for the 2021 event have been posted on their web site at www.txqp.net/.

“Thanks to Chuck, NO5W, for log processing; and webmaster Scott, N5DD. If you were a participant last year, please review your score, and report any discrepancies to logs@txqp.net. My goal is to have certificates for the top three participants in each category out by April 15. 73! Keith, NM5G”


The February 2022 North American QSO Party RTTY preliminary results are now available at the National Contest Journal website –www.ncjweb.com/current-naqp-rtty-results/. Please report any problems to Mark, K6UFO, NAQP RTTY Contest Manager, via email at rttynaqpmgr@ncjweb.com.

Operating Tip

Alan, WA3EKL, and Susan, N3DPB, have devised a way to remind operators not to transmit out of band when a DX station is spotted on the cluster and operating below the US phone band. With the CQ WW WPX phone contest coming up, this might be something you want to incorporate into your N1MM Logger+ setup.

During the major phone contests (ARRL DX, CQ WW and WPX), DX stations will often operate just below the US phone band. There are times in the heat of the battle that tired operators do not pay attention and end up transmitting outside the of the US phone band. During the last contest, all the operators held Amateur Extra-class licenses, and every one of them, including myself, made this mistake. As the station owners, we have implored our ops, new and old, to “watch the band edges,” but this error still occurs every now and then. During the last CQWW I found a solution, and after implementation, no operators have made the error.

N1MM allows you to set the CW band limit in the Band Map window. However, the color of the frequencies is the same in both the CW and phone portions of the band map. N1MM also allows you to change the color of the frequencies of both CW and phone. I allowed the phone frequencies to remain their normal “black.” I changed the color of the CW frequencies to an annoying phosphorescent bright “purple.” Whenever a station appeared in the “purple,” it was an immediate visual cue, telling the op “DON’T TRANSMIT,” as they would be in the CW portion of the band.

A similar thing could be done by moving the CW portion up 2 kHz into the bottom of the 40-meter phone band, alerting you so that your lower sidebands would not go into the CW portion of the band.

Here is the process:

In N1MM Config Menu, left click “Manage Skins, Colors, and Fonts.” Under the “Colors” tab of the next window, Section 4, left click “<Change>” next to “Color of the CW portion of Bandmap Window”.

Pick the color you want, then left click “OK,” then left click “Save” at the next window.

Technical Topics and Discussion

This simple HF Propagation app for Android by APKmonk provides current solar data to your Android phone. It’s available from their website and the Google Play Store. Read more about it at the link below

www.apkmonk.com/posts/hf-propagation-android-app/

-Thanks to Bob Wilson, N6TV

With the warmer spring weather approaching, many operators have begun to get started on antenna and tower projects. Ward, N0AX, shared some tower climbing safety tips that he and other fellow tower climbers were discussing. Specifically, what to do if your muscles start to cramp while on the tower.

An unpleasant surprise when climbing or working on a tower is the onset of cramps in legs, arms, or hands. Even the most experienced climbers can be rattled by cramps, which come on suddenly and release slowly. When muscles, in particular those of your fingers, hands, or arms, refuse to respond normally, it’s time to immediately stop whatever you were doing and recover.

Dealing with cramps begins before you ever start up the tower. Eat a meal with the right minerals and drink plenty of Gatorade or another fortified sports drink of your choosing, particularly if you will be working in high temperatures. During extended periods on the tower, continue to drink a quart of fluids every hour or so. One sports drink per three or four bottles of water works well. Everyone, young and old, must make the time to do this!

Climbing and working aloft works our hands and arms much harder than usual, with a very tight grip that restricts the blood from getting oxygen to your muscles. Your arms are working at or above chest level, making blood flow even more difficult. Remember to stop every so often and drop and shake out your arms to restore full blood flow and flush out and re-oxygenate your muscles. Climb and work slowly and deliberately with frequent rests while the climbing gear supports your weight.

If you find yourself cramping, don’t panic. Your climbing gear will keep you secure. Cramps are just one reason to be attached to the tower 100% of the time, whether climbing or working. Your body is telling you that it has run out of something important and needs attention. Have your ground crew send up some fluids immediately. Start with sports drinks and let your body absorb them. Allow adequate time for your body to relax. Do some flexing. If the cramp is in your arms, alternate between letting your arm hang loosely at your side and then placing your hand palm-up on top of your head to gently stretch the muscles.

Consider your options carefully – should you continue working or retreat to the ground to rest? After a cramp, you may not be at full-strength for some time. Another cramp when you’re doing heavy work or not completely secured is an unnecessary risk. Whatever you were doing can wait until you are fully recovered from the cramp. The safety of you and your ground crew are of the utmost importance.

-Thanks to Ward Silver, N0AX and friends.

That’s all for this time. Get out there and get on the air! 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

March 17, 2022 – March 30, 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, Mar 17, 0000z to Mar 18, 0300z; CW; Bands: 20; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: Mar 24.

NAQCC CW Sprint, Mar 17, 0030z to Mar 17, 0230z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power); Logs due: Mar 20.

CWops Test (CWT), Mar 17, 0300z to Mar 17, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Mar 19.

CWops Test (CWT), Mar 17, 0700z to Mar 17, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Mar 19.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 17, 1700z to Mar 17, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Mar 24.

BCC QSO Party, Mar 17, 1900z to Mar 17, 2059z; CW, SSB, RTTY; Bands: 80; RS(T) + T-shirt size (see rules); Logs due: Mar 17.

EACW Meeting, Mar 17, 1900z to Mar 17, 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: Mar 19.

NTC QSO Party, Mar 17, 1900z to Mar 17, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; NTC Member: RST + Member No., non-Member: RST + “NM”, Less than 25 wpm; Logs due: Mar 20.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 18, 0100z to Mar 18, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Mar 19.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Mar 18, 0145z to Mar 18, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Mar 20.

NCCC Sprint, Mar 18, 0230z to Mar 18, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Mar 20.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Mar 18, 2000z to Mar 18, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Mar 20.

BARTG HF RTTY Contest, Mar 19, 0200z to Mar 21, 0159z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Serial No. + 4-digit time (UTC); Logs due: Mar 28.

Russian DX Contest, Mar 19, 1200z to Mar 20, 1200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Ru: RS(T) + 2-character oblast, non-Ru: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 3.

F9AA Cup, SSB, Mar 19, 1200z to Mar 20, 1200z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 2; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 19.

Virginia QSO Party, Mar 19, 1400z to Mar 20, 2359z; CW, Phone, Digital; Bands: All, except WARC; VA: Serial No. + county, non-VA: Serial No. + (state/province/”DX”); Logs due: Apr 15.

Feld Hell Sprint, Mar 19, 2000z to Mar 19, 2159z; Feld Hell; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; (see rules); Logs due: Mar 23.

UBA Spring Contest, SSB, Mar 20, 0700z to Mar 20, 1100z; SSB; Bands: 80; ON: RS + Serial No. + UBA Section, non-ON: RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 3.

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest, Mar 20, 2300z to Mar 21, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + (Member No./power); Logs due: Mar 27.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Mar 21, 0000z to Mar 21, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Mar 23.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Mar 21, 1630z to Mar 21, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Mar 25.

Bucharest Digital Contest, Mar 21, 1800z to Mar 21, 2059z; FT4; Bands: 80, 40; RST + QSO No.; Logs due: Mar 28.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Mar 22, 0100z to Mar 22, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Mar 23.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 22, 1700z to Mar 22, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Mar 29.

SKCC Sprint, Mar 23, 0000z to Mar 23, 0200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: Mar 25.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 23, 0100z to Mar 23, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Mar 24.

Phone Weekly Test, Mar 23, 0230z to Mar 23, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Mar 25.

A1Club AWT, Mar 23, 1200z to Mar 23, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Mar 28.

CWops Test (CWT), Mar 23, 1300z to Mar 23, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Mar 26.

Mini-Test 40, Mar 23, 1700z to Mar 23, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Mar 25.

Mini-Test 80, Mar 23, 1800z to Mar 23, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Mar 25.

CWops Test (CWT), Mar 23, 1900z to Mar 23, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Mar 26.

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

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

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 24, 1700z to Mar 24, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Mar 31.

EACW Meeting, Mar 24, 1900z to Mar 24, 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: Mar 26.

RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB, Mar 24, 2000z to Mar 24, 2130z; SSB; Bands: 80; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Mar 25.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 25, 0100z to Mar 25, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Mar 26.

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

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

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

CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB, Mar 26, 0000z to Mar 27, 2359z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 1.

FOC QSO Party, Mar 26, 0000z to Mar 26, 2359z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, VHF; FOC-Member: RST + Name + Member No., non-Members: RST + Name; Logs due: Apr 2.

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

QCX Challenge, Mar 28, 1300z to Mar 28, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Apr 3.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Mar 28, 1630z to Mar 28, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 1.

QCX Challenge, Mar 28, 1900z to Mar 28, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Apr 3.

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

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

QCX Challenge, Mar 29, 0300z to Mar 29, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Apr 3.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 29, 1700z to Mar 29, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Apr 5.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 30, 0100z to Mar 30, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Mar 31.

Phone Weekly Test, Mar 30, 0230z to Mar 30, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Apr 1.

A1Club AWT, Mar 30, 1200z to Mar 30, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: Apr 4.

CWops Test (CWT), Mar 30, 1300z to Mar 30, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Apr 2.

Mini-Test 40, Mar 30, 1700z to Mar 30, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 1.

Mini-Test 80, Mar 30, 1800z to Mar 30, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 1.

CWops Test (CWT), Mar 30, 1900z to Mar 30, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Apr 2.

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

VHF+ CONTESTS

SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest, Mar 19, 0300z to Mar 20, 0900z; Analog (CW/SSB/AM/FM); Bands: 50 MHz, 70 MHz, 144 MHz, 432 MHz, 1296 MHz; RS(T) + 6-character grid locator; Logs due: Mar 27.

AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, Mar 19, 1400z to Mar 19, 1800z; CW; Bands: 144 MHz, 432 MHz; RST + “/” + Serial No. + “/” Power class + “/” + 6-character grid locator; Logs due: Mar 27.

UBA Spring Contest, 6m, Mar 27, 0600z to Mar 27, 1000z; CW, Phone; Bands: 6; ON: RS(T) + Serial No. + UBA Section, non-ON: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 10.

See also: F9AA Cup, SSBWorldwide Sideband Activity ContestSKCC SprintFOC QSO Party

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Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

 

 

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UPCOMING CONTESTS — THINGS TO DO

The North American QSO Party, SSB is this weekend, beginning at 1800z on January 22 and concluding at 0559z January 23. Contact stations using SSB on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands. The exchange is the operator name and station location (state, province or country) for North American stations; operator name only for non-North American stations. Multioperator stations are required to use a single name throughout the entire contest. For full rules, see www.ncjweb.com/NAQP-Rules.pdf.

For those contesters who are starting to feel the winter doldrums, Winter Field Day is the last full weekend of January, starting at 1900 UTC Saturday, January 29, and concluding at 1900 UTC Sunday, January 30. The use of any mode that fully supports the exchange is allowed during the contest. Operation on all bands – HF, VHF, and UHF, with the exception of 12, 17,30 and 60 meters, is allowed. For more information, visit the Winter Field Day website.

BULLETINS

Pete Smith, N4ZR, announced that the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) node at TI7W is up and running. The node fills a gap in the RBN network’s coverage, as it is the first in Central America. Pete would like extend his thanks to Kamal Sirageldin, TI5/N3KS, who installed the node at his home in Costa Rica, and to Robert Wilson, N6TV, for technical assistance in getting the node up and running.

CONTEST SUMMARY

Complete information for all contests follows the Operating Tip section

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January 31

February 1

February 2

NEWS, PRESS RELEASES, AND GENERAL INTEREST

The Northern Arizona DX Association will hold its third Distance Challenge Special Event at Quartzfest (QF) on January 23 – 29, 2022. The idea behind the event is to see which QF attendee can make the longest-distance portable contact from the Sonoran Desert using whatever radio and antenna they can bring in and set up. Winners will each receive the unique trophy hard hat, sponsored by Cable-X-Perts. More details are on the NADXA website. — Thanks to Distance Challenge Co-chairs Bob Wertz, NF7E, and Ron Gerlak, KG7OH

The European Dx Contest Club has announced the second edition of the EU-DX Contest. The Contest begins at 18:00 UTC February 5, 2022 and concludes at 18:00 UTC on February 6, 2022.

The objective is to make as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs in the European Union countries. For more info, visit the EU DX Contest Rules page at eudxcc.altervista.org/eu-dx-contest/. — Thanks to Francesco Giancola, IK6QON

Stan, K4SBZ, announced that the State QSO Party website has been updated to include the following items:

  • 2022 Rules for SQP Challenge and Worked All QSP Parties (WAQP)
  • 2022 SQP Calendar
  • 2021 Challenge Results
  • 2021 WAQP Results
  • Updated 2022 WAQP Submission Form

Additionally, the Quebec QSO Party has been added to the approved list of QSO parties.– Thanks to Stan Zawrotny, K4SBZ

WORD TO THE WISE

Exchange

The information to be transmitted and received over the air in a contest. Each contest has its own specific exchange that must be included in the log submitted to the contest’s sponsor. The exchange often includes your call sign, but often includes a sequence number, general location indicator, or signal report. It’s always best to check the rules of the specific contest to make sure you know what the exchange is.

RESULTS AND RECORDS

The results for the 2021 ARRL September VHF Contest have been published at contests.arrl.org. In addition to the full results article by Ralph “Gator” Bowen, N5RZ, full line scores, log checking reports, and downloadable certificates are available.

The YOTA (Youngsters on the Air) Contest Committee have released the claimed scores for the third round of the 2021 YOTA Contest at www.ham-yota.com/contest/.

OPERATING TIP

Bob Witte, K0NR, shared an article on his web site – What is a Valid QSO? The article begins by explaining what makes up the elements required for a valid QSO. The article then looks into specific contest, weak signal, and digital mode QSOs and the challenges that each present in acknowledging that the QSO information has been properly exchanged.

Until next time, be sure to stay warm!. 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

January 20 – February 2, 2022

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HF CONTESTS

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

NAQCC CW Sprint, Jan 20, 0130z to Jan 20, 0330z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power); Logs due: Jan 23.

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

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

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

EACW Meeting, Jan 20, 1900z to Jan 20, 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: Jan 22.

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

QRP Fox Hunt, Jan 21, 0200z to Jan 21, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Jan 22.

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

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

Marconi Club ARI Loano QSO Party Day, Jan 22, 0700z to Jan 22, 1800z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; Member: RST + Member No., Non-Member: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Jan 29.

BARTG RTTY Sprint, Jan 22, 1200z to Jan 23, 1200z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Serial No. (no signal report); Logs due: Jan 30.

RSGB AFS Contest, SSB, Jan 22, 1300z to Jan 22, 1700z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: Jan 23.

North American QSO Party, SSB, Jan 22, 1800z to Jan 23, 0559z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Logs due: Jan 30.

NA Collegiate Championship, SSB, Jan 22, 1800z to Jan 23, 0559z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; NA: Name + (state/DC/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Jan 30.

Classic Exchange, Phone, Jan 23, 1400z to Jan 26, 0800z; AM, SSB, FM; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2; Name + RS + (state/province/country) + rcvr/xmtr manuf/model; Logs due: Feb 28.

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

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Jan 24, 1630z to Jan 24, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Jan 25.

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

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

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

QRP Fox Hunt, Jan 26, 0200z to Jan 26, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Jan 27.

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

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

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

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

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

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

AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest, Jan 26, 2300z to Jan 30, 2300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40; RST + Eqpt Year + Input Power (see rules for format); Logs due: Feb 11.

NAQCC CW Sprint, Jan 27, 0130z to Jan 27, 0330z; CW; Bands: 160; RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power); Logs due: Jan 30.

CWops Test (CWT), Jan 27, 0300z to Jan 27, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jan 29.

CWops Test (CWT), Jan 27, 0700z to Jan 27, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jan 29.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Jan 27, 1700z to Jan 27, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Feb 3.

EACW Meeting, Jan 27, 1900z to Jan 27, 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: Jan 29.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Jan 28, 0145z to Jan 28, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Jan 30.

QRP Fox Hunt, Jan 28, 0200z to Jan 28, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: Jan 29.

NCCC Sprint, Jan 28, 0230z to Jan 28, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: Jan 30.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Jan 28, 2000z to Jan 28, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Jan 30.

CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW, Jan 28, 2200z to Jan 30, 2200z; CW; Bands: 160; W/VE: RST + (state/province), DX: RST + CQ Zone; Logs due: Feb 4.

REF Contest, CW, Jan 29, 0600z to Jan 30, 1800z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; French: RST + Department/Prefix, non-French: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Feb 7.

UBA DX Contest, SSB, Jan 29, 1300z to Jan 30, 1300z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; ON: RST + Serial No. + section, non-ON: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Feb 13.

Winter Field Day, Jan 29, 1900z to Jan 30, 1900z; Any (see rules for exceptions); Bands: All, except WARC; Category + ARRL Section (or DX); Logs due: Feb 28.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Jan 31, 0000z to Jan 31, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Feb 2.

QCX Challenge, Jan 31, 1300z to Jan 31, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Feb 6.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Jan 31, 1630z to Jan 31, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Feb 4.

QCX Challenge, Jan 31, 1900z to Jan 31, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Feb 6.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Feb 1, 0100z to Feb 1, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: Feb 2.

QCX Challenge, Feb 1, 0300z to Feb 1, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + Name + (state/province/country) + Rig; Logs due: Feb 6.

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

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

Phone Weekly Test – Fray, Feb 2, 0230z to Feb 2, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: Feb 4.

CWops Test (CWT), Feb 2, 1300z to Feb 2, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Feb 5.

Mini-Test 40, Feb 2, 1700z to Feb 2, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Feb 4.

Mini-Test 80, Feb 2, 1800z to Feb 2, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Feb 4.

CWops Test (CWT), Feb 2, 1900z to Feb 2, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Feb 5.

UKEICC 80m Contest, Feb 2, 2000z to Feb 2, 2100z; SSB; Bands: 80; 6-Character grid square; Logs due: Feb 2.

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

UKEICC 80m Contest, Feb 2, 2000z to Feb 2, 2100z; SSB; Bands: 80; 6-Character grid square; Logs due: Feb 2.

VHF+ CONTESTS

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Feb 2, 1700z to Feb 2, 2000z; FT8; Bands: 144 MHz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: Feb 7.

See also: Classic Exchange, PhoneWorldwide Sideband Activity ContestWinter Field Day

LOG DUE DATES

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January 22

January 23

January 24

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January 26

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ARRL Contest Update wishes to acknowledge information from WA7BNM’s Contest Calendar, and Rick Lindquist, WW1ME.


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Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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