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.

Log Due Dates

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The ARRL Contest Update

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

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

Accessed on 11 May 2022, 2103 UTC.

Content reprinted with permission of The ARRL.  Copyright ARRL.

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May 11, 2022

Editor: Paul Bourque, N1SFE

 

 

In this Issue:

 

Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

The inaugural Canadian Prairies QSO Party takes place this weekend. The event starts at 1700 UTC Saturday, May 14, and concludes at 0300 UTC Sunday, May 15. The Canadian Prairie provinces consist of Manitoba (VA4/VE4), Saskatchewan (VA5/VE5), and Alberta (VA6/VE6). Stations outside of the three Canadian Prairie provinces work as many VE/VA 4, 5, and 6 stations in as many electoral districts as possible. Stations inside the Canadian Prairie provinces work everyone. Complete rules are available at www.cpqp.ve6hams.ca/rules-2/.


The Central States VHF Society is sponsoring the fifth and final Spring Sprint this weekend, which will be focusing on 6 meters (50 MHz). The Sprint begins at 2300 UTC Saturday, May 14, and runs through 0300 UTC Sunday, May 15. Full rules are available at www.sites.google.com/site/springvhfupsprints/home/2021-information.


The first round of the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) Contest 2022 runs Saturday, May 21, from 0800 UTC until 1959 UTC. All amateurs are welcome, as the contest includes entry categories for youth (youngsters) aged 25 and under, and those over the age of 25. For full rules and entry category details, visit www.ham-yota.com/.


The Arkansas QSO Party takes place from 1400 UTC on Saturday, May 21, until 0200 UTC on Sunday, May 22. Participants should note that there are updated rules for the 2022 event, including new three letter county abbreviations, and the ability to use any digital mode capable of sending, receiving and logging the required QSO exchange. Visit www.arkp.com for rules and other information.

Bulletins

New Multioperator Category and Youth Overlay Added to IARU HF World Championship

A new Multioperator, Two Transmitter Category has been added to the 2022 IARU HF World Championship, which occurs during the second weekend in July (July 9 – 10, 2022). The rules for the new category mirror those of the 2022 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) event, which was postponed this year and rescheduled for 2023.

The new category was added to provide a real-world practice event for those teams competing in the WRTC event. Complete rules are available at www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-world-championship.

In addition, a Youth overlay has been added to the Single Operator categories in the event for those participants who are aged 25 and younger.


New Super Check Partial Files Available

Stu Phillips, K6TU, has announced that a new release of the Super Check Partial database is available at www.supercheckpartial.com.

If you find any errors in the files, please let Stu know by sending an email to logs@supercheckpartial.com. The next release of the database will be in early June. Any requested changes to call signs that are received by noon PST on June 1, 2022 will be included in the next release.

– thanks to Stu Phillips, K6TU

Contest Summary

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

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News, Press Releases, and Special Interest

N3FJP EU-DX Contest Log 1.0 is Now Available

The N3FJP Amateur Radio Software team has just completed a brand-new addition to its software suite. EU-DX Contest Log 1.0 has all the features that you’ve come to expect in N3FJP. You will find EU-DX Contest Log 1.0 at www.n3fjp.com/eudx.html.

As always, upgrades and additional programs that we add to our software package are free to registered package subscribers. For more information about the N3FJP software suite, visit www.n3fjp.com.

– thanks to Scott Davis, N3FJP


Special Canadian Call Signs to Honor Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Canada’s amateur radio regulatory agency has granted hams in Canada the right to use special call signs in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, from May 14 to July 14, 2022. Some Canadian radio amateurs will be using the prefixes XK, XJ, VG, and VX in place of the prefix normally assigned to their province or territory.

These special prefixes may be encountered on the air during the June VHF Contest, ARRL Field Day, RAC Canada Day Contest, and the IARU World HF Championship.

For more information, visit the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) website.

– thanks to Greg Danylchenko, VE3YTZ

Word to the Wise

Prefill

Prefill refers to the features of some contest logging software packages which automatically fill in exchange information based upon information obtained either before or during the contest. For example, if you work W1AW in ARRL November Sweepstakes, the software might enter “CT” in the ARRL Section field for either based upon previous contests, or based upon working W1AW on a different band in the current contest. If the prefill information is different from what the station actually changes, it is up to the operator to manually correct it.

Sights and Sounds

 

Kelli Trapani K6KEL, participated in ARRL Rookie Roundup along with her father, Sal, K6SAL, acting as coach. She said that one of the highlights was contacting a pilot in flight over Colorado. [Sal Trapani, K6SAL, photo]

 

 

Results and Records

2021 Oceania DX Contest Results Now Available

The Oceania DX (OCDX) Contest Committee is pleased to announce that the final results for the 2021 OCDX contest are now available at www.oceaniadxcontest.com.

The organizers would like to congratulate all the winners and thank everyone who participated in the 76th running of the contest. We had a fantastic turnout, despite the relatively poor ionospheric conditions and COVID-19 restrictions that limited DXpedition activity. A total of 1,908 logs were submitted, consisting of 1,178 phone logs and 730 CW logs. This is an increase from the previous record of 1,603 logs received in 2020, and sets a new benchmark for the OCDX contest.

The 2022 OCDX contest will be held over the first two full weekends of October.


ARRL Rookie Roundup  SSB Results Released

The 2022 Rookie Roundup – SSB results have been released and are available at contests.arrl.org. Thirty-seven Single Operator entries and four Multioperator entries were received for the event.

Complete scores, soapbox comments, and photos are available at the website. Downloadable certificates are available by clicking on the “Certificates” tab at the top of the page.


Winter NAQP Certificates Available

Certificates for the winter 2022 North American QSO Party events are now available for download from the National Contest Journal (NCJ) website at www.ncjweb.com. Full results will be released in the May issue of NCJ.

– thanks to Bill Lippert, AC0W

Technical Topics and Discussion

Last November, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its first purchase contracts for radio occultation (RO) data from GeoOptics and Spire Global. RO measures the Doppler shift of a received signal (usually from GNSS sources like GPS satellites) due to bending in a planet’s atmosphere, and uses it to produce high-quality temperature, pressure, and moisture data. RO was used by Mariner to measure the existence of an atmosphere on Mars. NOAA wants GeoOptics and Spire Global to generate 20,000 measurements per day, and seems to be particularly interested in using this data for hurricane forecasting. A previous RO mission, COSMIC, was able to improve typhoon path prediction by 24%.

– thanks to The Orbital Index

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

73, Paul, N1SFE

Contests

May 12, 2022 – May 25, 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), May 12, 0300z to May 12, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 14.

CWops Test (CWT), May 12, 0700z to May 12, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 14.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, May 12, 1700z to May 12, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: May 19.

EACW Meeting, May 12, 1900z to May 12, 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: May 14.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, May 13, 0145z to May 13, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: May 15.

NCCC Sprint, May 13, 0230z to May 13, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: May 15.

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

Portuguese Navy Day Contest CT1DBS Memorial, May 14, 0900z to May 15, 0900z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; NRA Club Member: RS(T) + Club ID + Member No., non-member: RS(T) + QSO No.; Logs due: Jun 4.

VOLTA WW RTTY Contest, May 14, 1200z to May 15, 1200z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + QSO No. + CQ Zone; Logs due: May 31.

CQ-M International DX Contest, May 14, 1200z to May 15, 1159z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: May 25.

Canadian Prairies QSO Party, May 14, 1700z to May 15, 0300z; CW, Phone; Bands: 40, 20, 15, 10; VE4/5/6: RS(T) + district code, Non-VE4/5/6: RST + (state/province/”DX”); Logs due: May 30.

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest, May 15, 2300z to May 16, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + (Member No./power); Logs due: May 22.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, May 16, 0000z to May 16, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 18.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 16, 1300z to May 16, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 19.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), May 16, 1630z to May 16, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 20.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 16, 1900z to May 16, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 19.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, May 17, 0100z to May 17, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: May 18.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 17, 0300z to May 17, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 19.

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

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

A1Club AWT, May 18, 1200z to May 18, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: May 23.

CWops Test (CWT), May 18, 1300z to May 18, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 21.

Mini-Test 40, May 18, 1700z to May 18, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 20.

Mini-Test 80, May 18, 1800z to May 18, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 20.

RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data, May 18, 1900z to May 18, 2030z; RTTY, PSK; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 19.

CWops Test (CWT), May 18, 1900z to May 18, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 21.

Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest, May 19, 0000z to May 20, 0300z; CW; Bands: 20; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: May 26.

NAQCC CW Sprint, May 19, 0030z to May 19, 0230z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power); Logs due: May 22.

CWops Test (CWT), May 19, 0300z to May 19, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 21.

CWops Test (CWT), May 19, 0700z to May 19, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 21.

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

EACW Meeting, May 19, 1900z to May 19, 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: May 21.

NTC QSO Party, May 19, 1900z to May 19, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20; NTC Member: RST + Member No., non-Member: RST + “NM”, Less than 25 wpm; Logs due: May 22.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, May 20, 0145z to May 20, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: May 22.

NCCC Sprint, May 20, 0230z to May 20, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: May 22.

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

UN DX Contest, May 21, 0600z to May 21, 2100z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Kazakhstan: RS(T) + District Code, non-Kazakhstan: RS(T) + QSO No.; Logs due: Jun 5.

NZART Sangster Shield Contest, May 21, 0800z to May 22, 1100z; CW; Bands: 80; ZL: RST + Serial No. + Branch No., non-ZL: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Jun 18.

YOTA Contest, May 21, 0800z to May 21, 1959z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Single Op: RS(T) + age (on Jan 1 of year of contest), Multi-Op: RS(T) + average age of ops (on Jan 1 of year of contest); Logs due: May 28.

His Maj. King of Spain Contest, CW, May 21, 1200z to May 22, 1200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; EA: RST + province, non-EA: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Jun 6.

EU PSK DX Contest, May 21, 1200z to May 22, 1200z; BPSK63; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; EU: RST + EU area, non-EU: RST + QSO No.; Logs due: May 27.

Arkansas QSO Party, May 21, 1400z to May 22, 0200z; CW, Phone, Digital (no FT8); Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 62; AR: RS(T) + County, non-AR: RS(T) + (state/province/”DX”); Logs due: Jun 10.

Feld Hell Sprint, May 21, 1600z to May 21, 2159z; Feld Hell; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; (see rules); Logs due: May 24.

Baltic Contest, May 21, 2100z to May 22, 0200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80; RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: Jun 1.

QRP ARCI Hootowl Sprint, May 23, 0000z to May 23, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + (ARCI no./power); Logs due: Jun 9.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, May 23, 0000z to May 23, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 25.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 23, 1300z to May 23, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 26.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), May 23, 1630z to May 23, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 27.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 23, 1900z to May 23, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 26.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, May 24, 0100z to May 24, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: May 25.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 24, 0300z to May 24, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 26.

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

SKCC Sprint, May 25, 0000z to May 25, 0200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: May 27.

Phone Weekly Test, May 25, 0230z to May 25, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: May 27.

A1Club AWT, May 25, 1200z to May 25, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: May 30.

CWops Test (CWT), May 25, 1300z to May 25, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 28.

Mini-Test 40, May 25, 1700z to May 25, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 27.

Mini-Test 80, May 25, 1800z to May 25, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 27.

CWops Test (CWT), May 25, 1900z to May 25, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 28.

VHF+ CONTESTS

50 MHz Spring Sprint, May 14, 2300z to May 15, 0300z; not specified; Bands: 6; 4-character grid square; Logs due: May 28.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, May 18, 1700z to May 18, 2000z; FT8; Bands: 1.2G; 4-character grid square; Logs due: May 23.

SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest, May 21, 0300z to May 22, 0900z; Digital; Bands: 50 MHz, 70 MHz, 144 MHz, 432 MHz, 1296 MHz; RST + 6-character grid locator; Logs due: May 29.

See Also: Worldwide Sideband Activity ContestArkansas QSO PartyFeld Hell SprintSKCC Sprint

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Upcoming Contests – Things to Do

There are quite a few state QSO parties happening over the next couple of weekends. This weekend, the Florida Contest Group (FCG) is sponsoring the Florida QSO Party, which begins Saturday, April 30, from 1600 UTC through 0159 UTC and resumes Sunday, May 1, from 1200 UTC through 2159 UTC. This year marks the 25th year of FCG sponsoring this event, and there will be 25 1×1 special event call signs activated to commemorate the event. Participants can earn a Silver 25th Anniversary Special Event Award by contacting all 25 special event stations during the event. More details can be found at floridaqsoparty.org/. See the “Bulletins” section for a rule change to this year’s event.

The 7th Call Area QSO Party begins Saturday, May 7 at 1300 UTC and concludes Sunday, May 8 at 0700 UTC. Stations in the US 7th call area send a signal report and a five-letter state/county code. Stations outside of the 7th call area send a signal report and a two-letter state/province code, or DX if outside of the US and Canada. Full rules and information are available at 7qp.org/.

Also occurring on the weekend of May 7 – 8, are the Indiana QSO Party, the Delaware QSO Party, and the New England QSO Party. Visit their respective web sites for more information, or see the “Contest Details” section below.


The Central States VHF Society Spring Sprints continue with the 432 MHz Sprint on Wednesday, April 27 from 7:00 PM local time – 11:00 PM local time and the Microwave Spring Sprint is Saturday, May 7 from 8:00 local time – 2:00 PM local time. Full details and rules are available by visiting sites.google.com/site/springvhfupsprints/home/2022-information.

Bulletins

New Categories Added to ARRL June VHF Contest

Participants in the Single Operator categories for the June VHF Contest can now enter in All Mode (which includes all digital modes) or Analog-Only (CW and SSB/FM) subcategories. The ARRL Programs and Services Committee, with guidance from the Contest Advisory Committee, has approved this rule change in response to the survey that was sent to participants of ARRL VHF contests late last year. For full rules and details, visit www.arrl.org/june-vhf.


Rules Changes for 2022 Florida QSO Party

Chris Blake, NX4N, notes of a change in the rules for this year’s Florida QSO Party this weekend. Distributed Multi-Operator Fixed entries will no longer be allowed. The FQP runs Saturday, April 30 from 1600 UTC through 0159 UTC and resumes Sunday, May 1 from 1200 UTC through 2159 UTC. Full rules are at floridaqsoparty.org/rules/.


2022 Dayton Contest University News

Tim Duffy, K3LR, has announced that the 2022 Dayton Contest University (CTU) Course Outline is now posted online, at www.contestuniversity.com/course-outline/. In addition, on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, there will be a shuttle bus traveling to and from the main entrance to the Hope Hotel that will take hams to the front area of Hamvention. The bus will return to the Hope Hotel for additional passengers. The service will start at 7:00 AM end at 5:00 PM each day, with the last bus leaving from Hamvention. The shuttle bus service is provided by Hamvention and CTU.

Tim also announced that tickets are still available for the Contest Dinner at the Hope Hotel on Saturday, May 21, with Keynote Speaker Joe Rudi, NK7U. Visit contestdinner.com to purchase tickets.

Contest Summary

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

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April 29

April 30

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News, Press Releases and Special Interest

The Canadian Prairies QSO Party is coming up in May

The inaugural Canadian Prairies QSO Party will take place from 1700 UTC Saturday, May 14, to 0300 UTC Sunday, May 15, 2022 (10 hours). The event is open to all licensed amateurs worldwide. The objective is for amateurs in the three provinces to contact other ham operators across North America and the world.

Please visit cpqp.ve6hams.ca/ for more information.

Thanks to Ed Richardson, VE4VT


ARRL International Digital Contest Log 1.0 Software Released

Scott Davis, N3FJP, has announced that ARRL International Digital Contest Log 1.0 is now available.

The new addition to the N3FJP Software suite will support the recently announced ARRL International Digital Contest, which will occur on the first weekend of June. The software is available at www.n3fjp.com/arrldigital.html.

Word to the Wise

Band Map

A graphical, real time display of stations arranged by frequency presented by most popular contest software. The map is either
populated by spots from packet clusters and skimmers, and/or may be filled in using data entered by the user. Most software allows users to click on stations on the map to be taken directly to the frequency the station is reported to be on. Stations listed on the map are color coded with new multipliers distinctly noted. Stations previously worked may not be listed at all. The accuracy of these maps is only as good as the data used to construct it – errors in callsigns are frequently encountered.

Results and Records

The final results for the 2022 EU-DX Contest are now available at eudxcc.altervista.org/results-2022/. A total of 1,266 logs were received for this year’s event. The organizers would like to thank all the participants and congratulate all the winners.

Thanks to Francesco Giancola, IK6QON


2021 ARRL November Sweepstakes – SSB Results Available

The results for the 2021 ARRL November Sweepstakes – SSB are available at contests.arrl.org/ssph/. The results article by Bruce Draper, AA5B and Scott Davis, K5TA; line scores; club competition scores, and log-checking reports are also available on the website. Click on “Articles/Line Scores” on the left side of the page to view results. Downloadable certificates are available by clicking on the “Certificates” tab at the top of the page.

Technical Topics and Discussion

As the amateur allocation of the 3.45 – 3.5 GHz segment of the 9-centimeter band has been sunset, effective April 14, 2022, technical notes for converting existing amateur gear to be able operate lower in the band have been released. Operations are permitted to continue indefinitely in the remainder of the band, between 3.3 – 3.45 GHz, as a secondary allocation, pending future FCC proceedings.

Terry Price, W8ZN, of Directive Systems and Engineering, has documented modifications of his DB6NT transverter to operate at 3.4 GHz. The modifications are detailed on his website under the “Tech Notes” section on his website.

Steve Kostro, N2CEI, of Down East Microwave, has also released tech notes on moving the DEMI transverters from 3.45 GHz to 3.40 GHz. They are all found in the “Design Notes” section of their website at downeastmicrowave.com/.


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

April 28 – May 11, 2022

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HF CONTESTS

CWops Test (CWT), Apr 28, 0300z to Apr 28, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Apr 30.

CWops Test (CWT), Apr 28, 0700z to Apr 28, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Apr 30.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Apr 28, 1700z to Apr 28, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: May 5.

RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data, Apr 28, 1900z to Apr 28, 2030z; RTTY, PSK; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Apr 29.

EACW Meeting, Apr 28, 1900z to Apr 28, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; EACW Member: RST + Member No. + Nickname, EA non-Member: RST + Nickname + EA province, non-EA: RST + Nickname + DXCC prefix; Logs due: Apr 30.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Apr 29, 0145z to Apr 29, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: May 1.

NCCC Sprint, Apr 29, 0230z to Apr 29, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: May 1.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Apr 29, 2000z to Apr 29, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 1.

Feld Hell Sprint, Apr 30, 0000z to Apr 30, 2359z; Feld Hell; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; (see rules); Logs due: May 4.

Russian WW MultiMode Contest, Apr 30, 1200z to May 1, 1159z; CW, SSB, RTTY, BPSK63; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; UA: RST(Q) + 2-character oblast, non-UA: RST(Q) + QSO No.; Logs due: May 6.

UK/EI DX Contest, CW, Apr 30, 1200z to May 1, 1200z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; UK/EI: RST + Serial No. + District Code, DX: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 2.

Florida QSO Party, Apr 30, 1600z to May 1, 2159z; CW, Phone; Bands: 40, 20, 15, 10; FL: RS(T) + county, W/VE: RS(T) + (state/province), DX: RS(T) + DXCC prefix; Logs due: May 16.

AGCW QRP/QRP Party, May 1, 1300z to May 1, 1900z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + QSO No. + “/” + Class ID (A/B); Logs due: May 15.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, May 2, 0000z to May 2, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 4.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 2, 1300z to May 2, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 5.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), May 2, 1630z to May 2, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 6.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 2, 1900z to May 2, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 5.

ARS Spartan Sprint, May 3, 0100z to May 3, 0300z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RST + (state/province/country) + Power; Logs due: May 5.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, May 3, 0100z to May 3, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: May 4.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 3, 0300z to May 3, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 5.

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

Phone Weekly Test, May 4, 0230z to May 4, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: May 6.

A1Club AWT, May 4, 1200z to May 4, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: May 9.

CWops Test (CWT), May 4, 1300z to May 4, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 7.

Mini-Test 40, May 4, 1700z to May 4, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 6.

Mini-Test 80, May 4, 1800z to May 4, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 6.

CWops Test (CWT), May 4, 1900z to May 4, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 7.

MIE 33 Contest, May 4, 2300z to May 5, 0300z; CW, Phone; Bands: All, except WARC; Mie: RS(T) + age + “ME”, non-Mie JA: RS(T) + age + “MEJ”, non-Mie non-JA: RS(T) + age; Logs due: May 31.

Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest, May 5, 0000z to May 6, 0300z; CW; Bands: 40; Maximum 13 wpm, RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (Member No./power); Logs due: May 12.

CWops Test (CWT), May 5, 0300z to May 5, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 7.

CWops Test (CWT), May 5, 0700z to May 5, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 7.

NRAU 10m Activity Contest, May 5, 1700z to May 5, 2100z; CW, SSB, FM, Digital; Bands: 10; RS(T) + 6-character grid square; Logs due: May 19.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, May 5, 1700z to May 5, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: May 12.

SKCC Sprint Europe, May 5, 1900z to May 5, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: May 12.

EACW Meeting, May 5, 1900z to May 5, 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: May 7.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, May 6, 0145z to May 6, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: May 8.

NCCC Sprint, May 6, 0230z to May 6, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: May 8.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, May 6, 2000z to May 6, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 8.

10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW, May 7, 0001z to May 8, 2359z; CW; Bands: 10; 10-10 Member: Name + 10-10 number + (state/province/country), Non-Member: Name + 0 + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 16.

RCC Cup, May 7, 0300z to May 7, 0859z; CW, SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; RCC Members: RS(T) + “RCC” + member number, Non-Members: RS(T) + ITU Zone; Logs due: May 14.

ARI International DX Contest, May 7, 1200z to May 8, 1159z; Phone, CW, RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; I: RS(T) + 2-letter province, non-I: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: May 13.

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, May 7, 1200z to May 8, 2359z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: May 15.

F9AA Cup, Digi,May 7, 1200z to May 8, 1200z; Digital; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 2; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: Jun 8.

7th Call Area QSO Party, May 7, 1300z to May 8, 0700z; CW, Phone, Digital (no FT8); Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; 7th Area: RS(T) + 5-letter state/county code, non-7th Area: RS(T) + (state/province/DX); Logs due: May 18.

Indiana QSO Party, May 7, 1500z to May 8, 0300z; Phone, CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; IN: RS(T) + county, non-IN: W/VE: RS(T) + (state/province), DX: RS(T) + “DX”; Logs due: Jun 1.

Delaware QSO Party, May 7, 1700z to May 8, 2359z; CW, Phone, Digital/RTTY; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, VHF; DE: RS(T) + County, non-DE: RS(T) + (state/province/”DX”); Logs due: Jun 7.

New England QSO Party, May 7, 2000z to May 8, 2359z; Phone, CW/Digital; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; CT,ME,MA,NH,RI,VT: RS(T) + county + state, non-NE: RS(T) + (state/province/”DX”); Logs due: Jun 7.

WAB 7 MHz Phone, May 8, 1000z to May 8, 1400z; SSB; Bands: 40; British Isles: RS + serial no. + WAB square, Other: RS + serial no. + country; Logs due: May 18.

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, May 9, 0000z to May 9, 0200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RS(T) + (State/Province/Country) + Member No., Non-member: RS(T) + (State/Province/Country) + Power; Logs due: May 11.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, May 9, 0000z to May 9, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 11.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 9, 1300z to May 9, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 12.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), May 9, 1630z to May 9, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 13.

RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB, May 9, 1900z to May 9, 2030z; SSB; Bands: 80; RS + Serial No.; Logs due: May 10.

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 9, 1900z to May 9, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 12.

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

ICWC Medium Speed Test, May 10, 0300z to May 10, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Name + QSO No.; Logs due: May 12.

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

Phone Weekly Test, May 11, 0230z to May 11, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: May 13.

A1Club AWT, May 11, 1200z to May 11, 1300z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: RST + Name; Logs due: May 16.

CWops Test (CWT), May 11, 1300z to May 11, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: May 14.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, May 11, 1700z to May 11, 2000z; FT8; Bands: 432 MHz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: May 16.

Mini-Test 40, May 11, 1700z to May 11, 1759z; CW; Bands: 40; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 13.

Mini-Test 80, May 11, 1800z to May 11, 1859z; CW; Bands: 80; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: May 13.

VHF+ CONTESTS

SBMS 2.3 GHz and Up Contest and Club Challenge, Apr 30, 0600z to May 1, 2359z; Any; Bands: 2.3 GHz and up; 6-character Maidenhead locator; Logs due: May 22.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, May 4, 1700z to May 4, 2000z; FT8; Bands: 144 MHz; 4-character grid square; Logs due: May 9.

Microwave Spring Sprint, May 7, 0800z to May 7, 1400z; not specified; Bands: All above 902 MHz; 6-character grid square; Logs due: May 21.

See also: Feld Hell SprintSKCC Sprint EuropeDelaware QSO PartyWorldwide Sideband Activity Contest

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