Category: Contesting

via the ARRL: February and March ARRL DX Contest Weekends Loom

The 2019 ARRL International DX Contest CW weekend is just ahead — February 16 – 17, while the phone (SSB) weekend is 2 weeks later — March 2 – 3. Even if you or your station are not competitive, DX-oriented operating events such as these offer the possibility of putting some new DXCC entities into the log, […]

via the ARRL: IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Program Wants to Enlist More “Big-Gun” Stations

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, said young operators (age 26 or younger) in Region 1 (Europe and Africa) have been invited to participate in the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Youth Contesting Program (YCP). “Youth members from IARU Region 1 member-societies are invited to take part […]

via the ARRL: Young Amateurs Radio Club Wants to Pair Youthful Contesters with Big Gun Stations

The Young Amateurs Radio Club (YARC) Youth Contesting Program (YCP) wants to match groups of enthusiastic young contesters with “Big Gun” stations to gain operating experience during the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest over the March 30 – 31 weekend. The YCP is a weekend initiative for groups of young Amateur Radio contesters in the US […]

via the ARRL: RTTY and FT8 Successfully Coexist in 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup

Based on informal polling and log-submission trends, it appears that RTTY and FT8 successfully shared spectrum during the ARRL RTTY Roundup over the January 5 – 6 weekend. The event is seeing a dramatic uptick from last year in the number of logs submitted, with more than 2,400 and counting received by midweek, as opposed […]

via the ARRL: Winter Field Day 2019 is January 26 – 27

The Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) sponsors the 2019 running of Winter Field Day, January 26 – 27. WFDA says that the ability to conduct emergency communication in a winter environment is just as important as the preparation and practice that take place each summer, but with some additional unique operational concerns. “We believe that maintaining […]

via the ARRL: FT8 to be Permitted in 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup

The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that participants in the 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup will be permitted to use the new FT8 protocol, which is part of the WSJT-X software suite. The RTTY Roundup takes place January 5 – 6, 2019. A “Practice Contest” has been set for Wednesday, October 24, in North American time zones. Details are below. […]

via the ARRL: Correction: Practice Contest for ARRL RTTY Roundup Participants Planning to Use FT8

A 1-hour “practice contest” will be held next week on Thursday, October 25, 0200 – 0300 UTC (Wednesday, October 24, in North American time zones). Use dial frequency 7.078 kHz, moving up in 2 kHz increments if interference is too great. The date was incorrect in this week’s edition of The ARRL Letter. To participate you […]

via the ARRL: Islands on the Air Seeking Proposed Additions to List of Valid Island Groups

The Island on the Air (IOTA) program is reviewing its list of valid island groups, as it typically does every 5 years. “This time, IOTA management has decided to bring forward the review to give a chance for any new groups announced to be activated in 2019, the target year,” said Roger Balister, G3KMA, in […]

ARRL 2018 Field Day Site Locator is Live, Public Service Announcements Available

ARRL Field Day is June 23 – 24. See the May issue of QST, page 85, for the Field Day announcement. The Field Day site locator is now up and running, and, to date, some 900 are sites already in the database. To find a Field Day site near you, type your town and state in the “Location or […]

via the ARRL: Norway Introduces 2 × 1 Contest Call Signs

In response to calls from Norway’s contesting community, the Norwegian Communication Authority (NCA) recently announced that it would permit the use of 2 × 1 contest call signs for individual radio amateurs. With few exceptions, Norwegian 2 × 1 call signs have been reserved for club stations, which also may use the LN prefix in […]

via the ARRL: CQ World Wide DX Contest CW Logs to be Rescored Using Original Scoring Method

A change in scoring methodology for handling duplicate contacts in the CW weekend of the 2017 CQ World Wide DX Contest led to an inconsistency with the standards by which logs submitted for the SSB weekend of the same contest were scored. After considerable discussion and debate among members of the CQ WW Contest Committee […]

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