Category: Contesting

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 […]

via the ARRL: Major Rove by Satellite Ops Could Make Rare Grids Squares Available

2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) participants take note: satellite operators Doug Tabor, N6UA, and Ken Alexander, VE3HLS, will travel to the James Bay area of Québec, Canada, in early May, activating as many FO grid squares as are accessible by road in the limited time they have. The plan is to arrive in FO […]

Wahkiakum HS places 13th nationally in radio contest (Washington)

The School Club Roundup is a contest in February among schools across the country each trying to contact via radio as many other schools as possible. The results were just published this week: Our high school radio club with support from the Wahkiakum Amateur Radio Club (N7WAH) placed 13th overall amongst high schools. The N7WAH […]

via the ARRL: A Reminder: Second Annual AM Rally Special Event is this Weekend

The AM Rally special event, inviting operators to explore the original phone mode, takes place over the February 2-4 weekend. The AM Rally gets under way at 0000 UTC on Saturday, February 3, and concludes at 0700 UTC on Monday, February 5. Band include 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters. ARRL Laboratory Assistant Manager and […]

via the ARRL: VFlorida Weak Signal Society 3.4 GHz Beacon Back on the Air

The Florida Weak Signal Society (FLWSS) reports that its beacon on 3,456.075 MHz is back on the air and invites reports. The FLWSS said all of its beacons, located in EL98 in the Orlando area, are subject to some drift with temperature; each operates independently with its own crystal reference. “We can’t provide individual frequency accuracy, but […]

via the ARRL: North American Collegiate Championship Set for January 20-21 in Conjunction with NAQP SSB

The Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) invites college and university club stations to compete in the North American Collegiate Championship (NACC), which will take place from 1800 on Saturday, January 20, until 0600 UTC on Sunday, January 21, in conjunction with the North American QSO Party SSB (NAQP), sponsored byNCJ (National Contest Journal). This is a […]

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