Contesting -- Event-Based Radio
weekends go by that I can't be heard somewhere on the HF bands playing
(or working hard) in one contest or another. I participate in all
the big events -- CQWW, ARRL DX, North American Sprints and QSO
also in SARTG, BARTG, SCC, SAC, IARU HF World Championships, TARA
PSK Rumble, Makrothen RTTY, WAEDC, and dozens of other contests
across the calendar, including several state QSO parties (California
and Washington are my faves).
will not often hear me in SSB contests. It's not that I don't like
working phone, but the SSB mode takes more antenna power than I
have had since I started avid contesting in 2002. I'm saving SSB
contesting as a new mode to enjoy if CW and RTTY contests ever grow
old. They won't, though.
the past two years, I have been one of the more active HF contest
operators in British Columbia (certainly on a logs-submitted basis).
Among the most active, yes, but far from the most successful, hi.
Check out my contest scores for evidence
Smith, VE7FO, in Vancouver, may participate in a few more contests
during the year -- he is one of the few people I know who loves
contesting as much as I do, and he's often way up in the standings.
His stories on the 3830 Contest reflector are entertaining and detailed
-- great reading for any contest afficionado.
do not have an amplifier, so all my operations are in the Low Power
(100-watts or less) classes. If I have the option, I will almost
always choose to run in the all-band category, too. Part of the
fun is moving through the bands following the propagation as the
day progresses into night into morning.
Contest Score Rumors
The latest claimed scores submitted by participants in most of the
major contests. Super place to find out how the "other guys"
A comprehensive list of contests, organized by month. Includes links
to past results, the most recent rules, and contest sponsor Web
Radio Propagation Alerts
Don't be surprised by radio conditions. NW7US keeps us informed
about solar conditions and their expected impact on radio propagation.
Be sure to sign up for the e-mail bulletin service!
This is the contest logging software I have come to depend on most.
Covers just about all the major contests for CW and RTTY. Many use
its digital voice keying (DVK) features for SSB contesting, too.
The program is very powerful, it's supported by an amazing team
of programmers, and it's free. Now that's a nice set of