Contesting 101. Presentation to The Great Lakes Division Symposium September 12, 2009 By Dave Pruett, K8CC. Dave Pruett, K8CC. Amateur since 1969 Contesting since 1971 Great Lakes Division Representative to the ARRL Contest Advisory Committee
The Great Lakes Division Symposium September 12, 2009
By Dave Pruett, K8CC
An on-air operating event with pre-determined rules, where amateur stations achieve a score through completing contacts with each other, exchanging information dictated by the contest rules.
Examples: Field Day, SS, OhQP, etc.
In general, contests occur the same weekend every year, which helps when planning your participation.
The WA7BNM Contest Calendar:
Nothing special is needed – any station capable of making on-the-air contacts is perfectly ready to participate in a contest
Score = Contact Points x “Multiplier”
CW:50 contacts, 25 multipliers
Phone:100 contacts, 40 multipliers
Score = (50 x 2 + 100 x 1) x (25 + 40)
JUST DO IT! Don’t be afraid to jump in
Many hams get their first exposure to contest-style operating during ARRL Field Day
Domestic contests like the ARRL Sweepstakes or state QSO parties are also good opportunities for first-time contesters
In general, the entrant must provide the contest sponsors with:
In most cases, the entry can be either physical “paper” documents or an “electronic” log file. The requirements for submitting may be different for each type.
A paper log must be mailed to the contest sponsors, while the electronic file may be sent via e-mail.
Multiplier Check Sheet
Duplicate Check Sheet
CREATED-BY:NA Version 10.65
OPERATORS:K8CC, K8MR, K8RM, K9NW, KU8E, W8AJ
CATEGORY:MULTI-ONE ALL LOW
CLUB:Mad River Radio Club
SOAPBOX:Severe rainstorm ripped open the tent
NAME:David A. Pruett, K8CC
ADDRESS:2727 Harris Road
ADDRESS:Ypsilanti, MI 48198 USA
QSO: 7044 CW 2001-06-23 1802 K8MAD 2A OH W9UUU 4A IN
QSO: 7044 CW 2001-06-23 1803 K8MAD 2A OH W8RS 1A MI
QSO: 14016 CW 2001-06-23 1804 K8MAD 2A OH W6UW 1A SCV
QSO: 7044 CW 2001-06-23 1805 K8MAD 2A OH W3BTN 3A EPA
QSO: 7044 CW 2001-06-23 1805 K8MAD 2A OH K8TKA 5A OH
QSO: 50 PH 2001-06-23 1805 K8MAD 2A OH W8DXA 2A OH
QSO: 7044 CW 2001-06-23 1806 K8MAD 2A OH W8ZPF 2A OH
QSO: 7044 CW 2001-06-23 1806 K8MAD 2A OH KN1DX 1D VA
Eight scores for the 2008 MI QSO Party had Blossomland ARA listed as their club:
The Blossomland ARA Club Competition score is 296,731
Blossomland ARA Logs
All entries were also scored individually in their respective categories