Contest DXpeditions. Brian McGinness, N3OC. Why go on a contest expedition?. The “thrill” of being DX Bigger pileups and bigger scores Rates can be up to 300 per hour! A larger contribution to the Club score. Why go on a contest expedition?. Combining a contest with a vacation
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Brian McGinness, N3OC
The “thrill” of being DX
Bigger pileups and bigger scores
Rates can be up to 300 per hour!
A larger contribution to the
Bring the XYL
You contribute to their tourism industry
Avoid very rare DX locations for a good score
Choose a location with good propagation
Islands, beachfront QTHs, not too far from USA
Choose a location with a good scoring potential
Know the scoring rules for your particular contest!
Choose a convenient location
Is it easy to travel to? Is an existing station available?
Choose an inexpensive location
There are some deals out there!
Find a ham-friendly location
Choose a winning location
If you want to win!
CQWW winners: P4, PJ2, 9Y, IH9, CN, EA8, D4
Three methods of securing a license to operate from a foreign country:
CEPT is an acronym for the
European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations
There are currently 46 member countries.
CEPT provides for automatic reciprocal licensing with countries that are parties to the agreement when traveling in member countries
Member countries can be found at:
You need three documents to operate in a CEPT member country
1. Your original US ham license
2. Proof of US citizenship (passport)
3. A copy of FCC Notice DA99-2344
An IARP is an International Amateur Radio Permit
IARPs are issued by the ARRL for US hams
CITEL is the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission
CITEL member countries are LU, PY, VE, YS, HP, CE, 9Y, CX and YV (and the USA)
Sometimes done in advance, sometimes best done
Local information required
A local contact is very helpful
You get your own callsign, instead of a “stroker”
May make entry in a country with radio gear easier
More information is available online:
Depending on the QTH, you may or not need to bring rigs and amps
You will usually need to bring a laptop for logging
You may need tools if you anticipate doing any work while you are there.
Tools are heavy to take on the airplane!
DK9SQ or MFJ fiberglass masts for wire verticals
Sportube hard ski case
Cut yagis into short sections that fit in ski case
Having the cases unmarked reduces the chance of theft and the likelihood the customs official will want to look at it!
Pictured are Pelican and Cabbage hard cases
Use bags and plastic containers to group similar items together