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Title: GRANT HAYS WB6OTS


1
CONTESTING 101
  • GRANT HAYS - WB6OTS
  • LEE ILSE - KD7OED
  • COCHISE AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION

2
Discussion Points
  • What Is Contesting?
  • Goals Of Contesting
  • Why Participate In A Contest?
  • CARA Contest Activities

3
What Is Contesting?
  • Competitive
  • Rules
  • Individual or Team/Club
  • Strategy
  • Logging

4
Contesting is Competitive
  • Contesting Clubs
  • Individuals
  • Goals
  • Simply To Participate
  • Better Score
  • Operate Longer
  • Operate Different Modes
  • Work 100 Countries
  • Work All State/Provinces
  • Be Number 1

5
Contest Rules
  • Specific Rules
  • Dates/Time
  • Bands
  • Modes
  • Scoring
  • Individual/Team/Club
  • Single/Multi Operator(s)
  • Information Exchanged
  • Logging

6
Team/Club Contesting
  • Contest Captain
  • Assistant Captains
  • Phone
  • CW
  • Digital
  • Operators For Each Band/Mode

7
Contest Strategy
  • Running
  • Search And Pounce

8
Contest Logging
  • Paper
  • Computer

9
Contesting 101
  • There Is No Substitute For Time On The Air!

10
Contesting 101
  • This is all very interestingbut why should I
    participate in a contest?

11
Why Contesting?
  • Improves Operator Skills
  • Individual
  • Club/Team

12
Why Contesting?
  • INDIVIDUAL
  • CLUB/TEAM
  • GENERAL RADIO OPERATIONS
  • POOR PROPAGATION CONDITIONS
  • CROWDED FREQUENCIES
  • SEVERAL STATIONS SIMULTANEOUSLY
  • TRAFFIC HANDLING
  • OPERATING UNDER STRESS
  • HANDLE LARGE AMOUNTS OF INFORMATION
  • WORK UNDER DIRECTION
  • SAME AS INDIVIDUAL
  • PLUS
  • TEAMWORK

13
Why Contesting?
  • Focus In Stressful Environment
  • Listening
  • Accuracy In Receiving/Transmitting Information
  • Writing By Hand
  • Use Of Computer
  • Increases Speed And Accuracy Of Receiving,
    Processing, Routing Information
  • Traffic Handling
  • Improves

14
Why Contesting?
  • Contesting Improves
  • Familiarity With Equipment
  • Skills In Operating Equipment
  • Contesting Gives You New Ideas On Improving Your
    Equipment and Station

15
Contest Support
  • Logging Programs
  • N3FJP Suite, WriteLog, Ham Radio Deluxe, etc.
  • On-Line (ARRL LOTW, EQSL)
  • And many others (do a Google search for Amateur
    Radio Logging Programs)
  • Contesting Simulators
  • Morse Runner

16
Why Contesting?
  • Its FUN!
  • SERVING In Emergency Communications Supporting An
    Agency

17
CARA Contest Activities
  • ARRL International DX Contest (March)
  • 7th Region QSO Party (May)
  • ARRL Field Day (July)
  • Paradise Special Event Station (September)
  • Arizona QSO Party (October)
  • ARRL November Sweepstakes (November)

18
Arizona QSO Party
  • Takes Place This Coming Weekend!
  • 10 OCT 0900-2300 MST
  • 11 OCT 0700-1700 MST
  • 160-2 METERS
  • CW, DIGITAL, PHONE
  • AWARDS!
  • 2009 YEAR OF THE STATE QSO PARTY!

19
ARRL November Sweeps
  • CW Sweeps
  • 7 NOV 2100Z until 9 NOV 0300Z or
  • 7 NOV 1400 MST until 8 NOV 2000 MST
  • Phone Sweeps
  • 21 NOV 2100Z until 23 NOV 0300Z or
  • 21 NOV 1400 MST until 22 NOV 2000 MST
  • CW, DIGITAL, PHONE
  • AWARDS!

20
Contesting 101
  • QUESTIONS?
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