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 For the past 40 years as a ham I have answered a lot of  stations who were  participating in contests but I have not entered very many of the contests. This last year I have entered a few more contests and have kinda got the bug as they say!

What is Contesting?  Contesting (From wikipedia) (also known as radiosport) is a competitive activity pursued by amateur radio operators. In a contest, an amateur radio station, which may be operated by an individual or a team, seeks to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible in a given period of time and exchange information. Rules for each competition define the amateur radio bands, the mode of communication that may be used, and the kind of information that must be exchanged. The contacts made during the contest contribute to a score by which stations are ranked. Contest sponsors publish the results in magazines and on web sites.

RAC  Canada day contest on July 1

RAC  Canada winter contest. Third weekend in Dec

Field day contest is always on the 4th full weekend in June

Winter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), will take place over the last weekend of January .The following is an extract from their website:

The Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.

We believe as do those entities of ARRL Organizations like ARES & RACES that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to good weather scenarios. The addition of Winter Field Day will enhance those already important skills of those that who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. This is why WFD is open to all licensed Amateur Radio operators worldwide.

Contest logging software makes adding your contacts very easy.

Go to wikkipedia and search for Contest logging software

N3FJP's ACLog is very popular, and pretty inexpensive.. What it is, is intuitive and very easy to use.. Anyone can sit down at your station and you can explain the logger in about 15 seconds.

 N1MM is popular, but it is a little complex to set up. N1MM is an good logging program for contesting but it's not recommended for everyday logging but it will do everything for contesting.

It doesn't make a very good general purpose logger.

If on the Mac you can use  fldigi or WSJTX-X or  "Ham QuickLog" on your iPad

You don't need to have a huge and powerful station for contesting; most contesters have a simple setup. Besides, the most important part is you the operator. If you listen, know the rules, and have your station ready to go, you are all set and can have a lot of fun.

SO!  Check out when the contests are happening and just start by answering some of the stations calling QRZ! You can move up and down the bands to answer other stations to get a feel for the method of calling other stations. Try it and have fun!

I hope this gives you some tips to start contesting.

Please click ADD TOPIC at the top of page to add your own contesting topic .

73 and good DX from Bob VE6BLD

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