Provided by Bill Schroeder, WS6K
MARC Contest Corner – August 2012
There are a number of contests coming up that MARC members and friends might be interested in working. Amateur Radio Contesting is fun!
Links to the rules for these, and many other, contests can be found on the WA7BNM Contest Calendar.
Why work contests? They are an easy way to work toward WAS (Worked All States) and DXCC awards.
During DX contests you’ll find a lot of dedicated contest stations on the air running high power and big antenna’s. They need to work a lot of us little pistols to run up their big scores.
Don’t be scared off by the bedlam during the first few hours of a contest when all the big guns are trying to work each other. Toward the end of the contest they will be lonely and looking for contacts.
You don’t need to operate the entire contest period, put in a couple of hours. You may be surprised how many of those rare ones you work, yes there are hams in ND and RI.
Some contests have team entries, others have club entries. Teams need to be registered before the start of the contest so if you plan on being on a MARC team contact me before the contest.
1. North American QSO Party (NAQP) – SSB – August 18, 2012
See NAQP RTTY.
With a little luck you could get WAS-Basic and WAS-Phone during this one contest.
This contest has team entries, teams must be registered prior to the start of the contest. Contact me if you plan on being part of a MARC team entry so I can set up teams and register them.
2. ARRL Rookie Roundup – RTTY – August 19, 2012
Not a Rookie? Well you can still get on the air and give them contacts. See the rules for details.
3. Ohio QSO Party – August 25, 2012
Objective: For Amateurs inside the state of Ohio make as many contacts as possible both inside and outside of Ohio.
Multipliers are all 49 states (excluding Ohio), 11 Canadian Provinces and 88 Ohio counties.
This contest has club entries.
This is a warm up for Ohio State Parks On The Air. You’ll probably need an NVIS antenna on 40 and 80 to work Ohio counties. I found my Alpha Delta DXCC multi-band wire dipole did the job when I lowered it to about 20 feet.
Design and test a simple wire antenna for 10/15/20 that works into the US and Canada and test if during NAQP and the Ohio QSO party. We may use it for OSPOTA. We already have proven antenna’s for 80 and 40.
4. Logging Software
We are currently using N3FJP logging software for SSB contests and N1MM logger linked to MMTTY for RTTY contests.
If you want to use N1MM/MMTTY for RTTY contact Denny KC8RPV or me, we can assist getting it up and running.
MARC On The Air Event Coordinator