ETH020 – Contesting


Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to Contesting

Kids Day

Twice a year, ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth.Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.

When: Saturday, June 18 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC

Suggested Exchange: Name, age, location and favorite color. Be sure to work the same station again if an operator has changed. To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day.”

Suggested Frequencies

  • 10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
  • 12 Meters: 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
  • 15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
  • 17 Meters: 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
  • 20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
  • 40 Meters: 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
  • 80 Meters: 3.740 to 3.940 MHz

You can also use your favorite repeater (with permission of the repeater’s sponsor).

Be sure to observe third-party restrictions when making DX QSOs.

Jamboree On The Air

Field Day2016 Field Day Logo


To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2016 is June 25-26.

Log Submission Deadline:

Entries must be postmarked, emailed or submitted by Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Late entries cannot be accepted.

Rookie Round Up

Mission & Objective:

Mission: To encourage newly licensed operators (“Rookies”) in North America (including territories and possessions) to operate on the HF bands and experience competitive Amateur Radio operating. Experienced operators (“Non-Rookies”) are strongly encouraged to participate and help new operators – either on the air or in person.

Objective: Rookies exchange information with as many other stations as possible on the 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter HF bands.  Rookie entrants are encouraged to read “HF Contesting – Good Practices, Interpretations and Suggestions.”


The third Sunday of April, August and December from 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC.

2016: 17 April (SSB), 21 August (RTTY), 18 December (CW)


Electronic certificates will be emailed to the top five scoring Rookies in each US call area, Canadian province, Mexican call area and DX.  No national winners will be recognized. A commemorative participation certificate will be available for download to every Rookie operator submitting a score. Non-rookies submitting a check log will be recognized by call in the final results.

How is A Rookie Defined?

In the Rookie Roundup, a Rookie is defined has having been first licensed in the current calendar year or the previous two calendar years, regardless of license class.

  • Modes

April – SSB, August – RTTY, December – CW.

QSO Parties

QSO parties can range from anywhere from a couple of hours in length to a year-long contests. In 2014, the ARRL hosted a Centennial QSO party that went from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. Some, like the Alabama QSO party which is June 4 1600Z  to June 5th 0400Z are just a couple of hours long.

During the event, stations in that area whether it be state-wide, call sign number wide, country-wide or world-wide, will try to get as many contacts as possible from that area. Points will be tallied at the end of the event and generally the top five stations will get a certificate.

Check out WA7BNM Contest Calendar for a listing of all the upcoming QSO parties and other contests.

ARRL Contest Calendar for the remainder of the year.


  • June VHF QSO Party: Second full weekend in June, 1800 UTC Saturday through 0259 UTC Monday.
  • Kids Day: Third Saturday in June, 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC
  • Field Day: Fourth full weekend in June, 1800 UTC Saturday through 2059 UTC Sunday.


  • IARU HF World Championships: The second full weekend of July, 1200 UTC Saturday through 1159 UTC Sunday.


  • 10 GHz & Up Contest – Leg 1: Third full weekend of August, 6:00AM local time Saturday through 11:59pm local time Sunday.
  • Rookie Roundup: Third Sunday, 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC.


  • September VHF QSO Party: Second full weekend of September, 1800 UTC Saturday through 0259 UTC Monday
  • 10 GHz & Up Contest – Leg 2: Third full weekend of August, 6:00AM local time Saturday through 11:59pm local time Sunday.


  • School Club Roundup: Third full school week of October


  • November Sweepstakes – CW: First full weekend in November, 2100 UTC Saturday through 0259 UTC Monday.
  • November Sweepstakes – Phone: Third full weekend in November, 2100 UTC Saturday through 0259 UTC Monday.


  • ARRL 160 Meter Contest: First full weekend in December, 2200 UTC Friday through 1559 UTC Sunday.
  • ARRL 10 Meter Contest: Second full weekend in December, 0000 UTC Saturday through 2359 UTC Sunday.
  • Rookie Roundup: Third Sunday, 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC.

NOTES: EME Contest dates are determined year to year based on optimium EME conditions. See the EME Contest Rules for this year’s specific dates.

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Amateur Radio Club Spotlight

CPARCLogo - Contesting

Cumberland Plateau Amateur Radio Club (CPARC)


This Spotlight was submitted by Joel Case, KM4TPF, Thanks for listening Joel!


2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Central at the Cumberland County High School


  • Sun.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.*, CPARC ARES Nets 146.865- 118.8 Tone


  • 146.865- Tone 118.8 (solar mixed Fusion)
  • 146.895- Tone 118.8
  • 443.850+ Tone 118.8 (normal mode Fusion)

CPARC owned: 146.865 & 443.850


  • Field Day
  • Contesting
  • ARES
  • Training at club meetings
  • And daily hang out sessions at the local DQ between 9a and noon weekdays


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