Operating Events

For more information about the events, go to these websites for all the details:

DX Event Calendar — http://www.ng3k.com/misc/adxo.html

WA7BNM Contest Calendar — http://www.contestcalendar.com/


 South Carolina QSO Party: 1500Z, Feb 24 to 0159Z, Feb 25

For radio amateurs outside the state of South Carolina to contact as many South Carolina stations in as many of the 46 South Carolina counties as possible.  http://scqso.com/rules/


North Carolina QSO Party: 1500Z, Feb 25 to 0059Z, Feb 26 

For amateur radio operators outside the state of North Carolina to make contact with North Carolina stations. Amateur radio operators within North Carolina, activating as many NC counties as possible, making contact with everyone, including other NC stations.  http://ncqsoparty.org/rules/


North American QSO Party, RTTY: 1800Z, Feb 24 to 0559Z, Feb 25

Eligibility: Any Amateur Radio licensee may enter.  Object: To work as many North American stations as possible during the contest period.  http://www.ncjweb.com/NAQP-Rules.pdf

73,
Marty WB2VYK
Event Coordinator
Editor, QST NFL Newsletter
All Ham Radio, All the Time…


ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW: 0000Z, Feb 17 to 2400Z, Feb 18

To encourage W/VE stations to expand knowledge of DX propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve operating skills, and improve station capability by creating a competition in which DX stations may only contact W/VE stations.  http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx


Classic Exchange, Phone: 1400Z, Feb 18 to 0800Z, Feb 19 and 1400Z, Feb 20 to 0800Z, Feb 21

The CX is a no-pressure contest celebrating the older commercial and homebrew equipment that was the pride and joy of ham shacks many decades ago. The object is to encourage restoration, operation and enjoyment of this older Classic equipment.  http://www.classicexchange.org/jan18/jan18ann.html

73,
Marty WB2VYK
Event Coordinator
Editor, QST NFL Newsletter
All Ham Radio, All the Time…


YLRL YL-OM Contest: 1400Z, Feb 9 to 0200Z, Feb 11

http://www.ylrl.org/index.php/contests-and-dx-awards


CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest: 0000Z, Feb 10 to 2359Z, Feb 11

https://www.cqwpxrtty.com/

73,
Marty WB2VYK
Event Coordinator
Editor, QST NFL Newsletter
All Ham Radio, All the Time…


10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB 00:01z Feb 3 to 23:59z Feb 4

http://www.ten-ten.org/index.php/activity/2013-07-22-20-26-48/qso-party-rules

You can participate in this contest even if you are not a 10-10 member.


Minnesota QSO Party: 1400Z-2400Z, Feb 3

http://www.w0aa.org/docs/mnqp/MNQP%20Contest%20Rules.pdf

QSO Parties are an easy way to sharpen your contesting skills and accumulate states (some DX, too).

See more at WA7BNM Contest Calendar:  http://www.contestcalendar.com/


DX:  KOSOVO, Jan 21 to Feb 4, 2018, Callsign:  Z60A

By DL3DXX OH0XX OH1MA OH2BH OH3JR OZ1IKY S50A S51F Z61DX Z61FF Z61VB Z62FB Z63DBB; all bands; all modes; Kosovo recognized for DXCC from Jan 21; QSL also OK via OH2BH and Club Log

Many more at NG3K’s Announced DX Operations:  http://www.ng3k.com/misc/adxo.html

73,
Marty WB2VYK
Event Coordinator
Editor, QST NFL Newsletter


CQ World Wide 160-Meter Contest – Jan 26-28, 2018

The contest consists of two separate events. The CW mode is held the final full weekend of January. The Phone mode is held the final full weekend of February.

This weekend:

CW:
2200Z January 26 – 2200Z January 28, 2018

For additional information:  https://www.cq160.com/index.htm

73,
Marty WB2VYK
Event Coordinator
Editor, QST NFL Newsletter


Winter Field Day – Jan 27-28, 2018

Looking for a contest this weekend?  Winter Field Day just might fill the bill.  According the to their website:

“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.”

I have listed the basics below, but you can follow the link for more details.   https://www.winterfieldday.com/

When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2018, the dates are January 27th and 28th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 26th. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

Bands: All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters.

Modes: Any mode… CW, SSB, AM, FM, DStar, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Olivia, Satellite, etc…

Suggested Frequencies: (to make it easier for entrants to find each other)

HF CW – 1810-1820, 3.530-3.550, 7.030-7.050, 14.035-14.055, 21.030-21.050, 28.030-28.040

HF SSB – lowest 30 kHz of the US General Class Phone bands (160m- 15m), 28.400-28.425MHz (10m) 6m/VHF/UHF – adjacent to, but not on, nationally recognized simplex calling channels.

Entry categories: (..if operating as a group under one call, all stations in your entry must fit the category you choose. Also see further clarification in “definitions” below)

Indoor: Operation from inside a remoteinsulated, heated (or cooled, depending on your local weather), and weather-protected structure where an Amateur station is normally not available. (Park buildings/cabins, community center, EOC, senior center, club shack, etc).

Outdoor: Operation from a location partly or fully exposed to the elements and at least 30 feet away from your normal     station location and not using any part of a previously erected antenna system or ham station. A campground, park pavilion, canopy, picnic table, tent, pop- up camper, or a backyard shed/tent/deck, etc may be used. Operation from a non-insulated car/truck/van/boat (mobile or not) is considered “outdoor”.

Home: Operation from inside a home or inside another structure attached to a home that could or would be the usual location of an Amateur station (garage, sunroom, etc), generally using a previously erected antenna system. A “Home” entrant may still be eligible to claim the “alternate power” bonus if not using commercial power. Use of any pre -existing (on site) or permanently installed antenna system or station components renders your station a “Home” station.

Want to know more?  Here’s a link to the WA7BNM Contesting Calendar:  http://www.contestcalendar.com/  Contests are listed by calendar period, mode, type of contest, etc.

73,
Marty WB2VYK
SSRC Event Coordinator
Editor, QST NFL Newsletter


Note:  Operating events more than 30 days old will be removed from this page. [ed.]


 

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