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Intro to Amateur Radio Contesting by: Anthony Luscre, K8ZT

This course describes what radiosport and Amateur Radio contesting is, how it works and why it can enhance your overall ham radio experience. Contesting is a popular activity in Amateur Radio but just like Amateur Radio itself, it is a multifaceted activity with different meanings and activities for individual operators. Participants in contests often have different individual goals and experiences in the same contest. For example, one ham may be trying to win first place in their contest category while a second ham may be trying to complete their Worked All States (ARRL WAS) award. Even hams competing for top places in the contest may be operating in different categories such as single or multi-operator, high power or QRP, etc. In most cases, you don’t need any special equipment, beyond your simple home station, to have fun competing in a contest. On the other hand, you may choose to create a “super contesting station” with all the bells and whistles or more likely something in between. Whatever route you choose to take, this course can be a great way to get started.

Students will learn:

  • Why do hams like to contest? 
  • What are the different types of competitions?
  • How to compete in contests. 
  • Ways to improve your overall contesting experience and results.
  • Ways to improve your station for more efficient and effective contesting.
  • How contesting can enhance their overall ham radio experience.
Presented by:  Anthony Luscre, K8ZT