Contest News – 28 July 2013

| July 26, 2013

The Centenary IOTA Contest ends at 1200UTC today, 28th July. There are 12- and 24-hour categories. The IOTA Reference is part of the exchange, the one for mainland Britain being EU-005 and mainland Ireland being EU-115. The exchange is signal report, serial number and IOTA reference.

The UK Microwave Group 5.7 to 24GHz contest takes place today from 0600 to 1800UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 70MHz UK Activity Contest takes place on Tuesday from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On VHF, the first weekend of August is devoted to low power operation. It begins with the 4th 144MHz Backpacker Contest on Saturday the 3rd. As per usual there are 3 watt ‘Backpacker’ and 10 watt ‘Hilltopper’ sections. Running from 1300 to 1700UTC, the exchange is signal report serial number, locator and postcode.

Overlapping it time-wise, the 144MHz Low Power Contest runs for eight hours. In this event the maximum permitted power is 25 watts. Running from 1400 to 2000UTC on Saturday, the exchange is signal report serial number, locator and postcode.

Also next Sunday the 432MHz Low Power Contest takes place. Traditionally some of the stations who operate portable in the 144MHz Low Power make a weekend of it by camping overnight, changing antennas and taking part in a second contest the following day. Once again the maximum permitted power is 25 watts. Taking place from 0800 to 1200UTC, the exchange is signal report serial number, locator and postcode.

RoPoCo 2 is the first HF contest of the month, taking place on 4 August from 0700 to 0830UTC. This is the CW leg. To make a good score you have to be really careful to copy the postcode received precisely and then pass it on to your next contact as received, even if you know it to be wrong. The exchange is signal report and full postcode as received.

Also taking place next Sunday is the Microwave Field Day, running from 0900 to 1700UTC. Using the 1.3 and 10GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

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