Contest News – 27 November 2016

| November 25, 2016

The CQWW DX CW Contest takes place for the entire 48 hours of this weekend, the 26th and 27th. It will undoubtedly keep the HF bands busy, although declining solar activity will probably mean patchy and short-lived propagation on 10m. Using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands the exchange is signal report and CQ Zone, which for the UK is 14.

On Tuesday the 70MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 2000 to 2230UTC. Using all modes on the band the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the UK EI 80m contest takes place from 2000 to 2100UTC. It’s CW only on the 3.5MHz band and the exchange is your four character locator square.

The ARRL 160m contest runs for 42 hours, starting 2200UTC on Friday, 2 December. Because you need to work the USA, US Territories and Canada only, the only time there is going to be a path is when it’s dark at both ends of the QSO. This means you can expect to hear the better-equipped East Coast stations from about 2200 each night. Propagation will spread west as darkness falls across North America, but the band will close around dawn in the UK, when the D Region forms. Using CW only, the exchange is signal report, with US and Canadian station also sending their ARRL or RAC section.

On Sunday, 4 December, the 144MHz AFS contest runs from 1000 to 1600UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

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