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HF Contesting

Taking part in an amateur radio contest on the HF bands means you are taking part in a competitive sport with thousands of like minded people around the globe, from the comfort of your own home. It is a test of your operating abilities, your knowledge of propagation, and the efficiency of your station. Most of all it’s great fun.
Taking part in an amateur radio contest on the HF bands means you are taking part in a competitive sport with thousands of like minded people around the globe, from the comfort of your own home. It is a test of your operating abilities, your knowledg...

Contests can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 48 hours long – you have literally sprints to marathons to choose from. Most are held at weekends, although some are held on weekday evenings. The 10m to 160m bands are used, but not including 12, 17 and 30...

Some events award more points for contacting stations in certain countries. Most contests have a ‘multiplier’ scoring system, whereby the score you accumulate from contacting stations is multiplied by the number of different countries, continents or ...

Many people think that huge antennas and high power amplifiers are needed to enjoy contesting. Whilst they may help, they give no guarantee of success, and the majority of contesters will be using simple dipoles and verticals and 100 watts or less. C...

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