IRTS Contests

Why Contest?

Many national and local radio societies and clubs organise contests, most of which are open to all radio amateurs.

Radio amateurs participate in contests for many reasons, such as to;

  • compete against each other
  • test and improve their operating skills
  • try out new antennas or other equipment
  • learn more about propagation
  • have fun!
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Calendar for 2018

Contest Date Start Duration Mode(s) Rules Deadline for logs
80m Counties Mon 1st January 15:00 UTC 2 hours SSB CW Link 15th January
80m Evening Counties Tue 20th February 20:00 UTC 1 hour SSB CW Link 6th March
70cm Counties Mon 2nd April 1.00 pm local 1 hour FM SSB Link 16th April
2m Counties Mon 2nd April 2.00 pm local 2 hours FM SSB Link 16th April
40m Counties Sun 6th May 12:00 UTC 2 hours SSB CW Link 20th May
CW Field Day Sat/Sun 2/3 June 15:00 UTC 24 hours CW Link 17th June
VHF/UHF Field Day Sat/Sun 7/8 July 14:00 UTC 24 hours CW SSB FM Link 22nd July
SSB Field Day Sat/Sun 1/2 September 13:00 UTC 24 hours SSB Link 16th September
70cm Counties Sun 9th September 1.00 pm local 1 hour FM SSB Link 23rd September
2m Counties Sun 9th September 2.00 pm local 2 hours FM SSB Link 23rd September
40m Counties Sun 14th October 12:00 UTC 2 hours SSB CW Link 28th October
80m Evening Counties Tue 13th November 20:00 UTC 1 hour SSB CW Link 27th November

Updated 23 October 2017

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