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 2017

Contest Date Start Duration Mode(s) Rules Deadline for logs
80m Counties Sun 1st January 15:00 UTC 2 hours SSB CW Link 15th January
80m Evening Counties Tue 21st February 20:00 UTC 1 hour SSB CW Link 7th March
70cm Counties Mon 17th April 1.00 pm local 1 hour FM SSB Link 1st May
2m Counties Mon 17th April 2.00 pm local 2 hours FM SSB Link 1st May
40m Counties Sun 7th May 12:00 UTC 2 hours SSB CW Link 21st May
CW Field Day Sat/Sun 3/4 June 15:00 UTC 24 hours CW Link 18th June
VHF/UHF Field Day Sat/Sun 1/2 July 14:00 UTC 24 hours CW SSB FM Link 16th July
2m Counties Sun 27th August 2.00 pm local 2 hours FM SSB Link 10th September
SSB Field Day Sat/Sun 2/3 September 13:00 UTC 24 hours SSB Link 17th September
40m Counties Sun 8th October 12:00 UTC 2 hours SSB CW Link 22nd October
80m Evening Counties Tue 14th November 20:00 UTC 1 hour SSB CW Link 28th November

Updated 10 December 2016

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