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!
Calendar for 2020
|Contest||Date||Start||Duration||Mode(s)||Rules||Deadline for logs|
|80m Daytime Counties||Wed 1st January||15:00 UTC||2 hours||SSB CW||Link||15th January|
|80m Evening Counties||Tue 24th March||20:00 UTC||1 hour||SSB CW||Link||7th April|
|80m Evening Counties||Tue 28th April||20:00 UTC||1 hour||SSB CW||Link||12th May|
|40m Daytime Counties||Sun 10th May||12:00 UTC||1 hour||SSB CW||Link||24th May|
|VHF/UHF Field Day||Sat/Sun 4th/5th July||14:00 UTC||24 hours||CW SSB FM||Link||19th July|
|SSB Field Day||Sat/Sun 5th/6th September||13:00 UTC||24 hours||SSB||Link||20th September|
|70cm Counties||Sun 13th September||2.00 pm local||30 mins||FM SSB||Link||27th September|
|2m Counties||Sun 13th September||2.30 pm local||90 mins||FM SSB||Link||27th September|
|80m Evening Counties||Tue 6th October||19:00 UTC||1 hour||SSB CW||Link||20th October|
|40m Daytime Counties||Sun 11th October||12:00 UTC||1 hour||SSB CW||Link||25th October|
23 March 2020 updates: 70cm and 2m Counties Contests (13th April) cancelled along with CW Field Day (6th/7th June). Additional 80m Evening Counties Contest on 28th April added.