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 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.