Competitive Contesting Class
The Swamp Fox Contest Group (SFCG) and Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group (DFARG) are sponsoring a Competitive Contesting class Saturday April 14th in Little Mountain, South Carolina. Its goal is simple. To help those already familiar with contesting improve their scores. To achieve that goal operating techniques, station design choices, and contest radio characteristics will be presented.
This is not a beginner’s class. People choosing to attend should have participated in contests or serious Field Day efforts. They will already be familiar with how a contest style contact is conducted and now want to figure out what they can do differently to help achieve competitive state, regional, and national scores. Skills discussed can be used for Field Day, but will be focused on participating in contests happening throughout the year. Heavy emphasis is placed on HF SSB operations, however much of the information to be presented is common to all types and modes of contesting.
Topics include making contacts flow more efficiently, methods to help break pile ups, HFTA and take off angles, improving your Search and Pounce technique, tips on Running stations, using N1MM+ contest logger tools to increase contact rate per hour, and internet sources to help with your self-improvement efforts. Most importantly, for those of you not yet in the know the “Big Secret” known to all the highest scoring contesters will be revealed! It is virtually impossible to be a top contester without incorporating this critical knowledge into your personal operating style.
The Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group is opening their great clubhouse for the class. They are located just a few minutes from I-26 at 234 Depot Street, Little Mountain, South Carolina 29075. The class will start at 8:30 AM and is expected to last about 5 hours with an hour break for lunch. I am told they have a good BBQ restaurant and some fast food places a few miles down the road.
Bottled water will be available. Seating is limited to an expected maximum of 25 people.
This is the first of two planned presentations. The second will be in the Grey Court area south of Greenville sometime this fall. Contact Kevan Nason, N4XL, for registration or additional information.
Kevan Nason, [email protected]
Swamp Fox Contest Group offers a beginners class in contesting. So far, we have held two successful well attended classes, one in Columbia SC and another in North Charleston, SC. We are continuing to offer the class per request. If there are enough interested parties arrangements can be made to schedule a class. The course is
geared toward any amateur who is interested in contesting, but doesn’t know
much about how to actually do it. It will be focused heavily, but not
exclusively, on HF contesting. Although equipment and antenna use specific to
contesting will be discussed, it is expected that students will be licensed
amateurs with a working knowledge of radio communications.
presented during the course will include:
- History of, and reasons to, add contesting to your ham radio activities
- Types and modes of contesting including HF/VHF/UHF, SSB, CW, and RTTY contests.
- Selection and operation of equipment and antennas used in contesting
- How to effectively “Run” or “Search and Pounce”
- Use of the free N1MM+ logging program
- Preparing for, operating, and post-contest activities.
- Selection of the advanced subject topics is yet to be determined.
The course could help you or your club in upcoming Field Day operations.
Dave Fuseler, NJ4F
Treasurer, Swamp Fox Contest Group
Want to learn CW or just need brushing up on your CW skills?
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