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ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 26, No 48 on December 7, 2007
Website: http://www.arrl.org/
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ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:

Come one, come all to the ARRL 10 Meter Contest! Along with last weekend's 160 Meter Contest, the ARRL 10 Meter Contest is one of only two ARRL-sponsored contests devoted to a single band. Ten meters is available to ALL US licensed amateurs.

While 10 meters is certainly more exciting during the peak of the 11-year solar cycle, contests have a way of opening bands and allowing contacts to be made. The East Coast of the US was working Africa and South America just two weekends ago, so anything is possible. Ten meters also has lots of sporadic-E propagation (E-skip), allowing good openings over a distance of several hundred miles. While usually associated with the summer months, sporadic-E propagation also has a minor peak around the winter Solstice in the US.

Stations in the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) send a signal report and their state as the contest exchange; DX stations send a signal report and a consecutive serial number. If you happen to be operating from maritime mobile, you send a signal report and your ITU Region (R1, R2 or R3). You can choose to enter as a single operator or as a multi-operator team. If you are a single operator, you can choose from all SSB, all CW, or a mix of both. Multi-operator teams must enter using a mix of both modes. Certificates will be awarded to the highest-scoring entry in each entry category, including special awards for the Novice and Technician-class licensees.

The ARRL 10 Meter Contest runs from 0000 UTC Saturday, December 8 to 2400 UTC Sunday, December 9. Get on the air and enjoy working all classes of US Amateur Radio operators and some interesting radio propagation!

Source:

The ARRL Letter Vol. 26, No. 48 December 7, 2007

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ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by N2WEC on December 7, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Just another "contest", for what?
 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by KC6WGN on December 7, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
For fun...
 
ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by K9ZF on December 7, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Too much going on at my place this weekend, and still no antennas at home. So, sadly, I am going to have to miss out on the 10 meter contest this year :-(

Although VHF/UHF contesting is my favorite, the 10 meter contest is a very close second!

Fair warning fellow contesters; I intend to be back next year, and I plan to win! :-)


73
Dan
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RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by W1XZ on December 7, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Well, yes, they are fun, but there is a purpose to these contests. They do give newcomers a chance to enhance their operating skills. Now before the contest haters get all ruffled...that is how these things started. The biggest North American contest would be sweepstakes,and it started as a 10 day event to see who could pass the most traffic. Now in its modern format it just has a longer exchange with a check number. If I needed help on the radio I would want the person on the other end to be able to hear me on a crowded band with lots of interference.
Also contests and especially the 10 meter contest liven up an otherwise dead band. Listen anytime on 28 MHZ this time of the cycle and you hear nothing save a few sporadic e openings. Listen this weekend and the band will be quite active.
One of my old time rag chewing buddies likens contests to driving down the interstate and yelling your name at the cars passing on the other side of the highway. I don't disagree, but they can be fun and a modest station should be able to work lots of contacts this weekend. If you don't care to participate, there is lots of unused frequencies left over.
 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by NXET on December 7, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Well if its points and contacts you need.

Why use 10 meters direct? Just get on the internet, IRLP link to all the outlets at once and within seconds you can log all the stations in the world to win.

Too bad for the guy who is operating his ham station trying to make contacts the old way - direct--sucker-- its all about technology and advancing ham radio

Isn't that what someone said before. IRLP Link is part of the hobby! Don't go telling me now that its not allowed on the contests "its no more than what UHF/VHF repeaters do" smile
 
ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by AI2IA on December 7, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
If the contest can pump some life back into the Ten Meter Band, then I am all for it. This will be a most interesting weekend to see what volume of traffic we can pick up on ten meters. Everyone who can should give it a try, especially those who don't like contests, seldom participate in one, or never gave it a try.

I never could understand why some hams want to leave it to "the big guns" with their fancy equipment (though no offense intended). Does it really matter much if you don't "win"? Of course not. It's how you play the game, isn't it? So let's see if the 10 meter band gets a little revitalization this weekend.
 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by N4CQR on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
When you all get a chance, read the article "This Weekend On The Radio" There are some other contests you can gripe and complain about too.

Craig
 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by W5GNB on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
CONTESTING.....
BAH HUMBUG>>>>>>>

 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by WB4QNG on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
This contest is the greatest. I have developed corpal tunnel syndrom in my hand from spinning the dial. My voice is gone from calling CQ. There is only 28 hours more hours to go. Don't know if I will make my goal of 10 contacts. I love the smell of burning insulation off the wires, the heat of the transformers and the glow of the tubes. God I love it so.
Terry
WB4QNG
 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by G3SEA on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!

" To go where no 10m signal has gone in a sunspot minimum period " ;)

Condx has strong CW signals from all over the Pacific Basin countries :)

KH6/G3SEA
 
ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by KI6KGN on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
What about 29.6 MHz FM simplex? This Freq is rarley used until the peak solar cycle. I myself are probably the only that uses it between me, and my father. Will their be anyone trying to contest on this freq?

KI6KGN 73
 
ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by AI2IA on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Trevor, KI6KGN, you never know - stranger things do happen! Monitor the band tomorrow and see what happens. It sure would be nice to see some traffic, any traffic on ten meters in this very quiet sun spot slump.
 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by KB8YHV on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Plenty of activity this weekend. Nobody is going to set any records, but the band is working. My 16 old son who was licensed 3 weeks ago is having a blast. He learned how to make an EDZ antenna for ten meters, learned the contest exchange and has been honing his skills all weekend. He just noticed that the progagation changed to favor stations off the side of the antenna, but could barely pick them up out of the noise. He just ran outside to untie the antenna and swing it 90 degrees. He immediately worked two new mults.

If all of this is old hat to you, find a young person to share it with...
 
ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by N7XB on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
ARRL 10 Meter Contest is one of my favorites, too. But I heard nothing all day from Portland OR - CN85.

Good news is that even new Technicians have 10 meter phone privileges from 28.300 to 28.500. Hopefully, they won't get too discouraged with the current cycle bottom.

I imagine four years from now, the number of participants in this winter contest will reach an all-time high once new hams, including those not even licensed yet, taste the fun of working the world on 10 meters at 10 watts.

Bruce N7XB
 
ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by AI2IA on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
KB8YHV - you've caught the spirit! You have just posted more than the many eHam.net naysayers will ever know! At the bottom of the sun spot cycle, too!
 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by KI6KGN on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
AI2IA I will defenitly monitor the Channel, and I'll let you know what happens.:)

KI6KGN
Trevor C
 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by KE7NDD on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Sounds like things are working out well!! I have done some googling and cant find a definitive page on building a 10 meter EDZ. Where abouts did you find the info?
 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by KB8YHV on December 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
I can't say I found anything definitive on a 10 meter EDZ. Most of the articles I read were for EDZs on low bands, but a few mentioned ten meters. The lengths mentioned for ten were anywhere from 41 to 45 feet with 44 feet being a popular number. We built it at 44 feet and fed it with a 5.5 ft length of 450 ohm ladder ladder line for impedance matching and transitioned to coax with a LDG brand 1:1 balun. We then trimmed the ladder line back an inch at a time for best SWR on the middle of the phone portion, 28.400.

There is a nifty calculator here: http://www.gd7jwr.com/zepp.htm

My son finished up tonight with abt. 200 QSOs and 28 mults. He worked four hour band openings last night and tonight from our QTH in West Texas. Hopefully the band opens again tomorrow morning, this morning was pretty weak. The eight hours he has worked it was just about right for a first go. If the band had been open all day, he never would have left the rig.

-Mac
 
RE: ARRL 10 Meter Contest This Weekend:  
by KE7NDD on December 9, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
wow! Thats pretty cool. Well done with the QSO's. Thanks for the info :)
 
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