CQ contest - newbie

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by AE7UT, Mar 27, 2010.

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  1. AE7UT

    AE7UT Ham Member QRZ Page

    So there is a big contest today 27 Mar 2010.
    I'm not "in" the contest but can I contact them to help them?
    Do I have to be entered to contact the contestants?
    I'm new remember!

  2. K9STH

    K9STH Ham Member QRZ Page

    You don't have to send in a log. In fact, the majority of "participants" in the various DX contests don't send in a log. Just know the proper exchange and go to town. You can send in a log just for "grins" and sometimes you might be surprised in how well you did in relation to other stations.

    Most of the "casual" operators (those not interested in "winning" the contest) are looking for new countries for DXCC and so forth. Other "casual" operators just want to get into the "fun" of the contest for a few hours.

    I years past I have participated in various contests "all out" and have "taken" even all of North America in one DX contest (for all bands), have taken the 5th call area for various bands, and have placed high in the entire country for various bands. But, these days, I don't go all out, just usually work a few hours (often the 40 meter band where I have phased verticals and a "better than average" signal) just to see how well my antennas are still working.

    Glen, K9STH
  3. AE7UT

    AE7UT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the quick answer.
    Am I suppose to give them a number?
    I hear that being asked.
    Is it their number in my log?

  4. KU4X

    KU4X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    CQ WPX 411...


    This will give you all the info you need in regard to the contest in question:


    Have fun!

  5. N0SYA

    N0SYA Ham Member QRZ Page

    All you have to remember to say is "five nine" and "good luck!" and you're all set!
  6. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    In this contest (CQ WPX SSB), you exchange signal report and consecutive serial number (001, 002, etc). The exchange varies from contest to contest. A good resource is the WA7BNM Contest Calendar. You'll find most (if not all) contests listed, with links to rules for them.

    Bryan WA7PRC
  7. N5KRC

    N5KRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not in this contest. You'll also need to include the contact number.
  8. KC4RK

    KC4RK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Where does the contact number come from?
  9. AA0CW

    AA0CW XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Your first contact is 001, second 002 and so on.
  10. AE7UT

    AE7UT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sweet so I made a couple of contacts and gave them the numbers.
    Now I have to turn in my log. I just did it on paper.
    I know I can submit the paper log or transfer it to "Cabrillo" format.
    What is the best (read as easiest) way to log this stuff?
    Thanks so much.
    BTW... what a rush!

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