Alright you Teccies! The ARRL 10 Meter contest is on this weekend!!!

Fire-up those 10 meter rigs and stretch their legs a bit. Who cares about the contest part of it...there WILL be action on your 10 meter band this weekend. Looks like Africa will be active from the states. Other exotic places are sure to please.

This is a Tech Class gold mine so it is. There are rules to compete but none to participate so fire up those Antrons and G5RV's because the potential will not be as good as this for some time to come!!

2009 ARRL 10-Meter Contest Rules
General Rules

Object: For Amateurs worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many stations as possible on the 10-meter band.
Date and Contest Period: Second full weekend of December. Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; ends 2359 UTC Sunday (December 12 – 13, 2009)
2.1. All stations operate no more than 36 hours out of the 48-hour period.
2.2. Listening time counts as operating time.
Entry Categories:
3.1. Single Operator: (9 categories)
3.1.1. QRP. Mixed Mode (Phone and CW). Phone only. CW only.
3.1.2. Low Power. Mixed Mode (Phone and CW). Phone only. CW only.
3.1.3. High Power. Mixed Mode (Phone and CW). Phone only. CW only.
3.2. Multioperator, Single Transmitter, mixed mode (only).
3.2.1. Includes single operators using packet or spotting assistance.
Contest Exchange:
4.1. W/VE stations (including Hawaii and Alaska) send signal report and state or province (District of Columbia stations send signal report and DC).
4.2. DX stations (including KH2, KP4, etc) transmit signal report and sequential serial number starting with 001.
4.3. Maritime mobile stations send signal report and ITU Region (R1, R2 or R3).
5.1. QSO points:
5.1.1. Two points for each complete two-way phone QSO. 5.1.2. Four points for each two-way CW QSO.
5.2. Multipliers: (per mode, phone and CW).
5.2.1. Each US state and the District of Columbia.
5.2.2. Canada provinces and territories [NB (VE1, 9), NS (VE1), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NWT (VE8), NF, (VO1), LB (VO2), YT (VY1), PEI (VY2), NU (VYØ)].
5.2.3. DXCC countries (except US and Canada). NOTE: KH6 and KL7 participate and count as US states and send HI or AK as that part of their exchange.
5.2.4. ITU regions (maritime mobiles only).
5.3. Final Score: Multiply QSO points by total multipliers (the sum of states/VE provinces/DXCC countries/ITU regions per mode). Example: KA1RWY works 2235 stations including 1305 phone QSOs, and 930 CW QSOs, for a total of 6330 QSO points. She works 49 states, 10 Canadian call areas, 23 DXCC entities and a maritime mobile station in Region 2 on Phone and 30 states, 8 Canadian call areas, and 19 DXCC countries on CW for a total multiplier of 140. Final score = 6330 (QSO points) X 140 (multiplier) = 886,200 points.
6.1. Single operator mixed-mode and multioperator stations may work stations once on CW and once on SSB.
6.2. Your call sign must indicate your DXCC country if competing as DX. (N6TR in Oregon does not send N6TR/7, but K1NO in Puerto Rico must send K1NO/KP4).
6.3. All entrants may transmit only one signal on the air at any given time.
6.4. All CW contacts must take place below 28.3 MHz.
Awards: Certificates will be awarded to:
7.1. The highest-scoring single-operator station (in each category) from each ARRL/RAC Section and DXCC country.
7.2. Top multioperator entries in each ARRL Division, Canada and each continent.
7.3. Additional certificates will be awarded as participation warrants.
8.1. All electronic logs (computer generated) must submit an ASCII text file of the log information in Cabrillo file format. Paper printouts of the electronic file are not acceptable substitutes.
8.2. Hand-written paper logs are acceptable submissions.
8.3. All entries must be emailed or postmarked by 0000 UTC Wednesday, January 13, 2010.
8.4. Email entries only to: Submissions require Cabrillo log file with all required information (including exchange sent, category entered, power, and ARRL/RAC section - see General Rules for specific file format).
8.5. Electronic files not in Cabrillo file format may be designated as checklogs.
8.6. Paper entries should be mailed to 10-Meter Contest, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.
8.7. Paper entries must be submitted on current ARRL entry forms or an acceptable facsimile.
8.7.1. Forms are available for downloading at the Contest Branch Homepage at 8.7.2. Forms are available for an SASE sent to the Contest Branch.
8.8. Logs may be submitted via the web applet at
8.9. See “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” and “General Rules for ARRL Contests on bands below 30 MHz (HF)” on the ARRL Web. 8.10. General queries should be directed to the Contest Branch at or by calling (860) 594-0232.

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Not much into contesting, but this will definitely give me a chance to listen and see what the A99 can do. Never did get it up the 15 feet more that I want it, but it tops out at about 32 feet, so will see.


Ya me either, not into contesting but you could make a load of contacts and excercise the finals a bit. Just to stay with it and all. No need to compete to participate just log some contacts.

I don't think the Antron will be at a disadvantage in this environment with so many stations calling and listening with their preamps on. You may have to wait in a pile-up but you'll get through just fine I'm sure.

Just didn't want you all to miss out on this busy weekend seeing how 10 meters is normally dead lately.... I'll be in there filling up the E-log with some long awaited 10m contacts. Good Luck
Well todays action was pretty typical for 10 meters as of late. Only local (upto 45 miles) contacts were made during the contest today.
The band really opened up tonight. Multiple contacts to MI IN GA and OH. Opened up around 9:00 up here....



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