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Contest Rules

Contest Rules

The goal of Amateur Radio contesting is to contact as many stations as possible during the contest period.

Every contest has Contest Rules:

  • Only certain bands may be used
  • The contest only takes places between certain times and on certain dates. Some contests also require “off times” when you are forced to leave the air.  
  • An exchange of information is necessary during each contact. You may be required to send and receive a serial number, location, name or even a person’s age.
  • Only certain operating configurations can be used. You may have to choose a “class” of operation such as a single operator using low power.

Select a contest from the left hand navigation for a closer look at its rules.

  • Contest Calendar

    Find upcoming contests. Learn More

  • Rules for All ARRL Contests

    Check out some general rules for all ARRL contests. Learn More

  • Contests Below 30 MHz

    Check out the general rules for ARRL contests below 30 MHz. Learn More

  • Contests Above 50 MHz

    Check out the general rules for ARRL contests above 50 MHz. Learn More

  • Toolbox and Tutorials

    New to contesting? Get hints and helpful ideas for getting started and have fun! Learn More

  • Glossary

    A glossary of contest-related terms and jargon, such as "busted," "LCR," "dupe" and "Cabrillo." Learn More

  • Log Submissions

    Here's how to submit your log, including deadlines, formats and other log submission details. Learn More

  • Results, Records, and Awards

    See past contest results, share photos, and earn awards! Learn More