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.
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Rules for All ARRL Contests
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Contests Below 30 MHz
Check out the general rules for ARRL contests below 30 MHz. Learn More
Contests Above 50 MHz
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Toolbox and Tutorials
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A glossary of contest-related terms and jargon, such as "busted," "LCR," "dupe" and "Cabrillo." Learn More
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Results, Records, and Awards
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