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meaning of contest exchanges KD2BME on 23/11/14
A serial number is simply a sequential number (beginning at 1) for each QSO. If you use a logging program for the contest, such as N1MM, the program will keep track of this for you and will display the serial number you should use for your next contact.

The meaning of "check" varies from contest to contest, and not every contest has a "check". In Sweepstakes, the check is the last two digits of the year you were first licensed. (I would go by effective date, but nobody's going to check. The important thing is that you use the same "check" throughout the contest.)

For contests that have different categories for power level, you'd have to look at the rules for that contest to see what code to use. In Sweepstakes, Q is QRP, A is < 150W, U is high power.

One of the best sites for learning the rules for a specific contest is . Aside from providing a useful summary of the rules, there is usually a link to the detailed rules provided by the contest's sponsor.
Time to retire "MAR" section VE1AWP on 5/11/14
As a former Maritimer (I lived in Saint John between 1975 and 1981) I can sympathize with you, but as a contester I know how difficult it already is to work all VE sections during Sweepstakes. During SS CW this past weekend, I only managed to work 2 of the 4 ON sections -- I never even heard the other two. I did work one MAR station -- I don't remember which province it was.

Anyone who is unfamiliar with the MAR section cannot be much of a contester, and I am sure that your experience is shared by hams in SV/SJV/SCV, etc. Most Americans are so ignorant of Canadian geography that you would be no further ahead in terms of "name recognition" telling them you are NB, NS, PEI, hi hi.

Mark AI4BJ
best solar panel vs RFI K6CA on 26/9/14
I've never heard of solar panels with built-in inverters. Typically, solar panels are used to charge 12 or 24-volt batteries via some sort of charge controller. If 120 VAC is desired, an inverter is attached to the batteries.

Are you perhaps confusing inverters with charge controllers? They perform two completely different functions.

Mark AI4BJ
field day w5xk on 24/6/14
I forgot to mention one additional "home" operating class - class E. Class E is the same as class D, but using an emergency power source, such as a generator. Class E stations can work all other stations.
field day w5xk on 24/6/14
I'll be working Field Day from home this year. I'll be setting up a temporary solar-powered station in my backyard, using a wire antenna suspended from a fiberglass push-up mast. My class will be 1B.

If for some reason I was unable to leave the house, I could operate from my normal home station as class 1D. Class D stations cannot work each other, but may work all other classes. Class D stations may not receive the benefit of testing their preparedness for emergencies, but they provide useful additional contacts for all the stations that are out in the field.

All operating classes in Field Day serve a useful purpose, and as such all are due full credit for their participation.

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