N6RO Contesting Info
What the heck is ham radio contesting? (Ken's 'other life')
"Ham" or Amateur Radio is a multi-faceted radio service regulated by the FCC.
It's an emergency backup radio capability for governmental radio services, as well as a technical
hobby for those licensees active in the avocation. One of the on-the-air activities within the hobby
is contesting, where events are held within a given time period (usually on weekends), ranging
from two to 48 hours. The objective is to contact as many other stations, and in as many
geographical locations (statewide, nationwide, or world-wide). Score is usually determined by
multiplying the number of contacts by the number of locations(mulitipliers).
I have been doing this RadioSport since 1952, and am still very active. I sometimes have a problem with conflicts
between my music and radio events! I estimate I've participated in about
1200 contests, and have won many, at all levels up to world-wide. My station was
built to accomodate many transmitters operating at the same time, so we frequently enter a category
called "multi-operator, multi-transmitter". Our team has scored well in many of those events.
For more information on ham radio or the contesting specialty, click the links on the N6RO startpage.
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