30 Ham Radio Contest Tips — Create a contest goal


Ham Radio Contesting GoalsThis month, I’m providing a ham radio contest tip-a-day (along with other posts) to help you trigger your own contesting activities.

Today’s tip: Create a contest goal.

The more time you spend in a contest, the harder it becomes. Why? Well, there is the effort of copying all those signals in the midst of all the contest noise. Sitting in the chair (or standing) operating takes focus and concentration. And, let’s face it, operating at 3 AM is tough on anyone.

A goal for the contest operation can offer you the “reason for operating” when the operating gets tough. By having a goal, the operating becomes more than just the next contact. The goal helps sustain you during the contest.

Scot, K9JY

  • My goal for NA Sprint CW 2007 is 100 QSOs in 4-hours while copying/sending Morse code between 20 and 28 words per minute.

    My objective is at least 25 or more QSOs on each band 20, 40, and 80-meters. And, call CQ more times than not, then search and pounce.

    Thanks Scot for helping me clarify my focus for next weekend.

  • Now if you were to have a goal such as the one KA3DRR just provided, wouldn’t you be able to focus on the contest and not worry about who won?

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