30 Ham Radio Contesting Tips — Find joy in contesting


Beam-NortheastThis 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: Find joy in contesting.

In this final installment of thirty ham radio contesting tips, it all comes down to joy.

Contesting is exceptionally challenging to operators. Contests, whether entered competitively or simply as an afternoon break on a Sunday, are demanding. Our equipment must work the way it was designed. Our computers need to have all of their interfaces working. Our bodies need to be in shape for the time we will spend contesting. Our operating skills need to be at the ready. And our head needs to be in the contest.

The great thing for me about contesting is this ability to let the rest of the trials and tribulations I may be experiencing in my life fall away for the duration of the contest. The contest, because of the focus on the operating, becomes the “flow” experience where time melts away.

The thrill of a monster contest run effortlessly handled, the elusive multiplier that gets snapped up by checking a long path propagation route, and the great honor of hearing those familiar calls once again on the air is the joy contesting brings to me.

So my final contesting tip is simple: find your joy in contesting.

Scot, K9JY

  • This was an excellent series. Thank you! In previous decades this would have made an excellent book. Of course, with the web, we now have quicker access to the materials and more direct contact with the author. We get the good stuff quicker.

    I hope your readers appreciate your efforts. I sure do!

    See you down the log. 73!

    — Scott (NE1RD)

  • Thanks, Scott. It was a lot of fun to write and it triggered a bunch of other stuff to write about for contesters.

    Thanks for commenting — I’m a regular reader of your blog as well. There’s some nice stuff coming out from hams in this format.

    Scot, K9JY

  • Masterful series, well done and well conceived. I’m applying each tip into KA3DRR’s low-power, low-profile operating strategy and many kudos to you!

    73 de Scot, KA3DRR
    Condo Contest Station

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