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This Saturday, July 12th, 2014, from 5:00 am local time Saturday (1200 UTC) to 5:00 am local time Sunday, July 13th, is the International Amateur Radio Union HF World Championship contest, Phone and CW.   The bands will be hopping!

Casual participation is encouraged … you don’t have to turn in a log.   All you do is provide your call sign is response to the participant station CQ, then, when acknowledged, provide them an RS(T) which is, for contests, always “59” or “599”, and the number 6 which is our ITU zone number on the west coast.     So, after the other station recognizes your call sign, you just say “59” and “6”.   That’s it.    The other station either provides RS(T) and their ITU zone or, if they are a headquarters amateur radio organization for the country, such as the ARRL is, then the exchange is RS(T) and the abbreviation for the country’s headquarters society, such as ARRL.

Learn more here:  http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship   If all you do is to tune in and listen, you can hear how contesters handle high volumes of contacts.

Concurrent with this IARU HF World Championship contest, is the World Radiosport Team Championship WRTC contest, an event for teams of 2 who compete using virtually identical stations, from New Hampshire and Massachusetts locations this year.    Learn more here:  http://www.wrtc2014.org/    Interestingly, based on an analysis by Dan N6AU, the contestants range in age from their 20s to their 60s, which an average age of around 40.   If you hear a station with a 1 by 1 call sign, such as W1A, it is likely a WRTC competitor participating in the IARU HF contest.   The WRTC competitors will use 1 × 1 call signs starting with W, K, or N with the US First District designator.

Where would a person go to find out information about all upcoming contests?    WA7BNM’s Contest Calendar is here:


Casual participation in contests helps build confidence for operating your station for Field Day, for emergencies, and for fun.

One Response to “IARU HF World Championship”

  1. Brian Ehrmantraut says:

    Also notice that we have coming up July 26/27 the Islands On The Air event:


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