HF contesting is an area of Amateur Radio which attracts a lot of interesting reactions. You either love them or you hate them. For many years I avoided them like the plague. The in 2002 I spent a very pleasant Sunday working 248 stations on 10SSB during the CQ WW WPX SSB contest and I was sort of hooked. As the years have progressed I have spent more and more time during the big HF contests trying to make contacts.
So, what’s my goal in entering contests? Well I like to try and beat my previous scores. It’s a personal challenge. Each time I want to make more Q's, work more Mult's and just do better that I did last year. It might seem a bit weird but I do get a great deal of pleasure in contesting. I have learnt a lot on how to operate an HF station efficiently by entering contests than I ever did in the years before I started contesting. I have learnt about propagation, when to change band, how to handle a pile up and much more. I hope I have become more efficient over the years. By concentrating on what’s important and tweaking my station to achieve the best performance I can expect I have been very pleasantly surprised.
Each year at the Dayton Hamvention they run a Contest University. An event with lectures focused on HF and contesting. There are talks from some of the best contester’s and innovators about, yes you guessed it. Contesting. The videos from the 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2016 Contest University are available to watch at www.contestuniversity.com
WRTC 2018 in being held in Germany and the site is now up and live. The standings page is now active and can be viewer at www.wrtc2018.de