2010 Russian DX Contest “The Contender”

What counts in the realm of RadioSport when a contender enters the ionospheric arena to compete against established heavyweights like CQ World Wide and/or ARRL International DX?

Competition Is Healthy.
The ultimate measure is fun across all RadioSport levels and, at the end of the day, the number of logs submitted.

I imagine sponsors and contest committees are noting the rise of the Russian DX Contest from upstart to serious contender. The event scheduled for this weekend will certainly benefit from the sometimes staggering Cycle 24 trend. Likewise, one must read the rules and discover a fresh perspective in a sport that embraces technology to limited degrees.

Practice, Practice, Practice.
I decided this year because of the Russian DX Contest point structure, a modest station like mine can have a lot of fun;

  • 10 points for logged Russian -Qs.
  • 5 points for different continent.
  • 3 points for different country on same continent.
  • 2 points for one’s country.

I attempted this event at the low edge of Cycle 24 and the numbers suggest different results this year. Let’s have ham radio fun beneath the ionospheric arena, practice good sportsmanship, and test our station configurations while the contender takes on the heavyweights.

Contest on!

Scot Morrison, KA3DRR, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from California, USA.

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