I recently entered the NAQP RTTY and Phone contests. I knew I had no hope of being competitive but knew I was sure to learn something.

Before entering the contests I had no RTTY contacts and only one HF phone contact from my own station. After the RTTY contest I had 31 states confirmed in LOTW. After the phone contest I have 14 states confirmed in LOTW and confirmations are still trickling in.

All it took was a few hours of preparation and 10 hours of operating for each contest. The NAQP (North America QSO Party) only runs for 12 hours and you can only operate for 10. This doesn't require a 24 hour rig sit and is a great introduction to contesting.

Give it a try.


Andy k3wyc