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K3LP Contesting


General Information

I started contesting in 1975 at the age of 15 years old. My efforts started with the ARRL Field Day contest and California QSO Party. Then by 1977, I was operating the ARRL DX SSB and CW, CQWW DX and CW and CQWW WPX SSB/CW contests. Over the years, I have participated in numerous contest activities (i.e. 10 meter and 160 meter contest, etc.), but I mostly enjoy the ARRL DX CW and CQWW DX CW contests.

TI5W ARRL DX CW Contest 2012, M/M (Feb. 18-19, 2012) and TI5/K3LP Costa Rica, Feb. 14-23, 2012 - 1st Place M/M HP World

LZ Field Day Competition & DX-Pedirtion in Bulgaria, LZ6AE, LZ/K3LP, LZ9W, LZ5R, July 1-6,  2011 - DX-pedition

Contest Related Information

Contest Related Information

For announcing your DX-Pedition and/or DX Contest Call Signs, go to NG3Ks submission page as follows:

Contest Sleep Plan and Health Information

If you have not read Randy Thompson's (K5ZD) article on A Sleep Strategy for DX Contesting, National Contest Journal, I strongly recommend you read and apply this valuable information. It's a must for the dedicated contester.

Contesting DX-Peditions

There are many ways to find a special DX location to operate your contest. I found the best way to do it by meeting people on the air and discussing a clear plan. It is also helpful to get foreign licensing information and housing information from the following websites:

Operating Contests

I have had the opportunity to operate from numerous large, medium and small contest stations such as W3LPL, W3GNQ and WX3B and have enjoyed lots of contests while on DX-peditions. Here are some fellow contesters I've met:

Left to Right:

FS5UQ (David - K3LP), J7OJ (George - K5KG), and PJ2T (Geoff - PJ2DX/W0CG)

Dayton Hamfest Photo 2004

ARRL DX CW Contest 2004 - Shoot Out!

Left to Right:

Naomi Araya (JA7NVF) at his home in Aomori, Japan

R to L: K9PG (Paul), David (K3LP), Jim (VK9NS) and John (W2GD) Dayton Hamfest Photo 2004

R to L: Jim (WX3B), Naomi (JA7NVF) and David (K3LP)

Baltimore, MD Habor Photo 2004

Logging and Contest Software

Contest Rules and Log Filing Info


Contest/DX Forums and Reflectors

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