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Radiosport – Hams Enjoy Contests

Ham bands come to life during contests

During the 48 hours covered by October 24-25 (2015) one of the premier radiosport events brought the ham radio bands to life. Every fall, around thirty thousand hams worldwide take part in two CQ Worldwide contests. The first is for voice operators, the second in November is for Morse code enthusiasts. The process is quite simple: contact other hams worldwide and exchange a signal report and your location. Scoring is based on the number of successful contacts multiplied by the number of different locations (zones and countries) reached.

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Shortwave Radio – The Joys

Drake SPR-4 shortwave radio
My first really good receiver

Shortwave radio listening (SWL) was my first serious hobby. Actually, I tell a lie. It was Medium Wave listening on the frequencies just below shortwave radio, also known as the AM Broadcast Band. During junior high school, a few of us joined the Canadian International DX Club, which at that time was based in Winnipeg. DX means “distant transmission” and that’s what we did: listen to shortwave radio and AM broadcast band transmission from distant stations.

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