QRP ARCI Contests

Welcome to the QRP ARCI contest pages.

We sponsor several contests each year with the emphasis on having fun !

Geared completely to the QRPer, these contests are an excellent way to test out your new gear, antennas, or your homebrew creations. Not only can you compete in the various contests but you can also work on the many QRP awards offered both by QRP ARCI as well as other organizations and you can also add to your DX QRP totals or complete your QRP DXCC, WAS, WAC etc.

There are categories to suit just about everyone’s contesting needs including SSB and CW. There is also the A1 antenna category for those stations using single element antennas such as Verticals, Dipoles, Inverted V’s, Loops, long wires, etc. and we also have the A2 antenna category for those using multi element beams or arrays. This way everyone can compete with similarly equipped stations using similar type antennas.

Most of our contests also offer Single Band entries, Low Band entries, High Band entries and of course All Band entries. There are even power multipliers for using different power levels from 5 Watts down to just a few milliWatts!

You do not have to be able to run pile ups, copy 30 wpm CW, or generate 100s of QSOs. In fact you don’t have to be a contester at all to enjoy the fun - just get on the air, make a few QSOs, and be sure to send in a log. Except for the Spring and Fall QSO Parties most of our contests are only a few hours in length so you don’t have to commit an entire weekend to being on the air. Just get on for an hour or two and make some QSOs.  Even a few QSOs could win you a certificate!

Instant Logging is now available:  http://qrpcontest.com 

The pace of the QRP ARCI Contests are very relaxed and laid back for the most part compared to other contests. It’s the perfect place to practice your contesting skills if you are new to contesting and the perfect platform if you just want to test your latest antenna project or see how far you can be heard running just a few milliwatts into a ground mounted vertical for example.  You can even operate portable, field day style, such as at the beach, in a park, etc. and receive bonus points in most of our contests for your effort.

QRP Quarterly

QRP Quarterly - Oct 2017

QRP Quarterly - Oct 2017

Technical Articles

  • Idea Exchange—Mike Czuhajewski—WA8MCQ
  • NPOTA Antenna Wrap-up—N2CX
  • Replace Failed HW-8 Mixer Amp with JFET—KC9ON, WB2LHP
  • Lidia Receiver Input Filter Mods—W5USJ
  • Where is My Trap Tuned?—AF7ET

12 Ionospherica—Kazimierz “Kai” Siwiak—KE4PT

14 Let There Be Light—Bob Thompson—K5RWT

14 Old Milwaukee Antenna Mount—John Leonardelli—VE3IPS

16 Flying Saucer Resonators for the HF Bands—Barry A. Booth—W9UCW

21 How Many “UNs” is Enough?—Bob Thompson—K5RWT

24 A Simple QRPWattmeter—Paul Signorelli—WØRW

25 Battery Magic—Bob Thompson—K5RWT

28 Arduino Homebrew Project:

  • AD8307 Power Meter—DuWayne Schmidlkofer—KV4QB

32 NVIS Antenna for QRP Fun on 60M—John Leonardelli—VE3IPS

33 Here We Go Loopy Loop—Howard Zehr—K4LXY

The Joy of QRP

11 How to Copy CW in Your Head—Dan Romanchik—KB6NU

13 Grote Reber, W9GFZ and Radio Astronomy—Ed Breneiser—WA3WSJ

22 QRP in the Mountaineer State—Edward Breneiser—WA3WSJ

26 10 Questions About Your QRP Operations—John Leonardelli—VE3IPS

The World of QRP ARCI

3 Editorial—Mitch Gill—NA7US

4 From the President—Preston Douglas—WJ2V

40 New or Renewal Membership Application

40 QRP ARCI Staff and Directors


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