QRP ARCI Contests

Welcome to the QRP ARCI contest pages.

The schedule of contests for 2016 has not yet been decided.
To encourage participation the format and scheduling of contests will be changing.
More details will be published in January 2016.

Entries to all 2015 contests have been processed and will be published in QRP Quarterly.

We sponsor a dozen 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.


Top Band Sprint

Top Band Sprint

3 December 2015
0000z - 0600z

Remember - in North America this contest runs during the evening of Wednesday 2 December 2015

A very rewarding multi-mode contest on 160m

Put up a vertical or operate with a wire in the park.
With a little bit of planning YOU can work a 160m contest with QRP !

Contest Rules

Holiday Homebrew Sprint

Holiday Spirits

Sunday 13th December 2015
2000z - 2359z

A popular short contest which encourages homebrewers to put their rigs on the air.

Bonus points for homebrew receivers, transmitters and transceivers. Extra bonus for those operating from a portable location.

Contest Rules

Fall QSO Party

Fall QSO Party

Saturday 10th October 2015, 1200z
- Sunday 11th October 2015, 2359z

One of the most popular QRP contests of the year.
This is a 36 hour CW only event - entries can be for All Bands, Single Band, Low Bands or High Bands.

It is now too late to submit an entry


Spring QSO Party

Spring QSO Party

Saturday 4th April 2015, 1200z
- Sunday 5th April 2015, 2359z

One of the biggest QRP contests of the calendar

Closing date for entries is 19 April 2015.
Please send in an entry !

Contest Rules

Hoot Owl Sprint

Hoot Owl

Sunday 31st May 2015
8pm to Midnight LOCAL TIME

Where ever you are this contest is 8pm to Midnight !

Contest Rules

QRP Shoot Out

Ray Gun

Saturday 13 June 2015
CW:  1500Z to 2100Z

Sunday 14 June 2015
SSB: 1500Z to 2100Z

This contest is designed to demonstrate that QRP operators can be proficient in both voice and morse code communications.

Contest rules

Contest Calendar 2015

New Years Sprint
1 January 2015

Winter Fireside SSB Sprint
25 January 2015

Spring Digital Sprint
14 March 2015

Spring QSO Party
4-5 April 2015

Hootowl Sprint
31 May 2015

QRP Shootout
13-14 June 2015

Summer Homebrew Sprint
5 July 2015

Slow Speed Sprint
22 August 2015

Two Side Bands Sprint
5-6 September 2015

Fall QSO Party
10-11 October 2015

Top Band Sprint
3 December 2015

Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint
13 December 2015