What is Contesting?
Contesting is the sport form of amateur radio operating. In a contest,
an amateur radio station, which may be operated by an individual or a team,
seeks to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible in a
given period of time and exchange information. The contacts made during
a contest contribute to a score by which stations are ranked and winners
The rules for each competition define the frequencies that can be used
and whether contacts can be made on voice, with Morse code, or by digital
protocols that use computers to send and receive text. Each contest has
its own rules about the kind of information that must be exchanged, such
as a name, a signal report, or a location. Different contests promote
different strategies, skills, and challenges!
The Central Texas DX and Contest Club is home to some of the
world's finest amateur radio contesters and contest stations.
Five of the largest contest stations in the area were highlighted in
the November/December 2000 issue of the
National Contest Journal. Our contesters regularly
participate in competitions using voice, Morse code, and digital text.
We regularly enter the Club and Team Competitions to challenge groups
in other parts of the country or the world. We are always looking to
help new contesters who are passionate about high performance amateur
radio and want to learn more about the sport!
Scott Pederson KI5DR accepts the trophy for the CTDXCC victory in the
club competition of the 2003 Texas QSO Party!
The Central Texas DX and Contest Club competes in the Club Competition
category of radio contests sponsored by the ARRL, CQ Magazine,
the NCJ, and more!
Contest Awards Sponsorship
The Central Texas DX and Contest Club is proud to support radio
contesting through the sponsorship of plaques and awards for
the competitors in major radiosport events.
See the trophies and plaques won by the CTDXCC in club
Contest Score Rumors
Check out the claimed contest scores and soapbox comments for some
of the most popular radio contests in which CTDXCC members