Upcoming Contests!

One more Q!


There are many great contests throughout the year! This list is a tiny subset, but these are some of the more significant upcoming contests that our membership gravitates towards participating in. Definitely plan on operating the bold, first tier contests as part of our Northeast Maryland Amateur Radio Contest Society team! The bold italic are the best of the best!


DateContestModeClub Competition EligibleRanking*
Jan 4, 2020ARRL RTTY RoundupRTTYYes!Second Tier
Jan 11, 2020North American QSO PartyCW5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Jan 18, 2020North American QSO PartySSB5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Jan 18, 2020ARRL January VHFMultipleYes!Second Tier
Jan 24, 2020CQ WW 160-Meter ContestCWYes!Second Tier
Jan 25, 2020Winter Field DayMultipleFirst Tier
Feb 8, 2020CQ WW RTTY WPX ContestRTTYYes!Second Tier
Feb 10, 2020School Club RUMultipleThird Tier
Feb 15, 2020ARRL International DX ContestCWYes!First Tier!
Feb 21, 2020CQ WW 160-Meter ContestSSBYes!Second Tier
Feb 29, 2020North American QSO PartyRTTY5 SO stations maxSecond Tier
Mar 7, 2020ARRL International DX ContestSSBYes!First Tier!
Mar 28, 2020CQ WW WPX ContestSSBYes!First Tier
May 30, 2020CQ WW WPX ContestCWYes!First Tier
Jun 13, 2020ARRL June VHFMultipleYes!Second Tier
Jun 27, 2020ARRL Field DayMultipleFirst Tier
Jul 11, 2020IARU HF World ChampionshipMultipleFirst Tier
Jul 18, 2020North American QSO PartyRTTY5 SO stations maxSecond Tier
Jul 18, 2020CQ WW VHFMultipleYes!Second Tier
Aug 1, 2020North American QSO PartyCW5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Aug 8, 2020Maryland QSO PartyMultipleThird Tier
Aug 8, 2020Worked All EuropeCWThird Tier
Aug 15, 2020North American QSO PartySSB5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Sep 12, 2020Worked All EuropeSSBThird Tier
Sep 12, 2020ARRL September VHFMultipleYes!Second Tier
Sep 26, 2020CQ Worldwide DX ContestRTTYYes!Second Tier
Oct 10, 2020PA QSO PartyMultipleThird Tier
Oct 19, 2020School Club RUMultipleThird Tier
Oct 24, 2020CQ Worldwide DX ContestSSBYes!First Tier!
Nov 7, 2020ARRL Sweepstakes ContestCWYes!First Tier
Nov 14, 2020Worked All EuropeRTTYThird Tier
Nov 21, 2020ARRL Sweepstakes ContestSSBYes!First Tier
Nov 28, 2020CQ Worldwide DX ContestCWYes!First Tier!
Dec 4, 2020ARRL 160-Meter ContestCWYes!Second Tier
Dec 12, 2020ARRL 10-Meter ContestMultipleYes!First Tier
Dec 26, 2020Stew PerryCWThird Tier

First Tier Contests - Definitely Plan on These!

The contests in the first tier are all BIG and , with the exception of the two Field Day events, contest club eligible. It would be great to see our Northeast Maryland Amateur Radio Contest Society put in a good, solid showing in all of these!


Second Tier Contests - These are Good Too!

These are also good contests that are all club contest eligible. The North American QSO Party (NAQP) contests are particularly good because all categories are limited to 100 watts and you can run multi-two with friends at one location if you like. I almost put the NAQP contests in the first tier, but I didn't want to make the first tier list too long. We will compete as a club in these contests on case by case basis too if there is enough interest.

These contests are in the second tier, either because they are on 160M only, VHF only or don't quite have the same level of participation as the first tier.


Third Tier Contests - More Fun!

These aren't club contest eligible, but you'll likely want to participate if you can! Maryland and PA QSO party contests are bold because club competition or not, we sure don't want to miss those!