Posted by: GW7AAV | December 18, 2010

CQHQ HAM Challenge 2011

It is that time of year when we tend to think about changes. Christmas is a time for family and it can make you realise just what has changed in your lives. We see children that have grown up, miss folks who have moved away or passed on. We see new wrinkles and grey hairs either on ourselves or our relatives. It is a time for reflection. The New Year follows shortly on its heels and is more of a time of friends and looking forward. It is a time for making plans and change. Some of us may make resolutions, but how many of us looking back achieve those goals we set ourselves?

I would like to set you all a challenge. It is not a competition, although if you want I can design a certificate for you to print out, but a personal challenge in the hobby of amateur radio. What I would like you to do is pick ten of the items from my list of things you might not do otherwise and try to complete those ten challenges by the end of the 2011. Some are a bigger challenge than others.

1. Try to learn Morse code

2. Try to teach someone Morse code

3. If you mainly use CW then using the HF band of your choice call CQ at least once a month on SSB

4. If you mainly use SSB but know the code then using the HF band of your choice call CQ at least once a month on CW

5. If you only work HF call CQ at least once a month on VHF/UHF (repeaters allowed)

6. If you only work FM call CQ at least once a month on HF SSB or CW

7. Make at least 12 contacts during the year on 6 metres

8. Make at least 12 contacts during the year on 10 metres

9. Try to have at least one real conversation on HF each month

10. Join your local club and attend at least 25% of their meetings

11. Offer your services as a committee member to a radio club or related organisation.

12. Give points away in three VHF or above contests (at least 10 contacts per contest)

13. Enter a VHF or above contest and submit a score

14. Give points away in three HF contests (at least 10 contacts per contest)

15. Enter a HF  contest and submit a score

16. Set up a satellite station

17. Build a kit

18. Finish that project you started

19. Build an antenna using a design on the Internet or from a book

20. Give a lecture at your local radio club on a subject you are passionate about

21. Persuade your XYL to take her licence

22. Persuade your children to take their licence

23. Set up an APRS gateway or repeater

24. Help out at a special event or JOTA station

25. Do a Summits on the Air or Wainwright’s activation

26. Operate portable from a beach

27. Write a letter to a ham magazine and have it published

28. Write an article for a ham publication

29. Operate QRP make at least 12 contacts on HF using 5 watts or less

30. Help a newbie by loaning or giving them spare kit or helping install antennas.

The purpose of the challenge is to try and make the hobby more interesting for everyone and by moving out of your comfort zone you will be giving something back and you may find you enjoy doing something different and make new friends.

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Responses

  1. Hi Steve! I really love this challenge! I’ve already taken up my cw practice (again..) and I have 3 unbuilt cw transceiver kits waiting in the drawer… My goal is to finish 10 activities from your list but unfortunately there’s no way I can talk my XYL into taking her licence!

    73! Mads, la1tpa

  2. Steve, I’ll take the challenge, but TEN is a lot! What a great idea. Best of 73, Tom, AB9NZ


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