Upcoming Contests!

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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*
2022202220222022
Jan 8, 2022ARRL RTTY RoundupRTTYYes!First Tier
Jan 15, 2022North American QSO PartyCW5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Jan 15, 2022ARRL January VHFMixedYes!Second Tier
Jan 22, 2022North American QSO PartySSB5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Jan 28, 2022CQ WW 160-Meter CWCWYes!Second Tier
Jan 29, 2022Winter Field DayMixedFirst Tier
Feb 5, 2022EU-DXMixedSecond Tier
Feb 12, 2022CQ WPX RTTYRTTYYes!First Tier
Feb 14, 2022School Club RUMixedThird Tier
Feb 19, 2022ARRL DX CWCWYes!First Tier!
Feb 25, 2022CQ WW 160-Meter SSBSSBYes!Second Tier
Feb 26, 2022North American QSO PartyRTTY5 SO stations maxSecond Tier
Mar 5, 2022ARRL DX SSBSSBYes!First Tier!
Mar 12, 2022Stew Perry Topband ChallengeCWThird Tier
Mar 26, 2022CQ WPX SSBSSBYes!First Tier
Apr 10, 2022ARRL Rookie RoundupSSBThird Tier
May 28, 2022CQ WPX CWCWYes!First Tier
Jun 4, 2022ARRL Digital DXDIGSecond Tier
Jun 11, 2022ARRL June VHFMixedYes!Second Tier*
Jun 18, 2022Stew Perry Topband ChallengeCWThird Tier
Jun 25, 2022ARRL Field DayMixedFirst Tier
Jul 9, 2022IARU HF World ChampionshipMixedSecond Tier*
Jul 16, 2022North American QSO PartyRTTY5 SO stations maxSecond Tier
Jul 16, 2022CQ WW VHFMixedYes!Second Tier
Jul 30, 2022RSGB IOTAMixedThird Tier
Aug 6, 2022North American QSO PartyCW5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Aug 13, 2022Maryland QSO PartyMixedThird Tier
Aug 13, 2022Worked All Europe CWCWThird Tier
Aug 20, 2022North American QSO PartySSB5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Aug 21, 2022ARRL Rookie RoundupRTTYThird Tier
Aug 27, 2022World Wide Digi DX ContestFT 4/8 Third Tier
Sep 10, 2022Worked All Europe SSBSSBThird Tier
Sep 10, 2022ARRL September VHFMixedYes!Second Tier
Sep 24, 2022CQ Worldwide DX RTTYRTTYYes!First Tier
Oct 8, 2022PA QSO PartyMixedThird Tier
Oct 15, 2022Stew Perry Topband ChallengeCWThird Tier
Oct 17, 2022School Club RUMixedThird Tier
Oct 29, 2022CQ Worldwide DX SSBSSBYes!First Tier!
Nov 5, 2022ARRL Sweepstakes CWCWYes!First Tier
Nov 12, 2022Worked All Europe RTTYRTTYThird Tier
Nov 19, 2022ARRL Sweepstakes SSBSSBYes!First Tier
Nov 26, 2022CQ Worldwide DX CWCWYes!First Tier!
Dec 2, 2022ARRL 160-Meter CWCWYes!First Tier
Dec 3, 2022FT Roundup ContestFT 4/8Third Tier
Dec 10, 2022ARRL 10-Meter ContestMixedYes!First Tier
Dec 17, 2022RAC Winter ContestMixedThird Tier
Dec 18, 2022ARRL Rookie RoundupCWThird Tier
Dec 17, 2022Stew Perry Topband ChallengeCWThird Tier
2023202320232023
Jan 7, 2023ARRL RTTY RoundupRTTYYes!First Tier
Jan 14, 2023North American QSO PartyCW5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Jan 21, 2023ARRL January VHFMixedYes!Second Tier
Jan 21, 2023North American QSO PartySSB5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Jan 27, 2023CQ WW 160-Meter CWCWYes!Second Tier
Jan 28, 2023Winter Field DayMixedFirst Tier
Feb 4, 2023EU-DXMixedSecond Tier
Feb 11, 2023CQ WPX RTTYRTTYYes!First Tier
Feb 13, 2023School Club RUMixedThird Tier
Feb 18, 2023ARRL DX CWCWYes!First Tier!
Feb 24, 2023CQ WW 160-Meter SSBSSBYes!Second Tier
Feb 25, 2023North American QSO PartyRTTY5 SO stations maxSecond Tier
Mar 4, 2023ARRL DX SSBSSBYes!First Tier!
Mar 11, 2023Stew Perry Topband ChallengeCWThird Tier
Mar 25, 2023CQ WPX SSBSSBYes!First Tier
Apr 16, 2023ARRL Rookie RoundupSSBThird Tier
May 27, 2023CQ WPX CWCWYes!First Tier
Jun 3, 2023ARRL Int Digital DXDIGSecond Tier
Jun 10, 2023ARRL June VHFMixedYes!Second Tier*
Jun 17, 2023Stew Perry Topband ChallengeCWThird Tier
Jun 24, 2023ARRL Field DayMixedFirst Tier
Jul 8, 2023IARU HF World ChampionshipMixedSecond Tier*
Jul 15, 2023North American QSO PartyRTTY5 SO stations maxSecond Tier
Jul 15, 2023CQ WW VHFMixedYes!Second Tier
Jul 29, 2023RSGB IOTAMixedThird Tier
Aug 5, 2023North American QSO PartyCW5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Aug 12, 2023Maryland QSO PartyMixedThird Tier
Aug 12, 2023Worked All Europe CWCWThird Tier
Aug 19, 2023North American QSO PartySSB5 SO stations maxSecond Tier*
Aug 20, 2023ARRL Rookie RoundupRTTYThird Tier
Aug 26, 2023World Wide Digi DX ContestFT 4/8 Third Tier
Sep 9, 2023Worked All Europe SSBSSBThird Tier
Sep 9, 2023ARRL September VHFMixedYes!Second Tier
Sep 23, 2023CQ Worldwide DX RTTYRTTYYes!First Tier
Oct 14, 2023PA QSO PartyMixedThird Tier
Oct 16, 2023School Club RUMixedThird Tier
Oct 21, 2023Stew Perry Topband ChallengeCWThird Tier
Oct 28, 2023CQ Worldwide DX SSBSSBYes!First Tier!
Nov 4, 2023ARRL Sweepstakes CWCWYes!First Tier
Nov 11, 2023Worked All Europe RTTYRTTYThird Tier
Nov 18, 2023ARRL Sweepstakes SSBSSBYes!First Tier
Nov 25, 2023CQ Worldwide DX CWCWYes!First Tier!
Dec 1, 2023ARRL 160-Meter CWCWYes!First Tier
Dec 2, 2023FT Roundup ContestFT 4/8Third Tier
Dec 9, 2023ARRL 10-Meter ContestMixedYes!First Tier
Dec 17, 2023ARRL Rookie RoundupCWThird Tier
Dec 30, 2023Stew Perry Topband ChallengeCWThird Tier
Dec 30, 2023RAC Winter ContestMixedThird 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. CQ World Wide DX, ARRL DX, CQ WPX and ARRL Field Day are the biggest of them all. It would be great to see our Northeast Maryland Amateur Radio Contest Society put in a good, solid showing in all of the Tier 1 contests!


Second Tier Contests - These are Good Too!

These are also good contests that are all club contest eligible. The Second Tier* are particularly close to First Tier. The North American QSO Party (NAQP) contests are fun because all categories are limited to 100 watts and you can run multi-two with friends at one location if you like. We almost put the NAQP contests in the first tier, but we 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.

The IARU HF World Championship could also easily be in the First Tier category. Falling in summer, it doesn't have quite the participation as the biggest tests, but it is close and could go either way.

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!