DX and Contesting

Some papers that may be of interest to members and visitors on HF DX and contesting

“The Art and Skill of Radio Telegraphy” by Bill Pierpoint N0HFF (Silent Key)

This article represents an excellent introduction to CW operating.   Copyright was lifted by the author for for all radio amateurs.  Thanks to Ralph Sutton ZL2AOH, a Branch 50 member, for this helpful contribution to our library of DX and Contesting guides.

Take-off angles for ZL propagation by John Gabites ZL2AQ (Silent Key)

You might be surprised at the angles required for propagation on 80m and 40m for contacts within New Zealand.   John Gabites ZL2AQ was a long-standing member of Branch 50 NZART and an expert meteorologist, with considerable knowledge of ionospheric RF propagation.  John provided ionospheric predictions each month in our newsletter.

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An introduction to contesting by Bob Stewart ZL2AMI (SK)

Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 9.37.24 AMBob Stewart ZL2AMI was a long-standing member of Branch 50 NZART.  Bob was also a keen contester and, in particular, he was a skilled RTTY contest operator.  As our most active Quartz Hill User Group member, he made regular (almost weekly) visits to Makara to make use of the HF antenna farm at ZL6QH. He was also a member of the Kiwi Contest Group in the 1980’s and 1990’s and a keen DXer.

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