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A Guide to May 2022 Ham Radio Contests

Excited about Dayton HamventionÒ 2022, Four Days in May, and Contest University? So are the active hams at DX Engineering! But take note: Hamvention (May 20-22), Four Days in May (May 19-22), and Contest University (May 19) aren’t the only games in town this month. There are a bunch of ways to make May memorable by getting on the air and participating in QSO Parties, RTTY opportunities, FT8 challenges, youth contesting, and other events. Here are a few highlights:

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest: May 4, May 11, May 18 1700Z to 2000Z. Open to all licensed hams, this contest runs the first Wednesday of every month for 2M, the second Wednesday for 70cm, and the third Wednesday for 23cm. Its purpose according to event coordinators: “Increased activity will provide the possibility of working new DXCC or squares; also, can make use of short-lived propagation or even detect openings which otherwise can go unnoticed.”

56th Alessandro Volta Worldwide RTTY Contest: May 14, 1200Z to May 15, 1200Z. Hosted by the SSB and RTTY Club COMO and the Associazione Radioamatori Italiani, this annual event is designed to “increase interest in RTTY mode and to honor the Italian discoverer of electricity, Alessandro Volta.” Read contest rules here. Plus, learn the story behind Volta’s amazing work in this article from blogger Kim Klimas. And check out these OnAllBands posts from Ed Muns, W0YK, on RTTY:

YOTA Contest: May 22, 0800Z to 1959Z. This CW and SSB operating event, organized by IARU R1 Youth Working Group in cooperation with MRASZ (Hungarian Amateur Radio Society), hopes to increase youngsters’ activity on the air, strengthen the reputation of YOTA programs, and support the pursuits of the new generation of Hams around the world. A second and third round of the contest is scheduled for July 23 and December 30.

Check out these posts from OnAllBands blogger Sterling Mann, N0SSC:

All About YOTA—History, Present, Future

There Is Youth in Ham Radio

U.S. State and Canadian QSO parties:

Indiana: May 7, 1500Z to May 8, 0300
Delaware: May 7, 1700Z to May 8, 2359Z
New England: May 7, 2000Z to May 8, 0500Z; May 8, 1300Z to 2400Z
Canadian Prairies: May 14, 1700Z to May 15, 0300Z 
: May 21, 1400Z to May 22, 0200Z

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