QRP ARCI Contests

Welcome to the QRP ARCI contest pages.

We sponsor a dozen contests each year with the emphasis on having fun !

Geared completely to the QRPer, these contests are an excellent way to test out your new gear, antennas, or your homebrew creations. Not only can you compete in the various contests but you can also work on the many QRP awards offered both by QRP ARCI as well as other organizations and you can also add to your DX QRP totals or complete your QRP DXCC, WAS, WAC etc.

There are categories to suit just about everyone’s contesting needs including SSB and CW. There is also the A1 antenna category for those stations using single element antennas such as Verticals, Dipoles, Inverted V’s, Loops, long wires, etc. and we also have the A2 antenna category for those using multi element beams or arrays. This way everyone can compete with similarly equipped stations using similar type antennas.


Spring Digital Sprint

Saturday 14th March 2015
1500z - 1800z

A new contest to encourage the use of digital modes.

Contest Rules

Winter Fireside SSB Sprint

Winter Fireside

Sunday 25th January 2015

A QRP SSB contest !
One of our most popular contests.

If you made any contacts please send in an entry - closing date was 8 February 2015

Contest Rules

New Years Sprint

Thursday 1st January 2015
1500z - 1800z

A new contest for the New Year

Please send an entry if you made any contacts.
Closing date for entries was 8 January 2015.

Contest Rules

Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint

Holiday Spirits

Sunday 14th December 2014
2000z - 2359z

A popular short contest which encourages homebrewers to put their rigs on the air.

Bonus points for homebrew receivers, transmitters and transceivers. Extra bonus for those operating from a portable location.

The closing date for entries is Sunday 28th December 2014

Contest Rules

Top Band Sprint

Top Band Sprint

27 November 2014
0000z - 0600z

Remember - in North America this contest runs during the evening of Wednesday 26 November 2014

A very rewarding multi-mode contest on 160m

Put up a vertical or operate with a wire in the park.
With a little bit of planning YOU can work a 160m contest with QRP !

Please send in a log even if you only made a couple of contacts - closing date for entries is 14 December 2014

Contest Rules

Fall QSO Party

Fall QSO Party

Saturday 11th October, 1200z
- Sunday 12th October 2014, 2359z

One of the most popular QRP contests of the year.
This is a 36 hour CW only event - entries can be for All Bands, Single Band, Low Bands or High Bands.

To help level the playing field there are categories for single element and multiple element antennas.

It is now too late to send an entry.
Look for results on this page and in QRP Quarterly


Contest Calendar

New Years Sprint
1 January 2015

Winter Fireside SSB Sprint
25 January 2015

Spring Digital Sprint
14 March 2015

Spring QSO Party
4-5 April 2015

Hootowl Sprint
31 May 2015

QRP Shootout
14 June 2015

Summer Homebrew Sprint
5 July 2015

Slow Speed Sprint
22 August 2015

Two Side Bands Sprint
5-6 September 2015

Fall QSO Party
10-11 October 2015

Top Band Sprint
3 December 2015

Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint
13 December 2015