The rules assist in deciding one's how-to approach when operating in an event.
My next step in the process is to provide introductory references of greater detail that will assist in building one's knowledge base. The construction of one's RadioSport foundation is extremely important because it leads to greater understanding from building a competitive shack to breaking a world record to having a lot of ham radio fun over a weekend.
There is nothing more frustrating than a lack of working knowledge especially if one is interested in participating in a RadioSport event such as CQWW DX or CQ WPX.
The most concise text is found at The Contest Compendium located on Wikipedia in addition to Contesting as well. The masters of the game went to great lengths to develop this resource for RadioSport enthusiasts and, most likely, the compendium will answer most questions however; it doesn't replace mentorship. Additionally, bookmark Contesting Online, at this website one can follow up on the news, read a few articles, and learn a little more about who is who in RadioSport.
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