|WA7BNM Contest Calendar|
Personally, the chapter that was written with the good old boy network of characters winking, winking, nodding, nodding, and protecting the brand at any cost is nearing its conclusion.
If one remains interested, optimistic, and prepared to learn, there is concise text written by masters of the game. The Contesting Compendium is an excellent point to begin developing one's RadioSport strategy from station design to propagation to everything in between.
The next step in the process of reaching for the highest level in RadioSport is scheduling.
The WA7BNM Contest Calendar is the best resource for developing an event agenda according to one's favorite mode. Literally,whatever one's preferred niche there is an event somewhere on the either the 12-month or perpetual calendar.
Bruce Horn, WA7BNM took his calendar to the next level providing an eight day snapshot of events including hours of activity. One can budget time according to their desired goals. Additionally, most major events like CQWW DX, ARRL International DX, California QSO Party, or ARRL Sweepstakes remain consistent on the perpetual calendar.
I recommend drafting a schedule table of one's favorites and, keeping family in mind, sit down with the YL and negotiate the plan.
Certainly, as a bachelor or bachlorette, one is driving their own schedule however as a student; planning with mid-terms or finals in mind, injects additional structure and/or organization into an already hectic schedule. Hopefully, one can discover a few hours of participation time after planning and budgeting, however grade point average, is the primary mission.
The rules protect the integrity of RadioSport Box scores while developing one's knowledge base expands awareness. Subsequently, planning one's schedule using the WA7BNM Contest Calendar, will assist in the efficient allocation of valuable time based on the eight day schedule while maximizing ham radio fun across the weekend.
P.S. Have a barbecue to attend at TK's QTH later this afternoon.