2023 ARRL International DX Contest KH6ML Ham Radio Hawaii HF

During the 2023 ARRL International DX Contest, I was able to make 133 successful contacts with amateur radio operators in North America, including Canada. Although I had to take breaks to work on some household projects, attend to a few work-related items, and spend time with my wife, I was still able to achieve my personal best with a score of 19,950. However, I am wondering if my score will place in any category.

As a resident of Hawaii with the call sign KH6ML, I was thrilled to participate in the contest and test my skills using my Icom IC-7300 and G5RV Jr Antenna while running my power at 100 watts. I also used the N1MM Logging software to keep track of my contacts. The contest aimed to expand North American stations' knowledge of DX propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve operating skills, and enhance station capabilities. We were limited to using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10-meter bands.
To prepare, I spent time studying propagation patterns and ensuring my station was in optimal condition. During the contest, I focused on contacting DX stations to expand my knowledge of propagation on the HF and MF bands. Despite the challenges posed by my location in Hawaii, I remained determined and worked hard to make successful contacts.

The competition was fierce, with international stations participating in the mix. Nonetheless, the contest allowed me to expand my knowledge of DX propagation, improve my operating skills, and enhance my station capabilities.

Overall, participating in the 2023 ARRL International DX Contest was an unforgettable experience that allowed me to learn, grow, and connect with other amateur radio enthusiasts in the community. As a member of ARRL, I am proud to support the ARRL Contest Program, the world's largest, with many events from HF through microwave. Membership also grants free access to the National Contest Journal, the ARRL’s online archive of QST articles, and the Technical Information Service. I look forward to participating in more contests in the future and building my skills and understanding of propagation patterns and radio overall.

As a side note: Radio contesting can provide valuable training and experience for emergency communication (EMCOMM) situations. Contests simulate a high-pressure environment, requiring quick thinking and efficient communication skills. These skills are essential in real-world emergencies where communication is critical and every second counts. Contesting also helps hams to develop skills in operating equipment and antenna systems, setting up portable stations, and deploying quickly to remote locations, all of which are crucial in emergency communication scenarios. By participating in radio contests and training exercises, hams can enhance their abilities to operate effectively in emergency situations, making them well-equipped to support their communities when the need arises. Thus, radio contesting can be an essential part of preparation for real-world emergencies and EMCOMM.

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