2007-06 YARS Field Day 755

Amateur radio contesting is a type of activity whereby amateur radio operators can gain experience in optimizing their equipment to make as many contacts as possible with other amateur radio operators.  A contest may require a specific mode or power output to be used.  Message handling skills might be part of the contest. 

All contests have a facade of a competition.  In reality every contest is an exercise in operating amateur radio equipment within limitations set by time etc.

Like all radio sports, contesting is a means of maintaining proficiency and also of maintaining one's equipment and learning new skills.  One learns how to set up equipment in the most efficient manner and the art of communicating given the unique local effects of the upper atmosphere. 

The image above shows VE8RT operting CW during an ARRL/RAC Field Day competition.