[CQ-Contest] ARRL 10 Meter Contest

Bill Tippett btippett at alum.mit.edu
Thu Dec 13 23:16:41 EST 2001

Q:  Where is the best place in the USA (lower 48) to operate in the 
ARRL 10 Meter Contest?

A:  Key West, Florida


1.  Hours of Daylight = 10.5 hours for Miami (Key West is even better)
Compare to Duluth, MN with 8.55 hours.  10 is a daylight band so more
daylight is better!

2.  Geomagnetic Latitude = 36N  
Compare to Duluth, MN at 57N.
Geomagnetic Latitude is a measure of your proximity to the Magnetic
North Pole and therefore proximity to auroral disturbance effects.  
Check out your own Geomagnetic Latitude at:


3.  Skip distance to highly populated areas is a reasonable distance
so you don't have to mess with those weak backscatter signals!

        Where else would be good?  Brownsville/TX, Yuma/AZ and San
Diego/CA...but not as good as Key West!

        Have fun and see you on 10 this weekend...in spite of the
forecasted disturbed conditions!

                                                73,  Bill  W4ZV 

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