Whether you just want to make a few contacts or you have serious competition in mind, there’s nothing like a contest to get you on the air! Radiosport offers a great opportunity to speedily connect with lots of fellow hams, enhance your operating skills, learn about propagation, demonstrate the ability of Amateur Radio, practice copying weak signals for emergency preparedness, accumulate lots of DX entities, states or sections in a hurry and discover the strengths and weaknesses of your station! That’s more than enough incentive to enjoy the many fun radiosport events we can look forward to annually, but club contesting adds another great element – the team! When you contest with your club from your home station, every point that your station earns is added to the club’s cumulative score, so everyone is pulling together to reach a common goal.
HamDash is an exciting new platform for clubs, friends and individuals to enjoy contests together, as you each operate from home. Whether you are part of a group or a loan wolf, chasing a goal, a buddy or the guy just ahead, HamDash gives you immediate, useful feedback and plenty of fun incentives to keep you rolling in the contest chair. HamDash displays real-time scores throughout the contest and updates instantly as you enter each QSO. HamDash displays fun status graphics, a QSO feed of calls being worked, a leader board that can be easily filtered just for your buddies, category or club and instantly recognizes QSO milestone accomplishments!
I’ve always loved contesting, but before I created HamDash’s predecessor, Club Score Processor, I really missed sharing the experience on contest weekends. Contesting virtually together using Club Score Processor has really reinvigorated our local club. HamDash is now taking contest weekends to the next level for all who would like to join in the fun! –N3FJP
Settings > Web Contest Upload > Other Online Sitesand update the fields on the bottom of the form.
A QSO feed will display at the bottom and update as QSOs are entered. If operating assisted, you will see frequencies and you can click on the feed to copy the frequency to your Windows clipboard. You can then paste the copied frequency into the Call field of N3FJP software and press Enter to quickly tune to the frequency (with rig interface enabled).
At the HamDash site, click the gear button for your settings. Your settings will persist in your browser from one contest to the next unless you clear your browser’s cache.
Clubs are added to the club list automatically when an upload occurs from the logging software. To specify your club in N3FJP Software, click
Settings > Web Upload Contest Status > Other Online Sites. On the form that appears, enter your club. Then click Test in the upper left for HamDash. Your club will now appear on the HamDash site.
Inactive clubs will be hidden from the list, but will reappear once they become active again.
Back on the leader board, on the right hand side you can select the Filter button to set various filtering criteria, including clubs and categories. You can choose to display members from multiple clubs if you like. Not in a club? That’s fine too! Just leave the club filters off to see all who are participating. Everyone is welcome!
On the HamDash display, graphics include:
|Member of your club|
|No QSOs in the last 60 minutes|
|No QSOs in the last 20 minutes|
|20 min rate is 35% higher than their 60 min rate|
|Holding a steady rate|
|20 min rate is 35% lower than their 60 min rate|
|Fastest 20 minute QSO rate on the filtered scoreboard|
|Station is running a frequency|
(appears after logging 6 consecutive QSOs on the same frequency)
Clubs like NEMARC recognise members that achieve a personal QSO count milestone. We brought that model to HamDash for the following milestones in each contest: