The Commonwealth Contest or BERU, the longest running DX contest in amateur radio, promotes contacts between stations in the Commonwealth and Mandated Territories. A more relaxed contest environment gives the opportunity to work some choice DX.
The challenge of amateur radio contests has endured from the earliest days of radio communication...
The competitive side of amateur radio has always been the spur to improve knowledge of receivers, transmitters, antennas and propagation as well as the quality and efficiency of communication skills.
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) created the British Empire Radio Union (BERU) in the late 1920s to support radio amateurs in the Empire. In 1930 a New Zealand radio amateur suggested that a week should be set aside as an 'Empire Radio Week' and that this should be held in February 1931. This was the first BERU Contest. The contest proved to be very popular and has been held annually since then. It became known as the Commonwealth Contest in 1973. The 2014 contest will be the 77th.
Read Don G3XTT's article in Practical Wireless on Commonwealth Contest propagation here Thanks to Practical Wireless for permission to publish.