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.
2014 NEWS ( 29 November 2013 )
PLEASE NOTE 2014 RULES are at 2014 Rules and there are changes in the Team with ref. to Multi - Ops.
Paul EI5DI our Team sponsor Team entrants in particular will have appreciated Paul EI5DI's very kind sponsorship of the BERU Team Competition Prizes since 2008, during which time nearly 250 awards have been made. The Silver Britannia coin is a typical example.
Paul is bowing out from 2014, in order to provide an opportunity for another sponsor, but will continue to fully support the Commonwealth Contest (indeed all RSGB contests) with his free Contest Logger SD. Many thanks for your support Paul!
Team Prizes Peter, G3LET, reports that the Team prizes, Britannia Coins, have now been sent off to Australia.
9H3AL Gozo Mike G3VYI has the call 9H3AL for the Addiscombe trip to Gozo in 2014.
Centenary Key Raffle was won by Ian, M0PCB!
9H Gozo Mike G3VYI is planning Multi-op visit to Gozo with Steve 'UFY and Peter 'SJX for 2014 !
2013 Results correction VE7RAC has been moved into the HQ section by request
Rule changes - please see RSGB Contest website for details but the main ones are that Multi-op entries can be counted as part of a team. Also for UK stations special contest calls will be allowed.
J3 Grenada I will be going back to Grenada as J34G
VP2M Monserrat Ian, M0PCB, will be operating from Montserrat
ZF Cayman Nigel ZF2XF/G3TXF will be going back to Grand Cayman