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RTTY Sub-bands

The HF RTTY sub-band boundaries are defined and limited by your license.  Below are approximations of “normal” operating RTTY sub-bands world-wide.  When operating RTTY, be sure respect the band guards around the IBP/NCDXA beacon frequencies noted below.  For a detailed frequency band for IARU Region 2, see http://www.iaru-regionii.org/Region_2_HF_Band_Plan.html.  For USA licensed frequencies, see http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/allocate.html and for USA band plan, see http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/bandplan.html.

10 meters – 28080.5 to 28100 kHz, during contests 28080.5-28200 kHz (JA 28070-28200 kHz).  (Note:  PSK operation around 28120 KHz).  Avoid 28199.5-28200.5 KHz (NCDXF/IARU frequency 28200 kHz).

12 meters – 24910 to 24930 kHz with most activity around 24920 kHz (JA 24910-24940 kHz).  Avoid 24929.5-24930.5 kHz (NCDXF/IARU frequency 24930 kHz).

15 meters – 21080.5 to 21100 kHz, during contests 21080.5-21150 kHz (JA 21070-21150 kHz) (note:  PSK31 operations around 21070-21072 kHz).  Avoid 21149.5-21150.5 kHz (NCDXF/IARU frequency 21150 kHz).

17 meters – 18100 to 18110 kHz with occasionally operations below 18100 but above 18090 KHz (JA 18090-18120 kHz).  Note:  It is illegal for USA stations to operate RTTY above 18110 KHz.  Avoid 18109.5-18110.5 KHz (NCDXF/IARU frequency 18110 KHz).

20 meters – 14080.5 to 14100 kHz, during contests 14080.5-14150 kHz (JA 14070-14150 kHz). (Note PSK31 around 14070-14072 kHz).  Avoid 14099.5-14100.5 kHz (NCDXF/IARU frequency 14100 kHz).

30 meters – 10120 to 10150 kHz, with most operation around 10140 kHz (JA 10130-10150 kHz).

40 meters – 7025 to 7050 kHz and 7080 to 7100 kHz, during contests 7025-7100 kHz (JA 7030-7100 kHz). (USA stations are also allowed RTTY between 7100-7125 kHz).

80 meters – 3580 to 3600 kHz (JA 3520-3575 kHz), during contests 3570 (or lower)-3600 kHz. (RTTY operation above 3600 KHz is not permitted in the USA).

160 meters – 1800 to 1810 kHz. (JA 1907.5-1912.5 kHz) 1800 to 1810 kHz. (JA 1907.5-1912.5 kHz) Europe cannot operate below 1810 kHz. Region 1 (Europe, Africa, Middle East & Northern Asia) band plan suggests 1838-1843 kHz.

Contests/Events Coming Up

June 2020
+ 10-10 Int. Open Season PSK Contest 0001Z, Jun 6 to 2359Z, Jun 7
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0800Z, Jun 6
+ VK Shires Contest 0600Z, Jun 6 to 0600Z, Jun 7
+ SEANET Contest 1200Z, Jun 6 to 1200Z, Jun 7
+ Kentucky QSO Party 1400Z, June 6 to 0200Z, Jun 7
+ Dutch Kingdom Contest 1500Z, Jun 6 to 1500Z, Jun 7
+ Asia-Pacific Sprint, SSB 1100Z-1300Z, Jun 13
+ Portugal Day Contest 1200Z, Jun 13 to 1159Z, Jun 14
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Jun 13 (144) and
  1700Z-1800Z, Jun 13 (432)
+ GACW WWSA CW DX Contest 1500Z, Jun 13 to 1500Z, Jun 14
+ REF DDFM 6m Contest 1600Z, Jun 13 to 1600Z, Jun 14
+ ARRL June VHF Contest 1800Z, Jun 13 to 0259Z, Jun 15
+ SARL Youth Sprint 1200Z-1400Z, Jun 16
+ All Asian DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Jun 20 to 2400Z, Jun 21
+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Jun 20 to 1500Z, Jun 21
+ ARRL Kids Day 1800Z-2359Z, Jun 20
+ Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest 1200Z, Jun 27 to 1200Z, Jun 28
+ His Maj. King of Spain Contest, SSB 1200Z, Jun 27 to 1200Z, Jun 28
+ ARRL Field Day 1800Z, Jun 27 to 2100Z, Jun 28
 
July 2020
+ RAC Canada Day Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Jul 1
+ DL-DX RTTY Contest 1100Z, Jul 4 to 1059Z, Jul 5
+ Marconi Memorial HF Contest 1400Z, Jul 4 to 1400Z, Jul 5
+ FISTS Summer Slow Speed Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, Jul 4
+ FISTS Summer Unlimited Sprint 0000Z-0400Z, Jul 11
+ IARU HF World Championship 1200Z, Jul 11 to 1200Z, Jul 12
+ QRP ARCI Summer Homebrew Sprint 2000Z-2300Z, Jul 12
+ CQ Worldwide VHF Contest 1800Z, Jul 18 to 2100Z, Jul 19
+ North American QSO Party, RTTY 1800Z, Jul 18 to 0600Z, Jul 19
+ RSGB IOTA Contest 1200Z, Jul 25 to 1200Z, Jul 26
+ ARS Flight of the Bumblebees 1700Z-2100Z, Jul 26
 
August 2020
+ 10-10 Int. Summer Contest, SSB 0001Z, Aug 1 to 2359Z, Aug 2
+ European HF Championship 1200Z-2359Z, Aug 1
+ North American QSO Party, CW 1800Z, Aug 1 to 0600Z, Aug 2
+ ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest 1800Z, Aug 1 to 1800Z, Aug 2
+ SARL HF Phone Contest 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 2
+ WAE DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Aug 8 to 2359Z, Aug 9
+ QRP ARCI European Sprint 0800Z-1100Z, Aug 8
+ Maryland-DC QSO Party 1400Z, Aug 8 to 0400Z, Aug 9
+ SARL Youth Sprint 1200Z-1400Z, Aug 10
+ SARTG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z, Aug 15 to 1600Z, Aug 16
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Aug 15 to 2400 local, Aug 16
+ North American QSO Party, SSB 1800Z, Aug 15 to 0600Z, Aug 16
+ NJQRP Skeeter Hunt 1700Z-2100Z, Aug 16
+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY 1800Z-2359Z, Aug 16
+ Hawaii QSO Party 0400Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 24
+ Ohio QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 23
+ ALARA Contest 0600Z, Aug 29 to 0559Z, Aug 30
+ YO DX HF Contest 1200Z, Aug 29 to 1200Z, Aug 30
+ World Wide Digi DX Contest 1200Z, Aug 29 to 1200Z, Aug 30
+ Kentucky State Parks on the Air 1400Z-2200Z, Aug 29
+ SARL HF CW Contest 1400Z-1600Z, Aug 30
 
September 2020
+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone 0000Z, Sep 5 to 2400Z, Sep 6
+ CWOps CW Open 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 5
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0800Z, Sep 5
+ AGCW Straight Key Party 1300Z-1600Z, Sep 5
+ Tennessee QSO Party 1800Z, Sep 6 to 0300Z, Sep 7
+ MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint 2300Z, Sep 7 to 0300Z, Sep 8
+ WAE DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Sep 12 to 2359Z, Sep 13
+ ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Sep 12 to 2359Z, Sep 13
+ FOC QSO Party 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 12
+ Texas QSO Party 1400Z, Sep 12 to 2000Z, Sep 13
+ ARRL September VHF Contest 1800Z, Sep 12 to 0300Z, Sep 14
+ North American Sprint, CW 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 13
+ Swiss HTC QRP Sprint 1300Z-1900Z, Sep 13
+ AGB NEMIGA Contest 2100Z-2400Z, Sep 18
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Sep 19 to 2400 local, Sep 20
+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW 1200Z, Sep 19 to 1200Z, Sep 20
+ SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest 1200Z, Sep 19 to 0800Z, Sep 20
+ SRT HF Contest SSB 1300Z, Sep 19 to 1300Z, Sep 20
+ QRP Afield 1500Z, Sep 19 to 0300Z, Sep 20
+ New Jersey QSO Party 1600Z, Sep 19 to 0359Z, Sep 20
+ New Hampshire QSO Party 1600Z, Sep 19 to 2200Z, Sep 20
+ Washington State Salmon Run 1600Z, Sep 19 to 2400Z, Sep 20
+ North American Sprint, RTTY 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 20
+ BARTG Sprint 75 1700Z-2059Z, Sep 20
+ 144 MHz Fall Sprint 1900 local-2300 local, Sep 21
+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Sep 26 to 2400Z, Sep 27
+ Maine QSO Party 1200Z, Sep 26 to 1200Z, Sep 27
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Sep 26 (144) and
  1700Z-1800Z, Sep 26 (432)
 
October 2020
+ 10-10 Int. 10-10 Day Sprint 0001Z-2359Z, Oct 1
+ German Telegraphy Contest 0700Z-0959Z, Oct 1
+ SARL 80m QSO Party 1700Z-2000Z, Oct 1
+ Oceania DX Contest, Phone 0800Z, Oct 3 to 0800Z, Oct 4
+ California QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 3 to 2159Z, Oct 4
+ FISTS Fall Slow Speed Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, Oct 3
+ Makrothen RTTY Contest 0000Z, Oct 10 to 1559Z, Oct 11
+ ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Oct 10 to 2359Z, Oct 11
+ QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party 0000Z-2359Z, Oct 10
+ Nevada QSO Party 0300Z, Oct 10 to 2100Z, Oct 11
+ Oceania DX Contest, CW 0800Z, Oct 10 to 0800Z, Oct 11
+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, SSB 1200Z, Oct 10 to 1200Z, Oct 11
+ Arizona QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 10 to 2359Z, Oct 11
+ Pennsylvania QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 10 to 2200Z, Oct 11
+ FISTS Fall Unlimited Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, Oct 10
+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW 0001Z, Oct 17 to 2359Z, Oct 18
+ New York QSO Party 1400Z, Oct 17 to 0200Z, Oct 18
+ Worked All Germany Contest 1500Z, Oct 17 to 1459Z, Oct 18
+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Oct 17 to 1500Z, Oct 18
+ Asia-Pacific Fall Sprint, CW 0000Z-0200Z, Oct 18
+ Illinois QSO Party 1700Z, Oct 18 to 0100Z, Oct 19
+ ARRL School Club Roundup 1300Z, Oct 19 to 2359Z, Oct 23
+ AGCW Semi-Automatic Key Evening 1900Z-2030Z, Oct 21
+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Oct 24 to 2400Z, Oct 25
+ UK/EI DX Contest, SSB 1200Z, Oct 31 to 1200Z, Nov 1
+ Russian WW MultiMode Contest 1200Z, Oct 31 to 1159Z, Nov 1
 
November 2020
+ North American SSB Sprint Contest 0000Z-0400Z, Nov 1
+ High Speed Club CW Contest 1500Z-1700Z, Nov 1
+ Ukrainian DX Contest 1200Z, Nov 7 to 1200Z, Nov 8
+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW 2100Z, Nov 7 to 0300Z, Nov 9
+ WAE DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Nov 14 to 2359Z, Nov 15
+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, Digital 0001Z, Nov 14 to 2359Z, Nov 15
+ JIDX Phone Contest 0700Z, Nov 14 to 1300Z, Nov 15
+ SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest 1200Z, Nov 14 to 1000Z, Nov 15
+ OK/OM DX Contest, CW 1200Z, Nov 14 to 1200Z, Nov 15
+ CQ-WE Contest 1900Z, Nov 14 to 0500Z, Nov 16
+ YO International PSK31 Contest 1600Z-2200Z, Nov 20
+ SARL Field Day Contest 1000Z, Nov 21 to 1000Z, Nov 22
+ LZ DX Contest 1200Z, Nov 21 to 1200Z, Nov 22
+ All Austrian 160-Meter Contest 1600Z, Nov 21 to 0700Z, Nov 22
+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB 2100Z, Nov 21 to 0300Z, Nov 23
+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Nov 28 to 2400Z, Nov 29
+ ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Nov 28 to 2359Z, Nov 29
 
December 2020
+ DARC Christmas Contest 0830Z-1059Z, Dec 1
+ QRP ARCI Topband Sprint 0000Z-0300Z, Dec 3
+ ARRL 160-Meter Contest 2200Z, Dec 4 to 1600Z, Dec 6
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0800Z, Dec 5
+ PRO CW Contest 1600Z, Dec 5 to 1559Z, Dec 6
+ FT Roundup 1800Z, Dec 5 to 2359Z, Dec 6
+ ARRL 10-Meter Contest 0000Z, Dec 12 to 2400Z, Dec 13
+ TRC Digi Contest 0600Z, Dec 12 to 1800Z, Dec 13
+ QRP ARCI Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint 2000Z-2300Z, Dec 13
+ AGB-Party Contest 2100Z-2400Z, Dec 18
+ OK DX RTTY Contest 0000Z-2400Z, Dec 19
+ RAC Winter Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Dec 19
+ Croatian CW Contest 1400Z, Dec 19 to 1400Z, Dec 20
+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW 1800Z-2359Z, Dec 20
+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Dec 26 to 1500Z, Dec 27
+ RAEM Contest 0000Z-1159Z, Dec 27
 

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