Contesting is an excellent way for new amateur radio operators or those returning to the hobby, to gain some operating experiencing without the fear finding something to talk about. In a contest, contacts between stations are very structured with exchange of callsign, signal reports and usually a serial number.

 

January 1st to 31st - Ross Hull Contest
January 9th to 10th - Summer VHF-UHF Field Day
March 19th to 20th - John Moyle Field Day
May 7th - Harry Angel Sprint
June 4th to 5th - Australian VK Shires Contest
June 18th to 19th - Winter VHF/UHF field Day
July 2nd to 3rd - VK / Trans-Tasman Contest 80/160m Multi-mode
July 30th - SGARS 80 Metre Contest
August 13th to 14th - Remembrance Day Contest
August 20th to 21st - Lighthouse and Lightship Contest
August 27th to 28th (Z) - ALARA Contest
September 3rd to 4th (Z) - All Asian DX Contest, Phone
October 1st to 2nd (Z) - Oceania DX Contest SSB
xxNovember 13th to 15th - Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award (VK3)
xxNovember 21st to 22nd - Spring VHF-UHF Field Day
December 1st to February 29th - SGARS 2 Metre Contest

Thank you to Ken VK2BBQ for providing this summary of VK amateur radio contests for 2016