HB-OCWA

Helvetia Open CW Activity

Our formula for success
Never send faster than your QSO partner does!

HB-OCWA is a project aimed to encourage CW contacts on the HF bands and help ops improve their CW skills.

We welcome all levels, from beginner to advanced. We ask that you lower your speed as needed to help your CW partner improve their skills and gain experience.

When calling CQ, send at a moderate speed that does not discourage others from participating.

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Great lottery prizes!
Upon reaching each award level (40/100/250/500/1000 QSOs), you receive one chance in the prize draw to be held at the conclusion of this event (Dec 2020). Get details about our great prizes on the Lottery page.
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All hams registered with HB-OCWA are eligible to purchase the cloth HB-OCWA patch, which makes an attractive addition to a T-shirt, jacket or hat.
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Welcome to HB-OCWA!

Helvetia Open CW Activity - CQ HTC

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Helvetia Telegraphy Club (HTC), to help activate the special anniversary callsigns HB40HTC and HB40HC, and also to inspire amateur radio operators in Switzerland and elsewhere to increase CW activity on the HF bands, we are pleased to invite radio operators around the world to join us during 2020 in a stimulating CW activity.

HB-OCWA involves CW contacts between amateur radio operators with Swiss callsigns as well as contacts with hams in other countries. Indeed, radio amateurs from outside Switzerland are very welcome to register and then participate in HB-OCWA – but in order for them to reach the number of QSOs needed to receive an attractive award certificate and qualify for a prize draw at the end of the program, each 2-way CW contact for this program must include an operator with a Swiss callsign, whether from their home QTH or operating portable. Further, because our goal is to encourage casual conversations on the air, these contacts must be far more than "599 TU".

The HB-OCWA program will be in effect for the entire 2020 calendar year (Jan 1 through Dec 31) so as to give participants the most possible time to make as many QSOs as possible that qualify for the program.

Recommended frequencies (kHz): 1835-1840, 3535-3540, 7035-7040, 10125-10130, 14035-14040, 18085-18090, 21035-21040, 24905-24910 and 28035-28040. However, participants are encouraged to focus on the HTC watering hole / Morse Code broadcast frequencies of 3569, 7033 and 14062. www.htc.ch

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