This wiki is designed to help new hams to obtain crucial information helping them to get on the air. Every weekend, rain or shine, there is a great opportunity to be active on ham radio! Participate in a net, in a contest, call CQ on shortwaves or VHF, or just talk to somebody on a linked repeater – there is always an opportunity to meet a ham operator, exchange knowledge, promote fraternalism, and improve operators efficiency.
Many hams actively monitor repeaters activity so you can enjoy a quick chat, road or emergency assistance, or address a technical question.
Contests are a great opportunity to hone your operating skills and meet many great stations and operators on the air. These are sporting competitions between amateur stations on specific bands and modes according to simple published rules.
Many contests are informal and easy-going. The QRP (low power) contests can even be participated in from a park or camping setting. They are a great way to improve your CW skills - check out SKCC, Run for the beacon QRP contests
There are also several annual Canadian contests: