Interview of K5ZD by Kevin Thomas W1DED

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kevin Thomas W1DED. It was a wide-ranging conversation about what makes contesting fun and interesting to me.

Contesting Tips and Inspiration from Hall of Famer Randy Thompson K5ZD

If you’re new to contesting or just want to get some inspiration and tips from one of the best contesters in the world, you may want to watch this video interview with Randy Thompson, K5ZD. Randy has been contesting for 50 years and was inducted into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 2008.  He recently participated in the ARRL DX SSB Contest where he is currently (and unofficially) ranked third worldwide in the Single Operator Unlimited All Band High Power category.  He racked up over 4.4 million points while also taking care of some household errands, taking his wife out to dinner, and watching some Formula 1 racing. Randy also operated remotely, for the first time, with the multi-op ZF1A entry in CQ WPX SSB 2023. You’ll be impressed with Randy’s cool, measured approach to amateur radio contesting and his focus on keeping up with the ever-changing game with a positive attitude.

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