About the Commonwealth Contest and BERU

The challenge of amateur radio contests has endured from the earliest days of radio communication…

The competitive side of amateur radio has always been the spur to improve knowledge of receivers, transmitters, antennas and propagation as well as the quality and efficiency of communication skills.

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) created the British Empire Radio Union (BERU) in the late 1920s to support radio amateurs in the Empire. In 1930 a New Zealand radio amateur suggested that a week should be set aside as an ‘Empire Radio Week’ and that this should be held in February 1931. This was the first BERU Contest. The contest proved to be very popular and has been held annually since then. It became known as the Commonwealth Contest in 1973.

The 2020 contest will be the 83th.

14 and 15 March 2020


The rules are at the RSGB HF Contest site at 


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