Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest 2020

March  8th, 2020 

10:00am – 4:00pm local time

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For the fifth consecutive year the Waverley Amateur Radio Society (WARS) is sponsoring this floating field day and contest which aims to bring amateurs together on Sydney’s world-famous harbour and its historic ferry service.

With WARS headquartered at Rose Bay, only metres from the harbour, it is well positioned to host this event. The contest blends the activities of a field day with a contest permitting not only the chasing of points by radio contact but also by moving along the ferry system. There will be opportunities to interact with other contest participants throughout the day.

The object of the contest is to make as many contacts as possible from the ferries or from any of the system’s wharves. Operation is restricted to VHF and UHF bands using hand held transceivers. Any mode is permissible and contact may be simplex or through a repeater.

The scoring system encourages operators to visit as many wharves and travel on as many ferries as possible in a six-hour period. See the Contest Rules page.

As points will be claimed by location rather than by distance and with no advantage for high power or digital modes, all classes of licensees including Foundation, can compete equally.

There are a number of awards for achieving goals such as Worked All Ferries, as well as for the highest number of contacts made.

Home and mobile operators can also take part by contacting amateurs riding the ferries or by activating wharves.

For a maximum Sunday fare of $2.80 (less for seniors and concession card holders!) using the NSW Transport Opal card, you can enjoy a full day of fun and radio in our fabulous harbour city!

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On the day

NSW Police, Sydney Ferries & General Conduct

Suggested frequencies


2016 Awards

2017 Awards

2018 Awards

2019 Awards

Contest Rules

How to submit your log

Downloadable log sheet

You can view and contribute to the ferry contest conversation on our facebook page. (


For more information, contact:

Laurie Gordon 0412 108 660
Tony Monger
Rob Halliday

Australia's oldest continuously licenced amateur radio club


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