The Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge has established itself as the friendly 160 meter contest.  While it enjoys strong activity, the band is slightly less crowded than the major 160 meter contests.  This provides more opportunities for the non super-stations to make intercontinental QSOs.  After the passing of Jack, VE1ZZ in 2018, the event that takes place in October was renamed the LowBand Jack.

To see what plaques are sponosored for the 2018 – click here.  

Send in your Cabrillo to 

The 2018 Events will take place on the following dates:

Spring Stew – March 10/11
Summer Stew – June 16/17
Pre-Stew / LowBand Jack – October 20/21
Big Stew – December 29/30

Click here for full rules.

Cabrillo logs for all events get submitted to  Make sure to make the subject your callsign.

If you logged on paper or with a program that does not support Cabrillo output, you can use the nifty tool WA7BNM has developed. You can find it here: This is a better solution than the old INSTEW.EXE program.

There was a nice article in the 1977 73 Magazine about Stew Perry himself.  Here are scans of that article (thanks to WA5POK): Page58, Page59, Page60, Page61, Page62.  Here are some comments by K1ZM on VE1ZZ,

Here are links to all of the previous results:













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