Rules

  1. General Rules
    1. This is intended to be a fun contest. Please don’t get all legalistic with us! Make contacts; have fun.
    2. Entrants must operate in accordance with the terms of their license.
    3. Contacts made using repeaters, satellites, aircraft scatter or moon bounce will not count for points.
  1. Dates and Time
    1. May 4th 2020 from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm local time  (Not UTC).
    2. The 2 hours will be split into two separate contests for FM and FT8. Stations may enter the contests for all modes or just one:
      1. 2.00pm – 3.00pm FM
      2. 3.00pm – 4.00pm FT8
  1. Sections
    1. The following sections, for each mode, are open to any licensed ham radio operator. SWL’s are accepted from any member of the public.
      1. High Power Fixed      
      2. Low Power Fixed – max 10W
      3. SWL
  1. Exchange
    1. FM: Signal report, serial and 4 character locator. (Clarification: This is the first 4 characters of the maidenhead locator, so if you are in IO63ei then you would exchange IO63)
    2. FT8: Signal report and 4 character locator. (i.e. the standard FT8 log)
  1. Frequencies
    1. FM: 145.225 – 145.475 (25 kHz spacing)
    2. FT8: 144.174
  1.  Scoring
    1. Entrants from EI/GI:
      1. QSO’s with any other station are valid.
    2. Entrants outside EI/GI:
      1. Only QSO’s with stations in EI/GI are valid.
    3. One point per kilometre. Score is total kilometres worked multiplied by the number of large Locator Squares (e.g. IO63) worked. Distance is calculated to the centre of the large Locator Square (e.g. IO63MM to IO62MM). A QSO between stations in the same large Locator Square will count for 50 points. 
    4. If no locator is provided the score for that station will be 50 points.
    5. Dupes (duplicate contacts on same band and mode):   
      1. Dupes must be logged and clearly marked as such without claim for points.
      2. Logs containing more than five unmarked dupes may be disqualified.
  1. Logs
    1. Each entry must include a cover/summary sheet incorporating a declaration that the rules and spirit of the contest were adhered to and that the station was operated within the terms of the entrant’s license.
    2. Logs must be emailed to [email protected]
    3. Emailed logs are assumed to be signed when submitted.  Once a log is acknowledged and included in the published list of “Contest Logs Received and Processed”, no further changes to that log are permitted.
    4. Entries must be received by the Contest Manager not more than 14 days after the event.
    5. Sometimes a contact may be penalised because the station contacted made an error, e.g. sending the wrong serial number.  In these and similar cases, entrants accept that this is part of the luck inherent in any contest, and even if they are satisfied that they were not in the wrong, it is not always possible for the adjudication process to determine who might be at fault. Audio recordings etc. will not be accepted for use in the cross-checking or scoring process.
    6. In the event of a dispute, the ruling of ‘The Committee’ shall be final.
    7. All entries become the property of the organisers.
    8. FM
      1. Logs should show for each QSO the call sign of the station worked date, time, mode and frequency, as well as the signal report, serials and grid square.
      2. Logs should be in text files in a columnar format, with all the data for each individual QSO on one line (only) e.g. Cabrillo;  files that can readily be converted to this format (e.g. Excel CSV files) are also accepted.
    9. FT4
      1. ADIF or cabrillo export of your log from WSJT-X or other FT8 software.
  1. Operating Procedures
    1. There is no restriction on the number of transceivers, or separate transmitters and receivers. However, there must be no overlap of transmissions, irrespective of band or mode.
    2. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions:
      1. Entries from portable or mobile stations are not permitted.
      2. Only single-op stations or multi-operator stations where all operators are in the same family and live at the same location will be accepted.
      3. Single op stations can receive help from someone living with them to assist in operating or log keeping. 
    3. Contestants must only operate within the band segments designated in order to preserve contest-free segments where appropriate.
    4. Entrants may not pre-arrange contest contacts. 
    5. Use of the DX Cluster, or any similar spotting network (e.g. ON4KST), is permitted. 
    6. Remote transmitters or receivers outside this station location may not be used. You’re in lockdown and so are your radios!
    7. FT8
      1. Stations should use regular FT8 mode. I.e. stations should not use the VHF contesting modes in WSJT-X.
    8. FM
      1. After any QSO in which you are called by another station, you must QSY to another channel before soliciting another QSO.
      2. When you respond to a CQ or QRZ from another station, you then have the right to that frequency for a single additional QSO before QSYing as required by 8.8.1. 
      3. To summarise – the station calling CQ or QRZ must QSY once a contact has been made.  The station answering the CQ or QRZ has the frequency for one more contact. 
    9. SWL
      1. For SWL entrants only stations taking part in the contest may be logged for scoring purposes.
      2. Logs should show in columns: Time, frequency, mode, and in respect of both the “Station Heard” and “Station Worked”: call sign plus the contest exchange sent by the respective stations.
      3. Each QSO may only appear once in the log.  A station may appear only once per band/mode as the “Station Heard”.  In the column “Station Worked” the same station may not be logged more than 5 times per band/mode.
      4. Following cross-checking with other station logs received, scoring in the SWL section, including QSO points and multipliers, will be based on the valid QSOs recorded in the “Station Heard” column, using the scoring system applicable to transmitting stations participating in the relevant contest.
  2. Awards
    1. We’ll try and arrange a downloadable pdf for all participants and award winners. 
    2. Awards will be for the top stations in the following categories for each mode section who logged at least 5 QSOs:
      1. Top Overall station
      2. Top Low Power Station
      3. Top SWL
      4. Top station outside EI/GI.