Xmas Contest Rules
Christmas Contest 2011
for the Reg Brown G7OJO Trophy & the 144 MHz FM Trophy
The objective of the contest is to promote amateur radio activity amongst the members of Wythall Radio Club, and to gain some ‘on air’ publicity for the club. The contest is open to all current members of Wythall Radio Club. It is above all a social affair, though it is recognised that many take it very seriously.
2. Dates and times:
Starts: 2000z 24th December 2011
Ends: 2000z 1st January 2012
3. Bands & Sections:
The only real rule is that a radio (transmitting real RF!) must be used by each party in any given contact. Therefore, ANY amateur band may be used. Cross mode & cross band contacts are allowed; packet radio & repeater QSOs are allowed; Echolink QSOs are allowed, especially to contact “out of town” members. However, it is asked that repeaters are only used when simplex contacts are not possible.
Please note there are 2 sections to this contest:
- Section “ALL” – ALL Amateur Bands, ALL modes
- Section “2FM” – 144 MHz ONLY – FM mode ONLY
(i.e. 144 MHz SSB is NOTallowed in this Section)
***IMPORTANT – Indicate which Section you wish to enter when you send your log in for adjudication. If you have used ANY BAND or MODE other than 2m FM, you MUST enter the ALL section***
Signal report + QSO number.
5. Scoring / multipliers:
You score 1 point per QSO for each club member worked on each of the 9 days of the contest. Each Club Member worked over the 9 days of the contest counts as a “multiplier”.
Your total QSO score is the total number of your best 5 days’ QSOs multiplied by the number of different club members worked over the entire 9 days of the contest.
For example, if Phil 2E0WTH works 35 stations in his best 5 days + 10 different club members during the whole contest, his score is 35 x 10 = 350, whereas if Ian M0IDR claims only 30 stations in his best 5 days, but snags 15 different club members, his score is 30 x 15 = 450, thus beating Phil.
You can see from this that getting multipliers (i.e. working as many different members as possible) is vital to getting a high score.
In addition to your final QSO score, there are 50 bonus points available for each of 8 designated bands (160m, 80m, 40m, 10m, 6m, 4m, 2m, 70cms) that you have a QSO with a different Wythall member.
There are also 50 bonus points for each of 4 designated modes (FM, SSB/AM, CW and Datamodes) activated contacting Wythall members.
Furthermore, operating /M will earn 50 bonus points, and operating /P over the contest week will earn another 50 points. (Note that /P includes using another member’s station to use bands and modes you may not have at home)
NOTE: /M and /P are the only bonuses available if you enter the 2FM Section.
Remember to claim all bonuses in your entry.
Logs in any format (logging spreadsheet is preferred) to Lee G0MTN or Mike G4VPD, as soon as possible (Committee meeting night of 10th Jan 2012 at the latest). If you cannot calculate your score please send in your log and it will be scored for you.
The winner of the ALL section will receive the Reg Brown G7OJO Trophy (retained for one year) at the results and presentation evening on Tuesday 24th January 2012.
The winner of the 2FM section will receive the 144 MHz FM Trophy (retained for one year) at the results and presentation evening on Tuesday 24th January 2012.
The winner, the second and third placed entrant in each section will also receive certificates of merit. Special awards e.g. leading Foundation entrant, leading SWL, may also be awarded.
The results will be published on the Yahoo Group and in the Wythall Radio Club Newsletter following adjudication.
Disputes will be settled by the contest committee, whose decision is final. So there!
22 December 2011