Rules – UKEICC 80m Contests – 2015 / 2016
Changes for this second series : 2 contests per month / a team competition / bonuses can be carried forward two contests
These twice-monthly one hour contests are different. They are timed to coincide with the hours of darkness over most of the UK, Ireland and Europe. They are open to all stations anywhere to enter, and the scoring is distance based – similar to the very successful 160m Stew Perry Contest. The first SSB event of this second series will be held on the 2nd September 2015, followed by the first CW event on 30th September 2015, thereafter alternating mode.
The contest exchange is simplified – no RST should be sent. These contests aim to encourage high quality operating, where each operator can balance speed of operating against logging accuracy. Those operators that can develop both of these essential skills will always do best.
Scores will accumulate to give overall winners in each section at the end of the series.
In this second series of contests, individual entrants are invited to enter our new Team competition, by forming a team of 3 entrants. More information about how to register your team of 3 operators will be on this webpage soon…
Wednesdays in the months of September through to April inclusive (7 contests on each mode) Excluding December.
|2nd September 2015
|30th September 2015
|7th October 2015
|28th October 2015
|4th November 2015
|25th November 2015
|6th January 2016
|27th January 2016
|3rd February 2016
|24th February 2016
|2nd March 2016
|30th March 2016
|6th April 2016
|27th April 2016
Click these links below to download MS Outlook Calendar (.ics) files for these dates (tnx David G3WGN) :
SSB contest dates CW contest dates
( Note – the contests are always 20-21 UTC, irrespective of whether the local time is GMT or BST )
2000 – 2100 UTC The contest ends 1 second after 20:59:59 – QSOs logged at 21:00 or later will not count
3. Modes / Frequencies
CW 3510-3560 kHz SSB 3700-3775 kHz
4-character Grid locator – main square e.g. IO91, IO64, etc only (No RST should be sent)
Your normal station callsign should be used – no special prefixes are permitted and (currently) UK Special Contest Callsigns should not be used in these events.
(a) High Power – the maximum permitted by the entrant’s licence or 1500W, whichever is the lower.
(b) Low Power – maximum 100 watts output
(c) QRP – maximum 5 watts output
Checklog: Even if you only make a few QSOs, we hope you will send in your log as an entry, but Checklogs are very helpful for our adjudication
7. Operator categories
7.1 Single Operator Connected: When the entrant, at any time during the the contest, for the purpose of finding, facilitating, or making QSOs –
(a) Connects, or is connected, to any network crossing the boundary of the entrant’s station, or
(b) uses any multi-channel decoder e.g. local Skimmer, or
(c) uses any method of communication other than RF corresponding to the frequencies and/or mode(s) of the entry.
7.2 Single Operator Unconnected: When none of the Connected conditions apply.
7.3 Entries in all 6 categories will be listed together in the Results, and also in 6 separate category lists. Separate Certificates will be awarded to the winners in each of the 6 entry categories. The Results will also show UK/EI entrants and DX entrants separately, listed by DXCC entity, again with separate Certificates being awarded.
Note – one aim of these contests is to improve operating skill, which is not necessarily the outcome of using the DXCluster, Skimmer, or RBN. Please consider entering the Unconnected category.
9. Logging software
Most contest software logging packages which support the Stew Perry Contest are suitable for use in these contests – however because you are logging QSOs on 80m instead of 160m, you may notice some warning messages, which you should ignore.
Some specific advice on using the most common logging software packages for the UKEICC 80m contests :
For Windows OS :
SD by EI5DI – fully supports the UKEICC 80m contests – registration fee 20 euros – ei5di.com – select the “UKEICC 80m CW” or “UKEICC 80m SSB” option.
N1MM Classic – this works OK, but the callsigns entered will be in Grey instead of the usual Blue. The generated Cabrillo file will be correct, with the 80m CAT frequencies correctly logged.
N1MM Plus – this works OK, but the callsigns entered will be in Grey instead of the usual Blue. When you select ‘STEWPERRY’, you may wish to change the Start date/time from e.g. 2014-09-27 1500z to 2014-10-22 2000z, but N1MM+ will log the actual date/time of the QSOs you make anyway. As you enter each 80m QSO, the 160m icon will flash light blue – ignore this. The generated Cabrillo file will be correct, with the 80m CAT frequencies correctly logged.
Click here to access an N1MM UDC file for these UKEICC 80m contests (Thanks Les G4OGB). If in doubt pse use the STEWPERRY template. The file name is UKEI80_VHF.udc
WriteLog 11.18c – this works OK. The band is marked with a ‘b’ but all information, including 80m CAT frequencies, is correctly logged. The generated Cabrillo file will be correct. (Tnx Steve GW4BLE)
Win-Test 4.13.0 – this does work, but is not really suitable. QSO times, Callsigns and Grid squares are logged correctly, but the band remains shown as 160m and the 80m CAT frequencies are not stored – they all are logged as 1830kHz. If you do wish to use Win-Test, you must edit the Cabrillo logfile before submission to show the correct 80m operating frequencies +/- 1kHz for every QSO. Click here for one possible solution to this problem (Tnx Gordon MM0GPZ)
DXLog.net v2.1.7 – similar problem to Win-Test i.e. QSO times, Callsigns and Grid squares logged correctly, but the band remains shown as 160m and the 80m CAT frequencies are not stored – they all are logged as 1800kHz. If you do wish to use DXLog.net, you must edit the Cabrillo logfile before submission to show the correct 80m operating frequencies +/- 1kHz for every QSO.
TR4W – unable to test at the moment
For Mac OS :
Skookumlogger – fully supports the UKEICC 80m contests. Free download from http://www.k1gq.com/SkookumLogger/ (Tnx Jonathan G0DVJ)
Notes: (i) The Cabrillo files produced after the contest may contain 59(9) reports even though they are not exchanged on-air during the contest – these will be ignored during the adjudication process. (ii) It does not matter if the Cabrillo log does not show points for each QSO or an overall claimed score. (iii) we are contacting the authors of contest logging software packages to ask them to include a UKEICC 80m contests module in the next update of their software.
The number of QSO points for each contact depends on the distance between the two stations. This is computed by taking the distance between the centres of the two grid squares.
i.e. 0 – 500 km 1 QSO point
501 – 1000 km 2 QSO points
1001 – 1500 km 3 QSO points etc
For example, a QSO with a station 1850 km away will count for 4 QSO points.
As part of the adjudication process, if you have made a QSO with a Low Power or QRP station i.e. you were the receiving station in that QSO, your QSO points (for that QSO) are multiplied by the following factors :
Low Power section – QSO points are multiplied by 2.0
QRP section – QSO points are multiplied by 4.0
No multiplication factor will be applied to QSOs with stations that did not submit an entry, and to all QSOs with any station signing /QRP or /LP.
11.1 Cabrillo logs are required, clearly showing your section and sent exchange, and must be received by the online server within 1 hour of the contest end time.