UKEICC 80M CW contest/sprint Wednesday 25 Nov 2015 2000z-2100z.

The UKEICC monthly 80M CW contest/sprint takes place on Wednesday 25th November 2015 between 2000z and 2100z.

Full rules can be found at http://www.ukeicc.com/which-contest/contest-rules/ukeicc-80m-contests-rules

Although these contests are focused on the United Kingdom and Ireland, stations in the EU are very welcome to join in, make QSO’s and make entries – we look forward to meeting you.

70MHz added to EA Locator Award

The 70MHz band was now been added to the Spanish TTLOC – Trabajados Todos Los Locator (Worked All Locator) Award

Full information about the TTLOC Award can be found at http://www.ure.es/english/ure-awards/422-ttloc-award-english-version.html

The TTLOC is an award promoted by URE for contacts in the amateur bands above 50 MHz. The following rules are applicable.

1.- The TTLOC is available to all licensed amateurs.

2.- Contacts since April 1st, 1949 will be counted. With contacts prior to the year 1985, a list of the old locator and its current equivalence must be enclosed.

3.- The TTLOC will be awarded for contacting squares in nine classes:

TTLOC-HF: 500 different squares in 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 80 and 160 meters.
TTLOC-50: 100 different squares in the 50 MHz band.
TTLOC-144: 50 different squares in the 144 MHz band.
TTLOC-430: 20 different squares in the 430 MHz band.
TTLOC-1200: 10 different squares in the 1200 MHz band and up.
TTLOC-Microwaves: 5 different squares in 2.3 GHz band and up.
TTLOC-SATELLITE: 50 different squares via satellite, only phone and CW modes.
TTLOC-MS: 30 different squares in MS (meteor scatter).
TTLOC-EME: 30 different squares in EME (Earth-Moon-Earth).

The first 4 characters of the WW Locator are applicable (JN12, KH74, IN99, etc.)

All squares must be worked from the same locator, except TTLOC-HF who can be worked from the same EADX100 entity (EADX100 = DXCC + WAE entities).

The TTLOC-HF certificate is issued only in mixed mode, so contacts on Phone, CW or MGM (Machine Generated Mode) are valid.

The same square in different bands can be credited for the TTLOC-Microwaves, TTLOC-MS and TTLOC-EME.

Contacts made through active repeaters or crossed band will be accepted only in the Satellite class.

QSL cards must preferably show the two QTH locators of both stations. However, a card showing only the QTH locator of origin is acceptable. If the award is applied by a portable station, the QSL cards must show both QTH locators.

Any altered or amended QSL will result in disqualification of the applicant.

4.- After the basic certificate, the following endorsements will be given:

TTLOC-HF, every 100 new squares.
TTLOC-50, every 25 new squares.
TTLOC-144, every 15 new squares.
TTLOC-430, every 5 new squares.
TTLOC-1200, every 5 new squares.
TTLOC-Microwaves, every 5 new squares.
TTLOC-Satellite, every 25 new squares.
TTLOC-MS, every 15 new squares.
TTLOC-EME, every 15 new squares.

5.- It is established the TTLOC-MASTER V-U-SHF Trophy, which will be given those who have three V-U-SHF classes. There are endorsements for the rest of the classes.

6.- The achievement of the nine TTLOC classes will be awarded with the HONOR TTLOC Trophy.

7.- Twenty first classified by credited squares will appear in the TTLLOC Honor Roll.

8.- Send applications in alphabetical order of squares and QSL cards to: URE, Av. Monte Igueldo 102, 28080 Madrid.

The application form can be downloaded from http://www.ure.es/descargas/cat_view/57-modelos-solicitud-diplomas.html

9.- Fees: Write to diplomas@ure.es for current fees.

Other EA Awards

Visitor to Southampton seeks guide – September 2016

Ron Alexander N9VAD, with his wife and their dog will be arriving in Southampton, England on the 16th September 2016 onboard Queen Mary 2.

Ron is wondering whether there might be a fellow Radio Amateur who would be a interested in being their guide for a little while?

Anyone able to assist Ron can contact him by e-mail on ronalex99 at gmail.com (of course replacing “at” with @)

Call for applications YOTA 2016‏ Austria

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The 6th edition of Youngsters On The Air will take place in Austria from 16th to 23rd July 2016.

OeVSV (Österreichischer Versuchssenderverband), which will celebrate their 90 years anniversary, will be hosting next YOTA summer event.

75 Youngsters will be invited to travel to the Austrian Alps to enjoy a program with many new elements compared to previous years. It will be a great experience for all participants which they will never forget. To get a better feeling about this, have a look at the gallery from previous events.

When: 16-23 July 2016

Participants:
Each IARU member society is invited to take part with a team. A team consist of maximum 5 persons, 4 Persons with the age 15-25 years and one person is dedicated as team leader.
* All participants, including team leaders, should take part in the entire program.
* We ask member societies to select motivated participants
Team leaders:
* Younger team leaders are preferred (age 18-30 years)
* A team leader should be in a good health condition, which means that they can take part in the entire program and take care of their team members.

Location: Wagrain, south of Salzburg (OE2)

Fees: travel costs to Salzburg airport or Wagrain and €25 per participant. All other costs (accomodation, food, activities) will be covered, main funder of the event is IARU Region 1.

If your member society is interested to participate, please respond to austria@ham-yota.com by 31 December 2015 by sending in the application form. There is a limit of 75 participants. Make sure you will apply in time. We will announce the participating countries shortly after the deadline.

For any questions, please contact austria@ham-yota.com

UKEICC DX SSB Contest – 1200z 5th to 1200z 6th December 2015

The first leg of the new UKEICC DX contest takes place from 1200z on 5th December 2015 until 1200z on 5th December 2015 – this leg will be an SSB contest.

Rules   –    UK/EI  DX  Contests   –   SSB and CW

1.   General  
The aim of these contests is to promote contacts between stations in the U.K. and Ireland (UK/EI) and stations in the rest of the world (DX).
All UK and EI contesters, including those with modest stations and antennas, will experience the fun of being a ‘Multiplier’ in a worldwide contest.

All entrants can work all other entrants for QSO points and multipliers, however the longer-term intention is that these contests will be UK/EI works the World.

For the first year or two we have to take into account that UK/EI participation may take time to build up and that there are long periods in the 24 hours when DX stations cannot work UK/EI stations because there is no propagation.

Accordingly, we are initially allowing DX to DX contacts which will make the contest more interesting for DX stations (and increase their points score) during the periods when they cannot work UK/EI stations for points and multipliers.  (These DX to DX contacts might become a longer-term feature of these contests)

Adjudication is automated, with logfiles being submitted online within 2 hours of the end of the contest.

2.   Dates and times / modes

5/6th December 2015      1200z-1200z     SSB                   

23/24th January 2016      1200z-1200z 
    CW      

Click here   if you would like to be sent a reminder e-mail before each contest.

3.   Bands / mode
3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28MHz.
Contest-preferred segments must be observed – on 80m and 20m these are  : 
CW   3510-3560 kHz, 14000-14060 kHz                                                                                                                                     SSB   3600-3650 kHz, 3700-3800 kHz, 14125-14300 kHz.Note :  On 80m and 40m on Sunday morning, any News Bulletin frequencies should be avoided.

4.   Entry categories
All entrants must operate within the limits of their chosen category when performing any activity that could affect their submitted score.

4.1   Location

UK/EI:   any operator located in and operating a station located in, EI, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW.
DX:        any other station.   

For each entry, all operators and all equipment (transmitters, receivers) must be located within a 500m diameter circle. Antennas must be physically connected by RF transmission lines to the transmitters and receivers

4.1.1   Remote operation. Internet-hosted or any other form of remote operation is only permitted where the operator is physically in the same DXCC entity and within 500km of the (one) remote station they are permitted to use during the contest.
The operator must use the callsign assigned to the remote station and not their personal callsign, if different. All operators using a remote station are classified as Single-operator Assisted (Connected)

4.2   Operators

4.2.1   Single operator Unassisted (Unconnected) – One person. One signal at any one time. Any form of QSO alerting assistance disqualifies the entrant from the Single-operator Unassisted (Unconnected) category.

4.2.2   Single-operator Assisted (Connected) – One person. One signal at any one time. QSO alerting assistance is allowed. Self-spotting or asking to be spotted is not allowed. 

Note :  Each of the above Single-operator categories have the option to enter the SINGLE-ELEMENT ANTENNA category.

4.2.3   Multi-Operator, Single Transmitter UK/EI only –  More than one operator, but only one TX at that station i.e. this is not Multi-One or Multi-Single, but is intended for e.g. radio club members taking turns at operating the same single TX station. QSO alerting assistance is allowed (this includes, but is not limited to, packet, local or remote Skimmer and/or Skimmer-like technology, RBN, Internet). Self-spotting or asking to be spotted is not allowed. Entries in this category must be for 24 hours and remote operation is not permitted in this category. A full list of operators must be included with a Multi-op entry – in the Cabrillo OPERATORS section.  

Note: There are no other Multi-Operator categories.

4.3   Callsigns       Entrants may use any callsign issued to them personally.  If operating a club station as in Rule 4.2.3 above, the callsign of that club station should be used.

4.4   Operating Time

(a)   24 hours – 1200z to 1200z  (Multi-Operator entries must be 24 hours)

(b)  12 hours In the 12-hour category, each ‘off’ period must be a minimum of 60 minutes.

(c)  To encourage UK/EI multipliers to be available overnight, all QSOs made by UK/EI stations only between the hours of 0100z and 0459z will be worth double points (in addition to any other bonus points)
5.   Power categories

(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

Any station not indicating their transmitter power on their submitted Cabrillo logfile will be classified as High Power.

6.  Exchange

RS(T) (optional) plus a sequential serial number starting from 1. UK/EI entrants add their 2-character UK/EI District Code.
 

The same sequence of serial numbers should be used across all 5 bands i.e. do not start at 1 when moving to a new band.

7.    Scoring

7.1    QSO Points – All entrants can contact anyone for points, whether UK/EI or DX.

UK/EI stations contacting :  
UK/EI/Europe                     80m, 40m        4 points
      20m, 15m, 10m      2 points
Outside Europe                 80m, 40m        8 points
       20m, 15m, 10m      4 points

Note :  For UK/EI stations only, all QSOs will score double points between the hours of 0100z and 0459z.


Europe
an stations contacting :
  
UK/EI                                 80m, 40m         4 points       20m, 15m, 10m       2 points
Europe                              80m, 40m         2 points
       20m, 15m, 10m       1 points
DX (outside Europe)      80m, 40m         4 points       20m, 15m, 10m       2 points

DX (outside Europe)contacting :
UK/EI                                 80m, 40m         8 points      20m, 15m, 10m       4 points
Europe                              80m, 40m         4 points      20m, 15m, 10m       2 points
DX (outside Europe)      80m, 40m         2 points      20m, 15m, 10m       1 points

7.2     Multipliers – There are 2 types of multipliers  (i) different DXCC countries and (ii) UK/EI District Codes.
T
he multiplier total is the total of different DXCC countries worked on each band, (excluding the UK/EI DXCC countries EI, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW) plus UK/EI District Codes worked on each band.

Note :   All QSOs with UK/EI stations only count for District Code multipliers – they do not count for DXCC country multipliers.

7.3  Total Score – The final score is the total QSO points multiplied by the multiplier total e.g. 4000 QSO pts x 500 mults = 2000000 points.

See Appendix 1 below for a list of UK/EI District Codes.   

8.   Logs

8.1   Electronic submission of logs is required for all logs, which must conform to the Cabrillo format described below. No other form of log will be accepted. All QSO times must be logged in UTC.

8.2   For Cabrillo logs, the categories and category overlays are: 
CONTEST:                                      UKEIDXCW or UKEIDXSSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR:            SINGLE-OP or MULTI-OP
CATEGORY-POWER:                   HIGH or LOW or QRP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED:              ASSISTED or UNASSISTED
CATEGORY-TIME:                        24-HOURS or 12-HOURS
            
CATEGORY-OVERLAY:                SINGLE-ELEMENT ANTENNA

8.3   Please ensure you send a single log, with the logged QSOs in order of Serial number sent.  Do not send separate logs for each band. Your Cabrillo QSO records must conform to this format:

UK/EI station log :
QSO: 28024 CW 2014-07-26 1338 G3XYZ  599  001 OX   ON4SS     599  018 —
QSO: 21003 CW 2014-07-26 1341 G3XYX  599  002 OX   GM4SID   599  130 AB
QSO: 7165   PH  2014-07-26 1343 G3XYZ   59   003 OX   W3LPL     599  036 —

DX station log:
QSO: 28024 CW 2014-07-26 1338 DL1AA  599  001 —   ON4SS      599  018 —
QSO: 21003 CW 2014-07-26 1341 DL1AA  599  002 —   GM4SID    599  130 AB
QSO: 7165    PH 2014-07-26 1343 DL1AA    59  003 —    EI7CC       599  036 DU

Note – to qualify for an award, your submitted Cabrillo logfile must show all the QSO frequencies to the nearest 1kHz.

8.4    Entries must be uploaded via the online log submission robot :

Click here to upload your Cabrillo logfile

Entrants should check their Cabrillo logfile via a text editor before sending it, to avoid potential problems. Entrants will receive an acknowledgement by e-mail immediately, advising them if there is any problem with their log and asking them to correct it and resubmit it.

8.5   See Appendix 2 below for information about which contest logging software packages support these contests.

8.6   The log submission deadline is 2 hours after the end of the contest.  Logs are then electronically adjudicated and the Provisional Results posted online a few minutes later. Entrants who wish to appeal about any aspect of their adjudicated final score have 24 hours after the online publication of the Results to do so. UBN files will be online and/or e-mailed to entrants.

9.   Penalties

Points may be deducted, or entrants disqualified, for violation of the rules or for having poor quality transmitted signals. This includes, for example, use of a third party to make contacts on a list or net, contacting CW stations on an SSB frequency or vice-versa, failing to observe appropriate contest-preferred band segments, and excessively wide signals – including key clicks and distorted audio.

9.1   Logging errors – Incorrectly logged callsign or serial number =  loss of that QSO points plus 2X the value of that QSO points.

The bad QSO is removed plus a penalty of 2 equivalent QSOs is applied to the points only. In addition, removal of a bad QSO might result in the loss of a Multiplier, so accurate logging is essential. e.g. a UK/EI station’s error in logging a 20m QSO with a European station =   loss of that QSO points (2pts) plus a further 4pts (2 x 2pts)

9.2   The following penalties also apply :

  • NILs – loss of that QSO points plus 1X the value of that QSO points.
  • Operating outside the published band segments – all QSOs disallowed

9.3   By submitting a log, you agree that the decision of the UK/EI DX Contest team will be final in all matters of dispute. You also agree to your submitted Cabrillo logfile and the associated UBN file being in the public domain on the UKEICC website.

10.    Awards

Certificates (PDFs) will be awarded to leading stations in each entry category and power category.
Winning plaque awards may be added as sponsorship becomes available.

11.   General Rules
The following General Rules also apply :

11.1  A different call sign must be used for each entry. Only the entrant’s call sign may be used to aid the entrant’s score.

11.2  Self-spotting or asking to be spotted is not permitted.

11.3  Remote operation is permitted (single-op categories only – see rule 4.1.1 above) if the physical location of all transmitters, receivers, and antennas are at one station location. A remotely operated station must obey all station license, operator license, and category limitations. Remote receivers outside the station location are not permitted.

11.4  Only one signal on a band is allowed at any time. Alternating CQs on two or more frequencies on a band is not permitted.

11.5  All requests for contacts, responses to calls, and copying of call signs and contest exchanges must be accomplished during the contest period using the mode and frequencies of the contest.

11.6  Call signs logged must be the same as those exchanged over the air by the entrants during the QSO.

 Appendix 1 – UK and EI two-character District Codes

AB – Aberdeen – GM
AL – St. Albans – G
AN – Antrim – GI
AR – Armagh – GI
BA – Bath – G
BB – Blackburn – G
BD – Bradford – G
BH – Bournemouth – G
BL – Bolton – G
BM – Birmingham – G
BN – Brighton – G
BR – Bromley – G
BS – Bristol – G
CA – Carlisle – G
CB – Cambridge – G
CE – Clare – EI
CF – Cardiff – GW
CH – Chester – G
CK – Cork – EI
CL – Carlow – EI
CM – Chelmsford – G
CN – Cavan – EI
CO – Colchester – G
CR – Croydon – G
CT – Canterbury – G
CV – Coventry – G
CW – Crewe – G
DA – Dartford – G
DD – Dundee – GM
DE – Derby – G
DG – Dumfries – GM
DH – Durham – G
DL – Darlington – G
DN – Doncaster – G
DO – Donegal – EI
DR – Derry/Londonderry – GI
DT – Dorchester – G
DU – Dublin – EI
DW – Down – GI
DY – Dudley – G
EC – London EC1-4
EH – Edinburgh – GM
EL – London E1-18
EN – Enfield – G
EX – Exeter – G
FE – Fermanagh – GI
FK – Falkirk – GM
FY – Blackpool – G
GA – Galway – EI
GL – Gloucester – G
GS – Glasgow – GM
GU – Guildford – G
GY – Guernsey – GU
HA – Harrow – G
HD – Huddersfield – G
HG – Harrogate – G
HP – Hemel Hempstead – G
HR – Hereford – G
HS – Outer Hebrides – GM
HU – Hull – G
HX – Halifax – G
IG – Ilford – G
IM – Isle of Man – GD
IP – Ipswich – G
IV – Inverness – GM
JE – Jersey – GJ
KA – Kilmarnock – GM
KD – Kildare – EI
KE – Kerry – EI
KI – Kilkenny – EI
KT – Kingston on Thames – G
KW – Orkney Islands – GM
KY – Kirkcaldy – GM
LA – Lancaster – G
LD – Llandrindod Wells – GW
LE – Leicester – G
LF – Longford – EI
LH – Louth – EI
LI – Limerick – EI
LL – Llandudno – GW
LN – Lincoln – G
LO – Laois – EI
LP – Liverpool – G
LS – Leeds – G
LT – Leitrim – EI
LU – Luton – G
MA – Mayo – EI
ME – Medway – G
MK – Milton Keynes – G
ML – Motherwell – GM
MO – Monaghan – EI
MR – Manchester – G
MT – Meath – EI
NE – Newcastle upon Tyne – G
NG – Nottingham – G
NL – London N1-22
NN – Northampton – G
NP – Newport – GW
NR – Norwich – G
NW – London NW1-11
OF – Offaly – EI
OL – Oldham – G
OX – Oxford – G
PA – Paisley – GM
PE – Peterborough – G
PH – Perth – GM
PL – Plymouth – G
PO – Portsmouth – G
PR – Preston – G
RG – Reading – G
RH – Redhill – G
RM – Romford – G
RO – Roscommon – EI
SA – Swansea – GW
SD – Sheffield – G
SE – London SE1-28
SG – Stevenage – G
SI – Sligo – EI
SK – Stockport – G
SL – Slough – G
SM – Sutton – G
SN – Swindon – G
SO – Southampton – G
SP – Salisbury – G
SR – Sunderland – G
SS – Southend on Sea – G
ST – Stoke on Trent – G
SW – London SW1-20
SY – Shrewsbury – G
TA – Taunton – G
TD – Tweed – G/GM
TF – Telford – G
TI – Tipperary – EI
TN – Tonbridge – G
TQ – Torquay – G
TR – Truro – G
TS – Teeside – G
TW – Twickenham – G
TY – Tyrone – GI
UB – Uxbridge – G
WA – Warrington – G
WC – London WC1-2
WD – Watford – G
WF – Wakefield – G
WI – Wicklow – EI
WL – London W1-14
WM – Westmeath – EI
WN – Wigan – G
WR – Worcester – G
WS – Walsall – G
WT – Waterford – EI
WV – Wolverhampton – G
WX – Wexford – EI
YO – York – G
ZE – Shetland Islands – GM 

Total = 155 District codes

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 Appendix 2 –  Contest logging software packages which support these contests (as on 5th May 2015)

SD = fully supported – thanks Paul EI5DI

N1MM+ = fully supported – thanks Nick NA3M and Les G4OGB    Note – there is only one box for ‘Received exchange’ (‘Exch’) so just enter the Received Serial number and any District Code as one string e.g.  104AB,  311CF, etc.  The Cabrillo logfile will list this information as separate columns.

DXlog.net = fully supported – thanks Jim M0CKE

Skookumlogger for Mac = fully supported – thanks Bill K1GQ and Jonathan G0DVJ

WinTest, Writelog – currently not supported.

The above rules are sourced from the UKEICC website at http://www.ukeicc.com/which-contest/contest-rules/uk-ei-dx-contest where translations of the rules are being added in various languages


Find out more about the UKEICC (the United Kingdom and Ireland Contest Club) at http://www.ukeicc.com/

The CW leg of the new UKEICC DX Contest will follow and run from 1200z 23rd January 2016 until 1200z 24th January 20156

RNARS CW Activity Contest 2015 14/15th November

Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society CW Activity Contest 2015 14/15th November

Date & Time 1200(Z) Saturday 14th November to 1200(Z) Sunday 15th November 2015
Bands 3.5, 7, 14, 21, 28 mhz
Exchange RST & Navy Number (use only one throughout the contest)
Scoring 10 points with each Naval station
RNARS(RN), MF(MF), INORC(IN), MARAC(MA), YOMARC(YO), FNARS(FN), BMARS(BM), ACRS, ROA, PNARS
One point for all non-naval contacts
Multiplier Each RNARS signing members country worked – count only once regardless the number of bands you work them on. VE, VK,W,ZL, ZS call areas plus GB4RN all count as a separate country for this activity.
Logs Separate log for each band if sent by post
Logs to Mick Puttick G3LIK
21 Sandyfield Crescent
Cowplain
Waterlooville
PO8 8SQ
Email Logs mick_g3lik@ntlworld.com
  All logs to be received by 31st December 2015

Contest web page http://www.rnars.org.uk/Contests.html (warning – this page will download an audio file – turn your volume down)

S79C Coetivy Island AF-119NEW November 16-22 2015.

This weekend a group of DX’ers set out to establish a first-time ever activation of a new IOTA island, Coetivy Island AF119NEW.

S79C is the first ever activation of Coetivy Island in the Seyshelles

S79C is the first ever activation of Coetivy Island in the Seyshelles

Although part of the Seychelles, Coetivy Island is no dream holiday destination. In real life it is a prison camp with very basic living standards and a location which required some diplomacy in order to obtain permission to operate amateur radio from the island.

This is an extremely expensive IOTA DXpedition. The last leg of the journey to Coetivy required the chartering of an aircraft which, by itself, doubled the cost of the DX-pedition.

A very experienced team of operators have planned this DX-pedition and will make the journey. They are Christian/EA3NT, David/EI9FBB, Col/MM0NDX, Ronald/PA3EWP, Jacek/SP5APW and Craig/VK5CE. At times, all 6 operators will be on the air at the same time giving us maximum opportunity to contact the DX-pedition. Activity will be for six days between November 16-22 2015 and from 40m through 6m on CW, SSB & RTTY.

A dedicated station 6 meter station will run 24/7 during our stay on Coetivy. The suggested beacon frequency is 50.103.5Mhz

The DX-pedition website can be found at http://af119new.com/ You can also follow them on twitter @af119new

Donations towards the cost of the DX-pedition can be made at http://www.af119new.com/donates79c-2