ARRL January VHF
At our November meeting Stephan Anderman, WA3RKB, announced that he would make his home available for a TARA contest effort, provided there were enough interested volunteers. This is quite a generous offer on Stephan's part and it sure would be a lot of fun (whoops) WORK! But the rewards would surly be worth it. Come on TARA-- let's get something going!! If you're interested please contact: Stephan Anderman, WA3RKB @ 664-6809 or Gerald Murray, WA2IWW, @ 482-8700
1) Object: To work as many amateur stations in as many
different 2 degrees X 1 degree grid squares as
possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Foreign
stations work W/VE amateurs only.
2) Contest Period: Begins 1900 UTC Saturday, January 17 and ends at 0400 UTC Monday, January 19, 1998.
(A) Single Operator: One person performs all operating and logging functions.
(2) Single Band: Single-band entries on 50, 144, 222, 432, 902, 1296 and 2304-and-up categories will be recognized both in QST score listings and in awards offered. Contacts may be made on any and all bands without jeopardizing single-band entry status. Such additional contacts are encouraged and should be reported.
(B) Single Operator, QRP Portable: Run 10-W output or less using a portable power source from a portable location. The intent of this rule is to encourage operation from "remote" locations, not to have home or fixed stations run low power.
(C) Rover: One or two operators of a single station that moves among two or more grid squares during the course of the contest. A rover vehicle may transport only one station using a single call sign; thus a rover may not operate with multiple call signs under the family rule 7 (C). Rover vehicles must transport all the equipment, power supplies, and antennas used at each operating site. This rule is not intended to prevent an operator from using the same call sign to submit separate logs for single operator (fixed station) and rover entries. Rovers sign "rover" on phone and /R on CW after their call sign. All Rovers are encouraged to adopt operating practices that allow as many stations as possible to contact them. Rovers entering club competition must indicate the grid squares where operating sites were within their club's area, as spelled out in the Club Competition Rules. Only scores from those operating sites count toward the club's aggregate score for club competition.
(D) Multioperator: Multioperator stations must locate all equipment (including antennas) within a circle whose diameter does not exceed 300 meters (1,000 feet).
(E) Limited Multioperator: Multioperator stations that submit a maximum of four bands for score are eligible. Logs from additional bands used should be included as checklogs.
4) Exchange: Grid-square locator (see April 1994 QST, p 86). Example: W1AW in Newington, CT would send FN31. Exchange of signal report is optional.
(A) QSO points: Count one point for each complete 50- or 144-MHz QSO. Count two points for each 222- or 432-MHz QSO. Count four points for each 902- or 1296-MHz QSO. Count eight points for each 2.3-GHz or-higher QSO. (B) Multiplier: The total number of different grid squares worked per band. Each 2 degrees X 1 degree grid square counts as one multiplier on each band it is worked.
(C) Final score: Multiply the total number of QSO points from all bands operated by the total number of multipliers for final score (see scoring example).
(D) Rovers only: The final score consists of the total number of QSO points from all bands times the sum of unique multipliers (grid squares) worked per band (regardless of which grid square they were made in) plus one additional multiplier for every grid square activated (made a contact from). Rovers are listed in the contest score listings under the Division from which the most QSOs were made.
6) Use of FM:
(A) Retransmitting either or both stations, or use of repeater frequencies, is not permitted. This prohibits use of all repeater frequencies. Contest entrants may not transmit on repeaters or repeater frequencies for the purpose of soliciting contacts.
(B) Use of the national simplex frequency, 146.52 MHz, or immediate adjacent guard frequencies is prohibited. Contest entrants may not transmit on 146.52 for the purpose of making or soliciting QSOs. The intent of this rule is to protect the national simplex frequency from contest monopolization. There are no restrictions on the use of 223.50 MHz.
(C) Only recognized simplex frequencies may be used, such as 144.90 to 145.00; 146.49, .55 and .58, and 147.42, .45, .48, .51, .54 and .57 MHz on the 2-meter band. Local-option simplex channels and frequencies adjacent to the above that do not violate the intent of (A) or (B) above or the spirit and intent of the band plans as recommended in the ARRL Repeater Directory may be used for contest purposes.
(A) Stations may be worked for credit only once per band from any given grid square, regardless of mode. This does not prohibit working a station from more than one grid square with the same call sign (such as a Rover). Crossband QSOs do not count. Aeronautical mobile contacts do not count.
(B) Partial QSOs do not count. Both calls, the full exchange and acknowledgment must be sent and received.
(C) A transmitter or antenna used to contact one or more stations may not be used subsequently under any other call during the contest period (with the exception of family stations); one operator may not give out contest QSOs using more than one call sign from any one location. The intent of this rule is to accommodate family members who must share a rig, not to manufacture artificial contacts.
(D) Only one signal per band (6, 2, 1 1/4, etc) at any given time is permitted, regardless of mode.
(E) While no minimum distance is specified for contacts, equipment should be capable of real communications (ie, able to communicate over at least 1 km).
(F) Multioperator stations may not include QSOs with their own operators except on frequencies higher than 2.3 GHz. Even then, a complete, different station (transmitter, receiver and antenna) must exist for each QSO made under these conditions.
(G) A station located precisely on a dividing line between grid squares must select only one as the location for exchange purposes. A different grid-square multiplier cannot be given out without moving the complete station (including antennas) at least 100 meters.
(H) Above 300 GHz, contacts are permitted for contest credit only between licensed amateurs using coherent radiation on transmission (eg, laser) and employing at least one stage of electronic detection on receive.
(I) Marine Mobile (and Maritime) entries will be listed separately as "Marine Mobile" in the listings and compete separately for awards.
(J) Participants are reminded that the segment 50.100-50.125 MHz should be used for intercontinental QSOs only, using 50.125 MHz as a calling frequency then QSY after contact is established.
(A) Entries must be postmarked no later than 30 days after the end of the contest . No late entries can be accepted. Use ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes forms, a reasonable facsimile, submit your entry on diskette, upload your entry to the ARRL BBS, or send your entry to ARRL HQ via Internet.
(1) You may submit your contest entry on diskette in lieu of paper logs. The floppy diskette must be IBM compatible, MS-DOS formatted, 3.5 or 5.25 inch (40 or 80 track). The log information must be in an ASCII file, following the ARRL Suggested Standard File Format, and contain all log exchange information (band, mode, date, time in UTC, call of station worked, exchange sent, exchange received, multipliers [marked the first time worked] and QSO points). One entry per diskette. An official summary sheet or reasonable facsimile with signed contest participation disclaimer is required with all entries.
(2) You may submit your contest entry via the ARRL BBS (860-594-0306), via Internet to firstname.lastname@example.org, or anonymous FTP to ftp.arrl.org. Send your summary sheet file (Make sure it includes all the pertinent information outlined in the official ARRL summary sheet.) and your log file following the ARRL Suggested Standard File Format.
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