Category Archives: Contests

Countdown to W4DXCC

For Immediate Release to ALL Amateur Radio Operators

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The W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention located in Pigeon Forge, TN starts September 26th and 27th, that’s in 30 days.  This is our 10th year and it will be another great event.

The presentation schedule is full and packed with presentations.  We have had two new arrivals, Heil Sound and Steppir Antennas.  Our manufacturers are located in the lobby right outside of the conference hall allowing you easy access to all the gear.  Come and have a one on one conversation with the manufacturers and twist the knobs.

Heil Sound will have two workshops called “The Science of Audio” on Saturday.  Come learn how to improve your audio from Bob Heil himself. 

We will conduct Amateur FCC License testing.  It’s a great time to upgrade or get your spouse or friends licensed.

Pigeon Forge is a wonderful place for the family too, bring the family and they can enjoy the local attractions while you enjoy the convention.

Check out the details here  W4DXCC > Home

W1AW Portable Operations Summary Sheet

Several people have asked how I keep track of the W1AW portable stations I have worked.

Attached is a PDF for the next few weeks, if you are looking for a summary sheet.  I came up with this format when the stations first started the portable operations in January.  It allows you to quickly see if you need a station on any given band/mode or if you have already worked them.

W1AW Portable Summary 2014-05-28

The reason I have the band/mode ghost printed in alternating columns, is I found out real quick as you get over towards the right side of the page, it is hard to make sure which line you are on without them as a guide.

I high light the band/mode in yellow as I work them.  When they are confirmed in LoTW, I go back and black them out.  That way you can make sure you are not missing a spot that you thought you had when the stations activate for their 2nd week.

The lines for CW, SSB and RTTY at the bottom let you mark the different operating modes, if you are trying to get the special WAS for each individual mode.  For instance, mark the CW block when you work your first CW station for that state, and you know you have that mode out of the way.

Hope this helps out.

73’s

Paul – ND4X

W1AW Portable Summary 2014-05-28

Upcoming Contests

Here are some of the contests that will be active this weekend.  The CQ WW WPX CW Contest is always a big event.
 
Of course, NY W1AW/2 and CO W1AW/0 are also on right now through Tuesday 23:59 UTC.
 
73’s
 
Paul – ND4X

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THIS WEEK’S CONTESTS:
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CWops Mini-CWT Test: 1300Z-1400Z, May 21 and 1900Z-2000Z, May 21 and 0300Z-0400Z, May 22
Mode: CW
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: Single Op (QRP/Low/High)
Max power: HP: >100 watts
LP: 100 watts
QRP: 5 watts
Exchange: Member: Name + Member No.
non-Member: Name + (state/province/country)
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO
Multipliers: Each call once
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: 0400Z May 24, 2014
Post log summary at: http://www.hornucopia.com/3830score/
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.cwops.org/onair.html

NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint: 0030Z-0230Z, May 22
Mode: CW
Bands: 80, 40, 20m
Classes: (none)
Max power: 5 watts
Exchange: RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power)
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO with non-member
2 points per QSO with member
Multipliers: Each state, province, or country once
Key Type Mult: 2x if straight key, 1.5x if bug, 1x if other
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults x key type mult
Submit logs by: 2359Z May 25, 2014
Upload log at: http://naqcc.info/sprintlog.html
Mail logs to: John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
USA
Find rules at: http://naqcc.info/sprint201405.html

RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW: 1900Z-2030Z, May 22
Mode: CW
Bands: 80m Only
Classes: (none)
Exchange: RST + Serial No.
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO
Multipliers: (none)
Score Calculation: (see rules)
Submit logs by: 2359Z May 29, 2014
Upload log at: http://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/hfenter.pl
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2014/r80mcc.shtml

NCCC RTTY Sprint: 0200Z-0230Z, May 23
Mode: RTTY
Bands: (see rules)
Classes: (none)
Exchange: (see rules)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: May 25, 2014
E-mail logs to: (none)
Post log summary at: http://www.3830scores.com/
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.ncccsprint.com/rttyns.html

NCCC Sprint Ladder: 0230Z-0300Z, May 23
Mode: CW
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m
Classes: Single Op
Max power: 100 watts
Exchange: (see rules)
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: NA station: 1 point per QSO
non-NA station: 1 point per QSO with an NA station
Multipliers: Each US state (including KL7 and KH6) once per band
Each VE province once per band
Each North American country (except W/VE) once per band
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: May 25, 2014
E-mail logs to: (none)
Post log summary at: http://www.3830scores.com
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.ncccsprint.com/rules.html

CQ WW WPX Contest, CW: 0000Z, May 24 to 2359Z, May 25
Mode: CW
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: Single Op All Band (QRP/Low/High)(Tribander/Rookie)
Single Op Single Band (QRP/Low/High)(Tribander/Rookie)
Single Op Assisted All Band (QRP/Low/High)(Tribander/Rookie)
Single Op Assisted Single Band (QRP/Low/High)(Tribander/Rookie)
Multi-Single
Multi-Two
Multi-Multi
Max operating hours: Single Op: 36 hours with offtimes of at least 60 minutes
Multi-Op: 48 hours
Max power: HP: 1500 watts
LP: 100 watts
QRP: 5 watts
Exchange: RST + Serial No.
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 6 points per 160/80/40m QSO with different continent<pts>
<pts>3 points per 20/15/10m QSO with different continent
2 points per 160/80/40m QSO with same continent different country
1 point per 20/15/10m QSO with same continent different country
4 points per 160/80/40m QSO between stations in NA
2 points per 20/15/10m QSO between stations in NA
1 point per QSO with same country
Multipliers: Prefixes once
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: May 30, 2014
E-mail logs to: cw[at]cqwpx[dot]com
Upload log at: http://www.cqwpx.com/logcheck/
Mail logs to: CW WPX Contest
P.O. Box 481
New Carlisle, OH 45344
USA
Find rules at: http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm

The Day of YLs: 0600Z, May 24 – 1800Z, May 25
Mode: CW, SSB, RTTY
Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, VHF
Classes: YL
OM
Exchange: RS(T) + YL/OM
Work stations: Once per band per mode
QSO Points: (see rules)
Multipliers: (none)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points
Submit logs by: June 26, 2014
E-mail logs to: f5isy[at]orange[dot]fr
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.qrz.com/db/F5ISY

SARL Digital Contest: 1300Z-1600Z, May 25
Mode: PSK, RTTY
Bands: 80, 40, 20m
Classes: (none)
Exchange: RST + QSO No.
Work stations: Once per mode per band
QSO Points: (see rules)
Multipliers: (see rules)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: June 1, 2014
E-mail logs to: contest[at]sarl[dot]org[dot]za
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.sarl.org.za/Document_Store/CONT_20140101_SARL_Contest_Manual_2014.pdf

QRP ARCI Hootowl Sprint: 2000 local – 2400 local, May 25
Mode: CW
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: All Band
Single Band
High Bands
Low Bands
Exchange: RST + (state/province/country) + (ARCI no./power)
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 5 points per QSO with ARCI member
4 points per non-member QSO with different continent
2 points per non-member QSO with same continent
Bonus: 5000 points if you operate portable using battery power and a temporary antenna
Multipliers: States, once per band
VE Provinces, once per band
Countries, once per band
Power Mult: >5W=x1, 1-5W=x7, 250mW-1W=x10, 55-250mW=15x, <55mW=20x
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x (state mults + province mults + country mults) x power mult) + bonus points
Submit logs by: June 8, 2014
E-mail logs to: contest[at]qrparci[dot]org
Mail logs to: ARCI Hoot Owl Sprint 
c/o Jeff Hetherington
139 Elizabeth St. W.
Welland, Ontario L3C 4M3
Canada
Find rules at: http://www.qrparci.org/contests/hoot-owl-sprint-2014