ARRL

160 Meter

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Objective: For Amateurs worldwide to exchange information with W/VE amateurs on 160-meter CW. DX-to-DX QSOs do not count for contest credit. Stations located in overseas and non-contiguous U.S. Territories may be worked by DX stations. This includes Alaska KL7, the Caribbean US possessions KP1-KP5, and all of the Pacific Ocean territories KH0-KH9, including Hawaii KH6. These stations can work BOTH domestic stations (US and VE) as well as DX stations around the world. Check your software before the contest to be sure it will accept these QSOs.

Online Log Submission: Participants can now submit their Cabrillo-formatted contest logs via the web.  A new online log submission web page can be used to upload your log as a file or by copy-and-pasting the log text into a text window.  The log will then be checked for proper formatting and completeness before uploading to the log-checking database. You will then receive a confirmation number and a confirming email.  If any errors or discrepancies are discovered, they will be clearly labeled so that you can fix the log and try again.  The email log submission process is still available if you prefer to use that method and all accepted logs will be listed on the ARRL Logs Received page.

Overview

  • Dates

    Starts 2200 UTC Friday, ends 1600 UTC Sunday (December 2-4, 2016). This is a forty-two hour period with no time limitation.

  • Bands

    160 meters, CW only.

  • Log Submission Deadline

    All entries for this contest must be emailed, uploaded, or postmarked by 1600 UTC Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

  • Contact Information

    For contest information contact

    contests@arrl.org

    or (860) 594-0232

  • Awards

    Certificates will be awarded to the top-scoring QRP, low-power and high-power single-operator stations and low-power and high-power single-operator unlimited stations in each ARRL/RAC Section and DXCC country and to the top-scoring Multioperator High Power and Multioperator Low Power stations in each ARRL Division and continent.

  • Paper Entry Forms

  • Results and Feedback

    Results from previous 160M Contests

     

    Tell us how you did! Send us feedback and photos!  Tell us what fun you had, and how you did, what challenges you faced, via our contest Soapbox page.  

    And send photos!   Please, send us your high-resolution photos – especially Youth!  Kids (and us adults wanting to regain our youth) love to see activity photos – Kids and adults having fun, operating, setting up antennas!  For higher resolution, please send your photos as 500kb to 3mb in size. ARRL is always looking for youth activity photos for Write-Ups, Strays and Upfront in QST! *** [Please be sure to send a Photo Release for each person shown when submitting Youth photos - found at http://www.arrl.org/child-picture-release-form] ***

Contest Details


1. Object: For Amateurs worldwide to exchange information with W/VE amateurs on the 160-meter band CW only. DX-to-DX QSOs do not count for contest credit.

1.1. Stations located in overseas and non-contiguous U.S. Territories may be worked by DX stations. This includes Alaska KL7, the Caribbean US possessions KP1-KP5, and all of the Pacific Ocean territories KHØ-KH9, including Hawaii KH6. These stations can work BOTH domestic stations (US and VE) as well as DX stations around the world. Check your software before the contest to be sure it will accept these QSOs.

2. Date and Contest Period: Starts 2200 UTC Friday, ends 1600 UTC Sunday (December 2 - December 4, 2016). This is a forty-two hour period with no time limitation.

3. Entry Categories:

3.1. Single Operator (use of spotting networks is NOT PERMITTED):

3.1.1. QRP (5 watts or less)

3.1.2. Low Power (150 watts or less)

3.1.3. High Power (1500 watts or less or your country's maximum power limit, whichever is less)

3.2. Single Operator Unlimited: The use of spotting assistance or automated, multi-channel decoders is permitted.

3.2.1. QRP (5 watts or less)

3.2.2. Low Power (150 watts or less)

3.2.3. High Power (1500 watts or less or your country's maximum power limit, whichever is less)

3.3. Multioperator, Single Transmitter (use of spotting networks is permitted):

3.3.1. Low Power (150 watts or less)

3.3.2. High Power (1500 watts or less or your country's maximum power limit, whichever is less)

4. Contest Exchange:

4.1. W/VE: Signal report and ARRL/RAC Section.

4.1.1. This includes Alaska KL7, the Caribbean US possessions KP1-KP5, and all of the Pacific Ocean territories KHØ-KH9, including Hawaii KH6.

4.2. DX: Signal report. Country name is obvious from the callsign. Send ITU Region if maritime or aeronautical mobile.         

5. Scoring:

5.1. QSO Points:

5.1.1. Two points for QSOs with amateurs in an ARRL/RAC Section.

5.1.2. QSOs with amateurs not in ARRL/RAC sections are worth five points.

5.1.3. DX stations may only work stations in ARRL/RAC sections.

5.2. Multipliers: ARRL/RAC Sections (maximum of 83) and DXCC countries (W/VE participants only).

5.2.1. Northern Territory (NT) multiplier includes the Northwest (NWT), Yukon (VY1) and Nunavut (VYØ) territories.

5.3. Final Score: Multiply QSO points by multiplier. Example: NUØX works 357 stations, including 13 DX stations, and has a multiplier of 67. His score would be 753 QSO points [(344 x 2) + (13 x 5)] multiplied by 67 for 50,451 points.

6. Miscellaneous:

6.1. The segment 1.830 to 1.835 should be used for intercontinental QSOs only.

7. Awards: Certificates will be awarded to the top-scoring QRP, low-power and high-power single-operator stations in each ARRL/RAC Section and DXCC country, and to the top-scoring Multioperator High Power and Multioperator Low Power stations in each ARRL Division and continent.

8. Log Submission:

8.1. All logs that are generated using a computer must submit an ASCII text file of the log information in the Cabrillo file format. A paper printout in lieu of the electronic log file is not an acceptable substitute. Hand-written paper logs are still acceptable.

8.2. All entries for this contest must be emailed or postmarked by 1600 UTC Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

8.3. Email entries to: 160meter@arrl.org or submit them online. Electronic submissions require a Cabrillo format summary file (combined summary and log). (See “General Rules” for specific file format).

8.4. Electronic files not in Cabrillo format may be designated as checklogs not eligible for awards.

8.5. An online log data entry form is also available to create and submit electronic entries in the Cabrillo format.

8.6. Handwritten paper entries should be mailed to 160-Meter Contest, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

8.7. Paper entries must be submitted on current ARRL entry forms or on an acceptable facsimile.

8.7.1. Forms are available in the At-A-Glance section of this page

8.7.2. Forms are also available for an SASE sent to the Contest Branch.

8.8. See “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” and “General Rules for ARRL Contests on bands below 30 MHz (HF).”

8.9. General queries should be directed to the Contest Branch at contests@arrl.org or by calling (860) 594-0232.