Contester's Rate Sheet for September 5, 2007
******************************************** CONTESTER'S RATE SHEET 22 AUGUST 2007 Edited by Ward Silver N0AX Published by the American Radio Relay League Free to ARRL members - tell your friends! (Subscription info at the end of newsletter) ******************************************** SUMMARY o Take A Walk On The Wild Side - NA CW/SSB Sprints & 144 MHz Sprint o WAE SSB, AR, TN, WA, SC QSO Parties o ARRL VHF QSO Party & 10 GHz Contests o New ARRL Contest Branch Manager and Sweepstakes Managers o Geographic Gadgets and Giant Jets o WRTC2010 Scoring Scoreboard by NS3T o Switch From Relays o Evaluating Choke Baluns o New 23 cm Preamp from G4DDK o One on One, Part Two NEW HF OPERATORS - THINGS TO DO o If HF conditions haven't been very good this summer, they often improve dramatically as the vernal equinox approaches. Point your antennas towards Europe and give the Worked All Europe (WAE) SSB Contest or the Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW) a try. Contests focused on one region make it a little easier to work some DX and learn about HF propagation to that part of the world. BULLETINS o No bulletins this issue. BUSTED QSOS o A golden issue last time! CONTEST SUMMARY (Rules follow Commentary section) September 8 - 9 - ARRL September VHF QSO Party - NA Sprint, CW - YLRL Howdy Days - WAE DX Contest, SSB - Second-Class Operators Sprint, CW - Arkansas QSO Party - Tennessee QSO Party - G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest September 15 - 16 - ARRL 10 GHz Cumulative Contest - NA Sprint, SSB - Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW - Washington State Salmon Run - South Carolina QSO Party - QCWA Fall QSO Party - QRP Afield - Feld-Hell Monthly Sprint - 070 Club 80 Meter Autumn Sprint - VHF Fall Sprint, 144 MHz --o- ooo - --o- ooo - --o- ooo - -oo o NEWS, PRESS RELEASES, AND GENERAL INTEREST - oooo o o-o o- - o ooo oooo o o - -o- There are two big announcements from the ARRL Contest Branch this time. First is the hiring of a new Contest Branch Manager, Sean Kutzko KX9X. Sean has lots of contest experience and will be joining the ARRL staff in Newington on the first of October. Browse to http://tinyurl.com/252vqc to learn all about Sean on the ARRL Web. The second is the announcement of Ken Adams K5KA as the Sweepstakes Contest Manager. Ken has been the custodian of the Sweepstakes records for some time and if you haven't put his call in your log, then you haven't worked Sweepstakes! The premier domestic contest will reap big benefits from Ken's management abilities and enthusiasm. Congratulations to both of these guys and to Dave Patton NN1N, ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager, for bringing them on board! Those of you receiving this bulletin already know about at least one of the many ARRL bulletins and newsletters, but have you checked the list lately? The new emcomm E-Letter and the Club newsletters are also available. Log on to the ARRL's members-only services at http://www.arrl.org/ and check the bottom of your Member Page. Free email delivery is available for the cost of a check mark. Pass this information along to your friends and club members that may be unaware of these services! Tell them the Contester's Rate Sheet sent you. Here's something fun to do while waiting for gray line propagation. If you're a member of Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/) test your knowledge of geography with TravelPod's Facebook application, Traveler IQ Challenge (http://apps.facebook.com/travelpod-challenge/). It covers physical geography and current events. The popular Facebook is a free social networking site. (Thanks, Dave K3ZJ) QRZ.com is rolling out a new QRZ 2.0 application called GridFinder. It can be used to determine the Grid and Lat/Lon coordinates for just about any point on the planet (please don't be too picky about the Arctic regions). Give it a try at http://www.qrz.com/gridfinder and see what you can locate! (Thanks, Fred AA7BQ) More on the subject of geography, Google Earth software has now added the capability to view images of the sky. Using the new "Sky in Google Earth" feature you can zoom in on supernal Hubble telescope. Version 4.2 of the software at http://earth.google.com/ contains the additional sky watching features. (Reprinted from the AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin ANS-238, http://www.amsat.org/) A new list of 160 meter beacons has been released at http://topband.blog.cz/0611/160m-beacon-list just in time as the Northern Hemisphere's propagation on Top Band begins to open up for DX. (Thanks, Petr OK1RP) If you have legal questions about topics such as ham radio, antennas, CCRs and zoning rules, the Ham Law reflector is a good source for information. You can subscribe by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org containing "subscribe email@example.com" in the body of the message. (Thanks, Don K4AC) Hector XE2K sent a link to a neat keyer from 4S7AB (http://www.bravosl.com/ham_gadgets) that has a nice menu display and other interesting features. One of the benefits of attending hamfests and conventions is learning about useful vendors. I had a great time at the Huntsville hamfest filling up a bag of adapters and gadgets from Tower Electronics (http://www.pl-259.com/) to fill up holes in my "collection". Elsewhere on the premises was EAE Sales (http://www.eaesales.com/) with an extensive line of new and refurbished soldering and electronic assembly equipment. Just two of the many folks that supply us with goodies and tools! I also discovered MicroLog, a good-looking general-purpose logging program from Jerry WA0H (http://www.wa0h.com/) that would be a good way to get going on day-to-day computer logging. The fully-featured program is only $10, so it would be a great present for a ham new to HF. Or how about for a raffle prize at the next club meeting? If you're interested in what's happening on the 136 kHz (2200 meter) band, strolling through VA7SL's Web site (http://www.imagenisp.ca/jsm) you'll encounter RLB (Really Low Band) articles and design information. Canadians have had access to this band for some time and there seems to be plenty of experimental activity. Steve also stocks articles on receiving loops that look interesting. Sad news of a flood casualty in Findlay, Ohio - Kanga US. This note appeared on the Kanga Web site (http://www.kangaus.com/) from owner Bill N8ET. "Findlay Ohio was hit by massive flooding about a week ago. We were one of the lucky ones - we only had water up to the ceiling in the basement. Others lost a lot more. All the Kanga US equipment and inventory (except the DK9SQ masts - they were in the garage) has been lost. If anyone has submitted an order or is waiting on a shipment, I will have to provide a refund - there is just nothing available to ship. It will be at least three weeks before I will be able to take care of any issues." I know all Rate Sheet readers wish Bill the best in getting Kanga going again. Tim K3LR is host to the latest Telnet spotting network connection at dx.k3lr.com. High speed, lots of CPU power, many links to other spotting systems - what's not to like? Scott N3FJP reports, "Since we have been working on WXSpots, the response has been very enthusiastic and literally hundreds of hams and weather enthusiasts joined the WXSpots development e-mail reflector. In fact, during the beta development period, we have already had more than 850 users create login accounts! WXSpots software is free. For more information and a link to download the software, please visit http://www.wxspots.com/" Where's Chuck? Wonder no more because Chuck NO5W has just finished putting up a Web site (http://www.no5w.com/) for the GPS-Enabled Software for Mobile Contesting. Of particular interest is the Route Plans section. The software has the capability of preparing a KML file for Google Maps so that you can see your route from a satellite's perspective. Chuck will be using that method to distribute his route plan and possibly those of others in the upcoming Texas QSO Party. URL of the Week - One of the most exciting features of the SDR-14T Software-Defined Receiver (http://www.rfspace.com/sdr14.html) is its ability to record band segments of any band to hard drive in real time. This consumes 67.8 Gbytes/day for a 190 kHz wide segment. The stored file contains everything that happened in that segment of the band for the duration of the recording with over 96dB of dynamic range. The recording can be played back at any time with full tunability and choice of demodulation modes. The recording can also be analyzed for hidden signals and carriers. (Thanks, Tree N6TR) oooo o -o-- -o-- o- o-oo o-oo SIGHTS AND SOUNDS o-- o- - -o-o oooo - oooo oo ooo There's no word on whether these "Giant Jets" were synchronized with CW from a contest station, but the films at http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070829.html are pretty neat! David K1TTT has posted a Web page (http://www.k1ttt.net/2007picnic.html) with pictures from his open-house picnic last Saturday. Nothing too embarrassing, but a good group of calls and faces you know were in attendance! You can watch Murray VE7HA/7J1AQH's new SteppIR antenna being installed in this YouTube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUm901jJzvk that captures the crew at work on the rooftop tower. Those of us that remember Bob W0DX's exploits will also recall the name of the Smuggler's Inn. Al K7NHV contributes this link (http://www.escape-bvi.com/SmugglersCove.aspx) on its history from the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. And here's something you don't hear everyday - a story and pictures of a QRP operation from the caboose of a moving train. The Web page at http://w1pid.freeshell.org/train/train.html was put together by Jim W1PID. oo-o oo -o -oo -o-- --- oo- o-o RESULTS AND RECORDS -o-o o- o-oo o-oo oooo o o-o o The Oceania DX Contest Committee is pleased to announce that the full results of the 2006 OCDX Contest are now available on-line at http://www.oceaniadxcontest.com/index.html The on-line results include soapbox comments, details of equipment and antenna used by entrants, and some photos of the leading entrants. (Thanks, Brian ZL1AZE) Tree N6TR announces that the results for the 2006 Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge are ready. You can view them at http://www.kkn.net/~tree/2006_Stew.htm. The usual jzap.com server is temporarily off-line. Jamie NS3T is tallying scores (http://www.radio-sport.net/wrtc_ranks.htm) according to the qualification rules for WRTC2010. There is also a downloadable spreadsheet with results for all US amateurs who submitted a log in the recent qualifying contests, plus the rules as issued by the Russian 2010 WRTC sponsors. Randy K5ZD encourages you to send him your contest logs from the summer for input to the Super Check Partial database files (http://www.k5zd.com/scp). Now is the perfect time to submit your logs from the summer contests (CQ WPX CW, IARU, and WAE CW). Please send him the same Cabrillo format log that you submitted to the contest sponsor as an attachment to email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next update will be released in September. oooo o -o-- -o-- --- oo- OPERATING TIP o-- o- -o- o oo- o--o While low band multipliers are precious for all contesters, they are worth even more for Little Pistol and Medium Gun stations. That also means losing them to busted calls or exchanges is more painful! It's worth listening "one extra time" to confirm the information. Don't be too much in a hurry and risk the big hit on your score during log checking! oo oo-o oo - ooo -o --- - -ooo o-o --- -o- o TECHNICAL TIPS AND INFORMATION -o-- --- oo- o-o o -o --- - - o-o -o-- oo -o --o One way to avoid the expense of special high-current relays in a mobile or rover installation is to visit the local boat store. Marine electronics systems use hefty rotary switches for controlling batteries and generators. The switches are generally in the $15-$25 range. (Thanks, John W1RT) Joe KC2TN recommends the Valmont Microflect 3-port panel (http://tinyurl.com/37mvgv) as a professional cable entryway for the home station. Each port is 4" in diameter and has a sealing grommet through which you can pass various sizes of coax, rotor cable, grounds, etc. There are various configurations available to suit your needs. Need to get to their main page to see if there is a cross ref list If you have to keep replacing indicator lamps in rotator control boxes, rigs, and other devices, check out http://superbrightleds.com/specs/ba9s.htm for drop-in replacements. These LED indicators cost more than incandescent bulbs, but will probably last longer than the operator! (Thanks, Dennis N6KI) To remove stuck-on Coax-Seal from connectors and cables, Carl KM1H recommends Brake Clean if you're working on the tower. On the ground, use Lacquer Thinner or Acetone which are harder to use aloft. Steve K7LXC also notes that professional grade vapor wraps leave much less residue than Coax-Seal. Contesting's walking encyclopedia, Frank W3LPL, answers the question of why there are two kinds of Penetrox. "Penetrox-A uses a Vaseline suspension. Vaseline can be problematic with rubber and some other materials. Penetrox-A13 and -E use a synthetic suspension. Types -A and -A13 use aluminum particles, while -E uses copper particles." The Burndy catalog description at http://tinyurl.com/32wv73 goes into more detail. There was lots of discussion on the QRP-L reflector (http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/qrp-l) about keeping cables and cords organized, but the hands-down consensus was zippered plastic bags. This is also the time of year that many of the "big box" stores have sales on closet organizers and plastic containers. Your editor's favorite is the shoebox-sized clear boxes. You can measure the effectiveness of a choke balun with an MFJ-259 analyzer (possibly with others.) Connect one end of the balun's shield to the analyzer's ground post and the opposite end of the shield to the center conductor of the analyzer input connector. Sweep the analyzer through the frequency range of interest and note the impedances at various points. This measures the balun's choking impedance. (Thanks, Gene AD3F) If you're having trouble working on surface-mount (SMT) circuit boards, Dick K2RIW says that the trick is to use the proper visualizing equipment. His favorite is a stereo zoom microscope (there are quite a few good brands) with the correct kind of lighting equipment. Dick recommends a dual fiber optic source, but the more popular "fluorescent ring illuminator", or a "point source" illuminator is sufficient. He reports buying a used microscope for $150 and is able to wear his bifocal glasses while using it. The 'scope magnifies the image 8.5x to 35x, but he uses minimum magnification most of the time and warns prospective users against buying "too much magnification". Clint W5BPT found a product to mount a Yaesu GS-065 rotator to a Rohn tower standard rotator mounting plate. The JTBP1 bearing plate at R&L Electronics (http://www.randl.com/) seems to do the job. In the "who hasn't had this happen to them" category, Jim K5LAD has constructed a spreadsheet program (http://tinyurl.com/2w49kb) to show bearing corrections when there has been slippage between a beam, the mast, and the rotator. Of course, realigning the hardware is the complete solution, but until you get the job done this will help keep your RF headed in the right direction. Just in time for a last-minute pre-September VHF contest project, Paul K7CW reports that Sam G4DDK had published information (http://www.g4ddk.com/) on his newest 1296 MHz preamp. It has a noise figure of around .26dB and a gain of about 35dB. Sam also supplies unpopulated circuit boards. Microwave guys may want to look at this one. TECHNICAL URL OF THE WEEK -- Knowledge of the intricacies of video signals is occasionally useful around a ham's atelier (workshop or studio) so a good technical reference such as http://pdfserv.maxim-ic.com/en/an/AN734.pdf from Maxim Semiconductor is really useful to have stashed on one's hard drive. o- -o-o -o-o oo- o-o o- -o-o -o-- oo ooo o--- --- -ooo CONVERSATION --- -o o oo -o -o-o --- -o - o ooo - oo -o --o One on One, Part Two In the last issue, I suggested ways to get new hams interested in contesting. As we all know, an interest in contesting usually leads to improving one's skills and station capabilities. An active ham is one that often stays with amateur radio for a lifetime, as well. But what about those folks that haven't yet taken the plunge? Maybe they're a little curious, maybe they're even a little interested, but how do we get them to open up a license manual and start reading? This is one of the biggest challenges facing amateur radio, along with modernizing our emergency communications structures and protecting the quality and amount of our spectrum allocations. It would be great to write that the ARRL is committing a huge amount of resources to marketing ham radio and that everything is taken care of...but that's simply not possible. Even if the ARRL made this a crash program, there simply aren't the huge piles of money and legions of staff to do the job. At most, there are a few dozen League staffers. There are 155,000 ARRL members and around 700,000 licensed amateurs in the US. Which group do YOU think can have the most impact? Contesters have a great opportunity to publicize and recruit because we do something lots of people understand. We compete. We build stuff. We work hard. We try to be strong and go fast. This resonates with many people that do the same thing in other ways; by foot, wing, or wheel. Take a look in the paper and on Web sites in your own community. Browse through the do-it-yourself magazines like Make (http://www.makezine.com/) and Web sites like Instructables (http://www.instructables.com/). I am positive that there are sporting events, fairs, expositions, conventions, and gatherings of all sorts with something happening just about every weekend. These events are often in need of more participation and would welcome your volunteered presence. For starters, why not set up a booth at a race track or football game? Make sure to put up a big banner that says "Contest Club" or "Extreme Wireless" or "Radiosport" - not just "Amateur Radio". Your audience is there because they are interested in competition! Use that interest to attract them to you. They probably won't be all that interested in radio contesting, specifically, but they will certainly take a free brochure or handout about contesting and ham radio. While they're there, look to see how many of them are toting the FRS/GMRS handheld UHF radios or scanners. They're already radio users, but just don't think of themselves as such! What if your contest club did a Field Day style operation from one of the weekend long events? I'm not talking about a low-key "special event" style operation or "send a message" operation. I'm talking about competitive radio with all the gadgets, gear, computers, and hot operating that makes contesting fun! While one person is busy operating, have another available to explain the action and hand out flyers. Most contest logging programs are easy to network, so set up a second computer with the biggest display you can manage. Show the audience how each contact is entered, where the other station is located, how scoring works, etc. Keep a big whiteboard showing states or countries worked, what the record is and how close you're getting, best DX, and so forth. You might be surprised at how many people stop back by just to "see how you're doing." They get it! Come to think of it - a "spectator" program would be a wonderful thing to develop. Software could sit on the network as a participating "station", grab all the necessary information, and link the operation to maps and statistics. This would be a terrific window into the contest for the non-participant. How about it, you software developers out there? If you give this a try, be sure to tell us about your successes and not-so-successes. Post the story on your Web site and send the Rate Sheet a note with the URL. I'll be happy to publicize it! We are all ambassadors for amateur radio, one way or the other. Why not show off what we do? 73, Ward N0AX -o-o --o- - o ooo - -o-o --o- - o ooo - CONTESTS -- 5 SEPTEMBER THROUGH 18 SEPTEMBER 2007 -o-o --o- - o ooo - -o-o --o- - o ooo - Note that the following abbreviations are used to condense the contest rules summaries: SO - Single-Op; M2 - Multi-Op - 2 Transmitters; MO - Multi-Op; MS - Multi-Op, Single Transmitter; MM - Multi-Op, Multiple Transmitters; AB - All Band; SB - Single Band; S/P/C - State/Province/DXCC Entity; HP - High Power (>100 W); LP - Low Power; QRP (5W or less) HF CONTESTS North American Sprint--CW, sponsored by the National Contest Journal from 0000Z - 0400Z Sep 9. Frequencies (MHz): 3.540, 7.040, 14.040. Work stations once per band. North American stations work everyone, others work NA stations only. Exchange: other station's call, your call, serial number, name, S/P/C. QSY rule: Stations calling CQ, QRZ, etc, may only work one station in response to that call, they must then move at least 1 kHz before working another station or 5 kHz before soliciting another call. Once you are required to QSY, you may not make a new QSO on the previous frequency until you have made a contact at least 1 or 5 kHz (as required) away. (see http://www.contesting.com/articles/198 for beginner's guide) Score: QSOs X S/P/C (count each only once). For more information: http://www.ncjweb.com/. Logs due 7 days after the contest via http://www.ncjweb.com/sprintlogsubmit.php or email@example.com or Boring ARC, 15125 Bartell Road, Boring, OR 97009. YLRL Howdy Days--CW/SSB, sponsored by the YL Radio League from 1400Z Sep 11 - 0200Z Sep 13, work 24 out of the 36 hour period. Try frequencies ending in 33 or 88, such as 7.233, 14.288, etc. Exchange: YLRL Member or not. QSO Points: non-YLRL member--1 pt, YLRL members--2 pts. Score is total points. For more information: http://www.ylrl.org/. Logs due 30 days after the contest to firstname.lastname@example.org or Nancy Rabel Hall, KC4IYD, PO Box 775, North Olmsted, OH 44070 WAE DX Contest--SSB, sponsored by the Deutscher ARC from 0000Z Sep 8 - 2359Z Sep 9. Frequencies: 80-10 meters according to Region I band plan. Categories: SOHP, SOLP, MS, SWL. Spotting assistance allowed in all categories. SO operate 36 hrs max., up to three off periods of 1 hour min. Non-EU work EU only. Exchange: RS(T) and serial number. Score 1 pt/QSO and 1 pt/QTC. Final score is QSOs + QTCs x weighted multipliers. Multipliers: non-EU use WAE countries, EU use DXCC entities plus call districts in W, VE, VK, ZL, ZS, JA, PY and RA8/9/0. Mults on 80 meters count x4, on 40m x3, otherwise x2. A QTC is a report sent from a non-EU station back to an EU station of QSOs that took place earlier in the contest. A QTC contains the time, call sign, and QSO number of the station being reported (e.g. 1307/DL1AA/346). A QSO may only be reported once and not back to the originating station. A maximum of 10 QTCs can be sent to a single station. The same station can be worked several times to complete this quota, but only the original QSO has QSO point value. Keep a list of QTCs sent. For example, QTC 3/7 would indicate that this is the third series of QTCs sent, and seven QSOs are reported. For more information: http://www.waedc.de/ or email@example.com. Logs due by Oct 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use your call sign as the subject of the email. Second-Class Operators Club (SOC) Marathon Sprint--CW, from 1800Z to 2400Z Sep 8. (Most sprints run four hours, but since we're Second Class Op's, we need more time!) Frequencies: 160 - 10 meter QRP calling frequencies. Categories: SOAB. Exchange: RST + S/P/C + SOC number or power output. QSO Points: SOC member--5 pts, non-member same continent--2 pts, diff. cont--4 pts. Score: QSO points x S/P/C counted once per band x Power Multiplier (<250 mW x 15, <1 W x 10, <5 W x 7, >5 W x 1). Multiply by 1.5 if using a homebrew paddle. For more information: http://www.qsl.net/soc. Logs due 30 days after the contest to email@example.com or Bob Patten, N4BP, 2841 NW 112 Terrace, Plantation, FL 33323, USA. Arkansas QSO Party--CW/SSB/PSK31, sponsored by K1ARK from 1400Z Sep 8 to 0600Z Sep 9 and 1500Z - 2400Z Sep 9. Frequencies (MHz): CW--3.550, 7.050, 14.050, 21.050, 28.050; Phone--3.980, 7.260, 14.260, 21.360, 28.360, 145-147; PSK--3580, 7070; 14.070; 21.080; 28.120. Categories: SO, MS, Mobile (HP, LP, QRP), PSK. Exchange: RST, state or province, DX stations send "DX." (AR stations send county) QSO Points: PSK--3 pts, CW--2 pts, SSB--1 pt. Score: QSO points × AR counties (AR station count S/P, AR counties and DX). Mobile stations may be worked again in each county. See Web site for bonus points. For more information: http://www.arkan.us/. Logs due 30 days after the contest to firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Smith, K1ARK, 3032 Strawberry Drive, Fayetteville, AR, 72703. Tennessee QSO Party--CW/Phone/Digital, sponsored by the Tennessee Contest Group from 1800Z Sep 9 - 0300Z Sep 10. Frequencies (MHz): CW--1.815, 3.540, 7.040, 14.040, 21.040, 28.040; SSB--1.855, 3.900, 7.240, 14.280, 21.390, 28.390; Digital--3.585, 7.085, 14.085, 21.085, 28.085; VHF/UHF--50.195, 144.195, 146.55, 223.5, 446.0. No repeater or digipeater QSOs. Exchange: RS(T) and TN county or S/P/C. QSO Points: Phone--2 pts, CW--3 pts, Digital--3 pts. Score: QSO points x TN counties per band (TN stations add S/P/C per band). One bonus multiplier for every five additional QSOs with the same county. Bonus points: add 100 pts. for each QSO with K4TCG. TN mobiles may claim as a multiplier any TN county from which they complete at least 10 QSOs. For more information visit: http://www.tnqp.org/. Logs due Oct 11 to email@example.com or TN QSO Party, c/o Doug Smith W9WI, 1389 Old Clarksville Pike, Pleasant View, TN 37146-8098 USA. G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest--CW, sponsored by FISTS, from 2300Z Sep 8 - 2300Z Sep 10. Use straight keys to be eligible for awards. Frequencies: 80 -- 10 meters. Categories: QRO, QRP, Club. Exchange: RST, S/P/C, name, FISTS number or power. QSO Points: FISTS member--5 pts, non-member--2 pts. Score: QSO points x S/P/C counted once only. For more information: http://www.fists.org/. Logs indicating type of key due 30 days after the contest to HALLINL@lanecc.edu (ADIF, Excel or ASCII format) or Lee Hallin N7NU, 3413 Walton Ln, Eugene OR 97408. North American Sprint--SSB, 0000Z - 0400Z Sep 16 (See Sep 9, logs due 7 days after the contest via the Web site via http://www.ncjweb.com/sprintlogsubmit.php or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Stevens, K4MA, 6609 Vardon Ct., Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.) Scandinavian Activity Contest--CW, sponsored by Suomen Radioamatooriliitto ry (SRAL) from 1200Z Sep 15 - 1200Z Sep 16 (Phone, 1200Z Sep 22 - 1200Z Sep 23). Frequencies: 80 - 10 meters. Categories: SOAB (QRP <5W, LP <100W, HP), MS, SWL. Exchange: RS(T) + serial number. QSO Points: EU stations--1 pt, Non-EU--1 pt on 20--10, 3 pts on 80 - 40. Score: QSO pts × Scandinavian call areas counted once per band. For more information: http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/sacnsc.htm. Logs due Oct 31 to email@example.com (SSB to firstname.lastname@example.org) or to SACCW (SSB to SACSSB), Jussi-Pekka Sampola, OH6RX, Tölbyn niittytie 238, FIN-65460 Tölby, Finland Washington State Salmon Run--CW/SSB/Digital, sponsored by the Western Washington DX Club from 1600Z Sep 15 - 0700Z Sep 16 and 1600Z - 2400Z Sep 16. Frequencies: 160 - 6 meters. Categories: SO (CW, SSB, Digital or Mixed Mode; QRP, LP, HP >200W), MO-ST (WA Club, WA Non-club, Non-WA), Mobile (SO, MO), WA County Expedition. Exchange: RS(T) and S/P/C or county (for WA stations). QSO Points: SSB--2 pts, CW/Digital--4 pts. Work Expeditions and Mobiles from each county, log county line QSOs as 2 separate QSOs. Score: QSO points x WA counties (WA stations use S/P/C + WA counties) counted once only. QSOs with W7DX add 500 bonus points for each mode--up to 1500 points. For more information: http://www.wwdxc.org/. Logs due Oct 31 to email@example.com (Cabrillo encouraged) or Western Washington DX Club, PO Box 395, Mercer Island, WA 98040, USA. South Carolina QSO Party--Phone/CW/Digital, sponsored by the Columbia Amateur Radio Club (CARC) from 1300Z Sep 15 - 2100Z Sep 16. Frequencies (MHz): CW--1.805 and 50 kHz from band edge, Phone--1.845, 3.860, 7.260, 14.270, 21.370, 28.370, 50.125, 144.200, 146.58, 223.50, 446.00. No repeater or cross-band QSO's, work mobiles again from each county. Categories: SOAB, SC Mobile. Exchange: serial number and SC county or S/P/C. QSO Points: Phone--1 pt, CW--2 pts, Digital--3 pts. Score: Total QSO points x power multiplier (<5 W x5, <150 W x2, >150 W x1) x SC counties (counted only once) x SC counties activated (SC Mobile only). 300 bonus points for QSO with N2ZZ or KF4GHC. For more information: http://carc.ham-radio-op.net/. Logs due Oct 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org or CARC SCQP Entry, PO Box 595, Columbia, SC 29202. QCWA Fall QSO Party--Phone/CW/Digital, sponsored by the Quarter Century Wireless Association from 1800Z Sep 15 - 1800Z Sep 16. Frequencies (MHz): CW--1.810, 3.540, 7.035, 14.040, 21.050, 28.050; Phone--1.845, 3.890, 7.244, 14.262, 21.365, 28.325, all VHF/UHF bands, no crossband or repeater QSOs. Categories: Mixed, Phone, CW/Digital. 15 QSOs with each station maximum and only one QSO with stations in home QCWA chapter. Exchange: Last two digits of year licensed and QCWA chapter or S/P/C. QSO Points: Phone--1 pt, CW/Digital--2 pts. Score: QSO Points x QCWA chapters + S/P/C counted only once regardless of band. W2MM counts as a 3-point multiplier on each band. For more information: http://qcwa.org/2007-qso-party-rules.htm. Send logs to W2od@aol.com or Robert Buus W2OD, 8 Donner St, Holmdel NJ 07733-2004. QRP Afield--CW/Phone/Digital, sponsored by the New England QRP Club, 1500Z - 2100Z Sep 15. Frequencies: 160 - 10 meters, QRP calling frequencies. Categories: SOAB, MS. Exchange: RS(T), S/P/C, and NE-QRP number or power. QSO Points: HP (>5W) fixed station - 1 pt, HP mobile or portable - 2 pts, QRP fixed - 5 pts, QRP mobile or portable - 10 pts. Score: QSO points x S/P/C (counted once only). For more information: http://www.qsl.net/wq1rp/main.htm. Logs due Oct 14 to email@example.com or Chuck Ludinsky, K1CL, 6 Prancing Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824-1922. Feld-Hell Monthly Sprint--sponsored by the Feld-Hell Club, 1500Z - 1700Z Sep 15 (and every third Saturday). Frequencies: 160-10 meters. Exchange: RST, S/P/C, and Feld-Hell club number or age (YLs may send 00). QSO Points: Member - 3 pts, non-member - 1 pt. Score: QSO Points x S/P/C counted only once + bonus points (see Web site). For more information and log due date: http://www.wa6l.com/contests. Submit logs via Web site. 070 Club 80 Meter Autumn Sprint--sponsored by the Penn-Ohio DX Society (PODXS) from 2000 on 14 Sept 2007 to 0200 15 Sept 2007 local time (not zulu). Mode: PSK31 only. Frequencies: 80 meters only. Categories: QRP, LP <50 W, MP <100 W). Exchange: RST and S/P/C. QSO points: 1 pt/QSO. Score: QSO points × S/P/C. For more information: http://www.podxs.com/html/80_meter_sprint.html. Logs due Oct 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Dominguez N6YIH, 11700 Fairlawn Ct, Boise Idaho 83709. VHF+ CONTESTS ARRL September VHF QSO Party, 1800Z Sep 8 - 0300Z Sep 10. Frequencies: all bands above 50 MHz. Categories: SOHP, SOLP, SO-Portable, Rover, MO, Limited MO. Exchange: Grid Locator. QSO Points: 50 and 144 MHz - 1 pt, 222 and 440 MHz - 2 pts, 902 and 1296 MHz - 3 pts, 2.3 GHz and higher - 4 pts. Score: QSO points x Grids counted once per band. For more information: http://www.arrl.org/contests Logs due Oct 10 to email@example.com or Sep VHF QSO Party, ARRL Contest Branch, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111, USA. ARRL 10 GHz Cumulative Contest, 0600 local - 2400 local Sep 15-16. Categories: 10 GHz only and 10 GHz and up. Exchange: Six-digit Maidenhead Locator. Distance Points equals distance in km between stations. QSO Points: 100 pts for each unique call worked. Score: Distance points + QSO points. For more information: http://www.arrl.org/contests Logs due Oct 16 to 10GHz@arrl.org or ARRL Contest Branch, 225 Main St., Newington, CT, 06111, USA. VHF Fall Sprint--CW/Phone/Digital, sponsored by the Southeastern VHF Society from 7 - 11 PM local Sep 17. Frequencies: 144 MHz. Categories: Fixed and Rover. Exchange: Grid Square. QSO Points: 1 pt/QSO. Score is QSO Points x Grid Squares, score each sprint separately. Rovers add all grids worked from each grid. For more information: http://www.svhfs.org/. Logs must be emailed or postmarked within four weeks of the contest to firstname.lastname@example.org or Ottmar Fiebel W4WSR, PO Box 957, Hayesville, NC 28904. -oo --- -o - -- oo ooo ooo -o-- --- oo- o-o LOG DUE DATES - 5 SEPTEMBER THROUGH 18 SEPTEMBER 2007 o-oo --- --o -oo o o- -oo o-oo oo -o o ooo September 6, ARRL UHF Contest, email logs to: AugustUHF@arrl.org, paper logs and diskettes to: August UHF Contest, ARRL Contest Branch, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111, USA. Find rules at: http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2007/uhf.html September 8, Wake-Up! QRP Sprint, email logs to: email@example.com, paper logs and diskettes to: Valentin Kovalchuk, Internatsionalnaya str 29 kv 39, Kaliningrad, 236011, Russia. Find rules at: http://www.qrp.ru/sprint_e.htm September 9, SARL HF CW Contest, email logs to: firstname.lastname@example.org, paper logs and diskettes to: Bloemfontein Radio Amateur Club, Box 12104, Brandhof, 9324, South Africa. Find rules at: http://www.sarl.org.za/SARL%20Contest%20Manual%202007.pdf September 15, Maryland-DC QSO Party, email logs to: email@example.com, paper logs and diskettes to: Antietam Radio Association, PO Box 52, Hagerstown, MD 21741-0052, USA. Find rules at: http://www.w3cwc.org/rules.html September 15, New Jersey QSO Party, email logs to: firstname.lastname@example.org, paper logs and diskettes to: Englewood ARA, PO Box 528, Englewood, NJ 07631-0528, USA. Find rules at: http://www.qsl.net/w2rj/index.html September 15, SCC RTTY Championship, email logs to: email@example.com, paper logs and diskettes to: Slovenia Contest Club, Saveljska 50, 1113 Ljubljana, Slovenia. Find rules at: http://lea.hamradio.si/~scc/rtty/htmlrules.htm September 15, WAE DX Contest, CW, email logs to: firstname.lastname@example.org, paper logs and diskettes to: (none). Find rules at: http://www.darc.de/referate/dx/xedcwr.htm September 18, RSGB SSB Field Day, email logs to: email@example.com, paper logs and diskettes to: RSGB G3UFY, 77 Bensham Manor Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 7AF, England. Find rules at: http://www.contesting.co.uk/hfcc/rules/rssbfd.shtml September 18, ARCI Silent Key Memorial Sprint, email logs to: firstname.lastname@example.org, paper logs and diskettes to: ARCI Silent Key Memorial Sprint, c/o Jeff Hetherington, VA3JFF, 139 Elizabeth St W., Welland, Ontario L3C 4M3, Canada. 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