ARRL

EME Contest

About

Objective: To work as many amateur stations as possible via the earth-moon-earth path on any authorized amateur frequency above 50 MHz.

Overview

  • Dates

    Three full weekend 48-hour periods (0000 UTC on Saturday through 2359 UTC Sunday). Dates for 2014 are:

    2.3 GHz & Up - Oct 11-12
    50 to 1296 MHz - Nov 8-9 and Dec 6-7

  • Bands

    All authorized frequencies above 50 MHz (6 Meters).

  • Log Submission Deadline

    All entries must be emailed or postmarked no later than 2359z Thursday, January 1, 2015.

  • Contact Information

    For contest information contact contests@arrl.org or (860) 594-0232

  • Awards

    Certificates will be awarded to the top three stations worldwide in each of the following categories where significant effort or competition is evident. Multiband entrants will also be listed in the single band tables, and are eligible for those awards.

    8.1 Single operator, Multi-band, All Mode

    8.2 Single operator, Multi-band, CW Only

    8.3 Single operator, All Mode, for each single band.

    8.4 Single operator, CW, for each of the single bands 144, 432, and 1296 MHz.

    8.5 Multioperator, Multi-band, All Mode

    8.6 Multioperator, Multi-band, CW Only

    8.7 Multioperator, All Mode, for each single band.

    8.8 Multioperator, CW, for each of the single bands 144, 432, and 1296 MHz.

  • Paper Entry Forms

  • Results

Contest Details

1. Object:Two-way communications via the earth-moon-earth path on any authorized amateur frequency above 50 MHz.

2. Date and Contest Period: Three full weekend 48-hour periods (0000 UTC on Saturday through 2359 UTC Sunday). 2014 dates and designated bands:

  • Oct 11-12: 2.3+ GHz
  • Nov 8-9: 50-1296 MHz
  • Dec 6-7: 50-1296 MHz

3. Entry Categories:

3.1. Single Operator All Mode: Any combination of CW, phone, or digital modes. Available for all bands.

3.2. Single Operator CW Only: 144, 432, and 1296 MHz bands and Multi band logs.

3.3. Multioperator All Mode: Any combination of CW, phone, or digital modes. Available for all bands.

3.4. Multioperator CW Only: 144, 432, and 1296 MHz bands and Multi band logs.

4. Exchange: Each station must send and receive both call signs and a signal report in any mutually understood format, plus an acknowledgment of the calls and report. Partial or incomplete contacts should be indicated on your log, but not counted for contest credit.

5. Scoring:

5.1. QSO points: Count 100 points for each complete EME contact.

5.2. Multiplier: Each US State and Canadian Province, plus each DXCC entity (excluding the US/Canada) worked via EME on each band.

5.3. Final Score: Multiply QSO point total by the sum of multipliers worked from each band.

Miscellaneous:

6.1. A Multioperator entry may be made up of neighboring amateurs within one state, province, or non-US/Canadian DXCC entity, but with EME facilities for different bands on different team members' premises, as long as no two are more than 50 km (30 miles) apart. Multioperator neighborhood groups may use the same call signs at each location if permissible under national licensing rules and regulations. If not permissible, separate callsigns may be used for the multioperator neighborhood entry. When operating under this neighborhood provision, all logs must be submitted together in a single envelope or email with a single summary sheet showing the combined operation, designating the principal callsign for the entry. All multioperator callsigns will be shown in the results.

6.2. Stations may be worked for credit only once per band, regardless of mode.

6.3. During the contest periods, no contest entrant, in any category --single-operator or multi-operator-- may use non-EME means for the purpose of self-spotting, solicitation or coordination of QSOs or attempts to make contact; nor may any entrant use assistance or provide assistance in the form of frequency spotting or use any form of DX spotting, Packet Cluster, Ping Jockey, email, telephone, etc. Exception: liaison to coordinate band-by-band activity is explicitly permitted for the bands2.3 GHz and higher.

6.4. Only one transmitted signal per band is permitted at any given time.

6.5. There is no specified minimum terrestrial distance for contacts, but all communications must be copied over the EME path, regardless how strong (or weak) a nearby station's terrestrial signal may be.

6.6. Commercial Equipment: Stations using equipment that is not amateur-owned (such as a dish antenna or lab equipment owned by an institution or government agency) are ineligible for awards.

7. Reporting: Entries must include complete log data as well as an official ARRL EME Contest Summary Sheet. Official forms are available at the top of this page under "Overview: Paper Entry Forms" or with a SASE request to the Contest Branch. No other forms of the summary sheet will be accepted. Each line of QSO data in the log should contain band, mode, date and time in UTC, callsign of station worked, exchange sent, exchange received, each new multiplier, and points earned. Photocopies of the log form and official Summary Sheet are acceptable. Logs should be emailed to EMEcontest@arrl.org and hand-written paper logs or diskettes mailed to: EME Contest, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA

8. Awards: Certificates will be awarded to the top three stations worldwide in each of the following categories where significant effort or competition is evident. Multiband entrants will also be listed in the single band tables, and are eligible for those awards.

8.1. Single operator, Multi-band, All Mode

8.2. Single operator, Multi-band, CW Only

8.3. Single operator, All Mode, for each single band.

8.4. Single operator, CW, for each of the single bands 144, 432, and 1296 MHz.

8.5. Multioperator, Multi-band, All Mode

8.6. Multioperator, Multi-band, CW Only

8.7. Multioperator, All Mode, for each single band.

8.8. Multioperator, CW, for each of the single bands 144, 432, and 1296 MHz.

9. Other:

9.1. See “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” and “General Rules for ARRL Contests on bands above 50 MHz (VHF)."