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Hiram Percy Maxim 150th Birthday Celebration

Happy 150! The Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration!

As announced in September 2019 QST - page 86 

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the League's first president and cofounder, Hiram Percy Maxim (HPM), W1AW.  HPM was born on September 2, 1869.

As we have done with earlier birthday milestones, ARRL is again holding an operating event to celebrate HPM’s legacy.


Objective: This operating event is open to all amateurs, and the goal is straightforward:  Find stations operating in the event, many adding “/150” to their call signs, and contact as many as possible during the 9-day celebration on each of the event bands (using any/all of the 3 event modes on each band).

Time Period: The 9-day event begins 0000 UTC August 31 and runs until 2359 UTC September 8, 2019.

Eligibility: All amateur stations may participate.

Who is eligible to use their “callsign/150”?   W1AW and ALL ARRL members are eligible and will append /150 to their call sign during this event (this includes DX Stations who are ARRL members, who may operate as callsign/150 if permitted by the regulations of their country of license).


Exchange: All W/VE stations send RST and their ARRL/RAC Section; DX stations send RST and “DX”.

Bands: All Amateur Bands LF/HF/VHF/UHF/SHF/Microwave/Light (excluding 60, 30, 17 and 12 meters).

Modes: Three (3) mode groups will be recognized in the event:
       CW
       Phone (any/all voice modes count as “Phone”)
       Digital (any/all digital modes count as “Digital”)

Scoring:  Cabrillo log (or ADI) files must be supplied. ARRL will calculate all final scores based on the participant uploads to our event web app at http://contests.arrl.org/arrlHPM150scoressubmission.php.

Multipliers: 84 in total – contact just once each of (83) ARRL and RAC Sections (RAC sections include the Canadian “NT” Northern Territories - encompassing VE8 / VY1 / VY0) - and DX (1).   See http://www.arrl.org/contest-sections-list for ARRL/RAC Sections.


QSO Points:

       3 points per QSO: Contacts with W1AW/150 will earn 3 points per QSO;
       2 points per QSO: Contacts with any ARRL member will earn 2 points per QSO - these stations will also identify as callsign/150:
       1 point per QSO:  Contacts with non-members (ie, those not mentioned above) will earn 1 point each, and will identify with callsign only (no additional / number will be used).
 


Bonus points:

       150 Bonus Points will be earned by successfully completing one or more activities as described below – these are determined by your responses when uploading your Cabrillo log (or ADI file) to our web app:

       Contacting W1AW/150 on each band and mode will earn 150 BONUS points for each band/mode contact (no band/mode dupes are permitted). Bonuses are added during web app upload.

       If you are an ARRL member, you will receive 150 BONUS points when uploading your entry via the web app.

       Social Media – If you used social media, publicizing this event and/or your participation before, during and/or after the event will earn you 150 BONUS points upon uploading your entry to the web app.

        QRP operation (using 5 watts PEP output or less throughout the entire event) will earn you 150 BONUS points when uploading your entry to the web app.

        Portable operation – if you make at least 20 or more portable QSOs you will earn 150 BONUS points when uploading your entry to the web app.

        150 QSOs – if you complete 150 or more QSOs, you earn a one-time 150 BONUS points when uploading your entry to the web app.


Submissions:

Cabrillo log (or ADI) files are required – and must be uploaded via web app at
http://contests.arrl.org/arrlHPM150scoressubmission.php
. This event only accepts online web app submissions (no email or paper submissions will be accepted).

Log submissions are due 10 days after the conclusion of the event (2359 UTC September 18, 2019).


Scoring Calculations:

Calculations are made by ARRL when you submit your entry via the web app:

       Total QSO points accumulated on all band/mode combinations 

                  Total multipliers (84 maximum)

                            = subtotal

                  +  Total bonus points earned

                            = Grand Total/Final Score



Online certificates will be awarded, and available via download (only)
at
http://contests.arrl.org/certificates.php

Results will be publicized (watch the ARRL web http://www.arrl.org/hpm150-birthday-celebration for updates).


Miscellaneous: 

        This event requires online web app submissions via the HPM Score/Log submission page at http://contests.arrl.org/arrlHPM150scoressubmission.php (no email or paper submissions will be accepted).  Log submissions are due 10 days after the conclusion of the event (2359 UTC Spetember 18, 2019).

       This event has NO power categories (there are no power multipliers as a separate competition category);

       This event has NO operator categories (there are NO Single Operator, Multioperator, etc categories);

        Participating ARRL Members who use Logbook of The World (LoTW) are encouraged to create a separate LoTW Certificate (see below) for their callsign/150 (with a callsign certificate date range begin-date of August 31, 2019, and end-date of September 8, 2019), and to be sure to upload their logs for this event using their /150 certificate.  

 

LoTW Certificate

  • How to create an HPM150 LoTW certificate

    ***  If you have not done so, please download the latest version (2.4.7) of the TQSL software which is available at:  http://www.arrl.org/tqsl-download

    • Open TQSL and click on “Callsign Certificate” on the top menu (top line).
    • Click on “Request New Callsign Certificate”.
    • Enter your primary callsign/150 (i.e. N1SFE/150) and your DXCC entity.  Choose QSO Begin Date of August 31, 2019 and QSO End Date of September 8, 2019.
    • Choose the following option:   My former personal callsign or a portable modifier for my current callsign. If you used a password for your primary callsign, use the same password for the /150 callsign.   (If no password was used for primary callsign, leave the box blank and click OK or FINISH.)
    • Near the end of the request process a box will come up with a list of your callsigns.  Highlight your primary callsign and click FINISH.
    • When asked “Do you want to upload this certificate request to LoTW now?”, click the “Yes” button.  DO NOT delete the newly-created red circle request in the TQSL program. No postcard will be issued for USA participants.  No additional documentation is necessary for DX participants.

    Once we process the certificate, you should receive an email from LoTW with the corresponding TQ6 file attached.  Use the TQ6 to activate  your new callsign/150 certificate. (red circle changes to gold ribbon). You can either double-click on the TQ6 file or save it and click on the “Load Callsign Certificate” ICON in the TQSL program under the “Callsign Certificates” TAB.

     

    When you have your new gold ribbon callsign/150 certificate, please make sure to create a separate and uniquely named Station Location under the “Station Locations” TAB.

     

    ** Be careful when signing QSOs to choose the proper Station Location for the /150 callsign. **

W1AW Bulletin Schedule Advisory

W1AW Bulletin listeners should be aware that the W1AW operating schedule during this period may be adjusted when needed to accommodate on-air celebration operating activities.