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Objective: Amateurs worldwide contact and exchange QSO information with other amateurs using digital modes (Baudot RTTY, PSK, FT8, ASCII, AMTOR, Packet—attended operation only) on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands. Any station may work any other station. Stations may be worked once per band, regardless of mode.

 

To see January 2019 QST -- using 'FT8 in the ARRL RTTY Roundup' -- (click here)

 

Online Log Submission - logs must be uploaded via an online web service at contest-log-submission.arrl.org.

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/files/file/Model%20Release%20/ModelReleaseForm.pdf] ***

Overview

  • Dates

    First full weekend of January, but never on January 1. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, ends 2359  UTC Sunday (January 5-6, 2019)

  • Off-time Requirement: Participate 24 of the 30 hours ("Two Break Rule")

    For scoring purposes, stations may make QSOs for a total of 24 hours.  Following the first QSO, up to 6 hours of off-time may be taken in one or two breaks before the final QSO is logged.  Each off-time must be at least 30 minutes long as defined in General Rule 3.15.  Breaks shorter than 30 minutes or following the first two off-times are ignored. After 24 hours of operating time has been reached, stations may continue to make and log QSOs but they will not count towards the final score.

    The intent of the "two break" rule is to add another element of strategy to the contest. By limiting off-time to no more than two blocks, you can't take a bunch of short breaks. You have to decide based on local propagation, need for sleep, etc.  Only 24 hours of the 30 hours count towards your score.
     
    Between the time you make your first QSO and the time you make your last QSO, you may take at most two off-times which must consist of at least 30 QSO-free minutes or they will not be counted as off-time. The time before your first QSO and the time after your last QSO don't count as these two off-times.
     
    These examples satisfy the rules:
    - start at 1800 Sat and operate 24 hours straight
    - start an hour late at 1900, take 2 two-hour breaks, end at 2300 one hour early
    - start at 1800, operate 12 hours, sleep 5.5 hours, finish at 2330 one half-hour early
    If you take several 30-minute off-times, even if they total 6 hours or more, only the first two will be counted toward the 6 hours of required off-time.
     
    The log checking process will only check your QSOs and calculate your score over the first 24 hours of operating. You are encouraged to continue operating if you like - there won't be any penalty for doing so and those QSOs will count for the other operators. Don't delete any QSOs after the 24-hour limit so the other stations get credit for your contact.

  • Bands

    80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meters.

  • Power Level Definitions

    Both Single Operator and Multioperator categories have the following power level definitions:

    High Power: Greater than 150 watts

    Low Power: 150 watts or less

    There is no QRP category in the RTTY Roundup.

  • Terms Of Entry

    - Entrants agree to be bound by the provisions and intent of ARRL contest rules.
    - Entrants agree to be bound by the regulations of their national licensing authority.
    - Entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee.
    - All entries become the property of the ARRL.

  • Log Submission Deadline

    7-Day Deadline: All entries are must be postmarked or uploaded via web app by 2359 UTC January 13, 2019

  • Contact Information

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

  • Awards

    Certificates will be awarded to: Top high power and low power Single Operator and Multioperator scorers in each ARRL/RAC Section. Top high power and low power Single Operator and Multioperator scorers in each DXCC country (other than W/VE). Plaques, if sponsored, will be awarded to the top scoring low and high power entrant in each category overall, each ARRL Division, and Canada. Unsponsored plaques may be purchased from the ARRL.

  • Paper Entry Forms

    Summary Sheet - Revised 17 October 2018

    Logging Form

  • Results

Contest Details


1. Objective: Amateurs worldwide contact and exchange QSO information with other amateurs using digital modes (Baudot RTTY, PSK, FT8 {see rule 7.4}, ASCII, AMTOR, Packet—attended operation only) on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands. Any station may work any other station. Stations may be worked once per band, regardless of mode.

2. Date and Contest Period: First full weekend of January, but never on Jan. 1. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, ends 2359 UTC Sunday (January 5-6, 2019).

2.1. No entrant may operate more than 24 hours out of the 30-hour contest period. [Note: The duration of a break is defined on the "General Rules for all Contests" - Rule 3.15]

2.2. Off-time Requirement: For scoring purposes, stations may make QSOs for a total of 24 hours.  Following the first QSO, up to 6 hours of off-time may be taken in one or two breaks before the final QSO is logged.  Each off-time must be at least 30 minutes long as defined in General Rule 3.15.  Breaks shorter than 30 minutes or following the first two off-times are ignored. After 24 hours of operating time has been reached, stations may continue to make and log QSOs but they will not count towards the final score.

2.3. All entrants are allowed only one transmitted signal at any given time; alternating CQs on two or more frequencies using the same band and mode is prohibited.

3. Entry Categories:            

3.1. Single Operator: The use of spotting assistance or automated, multi-channel decoders is not permitted.                       

3.1.1. Low Power: 150 watts transmitter output or less.

3.1.2. High Power: Maximum transmitter output of 1500 watts or license limit, whichever is less.

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

3.2.1. Low Power: 150 watts transmitter output or less.

3.2.2. High Power: Maximum transmitter output of 1500 watts or license limit, whichever is less.

3.3. Multioperator, Single Transmitter:                        

3.3.1. Low Power: 150 watts transmitter output or less.

3.3.2. High Power: Maximum transmitter output of 1500 watts or license limit, whichever is less.

3.3.3. Includes those that receive assistance with logging or relief operators, etc.             

3.3.4. Multioperator stations are limited to 6 band changes (maximum) in any clock hour.                

3.3.5. The clock hour is from zero through 59 minutes.                        

3.3.6. Band changes are defined so that, for example, a change from 20 meters 15 meters and then back to 20 meters constitutes two band changes.

4. Exchange:            

4.1. United States: Signal report and State (except for KH6 and KL7 who {per rule 5.2 below} compete as DX Entities and will send serial numbers).            

4.2. Canada: Signal report and Province.            

4.3. DX: Signal report and consecutive serial number, starting with 001.

5. Scoring:            

5.1. QSO Points: Count one point for each completed QSO.            

5.2. Multipliers: Each US state (except KH6 and KL7) plus the District of Columbia (DC), Canadian provinces/territories: NB (VE1, 9), NS (VE1), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NWT (VE8), NF (VO1), LB (VO2), NU (VYØ), YT (VY1), PEI (VY2) and each DXCC country. KH6 and KL7 count only as separate DXCC entities.                        

5.2.1. Multipliers count only once (not once per band).                        

5.2.2. The US and Canada do not count as DXCC entities.

6. Reporting:            

6.1. 7-Day Deadline: All entries must be postmarked or uploaded by 2359 UTC January 13, 2019.        

6.2. Logs in Cabrillo format format must be uploaded via the online web app. Once uploaded online via web app, a confirmation email will be sent to you.  You can view the list of electronically-submitted logs at http://contests.arrl.org/logsreceived.php

6.3. All logs that are created electronically are required to submit their electronic log file in Cabrillo file format. A print out of an electronically generated log is not an acceptable substitute. A hand-written log that is later entered into a logging or other electronic program is considered an electronically generated log and must meet electronic file requirements.            

6.4. The Cabrillo entries include the header and the complete QSO list.

6.5. Logs not in Cabrillo format may be submitted by using the online service http://www.b4h.net/cabforms/arrlrttyroundup_cab3.php  to convert the information to Cabrillo format, and then that file may be uploaded (as follows).  Once the Cabrillo file is created, sumbit the Cabrillo log file using the web app upload process.

6.6. Hand-logged entries must be submitted (postmarked before the log deadline) using required Summary and Log forms to: ARRL RTTY Round-Up Contest, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

7. Miscellaneous:            

7.1. Packet radio contacts made through digipeaters or gateways are not permitted.            

7.2. All ARRL Contest rules and forms may be  obtained from the Contest Branch by sending an SASE with 2 units of postage.            

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

7.4. FT8 entrants: Participants must use WSJT-X version 2.0 or later to ensure they are able to transmit and receive the exchange messages the event requires. Unattended operation is not permitted. Utilizing QSO/macro automations is not permitted. Fox-and-Hounds mode is not permitted (each contact must be carried out in a one-to-one mode, manually accepting/logging each contact.)  Since ARRL contest rules regarding spotting assistance prohibit the use of “automated, multi-channel decoders” by Single-Operator entrants, stations using software that decodes more than one FT8 signal at a time will have to enter as Single-Operator Unlimited or as Multioperator, just as PSK participants have had to do in the past when using fldigi or DigiPan software. Logging software mode “DG” will be accepted as an abbreviation for all digital QSOs other than RTTY, which will continue to be designated as “RY.” This will assist the ARRL Contest Branch in distinguishing RTTY from other digital-mode contacts in order to assess the popularity of each. Logs designating all contacts with “RY” will be accepted, however.  FT8 users are encouraged to spread out to help increase decoding and contact success. High power and large antennas are not necessary for successful FT8 decodes.

8. Awards:            

8.1. Certificates will be awarded in the following categories (and will be viewable on line at http://contests.arrl.org/certificates.php):                       

8.1.1. Top high power and low power Single Operator and Multioperator scorers in each ARRL/RAC Section.                        

8.1.2. Top high power and low power Single Operator and Multioperator scorers in each DXCC country (other than W/VE).            

8.2. Plaques, if sponsored, will be awarded to the top scoring low and high power entrant in each category overall, each ARRL Division, and Canada.                        

8.2.1. Unsponsored plaques may be purchased from the ARRL.

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