ARRL

September VHF

2014 September VHF: September 13-15

Objective: For amateurs in the US and Canada (and their possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree Maidenhead grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Stations outside the US & Canada (and their possessions) may only work stations in the US (and its posessions) and Canada.

Stations in KH0-9, KL7 & KP1-KP5, CY9 and CY0 count as W/VE stations and can be worked by DX stations for contest credit.

Overview

  • Dates

    The second full weekend of September. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday (September 13-15, 2014).

  • Bands

    All authorized frequencies above 50 MHz (6 Meters).

  • Log Submission Deadline

    All submissions must be emailed or postmarked no later than 0300z Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Email logs to septembervhf@arrl.org

  • Contact Information

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

  • Awards

    Certificates will be awarded in the following categories: - Top Single Operator High and Single Operator Low power in each ARRL/RAC Section. - Top Single Operator High and Single Operator Low power on each band (50, 144, 222, 432, 902, 1296 and 2304-and-up categories) in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Note: Since the highest score per band will be the award winner for that band, an entrant may win a certificate with additional single-band endorsements.) For example, if KA1RWY has the highest single-operator low-power all-band score in the CT Section and her 50- and 222-MHz scores are higher than any other CT single operator’s, she will earn a certificate for being the single-operator Section leader and endorsements for 50 and 222 MHz. - Top Single Operator Portable in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Single Operator Portable entries are not eligible for single-band awards.) - Top rover in each ARRL Division and Canada where significant effort or competition is evident. (Rover entries are not eligible for single-band awards.) - Top multi-operator score in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Multioperator entries are not eligible for single-band awards.) - Top limited multi-operator in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Limited multi-operator entries are not eligible for single-band awards.) - Top scoring club in each club competition category will be awarded a gavel.

  • Paper Summary Sheet

  • Paper Log Sheet

  • Power Limits by Category

    Single Operator, High Power:

    1500 Watts PEP or the maximum allowable power level established by the national licensing authority of your country, whichever is lower.

    Single Operator, Low Power:

    50 MHz and 144 MHz--200 W PEP.

    222 MHz and 432 MHz--100 W PEP.

    902 MHz and above--50 W PEP.

    Single Operator Portable:

    Ten (10) W PEP output or less.

    Portable power source.

    Portable equipment and antennas.

     

    Single Operator, 3 Band:

    50 Mhz and 144 MHz: 100 W PEP or less.

    432 MHz: 50 W PEP or less.

     

    Single Operator, FM Only:

    50 144, 222 and 446 MHz: 100 W or less.

     

    Multioperator:

    1500 Watts PEP or the maximum allowable power level established by the national licensing authority of your country, whichever is lower.

    Limited Multioperator:

    1500 Watts PEP or the maximum allowable power level established by the national licensing authority of your country, whichever is lower.

    Rover:

    1500 Watts PEP or the maximum allowable power level established by the national licensing authority of your country, whichever is lower.

    Limited Rover:

    50 MHz and 144 MHz--200 W PEP.

    222 MHz and 432 MHz--100 W PEP.

    902 MHz and above--50 W PEP.

    Unlimited Rover:

    1500 Watts PEP or the maximum allowable power level established by the national licensing authority of your country, whichever is lower.

  • Results

  • Cabrillo Templates for the new SO3B and SOFM Categories

    The September VHF Contest now includes two new categories: Single Operator, 3 Band and Single Operator, FM Only. Here are examples of Cabrillo log headers to enter the new categories.

    If you are going to copy/paste these templates into your own Cabrillo log, please be sure to substitute your own station info!

     

    Single Operator, 3-Band:

    START-OF-LOG: 3.0
    CONTEST: ARRL-VHF-SEP
    CALLSIGN: W1AW
    LOCATION: CT
    OPERATORS: W1AW
    CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
    CATEGORY-BAND: VHF-3-BAND
    CATEGORY-MODE: MIXED
    CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
    CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
    CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
    CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
    CLAIMED-SCORE:
    CLUB:
    SOAPBOX:
    SOAPBOX:
    NAME: W1AW
    ADDRESS: 225 Main St
    ADDRESS: Newington, CT 06111
    QSO:     50 PH 2013-09-14 1900 W1AW         FN31 WD5USA       EM04
    QSO:   144 PH 2013-09-14 1922 W1AW         FN31 WD5USA       EM04
    QSO:   432 PH 2013-09-14 1924 W1AW         FN31 WD5USA       EM04
    QSO:   144 PH 2013-09-14 2220 W1AW         FN31 AF5Q/R          EM14
    QSO:   144 PH 2013-09-14 0043 W1AW         FN31 AF5Q/R          EM04
    QSO:   432 PH 2013-09-14 0043 W1AW         FN31 AF5Q/R          EM04
    QSO:     50 PH 2013-09-14 0359 W1AW         FN31 AF5Q/R          EM04
    END-OF-LOG:

     

    Single Operator, FM Only:

    START-OF-LOG: 3.0
    CONTEST: ARRL-VHF-SEP
    CALLSIGN: W1AW
    LOCATION: CT
    OPERATORS: W1AW
    CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
    CATEGORY-BAND: VHF-FM-ONLY
    CATEGORY-MODE: FM
    CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
    CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
    CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
    CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
    CLAIMED-SCORE:
    CLUB:
    SOAPBOX:
    SOAPBOX:
    NAME: W1AW
    ADDRESS: 225 Main St
    ADDRESS: Newington, CT 06111
    QSO:     50 FM 2013-09-14 1900 W1AW         FN31 WD5USA       EM04
    QSO:   144 FM 2013-09-14 1922 W1AW         FN31 WD5USA       EM04
    QSO:   432 FM 2013-09-14 1924 W1AW         FN31 WD5USA       EM04
    QSO:   144 FM 2013-09-14 2220 W1AW         FN31 AF5Q/R          EM14
    QSO:   144 FM 2013-09-14 0043 W1AW         FN31 AF5Q/R          EM04
    QSO:   432 FM 2013-09-14 0043 W1AW         FN31 AF5Q/R          EM04
    QSO:     50 FM 2013-09-14 0359 W1AW         FN31 AF5Q/R          EM04
    END-OF-LOG:

Full Contest Details

1. Object: To work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees X 1 degree grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Foreign stations work W/VE amateurs only.

2. Date and Contest Period: The second full weekend of September. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday and ends 0259 UTC Monday (September 13-15, 2014).

3. Entry Categories:

3.1.Single Operator: One person performs all transmitting, receiving, spotting, and logging functions as well as equipment and antenna adjustments. Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any given time. Use of spotting assistance or nets (operating arrangements involving other individuals, DX-alerting nets, internet chat rooms, packet, etc) is not permitted.

3.1.1.Single Operator Low Power:

3.1.1.1. Power limits on any band may not exceed the following:

3.1.1.1.1. 50 MHz and 144 MHz--200 W PEP.

3.1.1.1.2. 222 MHz and 432 MHz--100 W PEP.

3.1.1.1.3. 902 MHz and above--50 W PEP.

3.1.2. Single Operator High Power: Power limits on any band exceeds the limits for the Single Operator Low power.

3.1.3. Both Single Operator High and Low Power stations compete for all-band and single-band awards.

3.1.4. Overall and single-band winners are recognized both in QST score listings and in awards offered.

3.2.Single Operator Portable:

3.2.1. Ten (10) W PEP output or less.

3.2.2. Portable power source.

3.2.3. Portable equipment and antennas.

3.2.4. Single Operator Portable stations must operate from a location other than a permanent station location.

3.2.5. Single Operator Portable stations may not change locations during the contest period outside of the original 500-meter diameter permitted circle.

3.3. Single Operator, 3-Band:

3.3.1. Restricted to 50, 144 and 432 MHz.

3.3.2. Power limits are 100 W PEP on 50 and 144 MHz, 50 W PEP on 432 MHz.

3.4. Single Operator, FM Only

3.4.1. All QSOs must be made using Frequency Modulation (FM).

3.4.2. Restricted to 50, 144, 222 and 440 MHz.

3.4.3 Power limits are 100 W on all bands.

3.5. Rover: A rover is comprised of no more than two operators that moves among two or more grid squares during the course of a contest. An operator may perform any or all rover functions, but a driver's function shall be limited to driving the vehicle. Drivers may be switched out during the event. Any number of observers is also allowed, however observers may not perform any rover function at any time. Rover vehicles with only one occupant are allowed to perform all functions listed above.

3.5.1. A rover vehicle may transport only one station using a single call sign. An exception is provided for in "General Rules for All ARRL Contests" number 3.5 (Family Rule).

3.5.2. A rover may not operate with more than one call sign.

3.5.3. Rover vehicles must transport all the equipment, power supplies, and antennas used at each operating site.

3.5.4. Rovers MUST sign "rover" on Phone and /R on CW and digital modes after their call sign.

3.5.5. All Rovers are encouraged to adopt operating practices that allow as many stations as possible to contact them.

3.5.6. Rover operators may submit separate logs for single operator (fixed station) in addition to their rover entries. Rovers submitting a score for inclusion in a club competition must also include a secondary summary sheet indicating the portion of the score that counts for the club score if any of the QSOs submitted take place outside of their club's territory.

3.5.7. Rovers are permitted to use APRS. Rovers using APRS transmit only their call sign and position. Any multi-op station may access rover APRS data directly or via the Internet.

3.5.8. A rover may not make more than 100 QSOs with any other one rover.

3.6. Limited Rover. Same as the "Rover" class above, but competes using only the lowest four bands available for any given contest (6M - 432 MHz for VHF+ contests, 222MHz - 1.2 GHz for August UHF). Output power limits shall be the same as those defined for the Single Operator Low Power category (2.1.1)

3.7. Unlimited Rover. Same as "Rover" class above, but Unlimited Rovers may use no more than two operators and are exempt from rules 3.5.3 and 3.5.8.

3.7.1. Unlimited Rover scores may NOT be applied to a club score for Club Competition.

3.8. Multioperator (includes Single Operator stations that use spotting assistance):

3.8.1.Multioperator (Unlimited): Stations submit logs with more than four bands used.

3.8.2. Limited Multioperator: Stations submit logs with a maximum of four bands used. (Logs from additional bands used, if any, should be included as checklogs.)

4. Exchange: Grid-square locator.

4.1. Exchange of grid square is required. Exchange of signal report is optional.

5. Scoring:

5.1. QSO points:

5.1.1. Count one point for each complete 50- or 144-MHz QSO.

5.1.2. Count two points for each 222- or 432-MHz QSO.

5.1.3. Count three points for each 902- or 1296-MHz QSO.

5.1.4. Count four points for each 2.3-GHz (or higher) QSO.

5.2. Multiplier: The total number of different grid squares worked per band. Each 2 degrees X 1 degree grid square counts as one multiplier on each band it is worked.

5.3. Final score: Multiply the total number of QSO points from all bands operated by the total number of multipliers for final score.

5.4. Rovers only: The final score consists of the total number of QSO points from all bands times the sum of unique multipliers (grid squares) worked per band (regardless of which grid square they were made in) plus one additional multiplier for every grid square activated (made a contact from).

5.4.1. Rovers are listed in the contest score listings under the Division from which the most QSOs were made.

5.4.2. Rovers who submit scores for the club competition must submit a separate summary sheet and log indicating QSOs and score if they make any contacts from outside of the club territory. The summary sheet should be clearly marked “for club competition only” and must be emailed separately to contests@arrl.org

6. Miscellaneous:

6.1. Stations may be worked for credit only once per band from any given grid square, regardless of mode. This does not prohibit working a station from more than one grid square with the same call sign (such as a Rover).

6.2. Only one signal per band (6, 2, 1 1/4, etc) at any given time is permitted, regardless of mode.

6.3. Multioperator stations may not include QSOs with their own operators except on frequencies higher than 2.3 GHz. Even then, a complete, different station (transmitter, receiver and antenna) must exist for each QSO made under these conditions.

7. Awards:

7.1. Certificates will be awarded in the following categories.

7.1.1. Top Single Operator High and Single Operator Low power in each ARRL/RAC Section.

7.1.2. Top Single Operator High and Single Operator Low power on each band (50, 144, 222, 432, 902, 1296 and 2304-and-up categories) in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Note: Since the highest score per band will be the award winner for that band, an entrant may win a certificate with additional single-band endorsements.) For example, if KA1RWY has the highest single-operator low-power all-band score in the CT Section and her 50- and 222-MHz scores are higher than any other CT single operator’s, she will earn a certificate for being the single-operator Section leader and endorsements for 50 and 222 MHz.

7.1.3. Top Single Operator Portable in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Single Operator Portable entries are not eligible for single-band awards.)

7.1.4. Top rover in each ARRL Division and Canada where significant effort or competition is evident. (Rover entries are not eligible for single-band awards.)

7.1.5. Top multi-operator score in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Multioperator entries are not eligible for single-band awards.)

Top limited multi-operator in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Limited multi-operator entries are not eligible for single-band awards.)

7.1.6. Top scoring club in each club competition category will be awarded a gavel.

See “General Rules for all ARRL Contests” for club competition information.

8. Submission:

8.1. All submissions must be emailed to SeptemberVHF@arrl.org or postmarked no later than 0300z Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Paper logs should be mailed to Sept VHF QSO Party, ARRL Contest Branch, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Logs mailed or emailed after the submission deadline may be designated as check logs.

8.2. Stations that use computers to log must send the electronic log in the Cabrillo file format for entry into the results. Submitted electronic files must be in ASCII / text readable format. A paper printout of an electronically created log is not an acceptable substitute for the required log file.

8.3. Electronically submitted entries are considered signed.

8.4. Logs may be submitted via the special web applet.

8.5. All paper entries must include a fully completed summary sheet and a complete log of the contacts made.

9. Other:

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

9.1.1 Questions? Contact contests@arrl.org or (860) 594-0232.