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GARES Summer 2012 Challenge: Rules

Scores for this contest.

This is a club-sponsored opportunity for you to do a bit of HF operating and to share your experiences with others. Although we will “keep score” to give the activity a bit of purpose it is not meant to be excessively competitive. It is more important that as many people as possible join in and add to the fun. You have the choice of entering one of the Sections A, B, C1 or C2 (see below).

WHEN: 1st May 2012 to 31st July 2012, both dates inclusive.

WHERE: On two of the the so-called WARC bands viz. 17 metres and 12 metres.

MODE: Any mode(s) allowed under the terms of your amateur radio licence.

AERIALS & POWER: SECTION Aerials (See note 5) Power (See note 6)

SECTIONAerials (See note 5)Power (See note 6)
ANo restrictionsNo restriction.
BSingle element100W.
C1Single element10W
C2No restrictions10W

SCORING: Each DX country (entity) may be worked for scoring purposes once on each of the two bands irrespctive of the mode used.
Contacts must be made by you, using your own callsign, from your main station address or an agreed alternative.
Each valid contact is worth one point. (See notes 1, 2, and 3).

REPORTING: Please report progress to G3XMM. The success of this activity depends on regularly updated information from those taking part. (Note 4)


Note 1: If you are licensed to use more than one callsign a country may be claimed once only for scoring purposes irrespective of the callsign in use.

Note 2: Accurate exchange of callsigns and signal reports should be considered the minimum requirement for claiming a valid contact.

Note 3: Contacts should be made directly on a one-to-one basis without direct assistance from others. This precludes the relaying or repeating of real-time contact information by repeaters, internet links, other amateur stations or any other mode of indirect transmission. It also casts doubt on the validity of contacts made when operating as a member of a net. The use of DX spotting sites such as, for example, DX Summit is acceptable however.

Note 4: Essential information is the callsign and frequency (band) for all stations claimed as scoring contacts . Additional optional information such as rigs, aerials, modes in use and choice DX would be of interest to others and if offered will be included together with scores in a regularly updated table on the club notice-board and website.

Note 5: Examples of single element aerials include dipoles, end-fed wires and loops.

Note 6: Power levels are measured, in PEP, at the output of the transmitter. In section A, the power level is only restricted by the terms of your licence.

Scores for this contest.

Rules and Scores from previous contests.

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