GARES Summer 2016 Challenge: Rules
This is a club-sponsored opportunity for you to do some targeted operating and to share your results with others.
You are invited to work stations in as many countries (DX entities) as possible on the 10-metre band, and as many squares (e.g. IO81) as possible on the 6-metre band during the period of the challenge. Scores will be weighted to reflect the different nature of the scoring categories on the two bands, and although we will "keep score" the activity is not meant to be excessively competitive. It is more important that as many people as possible join in to gain experience and to add to the fun.
WHEN: 1st April 2016 to 30th June 2016, both dates inclusive.
WHERE: On the 10 & 6 metre amateur bands.
MODE: CW, Voice, Data in any combination.
ENTRIES: ontacts may be made from locations (e.g. main station, alternative, portable. mobile) within the IO81 locator square. (if you wish to operate from another square please seek advice!)
POWER: 100 Watts or less. The power used for each contact should be recorded.
AERIALS: No restrictions.
SCORING: 10 metres: each country (DX entity) may be worked once for scoring purposes irrespective of your location within the IO81 square and the mode, power and aerial in use. Each country will score 5 points.
6 metres: each locator square may be worked once for scoring purposes irrespective of your location within the IO81 square and the mode, power and aerial in use. Each square will score 1 point.
Contacts must be made by you, using your own callsign (with a suffix if appropriate).
REPORTING: Country (10 metres), locator square (6 metres), callsign of station worked, date, mode, power (p.e.p.) at the output of the transmitter, and the aerial in use should be reported for each scoring contact.
Note 1: If you are licensed to use more than one callsign a country may be claimed once only per band 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 assistance from others. This precludes the relaying of real-time contact information by repeaters, internet links, other amateur stations or any other mode of indirect transmission. The use of DX spotting sites such as, for example, DX Summit is acceptable however.
Note 4: It would help considerably if claims could be made using a standard spreadsheet format. A suitable template is available. Please rename this file as your callsign and band when submitting claims, e.g. G4BCA_10m or G4BCA_6m as appropriate.
All Scores and Rules
|31 May 2017||30/17/12m||100||US & Canada|
|31 Jan 2017||Any||10/100|
|30 June 2016||10/6m||100|
|31 Jan 2016||40/80m||10|
|31 July 2015||6m||Any|
|31 March 2015||Any||100/400||Commonwealth and US States|
|31 May 2014||Any||Any||Data only|
|30 June 2013||17-6m||Any|
|28 Feb 2013||160-20m||Any||Districts & Countries|
|31 July 2012||17/12m||10/100||WARC Bands|
|31 March 2012||One Band||10/Any||Choose your band|
|31 Aug 2011||6m||Any|
|30 May 2011||160 - 10m||Any|