GARES Spring HF Challenge 2018: Rules
The Great Spring Zone Hunt
These rules are for the HF (1.8 to 29.7MHz) contest
This is a club-sponsored opportunity for you to do some general operating and to share your results with others. You are invited to work stations in as many CQ Zones as possible during the period of the challenge. The zones are as defined in the countries/DX entities list which is available to download here (Excel spreadsheet).. For scoring purposes, the first country worked in a new zone will score 10 points and subsequent countries within that zone will score 1 point each. There will be high power (100 W max.) and low power (10 W max.) sections. Although we will "keep score" the activity is not meant to be excessively competitive!
WHEN: 1st April 2018 to 30th June 2018, both dates inclusive.
WHERE: All HF bands are permitted between 160m and 10m, including WARC bands and 60m.
MODE: You must choose one of the following four modes (or sets of modes) before beginning the challenge:
- Conventional datamodes (RTTY, PSK, etc) or
- Weak signal modes (FT8, JT65, etc).
If you choose conventional datamodes you may operate on RTTY and PSK, etc and if you choose weak signal modes you may operate on JT65 and FT8, etc.
ENTRIES: Contacts 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: High Power section: 100 Watts or less. Low Power section: 10 Watts or less.
AERIALS: No restrictions.
SCORING: A country in a new zone will score TEN points; subsequent countries in that zone will score ONE point. Contacts must be made by you, using your own callsign, with a suffix if appropriate.
REPORTING: Country, CQ Zone (as per the countries/DX entities list), callsign of station worked, date, band, power (p.e.p.) at the output of the transmitter, and the aerial in use should be reported for each scoring contact as well as the claimed score. A suitable template (Excel spreadsheet) is available to download here.
AWARDS: Awards will be made to the leading stations in each section (High & Low Power) and to the highest placed newcomer to the HF Challenge.
NOTE 1: If you are licensed to use more than one callsign a scoring entity may be claimed once only 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. However, the use of DX spotting sites such as, for example, DX Summit is acceptable.
NOTE 4: It would help considerably if claims are made using a standard spreadsheet format. A suitable template (Excel spreadsheet) is available to download here. When submitting claims, please rename this file as:
Your callsign and section, e.g. G4BCA_HIGH, or G4BCA _LOW as appropriate.
All Scores and Rules
|30 June 2018||160 to 10m||10/100||CQ Zones|
|2m and 70cm||25||Counties and Islands|
|6 Jan 2018||80/40/30m||10/100||Europe|
|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|