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GARES Spring HF Challenge 2018: Rules
“The Great Spring Zone Hunt”

Scores for this contest.

These rules are for the HF (1.8 to 29.7MHz) contest

Click here for the rules to the VHF (2m/70cm) contest that is running at the same time.

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:

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.

Scores for this contest.


All Scores and Rules


Closing DateBandPowerNotes
28 Feb 2022Pick a band10/100/>100Triple points for Foundation
Double points Intermediate
20 June 2021Every Mode (160m-70cm)10/50/100All modes
9 January 2021HF (except 30/60m)10/100Data and CW/SSB/Data/Weak signal sections
4 July 20206m and 4m100WData and CW/SSB sections for each band.
25 Jan 2020HF (except 30m)10/100UK/EI Counties & Islands
29 June 20196m OR 4m100WLocator squares
26 Jan 2019HF except 30 & 60m10/100Continents
30 June 2018160 to 10m10/100CQ Zones
2m and 70cm25Counties and Islands
6 Jan 201880/40/30m10/100Europe
31 May 201730/17/12m100US & Canada
31 Jan 2017Any10/100 
30 June 201610/6m100 
31 Jan 201640/80m10 
31 July 20156mAny 
31 March 2015Any100/400Commonwealth and US States
31 May 2014AnyAnyData only
30 June 201317-6mAny 
28 Feb 2013160-20mAnyDistricts & Countries
31 July 201217/12m10/100WARC Bands
31 March 2012One Band10/AnyChoose your band
31 Aug 20116mAny 
30 May 2011160 - 10mAny 


Closing DateStatus
28 Feb 2022Latest Scores
20 June 2021Final Scores
9 January 2021Final Scores
4 July 2020Final Scores
25 Jan 2020Final Scores
29 June 2019Final Scores
26 Jan 2019Final Scores
30 June 2018 HFFinal Scores
30 June 2018 VHFFinal Scores
6 Jan 2018Final Scores
31 May 2017Final Scores
31 Jan 2017Final Scores
30 June 2016Final Scores
31 Jan 2016Final Scores
31 July 2015Final Scores
31 March 2015Final Scores
31 May 2014Final Scores
30 June 2013Final Scores
28 Feb 2013Final Scores
31 July 2012Final Scores
31 March 2012Final Scores
31 Aug 2011Final Scores
30 May 2011Final Scores


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