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GARES Winter 2013 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.

WHEN: 1st October 2013 to 31st May 2014, both dates inclusive.

WHERE: On the UK amateur bands, with the exception of those requiring an NOV, in any combination.

MODE: CW, SSB, RTTY, BPSK, QPSK in any combination.

POWER: Restricted only by the terms of your amateur radio licence. Some indication of the maximum power in use will be noted.

AERIALS: No restriction use the best available to you.

     a) Each DX country (entity) worked, irrespective of the band/mode/power/aerial in use is worth one point. Contacts must be made by you, using your own callsign, from your main station address or an agreed alternative.
     b) Each UK district worked, irrespective of the band/mode/power/aerial in use, is worth one point.
Scores may be submitted for a), b), or both and two independent accumulator tables will be maintained.(See notes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and links, below)

REPORTING: Please report progress to G3XMM (contact details on the club notice board). For each country/district claimed please list country name or district code, callsign, band, date/time, mode. (Note 5)


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 (plus the UK district code when relevant) 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: Claims from different locations will be listed as separate entries on the ladder.

Note 5: It would help me considerably if claims could be made using a spreadsheet format. Links to suitable templates are given below. Please also give details of PSK modes used, e.g. BPSK63, QPSK31 etc., when claiming for these modes.
Additional information of interest to others e.g. rigs, aerials etc. will be listed separately if offered.



List of country code prefixes (pdf document 73KB)

List of UK districts (rtf/Word document 4KB)

Spreadsheet for DX entries (Excel document 11KB)

Spreadsheet for UK district entries (Excel document 11KB)

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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