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GARES Winter 2019/20 Challenge: Rules

Scores for this contest.

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 UK & IRISH COUNTIES & ISLANDS (see below) as possible on the HF bands (160m-10m, excluding 30m) during the period of the challenge. There will be HIGH POWER (100W) and LOW POWER (10W) sections. This is to encourage participation from Foundation and Intermediate licensees, and is specifically meant to encourage newcomers to the Challenge

WHEN: 23rd November 2019 to 25th January 2020, both dates inclusive.

WHERE: The HF bands between 160m and 10m excluding 30m (as SSB is not permitted on this band)

MODES: CW OR SSB. Entrants should choose one mode on starting the Challenge.

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!)


AERIALS: No restrictions.


REPORTING: County or Island (as defined above), Callsign of station worked, Date (to facilitate entries on the Excel spreadsheet avoiding leading zeros, please use the format YYMMDD), Mode, Power (p.e.p.) at the output of the transmitter, and the aerial in use should be reported for each scoring contact. QRZ.com may be used to determine which county a station is located in if that information has not been given during the QSO. If a station is signing /P, /M, etc, then the county must be determined during the QSO.

A list of UK & IRISH COUNTIES is available here.

It would help considerably if entries could be made using a standard spreadsheet format. A suitable template is available (Excel spreadsheet). Please rename this file as your callsign and the section (HIGH or LOW POWER) e.g. G4IZZ_HIGH when submitting entries. Entries should be sent to G4IZZ who will be collating and reporting the challenge scores.

AWARDS: Awards will be made to the leading stations in each section.

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 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.

Rules published 15th November 2019

Scores for this contest.


All Scores and Rules


Closing DateBandPowerNotes
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
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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