Sunday, 4 September 2016

Contest Rules

1.       Aim

The objective of this all mode contest is to stimulate contesting from Africa. All participating stations worldwide may work any country during the contest period, but QSOs with radio amateurs from Africa is encouraged as reflected in the higher points being awarded in the scoring mechanism. African DXCC entities are defined as those valid per the ARRL DXCC AF listing published at the time of the contest.

2.       Date

12:00 UTC on Saturday 17 September to 12:00 UTC on Sunday 18 September 2016. Both single and multi-operator stations may operate for the entire 24-hour period. There are no mandated breaks in operating time required.

3.       Bands

160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres, in accordance with your country and specific licensing requirements governing the portion(s) of these bands that you may use. No contest QSOs are allowed on 12, 17, 30 or 60 metres.

4.       Modes

CW, RTTY and SSB. Contestants may elect to enter a single mode category (where offered – see “Entry Categories” below) or take part as a mixed-mode entrant. Mixed-mode entrants may work the same station once on each mode per band (see “Entry Categories” for more details).

5.       Log Submissions and Deadlines

No paper entries will be accepted for contest or checking purposes. Entries must be submitted in Cabrillo format only and be received no later than 15 days after the contest – Monday 3 October 2016. Entries must be sent to

6.       Awards

Posted certificates will be awarded, printed and sent to:

- The highest scoring entrant in each category for the contest
- The highest scoring entrant in each category per continent
- The highest scoring entrant overall (any category) per ITU zone
- The overall top Rookie score each year per continent

Electronic certificates will be awarded and emailed to:
- The first and second place entrants in each category from each entity entered

7.       Results

Results  will  be  posted  on  the  South  African  Radio  League  website  at two months after the entry deadline.

8.       Entry Categories

For all categories, the use of spotting nets and skimmers are permitted. For all categories, there are no restrictions on the number of band or mode changes made in any given period during the contest. Contestants may only submit their log in one of the 18 categories available.

1.       Single Operator Single Transmitter
1.1.    Single band
1.1.1. Phone only, high, low and QRP power levels
1.1.2. CW only, high low and QRP power levels
1.1.3. RTTY only, high low and QRP power levels
1.1.4. Mixed mode, high low and QRP power levels

1.2.    All band
1.2.1. Phone only, high, low and QRP power levels
1.2.2. CW only, high low and QRP power levels
1.2.3. RTTY only, high low and QRP power levels
1.2.4. Mixed mode, high low and QRP power levels

One person performs all operating and logging functions and without exception, only one transmitted signal is allowed at any given time. Mixed mode entrants may work a station once per mode per band.

2.       Single Operator Two Radio
2.1.    Single mode all band, low power
2.2.    Single mode all band, high power
2.3.    Mixed mode all band, high power
2.4.    Mixed mode all band, low power

3.       Multi Operator Single Transmitter
3.1.    Single band
3.1.1. Mixed mode high power
3.1.2. Mixed mode low power

3.2.    All band
3.2.1. Mixed mode high power
3.2.2. Mixed mode low power

4.       Multi Operator Multi Transmitter
4.1.    Mixed mode all band, high power
4.2.    Mixed mode all band, low power

All Multi-op efforts must enter the mixed mode category. There is no multi-op or SO2R QRP power level. Stations may be worked once per mode per band. In all categories, cross-mode, cross band and repeater contacts is not allowed.

9.       Categories Eligible for Rookie Awards

The rookie awards in the AMA contest aim to reward individual rather than team efforts, which show flexibility and skill in operating procedure for recently li- censes amateurs. They are available for the categories of 1.1.4 and 1.2.4. You are eligible to mark your log submission as a rookie entry if you were licensed for the first time on, or less than two years prior to, the contest date. If you enter one of the rookie categories, you may not enter a different category in the same contest. It is not mandatory to enter as a rookie if you qualify as such, you may also elect to enter any of the non-rookie categories.

10.     Contest Exchange

The exchange is your RS(T) (not checked during the log checking process), followed by an incremental serial number commencing at “001”. Changing modes or bands does not necessitate different serial number ranges, i.e. the serial number simply progresses from “001” upwards sequentially as you log QSOs in any category, for single or multi-op efforts. A complete exchange, consisting of an RS(T) and serial number, must be logged for each QSO.

11.     Power Levels

For the purposes of this contest, all entrants must adhere to the power levels (expressed as Peak Envelope Power, or PEP) as set out below when determining their entry category. Additionally, all entrants must adhere to their specific licensing requirements regarding permitted power and other regulations, which take precedent over the contest-defined power levels when operating in the contest.

1.       QRP is defined as 5 watts PEP or less as measured at the antenna port at the transmitter, or power amplifier (if used).
2.       Low power is defined as more than 5 watts PEP but not more than 100 watts PEP measured at the antenna port either at the transmitter, or power amplifier (if used).
3.       High power is defined as more than 100 watts PEP but not more than 1 500 watts PEP measured at the antenna port either at the transmitter, or power amplifier (if used).

12.     Points, multipliers and scoring

All QSOs with African entities are awarded with 10 points; all other QSOs are awarded 1 point.

Band multiplier
The band multiplier is determined on a band-by-band basis.
The band multiplier increments by one for every AF-DXCC entity worked, for each of the three operating modes: CW, SSB and RTTY.

Band score
Band score is simply the band points multiplied by the band multiplier. Band score = (band points) X (band multiplier)

Total score
Total score is simply the sum of all the band scores.
Total score  = 10 m band score + 15 m band score + 20 m band score + 40 m band score + 80 m band score + 160 m band score

13.     AF Entity Definition

1.       For the purposes of this contest, Africa entities are considered as per the standard ARRL DXCC AF list as published at the time/year of the contest currently taking place.

2.       Ship-based and aeronautical stations only count 1 point when worked and do not count as multipliers regardless of them being in international or territorial waters during the contest period.

14.     Cabrillo Information

QSO: Required information fields and format.

--------info sent------- -------info rcvd--------
QSO: freq mo date       time call          rst exch  call         rst exch  t QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn ****** ************* nnn ****** n QSO: 28080 RY 2014-09-12 0531 ZS6A          59 001   W1AW/5       59 073   0

Note for Column 81 (transmitter number): For the MULTI-TWO category, the last column in the log indicates which transmitter made the QSO. It must be a 0 or a 1. This column is not required for other categories.

15.     General

1.       Conditions of Entry: Each entrant agrees to be bound by the provisions set out in this document. The decisions of the South African Radio League Contest Committee are final and binding.

2.       The use of self-spotting on packet via any means is inconsistent with the spirit and intent of this contest.

3.       The use of non-amateur radio means of communications (e.g. telephone or internet) for soliciting a contact during the contest period is inconsistent with the spirit and intent of this contest.

4.       Where contest-preferred segments are incorporated into regional band plans, entrants must observe them.

5.       Penalties and disqualifications: participants breaching the provisions as set out in this document may be subject to a point deduction as decided by the contest committee, or in serious cases disqualification.

6.       Duplicate QSOs will not attract any penalties, but will also not count for additional points.

7.       All transmitters and receivers must be located within a 500-metre diameter circle, excluding antennas.

8.       The use of remote receiving or transmitting installations outside of your own entity is prohibited.

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