Remembrance Day Contest
16th - 17th Aug 2014
Have you remembered to book the RD weekend so it wont clash with other events?
Opening Address Audio
The opening address audio from 2013 is available via the following Link
This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during World War II and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve the operating skills of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased in the southwest Pacific area.
It is preceded by a short opening address by a Guest Speaker transmitted on various WIA frequencies during the minutes prior to the contest. During this ceremony, a roll call of amateurs who paid the supreme sacrifice during WWII is read.
The perpetual trophy is ordinarily held by the WIA at its national office and is inscribed annually with the name of the winning State or Territory.
Aim Of The Contest
Amateurs in VK, ZL and P2 will endeavour to contact other amateurs in VK, ZL and P2.
* VK, ZL, and P2 mean any station operating within Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea and their external territories.
* Points are only awarded for valid contacts between VK, ZL and P2 stations.
This Years Contest
August 16 & 17, 2014
Previous Years Contests
State scores are as follows:
VK 6 - 7.08
VK 5 - 5.63
VK 7 - 3.56
VK 4 - 2.62
VK 2 - 1.95
VK 1 - 1.17
VK 3 - 0.99
VK 8 - 0.37
ZL - 0.03
P2 - 0.00
Single Op Phone
1st VK2TQ 841
2nd VK4YB 809
3rd VK5CB 765
Single Op CW
1st VK5NE 542
2nd VK2IR 264
3rd VK2AYD 252
Single Op Mixed
1st VK5ZD 1024
2nd VK6ZRW 833
3rd VK6TWO 826
1st VK6FMON 448
2nd VK6FDGB 223
3rd VK2FRNK 131
1st VK2ONZ 131
2nd VK3AGQ 83
3rd VK2BJT 36
1st VK5ZT 810
2nd VK2IG 222
3rd VK2PN 53
1st VK2GGC 983
2nd VK2IM 480
3rd VK2TS 340
1st VK5AKM 1050
2nd VK6CLL 659
3rd VK4HH 640
1st West Oz Winners VK6MAB VK6BDO VK6TWO 1797
2nd Maroons VK4QH VK4GH VK4SN 1735
3rd Ghosts VK2TQ VK2KDP 1047
Top 3 Foundation Licences.
1st VK6FMON 448 (QRP PH)
2nd VK4FAKE 423 (SOPH)
3rd VK6FDGB 223 (QRP PH)
Individual winners should have received their certificates by now. (I haven't been notified that they have been sent, but the WIA office had them over 35 days ago.)
The full report can be downloaded below.
Please download file at end of page
Upcoming Contest Date & Time
Sat 16th August 2014, 0300 UTC to 0300 UTC Sun 17th August 2014.
Please download the PDF file at the end of this page.
1. Single Operator
2. Single Operator - QRP *
3. Multi-Operator – Single Transmitter (Multi-One)
4. Multi-Operator – Unlimited (Multi-Multi)
5. Sub-Category Modes for Single Operators
1. Phone (AM, FM & SSB)
2. CW (CW & RTTY)
6. Permitted Bands
1. Contacts may be made on MF (160M), HF and VHF & above bands except for WARC bands (10, 18 & 24MHZ) which are excluded by IARU agreement from all contest operations.
7. Multi-operator Stations
1. Multi-operator single transmitter stations
a. Are only allowed one transmitted signal on air at any time.
2. Multi-operator Unlimited stations
a. Are only allowed two transmitted signals on any band, one per Phone and one per CW as per rule 5.1 and 5.2.
b. Simultaneous transmissions on different bands are permitted.
3. Multi-operator stations are mixed mode only.
* Team scenario 1.
A station and two of their friends operate in the contest from their respective home QTH and participate in the contest and submit their logs in the normal manner. They are eligible for any awards in the category they entered as single operators. The contest manager was notified that these 3 stations want to form a team. Their scores are tallied together and that is the team score.
* Team scenario 2.
A multi-single club has 2 operators who wish to work from their home QTH. The 2 single operators and the multi-single club contest and submit logs in the normal manner. They are eligible for any awards in the category they entered. The contest manager was notified that these 3 stations want to form a team. The 2 single operators and the club multi-single stations scores are tallied together and that is the team score.
1. A team can consist of only one of the following two options.
a) Three single operator stations
b) Two single operator stations and one multi-single station
2. A team can consist of stations located anywhere in VK, ZL, or P2.
3. An operator can only be included in one team.
4. Clubs may enter multiple teams of 3 call-signs.
5. The ‘Team Leader’ MUST nominate his team to the Contest Manager before the start of the contest. Email to email@example.com with the subject “RD Team Submission”.
a) Nominations must include the Callsigns and Operators Name. Where multiple teams from one club are submitted, it is suggested to use Team Names, example: Tazzie Devils
b) The Team leader must supply postal details for receipt of any awards.
c) Once the contest has started, team members cannot be changed.
6. The winner of the team initiative will be the highest combined score from any one team.
7. Team scores are not included in the determination of the winning state.
1. Suggested Call: “CQ RD”, “CQ Contest”, or “CQ Test”
2. Exchange: A valid exchange consists of RS(T) followed by a three figure number as follows:
a. For a single operator, the number of years you have been a licenced Ham. For example, if this is your 1st year as a ham then you will sign RS(T) 001. Round off to the nearest whole number. All zeros are not accepted.
b. For a multi-op or club station, the number of years of the longest licenced Amateur.
3. On all bands, stations may be contacted at intervals of not less than THREE hours since the previous contact on that band and mode.
a. FM & SSB count as one mode, as does CW & RTTY count for the CW mode. Therefore one cannot QSO with a station in FM and work them on SSB on the same band before the three hours is up.
4. No cross band contacts are allowed.
5. Exchange of contact information via satellites, telephones, repeaters, Echolink, IRLP, or the internet is not in the spirit of the contest and is banned.
6. Contacts via satellites are not allowed for scoring purposes.
7. Contacts within the same call area are permitted.
11. General Rules
1. W.I.A. General Rules for All Contests apply unless otherwise specified.
2. All operators of single operator stations must perform all operating and logging without assistance.
a. Use of public clusters only, is allowed on 50MHz and above.
b. Use of skimmer like technology with a bandwidth greater than 3 KHz is not allowed.
3. Holders of more than one licence or callsign MUST use only ONE callsign for the contest duration.
4. Automated operation is not permitted.
5. Computers can be used for logging and CW or RTTY reception and/or keying.
6. All operations must be in accordance with the band plan for the band in use, as published in the current edition of the WIA Callbook.
7. Any station observed as departing from the generally accepted codes of operating ethics or licence conditions may be disqualified.
* QRP stations are limited to 5 Watts average (CW/RTTY) or PEP (SSB) at the transmitter output.
12. WW2 ex Military equipment
1. Operators using Ex WW2 equipment will be awarded with a special certificate acknowledging their participation and use of such.
2. A declaration with the heading of WW2 Equipment will operate said units within the "ORIGINAL manufactures specified operating conditions", e.g. no mods to boost the output power etc. A copy of the preferred Certificate is available for download below.
3. Please include the declaration with your log submission.
A. One can only use one callsign for the contest. ie cannot work with the club and go home and use your own call.
B. QRP = 5 Watts average (CW/RTTY) or PEP (SSB) at the transmitter output.
C. Separate logs are not required for HF / VHF+ But can be if you want to.
D. In your log you can log 'rounded frequencies' Like 3500 instead of 3565.
E. A club station is not a team, but can be part of one. Read the Team Scenarios'
F. Output power is as per your licence conditions.
1. On 160 metres two points per completed valid contact.
2. On 23cm or higher bands two points per completed valid contact.
3. On all other bands one point. (no WARC bands allowed)
4. On CW and RTTY, irrespective of band, double points.
5. All scores obtained by the transmitting station between 0100 and 0600 LOCAL time, are tripled.
Submitting Your Log
13. Log Submission
1. Electronic Logging
a. Use of logging software is preferred as the output file will be in Cabrillo format which suits our log checking software. See below for logger links.
b. Logging software will automatically print a summary in the Cabrillo header.
c. Email Logs to firstname.lastname@example.org with your callsign in the subject.
d. On receipt of your log, the robot will send an acknowledgement email to you. Just to be sure, it is advised that you flag your email for “confirmation of receipt”, in which case you will receive two emails acknowledging receipt of the log.
2. Paper Logs
a. Hand written logs are not preferred, however if sent must be legible and contain no more than 100 contacts.
b. Entrants are encouraged to enter the paper logs into a logger after the contest and email the Cabrillo log as indicated above.
c. Paper logs should be accompanied by a Summary Sheet showing all the details as per the log example below and nominated team name if used.
d. Declaration: I hereby certify that I have operated in accordance with the rules and spirit of the contest; signed & dated. Please supply a contact telephone number and email address.
e. Send paper logs and summary sheets to: RD Contest Manager. 43 Jahn Drive, Glenore Grove, QLD 4342.
3. If you genuinely have problems with the above, then acceptance of .xls, .csv, .mdb, or similar files will be considered for processing. A PDF or .doc(x) word file will be considered a paper log.
4. Emailed Logs are to be received by the contest manager no later than 30 days after the contest ends.
5. Paper logs are to be postmarked no later than 30 days after the contest.
6. All logs will be receipted by email or phone if no email exists for the operator.
7. Logs received after the closing date will not be eligible for processing.
8. Paper logs will not be returned unless a SASE is forwarded requesting return of the log.
9. VK entrants temporarily operating outside their allocated call area, including those outside continental Australia as defined for DXCC, can elect to have their points credited to their home State by making a statement to that effect on their summary sheet or in the ‘soapbox’ field in the Cabrillo file.
16. Example Log
1. Paper logs should be written to resemble the format for Cabrillo, as indicated below.
2. Every effort to retype paper logs into logging programs, is encouraged.
CLUB: Lockyer Valley Amateur Radio Club Inc
CONTEST: Remembrance Day
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL MIXED
ADDRESS: NR STREET
ADDRESS: STATE, POST CODE
SOAPBOX: I hereby certify that I have operated in accordance with the rules and spirit of the contest
QSO: 144 PH 2012-08-11 0301 VK4SN 59 028 VK4AB 59 054 1
QSO: 144 PH 2012-08-11 0302 VK4SN 59 028 VK4AC 59 054 1
QSO: 14000 PH 2012-08-11 0312 VK4SN 59 028 VK4ABC 59 066 1
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-08-11 0322 VK4SN 59 028 VK6ABC 59 025 1
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-08-11 0325 VK4SN 59 028 VK6SKY 59 006 1
HOW TO LOG CORRECTLY
Logging incorrectly will result in zero points like these examples:
VK1ABC/P4 - P4 is Aruba SA, NOT portable 4
VK2ABC/P3 - P3 is Cyprus
Points are not awarded for DX stations. The correct way to log is
VK4/VK1ABC and VK3/VK2ABC or LIKE VK1ABC/VK4
VK2ABC/M1 is not moble VK1, Logging this puts them in England!
VK1/VK2ABC/M is the correct way to log this.
VK1ABC/VK1 is portable in VK1
VK1ABC/M is mobile in VK1
VK1ABC/Q is QRP in VK1
VK4/VK1ABC/Q is QRP in VK4
HOW TO CREATE CABRILLO FILES IN RD & VKCL
Seems a few are having problems finding the .log file required for the RD contest.
Here's a 'heads-up' for RD Logger and VKCL logger.
RD Logger (Updated 15/8/13)
Open RD Logger if it's not.
1. Click "View Contacts"
2. Fill out all the details for the Summary Sheet
3. On the bottom left hand side, click on "Make Cabrillo"
4. Make sure the file is called YOURCALL.log
5. click on "Email" next to the "Make Cabillo" button.
6. If your lucky your email message will appear. (If you don't have an email client set up on your computer you will not get the window. If you use an on-line email, open it and attach file from C:\Program files\Remembrance Day Logger\Cabrillo)
7. Click on Attach File and attach the file from the file path shown in the message body
8. Send to email@example.com
9. WHAT IF I CANNOT FIND MY LOG...
When using a 64 bit machine you may not be able to find the Cabrillo file in order to email it. The RD Logger program is a 32 bit program.
Use this strategy to access the Cabrillo file:
• Insert a USB Flash drive into a USB socket
• Within RD logger click to View Contacts
• Click the Make Cabrillo button and when the Save dialog appears navigate to the USB drive.
• Click Save.
• Your Callsign.log file will be available on the USB drive for you to email to the contest manager.
1. Open VKCL logger – it should still have the RD showing as the last used contest
(Unless you ALARA’d on the weekend- in which case recall the RD)
2. Click “View Log” Button on left hand side
3. Bottom right hand corner click on “Exp. Cabrillo Log”
4. Fill in your details and click “Create File” and click yes to the question box and you should see the logbook.
5. Cancel out of everything, and then attach the .LOG file to your email to me.
You will find the .log file in the folder you selected when you set up VKCL for the contest.
*** REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR LOG IN ***
14. Contest Results
1. Determination of Winning State or Territory.
Scoring will be achieved by taking the total points from logs submitted divided by the number of licencees in the state or Territory, (excluding beacons and repeaters) as published in the WIA Callbook for that year.
2. Unless otherwise elected by the entrant concerned, the scores of VK0 stations will be credited to VK7, and the scores of VK9 to the mainland call area which is geographically closest. Scores of P2, will not be included in these calculations, although entrants in those areas are eligible for all certificate awards.
3. Results will be published 90 days after the close of the contest on the W.I.A. website and winners announced in AR magazine as soon as practical.
15. Contest Awards
1. Entrants must make at least 25 contacts to be eligible for awards.
2. Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place certificates will be posted to recipients.
a. Single Operator Phone
b. Single Operator CW
c. Single Operator Mixed
d. Single Operator QRP Phone
e. Single Operator QRP CW
f. Single Operator QRP Mixed
g. Multi-operator – Single Transmitter
h. Multi-operator – Multi Transmitter
j. The top three foundation scorers regardless of category.
3. Downloadable PDF Certificates will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placegetters for each VK call area, and ZL & P2.
a. Categories “a” through “f” as above.
4. Participants using WW2 ex military equipment will receive a special acknowledgement certificate as well as any certificates gained in winning any section.
Computerised Logging Programs
VK Contest Log (VKCL) by Mike Subocz VK3AVV, can be found at http://www.mnds.com.au/vkcl
John Drew VK5DJ RD logging program can be found at http://www.vk5dj.com/RDprogram/RD.htm
The Wireless Institute Of Australia
VK Classifieds - Highest scoring individual
VK Ham - Highest scoring Rookie
CW Operators QRP Club - Highest scoring QRP station
Sth Pacific Contest Club - Multi-multi section
WIA Contest Director - Teams section
Files For Download
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