Remembrance Day Contest
Next Contest = 13th & 14th August 2016 (No clash with ILLW)
Results can be downloaded below, followed by a write up in the November Issue of AR. Full statistics will be available soon.
The opening speech for the 2015 RD Contest was given by Deane Limmer VK3HWX This follows introductory remarks by the host, Peter Ellis VK1PE and Phil Wait VK2ASD, President of the WIA, and a reading of the names of WIA members killed during WW2.
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 few minutes prior to the contest. During this ceremony, a roll call of amateurs who paid the supreme sacrifice during WWII is read.
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
SOPH Winner - VK Classifieds
QRP CW Winner - CW Operators QRP Club
M1 & MM 1st, 2nd, 3rd place getters - South Pacific Contest Club
Teams - Trent VK4TS
Top Rookie - VK HAM
1. VK5CB 930
2. VK2PR 873
3. VK3SIM 639
1. VK5LJ 598
2. VK2GR 506
3. VK2IR 336
1. VK5SFA 764
2. VK5ZD 745
3. VK4SN 719
SO QRP PHONE
1. VK5FDEC 311
2. VK5FABG 288
3. VK6FMON 238
SO QRP CW
1. VK5NE 424
2. VK1DA 204
3. VK2BJT 112
SO QRP MIXED
1. VK5ZT 567
2. VK2IO 475
3. VK3TWO 327
1. VK2WG 361
2&3. VK3ER & VK2TS 326
1. VK2GGC 1267 (New Record)
2. VK4HH 1006
3. VK4WIS 983
1. Elizabeth ARC VK5ZD VK5ZT VK5NE 1736
2. NERG VK3MEG VK3AWG VK3SIM 1304
3. NSW Wombats VK2GR VK2IR VK2PN 1134
1. VK5FABG 288 points QRP PH
TOP 3 FOUNDATION
1. VK5FDEC 311 QRP PH
2. VK5FABG 288 QRP PH
3. VK6FMON 238 QRP PH
Previous Years Contests
N/E = No Entry
1. VK2PR 983
2. VK5CB 894
3. VK2MT 694
1. VK2GR 482
2. VK5LJ 458
3. VK2IR 361
1. VK2BJ 1030
2. VK6IR 996
3. VK5ZD 772
SO QRP PHONE
1. VK5FDEC 294
2. VK5HCF 183
3. VK3VIN 99
SO QRP CW
1. VK3AGQ 104
2. VK1DA 32
SO QRP MIXED
1. VK5ZT 489
1. VK2GGC 1076
2. VK3ER 438
3. VK2TS 400
1. VK4WIL 1153
2. VK5LZ 1143
3. VK6YS 865
1. Elizabeth ARC 1 (VK5ZD VK5ZT VK5NI) 1436
2. NSW Wombats (VK2GR VK2IR VK2AWD) 963
3. Elizabeth ARC 2 (VK5FDEC VK5HP VK5KX) 955
1. VK5FDEC 294
TOP 3 FOUNDATION
1. VK5FDEC 294 (QRP PH)
2. VK2FMAD 253 (SO PH)
3. VK2FLJD 96 (SO PH)
Upcoming Contest Date & Time
August 13th & 14th 2016 (no ILLW clash)
PLEASE DOWNLOAD FULL RULES FROM LINK BELOW.
4.1. Single Operator
4.2. Single Operator – QRP
4.3. Multi-Operator – Single Transmitter (Multi-Single)
4.4. Multi-Operator – Unlimited (Multi-Multi)
5. Sub-Category Modes for Single Operators
5.1. Phone (AM, FM & SSB)
5.2. CW (CW & RTTY)
6. Permitted Bands
6.1. 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
7.1. Multi-operator single transmitter stations
a. Are only allowed one transmitted signal on air at any time.
7.2. 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.
7.3. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 licenced years of the longest licenced Amateur present at the start of the contest.
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. Fully automated operation is not permitted; however, computers can be used for logging or CW or RTTY reception and/or keying.
5. 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.
6. 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 on the on the WIA website at http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/documents/WWII%20Declaration%202012.pdf
3. Please include the declaration with your log submission.
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 email@example.com with your callsign in the subject within 14 days of the contest finish.
d. On receipt of your log, the manager 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.
f. Do not send logs requiring a signature! Collection of such is an hours return drive and may not be done before results are finished.
3. If you genuinely have problems with the above, then acceptance of .xls, .csv, or .txt files will be considered for processing. PDF, doc(x), MDB or picture files are not accepted.
4. Emailed Logs are to be received by the contest manager no later than 14 days after the contest ends.
5. Paper logs are to be postmarked no later than 14 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 a logging program is encouraged.
CLUB: Lockyer Valley Amateur Radio Club Inc
CONTEST: Remembrance Day
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL MIXED
ADDRESS: NR STREET
ADDRESS: STATE, POST CODE
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-8-11 0200 VK4SN 59 028 VK4AM 59 002 1
QSO: 14000 PH 2012-8-11 0201 VK4SN 59 028 VK4AK 59 012 1
QSO: 7000 CW 2012-8-11 0205 VK4SN 599 028 VK3AAA 599 020 2
QSO: 144 CW 2012-8-11 0210 VK4SN 599 028 VK2XYZ 599 003 4
QSO: 432 PH 2012-8-11 0215 VK4SN 59 028 VK6ALZ 59 040 2
14. Contest Results
1. Determination of Winning State or Territory.
State score = (Total points from logs submitted) divided by (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, or ZL 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. 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.
17. Logging Software
a. VK Contest Log (VKCL) by Mike Subocz VK3AVV, Link
b. John Drew VK5DJ RD logging program Link
2. Remember to check for updates immediately prior to contests to make sure you have the latest software that will contain up to date scoring and rule changes.
1. VK Classifieds: Highest scoring individual
2. CW Operators QRP Club: Highest scoring CW operator.
3. South Pacific Contest Club: Certificates for top 3 Multi Single and top 3 Multi Multi stations.
4. Trent Sampson VK4TS: Highest scoring team.
5. VKHAM: Highest scoring Rookie.
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