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Ross Hull Memorial VHF/UHF Contest

A VHF-UHF DX Contest

Contest Manager

John Martin VK3KM


Contest Introduction

The Ross Hull Contest is a DX contest, with points awarded for distances worked. There are also band multipliers to encourage activity on the higher bands.

Aim Of The Contest

The aim of the contest is to encourage and to reward achievement in working the greatest possible distances on the VHF, UHF and microwave bands.

This Years Winners

Details of the winners of each year's contest are posted in the "Files for Download" section below.

Previous Years Winners

Details of the winners of each year's contest are posted in the "Files for Download" section below.

Contest History

The contest was established in 1950 to honour the memory of the late Ross A. Hull and his pioneering achievements in the study of tropospheric propagation and the development of new equipment techniques for the higher bands.

Upcoming Contest Date & Time

January 2017

Contest Rules

Full details of the contest rules are available in the "Files for Download" section below (posted approximately 8 weeks before the start of the contest).

Contest Scoring

Entrants may operate on every contest day, but the final score is based on the best seven days nominated by the entrant.

For amateurs with limited operating time, there is also a "Best 2 Days" section. For many entrants, the two days of the Summer VHF-UHF Field Day will probably turn out to be the best two days in the month. You can import your Summer VHF-UHF Field Day contacts into your Ross Hull log. For users of VKCL, there is a description of how to do this in the "Files for Download" section.

Each contact scores one point for each 100 km of distance worked. This score is then multiplied by the band multiplier. The total score is the sum of the scores on all bands.

Note on Calculating Distances

Absolute accuracy is not required. You just need to know whether each station is above or below the nearest multiple of 100 km, so you can use a compass to draw 100 km circles around your location on a map.

Alternatively, you can use contest logging software that can calculate distances. If so, you will need to exchange 6 digit Maidenhead locators to get an accurate distance measurement. You can also calculate distances from six-digit Maidenhead locators using a computer program that is available on the Ross Hull Contest page of the WIA web site.

An easy way to find your latitude and longitude from a Google map is to click this Link to the iTouch Map web site.

To find the six digit Maidenhead locator for any location, click this Link to the F6FVY web site.

Submitting Your Log

Logs should be accompanied by a cover sheet including a scoring table as described in the rules. A sample scoring sheet is available for download at the bottom of this page. Logs can be submitted either on paper or as email attachments.

Paper logs may be posted to the Manager, WIA Ross Hull Contest, PO Box 2042, Bayswater Vic 3153. You can find the email address for electronic logs in the contest rules file - see the "Download" section below. Acceptable log formats include: ASCII text, RTF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, MDB, PDF, or any Open Document format.

Contest Results

The contest results are posted on the WIA web site and published in "Amateur Radio" magazine. All entrants are notified by mail, or by email if they prefer.

Contest Award

Certificates are be awarded to all entrants, including certificates for the top scoring amateurs in each licence class.

Logging Software

Any logging software can be used so long as the necessary information is included in the log. Please refer to the rules for details about this.

If you are using contest logging software that can calculate distances, you will need to exchange 6 digit Maidenhead locators to get an accurate distance measurement.

A suitable logging program is VK Contest Log, developed by Mike VK3AVV. It is available for download on the author's web site by clicking on this Link.

Contest Sponsors

The contest is sponsored by the WIA.

Files For Download

Ross Hull Contest 2017 Rules
Ross Hull Contest 2017 Rules.pdf

XLS scoring table for the 2016 contest, by Ted Thrift VK2ARA
My Ross Hull 2016.xls

Ross Hull Contest cover sheet in DOC, DOCX, PDF and ODT formats (2013 and later)
Ross Hull Contest 2013 Cover Sheet.zip

For VKCL users - How to import Summer Field Day contacts into your Ross Hull log
Importing Field Day contacts into VKCL Ross Hull log.pdf

Software to find Maidenhead locators, distances and bearings
DXLOC30.zip

Ross Hull Contest Winners since 1950
Ross Hull Contest Winners 1950-2016.pdf

An article on the pioneering achievements of Ross A. Hull
Ross Hull - VHF Pioneer.pdf

Ross Hull Contest 2007 - 2008: Rules and results
Ross Hull Contest 2007 - 2008.pdf

Ross Hull Contest 2009: Rules and Results
Ross Hull Contest 2009.pdf

Ross Hull Contests 2010, 2011 and 2012: Rules and Results
Ross Hull Contests 2010 - 2012.pdf

Ross Hull Contest 2013: Rules and Results
Ross Hull Contest 2013.pdf

Ross Hull Contest 2014: Rules and Results
Ross Hull Contest 2014.pdf

Ross Hull Contest 2015: Rules and Results
Ross Hull Contest 2015.pdf

Ross Hull Contest 2016: Rules and Results
Ross Hull Contest 2016.pdf


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