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Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest


Contest Manager

PLEASE NOTE Results for both legs of the Trans Tasman Challenge will be released on or before the 7th September 2014. This is to allow for close off dates on the 160M/Digital Logs.

Contest Manager: Trent Sampson VK4TS assisted by Alan Shannon VK4SN and Rob Glassey ZL3AKM

Queries and comments can be emailed to the Contest Manager on:



Contest Introduction

Multi-Mode contest: Third Saturday of July (19 July 2014)

The Multi-Mode contest combines 160m phone and 80/160m CW & Digital on the same night, and may be entered as 160m phone only, 80m CW only, or various combinations including Multi TX. See below for categories.

Both contests are run as 6 one-hour blocks, from 8 UTC to 14 UTC.

The best 5 hours count toward the final score.

See the rules below for details and this years changes to the scoring system.

Aim Of The Contest

The main emphasis of the contest is on making trans-Tasman and trans-continental contacts.

The 6-hour contests are not intended to be either sprints or marathons, but to provide a good evenings contesting without too much intrusion on family life or sleep time. The format is intended to be suitable for both the serious and the novice contester, with a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.

The scoring system rewards contacting as many different call areas of VK and ZL as possible. Bonus points are awarded each hour for every group of 5 different call areas.

The points tables reflect typical propagation during the contest, accounting for distance and band, and also allows for differences in propagation with time zone. Selecting the best 5 hours of the 6 allows for poor propagation in the west in the first hour, and late nights in the east.

The 80m phone contest is always popular, and the second night's mix of 160m phone, and 80m&160m CW and Digital modes, has something for everyone, and plenty to offer a multi-op station as well! So extend the dipole, fire up the PC, or break out the paddle and have a go!

This Years Winners

***LOG RECEIVED 2014***


Previous Years Winners


80m Phone: VK2TQ
160m Phone: VK3YXC/Q
MultiMode: VK2AWA
80m CW: VK2MB
160m+80m CW: VK2GR
80m Digital: ZL3VZ

80m Phone

1. VK2TQ 1957
2= VK2AWX 2088 (multi-op)
2= VK7NET 1921

Single Operator
1. VK2TQ 1957
2. VK7NET 1921
3. VK1HW 1840

Top 3 ZL's
1. ZL1DK 1514
2. ZL3ARC 1343 (multi-op)
3. ZL4AL 1316 (multi-op)

Single Op QRP
1. VK3YXC/Q 899
2. VK4ATH/Q 875
3. VK2YK/Q 845

Foundation Licence
1. VK2FAJA 757
2. VK2FGJW/Q 678
3. VK3FABW 366

160m Phone & Multimode Contest

Open Category
160m phone plus 80m & 160m CW & Digital

1. VK2AWA Multi-TX 1389
2. VK2MB Multi-TX 1090
3. VK3YXC-Q 924

Single operator (open category)
1. VK3YXC-Q 924
2. VK2GR 594
3. VK2IG-Q 511

Top ZL's (open)
1. ZL4T (multi) 633
2. ZL2APV 379
3. ZL4R/ZL1 372

Single-Op QRP (open)
1. VK3YXC-Q 924
2. VK2IG-Q 511
3. VK7VH-Q 130

160m Phone
1. VK3YXC-Q 924
2. VK3CKD (multi) 796
3. VK3KID (multi) 580

Top QRP (160m Phone)
1. VK3YXC-Q 924
2. VK7VH-Q 130
3. VK5CV-Q 110

Top ZL's (160m Phone)
1. ZL4R/ZL1 372
2. ZM4T (multi) 177
3. ZL2GT (multi) 159

CW Both Bands
1. VK2GR 594
2. ZM4T (multi) 388
3. VK2IG-Q 316

80m CW
1. VK2MB (multi) 587
2. VK2AWA (multi) 569
3. VK2GR 512

First QRP: VK2IG-Q 228
First ZL: ZL2APV 379

80m Digital
1. ZL3VZ 24

Contest History

The contests were conceived in 2000, by Bruce Renn (VK3JWZ). After the demise of the VK Novice Contest, there was a gap in the VK Contest Calender that needed filling. The ZL Memorial Contest format was the spark that provided the idea for the VK/ trans-Tasman Rules. The Rules were originally devised and written by Bruce Renn, and the scoring system has been modified several times to help maintain a fair and even competition.

The 80M Phone and CW Contests commenced in May 2001.

160m was added in 2004 after the demise of the 160M Pacific DX Contest.

By 2009 the Trans Tasman contest had grown from a single night of phone and CW activity on 80m into 4 separate contests on 4 separate nights. This was becoming too much to manage and even too much for participants, and CW activity was on the decline.

So in 2009 the CW contests were dropped from the main VK/trans-Tasman contest, and were picked up by Rob Glassey, ZL3AKM, who added digital modes to these contests to boost flagging activity.

After the 2011 contest Bruce resigned as contest manager after 10 years of dedicate service, and the contests were taken over by the new contest manager, Rob Glassey, ZL3AKM.

In an attempt to reduce contest management requirements and consolidate activity, the 80m and 160m CW and Digital contests were combined with the 160m phone contest from 2012. The group scoring system was simplified and the variable participation factor was replaced with a call area based points table.

Rob remains committed to the contest and is still part of the management committee.

Upcoming Contest Date & Time

160m Phone & 80m/160m CW: Third Saturday of July (19 July 2014)

Contest Rules

Trans-Tasman Contest Rules Summary:

Dates and times: as above. Best 5 hours count toward final score.

Eligibility: Open to all VK and ZL stations.


First night (Second Saturday of May):
-80m phone open
-80m phone single operator
-80m phone single operator QRP
-80m phone single operator Foundation Licence

Second night (Third Saturday of July): (Excluding 80m phone)
- 160m Phone
- 80m CW
- 80m Digital
- Both bands CW
- Both bands CW & Digital (inlcudes 80m only CW & Digital)
- Multi mode: 160m phone + CW & Digital both bands, single or multi TX.

You can enter more than one category, and combine modes and bands to enter the Multi-mode, or other combined categories as well.

Separate summary sheets should be submitted for each category entered. Multi-TX stations should submit separate logs for each band. Each log should identify and tally contacts specific to each category entered. ie if you make both CW and digital contacts on 80m tally the CW and Digital contacts separately and prepare separate summary sheets for each mode and another for the combined category. Use VKCL output or see the samples in download section below.

Multi Operator: Multi operator, Single TX stations may enter any category. Multi TX stations may enter all single band categories (only one TX used per band) plus the Multi-mode category using contacts from both transmitters.

Multi-op Winning Margin:
To have an outright claim to any place a multi-op station must beat the all other stations by 10%. Otherwise the multi-op station will be considered "Equal" to the lowest scoring station that they are unable to beat by 10%.

Multi TX:
Only ONE transmitter and ONE receiver may be used at any time on each band.

In the "both bands" CW and Digital categories only one transmitter and receiver may be used at a time, alternating between bands - ie multi op simultaneous operation on two bands is permitted only in the Multi-mode category.

Contacts with club members:
It is against the spirit of the contest for any station to contact *only* stations that they are associated with. Club members and others associated with any given station are welcome to contact their club station or other associated stations, but out of fairness, please make a similar effort to contact other stations as well. Clubs are welcome to encourage members to actively and fully participate in the contest for the benefit of all.

Exchange: Only a serial number is required, signal report is optional. Serial numbers should be sequential, but separate sequences can be used for each band or for different categories if separate logs are kept.

Do not re-number serial numbers after the contact is made. The serial numbers logged by both stations should agree.

Repeat Contacts:
One contact per band, per mode, per hour, except digital modes where each station may be contacted once per band, every HALF hour.

There must be at least 5 minutes between any contacts with the same station on the same band, ie using different modes or from one period to the next.

Max: 100W
QRP: less than 5 watts. Use /Q suffix.
Foundation licence: limited by licence conditions to 10W

Portable stations: should use a suffix to identify the call area that they are operating from. e.g. VK2AA/VK3 for "portable VK3", or just /P if you have not moved out of your call area.

VKCL does NOT ACCEPT a single digit suffix! ie VK2AA/3 is INVALID in VKCL.

Digital modes: To help co-ordinate activity and identify modes the recommended modes are RTTY45, PSK31, DominoEX11, Feld Hell, Olivia 8-250. RSID's can also be used to identify the digital mode. Becoming familiar with your software's RSID capability is recommended.

CW may be hand or computer generated. Software decoders are highly recommended for beginners - have a go!

Foundation licences are not permitted to transmit digital modes, and are limited to hand sent CW on 80m, but they can still use decoding software.

[CW contest exchanges are pretty simple, if you've got a decoder, and you can send your callsign, 3 numbers, RR (roger roger) and a "?" to ask for a repeat, then you can make a CW contact!]

Contest Scoring

Each hour is calculated separately.

Hour total = Contact points + Bonus points + Group Points

Final score is the total of the best 5 hours.

Mark the lowest scoring hour in the log.

Contact Points:

Contact Points are awarded for each contact depending on the call areas and the band as follows:

[Station call areas: 80m points / 160m points]

VK/E-ZL: 4 / 6
VK5-ZL: 5 / 8
VK8-ZL: 8 / 12
VK/W-ZL: 8 / 12
VK8-VK/E: 4 / 6
VK/W-VK/E: 6 / 9
VK8-VK5: 4 / 6
VK/W-VK5: 5 / 8
VK/W-VK8: 5 / 8
All others: 3 / 3

160m CW or digital contacts count for DOUBLE points.

VK/E = VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK7, VK9
VK/W = VK6, VK0

Points are the same for both stations. e.g. a ZL1 to VK2 contact on 80m scores 4 points for both stations. VK2 to VK3 scores 3 points. VK8 to ZL on 160m CW scores 24 points.

QRP & Foundation Licence Bonus Points:

2 bonus points are awarded for each contact with a QRP or foundation licence station.

Stations running QRP (<5W) score 2 bonus points for every contact, plus any bonus points for working a QRP or foundation licence station.

Foundation licence stations (running 5-10W) score one bonus point for every contact, or 2 points if they are QRP, plus any points for working a QRP or foundation licence station.

Group points:

Group points reward working as many different call areas as possible.

30 points are scored for each group of FIVE contacts in the same hour, where each contact in the group is with a station in a different call area. VK and ZL call areas can be mixed in the same group. On the second night contacts using different modes and bands can also be mixed in the same group. Each contact may only be included in one group.

For example, a group may consist of the following contacts in the same hour:
VK7AA 160M CW,

Repeat Digital contacts are permitted every half-hour for scoring contact points ONLY, the second digital contact *cannot* be used to form another group.

VK6, VK8, and VK0 require only 4 contacts to form a group.

Submitting Your Log

On the second night, you may enter more than one category. Submit a summary sheet for each category you want to enter. Identify in the log the contacts which are relevant to each category. Alternatively you may submit separate logs for each category, provided all contacts are shown in each log even if they are not scored in that category. Where separate logs are submitted for each category, the summary may be combined with the log.

Summaries for each category should include:

Name, callsign, QTH, address for certificate, the category that the summary sheet relates to, a table of hourly points totals and the final score, clearly marking the lowest scoring hour.

For each hour the summary sheet should show:
- Total contact points for valid contacts for this category.
- Total valid QRP and Foundation bonus points including bonuses for working QRP stations and for operating QRP if relevant.
- Total group bonus points for valid contacts in the hour. (Groups may only include valid contacts for this category)
- Total for the hour
- State "Lowest Scoring Hour" if this is the lowest scoring hour.

VKCL can produce separate scored logs including summaries for each category. (see Logging Software below)

The contest manager is able to assist if required.

Download the full rules below for log details:

The latest version of VKCL supports the VK/trans-Tasman contests. Output text files can be emailed to:

Hand written logs, are not acceptable - however
VKCL has a post contest mode where you can enter your hand written logs after the contest.


00:00 UTC Saturday, 4 weeks after the contest.

Contest Results

Starting with the 2014 Contest certificates will be provided as PDF files for your own printing - this is to speed up the final reporting process.

Our Email auto-responder will send your log back to you - If you do not get your own log back then it has not been received by us - You will need to resend NB YOU MUST HAVE THE WORD LOG IN THE SUBJECT LINE

Contest Award

Trophies will be awarded for first place 80m Phone, and first place Multi-mode. All stations qualify for these categories.

Certificates will be awarded as follows:

80m Phone: (May)
- Open - Top 3 places, Top 3 ZL's/VK's
- Single Op - First single operator
- QRP - First QRP
- Foundation - First Foundation Licence station

Second Night (July):
- 160m Phone: - Top 3 places, Top 3 ZL's/VK's, Top 3 QRP
- 80m CW: Top 3 places, First QRP, First ZL/VK
- 80m Digital: Top 3 places
- Both bands CW: Top 3 places
- Both bands CW & Digital: Top 3 places
- Multi-Mode, Both bands: Top 3 places, Top 3 single op, Top 3 ZL/VK, Top 3 QRP

Logging Software

While any logging program that complies with the information required under the "Logging" Rule, is acceptable, the preferred program is VKCL

To download this program, go to the following website:

Check the web site for the latest version that supports the 2014 Trans-Tasman contest.

Latest version for 2014 is V3.9

No hand written logs however electronic logs in Text, Excel or Word format are acceptable. Submit separate summary sheets for each category. Summary sheets should only score contacts that are valid for that category - this includes group points.

Entering Multiple Categories:

You can operate more than one mode in the Multi-Mode contest. You may submit a log for each mode or band for which there is a suitable category.

Single TX (Multi op or single op)

If you are using only one transmitter you may enter any or all of the 6 categories. ie you can enter:

- 160m Phone
- 80m CW
- 160m + 80m CW
- 80m Digital
- 160m + 80m, CW & Digital
- Both bands, Multi mode

Multi TX (multi-op using one TX on each band simultaneously)

160m+80m CW and 160m+80m CW & Digital are SINGLE TX categories only, so multi TX stations cannot enter these categories. However, since only one TX is used on a single band, a Multi TX station may still enter the 3 single band categories.

Multi-TX stations can enter:

-160m Phone
-80m CW
-80m Digital
-Both bands - Multi mode

Multi-TX stations should keep separate logs for each band. These logs can be combined after the contest using the ADIF export and import functions in VKCL.

<b)Submitting logs for multiple categories

Submit a separate VKCL output file for each category, or separate summary sheets for each category if not using VKCL.

If entering more than one category choose Both Bands - Multi-mode as the category in VKCL setup. Separate output files can be generated for each sub category after the contest.

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Files For Download

RULES 2014
VK trans-Tasman Rules 2014a.doc

2013 80m phone - full results

2013 160m phone and Multi-Mode - Full Results
2013 Trans-Tasman Multimode Results.doc

2012 80m phone results
2012 80ph Results.doc

2012 160m phone / 80m CW / Multi-mode results
80m-160m multimode - Results 2012.doc

2011 160m phone results
2011 - 160M Results.doc

2011 80m phone results

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