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The Worlds First IRLP Contest

Date : 27 / 02 / 2005
Author : Phil Wait - VK2DKN

The Bass IRLP Group located in Melbourne in conjunction with the Chesapeake AR Club in the USA has organised the world's first IRLP Contest.

The contest will commence on March 18, 2005 and run through until the April 17, 2005. The prize for this contest is a very nice trophy, donated by Marine Computer Technology, Queensland. A picture of the trophy can be viewed via teh following Link

The competition, whilst titled the "1st Annual Aussie-American International IRLP Contest" it is open to any amateur in any country, so long as you can access an IRLP node to participate.

Contest Rules can be found via the following Link

Graham, VK3JBO & Kevin KG4ZXK needs permission from as many IRLP node owners as possible to OK the use of their nodes during this competition.
Many have already responded. Please call Graham on Node 6391 or via e-mail at or call Kevin in the USA on Node # 4865 to approve the use of your node.

The Contest Rules - This contest is for IRLP mode only

The contest will be held starting MARCH 18 at 0001GMT and ending APRIL 17 at 2359 GMT Points will be awarded as follows-
1 point for a contact with someone not in the contest in your own country
2 points for a contact with someone in the contest in your own country
2 points for a contact with someone in another country who is not in the contest
3 points for contact with someone in the contest in another country
5 points for contact with single node countries and special event stations such as the International Space Station etc.

The following information must be included in your log:

CONTACT NUMBER-IE.- You are number 001

Any contacts without this information will be counted as a single point contact.
At present the logging program that will be used will be DX Keeper, which is available free, on line from here For those without computers, paper logs can be sent to-


Logs should be sent in within 30 days of the end of the contest.
No duplicates allowed. One contact per callsign.

All nodes and reflectors may be used as long as the node/reflectors allow.
Persons who abuse this privilege will be disallowed from the prizes.

Only voice communications allowed.

Electronic logs are to be e-mailed for disposition.
(keep a copy of your logs for your own records)

Please include as much information as possible in your logs if you want an accurate count. Again, please note with each entry, what you think the point count should be for that contact.
All amateur radio rules and regulations apply especially any involved with nodes/reflectors.


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