Spring VHF/UHF Sprints, Monday, April 7 @ 7 - 11 pm
- 2008 Spring VHF/UHF SprintsSponsored byJohn Kalenowsky, K9JK, and Steve Gilmore, W4SHGJohn Kalenowsky, K9JK, and Steve Gilmore, W4SHG, with support from Ham Radio Outlet of Virginia, are pleased to announce the 2008 Spring VHF/UHF Sprints. Everyone is encouraged to participate, even if only in a small way. The rules have intentionally remained simple, and the contest's focus continues to be for single operator, single transmitter entries, both "fixed" and "rover". Again we will have for 2008, the "Rookie" classification, to recognize 'first-time' participants, from their own stations OR as "guest-op" at an "experienced" station to introduce newcomers to weak signal vhf/uhf operations and, hopefully, encourage their participation in the future. Guidance from an experienced operator for a "Rookie" is permitted as long as entries in this class are clearly identified by comments in the SOAPBOX: lines for Cabrillo formatted logs or on the Summary Sheet for paper logs. The detail should identify who is the "Rookie" and list any "experienced" operator(s) who were present.Please note that, for 2008, we still have the shortened submission date window and STRONGLY encouraging electronic log submissions using the Cabrillo format, but we will continue to accept paper logs (though the shorter deadline will apply to paper log submissions as well). A summary Sheet which includes your total contacts, multipliers and calculated score WILL BE required with Paper Logs (see sample at: http://www.sysadnet.com/vhfsprintsummary.pdf). Such summary info is not required for electronic logs but may be included in the SOAPBOX: area of the Cabrillo formatted log if participants so desire. Be sure to include the grid square you operated from in either your log or summary sheet.Please take a look at the sponsors for this year's events at http://www.sysadnet.com/springsprintsponsors-2008.htm. Several sponsorship opportunities are still available. If interested in becoming a prize sponsor or sponsoring a plaque for the events in 2008 (or in the future), please email us at springsprintquestions@...** Log submissions for 2008 may be viewed here. **We wish you the very best of VHF! 73,John Kalenowsky, K9JK, and Steve Gilmore, W4SHG
1. Object: To work as many amateur stations in as many 2 degree by 1 degree grid squares as possible, using authorized amateur frequencies on the 50, 144, 222, 432, 902 MHz and above bands.2. Contest Period:2.1. - 144 MHzThe 144 MHz Sprint will be from 7 PM until 11 PM local time on Monday, April 7, 2008.2.2. - 222 MHzThe 222 MHz Sprint will be from 7 PM until 11 PM local time on Tuesday, April 15, 2008.2.3. - 432 MHzThe 432 MHz Sprint will be from 7 PM until 11 PM local time on Wednesday, April 23, 2008.2.4. - Microwave (902+)The Microwave Sprint will be on Saturday, May 3, 2008, from 6 AM until 1 PM local time. This includes all Amateur frequencies above 902 MHz. Please include band data in summaries and logs. NOTE: use of Liaison Frequency is encouraged.2.5. - 50 MHzThe 50 MHz Sprint will be from 2300Z Saturday, May 10, until 0300Z Sunday, May 11, 2008.3. Exchange: Grid-square locator - PLEASE EXCHANGE and LOG SIX-Character Grid Locators where possible. Correct exchange of FOUR-Character Grid Locator is the minimum requirement for a valid contact but we'd REALLY like to see SIX-Character locators exchanged and recorded in the submitted logs.What's that, you say you have no clue what your SIX-Character Grid Locator is? To assist you with that, please try the following...Enter your FOUR-Character Grid Locator here:When you click the "Show me my Grid Square !" Button, you will be presented with a Google Map showing the borders of the 2-degree by 1-degree FOUR-character Grid Square that you entered. You can then navigate as well as Zoom in and out using the controls at the upper left of the screen. When you click a point on the map, however, the Latitude and Longitude of that point ALONG WITH THE SIX-Character Grid Locator for that point will pop up in a text balloon and the border of the SIX-Character Grid Locator will be shown. This is provided as a service to the Amateur Radio Community by Laurent/Larry Haas, F6FVY, using the Google Maps API. Thanks to Larry and Google! Try it, we think you'll like it!4. Scoring:4.1. QSO Points: Count one point for each complete QSO.4.2. Multipliers: The total number of different FOUR-Character Grid Squares worked. Each FOUR-Character Grid Locator represents a 2 degree by 1 degree area on the earth's surface, the SIX-character designators are just sub-divisions of that. So, to be clear, if you work a station in EN53bj and another in EN53we, that is only ONE Multiplier, EN53.4.3. Final score: Multiply QSO points by multipliers. Each Sprint is scored separately.4.4. Rovers use same QSO Point and Multiplier criteria but scoring for Rovers is cumulative, total # of multipliers worked from each grid activated multiplied by total # of complete QSOs from each grid activated. Segregation of rover logs by grid activated is no longer required as long as the log makes it clear from which FOUR-Character grid locator each contact was made.Example: Scores from EM98 5 qso's , 3 grids / EM99 10 qso's, 4 grids / EM89 3 qso's, 2 grids.Total score would be 18 qso's x 9 grids = 162 points4.5. Microwave Sprint scoring is cumulative, total # of grids worked from each band activated multiplied by total # of stations worked in each band activated.5. Reporting: Logs (Cabrillo format preferred) must be received via e-mail or paper logs WITH summary sheet postmarked no later than following deadlines (roughly two weeks after the close of each event):
5.1. - 144 MHz - April 23, 2008
5.2. - 222 MHz May 1, 2008
5.3. - 432 MHz - May 9, 2008
5.4. - Microwave (902+) - May 19, 2008
5.5. - 50 MHz - May 27, 20086. Awards:
6.1. Certificates/Plaques (if sponsored) will be awarded as follows:
6.1.1. TOP FIVE individual scores for each of the five Sprint "band" events (Single-Op Fixed, Rover and Rookie will be considered for this ranking).
6.1.2. TOP FIVE cumulative Single-Op Fixed scores (adding scores together by callsign used from each of the events, up to 5, for which valid logs are received).
6.1.3. TOP FIVE cumulative Rover scores (adding scores together by callsign used from each of the events, up to 5, for which valid logs are received).
6.1.4. TOP FIVE cumulative Rookie scores (adding scores together by callsign used from each of the events, up to 5, for which valid logs are received).
6.1.5. If a plaque is not sponsored for a particular finish above, a certificate (similar to what other VHF Contest sponsors provide) will be sent. "Specialty" plaques will also be considered (such as for best finish in a region) if anyone wants to sponsor such (and can provide a clear criteria). Please contact John or Steve regarding that. To view what plaques have been sponsored (and criteria) for 2008, click here.
6.2. Prizes: As they are sponsored, prizes will be awarded based on criteria of the sponsor. As an example, the simplest criteria will be "random drawing from all logs received." To view what prizes have been sponsored (and criteria) for 2008, click here.7. Submission of Logs:
7.1. By submitting a log, participants confirm that they have observed all contest rules, as well as all regulations established for amateur radio in their country and that their log submission is true and accurate to the best of their knowledge. Participants further agree to be bound by the decisions of the Spring Sprint sponsors.7.2. Electronic Logs:
7.2.1. The "Cabrillo" log format is now the standard for the Spring Sprints.
188.8.131.52. Use the following names for the Cabrillo "CONTEST:" field:For 144 MHz, use CONTEST: VHF-SPRINT-144MHZ-SPRING
For 222 MHz, use CONTEST: VHF-SPRINT-222MHZ-SPRING
For 432 MHz, use CONTEST: VHF-SPRINT-432MHZ-SPRING
For "Microwave" (902 MHz & Up), use CONTEST: VHF-SPRINT-MICROWAVE-SPRING
For 50 MHz, use CONTEST: VHF-SPRINT-50MHZ-SPRING184.108.40.206. Until logging programs with 'official' support for these events become more available, the closest format is probably for the June or September ARRL VHF QSO Parties (as long as the logging program knows how to handle SIX-Character Grid Square input and can properly 'ignore' the 5th and 6th characters for Multiplier counting). It may be necessary to manually edit the "CONTEST:" line in the file and Claimed Score may be incorrect for bands 222 MHz and above but the QSO data should be correct.
220.127.116.11. E-mail logs to: springvhfsprints@... preferably using a "Plain Text" e-mail format, with ONLY "your call" and the "band" in the subject line (W4SHG 144 -or- K9JK MICROWAVE for example) and with the log file as an attachment named "<your call>.LOG" (e.g. W4SHG.LOG)
7.2.2. "Web-to-Cabrillo": Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, has graciously agreed to provide 'web forms' to facilitate generation and AUTOMATIC SUBMISSION of Cabrillo-formatted logs for the Spring VHF & Up Sprints at the http://b4h.net/cabforms web site that he maintains. You may have to scroll down the homepage a bit to the "Other Contests" area to find the ones for the Spring VHF Sprints and they may not be there until just before the actual contests. PLEASE consider using these to generate and submit electronically instead of submitting a paper log. Our thanks to Bruce!7.3. Paper logs:
7.3.1. Paper logs must include a Summary Sheet and the log sheets themselves should include the following information:Band (in MHz, e.g. 50, 144, 222, 432, 902. For above 902, change to GHz, e.g. 1.2, 2.3, 3.4, etc.)
Mode (e.g. CW, PH, DIG)
Date/Time (PLEASE indicate whether the dates & times are "local" or UTC)
Callsign SENT (can be listed at the top of a page OR on each line)
Grid Locator SENT (PLEASE give your SIX-character locator when known)
Other Station's Callsign
Other Station's Grid Locator (PLEASE ask for and record SIX-character when the other station provides it)7.3.2. "Snail Mail" paper logs to:Steve Gilmore W4SHG
11 Ryan Way
Stafford , VA 22554Questions ? Email springsprintquestions@...This page last updated February 11, 2008jk version c-draft1
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