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432 MHz Fall Sprint, Wednesday, 10/6, 7 -11 pm Local Time

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  • Mark Thompson
    http://www.svhfs.org/sprints.html SVHFS Sprints The Southeastern VHF Society sponsors Fall VHF/UHF Sprints. All amateurs are encouraged to participate, even if
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    SVHFS Sprints

    The Southeastern VHF Society sponsors Fall VHF/UHF Sprints. All amateurs are encouraged to participate, even if only in a small way. They are meant to get everyone on the air. The rules encourage rover, microwave operation and the casual operator new to VHF/UHF.

    The contest is intended for single operator, single transmitter entries. However, if one wishes to introduce a newcomer to weak signal vhf/uhf operations, the sponsors of the contest reserve the right to allow such entries, if identified as such. In no case will there be more than 1 radio operator at one time. A second person can not serve as a “spotter” while the first operates. Operating categories are still Single Op and Rover.

    Sprints are held on different days for each band except for the Microwaves (902 and up) that are held together. The operating time for each Sprint is short (like a sprint :-) and meant to compress the activity into a shorter time span.

    While the rules for Sprints vary by year, we are always open to suggestions on how to improve them for the future. If you have an idea on how to make the Fall Sprints better for next year (different dates, times, rule change, etc.) please drop the Fall Sprints Chairman a note and help out. This year, as a result of several requests, we will be using 6 character grid squares for 432 and microwave.

    Please notice that, except for rovers, the scoring is more like the ARRL June VHF contest now. This will allow computer programs to both generate the logs and check the logs. Rover scoring is intended to encourage activation of many grids!

    For details and up-to-date information about the Fall Sprints and the annual technical conference the Southeastern VHF Society sponsors, please watch this website

     

    2010 Sprints Schedule Summary

    • 144 MHz - Monday, September 20, 7 pm to 11 pm local time
    • 222 MHz - Tuesday, September 28, 7 pm to 11 pm local time
    • 432 MHz - Wednesday, October 6, 7 pm top 11 pm local time
    • Microwave - Saturday, October 16, 6 am to 12 pm local time
    • 50 MHz - 2300 UTC Saturday, October 30 to 0300 UTC Sunday, October 31.

     

    Introducing the 2010 Fall VHF/UHF Sprints:

    The Southeastern VHF Society is again sponsoring the Fall VHF/UHF

    Sprints. All amateurs are encouraged to participate, even if only in a small

    way. They are meant to get everyone on the air. The rules encourage

    rover, microwave operation and the casual operator new to VHF/UHF.

    This year we are using 6 digit grid squares on 432MHz and Microwave, as many have

    requested this.

    The contest is intended for single operator, single transmitter entries. However, if one wishes to

    introduce a newcomer to weak signal vhf/uhf operations, the sponsors of the contest reserve the

    right to allow such entries, if identified as such. In no case will there be more than 1 radio operator

    at one time. A second person can not serve as a “spotter” while the first operates. Operating

    categories are still Single Op and Rover.

    Sprints are held on different days for each band except for the Microwaves (902 and up) that are

    held together. The operating time for each Sprint is short (like a sprint :-) and meant to compress

    the activity into a shorter time span.

    At present we do not have any plaque sponsors. If you would like to sponsor a plaque for one of the

    Sprints please contact the Fall Sprints Chairman Bruce Randall WD4JQV. WD4JQV@....

    While the rules for the Fall Sprints are set for 2010, we are always open to suggestions on how to

    improve them for the future. If you have an idea on how to make the Fall Sprints better for next

    year (different dates, times, rule change, etc.) please drop the Fall Sprints Chairman a note and help

    out.

    Please notice that, except for rovers, the scoring is more like the ARRL June VHF contest

    now. This will allow computer programs to both generate the logs and check the logs. Rover

    scoring is intended to encourage activation of many grids!

    For details and up-to-date information about the Fall Sprints and the annual technical conference

    the Southeastern VHF Society sponsors, please visit our website at www.svhfs.org

    73, have fun, and good luck!

    Bruce Randall WD4JQV

    fallsprints@...

    2010 Fall Sprint Chairman

    2010 Fall VHF/UHF Sprint Rules:

    1. Object: To work as many amateur stations in as many 2 X 1 degree grid squares as possible,

    using authorized amateur frequencies on the 50, 144, 222, 432 MHz and Microwave (902 MHz and

    above) bands during the contest periods.

    2. Contest Period:

    2.1 The 144 MHz Sprint will be from 7 PM to 11 PM local time on Monday September 20, 2010.

    LOG is due by October 20, 2010.

    2.2 The 222 MHz Sprint will be from 7 PM to 11 PM local time on Tuesday September 28, 2010.

    LOG is due by October 28, 2010.

    2.3 The 432 MHz Sprint will be from 7 PM to 11 PM local time on Wednesday October 6, 2010.

    LOG is due by November 6, 2010. Exchange is 6 Digit Grid Square !!

    2.4 The Microwave (902 MHz and above) Sprint will be from 6 AM to 12 PM local time on

    Saturday October 16, 2010. The Microwave Sprint is one Sprint and certificates will be awarded

    for highest total score. See section 4. below for scoring.

    LOG is due by November 16, 2010. Exchange is 6 Digit Grid Square !!

    2.5 The 50 MHz Sprint starts 2300 UTC Saturday, October 30, 2010 and ends 0300 UTC Sunday,

    October 31, 2010.

    LOG is due by November 30, 2010.

    3. Exchange: Call signs and Grid-square locator. Signal report optional. 432MHz and microwave

    require all 6 characters of the grid square. Such as EM94LV

    4. Scoring:

    4.1 QSO Points:

    4.1.1. Count 1 point for each complete 50- or 144-MHz QSO.

    4.1.2. Count 2 points for each 222- or 432-MHz QSO.

    4.1.3. Count 3 points for each 902- or 1296-MHz QSO.

    4.1.4. Count 4 points for each 2.3-GHz (or higher) QSO.

    4.2 Multiplier: The total number of grid squares worked. Each 2 X 1 degree grid square worked

    counts as one multiplier.

    4.3 Final Score (Except Microwave): Multiply QSO points by multipliers. Each sprint is scored

    separately. ARRL June 2010 VHF contest scoring software will produce the correct score.

    4.4 Rovers Score: Each grid activated is scored separately as if the station was a normal single

    operator in that grid. Please separate logs for each grid activated. The final score is the sum of the

    scores for the individual grids activated. More than one grid must be activated to be a rover!

    ARRL scoring software will NOT work.

    4.5 Microwave Final Score: Count 3 QSO point for each complete 902 or 1296 MHz QSO. Count 4

    QSO points for each 2.3 GHz (or higher) QSO. Add up the QSO points for all bands and then

    multiply this total by the total number of multipliers. A grid worked on more than one band counts

    as a new multiplier on each band. For example: EM94 worked on 902, 1296 and 2304 MHz is 3

    multipliers. ARRL June 2010 VHF contest scoring software will produce the correct score.

    5. Reporting: Logs must be submitted no later than 30 days after the closing date of the each event.

    Only submitted logs are eligible for awards. Logs must be in ARRL format (log sheets and

    summary sheet as used for ARRL VHF contests) to be accepted, and must show current address to

    be eligible for awards. Electronic submissions in ARRL acceptable electronic format may be

    mailed on diskette or e-mailed with log file as an ATTACHMENT only (Not in the body of

    e-mail). Subject line of e-mail must contain “2010 Fall Sprint”. In e-mail addresses below (at) is

    really an @ sign.

    5.1 144 MHz Sprint logs to:

    Ott Fiebel W4WSR, PO Box 957, Hayesville, NC 28904 ottf(at)wbia.net

    5.2 222 MHz Sprint logs to:

    Bruce Randall WD4JQV, 928 Falls Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730 wd4jqv(at)arrl.net

    5.3 432 MHz Spring logs to:

    Jim Worsham W4KXY, 1915 Oak Wind Lane, Buford, GA 30519-6766 w4kxy(at)arrl.net

    5.4 Microwave Sprint logs to:

    Bruce Randall WD4JQV, 928 Falls Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730 wd4jqv(at)arrl.net

    5.5 50 MHz Sprint logs to:

    Ray Rector WA4NJP, 3493 Holly Springs Rd, Gillsville, GA 30534 wa4njp(at)bellsouth.net

    6. Certificates for top three Single Op finishers in each sprint and top three Rovers in each sprint if

    sufficient Rover competition is shown. Certificates to be awarded at the Southeastern VHF Society

    banquet.

    7. For Microwave only: Use of telephone, packet or internet methods to schedule contacts during

    the contest is acceptable. The telephone, packet or internet channel will not be used while the

    contact is in progress. No “OK I am hearing you now.” over the alternate channel. The alternate

    channel will not be available in any way to the operator during the contact. The complete exchange

    of call signs and grids must be accomplished on the relevant amateur radio band. All other bands

    must use only amateur radio communications for scheduling during the contest.

    The Fall Sprints are sponsored by the Southeastern VHF Society.

    Please visit www.svhfs.org for any updates.

     


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