ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes, 1900 UTC Saturday, 1/21 - 0359 UTC Monday, 1/23
- http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf-sweepstakesARRL January VHF Sweepstakes, 1900 UTC Saturday, 1/21 - 0359 UTC Monday, 1/23
Full Contest Details1. Objective: To work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Foreign stations work W/VE amateurs only.2. Date and Contest Period: The date will be announced annually by the ARRL but will generally be the third or fourth weekend in January. Begins 1900 UTC Saturday, ends 0359 UTC Monday (January 21-23, 2012).3. Entry Categories:1. 3.1. Single Operator.1. 3.1.1. Low Power2. 3.1.2. High Power2. 3.2. Single Operator Portable3. 3.3. Rover.1. 3.3.1. Rover2. 3.3.2. Limited Rover3. 3.3.3. Unlimited Rover4. 3.4. Multioperator.5. 3.5. Limited Multioperator.4. Exchange: Grid-square locator (see April 1994 QST, p 86).1. 4.1. Exchange of signal report is optional.5. Scoring:1. 5.1. QSO points:1. 5.1.1. Count one point for each complete 50- or 144-MHz QSO.2. 5.1.2. Count two points for each 222- or 432-MHz QSO.3. 5.1.3. Count four points for each 902- or 1296-MHz QSO.4. 5.1.4. Count eight points for each 2.3 GHz (or higher) QSO.2. 5.2. Multiplier: The total number of different grid squares worked per band. Each3. 2 degrees x 1 degree grid square counts as one multiplier on each band it is worked.4. 5.3. Final score: Multiply the total number of QSO points from all bands operated by the total number of multipliers for final score.5. 5.4. Rovers only: The final score consists of the total number of QSO points from all bands times the sum of unique multipliers (grid squares) worked per band (regardless of which grid square they were made in) plus one additional multiplier for every grid square from which they successfully completed a contact.1. 5.4.1. Rovers are listed in the contest score listings under the Division from which the most QSOs were made.6. Reporting:1. 6.1. Electronic submissions may be emailed to JanuaryVHF@... and hand-written paper logs or diskettes mailed to January VHF, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT06111.2. 6.2. Entries that have been electronically generated must submit their log file in the Cabrillo file format. Paper printouts of electronic files are not acceptable substitutes.3. 6.3. Entries must be emailed or postmarked no later than 0400 UTC Wednesday, February 22, 2012.4. 6.4. Entries may be submitted using the web applet at www.b4h.net/cabforms5. 6.5. Rovers who submit scores for the club competition must submit a second summary sheet indicating QSOs and score if they make any contacts from outside of the club territory. Indicate clearly on the summary sheet and in log if the log is the total entry or that portion to be counted for the club score.7. Miscellaneous:1. 7.1. Stations may be worked for credit only once per band from any given grid square, regardless of mode. This does not prohibit working a station from more than one grid square with the same call sign (such as a Rover).2. 7.2. Only one signal per band (6, 2, 11/4, etc) at any given time is permitted, regardless of mode.3. 7.3. Multi-operator stations may not include QSOs with their own operators except on frequencies higher than 2.3 GHz. Even then, a complete, different station (transmitter, receiver and antenna) must exist for each QSO made under these conditions.8. Awards: Certificates will be awarded in the following categories:1. 8.1. Single operator.1. 8.1.1. Top single operator in each ARRL/RAC Section for high and low power.2. 8.1.2. Top single operator on each band (50, 144, 222, 432, 902, 1296 and 2304-and-up categories) in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Note: Since the highest score per band will be the award winner for that band, an entrant may win a certificate with additional single-band endorsements.) For example, if KA1RWY has the highest single-operator all-band score in the CT Section and her 50- and 222-MHz scores are higher than any other CT single operator’s, she will earn a certificate for being the single-operator Section leader and endorsements for 50 and 222 MHz.2. 8.2. Top single-operator portable in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Single operator portable entries are not eligible for single-band awards.)3. 8.3. Top rover in each ARRL Division and Canada where significant effort or competition is evident. (Rover entries are not eligible for single-band awards.)4. 8.4. Top multi-operator score in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Multioperator entries are not eligible for single-band awards.)5. 8.5. Top limited multioperator in each ARRL/RAC Section where significant effort or competition is evident. (Limited multioperator entries are not eligible for single-band awards.)6. 8.6. Top DX stations where significant effort or competition is evident.9. Other:1. 9.1. See “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” and “General Rules for ARRL Contests on bands above 50 MHz (VHF)” in November 2001 QST2. 9.2. For more information contact contests@... or (860) 594-0232 .