Fall VHF/UHF 6m Sprint, 2000 UTC Saturday, August 11 - 0000 UTC Sunday, August 12, 2012
- Introducing the 2012 Fall VHF/UHF Sprints:PRELIMINARY Revision 1. Change 50MHz times.The Southeastern VHF Society is again sponsoring the Fall VHF/UHFSprints. All amateurs are encouraged to participate, even if only in a smallway. They are meant to get everyone on the air. The rules encouragerover, microwave operation and the casual operator new to VHF/UHF.This year we are again using 6 digit grid squares and distance scoringon the Microwaves.The contest is intended for single operator, single transmitter entries. However, if one wishes tointroduce a newcomer to weak signal vhf/uhf operations, the sponsors of the contest reserve theright to allow such entries, if identified as such. In no case will there be more than 1 radio operatorat one time. A second person can not serve as a “spotter” while the first operates. Operatingcategories are still Single Op and Rover.Sprints are held on different days for each band except for the Microwaves (902 and up) that areheld together. The operating time for each Sprint is short (like a sprint :-) and meant to compressthe 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 theSprints please contact the Fall Sprints Chairman Bruce Randall NT4RT. NT4RT@....While the rules for the Fall Sprints are set for 2012, we are always open to suggestions on how toimprove them for the future. If you have an idea on how to make the Fall Sprints better for nextyear (different dates, times, rule change, etc.) please drop the Fall Sprints Chairman a note and helpout.Please notice that, except for rovers and the microwave sprint, the scoring is more like theARRL June VHF contest now.This will allow computer programs to both generate the logs andcheck the logs. Rover scoring is intended to encourage activation of many grids!Note the changed date of the 50MHz sprint, August this year. Can we get some E skip? maybe?Down East Microwave (downeastmicrowave.com) is again supporting the Fall Sprints bysponsoring two participation award drawings. The drawings will be made at the SVHFSConference from the stations that turn in logs showing contacts in the 222 MHz Sprint and/or theMicrowave Sprint. One drawing for each. The two drawing winners will receive $100 giftcertificates for DEMI products. You do not have to be present to win. The awards are beingsponsored to encourage amateurs to get active on 222 MHz and the Microwave bands. Our thanksto Steve and Sandra for their continued support!!For details and up-to-date information about the Fall Sprints and the annual technical conferencethe Southeastern VHF Society sponsors, please visit our website at http://www.svhfs.org/73, have fun, and good luck!Bruce Randall NT4RTfallsprints@...2012 Fall Sprint Chairman2012 Fall VHF/UHF Sprint Rules:1. Object:To work as many amateur stations in as many 2 X 1 degree grid squaresas possible, using authorized amateur frequencies on the 50, 144, 222, 432 MHz.Microwaves (902 MHz and above) are scored on distance.2. Contest Period:2.1 The50 MHz Sprint starts 2000 UTC Saturday, August 11, 2012 and ends 0000UTC Sunday, August 12, 2012.LOG is due by September 12, 2012.2.2 The144 MHz Sprint will be from 7 PM to 11 PM local time on MondaySeptember 17, 2012.LOG is due by October 17, 2012.2.3 The222 MHz Sprint will be from 7 PM to 11 PM local time on TuesdaySeptember 25, 2012.LOG is due by October 25, 2012.2.4 The432 MHz Sprint will be from 7 PM to 11 PM local time on WednesdayOctober 3, 2012.LOG is due by November 3, 2012.2.5 TheMicrowave (902 MHz and above) Sprint will be from 7 AM to 1 PM localtime on Saturday October 13, 2012. The Microwave Sprint is one Sprint andcertificates will be awarded for highest total score. See section 4. below for scoring.LOG is due by November 13, 2012. Exchange is 6 Digit Grid Square !!3. Exchange:Call signs and Grid-square locator. Signal report optional.microwaves require the full 6 characters of the grid square. Such as EM94LV4. Scoring:4.1QSO 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. for each 902- or above contact, the distance in Km is the score for thecontact. “Tinylocator” from ON6MU, available on the internet, will be used toverify distances.4.2Multiplier: (Except for microwave) 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. Eachsprint is scored separately. ARRL June 2012 VHF contest scoring software willproduce the correct score.4.4Rovers Score: Each grid activated is scored separately as if the station was anormal single operator in that grid. Please separate logs for each grid activated. Thefinal score is the sum of the scores for the individual grids activated. More than onegrid must be activated to be a rover! ARRL scoring software will NOT work.4.5Microwave Final Score: The sum of the distance in kilometers for all contacts isthe final score. A station worked on another band is a new contact. If a rover movesto a new grid he can be worked again for another contact. Rovers make a separatelog for each grid that is operated from. The sum of the individual logs is the score.5. Reporting:Logs must be submitted no later than 30 days after the closing date ofthe each event. Only submitted logs are eligible for awards. Logs must be in ARRLformat (log sheets and summary sheet as used for ARRL VHF contests) to beaccepted, and must show current address to be eligible for awards. Electronicsubmissions in ARRL acceptable electronic format may be mailed on diskette oremailed with log file as an ATTACHMENT only (Not in the body ofe-mail). Subject line of e-mail must contain “2012 Fall Sprint”. In e-mail addressesbelow (at) is really an @ sign. Email reporting is prefered!!5.1 50 MHz Sprint logs to:Ray Rector WA4NJP, 3493 Holly Springs Rd, Gillsville, GA 30534wa4njp(at)bellsouth.net5.2 144 MHz Sprint logs to:Steve Kostro N2CEI, 17519, 78th Terrace, Live Oak, FL 32060144FS(at)downeastmicrowave.com5.3 222 MHz Sprint logs to:Bob Lear W4ZST, PO Box 1269, Dahlonega, GA 30533w4zst(at)windstream.net5.4 432 MHz Sprint logs to:Charles Osborne K4CSO, 2396 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA 30097k4cso(at)charter.net5.5 Microwave Sprint logs to:Bruce Randall NT4RT, 928 Falls Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730nt4rt(at)arrl.net6. Certificates for top three Single Op finishers in each sprint and top three Rovers ineach sprint if sufficient Rover competition is shown. Certificates to be awarded at theSoutheastern VHF Society banquet.7. No use of telephone, packet or internet is allowed to schedulecontacts during the contest.For Microwave only: Use of telephone, packetor internet methods to schedule contacts during the contest is acceptable. Thetelephone, 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 channelwill not be available in any way to the operator during the contact. The completeexchange of call signs and grids must be accomplished on the relevant amateur radioband. All other bands must use only amateur radio communications for schedulingduring the contest.The Fall Sprints are sponsored by the Southeastern VHF Society.Please visit www.svhfs.org for any updates.If you have no clue what your SIX-Character Grid Locator is then try:http://f6fvy.free.fr/qthLocator/fullScreen.php?locator=EMThis uses Google Maps. I was actually able to see my shack and antenna in satellitephoto mode. If you click on a spot, the Latitude, Longitude, and 6 digit Grid aredisplayed. This is a really neat tool. Thank you to Larry F6FVY.Also useful:http://users.belgacom.net/hamradio/tinylocator.htmorhttp://www.chris.org/cgi-bin/showdiscalculate the distance between two 6 digitgrids.http://mysite.verizon.net/dmascaro1/cabrillo.htmevaluates logs.