September Contests

 

Septembers Main Contests

 

Below is a partial list of Septembers contests.  Get active and pick a few to participate in and remember to post your scores for Georgia Contest Group (GCG)

 

Colorado QSO Party (Click here for rules)      1300Z, Sep 2 to 0400Z, Sep 3, 2017

 

 

Tennessee QSO Party (Click here for rules)    1800Z, Sep 3 to 0300Z, Sep 4, 2017

 

 

WAE DX Contest, SSB (Click here for rules)    0000Z, Sep 9 to 2359Z, Sep 10, 2017

ARRL September VHF Contest (Click here for rules)    1800Z, Sep 9 to 0300Z, Sep 11, 2017

 

North American Sprint, CW Click here for rules    0000Z-0400Z, Sep 10, 2017

 

Iowa QSO Party (Click here for rules)    1400Z, Sep 16 to 0200Z, Sep 17, 2017

 

 

 

Washington State Salmon Run Click here for rules    1600Z, Sep 16 to 0700Z, Sep 17

 

 

                                                                                                       1600Z-2400Z, Sep 17, 2017

 

New Hampshire QSO Party (Click here for rules)    1600Z, Sep 16 to 0400Z, Sep 17

                                                                         1600Z-2200Z, Sep 17, 2017

 

New Jersey QSO Party (Click here for rules)     1600Z, Sep 16 to 0359Z

                                                                    1400Z-2000Z, Sep 17, 2017

North American Sprint, RTTY (Click here for rules)    0000Z-0400Z, Sep 17, 2017

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY (Click here for rules)    0000Z, Sep 23 to 2400Z, Sep 24, 2017

 

Maine QSO Party (Click here for rules)    1200Z, Sep 23 to 1200Z, Sep 24, 2017

 

Texas QSO Party (Click here for rules)    1400Z, Sep 23 to 0200Z, Sep 24

                                                           1400Z-2000Z, Sep 24, 2017

 

Good Luck and Have Fun

                                                                   

 

NAQP SSB This Weekend

 

NAQP SSB This Saturday August 19, 2017

 

Rules: 2017 North American QSO Party (CW/SSB/RTTY)

 

  1. Eligibility: Any Amateur Radio licensee may enter.
  2. Object: To work as many North American stations as possible during the contest period.
  3. North American Station: Defined by the ARRL DXCC List, with the addition of Hawaii.
  4. Contest periods: January/February 2017 Events CW: 1800 UTC January 14 to 0600 UTC January 15, 2017 (second full weekend in January) SSB: 1800 UTC January 21 to 0600 UTC January 22, 2017 (third full weekend in January) RTTY: 1800 UTC February 25 to 0600 UTC February 26, 2017 (starts on last Saturday in February) July/August 2017 Events RTTY: 1800 UTC July 15 to 0600 UTC July 16, 2017 (third full weekend in July) CW: 1800 UTC August 5 to 0600 UTC August 6, 2017 (first full weekend in August) SSB: 1800 UTC August 19 to 0600 UTC August 20, 2017 (third full weekend in August)
  5. Entry Classifications:
    1. a) Single Operator: i) One person performs all transmitting, receiving, and logging functions as well as equipment and antenna adjustments. ii) Access to spotting information obtained directly or indirectly from any source other than the station operator, such as from other stations or automated tools, is prohibited. iii) Only one transmitted signal allowed at a time. iv) May operate 10 out of the 12 hours of the contest. Off-times must be at least 30 minutes. In order to count as off-time, the difference between the times of consecutive contacts must be greater than or equal to 31 minutes (i.e., 30 intervening minutes, during which no contacts occur). The contest period ends at 05:59:59 UTC. v) Any use of assistance such as packet spotting networks, skimmers and the like will place the operator into the multioperator category.
    2. b) Multioperator Two-Transmitter: i) More than one person performs transmitting, receiving and logging functions, etc. ii) A maximum of two transmitted signals at any given time, each on a different band. Both transmitters may work any and all stations. iii) Starting when the first QSO on a band is logged, a transmitted signal cannot transmit on a different band until 10 full minutes have passed. Any QSOs made on a different band before 10 minutes have passed will not count for scoring. The other station will receive full credit for the QSO. iv) May operate for the entire 12 hours of the contest. v) Multioperator stations must use one name throughout the contest.
  6. Output Power: Maximum of 100 W from the output of the final amplifier. QRP (5 W) entries will be recognized in the results. Entries from stations choosing to run more than 100 W will be classified as check logs. Entries found to use more power than claimed will be disqualified.
  7. Mode: CW only in CW parties. SSB only in phone parties. RTTY only in RTTY parties.
  8. Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters only, except no 160 meters for the RTTY contest. You may work a station once per band. Suggested frequencies are 1,815, 3,535, 7,035, 14,035, 21,035 and 28,035 kHz (35 kHz up from band edge for Novice/Tech) on CW; and 1,865, 3,850, 7,225, 14,250, 21,300, and 28,500 kHz (28,450 kHz for Novice/Tech) on SSB. See Rules FAQ on the NCJ website for suggested frequencies to avoid interfering with other non-contest activity.
  9. Station: All radio transmitters, receivers, and antennas used by an entrant must be associated with one station, either at a fixed geographical location or as a mobile/ portable station. A station may be operated remotely. Use of multiple stations during the contest using the same call sign, whether directly or remotely operated, is prohibited. Operators must use only one call sign per station operated.
  10. Exchange: Operator name and station location (state, province, or country) for North American stations; operator name only for non-North American stations. Multioperator stations are required to use a single name throughout the contest. The use of non-Amateur Radio means of communication or the use of Amateur Radio modes or bands different than those specified for the contest to solicit contacts during the contest period is prohibited.
  11. Multipliers: Multipliers are all 50 US states, including Alaska and Hawaii, the District of Columbia (DC), the 13 Canadian provinces/territories (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland-Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut) and other North American entities as defined by the ARRL DXCC List. Non-North American countries, maritime mobiles and aeronautical mobiles do not count as multipliers but may be worked for QSO credit. Multipliers count again on each band.
  12. Valid Contact: A valid contact consists of a complete, correctly copied, and legibly logged two-way exchange between a North American station and any other station. Proper logging requires including the time in UTC and band for each contact.
  13. Scoring: Multiply total valid contacts by the sum of the number of multipliers worked on each band.
  14. Team Competition: You may wish to form a team with fellow NAQP participants. If so, your team must consist of from two to five Single-Operator stations whose individual scores are combined to produce a team score. Although clubs or other groups having more than five members may form multiple teams, there are no distance or meeting requirements for a team entry. Teams must register prior to the start of the contest. Use one of the following online forms to register your team: CW team registration: www. ncjweb.com/cwnaqpteamreg. php SSB team registration: www. ncjweb.com/ssbnaqpteamreg. php RTTY team registration: www. ncjweb.com/rttynaqpteamreg. php These team registration forms automatically provide confirmation of team registration by return e-mail. Inclusion of team information in submitted Cabrillo logs is not required, as teams are determined ahead of time through the team registration system.
  15. Log Formatting: All logs containing more than 100 QSOs must be submitted electronically via web upload. The file format for electronic logs for NCJ-sponsored contests is Cabrillo. For those participants logging on paper, please use the manual log entry Web-to-Cabrillo online forms available at the links below to submit your logs. Paper log forms are available on the NCJ website, www.ncjweb.com/NAQPPaper-Log-Form.pdf, for the convenience of those who log on paper during the contest. Printouts of computer logs will not be accepted, regardless of the number of contacts. Please confirm that your output power is properly stated in the header portion of the Cabrillo log before submission. “LOW” indicates the use of 100 W or less, while “QRP” indicates 5 W or less. Submissions that indicate the use of high power will be used as check logs. Single-Operator entries should have a Cabrillo line that reads: “CATEGORYASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED.” Some logging programs default to “CATEGORYASSISTED: ASSISTED.” Be certain to change this to NON-ASSISTED, or you will be placed in the Multi-Two category.
  16. Log Submission: Entries must be date-stamped or postmarked no later than 5 days after the contest. Methods of log submission in order of preference are as follows: a) Upload Cabrillo-formatted log via web form (use for all modes): www.ncjweb.com/ naqplogsubmit.php. b) Manually convert paper or computer log to Cabrillo log using one of the following tools: CW: www.b4h.net/cabforms/naqpcw_cab.php SSB: www.b4h.net/cabforms/naqpssb_cab.php RTTY: www.b4h.net/cabforms/naqprtty_cab.php c) Mail original paper log to the appropriate address listed below. CW logs: Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, 3117A Fen Way, Bozeman, MT 59718 USA SSB logs: Bill Lippert, ACØW, 2013 6th Ave SE, Austin, MN 55912-4321 USA RTTY logs: Mark Aaker, K6UFO, 300 Berry St – Unit 1009, San Francisco, CA 94158-1668 USA
  17. Disqualifications: Entries with score reductions greater than 5 % may be disqualified. Any entry may be disqualified for illegibility or for illegal or unethical operation. Such disqualification is at the discretion of the contest manager.

 

For more Information: Questions regarding the contests, including requests for Log Check Reports may be addressed to the appropriate contest manager at the e-mail addresses list below: CW: Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, cwnaqpmgr@ncjweb.com SSB: Bill Lippert, ACØW, ssbnaqpmgr@ncjweb.com RTTY: Mark Aaker, K6UFO, rttynaqpmgr@ncjweb.com

2017 CQWW Rules Update Announcement

The following are updates made to the 2016 rules, effective for the 2017 CQWW SSB and CW weekends. Full rules will be published soon. In addition to the updates, the thought process behind each update is included. We hope this will provide some insight into the reasons for the updates.

Multi-Single definition: The word “transmitter” is updated to “station/signal” and there is now reference made to the FAQ section. This was in response to a post on CQ-Contest made by a member of the contest community.

Reasoning: This further clarifies the definition of MS as was already provided in the FAQ section.

Club definitions. The new rules are shown below.
USA Clubs: Participation is limited to club members residing within a 250 mile radius circle from the center of club area.
DX Clubs: Participation is limited to club members residing within EITHER the DXCC country where the club is located OR within a 400 km radius circle from the center of club.
The word “reside” shall be defined as: To dwell permanently or continuously or to occupy a place as a person’s fixed, permanent, and principal home for legal purposes.

Reasoning:

This language is simplified from prior versions. Basically, it says that a club member can operate anywhere in the world and still have the score count for the participant’s club. The word “reside” is also defined.

GENERAL RULES FOR ALL ENTRANTS has two additions.

For ITU Region 1 stations: transmitting on the 40m band, above 7200 KHz during the SSB (phone) contest weekend is not permitted.
For ITU Region 1 stations: transmitting below 1810 KHz during the contest weekends is not permitted.

Reasoning:

Interpreting country and ITU rules has consistently been a topic of debate on several forums, including in the CQWW Contest Committee, such as what is a rule versus what is guideline and what about individual country rules. The CQWW 2017 Rules now remove the option for debate by defining two important frequency limits as part of the rules.

Audio Recordings: The updated rule expands the scope from “top three” to “top five.” It also expands the timeframe for such requests from 90 days to 120 days. The Classic Overlay is now also specifically included in the “top five” definition. Further clarity about the recording now specifies that it must be a continuous recording and that “recordings of individual QSOs” alone in not acceptable. Finally, the category options to which a log can be reclassified, if no recording is provided, are elaborated and expanded, including the addition of a new category (Administrative Check Log).

Reasoning:

The top 3 was expanded to top 5 because, in some cases, a top 3 entrant could be “knocked out” after review. Since we are still focused on the top 3, even after one was “knocked out,” in order to be fair, the rule was expanded to the top 5.

Equally, with the possibility of a top 3 being “knocked out,” the timeframe for such requests (for a recording) was expanded to 120 days.

Specifying that the Classic overlay is included in the recording requirement closes a perceived gap in the Rules as they were written. This was done based on feedback from the contest community.

At least one “top 3” entrant submitted a recording that was not a continuous recording but instead recorded each individual QSO. This prevented the committee from hearing how the entrant was tuning the band, something which is essential to proper adjudication.

In 2016, the committee was faced with a difficult decision about what to do with entrants who did not, or were not able to, submit the required recording. Disqualification of an entrant for failure to make a recording, in many cases, did not seem appropriate, and some of those were made into a Check Log. However, such action by the committee then groups the entrant in with those who actually submitted their log as a Check Log. Therefore, a new category, designed specifically for future top 5 entrants who do not or are not able to submit a recording as required, was created.

[Editorial comment: It is important to note a few things about the “recording” rule. First, 2016 was not the first year for this rule. Second, the committee does not and will not request a recording simply because an entrant is in the top 5. The committee will request a recording when something suspicious or curious in the log is identified by the committee. This can be a statistical flag or something identified after human review. The committee does not request a recording in an attempt to “go fishing” for something “out of the blue” or “without reason.” If you are not breaking the rules or trying to stretch the rules beyond the letter and/or spirit of the rules, you are probably not going to be asked for a recoding.]

5. Log Checking. The penalty for a call sign copying error (busted/bad call or NIL) is changed from 2:1 back to 3:1. The penalty for altering the QSO time, for M2 and MS entries, is changed from “remove the QSO” to a penalty of 10x for QSO points and multipliers.

Reasoning:

Historically, the BAD and NIL penalties have, for decades, been 3:1. The 3:1 penalty dates back into the paper log days, well before the release of the IBM XT home computer. In 2013, the penalty was changed to 2:1. The current committee leadership feels that the 3:1 penalty provided more incentive to “get the call right,” and so it is reinstated.

The MS and M2 categories have strict time requirements. It is possible to alter the time that an individual QSO is logged so that the QSO (or QSOs) no longer results in a band change violation. In the past, some entrants would have a “small number” of such events, also known as “rubber-clocking.”

Over the years, there has been debate within the committee on how such offenses should be addressed. Some argued that rubber-clocking is intentional cheating and that even one such violation should result a DQ. Others argued that it is not “fair” to DQ a log with thousands of QSOs for just one or two falsified contacts. Both arguments have merit.

However, if the falsified QSOs are simply removed without a penalty, then the entrant has not incurred any harm by cheating; their score is simply returned back to where it should have been. This means that the entrant has no potential downside impact. If the committee fails to find the rubber-clocking, the cheaters win. And if the committee does find the rubber-clocking, then, under the previous rules, the cheaters suffer no injury, because they simply lose the QSO. So really, they still win. Risk without possible consequences only encourages risk, in this case, cheating.

Now, with the 10x penalty for rubber clocking in place (for both points and mults), there is a strong incentive for the entrant to not falsify the logged times (rubber-clocking). If they cheat and get caught twice, they will lose a lot of points and even worse, 20 multipliers (or 40 multipliers if both QSOs were “double mults”). The idea is to make the penalty for altering logged times so intolerable (high penalty), that the entrants will not be tempted to try.

As has always been the case, excessive rubber-clocking (intentionally subjective) will result in disqualification of the entry along with DQ for all of the operators at that station.

Please note that any band-change-violation which does not involve altering the actual time of the QSO is not impacted by the 10x rule.

Meeting location has changed to WA1S / WA1F QTH Saturday at 11:00 am

OK folks, thanks to Ann and Bob, they have graciously offered up their home and hospitality to hold our meeting this Saturday. This will be a luncheon meeting instead of breakfast as originally planned, beginning at 11 am and lasting no longer than 2 pm.

Here’s Ann & Bob’s address:

78 Woolsie Road
Sharpsburg, GA 30277-3313

To reiterate, we will NOT be meeting at the Golden Corral.

We will eat/meet at Ann, WA1S and Bob’s, WA1F home this Saturday starting at 11:00 am, in Sharpsburg, GA

If anyone has any questions, please contact me and I look forward to seeing you there.

73’…..Fred, WW4LL

W4DXCC – September 25-26 Pigeon Forge, TN

W4DXCC is a DX and Contest Convention held in Pigeon Forge, TN and it’s our 11th year. If you’re a DXer, Contester or just an active ham you should attend this year.

The attendees enjoy the fellowship of other hams and share their experiences. They meet old friends and make new ones. Once you attend you will be back every year. Representatives from Top equipment manufacturers will be on hand to demo new equipment and answer your questions One on One.

This will be the most informative and relaxed DX and Contest convention you have ever attended, not to mention the many great prize drawings.

Ham Radio Bootcamp
This year convention attendees can attend a day long Ham Radio Bootcamp training session on Friday. Experienced hams teach new and old hams about building shacks and antennas, learn how to operate better while DXing and Contesting. There is something for every ham.

It’s Time to make your reservations
1) Call the Mainstay convention hotel at 865-428-8350 to book your room and be sure to ASK for SEDCO special rates
2) Call Rosie KA4S at 865-898-2279 for Convention and Banquet tickets.

For More Details Visit us at – www.W4DXCC.com

JUNE VHF Contest this weekend !

ARRL June VHF Contest: 1800Z, Jun 13 to 0259Z, Jun 15
Mode: All
Bands: 50 MHz and up
Classes: Single Op All Band(Low/High)
Single Op Single Band (Low/High)
Single Op Portable
Single Op 3-Band
Single Op FM
Rover
Limited Rover
Unlimited Rover
Unlimited Multi-Op
Limited Multi-Op
Exchange: 4-character grid square
Work stations: Once per band per grid square
QSO Points: 1 point per 50- or 144-MHz QSO
2 points per 222- or 432-MHz QSO
3 points per 906- or 1296-MHz QSO
4 points per 2.3 GHz (or higher) QSO
Multipliers: Each grid square once per band
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: 0300Z July 15, 2015
E-mail logs to: JuneVHF[at]arrl[dot]org
Mail logs to: June VHF
ARRL
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06111
USA
Find rules at: http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf

JUNE 20 – Annual Meeting

To all members – I just want to take a minute to remind everyone that our annual meeting is still planned for Saturday, June 20 at the Golden Corral on Ga Highway 138 in Stockbridge. This is on the south side of Atlanta, about a mile east of I-75 and just east of I-675. Next year’s GCG President – Paul Newberry – has the details and so watch for them soon with more specifics like the time, restaurant address, etc..

I just wanted to make sure everyone has this event in mind – that’s in about 10 days from now, so it’s coming up soon.

Thanks

Bob Wilson – W4BW

June 14 2014 Meeting

Meeting Announcement

Lady & Gents,

Good evening and hope ya’ll are well. I just wanted to remind everyone that Ann and Bob have graciously offered up their home for our 2014 Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 14th at 12 NOON. There will be a short business meeting and then we’ll be treated by Ann with a presentation of the T33A Banaba DXpedition from last fall that she and Bob were members.

If you have any business items to put forward for discussion and/or vote, I would appreciate you letting me know ahead of the meeting. Just so you can start thinking about a couple of things before the meeting, I want to share a couple of thoughts for your input. If you have some feedback and won’t be able to attend, please let me know your thoughts via email.

1. One premise of this group was that we were going to limit our membership to contesters from the State of Georgia only. If you want to maintain that premise, that’s fine, but please give some thought about the pros and cons of expanding our membership to other neighboring states for the purpose of recruiting additional active contesters.

2. We have to talk about an amendment to the by-laws to address members that don’t the minimum number of contests annually. The question for discussion would be, should there be a waiting period before allowing them to reapply or just let them continue their membership with additional contest contribution requirements in a shorter timeframe.

Those are the two items that immediately come to mind so if you have any others, please let me know and I look forward to seeing you at Ann and Bobs.

73’….Fred, WW4LL

W1AW/4

GCG Members,

In 2014, ARRL and its volunteers will activate W1AW/x in each of the 50 states and the territories and possessions. W1AW without a portable designator will only be used at ARRL HQ. The goal is for the W1AW/ operations to be as active as possible during the time frame 0000Z Wednesday to 2359Z Tuesday. Basically all bands and modes may be used, and people can work the station on digital, phone, and CW on each band where such modes are allowed – this includes the WARC bands, VHF, and UHF. If you cannot operate a particular band or mode in the UHF region, say, that may be just fine. Covering the lion’s share of the options will suffice.

We hope to have each state active twice during 2014 – preferably some months apart. ARRL will offer special Worked All States Awards for QSOs made with the W1AW/ portable operations, so by staggering the state operations, people chasing the stations can travel or otherwise miss an activation and still pick-up the state during another operation. There will be incentives to work each activation, even if the state has already been worked. There will be an additional points-gathering activity that will go all year, and the W1AW/ portable stations will be worth points for this challenge also.

Each week there can be up to two W1AW/ operations from the states, and possibly one from a territory.

ARRL HQ will handle QSLing and LoTW input.

I’ll need each of you using W1AW/4 to supply me with an ADIF file at the end of the week and I’ll forward to ARRL with an ADIF file with the log from each county at the end of each operation, or at other intervals. Logging programs that support DXpedition mode are already likely able to support this operation (N1MM does)

It isn’t necessary to be on the air 24/7 for this week, and family members don’t have to be needlessly disturbed, but the more on-air time the better.

The week of December 17th thru the 23rd, 2014, I have been authorized to use W1AW/4 that entire week. I would like to make this call available to all GCG members first, to also use during that week so if you have an interest, please email me, letting me know what mode or modes you can operate. The ARRL would like for us to run CW, SSB and all Digital Modes.

In addition, I’ll be running the OK RTTY DX contest that week using W1AW/4. That same week the is the CW Ops, Croatian CW, and a couple others. I plan to open my station during that week for those that are interested, to stop by and operate casually, using the W1AW/4 call.

If you have a desire to use the W1AW/4 call sign that week next December, please advise via email and I’ll put out a final list showing who’s going to be using the call sign and proposed modes.

73’…..Fred, WW4LL

By-Laws Change passed by members

To all GCG members

I wanted to pass along to all our members that the proposed change to our GCG By-Laws has now received 26 “Yes” votes out of 34 current members, so we have more than a 2/3 majority approving the change. And it will be retroactively effect for our 2012-13 membership year, so anyone who completed at least the minimum of 1 ARRL Club Competition contest from our list of 11 contests, and 3 “any other” contests will be carried into our new 2013-14 GCG Membership year as a member is good standing.

Those members who were unable to complete this new 1 + 3 requirement in our membership year that ended June 30, 2013 will have the option of requesting to be maintained as Probationary members going into our new 2013-14 membership year. This is absolutely not meant to belittle anyone and there will be no differentiating designation on our GCG roster shared with our members. To the club at large, we are all just members! Only your officer team will be aware of who specifically is a member in this category. Each person in this situation will be contacted by our GCG President – Jim Nail WA2MBP – in the next few days about the details and requirements of this opportunity.

Thanks to all our members who voted on this. I am very appreciative that so many folks registered their vote in less than 2 weeks so we could finalize this decision on the By-Law change.

Bob Wilson – W4BW

Email: w4bw@w4bw.net

Secretary/Treasurer – Georgia Contest Group