Hoot Owl Sprint 2013

Hoot Owl

Saturday 25 May 2013
2000 - 2359 Local Time !

Closing date for entries was 9 June 2013

The Hoot Owl Sprint is a unique QRP ARCI contest because it is held on Saturday night at 8 pm in your “local” time zone and not UTC.

 

 

You can enter as an all band, single band, high band or low band station and then pick the antenna and power category that matches your personal setup and compete with similar equipped stations around the country and around the world.


2013 QRP ARCI Hoot Owl Sprint

 

A) DATE/TIME:
    8pm to Midnight LOCAL TIME on Saturday 25 May 2013

B) OBJECTIVE:

    To test your ability to make contacts late into the evening local time.

C) MODE:

    HF CW Only.

D) EXCHANGE:

    Members send:  RST, State/Province/Country, ARCI member number
    Non-Members send:  RST, State/Province/Country, Power Out

E) QSO POINTS:

    Member = 5 points
    Non-Member, Different Continent = 4 points
    Non-Member, Same Continent = 2 points

F) MULTIPLIER:

    SPC (State/Province/Country) total for all bands.
    The same station may be worked on multiple bands for QSO points and SPC credit.

G) POWER MULTIPLIER:

    >5 Watts = x1
    >1 - 5 Watts = x7
    >250 mW - 1 Watt = x10
    >55 mW - 250 mW = x15
    55 mW or less = x20

H) SUGGESTED FREQUENCIES:

    160m1810 kHz
    80m3560 kHz
    40m7030 kHz (please listen at 7040 kHz for rock bound participants)
    20m14060 kHz
    15m 21060 kHz
    10m28060 kHz

I) SCORE:

    Final Score = Points (total for all bands) x SPCs (total for all bands) x Power Multiplier Bonus Points.

BONUS POINTS:

    If you are operating PORTABLE using battery power AND a temporary antenna,
    add 5000 points to your final score.

    You can NOT be at your shack operating 
from battery power using your
    home station antenna to qualify for this bonus.

    This is to help level the playing field for contesters who work from the
    field against contest stations with 5 element yagis at 70 ft.

J) CATEGORIES:

    Entry may be All-Band (AB), Single Band (e.g., SB-160, 80, 40, 20, 15 or 10),
    High Bands-HB (10m, 15m and 20m) or Low Bands-LB (40m, 80m and 160m)

    Antennas: Entry may be A1 or A2

    A1: Single Element Antenna

    If you are using a single element antenna such as a dipole, inverted V, loop

    or a vertical you can enter the A1 category.
    ( Note that with a vertical you can have as many radials as you want but only one “vertical” element. )

 

    A2: Multiple Element Antenna

    If you are using a multi element beam, vertical array, or any antenna that has
    more than one driven element or uses reflective or directive elements you are in the A2 category. 

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

    Get on any of the HF bands except the WARC bands and hang out near the QRP frequencies.
    Work as many stations calling CQ QRP or CQ TEST as possible, 
or call CQ QRP or CQ TEST yourself !

    You can work a station for credit once on each band.

 

K) Email Log Submission:

    Submit Logs in plain text format along with a summary stating your
        Call Sign,
        Entry Category,
        total # of QSOs  with members,
        total # of QSOs with 
non-members on different continent,
        total # of QSOs with non-members same continent,
        total # of SPCs worked,
        Actual Power,
        Station Description, 

 

    along with score calculation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Snail mail Log Submission:

    Submit Logs in plain text format along with a summary stating your
        Call Sign,
        Entry Category,
        total # of QSOs  with members,
        total # of QSOs with 
non-members on different continent,
        total # of QSOs with non-members same continent,
        total # of SPCs worked,
        Actual Power,
        Station Description, 

    along with score calculation to -

        ARCI Hoot Owl Sprint 
        c/o Brian Campbell
        P.O. Box 135
        46485 Sparta Line
        Sparta, Ontario
        Canada, N0L 2H0

L) Deadline:

    Entries must be received OR postmarked on or before 9 June, 2013.
    If you are using snail mail for entering log entries, notify the contest manager at
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. when you mailed your entry.

M) RESULTS:

    Will be published in QRP Quarterly and shown on the QRP-ARCI website.

O) CERTIFICATES:

    Will be awarded to the top scoring entrant in each category,
    as well as the top scoring entrants from each State, Province and Country.  

    Certificates may be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place if there are sufficient entries in a category.

 

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