2012 QRP ARCI HOLIDAY SPIRITS HOMEBREW SPRINT
A) DATE/TIME: 2000Z to 2359Z on 16 December 2012
B) MODE: HF CW Only.
C) EXCHANGE: Members send: RST, State/Province/Country, ARCI member number
Non-Members send: RST, State/Province/Country, Power Out
D) QSO POINTS:Member = 5 points
Non-Member, Different Continent = 4 points
Non-Member, Same Continent = 2 points
E) MULTIPLIER:SPC (State/Province/Country) total for all bands. The same station may be worked on multiple bands for QSO points and SPC credit.
F) POWER MULTIPLIER: >5 Watts = x1
>1 - 5 Watts = x7
>250 mW - 1 Watt = x10
>55 mW - 250 mW = x15
55 mW or less = x20
G) SUGGESTED FREQUENCIES:160m 1810 kHz
80m 3560 kHz
40m 7030 kHz (please listen at 7040 kHz and 7100 to 7125 kHz for rock bound participants)
20m 14060 kHz
15m 21060 kHz
10m 28060 kHz
H) SCORE:Final Score = Points (total for all bands) x SPCs (total for all bands) x Power Multiplier + Bonus Points.
BONUS POINTS:If operating a HB Transmitter add 2000 points per band
If operating a HB Receiver add 3000 points per band
If operating a HB Transceiver add 5000 points per band
(Homebrew is defined as: if you built it, it is homebrew (kits too! However, "kits" means those that you soldered components to the board(s),
an Elecraft K-3, for instance, does not qualify as a "kit")
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.
I) CATEGORIES:Band Categories -
Single Band (e.g., SB-160, 80,40,20,15 or 10)
High Bands (HB) (10m, 15m and 20m)
Low Bands (LB) (40m, 80m and 160m)
Antenna Categories -
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.
J) 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 and Station Description,
along with score calculation to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and Station Description,
along with score calculation to:
ARCI 2012 Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint
c/o Brian Campbell, VE3MGY
P.O. Box 135
46485 Sparta Line
L) Deadline:Entries must be received OR postmarked on or before 30 December, 2012. If you are using snail mail for entering log entries, notify the contest manager at
email@example.com when you mailed your entry.
M) RESULTS:Will be published in QRP Quarterly and shown on the QRP-ARCI website.
N) 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 entries are sufficient in a category.