Hoot Owl Shootout

Hoot Owl

2018 QRP-ARCI(sm) HOOT OWL SHOOTOUT SPRINT

DATE/TIME:

(Note, this is the evening of 27 May 2018 in North America)

A) DATE/TIME:

0000Z to 0100Z on 28 May 2018

B) OBJECTIVE:

To test your ability to make contacts during 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:
160m  1810 kHz
80m  3560 kHz
40m  7030 kHz (please listen at 7040 kHz for rock bound participants)
20m  14060 kHz
15m  21060 kHz
10m  28060 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.

Log Submission:

Submit your entry online at http://www.qrpcontest.com

Contest logs are not required for entry, but may be requested by the Contest Manager if required.

Deadline:  

Entries must be posted on or before 11 June 2018.

 

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.

Contest Calendar 2018

1 January 2018
New Years Day Sprint

10 March 2018
Spring Thaw SSB Shootout

14 April 2018
Spring QSO Party

27 May 2018
Hoot Owl Shootout

15 July 2018
Summer Homebrew Sprint

11 August 2018
European Sprint

13 October 2018
Fall QSO Party

6 December 2018
Top Band Sprint

9 December 2018
Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint

And don't forget to check http://qrpcontest.com for other QRP contests.