Hoot Owl Sprint 2014

Hoot Owl

Sunday 25th May 2014
8pm to Midnight LOCAL TIME

Where ever you are this contest is 8pm to Midnight !

A) DATE/TIME:
8pm to Midnight LOCAL TIME on 25 May 2014.

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:
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.

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 Jeff Hetherington
       139 Elizabeth St. W.
       Welland, Ontario 
       Canada L3C 4M3

L) Deadline:
Entries must be received OR postmarked on or before 8 June, 2014.
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.

Contest Calendar

Pet Rock Sprint
4 January 2014

Winter Fireside SSB Sprint
26 January 2014

HF Grid Square Sprint
8 March 2014

Spring QSO Party
5 & 6 April 2014

Hoot Owl Sprint
25 May 2014

QRP Shootout
14 & 15 June 2014

Summer Homebrew Sprint
6 July 2014

Welcome to QRP
23 August 2014

The Two Sidebands Sprint
6 & 7 September 2014

Fall QSO Party
11 & 12 October 2014

Top Band Sprint
27 November 2014

Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint
14 December 2014


2013 dates

Pet Rock Sprint Celebration
5 January 2013

Winter Fireside SSB Sprint
27 January 2013

HF Grid Square Sprint
9 March 2013

Spring QSO Party
6 & 7 April 2013

Hoot Owl Sprint
25 May 2013

QRP Shootout
15 & 16 June 2013

Summer Homebrew Sprint
7 July 2013

Welcome to QRP
24 August 2013

The Two Side Bands Sprint
7 & 8 September 2013

Fall QSO Party
12 & 13 October 2013

Top Band Sprint
28 November 2013

Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint
15 December 2013