Welcome To QRP 2014


Saturday 23 August 2014
1500 - 1800z

This HF band CW sprint is designed to encourage operators that are new to the world of QRP Contests to team up with one of the many experienced operators (Elmers) among us.

This can be done by working at the Elmer's station, having the Elmer come to your station, or even meeting up for a portable field operation during the contest (see Bonus Points below in section H).

The Elmer may assist the new operator in any way, helping to log, teaching technique, 
working to improve CW reception skills and offering any advice necessary.
If you made any contacts please send in an entry - deadline is  8th September 2014
A) 1500z to 1800z on Saturday, 23 August 2014
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
>500 mW - 1 Watt = x10
>200 mW - 500 mW = x15
>55 mW - 200 mW = x20
<55 mW = x25
G) Suggested Frequencies:
80m 3560 kHz
40m 7030 kHz (Please listen for Xtal controlled radios on 7030/7040 kHz and 7100 through 7125 kHz)
20m 14060 kHz
15m 21060 kHz
10m 28060 kHz
H) Score:
Final Score = Points (total for all bands) x Grid Squares (total for all bands) x Power Multiplier + 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; the bonus is provded 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:
Entries are: Newcomer, Single Operator; Newcomer, Elmer Assisted; or Experienced Single Operator (for operators with more than one year of QRP contest
operating experience) in All-Band (AB); Single Band (SB-160, 80, 40, 20, 15 or 10; High Bands (HB) - 10m, 15m and 20m; or Low Bands (LB) - 40m, 80m and 160m.
Note:  Newcomer is defined as an operator with less than one year of QRP Contest Operating Experience.
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. 
J) Email Log Submission: 
Submit Logs in plain text format along with a summary stating your Callsign, Entry Category, Actual Power and 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 and Station Description, along with 
score calculation to:
QRP ARCI Welcome to QRP Contest 
c/o Jeff Hetherington VA3JFF
139 Elizabeth St. W.
Canada, L3C 4M3
K) Deadline:
Entries must be received OR postmarked on or before 8 September, 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.
L) Results:
Will be published in QRP Quarterly and shown on the QRP-ARCI website.
M) Certificates:
Will be awarded to the top scoring entrants (Newcomer, Single Operator; Newcomer, Elmer Assisted and Experienced Single Operator) 
in the AB, SB, HB and LB categories.
There will be Certificates of Merit for new operators, i.e., Newcomers, that work 10, 25, and 50 members during the contest.
Certificates may be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place if entries are sufficient in a category.

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