New Years Sprint

Thursday 1st January 2015
1500z - 1800z

A new contest for the New Year

Closing date for entries was 8 January 2015.

A) Date/Time:
1500z to 1800z on 1 January 2015

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 or less = x25



G) 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

H) Score:
Final Score = Points (total for all bands) x SPCs (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.) 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:
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. 

Mulitoperator:

A multioperator effort may submit logs for a separate category.  Any combination of operators and transmitters will be permitted.  

All transmitters must be located at a centralized location.  All operators must use the same callsign in the multioperator category.

Teams:

You may enter as a team with an unlimited number of operators as long as no more than 5 transmitters are on the air concurrently.  

You compete individually as well as on the team.  Teams need not be in the same location.  Team captains must send a list of members to the Contest Manager before the contest.

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 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 New Years Sprint
c/o Jeff Hetherington
139 Elizabeth St. W.
Welland, Ontario
Canada L3C 4M3

Deadline:
Entries must be received OR postmarked on or before 8 January 2015. 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.

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.

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