QRP ARCI Contests

Welcome to the QRP ARCI contest pages.

New Years Day Sprint:  1 January 2017 

We sponsor several contests each year with the emphasis on having fun !

Geared completely to the QRPer, these contests are an excellent way to test out your new gear, antennas, or your homebrew creations. Not only can you compete in the various contests but you can also work on the many QRP awards offered both by QRP ARCI as well as other organizations and you can also add to your DX QRP totals or complete your QRP DXCC, WAS, WAC etc.

There are categories to suit just about everyone’s contesting needs including SSB and CW. There is also the A1 antenna category for those stations using single element antennas such as Verticals, Dipoles, Inverted V’s, Loops, long wires, etc. and we also have the A2 antenna category for those using multi element beams or arrays. This way everyone can compete with similarly equipped stations using similar type antennas.


New Years Sprint


Date/Time:  1500Z to 1800Z on Saturday 1 January 2017.

Mode: HF CW only.


Members send:  RST, State/Province/Country, ARCI member number

Non-Members send:  RST, State/Province/Country, Power Out

QSO Points:

Member = 5 points

Non-Member, Different Continent = 4 points

Non-Member, Same Continent = 2 points


SPC (State/Province/Country) total for all bands.  The same station may be worked on multiple bands for QSO points and SPC credit.

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

Suggested Frequencies:

80m3560 kHz
40m7030 kHz  
20m14060 kHz
15m 21060 kHz
10m28060 kHz

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.

Final Score = Points (total for all bands) x SPCs (total for all bands) x Power Multiplier + Bonus Points


Entry may be All-Band, Single Band, High Bands (10m-15m-20m) or Low Bands (40m-80m)

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 

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

Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked on or before 15 January 2017.


Will be published in QRP Quarterly and shown on the QRP-ARCI website. 


Will be awarded to the top five scoring entrants.


Contest Calendar 2017

2017 QRP-ARCI(sm) Contest Schedule 

1 January 2017       New Years Day Sprint

11 March 2017       Spring Thaw SSB Sprint

1 & 2 April 2017     Spring QSO Party

28 May 2017          Hootowl Sprint

9 July 2017           Summer Homebrew Sprint

21 & 22 October 2017    Fall QSO Party

30 November 2017         Top Band Sprint


10 December 2017         Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint


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