Summer Homebrew Sprint

Summer Sun
Sunday 6th July 2014
2000z - 2359z
 
A short CW sprint with bonuses for those using homemade equipment and for entrants at a portable location.
 
A great way to spend a few hours on a summer afternoon (or evening for those in Europe and Africa). If you don't usually operate contests try this one !  Throw a wire in a tree and rack up some bonus points by using a battery - and don't forget the picnic !

 

 

A) Date/Time:
 
2000Z to 2359Z on 6 July 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
>250 mW - 1 Watt = x10
>55 mW - 250 mW = x15
<55 mW = x20
 
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.
 
Bonus Points:
 
For homebrew gear (per band) add 2,000 points for using HB transmitter; add 3,000 points for using HB receiver; or add 5,000 points for using HB transceiver.
Definition of Homebrew is any equipment build and soldered by you, either scratchbuilt or from a kit is acceptable.  
Plug and Play modular style kits (e.g., an Elecraft K-3) are not eligible for the bonus.
 
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)
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.
 
J) 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 Summer Homebrew Sprint
c/o Jeff Hetherington, VA3JFF
139 Elizabeth St. W.
Welland
Ontario
Canada  L3C 4M3

 
K) Deadline:
 
Entries must be received OR postmarked on or before 20 July, 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 entrant in each category.
Certificates may be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place if entries are sufficient in a category.

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