HF Grid Square Sprint 2014

HF Grid Square

Saturday 8th March 2014
1500-1800z

The closing date for entries is 22nd March 2014. Please send in an entry to support this contest.

The multipliers in this fun 3 hour sprint are Maidenhead Grid Squares

To find your own square use the Locator Map created by K2DSL.
More information about the history and use of Maidenhead Grids can be found on WikiPedia.

A) Date/Time: 1500Z to 1800Z on 8 March 2014.

B) Mode: HF CW only.

C) Exchange: Members send:  RST, 4 Digit Maidenhead Grid Square (i.e. FN02), ARCI member number
Non-Members send:  RST, 4 Digit Maidenhead Grid Square (i.e. FN02), Power Out

D) QSO Points: Member = 5 points
Non-Member, Different Continent = 4 points
Non-Member, Same Continent = 2 points

E) Multiplier: Grid Square total for all bands.  The same station may be worked on multiple bands for QSO points and Grid Square credit.

F) POWER MULTIPLIER:

>5 Watts = x1
>1 - 5 Watts = x7
>250 mW - 1 Watt = x10
>55 mW - 250 mW = x15
55 mW or less = 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 Grid Squares (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.

I) Categories:

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

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.

K) 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:



ARCI HF Grid Square 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 22 March 2014. If you are using snail mail for your 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.  Certificates may be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place if entries are sufficient in a category.

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