Pet Rock Sprint 2014

Pet Rock

Saturday 4th January 2014
1500-1800z

Dust off those crystal controlled homebrew rigs and kits for our first contest of 2014

It's now too late to submit an entry for this contest. Results will be published on the website and in QRP Quarterly shortly.

A) Date/Time: 1500Z to 1800Z on 4 January 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: Please remember this is a contest that is focused on rock-bound transmitters/transceivers. 80m 3560 kHz 3568 kHz 3579 kHz 40m 7030 kHz 7040 kHz 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 crystal controlled gear add 2,000 points for using rockbound receiver; add 3,000 points for using rockbound transmitter; or add 5,000 points for using rockbound transceiver. These bonus points are available per band. 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: Band: 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.

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.

L) 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 PET ROCK CELEBRATION
C/O Jeff Hetherington
139 Elizabeth St. W.
Welland, Ontario
Canada L3C 4M3

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked on or before 18 January, 2014. If you are submitting via snail mail, notify the Contest Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. when you have 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.

Contest Calendar

Pet Rock Sprint
4 January 2014

Winter Fireside SSB Sprint
26 January 2014

HF Grid Square Sprint
8 March 2014

Spring QSO Party
5 & 6 April 2014

Hoot Owl Sprint
25 May 2014

QRP Shootout
14 & 15 June 2014

Summer Homebrew Sprint
6 July 2014

Welcome to QRP
23 August 2014

The Two Sidebands Sprint
6 & 7 September 2014

Fall QSO Party
11 & 12 October 2014

Top Band Sprint
27 November 2014

Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint
14 December 2014


2013 dates

Pet Rock Sprint Celebration
5 January 2013

Winter Fireside SSB Sprint
27 January 2013

HF Grid Square Sprint
9 March 2013

Spring QSO Party
6 & 7 April 2013

Hoot Owl Sprint
25 May 2013

QRP Shootout
15 & 16 June 2013

Summer Homebrew Sprint
7 July 2013

Welcome to QRP
24 August 2013

The Two Side Bands Sprint
7 & 8 September 2013

Fall QSO Party
12 & 13 October 2013

Top Band Sprint
28 November 2013

Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint
15 December 2013