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Fists Coast to Coast contest

Paul Beringer (NG7Z) on August 4, 2003
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The International Morse Preservation Society

Greetings to all Fists members and Clubs,

Announcing the 3rd Annual Fists Coast to Coast contest. This year it will run 24 hours due to an overwhelming response from last year's contestants. The date and time for this year's event is on Sept 13/14 starting at 5 pm PDT on Saturday and ending at 5pm PDT on Sunday. That would be 0000Z-2400Z September 14. This year the rules are easier to understand and there is the potential for bigger scores due to the use of multipliers. For those of you who are not regular contesters, the concept is quite simple. See below for examples. Remember, this is not necessarily a “599 TU” bang and go type of contest. The idea is to get on the air and make as many contacts as you want. Stop and rag chew for a bit. Say hi to your regular sked partners. Slow down for the QRS ops and speed up for the hard-core contesters. This is a contest for everyone. Clubs can schedule their members for on periods to spread the load out. It is not necessary to keep the club callsign on for the entire period. If there are willing ops to man the brass, it means more opportunities for the membership to get those 3 pointers. I want to especially welcome DX clubs to participate this year. It's a real plus to get those DX clubs into the logs of the deserving.

2003 Coast-to-Coast Event Rules and Station Guidelines

Remember! You don't have to be a FISTS member to participate! Non-members can use club points (3 points per club) towards FISTS awards when they join FISTS later.

All Participants:

  1. Mode: CW Only.

  2. Contest dates --- Runs 24 hours Sunday September 14th 0000 - 2400 ZULU (Pacific Std Time 5 PM Saturday to 5 PM Sunday)
    Clubs will operate to their own schedules. They are not required to be on the air the entire 24 hours of the event.

  3. Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. We encourage Clubs to use the Novice segments also. Sorry, no WARC bands. Clubs will call near regular FISTS frequencies.

    New this year! Each first QSO with a different club gives a point multiplier to your total number of QSOs. See examples below.

  4. Only FISTS clubs will call. Clubs will call --- "CQ C2C"

  5. Exchange --- Clubs and operators exchange the following elements:

    • FISTS Members and Clubs: RST, Name, State (or 2 character prefix if DX), and FISTS number. Clubs: Send only your club's FISTS number.

      • U.S. Example: 579, Stan, VA, 2934

      • DX Example: 599, Ralph, ZL, 1073

    • Non-FISTS: RST, Name, State, and Power (be sure to suffix with 'W').

      • U.S. Example: 459, Bill, OR, 50W

      • DX Example: 569, Yuri, UA, 100W

  • Scoring: Points for C2C awards are accrued as follows - 1 point for each club worked on each band, once per band (which means a maximum of 5 points for any club since there are 5 bands available). For each individual club worked you accrue one multiplier point. The maximum number of multiplier points would theoretically equal the number of clubs participating. To calculate your final score, multiply the total number of C2C QSOs times your multiplier points. Examples (assuming 30 clubs participate):

    1. You worked 20 clubs. 10 of those clubs you worked on one band, 5 you worked on 2 bands, 5 you worked on 3 bands. Your total QSOs are 10 + (5 x 2) + (5 x 3) = 35. Since you worked 20 clubs total, your final score is 20 X 35 = 700 points.

    2. You worked all 30 clubs. Your multiplier is then 30. You made 55 QSOs total (30 clubs plus 25 additional QSOs from different bands). Your final score is 30 times 55 = 1,650 points.

    Remember, you can only work a single club once per band. If you worked a club on one band, you can't count a QSO with that club again on the same band.

    1. Club operators, please note this special rule: Club operators count any exchange with another club to your club and personal QSO count. For example, if you are operating your club call and are called by another club, both club operators count the QSO for both their club and their home calls without having to use their home calls in the QSO. This rule is intended to reward our club volunteer ops without the need for confusing "double-call QSOs" or separate QSOs while you are on duty.

    2. Note that you cannot apply any C2C points to your personal points for the purposes of obtaining other FISTS awards (e.g. Century) unless you used your own call during the QSO [according to FIST Awards Coordinator, K6DF]

    QSLs and Awards

    1. All participating Clubs will handle their own logging and QSLs. Please, do NOT submit QSLs or logs to claim a C2C Certificate. Please QSL to Club contacted only (NOT to the contest organizers or FISTS HQ)!

    2. All contacts with Clubs will count toward regular FISTS awards (FISTS clubs are worth 3 points each), as applicable. In addition, special Coast-to-Coast certificates will be awarded to all participants who work the following number of clubs (NOTE: log submittal is NOT required):

    The contact e-mail for this event is Paul Beringer

    Thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm for Morse code…the original digital mode!!

    Paul Beringer NG7Z

    C2C Chairman

    Paul Davis AC7QG


    Casey Bahr KS7J

    Chairman emeritus

    Member Comments: Add A Comment
    Fists Coast to Coast contest Reply
    by n4re on August 9, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
    The Fists CLub of North Carolina, W4FFF, plans to participate in the C2C Contest this year. We are a new club with only 7 members and will share time during the 24 hours. Good luck but mostly enjoy the CW.
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