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GACW CW DX Contest

Alberto U. SILVA (LU1DZ) on March 27, 2004
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2004 GACW CW DX Contest

Tips, Remarks, Rules and Results in our Web Site

The Mr. Samuel Morse party


17th/18th April 2004 - 12.00 UTC saturday till 12.00 UTC sunday – 24 hours period.

II - Objective:

For amateurs around the world to contact other amateurs in as many CQ zones and radio countries as possible in A1A mode (CW). (WORLD WIDE CONTEST - everybody-works-everybody )

III - Bands

All bands, 3,5 through 28, no WARC bands.

IV - Categories:

Single Operator Categories

Single band or all band; only one signal allowed at any time; the operator can change bands at any time.

Single Operator High 

Those stations at which one person performs all of the operating, logging, and spotting functions. The use of DX alerting assistance of any kind places the station Multi Operator category.

Single Operator Low  

The output power shall not exceed 100 watts. 

Single Operator QRP  

The power output must not exceed 5 watts. 

Multi-Operator Categories

All band operation only.

Single Transmitter

Only one transmitter and one band permitted during any 10 minute period defined as starting with the first logged QSO on a band. Exception: One-and only one-other band may be used during any 10 minute period if-and only if the station worked is a new multiplier. Logs found in violation of the ten-minute rule will be automatically reclassified as multi-multi.


No limit to transmitters but only one signal and running station allowed per band.

V - Number exchange:

RST report plus CQ zone.

VI - Multiplier:

Two types of multiplier will be used.

1. A multiplier of one (1) for each different zone contacted on each band.

2. A multipier of one (1) for each different country contacted on each band. Stations are permitted to contact their own country and zone for multiplier credit. The CQ WAZ definitions, DXCC and the GACW country list, WAE country list, and WAC boundaries are standards. Maritime mobile stations will count only for a zone multiplier.

VII - Points:

1. Contacts between stations on different continents are worth three (3) points.

2. Contacts between stations on the same continent but different countries, one (1) point.

3. Contacts between stations in the same country are permitted for zone or country multiplier credit but have zero (0) point value.

4. The DX station will added (2) extra points for each QSO with stations in South America.

VIII - Scoring:

All stations: The final score is the result of the total QSO points multiplied by the sum of your zone and country multiplier. Example: 100 QSO points x 100 multiplier (20 Zones + 80 Countries) = 10,000 (final score).

IX-  Awards:

Diploma Urano D. Silva, LU1DAY to the first one on each category.

Diploma Proyecto TITAN, to the first one in the multi-single and multi-multi categories

X -  Club competition:

1. The club can be a local or national group/club. (except IARU member Societies).

2. There is no country or geographic area limit.

3. Mention your Club/Group partitipation in your summary sheet.

XI - Log instructions:

1. All date/times must be in UTC.

2. All sent and received exchanges are to be logged.

3. Indicate zone and country multiplier only the FIRST TIME it is worked on each band.

4. Logs must be checked for duplicated contacts, correct QSO points and multipliers. Submitted logs must have duplicate contacts clearly shown.

5. Internet: Please send us Log and Summary sheet via Internet: The format we want is your CALL.TXT file. Please name the appropriate file as: your call.extension.

6. List all QSOs cronologically - Do not use a separate sheet for each band.

7. Each entry must be accompanied by a summary sheet showing all scoring information, category of competition, contestant's name and address and a signed declaration that all contest rules and regulations for amateur radio in the country of operation have been observed.

8. All entrants are required to submit cross-check sheets (an alphabetical list of calls worked) for each band (Except those who send electronic logs).

9. QRP and low power stations must indicate same on their summary sheets and state the actual maximum power output used, with a signed declaration.

NOTE: We will acept any kind of paper log form.

XII - Software:

Freeware AA LOG module for contest and CW TYPE the terminal program for CW operators, were satisfactory tested 100%.

Download from AA LOG site.

XIII - Disqualification:

Violation of amateur radio regulations in the country of the contestant, or the rules of the contest; unsportsmanlike conduct; taking credit for excessive duplicate contacts; unverifiable QSOs; or unverifiable multipliers will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification.

The use of non-amateur means such as telephones, emails, telegrams, etc., to ilicit contacts or multipliers during a contest is unsportsmanlike and the entry is subject to disqualification.

Actions and decisions of the GACW Contest Committee are official and final.

XIV - Deadline:

1. All entries must be postmarked NO LATER than June 15th.

XV - GACW Address:


P.O. Box 9

B1875ZAA Wilde

Buenos Aires


email to Alberto U. SILVA LU1DZ -

Web Page


Member Comments: Add A Comment
GACW CW DX Contest Reply
by LU1DZ on March 28, 2004 Mail this to a friend!

Recently we received this announcement:

"I am the program author of RCKLog a contest logger software. The next version of my program will support the GACW CW DX Contest. The homepage is .

73 de Walter, DL4RCK
Walter Dallmeier"
GACW CW DX Contest Reply
by LU1DZ on March 28, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
GACW DX Contest Software:
This is to inform you that the YPLog for SA and DX station operation is ready. This is a windows software friendly to use and it is ready for many DX contest also. The web site is in:

Best luck in the contest
GACW CW DX Contest Reply
by LU1DZ on April 10, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
SOFTWARE TIPS for non SA stations:

You can use your CT, K1EA, etc. software in CQ CW WW DX Contest option and added two (2) extra points for each SA station worked in your summary sheet.

Example: 25 SA station worked, added 50 extra points to your TOTAL POINTS.
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