Announcing the VK Shires Contest
February 3, 2009
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Announcing the VK Shires Contest :
The 2009 Australian Shires Contest
Held the weekend prior to the second Monday of June every year.
Starts: 06.00 UTC Saturday, June 6, 2009
Ends: 06.00 UTC Sunday, June 7, 2009
Contest Period: 24 hours for all stations, all categories.
Objectives: The objectives of this contest are for amateurs around the world to contact as many VK shires as possible in the contest period. IE. VK amateurs are to work the world including VK, whilst the rest of the world can only work VK
A) Bands:. 80 Metres 3.500 - 3.700 MHz, 40 Metres 7.000 - 7.250 MHz, 20 Metres 14.000 - 14.300 MHz, 15 Metres 21.000 - 21.350 MHz, 10 Metres 28.000 - 28.600 MHz. Please note there is no 75m dx window permitted.
B) Modes: SSB and CW only
IV. Class of Competition:
For all categories:
Transmitters and receivers for a fixed station must be located within a 500 meter diameter circle or within the property limits of the station licensee＊s address, whichever is greater.
If you are a member of a multi op team you can not partake in the contest as an individual in any way. Please note that you are permitted to have up to two transmitted signals going simultaneously.
All contest operation must be within operator＊s licence restrictions and conditions, eg power output, bands used, etc.
Single OP stations are only permitted one transmitted signal at a time.
1. VK Single 每 OP All Band Mobile or Portable: Single operator(s) must do all contest related things by themself.
2. VK Multi 每 Two All Band Mobile or Portable : Is 2 or more operators with maximum of two transmitted signals at any one time. This category MUST USE Software CONTEST LOGGERS. All operators must be fully listed when the log is submitted.
3. VK Single Op All Band＃.. same conditions as number 1 above
4. VK Multi 每 Two All Band＃. same conditions as number 2 above
5. VK Single Op Foundation: Is a VK foundation licensee who must do all contest related things by themself..
6. DX Single Op〞All Band＃.. Is a single op who must do all contest related things by themself..
7. DX Multi-Two 每 All Band＃.. A multi-two station is one with two or more operators with maximum of two transmitted signals at any one time. This category MUST USE Software CONTEST LOGGERS. All operators must be fully listed when the log is submitted.
PORTABLE or MOBILE stations is one which travels to more than one SHIRE location, and signs "PORTABLE" or "MOBILE" with no more than one callsign. The PORTABLE who moves into a new SHIRE may count the same MULTIPLIER more than once per band as long as the PORTABLE is in a new SHIRE location. Such change in location must be clearly indicated in the log.
IE. A PORTABLE station becomes a new QSO to the stations working them when that STATION changes SHIRE locator.
Please note that in all categories above you may change band and mode as often as you like. You may also work the same station multiple consecutive bands/modes one behind the other. EG work VK4FW on 20m SSB then qsy to 15m CW then qsy to 80m CW then qsy to 40m SSB etc
V. Exchange: All VK operators to exchange callsign, RST followed by the VK shire abbreviation as per the official list provided . EG＃＃ VK4FW ＃＃59BU4 or 599BU4
Stations outside VK to exchange callsign, RST followed by CQ ZONE.
EG. ZL1AMO 5932 or 59932
Multipliers: For stations outside VK : The multiplier is the number of different VK shires worked per band. A "VK shire" is counted once per band per mode. IE. If you work it on SSB it can be counted again on CW .To enter the contest you must have worked at least one VK Shire 每
For VK Stations: The multiplier is each VK shire worked per band and mode as above as well as each CQ Zone worked per band and mode .
NB VARIATION FOR PORTABLE or MOBILE STATIONS. PORTABLES or MOBILES CAN REWORK FROM MULITPLE LOCATIONS
VII. Scoring: One (1) point per QSO.
Multiply total QSO points times total number of multipliers worked ( ie. If you worked 33 on 80m, 43 on 40m , 16 on 20m, 21 on 15m and 5 on 10m that would be a total of 118)
Example 1. VK4FW works stations as follows:
600 qsos x 1 point = 600points
118 vk shires worked + 35 cq zones worked = 153
600 x 153= 91,800
VK4FW final score is 91,800
Example 2. ZL1AMO works stations as follows:
700 qsos with VK amateurs x 1 point = 700
118 VK shires work
700 x 118 = 82,600
Zl1AMO final score is 82,600
Awards: VK Stations : Certificates suitable for framing will be awarded to the top scoring stations in each category as well as place getters depending on entries received. A minimum of 100 qsos must be made to be eligible to receive a certificate.
Stations Outside VK : Certificates suitable for framing will be awarded to the top scoring stations in each category as well as place getters depending on entries received for each continent. A minimum of 100 qsos must be made to be eligible to receive a certificate.
** please note we hope to be able to award a minimum of 4 certificates per category.
** we are currently looking for some sponsors at $20 per year per sponsorship( minimum for 3 years ) for the following :
1. VK Single Op ＃.. kindly donated by VK4KW, Phil Smeaton
2. VK Multi Two ＃.
3. VK Single Op Foundation ＃.. kindly donated by VK4FW, Bill Horner
4. VK Single Op Portable ＃
5. VK Multi Two Portable ＃
6. DX Single Op ＃.. NA, SA, EU, AS, OC, AF
7. DX Multi Two ＃. NA, SA, EU, AS, OC, AF
IX. Miscellaneous: An operator may sign only one callsign during the contest. This means that an operator cannot generate QSOs by first signing his callsign, then signing his daughter＊s callsign, even though both callsigns are assigned to the same location.
If in fact a fixed VK station is located on the border of more than one VK shire, they must choose only one VK shire from which to operate from.
Utilising the various internet dx clusters etc is permitted however ANY FORM OF SOLICITED OR SELF SPOTTING INCLUDING CLUB MEMBERS SPOTTING CLUB OPERATIONS WILL RESULT IN NIL RESULT OF THE LOG.
ANY use by an entrant of any non-amateur means including, but not limited to, telephones, email, Internet, Instant Messenger, chat rooms, VOIP, or the use of packet to SOLICIT, ARRANGE, or CONFIRM any contacts during the contest is unsportsmanlike and the entry is subject to disqualification.
Aeronautical mobile or maritime mobile contacts do not count.
UTC is the required logging time.
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