email@example.com wrote the following and Milt, N5IA added comments below
Hello Contesters, 160M addicts and Thrill Seekers everywhere,
KL7RA Highest Number of QSO's
W7TMT Top Score, Low Power, First time entry
KB7Q Top Score in Grid Field "DM"
N5IA Most Grid Squares worked
N7JW Top Score South of the Equator
K7CA Top Score Asiatic Russia
N0TT Top Score USA Op < 21 y/o & > 100 QSO
VK6VZ Top Score with antenna in a space < 20m X 10m
winner receives an official Royal Flying Doctors of Australia cap
NA0Y Top Score USA
K1PX Top Score, Low Power, Europe
K7FL Top Score 100% Search and Pounce
K8ND Top Score, Single Op, Caribbean
N7KQ Top Score Central/South America
GMCC Top Score by Station >4000' above sea level- High Power
GMCC Top Score by Station >4000' above sea level- Low Power
GMCC= Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado
KR2Q Top Score with Golden Log (no busts)
N9ADG We're considering several possibilities with this grant
WA2DFI Top Score VE
W2GD Team Top Score High Power Europe
AE6RF Third Lowest score by a First Time Entrant(Ya Got Heart,
AC6DD Top Score by Portable Station within own Country
KI7Y Top JA Score (Sandy Lynch W7BX/7J1ABV Memorial)
N2WN Top Low Power or QRP Score by self constructed or
VE3KZ Top Number of QSOs Stew Perry and RAC Combined
KB5NJD Top Number of Unique Grid Squares utilizing Vertical < 10m
First, the disclaimer. I have no membership the Boring Amateur Radio Club.
I do not know any of the members of the BARC other than casual contest
contacts on the air. My only reason for sending thes few words is for the
explicit purpose of encouraging even more activity for this fine event.
I have been fortunate to have participated in all previous TEN runnings of
the SPDC. What a contest!!!!!!! Here follows some of the highlights.
1. It is on 160 Meters!!!! Top Band!!!!! THE BAND!!!!!! And the
contest nearest the winter (northern hemisphere) solstice.
2. It is one night only. AND, on top of that only 14 hours maximum out of
24. For the diehards, you can work 14 hours under one call sign and power
level, and work the other 10 hours under another callsign and power level.
With nearly 500 logs entered last year, this one is shaping up to be the
biggest one yet. Low spot of the sunspot cycle! More Top Band stations on
the air! More antenna work has been done.
3. CW only. You don't even have to open your mouth.
4. Distance scoring. Exchange Grid Square numbers, and the farther your
contact is from you, the more points you get.
5. Power level equalization. HP points are what you get from the distance.
LP, multiply the distance score by 2. QRP, multiply the distance score by
4. And you don't even have to do the mulitplication; the contest judges
will do that for you. The bonus for the HP and LP stations is their points
for a particular contact are multiplied by 2 if the other station is LP and
multiplied by 4 if the other station is QRP. SO, take the time to work the
weaker ones. It is usually worth the time. The station is either farther
away, running lower power, or is vying for one of the plaques for little
6. With this combination, any location in the world can be at the top of
the heap if the Top Band spotlight happens to shine on your little piece of
Tierra Firma. Take a look at the Top Score, World for the last 10 years and
see how it moves around.
1996 -- GM3POI, 1997 -- GM3POI, 1998 -- K1ZM, 1999 -- VK6VZ,
2000 -- N7GP, 2001 -- K1ZM, 2002 -- VY2ZM, 2003 -- VY2ZM, 2004 --
K7CA, 2005 -- K7NJ
7. You can sponsor your own choice of plaques(s). Compete for the one
which most fits your MO and you might qualify for another. Take a look at
the list above to see the great opportunities. Pick a deserving one of your
own, and submit it to Lew at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a partial list of some
that have been sponsored over the last 10 years which so far are not on this
year's list that you can pick from. Anything that will increase activity.
Top SO Score World
Longest (great circle distance) contact by an LP station
Longest (great circle distance) contact by an QRP station
Most number of QRP stations worked
Longest contact within 30 minutes of local High Noon
Top Score with all contacts less than 18 WPM (pick your speed if you
sponsor this one)
Review the results of the last 10 years at
http://www.jzap.com/k7rat/stew.html for more ideas.
8. Complete rules are at http://jzap.com/k7rat/stew.rules.txt
CU on for the 11th running of the SPDC at N7GP High Power for 10 hours and
N5IA QRP for 14 hours.
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