The REF CW contest takes place from 0600 UTC Saturday 29th January
to 1759 UTC Sunday 30th January. Full rules (in French) at
It's like a French Commonwealth Contest except that everyone can take
part (on the 5 bands from 80 to 10m). SD directly supports this contest,
and is freeware from www.ei5di.com. It runs on any Windows PC.
There are two sections.
1. French, including Mainland France, Corsica, and French Overseas
2. DX - all other countries
French stations send RST + département number or country prefix
(Overseas Territories). DX stations send RST + Serial. French
stations can work everyone, and get multipliers for départements
and other DXCC countries. DX stations can work "French" stations
only, and get multipliers for départements and certain country
Select SD Type 10 - General, Country and Area Multipliers.
.MLT File: REF
.CTY File: REF (for French entrants)
REFDX (for DX entrants)
Multipliers Count: B (by band)
Points per QSO: 0 (variable points)
Pts/Bonus: 0 (multipliers)
Next Page: Y
Points per Area QSO: 6 (French entrants)
0 (DX entrants)
Non-Area QSOs count
as mults: Y
Points vary by Mode: N
by Band: N
by Location: Y
Points: 0 1 2 (French entrants)
0 1 3 (DX entrants)
Receive Serial from
Area QSOs: N
NOTE for DX entrants. Scoring is by continent, but SD does not
know what continent you're in, because your prefix and country are
not included in the REFDX file.
So, please add your own country record, from DXCC.CTY, to REFDX.CTY.
If you do not do this, SD will not score correctly, and you will have
to edit many QSO records after the contest.
For DX entrants (having selected REFDX.CTY), it's easy to identify
which stations you can work. If SD displays the country name and
beam heading, once you've entered two or more callsign characters,
then it's OK to go ahead. You can log other stations, but they will
not score points or be flagged as multipliers.
After the Contest, use SDCHECK to create your Cabrillo .LOG file,
rename it to YOURCALL.LOG and email it, as an attached file, to
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