[CCF] Vl: Eu Sprint Contest 2003

Ari Korhonen ari.korhonen at kolumbus.fi
Sun Apr 6 15:52:08 EDT 2003

>This email is to invite all contesters to have a go in the European 
>Sprint contests 2003. The first phone contest is on Saturday 12th April 
>and the CW leg is the following Saturday, 19th April.
>The whole point of a Sprint is that you cannot stay on a frequency and just 
>call CQ: after each CQ or QRZ, when you make a contact you must QSY at 
>least 2kHz. The contest cannot be won by a 'big gun' sitting on a frequency 
>and CQing.
>If you're wondering which software to use, DL2NBU's program has been 
>written specially for this contest. It is very much like K1EA's CT, and it
>is FREE 
>for download from the new Eu Sprint web site <http://www.qsl.net/eusprint>. 
>SD by EI5DI and TRlog by N6TR both support the Eu sprint, and if you prefer 
>to log on paper, that's fine as well. We accept any fixed column ASCII
>file, too.
>As you'll see from the rules below, the Eu Sprints are 4-hour contests 
>starting at 15.00z on 20,40 and 80m only. Activity always starts on 20m, 
>and after the first hour a few participants start to move to 40m. 
>80m is mainly used in the last hour. 
>Both callsigns must be sent on each QSO and it is very helpful to follow 
>the convention for different QSO formats. Since you must QSY after 
>you have CQed and made a QSO, what happens is that the person who has just 
>called and worked you, stays on your frequency, calls CQ or QRZ and makes 
>his next QSO, and then in his turn he QSYs. When you are tuning the band 
>looking for a QSO, the way that the exchange is sent tells you which station 
>you can call. 
>Here's an example
>-- I2UIY 
>-- I2UIY G4BUO 81 DAVE 
>-- G4BUO 123 PAOLO I2UIY 
>-- OK2FD 
>-- OK2FD I2UIY 124 PAOLO 
>-- I2UIY 117 KAREL OK2FD 
>-- R DE OK2FD
>-- DL6RAI 
>-- R DL6RAI
>In all the cases above, the caller who has just tuned onto the frequency 
>sends his callsign at the end of his exchange, to signal to anyone else 
>tuning the band that he is the one who will stay on the frequency. The 
>CQing station sends his callsign near the beginning of the exchange 
>and so anyone else tuning across the QSO will be able to work out 
>who is the one who is going to QSY. It takes some getting used to but 
>it makes lots of sense and adds to the fun of the contest. The TR logging 
>program has some special support for the two different types of sprint 
>So, we hope you will give the sprints a try in October, and then send 
>your logs to <eusprint at kkn.net>. The full Eu Sprint rules are shown below.
>73 from the EU Sprint Gang 
>Eu Sprint Contest - 2003
>ENTRANTS: any licensed station may enter the Sprint. European stations can 
>work everybody; stations outside of Europe can work only European stations. 
>CATEGORIES: Single Operator ONLY. Only ONE signal may be aired at one time. 
>EU SPRINT Spring: 
>* SSB: second Saturday in April - 12 April 2003 - managed by G4BUO 
>* CW: third Saturday in April - 19 April 2003 - managed by I2UIY 
>EU SPRINT Autumn: 
>* SSB: first Saturday in October - 4 October 2002 - managed by I2UIY 
>* CW: second Saturday in October - 11 October 2002 - managed by OK2FD 
>TIME: from 15:00 UTC until 18:59 UTC. 
>BANDS: 20, 40 and 80 metres only. 
>Pilot frequencies are: SSB: 14.250, 7.050, 3.730. CW: 14.040, 7.025, 3.550 
>EXCHANGE: all of the following data MUST BE PART OF THE EXCHANGE: 
>a) your callsign, 
>b) the other station's callsign, 
>c) your serial number starting from 001 (RST not required), 
>d) your name or nickname. 
>Please note that BOTH stations MUST repeat BOTH callsigns DURING the 
>A valid exchange is: "OK2FD de I2UIY 118 Paolo" while "OK2FD 118 Paolo" is 
>NOT a valid exchange. 
>SPECIAL QSY RULE: if any station initiates a call (by sending CQ, QRZ?, 
>etc.), he is permitted to work ONLY one station on the same frequency. He 
>must thereafter move AT LEAST 2 (two) kHz before he may call another 
>station or before he may solicit again (CQ, QRZ?, etc.) other calls. 
>VALID CONTACTS: valid contacts are QSOs correctly logged and confirmed. 
>Each operator may use ONE and ONLY one name during the Sprint. If the 
>exchange is copied incorrectly, that operator will receive zero (0) points. 
>In case of miscopied callsigns, both stations will receive zero (0) points 
>for that QSO. 
>SCORING: each valid QSO counts one 1 (one) point. The final score is the 
>total number of QSOs. 
>AWARDS: Colorful certificates will be issued to the winners of each Sprint, 
>and to the leaders in each country. A special plaque will also be awarded 
>for the top three scores from all four contests combined. To be eligible 
>for this award an operator must enter at least three of the Sprints in the 
>year. Results will be forwarded as soon as possible to Leagues, magazines 
>and bulletins. 
>LOGS: a single chronological log is required. Please send us your log via 
>email or on a floppy disk, if you use computer for logging. Use any of the 
>available software or send a plain ASCII file. Please send us the right files: 
>for DL2NBU software, send yourcall.ASC; for N6TR software, send 
>yourcall.DAT; for IK4EWK software, send yourcall.DBF. 
>If you want the latest release of the DL2NBU software, you can download it 
>from the new EU Sprint web site: <http://www.qsl.net/eusprint>. 
>Log files must be sent NO LATER than 15 days after the contest to: 
><eusprint at kkn.net>. The receipt of your electronic log will be immediately 
>confirmed. If you do not receive a confirmation within few hours, try again 
>or use the postal system. 
>Disk logs, or paper entries must be posted NO LATER than 15 days after the 
>contest to the appropriate address: 
>* Spring  SSB Sprint: Dave Lawley, G4BUO, Carramore,  Coldharbour  Road, 
>Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8EX, England, UK.
>* Spring  CW  Sprint: Paolo Cortese, I2UIY, P. O. Box  14,  27043  Broni 
>(PV), Italy.
>* Autumn SSB Sprint: Paolo Cortese, I2UIY, P. O. Box 14, 27043 Broni 
>(PV), Italy. 
>* Autumn CW Sprint: Karel Karmasin, OK2FD, Gen. Svobody 636, 674 01 
>Trebic, Czech Republic.
>Thanks in advance for your participation de: G4BUO, I2UIY & OK2FD.
>About Eu Sprint:
>- download the FREE software,
>- rules in English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portugese, Russian, Czech,
>- all past results from 1994,
>- download full logs and ubn reports,
>- all time records,
>- find more information about Log Checking,
>- and much more about the Eu Sprint....
>You will find everything here: <http://www.qsl.net/eusprint> 

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