[CQ-Contest] NAQP Contest Rules (RTTY Mode)
Ron Stailey, K5DJ
Ron-Stailey at easy.com
Wed Jul 16 23:51:03 EDT 1997
This comming weekend..
-+- North American QSO Party RTTY Mode (NAQP) -+-
Third full weekend in July
Sponsored by National Contest Journal (NCJ)
(July 19-20, 1997)
1) Eligibility: Any licensed radio amateur may enter.
2) Object: To work as many North American stations (and/or other
stations if you are in North America) as possible during the contest
3) Entry Classification: Single Operator and Multioperator, Two
Transmitter. Multioperator stations shall keep a separate log for
each transmitter. Multioperator stations must have at least 10
minutes between band changes. Use of helpers or spotting nets by
single operator entries is not permitted. Single operator entrants
may only have one transmitted signal at a time. Output power must be
limited to 150 watts for eligible entries.
4) Contest periods:
RTTY: 1800 UTC July 19th to 0600 UTC July 20th, 1997
Multioperator stations may operate for the entire 12 hour period.
Single operator stations may operate 10 out of 12 hours. Off times
must be at least 30 minutes in length and must be clearly marked in
5) Mode: RTTY only in RTTY parties.
6) Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters only. You may work a
station once per band. Suggested frequencies are: 3585, 7085,
14085, 21085 and 28.085 on RTTY.. Try 10m at 1900Z and 2000Z 15m at
1930Z and 2030Z etc.
7) Exchange: Operator name and station location (state, province or
8) Valid Contact: A valid contact consists of a complete, correctly
copied and legibly logged two-way exchange between a North American
station and another station. Proper logging requires including the
time of each contact. Regardless of the number of licensed call
signs issued to a given operator, one and only one call sign shall
be utilized during the contest by that operator.
9) North American Station: Defined by the rules of the CQWW DX
Contests with the addition of KH6.
10) Scoring: Multiply total valid contacts by the sum of the number
of multipliers worked on each band. Multipliers are states
(including KH6 and KL7), Canadian Provinces ( Canadian multipliers
are: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario,
Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Labrador, Yukon, and NWT)
and other North American countries (do not count USA, Canada, KH6,
or KL7 as countries). Non-North American countries do not count as
multipliers, but may be worked for QSO credit.
11) Reporting: Send North American QSO Party RTTY logs to: Ron
Stailey K5DJ, 504 Dove Haven Dr., Round Rock, Tx 78664-5926..
Entries must be postmarked not later than 30 days after the party to
be eligible for trophies and awards. An proper entry consists of (1)
a summary sheet showing the number of valid contacts and multipliers
by band, total contacts and multipliers, total score, team name (if
any), power output, name, call sign, and address of the operator,
station call sign and station location; (2) a complete legible log
of all contacts (including dupes marked as such) with indication of
multipliers claimed; (3) a separate check sheet for each band; and
(4) a list of all claimed multipliers worked on each band.
Logs, summary sheets and check sheets may be home made or patterned
after those published periodically in the NCJ. Logs may be submitted
on disk in the form of files generated (.BIN & .SUM) by WF1B program
or MS-DOS ASCII files consisting of all information in (1)-(4) above
if generated from a program other than RTTY by WF1B. All entries
should include a written, signed statement of "Fair and Ethical
12) Team Competition: Team competition is limited to a maximum of 5
single operator stations as a single entry unit. Groups having more
than 5 members may submit more than one team entry. PRE REGISTRATION
REQUIREMENT: To qualify as a team entry, the name, call sign of each
operator, and call sign of the station operated should the operator
be a guest at a station other than his own (e.g. K1NG op by WF1B)
must be registered with K5DJ. The team registration information
must be in written, telegraphic or e-mail (k5dj at easy.com) form and
must be received before the start of the NAQP. There are neither
distance nor meeting requirements for a team entry. The only
requirement is pre-registration of the team.
13) Penalties and Disqualification's: For each unmarked duplicate
QSO, you lose that contact plus an additional three contacts; for
each QSO for which you are not in the other stations log, you lose
that QSO plus an additional one contact; and for each QSO for which
the log data is incorrectly copied in any respect, you lose that
contact. Entries with score reductions greater than 5% will be
disqualified. Any entry may be disqualified for illegibility,
illegal or non-ethical operation. Such qualification is at the
discretion of the NCJ Contest Review Committee.
14) Awards: A plaques will be awarded for the high score in each
of the following categories:
- Single operator RTTY--Plaque Sponsor: Glenn Vinson, W6OTC
- Multioperator RTTY----Plaque Sponsor: RTTY by WF1B
Certificates of merit will be awarded to the highest scoring
entrant from each State, Province, and North American Country.
With at least 200 QSO's.
COMMENTS: We now have an RTTY NAQP. It's a short 12 hour sprint - a
non-DX blast for low power stations. (150W max.) The object is to
work as many North American stations as you can, so that makes it a
rate-contest first, and let mults fall where they may. There are
band mults, so there'll be lots of mults to keep track of. This kind
of contest will help you to smoothe out the rough edges of your
operating skills by keeping you alert and quick. If your choice mode
is CQing, you'll get into a routine of "one-key-itus" when using
logging software, especially when using "RTTY by WF1B" and callers
use "DE" in front of their calls. If you want to increase your skills
with "Search and Pounce", its a matter of how quickly you find CQs
and how short to make your call and exchange. Try not to break the
standard exchange, such as sending your call and the exchange before
contact has been established. It disrupts the rhythm of the routine
and thus slows the rate of the CQer. If the station you're working is
loud, send exchange just once. Hint: when assigning "F-key" messages,
set the exchange for a one-time shot. If there is lots of QRM, hit
the F-key twice but be sure you set a proper break between the double
(like <CR> or space).
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