[SECC] Upcoming Stew Perry Top Challenge Contest Information

John Laney k4bai at worldnet.att.net
Mon Dec 6 16:03:42 EST 2004

      Well, The ARRL 160M CW Test has been run with conditions being 
described as so-so to maybe OK. The fun factor was generally good with a 
lot of 160M RF being flung all about the globe. It is now time to write 
down those possible improvements to your 160M system and get to work 
making them happen because The Stew Perry TopBand DX Challenge will 
happen Dec. 18 and 19. Even if that means shunt feeding that '64 Ford 
that's been rusting in the backyard. You just never know what will help 
out your 160M system.
      This contest is unlike others: The QSO points depend on the 
distance between the two stations, final score utilizes factors relating 
to the power you're running and also the power of the station you 
worked, stations compete from all around the world, this as a CW only 
contest, grid squares are used as part of the exchange and the 
participants determine what honors are important by sponsoring certain 
categories memorialized by plaques.


      The above web page will answer your questions in more detail and 
will give you sense of what this grand TopBand contest is all about.
      The Stew Perry TopBand DX Challenge is unique in that the prizes 
or plaques are determined by the radio combatants themselves. Almost any 
category, set of working conditions, QTH or other requirement may be 
used to set forth a plaque to stimulate or commemorate the action during 
the contest. The Executive Contest Committee of The Boring Amateur Radio 
Club reserves the right to ensure that most of the categories sponsored 
are of at least marginal value to somebody, somewhere in the 160M 
universe. A simple check of $50 to the Club at my CBA will insure your 
sponsorship, engraved forever on the awarded plaque, of whatever 
category you'd like to see emphasized.
      Several 160M Stalwarts have already jumped into the fray and have 
sponsored the following categories. Why don't you conjure up an 
appropriate category and join these far seeing and far reaching Ops?
Donor                                             Category
KL7RA                    Top QSO Total
WA2DFI                   Top Score Single Op VE
W7EW                     Best DX distance
K7RAT                    Top Score Multi-Op World
N5IA                     Most Grid Squares Worked
Horned Toad Wireless (N7KQ)  Top Score-Low power, Rest of World
N9ADG                    Top Score West Washington- Low Power
K1PX                     Top Score EU- Low Power
K5KA                     Top Score US/VE Low Power
K8ND                     Top Score S/O Caribbean
W7GG                     Top Score S/O QRP
KB5NJD                   Top Score-Ant < 40' or 13m tall
KI7Y                     W7BX Memorial- Top Score JA
VK6VZ                    The VK5AX Small Backyard Memorial- Top Score
            wid antenna in space < 20m x 10m or 66ft x 33ft.  Winner 
gets coveted Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia hat

      If you're lucky enough to have room for a Beverage antenna or 4 
then remember to listen for the DX, because the DX will be there 
looking, listening and calling for you. Even without Beverages, S & P 
along the band and CQ carefully as the DX will be there. The further 
away the contact is that you made, the more the contact is worth. In 
this contest, you too are the DX! The power that you use and the power 
that the station you contact also figures into the points that you make. 
The Boring Amateur Radio Club is making this a laboratory for fair 
contesting. Comments, after this year's contest is run, will be welcomed 
as to your impression of this contest.
      If you see a glaring omission in the categories sponsored so far 
and you care, then send me an e-mail at:   leww at msn.com
to sponsor that missing category. Further notes with regard to the 
Stalwarts who support this contest will be forthcoming.
      Dec 18 and 19 is right around the corner.
      73 and I remain,
      Lew   W7EW/W7AT
      Plaquemeister-Boring Amateur Radio Club

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