TopBand: Stew Rules

Tree N6TR
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 06:06:42 -0800 (PST)

The off time wording has been enhanced to hopefully make it more clear.


1. Contest period:  1500Z December 27th to 1500Z December 28th, 1997. 
   Operate for a maximum of 14 hours.  

2. You should schedule your off time before the contest.  The intent 
   of the rule is to allow you to operate during the night without
   encouraging you to operate during the day.  You should schedule 
   a maximum of one off period between your first and last QSO.  To
   count as an off period, time off must be at least 30 minutes.

   For example, if you live in KH6, you will probably want to be on
   the radio at the start of the contest, operate a few hours, then
   take off time until sunset.  If you live in England, you would wait
   until sunset, and spend as much of the night on the air as you can.

   If your night is longer than 14 hours, you will probably want to
   schedule an off period somewhere in the middle of the night so you
   can be on the radio at both sunrise and sunset (must be at least 
   30 minutes long).
3. Bands and mode: 160 meters CW only.

4. Categories: Single operator or multi-operator. Only one signal shall 
   be transmitted at a time.  Remote or packet spotting shall not be used 
   Transmitting and receiving antennas shall be located at the same QTH.

5. Exchange: Four character grid square (ie: CN85).  

6. QSO Points: The number of QSO points for each contact depends on the
   distance between the two stations.  This is computed by taking the 
   distance between the centers of the two grid squares.  Count a minimum 
   of one point per QSO and an additional point for every 500 kilometers 
   distance.  For example, a QSO with a station 1750 kilometers away will 
   count for 4 QSO points.  No additional distance for long path is allowed.  

   If your logging software does not support this scoring method, we
   will compute your score for you if you submit your log electronically.

7. Score: Final score equals the total number of QSO points.  There is 
   no multiplier for different grids worked.  Stations running 5 to 100 
   watts output multiply their score by 2.  Stations running less 
   than 5 watts multiply their score by 4.  Scores will be listed separately
   for single ops and multi-single.

8. Reporting: Your log can be sent via the internet to TBDC@CONTESTING.COM 
   or via diskette in MS-DOS/Windows format  and must be sent by 
   January 28th, 1998.  Entries submitted by mail should be sent to:
   Boring Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 1357, Boring, OR 97009 USA.
   Logs shall be in ASCII format.  A summary sheet may be sent, but is not 

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