[VHFcontesting] rules

frank bechdoldt k3uhf at hotmail.com
Sat Jun 9 18:39:12 EDT 2007

PNWVHF Society VHF Marathon
I realized some may not have access to the web page so heres the contest 
rules for the proposed contest 

Frank Bechdoldt, K3UHF
            To offer a unique contest that encourages more band utilization 
and operator practice with various modes on VHF+ frequencies.  The goal is 
to work as many stations as possible via different bands and modes to 
increase operator skill as well as propagation measurement.  The scoring 
mechanics are more set to distance and operating practices than other VHF 
Operation time:     
8 PM Friday local time until 8 PM Sunday local time.
Date: To be decided.
QSO Exchange:   
Unless the station is a rover the station will give its 6 digit Grid 
locator. Rovers will give their 4 digit locator but are encouraged to use 6 
digits when not underway.
Scoring system:
One point per QSO per Band per station in the following modes. 
Voice:             SSB, FM, AM Digital voice modes.
CW:                 CW only
Digital:            WSJT modes, RTTY, PSK, ect.. 
The multiplier will be the distance in Grid squares between stations. This 
will be calculated by counting the adjacent (N, S, E, W) 4 grids as the 
first and counting the number of squares either vertically or horizontally 
on a map or combination there of to come up with the shortest number of grid 
squares. IE CN85-CN87 is 2 squares, CN85-96 is 2 squares, CN85-86 is one 
square, and CN85-CN85 is 1 square.  CN70-CN95 is 7 squares. 
The maximum multiplier will be 10 no matter the actual distance.  
Repeat Contacts
A station may be worked once per mode to the maximum of 3 qsos per band as 
long as they are in separate modes. The stations may repeat a QSO on a 
particular band or mode if 24 hours have passed since the last contact on 
that band or mode or if either station changed 4 digit grid squares.
Microwave Plus Incentive Bonus
A Repeat QSO may be repeated once per four digit square as an exception of 
the 24 hour rule on all frequencies above 900 MHz if either station has 
moved greater than 20 miles within the same grid square.  There is a maximum 
of 2 contacts per mode per 24 hours between two stations in the same grid 
for the entire contest on 900 MHz and up.
Operator Classifications
            Portable is defined as a station that receives 100% power off 
the grid. Portable is not limited to 100 watts. Portable stations are 
limited to transmitting on one radio at a time.
Low Power
            A station operating at less than or equal to 100 watts, and is 
limited to transmitting on one radio at a time
            Any station that operates from more than one grid. May transmit 
on more than one radio at a time. Is not power limited.
            Any stationary station operating more than one radio at a time. 
Is not power limited.
High Power    
Any stationary station using more than 100 watts on any band and is limited 
to one radio transmitting at a time.
Less than 10 watts on all bands. Is limited to transmitting on one radio at 
a time.
Awards & Certificates
Awards by ARRL region, DX and operator classification.
Certificates for most QSOS per contest, longest distance QSO per band/mode.
Rover contacts may not be used for longest distance unless they give a 6 
digit grid in their exchange.
Operation Practices/ Rules
On SSB and FM, the maximum time you may be on one frequency is 5 minutes 
after one qso, after this time expires you must move by at least 10 kc and 
not return to make a call for at least 15 minutes.  You are not required to 
move on the other modes.
While using SSB, Rover stations will be calling 50-60 kc above the national 
calling frequencies of each band while in motion. This will be considered 
the “Rover Sub Band” and it should be avoided by stationary operators for 
calling purposes.
For safety reasons, rovers will not have to move 10 kc but are limited to 
calling within the rover sub band while in motion. Rovers are encouraged to 
pick one sub band frequency per band and stick to it for the entire contact. 
(IE 50.176, 144.251, 222.151, 432.151 ECT…) for the whole contest while 
moving.   Rovers may answer calls anytime anywhere while in motion.  
The use of 146.52 is prohibited.
Repeater/ satellite contacts do not count for this contest.
All equipment for non roving stations must be within a 500 yard radius of 
the control operator.
The use of spotting is prohibited.
CW and digital modes should follow the prescribed band plans.
You may only call CQ directly or indirectly (IE calling on 50.125 and saying 
listening up 20) on the national SSB calling frequency of any particular 
band below 900 MHz for 5 minutes per hour.  However you may answer a call 
any time.
Contest Deadline
All logs will be received by 4 weeks of the end of the contest. All logs 
will be in paper format and checked for dupes. 
Misc. Rules
Any logs received with more than 2% dupes or erroneous QSO info may be 
Station Call Sign__AA7AA___________      Grid Square___CN85AS____________
Op. Class__LOW 
POWER_______                                                   Page_____ of 

K7AP	CN85SD	144	SSB	4/1/07 20:00	1
K7UIO	CN86TY	144	SSB	4/1/07 20:00	1
A7ER	CN87PO	144	SSB	4/1/07 20:01	2
W7YT	CN88ED	144	SSB	4/1/07 20:01	3
WW7WW	CN98DD	144	SSB	4/1/07 20:01	4
VE7TTY	CN89ER	144	SSB	4/1/07 20:02	4
VE7RPH	CN79IF	144	SSB	4/1/07 20:03	5
VE7PWW	CN69TY	144	SSB	4/1/07 20:04	6
K6RRR	DM12AD	50	SSB	4/1/07 20:05	10
K3UHF/R	CN83	50	SSB	4/1/07 20:06	2
K3UHF/R	CN82	50	SSB	4/1/07 20:07	3
K7AP	CN85SD	144	DIGITAL	4/1/07 20:10	1
K7AP	CN85SD	144	CW	4/1/07 20:13	1
K7SHF/R	CN87AA	903	CW	4/1/07 20:15	2
K7SHF/R	CN87AA	903	SSB	4/1/07 20:16	2
K7SHF/R	CN87AA	903	DIGITAL	4/1/07 20:20	2
K1TTT	FN32ED	6	CW	4/1/07 20:24	10
N7TRE	CN85TT	432	SSB	4/1/07 20:25	1
K7AP	CN85SD	432	SSB	4/1/07 20:25	1
VE7RPH	CN79IF	432	SSB	4/1/07 20:26	5
K7SHF/R	CN87PD	903	CW	4/1/07 21:15	2
K7AP	CN85SD	144	SSB	4/2/07 20:15	1
 	 	 	 	TOTAL	65 points

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