SAC SSB is hitting the airwaves this weekend 8 – 9 October 12-12 UTC. After the CW part in September with 1000+ participants, we are eager to hear your voices on SSB, with or without Aurora flutter. Put on the radio and join the Polar Battle!
HURRICANE MATTHEW IN PROGRESS – BE CAREFUL ON THE BANDS!
As you probably have noticed the strong hurricane Matthew is in progress towards US east coast and other countries in North America. We urge to every SAC SSB participant to be extremely careful during the contest and avoiding all types of interference to any emergency communications. The following frequencies that coincide with SAC SSB frequencies has been reported to be active for emergency traffic. As you can see there are many frequencies to remember, so please listen carefully.
3.720 MHz Cuba
3.740 MHz Cuba
3.750 Region 2: MHz Emergency Center of Activity Frequency
7.045 MHz Cuba (Alternate 2)
7.060 MHz Region 2: Emergency Center of Activity Frequency
7.080 MHz Cuba (Alternate 3)
7.110 MHz (LSB) Cuba (Primary)
7.120 MHz (LSB) Cuba (Alternate 1)
14.265 MHz (USB) International SATERN Net Health & Welfare Traffic
14.300 MHz Region 2: Global Emergency Center of Activity Frequency
14.325 MHz (USB) Hurricane Watch Net (HWN): ,
21.360 MHz Region 2: Global Emergency Center of Activity Frequency
Today Saturday 17th September at 1200 UTC is SAC CW hitting the ionosphere!
Set-up your logging program, tune up you radios and turn your antennas toward Scandinavia for this years Polar Battle on CW. Scandinavians will fill the bands, eager to make lot’s of QSO with all corners of the World.
Why not making the thrill of contesting even more interesting by uploading your summary sheet automatically to the real-time scoring board at cqcontest.net ? It’s easy and most logging programs support this very nice feature.
The contest committee is pleased to invite you to the CW part:
17-18 September, 12:00 UTC – 11:59 UTC
Be sure to reserve this weekend for the first round in the annual “Polar Battle.” Promotional efforts are under way, and we are hoping to see lively bands with a minimum amount of aurora and polar flutter! Please take a look in the rules and choose a suitable entry category.
Announce your activity
While at it, don’t forget to announce your own activity. Doing so will inspire others to join and make their own challenges. Those who have already signed up can be seen at Annouced operations CW and SSB.
Thanks to the generous contributions of many individuals, there are several Sponsored Plaques available also for Scandinavian operators to pursue. Please take a look at the sponsored plaque program and pick your target.
In addition to the 80m limits in the rules, please do your best to observe the IARU Region 1 band plan on the other bands. In compliance with the policies of IARU R1, the plan will be implemented in next year’s SAC rules. That makes this year a good time to practice!
Invite your friends
This website functions as the SAC information hub, but SAC also has a social media presence, and you can “like” the SAC Facebook page. Please invite your ham friends — within Scandinavia and beyond — to visit these sites and to participate in this autumn’s contest.
73 & CU!
SAC Contest Committee
Ingemar SM5AJV, Team leader
The SAC 2015 Result Booklet is now ready and available in PDF format. In total 52 pages for you to read, with full contest results, along with contest stories written by various participants from different parts of the world. Thanks to all who contributed to the booklet, and to Flemming, OZ8XW, for taking care of the layout.
The Polar Battle continues and it’s soon time for the second round in SAC SSB 10-11 of October.
The SAC CW gather more than 1700 participants. Despite dreadful propagation, you are all heroes that kept our Scandinavian receivers pumping with your CW signals. Now, it’s time get ready for SAC SSB. We will love to hear your voices from all corners of the globe.
Put on your radios, and be sure to set the mode button to SSB!
SAC SSB: 10-11 October 1200 – 1159 UTC
Don’t forget to announce your activity for SAC SSB! Inspire others with you plans!
The Scandinavian Activity Contest on SSB 11-12 October 1200-1159 UTC. All Scandinavias are excited to hear your voices with or without the Aurora flutter.
Remember to read the rules. Note that we have introduced more operator categories, sponsored plaque program and we have shortened the log submission deadline to 7 days after the contest. So please submit your log directly after the contest has ended.
Aurora is fantastic to view, but can do great harm to the ionospheric shortwave conditions in Scandinavia and it makes every SAC an adventure. Will we be hit or not?
Watch the amazing Aurora Boralis from Finland in this video made by Hannu Hoffrén.
SAC Contest Committee
It’s time to tune up your antennas and amplifiers. The Scandinavian Activity Contest on CW is starting at 1200 UTC on Saturday.
CW: 20-21 September 2014 1200 – 1159 UTC
Last minutes advice:
- Read the rules ! We have added several new categories in the rules.
- Plaques. Take a look on our list of Sponsored Plaques. Maybe it’s your turn to earn one?
- Real-time Score. We encourage all participants to report their real-time score to cqcontest.net. It’s easy to get it going and fun to watch during the contest.
- Log submission. Remember deadline is now only 7 days. Carefully check that you have the correct category in your Cabrillo log file. Submit your log to the SAC Robot!
It’s time to plan your SAC adventures. The Polar Battle will soon hit the ionosphere with Scandinavian radio waves. Are you prepared?
CW: 20-21 September 2014
SSB: 11-12 October 2014
Note that we have updated the rules with new categories. You may now enter as ASSISTED in all power classes. And if you are very close to Scandinavia propagation wise, you may like the new Single Operator Low Band entry. Check the full rules for all details.
The new Sponsored Plaque Program have more than 27 plaques and we are very greatfull to all donors. Join us in the Polar Battle and earn a nice plaque!
Don’t forget to announce your plans in our activity pages! Use the web-form to make your announcements.
SAC Contest Committee
LB1GB, OZ3ABE, OH6KZP, SM5AJV
See you all in Friedrichshafen next week! SM5AJV SAC CC Team Leader will be there.
You will find him near the SSA booth, stand number A1-843 . Come and have an eyeball QSO about SAC and contesting! Take some of our promo-cards and spread the word about the Scandinavian Activity Contest among your friends!
Don’t forget to book this years Polar Battle!
CW: 20-21 September 1200 – 1159 UTC
SSB: 11-12 October 1200 – 1159 UTC
The Scandinavians are already planning for this years battle, building new antennas, modifying strategies and planning for two great weekends at the radio. With some luck propagation will be even better this year. Put both SAC CW and SSB dates in you calendars now!