Rules

Scandinavian Activity Contest Rules 2014

Rules for all participants

1. Aim of the contest

The aims of the contest are to promote amateur radio activity within Scandinavia as well as to encourage amateur radio communications between Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian amateur radio stations. Scandinavian stations will try to work as many non-Scandinavian stations as possible and vice versa.

Scandinavian stations are defined by prefixes as follows:

Svalbard and Bear Island JW
Jan Mayen JX
Norway LA – LB – LG – LI – LJ – LN
Finland OF – OG – OH – OI
Aland Islands OFØ – OGØ – OHØ
Market Reef OJØ
Greenland OX – XP
Faroe Islands OW – OY
Denmark 5P – 5Q – OU – OV – OZ
Sweden 7S – 8S – SA – SB – SC – SD – SE – SF – SG – SH – SI – SJ – SK – SL – SM
Iceland TF

All other legal prefixes according to the ITU definition of Scandinavian prefixes are good for the contest and multipliers as well.

2. Eligible entrants

Radio amateurs all over the world are invited to participate.

3. Periods

CW: 3rd full weekend of September each year.
SSB: 2nd full weekend of October each year.

Starts 12:00:00 UTC Saturday and ends 11:59:59 UTC Sunday.

4. Entry Categories

Scandinavian stations, other European stations, and non-European stations are placed in separate categories.

4.1 Single Op./Single TX

Single operator means that one person performs all operating, logging and spotting functions without any external assistance. The use of DX-Cluster, Skimmer or Skimmer-like technology (such as Reverse Beacon Network, RBN) is only allowed in the assisted categories. The station must be located in one site, with the location determined by the physical location of the transmitters, receivers, and antennas. Requesting stations to announce ones own call on the DX-Cluster is NOT allowed.

4.1.1 For Scandinavian stations:

  • All Band – High Power [SINGLE-OP ALL HIGH]
  • All Band – High Power Assisted [SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED ALL HIGH]
  • All Band – Low Power (output 100 W or less) [SINGLE-OP ALL LOW]
  • All Band – Low Power Assisted (output 100 W or less) [SINGLE-OP ALL LOW]
  • All Band – Low Power Rookie (output 100 W or less) [SINGLE-OP ALL LOW] [CATEGORY-OVERLAY: ROOKIE]
  • All Band – Low Power Tribander/Single-element (output 100 W or less) [SINGLE-OP ALL LOW] [CATEGORY-OVERLAY: TB-WIRES]
  • All Band – QRP (output 5 W or less) [SINGLE-OP ALL QRP]
  • All Band – QRP Assisted (output 5 W or less) [SINGLE-OP ALL QRP]
  • Single Band [SINGLE-OP 80M] [SINGLE-OP 40M] [SINGLE-OP 20M] [SINGLE-OP 15M] [SINGLE-OP 10M]

All-band entrants may participate in one of the ”Tribander/Single Element” or ”Rookie” categories by adding the line CATEGORY-OVERLAY: TB-WIRES or CATEGORY-OVERLAY: ROOKIE in their Cabrillo log file. Participants in the Tribander/Single Element category shall use only one triband antenna for 10, 15, and 20 meters, and single-element antennas for 40 and 80 meters. Participants in the Rookie category must be licensed less than 3 years before the CW contest starts.

4.1.2 For non-Scandinavian stations:

  • All Band – High Power [SINGLE-OP ALL HIGH]
  • All Band – High Power Assisted [SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED ALL HIGH]
  • All Band – Low Power (output 100 W or less) [SINGLE-OP ALL LOW]
  • All Band – Low Power Assisted (output 100 W or less) [SINGLE-OP ALL LOW]
  • All Band – QRP (output 5 W or less) [SINGLE-OP ALL QRP]
  • All Band – QRP Assisted (output 5 W or less) [SINGLE-OP ALL QRP]
  • Low Band – High Power Assisted, only 80 and 40 meters. [SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED LOW-BAND HIGH]

4.2 Multi Op./Single TX/All Band [MULTI-ONE]

Only one signal may be transmitted on any band at any time (running station). When operation has started on one band, the station must remain on that band for at least 10 minutes. The 10-minute period starts with the first QSO worked on that band.

Exception: It is allowed to work a QSO on another band if it is a new multiplier (multiplier station). The multiplier station is allowed to be on the air at the same time as the running station. The multiplier station must also stay on the “multiplier band” at least 10 minutes.

The use of DX-Cluster, Skimmer, and Skimmer-like technology (such as Reverse Beacon Network) is allowed. The station must be located in one site, with the location determined by the physical location of the transmitters, receivers, and antennas. Requesting stations to announce ones own call on the DX-Cluster is NOT allowed.

4.3 Multi Op./Multi TX/All Band [MULTI-MULTI]

This category is only for Scandinavian stations. There are no restrictions on the number of transmitters. Only one signal per band is allowed at any time. All equipment, including receivers, transmitters, and antennas must be located within a circle with a maximum diameter of 500 meters. Separate serial numbers are used for each band.

The use of DX-Cluster, Skimmer, and Skimmer-like technology (such as Reverse Beacon Network) is allowed. Requesting stations to announce ones own call on the DX-Cluster is NOT allowed.

5. Frequency bands

The 3.5 – 7 – 14 – 21 – 28 MHz frequency bands may be used according to the IARU HF Band Plan. On 3.5 MHz, Region 1 stations must not transmit below 3510 kHz on CW or above 3790 kHz on SSB.

Note: On 7 MHz you may still want to work split on SSB between Scandinavia and Region 2 stations, since the Region 2 Band Plan upper frequency limit is 7300 kHz.

 6. Contest exchanges

The contest exchange consists of RS(T) plus serial number starting with 001 (e.g. 59(9)001). (QSO’s after 999 are numbered 1000, 1001 etc). Stations in multi operator categories may use separate serial numbers on each band. The same station may be worked once on each band. Cross-mode and/or cross-band QSO’s are not allowed. The minimum content of a valid contest QSO is a correct callsign and correct contest exchanges.

7. Scoring

A QSO with correct callsign and received exchange counts for QSO points.

7.1 For Scandinavian stations:

  • EUROPEAN stations, outside Scandinavia, are worth two (2) points for every complete QSO.
  • NON-EUROPEAN stations are worth three (3) points for every complete QSO.

7.2 For non-Scandinavian stations:

  • EUROPEAN stations receives one (1) point for every complete Scandinavian QSO.
  • NON-EUROPEAN stations receives one (1) point for every complete Scandinavian QSO on 14, 21, and 28 MHz and three (3) points for every complete QSO on 3.5 and 7 MHz.

8. Multipliers

8.1 For Scandinavian stations:

Each worked non-Scandinavian DXCC country is valid for one multiplier for each band.

8.2 For non-Scandinavian stations:

Each worked prefix-number (Ø-9) in each Scandinavian country is valid for one multiplier for each band (e.g. SI3, SK3, SL3, SM3, 7S3 and 8S3 are all in ONE district and count for ONE (1) multiplier on each band).

Portable stations without a prefix number count for the 10th area (e.g. LA/G3XYZ counts for LAØ).

OHØ (Aland Is.) and OJØ (Market Reef) are separate call areas. SJ9 and SI9 counts for the 9th district in Sweden.

9. Final score

To calculate the final score, multiply the sum of QSO points on all bands with the sum of multipliers worked on all bands.

10. Logs

Logs must be submitted separately for CW and SSB, and the QSO’s must be listed in chronological order. By submitting a log, you agree that your log and the corresponding log checking report may be made open to the public. Electronic submission of logs at http://www.sactest.net is required for all entrants. Use the CABRILLO format. Please ensure that you fill out all of the header information. Leave all your QSOs in the log, dupes included. The log checking software will find the dupes and mark them with zero points.

11. Closing date for logs

Cabrillo logs or typed-in paper logs shall be uploaded no later than 7 days, at 23:59:59 UTC on the Sunday after each part.

12. Awards

Awards for all participants will be downloadable for printout from the SAC website.

Scandinavian winner stations will receive a Contest Plaque in the High-power, Low-power, Low-power Rookie, and Low-power Tribander/Single-element all band categories.

The non-Scandinavian continental winners will receive a Contest plaque in the High-power all band category, provided a reasonable score is made.

Depending on the number of participants, the Contest Committee may consider additional awards.

13. Scandinavian Cup

The Scandinavian Cup is a competition between the Scandinavian Regions as defined in §1. All entrants’ scores for both CW and SSB are accumulated to a total for each region. All logs except for checklogs are counted towards the total. A circulating trophy is awarded to the league of the region that wins the Cup.

14. Dispute

Violation of Amateur Radio Regulations in the country of the entrant or the rules of this contest, unsportsmanlike conduct and taking credit for unverifiable QSOs or multipliers may lead to disqualification.

The decisions by the Contest Committee are final and definite. The right to changes in these rules is reserved.

15. Organizer

The Nordic Radio Amateur Union (NRAU) is the organizer of the contest. Members of NRAU are EDR, FRA, IRA, NRRL, SRAL and SSA.

The contest is administered by a committee composed of one member each from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Each national society takes sponsorship turns as indicated below:

CW: 2014 20-21 Sep, EDR Denmark
SSB: 2014 11-12 Oct, EDR Denmark

CW: 2015 19-20 Sep, SRAL Finland
SSB: 2015 10-11 Oct, SRAL Finland

CW: 2016 17-18 Sep, SSA Sweden
SSB: 2016 8-9 Oct, SSA Sweden

CW: 2017 16-17 Sep, NRRL Norway
SSB: 2017 14-15 Oct, NRRL Norway

CW: 2018 15-16 Sep, EDR Denmark
SSB: 2018 13-14 Sep, EDR Denmark

CW: 2019 21-22 Sep, SRAL Finland
SSB: 2019 12-13 Oct, SRAL Finland