Thanks to everyone for participating in last weekend’s CW leg of SAC. Band conditions were reasonable, with the diminishing presence of 10m being balanced by nice DX openings on many of the other bands. Activity also seemed good on both sides of the Scandinavian borders.
As many of you noticed, the SAC website server crashed during the contest and was then offline for a few days, as if by grand and well-timed design by Mr. Murphy himself! Some 175 logs were submitted by e-mail to a temporary address, but we now encourage you to use only the customary robot at https://www.sactest.net/robot/.
We apologize for the inconvenience and uncertainty during the past few days, as our informational reflector e-mails and Facebook messages did not reach all those affected.
The log deadline for SAC CW has consequently been extended to Sunday 2nd of October, 23:59 UTC.
Now is also a good time to start training your voice and dusting off your best microphones. SAC SSB takes place on 8th-9th October, with plenty of Arctic action available!
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