SAC Survey May 2021

NOTE: Deadline for responses is May 15, 2021

As a result of the technical developments as well as the more and more advanced operator skills, SAC CC wants to introduce innovations in the rules. There is also a reason for changes due to the many contests that are taking place and to retain a reasonably number of participants in SAC.

Therefore, we want to involve as many of our participants as possible in the process of drawing up new rules. We start by asking you about the overall lines to hear what the mood is around these changes. We look forward to receiving a lot of responses and also comments with your proposals.

When filling in the form, please take an individual position on each question. In that way we get the best overview of your wishes. Please use the note field if you have some ideas for improvement of SAC.

Attention: You may send your opinion more times but only the last input from you will be used.

Later, there may be further questions and proposals about new rules that work towards the wishes that are submitted here.

Survey #1 is closed for now.

Now we will analyze all the answers from you and come up with new proposal.
We will let you know!

73 SAC Contest Committee
LB8DC SM5AJV OZ2I

SAC SSB 10-11 October

It’s time to grab your microphones and enter round two of the Polar Battle
10-11 October 12-12 UTC.

Please read the rules carefully! We want to remind you of the frequencies to be used: 3600-3650, 3700-3800, 7060-7100, 7130-7200, 14125-14300, 21151-21450, 28320-29000 kHz.
The log submission deadline is on Friday 16 October 2359UTC.

SAC 2020 CW preliminary results

We are proud to present the SAC CW preliminary results only two weeks after deadline. We have received over 1400 logs, a new record! Thanks to all participants!
Please check your Category, Score and UBN and tell us if anything looks wrong or if you have questions. Send an email to: support@sactest.net.

Click on your call in the listings, to see the UBN result.

  • ScandinaviaCW
  • AfricaCW
  • AsiaCW
  • EuropeCW
  • North AmericaCW
  • South AmericaCW
  • OceaniaCW

SAC Booklet 2020

Please contribute to the popular SAC Booklet with stories, anecdotes and photos. Take a look at former years booklets to get some inspiration. Email your contributions to the booklet editor Henning OZ2I at ha@oz2i.dk

73
SAC Contest Committee
SM5AJV, OH6EI, LB8DC, and OZ2I

SAC CW is this weekend

The Scandinavian Activity Contest on CW is this weekend 19-20 September 12-12 UTC.

Each part of this “Polar Battle” gathers 1000+ contesters from all around the world. As the Nordic hams enter their radio huts en masse, SAC offers non-Scandinavians a unique opportunity to work the propagationally challenged Arctic nations and practice your skills.

Things to check out

Don’t forget to read the rules https://www.sactest.net/blog/rules/. Changes compared to 2019 are marked in red.

We have a tradition of making Results booklets from each SAC. Go to
https://www.sactest.net/blog/sac-booklets/ and read what happened the last years with lot of nice stories and pictures.

Please take a look on our Sponsored plaques program (geographical, special skills, etc.) https://www.sactest.net/blog/rules/sac-sponsored-plaque-program/ Maybe you will earn one this year!

Ham radio and contesting is very much about propagation. Learn about propagation to Scandinavia: https://www.sactest.net/blog/propagation/

Announce your activity and challenge your friends at https://www.sactest.net/blog/announce_form/

73 & CU!
SM5AJV, OH6EI, OZ2I, LB8DC
SAC Contest Committee

Rules for SAC 2020

We have updated the SAC rules for 2020. Biggest news is that we now allow for assistance in all operator categories. We have also clarified the rules about plaques and awards. See the rules for details!

We are still having a pandemic and we urge every participant to pay extra care and follow advice and restrictions regarding Covid-19. Extra care must be taken for participants in the Multi Operator categories and we encourage the use of remote operation. For Scandinavian Multi-Multi operations we allow for “scattered stations”, similar to the HQ-station concept in the IARU HF Championship. If you decide to participate with “scattered stations”, please inform us via email to support@sactest.net.

UPDATE 2020-09-16

Discussions around rule change have continued. After some consideration and by receiving an excellent suggestion, we have decided to flip assisted / non-assisted column around: Instead of marking non-ass. “N” (novice, like someone joked;-), we will mark assisteds A. For this in results will be separate column, and data for this comes from log submission robot. Participant will be asked whether one used cluster etc. or not.

UPDATE 2020-08-21
After publishing the rules for SAC 2020 we have got some reactions on allowing for assistance in all operator categories. The reason behind the change is that we want to reduce the number of operator categories and plaques. The reduction will also make the log handling and checking easier. 
In order to recognize operators that prefer not using any assistance we have decided that you are able to state if you operated without any assistance when submitting the log. Operators who participate  without assistance will be marked with (N) after the call in the ranking lists.

SAC Dates 2020

SAC is soon! Start planning for your best participation ever! Why not announce your activity on CW and SSB to inspire others. Use our Announcement Form!

CW: 19-20 September
SSB: 10-11 October

73
SAC Contest Committee

It’s soon time for SAC SSB

There are only a few days left until it’s time to grab the microphone and turn on your radio for SAC SSB October 12-13.

The CW part was a great success with more than 1700 participants. Almost 1300 logs with a total of 300.000 log lines was uploaded to the SAC Log Robot! A new record! Thanks to all participants!

60 years and still going strong

Our beloved SAC is 60 years old, and for this anniversary we offer special diplomas:

  • Bronze – to those whose first SAC was 1980-1989
  • Silver – to those whose first SAC was 1970-1979
  • Gold – to those whose first SAC was 1960-1969
  • Platina –  to those who were in the first SAC 1959

To get this you only need to report your first SAC-year when uploading your log.

Rules

Please read the rules carefully https://www.sactest.net/blog/rules/ .

Frequency limits:
​SSB: 3600-3650, 3700-3800, 7060-7100, 7130-7200, 14125-14300, 21151-21450, 28320-29000 kHz.
Remember, QSO’s outside the frequency limits will be scored zero points.

The “zero rule”:
If the station worked does not send a serial number, log the contact with number 0. QSO’s with zero in the received serial number field will not give QSO points nor multiplier points.

Sponsored plaques

Thanks to a multitude of generous sponsors we have a large program with sponsored plaques. Go and take a look and start planning!

Learn about propagation to Scandinavia

Propagation to and from Scandinavia can sometimes be challenging. Do your own planning by visiting our propagation page!

Announce your activity!

Fill in the announcement form and your plans will be on the Announced Operations in SAC SSB page.

Please be kind to forward this info to mailing lists or other internet media of your contest club, national league or other contest-oriented group.

73 & CU!
SM5AJV, OH6EI, OZ1BII, LB8DC
SAC Contest Committee

Welcome to SAC CW 2019

Please welcome to SAC CW 21-22 September! Each part of this “Polar Battle” gathers 1000+ contesters from all around the world. As the Nordic hams enter their radio huts en masse, SAC offers non-scandinavians a unique opportunity to work the propagationally challenged Arctic nations and practice your skills.

60 years and still going strong

Our beloved SAC is 60 years old, and for this anniversary we offer special diplomas:

  • Bronze – to those whose first SAC was 1980-1989
  • Silver – to those whose first SAC was 1970-1979
  • Gold – to those whose first SAC was 1960-1969
  • Platina –  to those who were in the first SAC 1959

To get this you only need to report your first SAC-year when uploading your log.

Rules

Please read the rules carefully https://www.sactest.net/blog/rules/ .

Frequency limits:
​CW : 3510-3560, 7000-7040, 14000-14060, 21000-21070, 28000-28070 kHz
QSO’s outside the frequency limits will be scored zero points.

The “zero rule”:
If the station worked does not send a serial number, log the contact with number 000. QSO’s with zero in the received serial number field will not give QSO points nor multiplier points.

Results booklet from SAC 2018

Get inspired of last years SAC by reading the 2018 booklet that contains all results, pictures and stories.

Sponsored plaques

Thanks to a multitude of generous sponsors we have a large program with sponsored plaques. Go and take a look and start planning!

Learn about propagation to Scandinavia:

Propagation to and from Scandinavia can sometimes be challenging. Do your own planning by visiting our propagation page!

Announce your activity and challenge your friends

Fill in the announcement form and your plans will be on the Announced Operations in SAC CW page.

Please be kind to forward this info to mailing lists or other internet media of your contest club, national league or other contest-oriented group.

73 & CU!
SM5AJV, OH6EI, OZ1BII, LB8DC
SAC Contest Committee

SAC 2018 Rules Clarification

We have had some questions regarding our new rule addition in §6. Contest Exchanges. Please read our clarification:

  • Use zero (000) as received serial number if you work and log a station that doesn’t send a serial number.
  • Do not enter a “fake” number if you log a station that doesn’t send a serial number.
  • QSO’s with zero in the received serial number field will not give QSO points nor multiplier points.
  • QSO’s that we find with “fake” numbers will be lost, and may also lead to further penalties.Please use fair play and good sportsmanship during SAC!

    SAC CC
    SM5AJV, OH6EI, OZ2I

Rules 2018

The rules for SAC has been updated for 2018 and we have only made two minor changes in the rules this year.

The first change, is in the MULTI OPERATOR SINGLE TX category.  We have now removed the 10-minute rule for the Multiplier Station. The RUN-station still have to remain at least 10 minutes on the band after a change of frequency band. It’s also important to indicate RUN and MULT station in the log. We hope this change will make Multi-Single category more attractive, allowing for serious multiplier hunting.

The second change, is how to deal with stations that don’t give out a serial number. We want you to put 000 into the log, not 001, 073 or some other random number.

Clarification (added 2018-09-11):

  • Use zero (000) as received serial number if you work and log a station that doesn’t send a serial number.
  • Do not enter a “fake” number if you log a station that doesn’t send a serial number.
  • QSO’s with zero in the received serial number field will not give QSO points nor multiplier points.
  • QSO’s that we find with “fake” numbers will be lost, and may also lead to further penalties.

Frequencies to be used
We would also like to remind everyone of last years rule change regarding allowed frequencies. In 2017 a couple of participants missed the rule and lost all QSO’s that was made outside the allowed frequencies. 

CW : 3510-3560, 7000-7040, 14000-14060, 21000-21070, 28000-28070 kHz
SSB: 3600-3650, 3700-3800, 7060-7100, 7130-7200, 14125-14300, 21151-21450, 28320-29000 kHz.

As always, read the rules before the contest!
The changes in the rules are marked with red.

SAC CC
SM5AJV, OZ1BII, OH6EI

Rules for 2017

The rules for SAC has been updated for 2017.

The biggest change in the rules, is that we now have adopted the IARU Region 1 HF Bandplan:

Frequencies to be used
CW : 3510-3560, 7000-7040, 14000-14060, 21000-21070, 28000-28070 kHz
SSB: 3600-3650, 3700-3800, 7060-7100, 7130-7200, 14125-14300, 21151-21450, 28320-29000 kHz. According to the IARU Region 1 HF Bandplan, read more about the bandplan at the IARU web.

We have also tightened the log submission deadline from 7 to 5 days after the contest is finished

As always read the rules before the contest!

SAC CC
SM5AJV, OZ1BII, OH6EI

SAC RULES 2015

The rules for SAC 2015 has been updated. We have added some new things and tried to make the rules easier to understand.

Here are some of the highlights from SAC Rules 2015:

  • UPDATED: Log submission deadline is 7 days. We have decided to keep the 7 days deadline. If you have any trouble submitting your log within the 7 days, please contact support@sactest.net, before the deadline expires. 
  • New OVERLAY for Scandinavian stations:  WIRE-ONLY for stations that uses the same single wire antenna for all bands.
  • OVERLAYS are now handled like overlays and not like own categories.
  • We have redefined station location to: “All transmitters and receivers must be within a single 500-meter diameter circle. Antennas must be physically connected by RF transmission lines to the transmitters and receivers.”

We hope to hear you all on the air in SAC 2015!

  • CW: 19-20 September 12.00 – 11.59 UTC
  • SSB: 10-11 October 12.00 – 11.59 UTC

We recommend everyone to read the rules!
If any questions or comments please contact us by email: support@sactest.net!

SAC Contest Committee
SM5AJV, OH6KZP, OZ1BII