OnApril 16 2021 SAC-CC announced: 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.
We then invited all participants to take part in a survey that could give us some hints in wich direction you wanted us to go. We got response from more than 250 participants and after review of all input we now we have four main points.
Mixed Mode contest with SSB and CW in the same single weekend. SO categories SSB/CW/Mixed. MO categories Mixed.
All stations may contact All stations
Adding 160 meter band
Defining more Overlays
The question about OVERLAY was answered with many different suggestions and since it is technically a question of the way we present the results, we have postponed it until we have found out the categories and which bands we should use.
The next phase will begin after the SAC-CC members meeting later this year. Keep an eye on this website for upcoming information.
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!
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: email@example.com.
Click on your call in the listings, to see the UBN result.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
UPDATE2020-08-21 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!
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:
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.
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!
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.
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