Contest News – 28 August 2016

| August 26, 2016

The Irish IRTS 2m Counties takes place from 1300 to 1500UTC on Sunday, the 28th. In this contest QSOs with EI and GI are the only ones that count for points. Each of the 32 Irish counties is a multiplier. Using the 2m band only, SSB and FM, the exchange is RTT and serial number, with EIs also giving their county.

Sunday the 28th also sees the UKuG 5.7 and 10GHz contest from 0600 to 1800UTC. Using all modes, RST, serial number and locator form the exchange.

The 70MHz UK Activity Contest takes place on 30 August from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes on the band the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

SSB Field Day takes place for 24 hours over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th. Like its CW counterpart, this contest has Open and Restricted sections, although the antenna limitations are different, so please check the rules beforehand. It runs from 1300 to 1300UTC on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and serial number.

The 144MHz Trophy, which takes place for 24 hours on the 3rd to the 4th, is hotly contested in the Open category, but there are four other categories. Three of them are for single ops, so there are opportunities for all to strive to do well. Running on 2m from 1400 to 1400UTC using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

For 24 hours over the same weekend the IARU 144MHz Contest takes place. It coincides exactly with the RSGB 144MHz Trophy contest. For those taking part in the former there’s no need to enter the latter, because your entry will be automatically submitted for you unless you specify that you don’t want to enter the IARU event. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Overlapping the last three hours of the 144MHz Trophy contest and then continuing for one hour on its own, the fifth and final 144MHz Backpacker Contest takes place on Sunday the 4th from 1100 to 1500UTC. In the Backpackers there are two permitted power levels, 3W and 10W. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The All Asian DX Contest takes place for the whole 48 hours of the weekend 3-4 September. UK stations taking part in SSB Field Day will find it helpful to have a suitable number to give them, because All Asian stations want to be sent the operators’ age, not a serial number. Using SSB on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and age, although YL operators can exchange 00.

The Worked All Britain 144MHz QRO Phone Contest takes place next Sunday, 4 September from 1000 to 1400UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and Worked All Britain square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by 25 September. It helps if stations, including mobiles, please try to find out their IARU locator in addition to their WAB area, as this contest coincides with part of the RSGB contest. Full details of the rules and log sheets may be obtained from the WAB website or from the contest manager Tony Beardsley, G3XKT, via email to

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