Contest Rules

SEANET CONTEST

NEW RULES (2008)

 SEANET CONTEST 2008

The organisers of the SEANET Convention 2008 invite all radio amateurs and short-wave listeners to participate in the SEANET 2008 Contest. This contest is associated with the 36th annual SEANET Convention to be held at Kota Kinabalu and Kudat in Sabah, Malaysia, over the period 20 to 23 November 2008.

IMPORTANT NOTE

In order to revitalise the annual SEANET Contest and to increase the number of participants, the rules have been significantly simplified for 2008. Please read the rules carefully. The following are the biggest changes:

  1. Tightening up of the definition of “SEANET Station”;
  2. Simplified scoring to allow for logging using any computer contest logging program;
  3. Combined single and multi-band entries (all entrants may use any or all bands 10 – 80m);
  4. Combined mode entries (all entrants may use any or all modes, CW, SSB and / or RTTY;
  5. Each station only to be worked once per band (not once on each mode on each band) so that single-mode entrants are no longer at a disadvantage;
  6. No 160m.

1. PURPOSE OF CONTEST:

To promote two-way amateur radio communications within the SEANET region and between the SEANET region and the rest of the world. Special SWL rules: see section 13. 

2. CONTEST TIMES & DATES:

From 1200UTC Saturday to 1200UTC Sunday on the first full weekend in June each year. In 2008, the dates are:

Starts: 1200UTC on 7 June 2008,

Ends: 1200UTC on 8 June 2008 (duration 24 hours).

3. BANDS / FREQUENCIES:

80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metre bands (no WARC bands).

            Frequencies should be used as appropriate to the mode and station licence but it is suggested that activity should be centred around the following frequencies where possible, so that it is easy to find SEANET Stations:

CW: 3525, 7025, 14025, 21025, 28025.

SSB: 3540 (for Thailand), 3790, 7090, 14320, 21320, 28320.

RTTY as per international assignments.

4. MODES:

CW, SSB and / or RTTY may be used. There are no single-mode sections.

5. ENTRY CATEGORIES:

5.1. Single operator (SEANET)

5.2. Multi-operator (SEANET)

5.3. Single operator (Rest of the World)

5.4. Multi-operator (Rest of the World).

            Both single-operator and multi-operator stations may use any or all bands (10 – 80m) and any or all modes (CW, SSB, RTTY). All stations may use Internet or Packet Cluster ‘spotting’. Any number of transceivers or receivers may be used, but only one signal may be transmitted at any one time (there is no ‘Multi-Two’ or ‘Multi-Multi’ category).

6. POWER INPUT:

As stipulated in the regulations governing the licence of the station.

7. EXCHANGE:

RS(T) report plus serial number starting with 001.

8. SCORING RULES:

8.1. SEANET Stations may contact Rest of the World stations and SEANET Stations, including those within their own country.

8.2. Rest of the World stations may only contact SEANET Stations.

            For the purpose of this contest a “SEANET Station” is defined as one operating from the following DXCC entities:

4S, 4W, 8Q, 9M/DX0 (Spratly), 9M2, 9M6/8, 9N, 9V, A5, BS7, BV, BV9P,BY, DU, H4, HL/DS, HS/E2, JA, JD1/M, JD1/O, KH0, KH2, P2, P5, S2, T8, V6, V8, VK, VK9C, VK9X, VR2, VU, VU4, VU7, XU, XV/3W, XW, XX9, XY, YB.

These are all the DXCC entities in CQ Zones 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29. Note: The definition of a SEANET Station is based on its DXCC entity, not the CQ Zone, therefore VK stations located in Zone 30 and BY stations located in Zone 23 also count as multipliers. Not included as multipliers are Antarctica in Zone 29, or other DXCC entities that happen to be in Zones 23 and 30.

9. SCORING:

9.1. Points:

All valid QSOs count 1 point per QSO.

Note: Only one contact is allowed on each band with the same station (not one contact on each mode).

9.2. Multipliers:

SEANET Stations claim one multiplier for each DXCC entity worked on each band, including those in the SEANET region and in their own country.

Rest of the World stations can only claim multipliers for DXCC entities within the SEANET region: see the entity list above.

Each multiplier counts once on each band (not mode).

9.3. Score:

The total number of QSO points multiplied by the total number of multipliers worked.

10. RESTRICTIONS:

10.1. Contacts on cross modes or cross bands will not count.

10.2. Operators are not allowed to transmit more than one signal at any one time.

10.3. Entries which contain errors or unmarked duplicates are liable to a reduction of points.

10.4. Any entrant who uses methods contrary to the spirit of the contest may be subject to disqualification.

10.5. The decision of the SEANET contest organisers shall be final.

11. ENTRIES, LOGS AND SUMMARY SHEETS:

11.1. Entries may be in the form of hand-written logs with a summary sheet or, preferably, by computer log also with a summary sheet.

11.2. Information required for each claimed contact is:

Date     Time (UTC)    Band    Mode (CW / SSB / RTTY)     Report sent (RS([T])serial number Report received (RS[T]) serial number          Claimed multipliers.

Duplicate contacts should be logged but marked clearly as duplicates (“Dupe”) and scored at zero points.

11.3. Both hand-written and computerised logs must be accompanied by a Summary Sheet listing the claimed multipliers on each band, the number of claimed contacts and multipliers per band, the final claimed score, and a declaration that the station was operated within the terms of the station licence and the rules and spirit of the contest.

11.4. Computer logs can be in any ASCII (text) format, including ‘Cabrillo’. Please do not send binary (.bin) files. The Summary Sheet should also be in ASCII / text format.

Note: It is recommended that entries be made using any standard contest logging program in ‘ARRL DX Contest’ mode as if you were a North American station and then scored manually. Manual scoring is very easy: it is simply the number of valid QSOs multiplied by the total number of multipliers. Almost every contest logging program supports the ARRL DX Contest and using this contest format allows the received serial number to be easily logged in place of the received power level. If you do not already have a contest logging program you may download CT by K1EA free of charge from www.k1ea.com

11.5. Computer logs must be sent by e-mail by 31 July 2008 to: teleniuslowe@gmail.com

11.6. Hand-written logs should be sent by air-mail post to:

SEANET Contest 2008

c/o Steve Telenius-Lowe, 9M6DXX

WDT 527

88905 Kota Kinabalu

Sabah

Malaysia.

Entries should be received not later than 31 July 2008.

12. AWARDS:

A certificate will be awarded to the highest-scoring entry in each category. If the level of entries warrants it, runner-up certificates will also be presented. Additional awards may be made at the discretion of the SEANET contest organisers. The results will be announced at the SEANET 2008 Convention and will be published on the SEANET 2008 website.

13. SWL SECTION:

Single operator SWL only. Only stations taking part in the Contest may be logged for scoring purposes. Logs should show in columns:

Date; Time (UTC); Mode; Band; Callsign of ‘Station Heard’; Complete exchange sent by this station; Callsign of ‘Station Worked’; RS(T) report of ‘Station Heard’ at SWL’s QTH; Points and multiplier claimed.

If both sides of a contest contact are heard they may both be claimed. Both callsigns should be logged in the ‘Station Heard’ column. A station may only appear once per band per mode as station heard. In the ‘Station Worked’ column the same station may not be logged more than 10 times per band.

Licensed radio amateurs are invited to submit an entry in the SWL section of the contest if they do not enter in the transmitting section.

The future existence of the SWL section will be re-examined unless the number of logs received warrants its inclusion.

73 and “Good Luck in the Contest!”