The SA Sprint Contest, is a ham radio competition that aims at improving the operating skills of its participants, and also provide the ground rules for a fun event by preventing stations from parking endlessly on a frequency throughout the operating time. We have based our rules on the long-term and well established NA Sprint. The NA Sprint, according to many people is: “…the most fun you can have in four hours with your clothes on..” N6TR dixit.
The SA Sprint is a joint effort of several South American Amateur Radio Clubs and Groups.
I – Participants: Licensed amateur radio operators from all over the world.
II – Objective: To contact as many participants as possible according to the rules of the contest.
III – Entry Categories: There are no single band categories, although in an entrant wants to enter on only one band, it is totally fine. Nevertheless the results will be adjudicated according to the following categories:
- Mono Operator CW
- Mono Operator SSB
- Mono Operator Mixed Mode
- Multi Operator *
* Muti Operator stations can have only one transmitted signal at any given time. There are no restrictions to bands/modes changes though.
IV – Contest Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016.
V – Bands: 40 and 20 meters:
Suggested contest band portions
20 Mts CW: from 14020 KHz to 14075 KHz
20 Mts SSB: from 14120 KHz to 14190 KHz
40 Mts CW: from 7010 KHz to 7050 KHz
40 Mts SSB: from 7100 KHz to 7200 KHz
VI- Contest Time: From 21 to 23 UTC
VII – QSO / QSY: Stations must follow QSO/QSY rule.
- A station calling CQ, after completing a QSO must QSY ± 1 KHz to answer someone else’s CQ or at least ± 3 KHz to call CQ again.
- The station answering to someone else’s CQ, after completing that QSO can call CQ on that frequency and complete one additional QSO, after which the participant must follow the preceding QSO/QSY rule described in point 1 of this section.
- There are no limits to the bands/mode changes, however no simultaneous transmitted signals from a station are allowed at all times.
VIII – Power: The maximum allowed output power is 100 Watts measured at the output of the last amplifier stage.
IX – QSO Points: 1 point per each valid QSO. A station can be worked once per band AND mode.
X – Multipliers: South American prefixes worked. Each prefix counts once regardless of the bands and modes.
XI – Final Score: Sum of QSO point times the sum of multipliers worked.
Example: Final score = 100 QSO (100 Points) x 35 Prefixes (35 Multipliers) = 100 x 35 = 3500 points.
XII – Contest Exchange:
- RS(T) + consecutive serial number starting by 001
- The serial number is consecutive regardless of the bands and modes. (One consecutive serial number per station log)
XIII – Valid Contacts: Contacts will be valid if:
- Times of QSO match in both logs ( ± 3 minutes)
- Frequencies match in both logs ± 1 KHz
- The copied callsign matches
- The copied RS(T) – matches
- The serial number matches
- For a station to count towards the QSO total for the contest result it must appear in at least 10 of the contest logs received by the organizer.
XIV – Logs: Contest logs mus include the following information.
- UTC time of each QSO in four-digit format, e.g. 2030
- Frequency of each qso in four or five digit format depending on the frequency
- Complete callsign of each worked QSO
- RS(T) sent
- Three-digit serial number sent, e.g. 020
- RS(T) received
- Three digit serial number received, e.g. 050
Logs format, according to our Cabrillo specification, available at http://sa-sprint.com/cabrillo/
The Cabrillo format for our contest is compatible with the CQ WPX Cabrillo specification, thus, a contest logging softwarte like N1MM, EI5DI, Win-Test, AA-Log, DXLog.net and many others can be used.
N1MM allows for selecting CQ WPX, SSB or CW to start and then change modes. The output will include both SSB and CW QSOs in the right format. We have asked the N1MM team the inclusion of our contest in their supported contest for N1MM+
If the logging software you use, does not produce the expected output the log can be typed in at enhttp://www.b4h.net/cabforms/wpxcw_cab3.php
QSO data of our Cabrillo specification
--------info sent------- -------info rcvd-------- QSO: freq mo date time call rst exch call rst exch QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn ****** ************* nnn ****** QSO: 3799 PH 1999-03-06 0711 HC8N 59 001 W1AW 59 001 000000000111111111122222222223
333333333444444444455555555556 66666666677777777778 123456789012345678901234567890 123456789012345678901234567890 12345678901234567890
Column 81 is not used since there is no M2 category in our contest.
XV – Log Submission: Logs must be uploaded and sent through our own Cabrillo Validation/Submittal form: http://sa-sprint.com/enviar-log/
XVI –Log Deadline: Friday, August 26, 2016.
XVII – Certificates: Will be electronically issued to all entrants.
XVIII – Plaques/Trophies: Sponsors are welcome. Please drop us a note to: firstname.lastname@example.org
XIX – Club / Group Competition: The club competition is the result of the aggregated scores submitted by their members.
Please us the CLUB section of your Cabrillo file to enter your club/group affiliation.
Please verify your club name according to the standard list of Clubs and Groups available at: Lista de Clubes
There is no distance restriction for submitting your score in favor of a club. However, National organizations such as the JARL, ARRL, DARC, URE, REF, RCA, RCC, RCU, LABRE, etc are note eligible to enter this competition.
Oficial Web Site: http://sa-sprint.com/
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