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CCARC-NEWS edition 12-13

CCARC-NEWS edition 12-13



ISSUE No 12-13   8th. April 2012

In this Issue:

  1. QRP contest 14th. April.
  2. CCARC April business meeting Friday 13th.
  3. WICEN AGM Saturday 14th. April (with BBQ).

1. QRP “hours” contest 14th. April

Several club members have expressed an interest in taking part in this short & friendly 80m 5W contest. I ask all of those CCARC club members who enter a log, please also send me a copy and if we have six or more entrants, I’ll draw up a “contest table” of just our members entries and position for display on the website and in the club rooms.

Please remember 5W maximum – this is a friendly QRP contest.

Thanks to the COQC for organising this, if you are interested in QRP please consider joining and supporting the COQC – here are the contest rules:

VK QRP Club CW Operators’ QRP Club Inc.


Sponsored by the CW Operators’ QRP Club Inc. (COQC), the aim of the QRP Hours Contest is to make as many contacts as possible within a one-hour period using your choice of mode. While it is hoped that the event will be strongly supported by COQC members, it is open to all licensed amateur radio operators.

Date / Time: Saturday, 14th April 2012 / 1000-1159 UTC.

Band: 80m

Category: Single Operator.

Modes: CW or PSK31 or RTTY / SSB

Power: Preferably 5 Watts, but not more than 10 Watts average (CW / PSK31 / RTTY) or PEP (SSB) at the transmitter output – this is to stress the QRP nature of the event.

Exchange: A three-digit serial number starting at 001 and incrementing by one for each new contact.

Repeat Contacts: No repeats – only one contact per mode per hour.

The contest is divided into two (2) one-hour periods. Modes and frequency sub-bands are allocated to each hour as shown below.

First Hour UTC: 1000-1059 CW or PSK31 or RTTY (8-9pm local)
3.500-3.535 (CW) 3.620-3.630 (PSK31 / RTTY)

Second Hour UTC: 1100-1159 SSB (9-10pm local)

Score one (1) point per contact regardless of mode.
No multipliers apply.
QRP stations can count contacts with QRO stations towards their final score.

Logs must show full details for each QSO, viz. time (UTC), station worked, mode, exchange serial sent, and exchange serial received.

A Summary Sheet showing operator’s call sign, name, address and total points claimed must accompany the Log.

The preferred method of sending the log is email, but entrants must still include their postal address as per the Summary Sheet.

Send Logs and Summary Sheet to the Contest Manager, Mike Dower VK2IG – email: qrphours@exemail.com.au; or snail mail: PO Box 8013, Gundaroo, NSW, 2620.

Emailed logs must be postmarked no later than 2359 AEST on Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012; snail mailed logs must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012.

Feel free to include information about your station and band conditions; and any comments on what you liked, what you’d like to see included or improved, etc.

Certificates will be awarded to the highest scorers in each mode in each VK State or Territory and ZL

This is a simple contest exchange so paper logs could be used but for those who “MUST” use a PC, here’s a simple spreadsheet that I have created for entries – note this is NOT an official entry form, purely a tool I have written for use during the contest – you will need to modify it before you send your entry in – Ed VK2ARE.




2.  CCARC April Business meeting Friday 13th.

Please remember that the CCARC business meeting is a week later this month because of Good Friday, so it will now take place this coming Friday, the 13th. at the club rooms at Kariong as usual starting at 7:30pm.

3. WICEN CNC AGM Saturday 14th. April.

The WICEN Central Coast group will be holding their AGM at the CCARC club room at Kariong this coming Saturday afternoon at 2pm.

Whether you are coming for the WICEN meeting or just for the normal Saturday meet, bring along a hearty appetite for Bob’s wonderful Barbeque!

CCARC online links:  https://www.ccarc.org.au/wp/?p=43682

For what’s coming up in the next few months at the CCARC, please check the club calendar, accessible from the header on any page on the website.

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