RSGB 80m Club Championship
A series of short weekday evening contests on 80m, promoting competition between Affiliated Societies. Individual scores in every event count towards a Society's overall score, so it is important for contest organisers to get members to come on in as many sessions and as many modes as possible. A rolling club listing is maintained on the Contest Committee web page.
(a) The frequency sub-band on CW has been modified so as to comply with contest-preferred sub-bands in IARU Band Plans.
(b) The specification of a club's "Normal (or Usual) Meeting-place" for clubs in the Local Category has been replaced by the requirement to define a club's "Virtual Meeting Place".
1. Basic Information
Rules: The HF General Rules apply to this contest.
Contest Call Signs (SCC) are not permitted in this contest, even for entrants who hold a valid NoV from OFCOM.
Dates: February to July (see Calendar for Specific Dates)
Time: 20:00-21:30 UTC (February and March). 19:00-20:30 UTC (April, May, June, July)
Mode: CW, SSB and Datamodes: see table in Calendar
Exchange: RS(T) + serial number
Contacts: A UK station is required to be at one or both ends of a QSO for it to be valid.
Non-UK: Stations operating outside the UK are welcome to participate, and their scores will be listed with UK stations in individual tables. These stations can also earn certificates by providing points to UK competitors. Scores from such stations do not contribute to club scores.
Note: There are no 80m events on Tuesdays, when the associated UKAC events above 30MHz take place.
2. Categories for Affiliated Societies
These are weekday contests between Affiliated Societies who are represented by members in each event of the series. There is no limit to the number who can participate on behalf of their club, but all must be bona fide Society members. Entrants do not need to be members of the RSGB.
Societies entering the Championship must decide to enter in one of two Categories. The Local Category is intended for societies which generally draw their membership from a limited geographical area. The General Category is intended for societies which are national, regional, or more contest-oriented, and which may have a geographically diverse membership. Societies which do not specify the category which they are entering will be placed in the General Category.
(a) LocalEach Society entering the Local Category must specify its Virtual Meeting Place -- a point from which distances are measured. The Virtual Meeting Place is simply a reference point chosen by the Society which need not have any actual connection with the club's activities. Clubs must notify the UK Postcode or 6-digit QTH locator of their Virtual Meeting Place by email to email@example.com. If appropriate, clubs must also state that they wish to enter the Local Category. This notification must be done before the first relevant contest entry of each calendar year, and the Virtual Meeting Place specified will be used for all contests as necessary for the rest of that year. The previous data for Usual (or Normal) Meeting Place is used if the notification is not made. The Virtual Meeting Place will be used for all HF and VHF AFS contests, as well as for clubs entering the Local Category of the 80m Club Championship and the 80m Sprint contests. The currently held address information can be viewed and verified during AFS log submission.
Members representing their Society in the Local Category must operate from within a circle of radius 35km from their Virtual Meeting Place and be within the UK. However, members whose home address (as shown on their Ofcom validation document) is greater than 35km from the Virtual Meeting Place of their nearest Affiliated Society may nonetheless operate from their home address when representing this Affiliated Society. Stations must state the UK Postcode or 6-digit QTH locator of their location for the session being entered when submitting their entry to the contest Robot.
Societies that do not meet the requirements of the Local Category must enter in the General Category. Members must operate from within the UK.
3. Sections for entrants
100W maximum power at the transmitter output;
QRP: 10W maximum power at the transmitter output.
Entrants may change Section from one event to another.
Entrants may represent only one Affiliated Society in a session.
Stations may be single or multi-operator.
CW: 3520-3560kHz (QRS Corral around 3555kHz)
SSB: 3600-3650kHz & 3700-3775kHz
Datamodes (RTTY and PSK): 3580-3620kHz.
Notes regarding frequency use:
(i) On SSB, the lowest "carrier" (dial) frequency to be used in order to stay within the allocated sub-bands is 3602kHz for the sub-band 3600-3650kHz, and 3702kHz for the sub-band 3700-3775kHz.
(ii) The frequency segment 3580 to 3585kHz is reserved for PSK operation - stations operating PSK must transmit only between these limits. Stations operating RTTY must not make QSOs in this 5kHz segment.
One point per contact. An entrant may be contacted once per session on CW or SSB, and twice on datamodes (once on RTTY, once on PSK). For CW and SSB, the final score will be normalised to the leading score in their Section, with the leading score being awarded 1000 points and all other scores expressed in proportion.
In the datamodes contests, contacts may be on RTTY or PSK only. The same station may be worked on both RTTY and PSK, and an entrant's score on each mode (RTTY and PSK) is normalised to the leader on that mode. For each entrant, the two mode scores are then added together and the sum again normalised, so that the leading overall score in each Section is awarded 1000 points and all other scores are expressed in proportion.
The Cabrillo Mode Codes are RTTY: RY, PSK: PS
Entrants are advised to look at their logs carefully before submission, being particularly careful to check that "RY" and "PS" are recorded correctly in Datamode logs.
Each session is a contest in its own right, and log entries must be submitted to http://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/hfenter.pl within seven days of the contest. So for example, for a contest on the 5th March, the deadline is 23:59:59 on the 12th March. Entries must be in Cabrillo format.
In order to count towards the total for an Affiliated Society, the Society name must be clearly indicated when the log is submitted to the contest Robot. Societies are advised to appoint a Contest Coordinator, who will check members' entries, to ensure that the correct format is used, that logs contain all required information and are submitted on time, and also that Local Category entries provide the required location information.
As an alternative to using logging software during the contest, details can be logged on paper and entered directly onto the web form here after the event
7. Tables and Awards
There will be a listing of Societies for each Category: Local and General.
The leading Society
in the two categories considered together receives
The leading Society in the other Category receives the Horace Freeman Trophy
The top three Societies in both Categories are awarded certificates
There will be separate listings for CW, SSB & Datamodes entrants, showing UK & non-UK together.In each listing, the three leading UK stations in both 100W & 10W Sections receive certificates