|RSGB Commonwealth Contest|
The Commonwealth Contest (formerly known as the British Empire Radio Union - BERU) is one of the longest-running contests in the HF contesting world. It promotes contacts between stations in the UK&CD, Commonwealth and Mandated Territories. Click here for background information.
If you have any queries about these rules, please email email@example.comChanges for 2017:
'HQ' stations active from as many as possible of the 7 different UK&CD DXCC Entities - as additional Bonuses
Reduced log submission time
|1. Objective||To achieve a good score by working as many stations and bonuses as possible.|
|2. Date & Time||
11th - 12th March 2017
10:00 - 10:00 UTC
| CW only.
3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz
On 3.5 MHz , DX contacts only may be made below 3510 kHz.
On 14 MHz no operation is allowed above 14060 kHz.
Only one signal may be transmitted at any one time.
Only stations operating from areas in the RSGB Commonwealth Call Area list may participate in this contest.
Scoring contacts may be made with any station in the Commonwealth Call Area list, apart from those within the entrant's own Call Area.
Commonwealth Society Headquarters Stations will be active during the contest and will identify by sending 'HQ' after their serial number. Only one HQ station is permitted per Commonwealth Call Area or UK&CD prefix area. Each HQ station counts as an additional call area , and entrants may (exceptionally) contact any HQ station (including one in their own call area) for points and bonuses.
The entire UK&CD counts as one Call Area , so UK&CD stations may not work each other for points. The only exceptions are the (up to 7) separate UK&CD 'HQ' stations which may be active - only they may be contacted for points and bonuses by UK&CD stations.
UK&CD entrants must be RSGB members .
Remote operation is allowed, but only where authorisation has been granted in advance by the HFCC Chair
(a) Open, Single Operator, Unassisted - 12-hour or 24-hour - Maximum legal power - no antenna restrictions.|
(b) Open, Single Operator, Assisted - 12-hour or 24-hour - Maximum legal power - no antenna restrictions.
(c) Restricted, Single Operator, Unassisted - 12-hour or 24-hour - 100W maximum - single element antennas.
(d) Restricted, Single Operator, Assisted - 12-hour or 24-hour - 100W maximum - single element antennas.
(e) QRP, Single Operator, Unassisted - 24 hour only - 5W maximum - no antenna restrictions.
(f) QRP, Single Operator, Assisted - 24 hour only - 5W maximum - no antenna restrictions.
(g) Multi-operator - Assisted - 24 hour only - Maximum legal power - no antenna restrictions.
(h) HQ stations - Multi-operator - Assisted - 24 hour only - Maximum legal power - no antenna restrictions.
In the Restricted category , a number of different single-element antennas may be used.
(a) A Team consists of up to five stations. In addition to Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and Rest of the Commonwealth teams, any Commonwealth country or geographical region may enter one or more teams.
(b) An individual station may represent only one team, and may compete in the Open, Restricted or Multi-operator Section. Each contributing station's log must be submitted in the normal way.
(c) Each team shall have a Captain , who must submit a list of callsigns of team members to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than seven days before the start of the contest. Substitutions may be accepted up to the start of the contest.
(d) Stations in the 'Rest of the Commonwealth' team(s) may only be drawn from countries or regions not submitting their own team.
(e) Each team member is competing as a single-operator or multi-operator within the overall contest. No passing of information between team members during the event is permitted, except that team members may contact each other for points and/or bonuses where the contest rules allow.
| RST plus serial number starting at 1
HQ stations additionally send 'HQ' which must be logged.
If you are not sent a serial number, log a zero .
Each QSO scores 5 points .
Commonwealth Contest Team Competition scoring :
The team score is the sum of individual adjudicated scores, with all stations located in the southern hemisphere or on the equator having their final score multiplied by a Latitude Factor.
|7. Log Submission
Submit in Cabrillo format here within 5 days following the end of the contest. View the correct Cabrillo format for this contest.
If the robot finds format errors , it will reject the log and ask for resubmission of a corrected logfile.
Adjudicated results will be online and will include online logfiles for all entrants.
Errors will incur penalties as outlined in the RSGB HF Adjudication Principles. This penalty will be the loss of 5 additional QSO points.
The use of CAT Control to log the correct frequency and mode is highly recommended - you will lose QSO points for frequency and mode errors.
A comprehensive Awards Web Page will be online in due course.
Single-operator entrants in the UK&CD will have their scores entered automatically into the RSGB HF Championship .
Any infringement considered to be outside the spirit of the contest may result in an entry being reclassified as a Checklog or disqualified.
Self-spotting or asking to be spotted is not permitted.
Call signs logged must be the same as those exchanged over the air by the entrants during the QSO. Correction of logged call signs and exchanges after the contest, by use of any database, recordings, email or other methods, is not allowed.
All requests for contacts, responses to calls, and copying of call signs and contest exchanges must be accomplished during the contest period using the mode and frequencies of the contest.
You must send your callsign at least every 3rd QSO and no less often than once a minute .
Proof of contact e.g. an MP3 audio recording, may be used as part of the adjudication process.
By entering any RSGB HF Contest you declare that :
Your station was operated strictly in accordance with the rules and spirit of the contest, within the conditions of your licence, and that the power output from your transmitter was no greater than that permitted in the section of the contest that you are entering.
You agree that decisions of the RSGB HF Contest Committee will be final in cases of dispute.
By submitting a log entry, entrants give the RSGB permission to score, amend, publish, republish, print, and otherwise distribute that entry by any means.