18Jun/17

Trans Tasman Low Bands Challenge 2017 July 15th

Trans Tasman Low Bands Challenge 2017 July 15th

 

1. Contest Introduction

This contest is to encourage Low Band Activity in Australia and New Zealand – The applicable bands are 160, 80 and 40M. The modes are SSB CW and Digital (RTTY and PSK only) 

2. Objective

Amateurs in VK and ZL will endeavour to contact other amateurs in VK and ZL.

* VK and ZL, means any station operating within Australia or New Zealand and their external territories.

* Points are only awarded for valid contacts between VK and ZL stations.

The contest is made up of 3 individual two hour blocks – you are able to work another station once per band and mode in every block. Every different Prefix used by VK or ZL stations is a valid multiplier and credit can be claimed once per band per block.

3. Contest Date & Time

The contest is held on the Saturday night of the third full weekend of July  Start Time is 08:00 UTC and finish time is 14:00 UTC 15th July 2017

4. Categories

A. Single Operator – High Power All Modes All Bands
B. Single Operator – Low Power (100 watts)
C. Single Operator – QRP
E. Multi-Operator – Single Transmitter
F. Multi-Operator – Multi Transmitter (One per band)
This contest is managed by Trent Sampson VK4TS – email vk4ts@outlook.com

You will need to download the latest version of VKCL as the scoring is slightly different to past years.

http://www.mnds.com.au/vkcl/

After completion of the contest you need to upload your log to

http://www.b4h.net/vkcc/transtasman/

06Jun/17

ZL Sprints

The ZL Winter Sprint series starts on Tuesday 13 June 2017 at 8pm NZ Time.  The format is to work as many other ZLs as you can in an hour, with the first half hour being CW and the second half hour SSB.  The exchange is signal report and outside temperature (if it is below zero then record the number with an “M” in front of it e.g. M1 is minus 1).  Each QSO is worth one point and there are no multipliers.

The Sprint runs for six consecutive Tuesdays, the first three on 40m and the last three on 80m.

Logs must be sent to me within 24 hours of each round to be counted and scores will be posted weekly.

Recommended frequencies are:

40m:  CW 7015-7035  SSB 7100-7150
80m:  CW  3520-3550 SSB 3600-3650

The full rules can be found here http://zl3x.com/zl-winter-sprint/.

25May/17

AREG Contesting Technical College 2017

Australian Contesting Technical College – Friday 19th May 3-5pm
Posted on February 28, 2017 by VK5GR

Have you ever wanted to learn about contesting but didn’t know where to start? Did you ever want to learn the secrets of how the big stations earn their scores? Well now is your chance!In May, AREG will be hosting a special event immediately prior to the WIA AGM in Adelaide. On Friday 19th at 3:00pm, the club proudly invites you to attend the “Australian Contesting Technical College”, presented by Trent Sampson VK4TS. The venue will be the clubrooms, located at the Reedbeds Community Hall, in Fulham (5 minutes from the airport for those around Australia flying in who would like to attend). This once in a lifetime event is open to anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio Contesting.

Trent VK4TS with Alan VK4SN

Trent Sampson VK4TS is the Contest Columnist for AR magazine and a member of the Lambda Contest Group who operate under the Callsign VK4KW and holds many records in Multi Operator categories in SSB RTTY and CW.

During the 2 hour session, Trent will discuss setting up a modern contest station for SO2R (SIngle Operator 2 Radios) operation as well as Multi operator station considerations, including equipment selection, interfacing, and antenna selection.

The Antenna selection part will include a real life appraisal of a contest location (likely to be one of the AREG sites) and how well it will work using High-Frequency Terrain propagation analysis.

When considering software, Trent will discuss examples of how to use the most popular software and the lessons learned from it.

Topics Covered will include:

  • Multi Operator Stations,
  • SO2R Operation
  • Filtering; Bandpass and Coax Stub,
  • Antenna selection Software usage,
  • N1MM with examples of SSB RTTY and CW.

So organise your Rostered Day Off now, or arrange to get into Adelaide a little bit earlier that day if travelling from interstate and make your way to the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group clubrooms for this once off special event!

AREG Members note: this is in addition to the May Meeting, the hall will close between 5:30 and 7:30 then reopen for the normal monthly meeting. As always visitors are welcome.

08Apr/17

VK SHIRES QSO PARTY JUNE LONG WEEKEND

VK SHIRES QSO PARTY

Contest Manager

VK Shires Contest Committee

VK4FW Bill Horner
VK4TS Trent Sampson
and an awesome backup team.

Contest Introduction

ALL HF Bands available to Standard licencees –
Modes are SSB and CW and stations can be worked once on each mode.

vk shires 2017 version12

ROVER stations as well as portable entries make up part of the character of the VK Shires as well as the timing to take place over an East Coast Long Weekend.(Queens Birthday)

NOTE:THE NAME CHANGE IS TO ENCOURAGE INTERNATIONAL STATIONS

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18Jan/17

2017 CQ WPX RTTY Contest

2017 CQ WPX RTTY Contest

February 11-12, 2017

Starts: 0000 GMT Saturday
Ends: 2359 GMT Sunday

Identical wording is used for both the RTTY and CW/SSB rules where the intent is the same.  However, there are some key differences for the RTTY mode:

  • No 1.8 MHz operation

  • QSO alerting assistance is allowed in all categories, i.e., there is no Single-Op Assisted category

  • Single-Op 30-hour limit (vs. 36)

  • Contact points:
    – Different-country contacts within any continent (not just North America) get 2 or 4 points
    – Same-country contacts get 2 points on the low bands

17Jan/17

Trans-Tasman Low Bands Challenge Final Scores

http://www.b4h.net/vkcc/transtasman/ttlbcresults2016.php

Trans Tasman Low Band Challenge Results


Final results for the 2016 contest are listed below.


Period 1 Period 2 Period 3
Call QSOs Mults Score QSOs Mults Score QSOs Mults Score Tot Score
MULTI-TWO
VK2WG 70 10 700 66 8 528 49 9 441 1,669
VK2AWX 66 9 594 60 8 480 51 10 510 1,584
VK2BV 47 9 423 38 9 342 36 8 288 1,053
VK3ER 24 7 168 32 7 224 27 8 216 608
VK2MB 26 7 182 16 7 112 19 7 133 427
VK2ATZ 31 10 310 8 4 32 6 6 36 378
VK2ACH/P 21 7 147 28 7 196 0 0 0 343
Single Op
VK4SN 96 11 1,056 59 6 354 53 10 530 1,940
VK6TV/P2 63 9 567 64 11 704 55 10 550 1,821
VK2EFM 54 10 540 60 9 540 50 10 500 1,580
VK2IO 50 7 350 60 10 600 47 10 470 1,420
VK5SFA 55 10 550 54 8 432 41 9 369 1,351
VK3XV 63 11 693 49 7 343 34 9 306 1,342
VK7VH 64 9 576 48 8 384 42 9 378 1,338
VK4BZ/2 39 8 312 48 8 384 37 9 333 1,029
VK2PX 34 8 272 45 8 360 26 9 234 866
VK4FAAS 36 9 324 30 8 240 30 10 300 864
VK5PAS/P 55 10 550 35 7 245 0 0 0 795
VK2KDP 51 8 408 51 7 357 5 4 20 785
VK4KY 50 11 550 30 7 210 0 0 0 760
VK2MT 35 8 280 50 8 400 0 0 0 680
VK3BF 24 8 192 31 7 217 30 9 270 679
VK5LJ 32 10 320 22 9 198 19 7 133 651
ZL1YE 37 7 259 24 6 144 26 8 208 611
VK3AVV 29 7 203 27 7 189 26 7 182 574
VK6POP 33 9 297 19 7 133 18 6 108 538
VK5AW 41 9 369 14 6 84 14 5 70 523
VK7BO 46 10 460 5 3 15 0 0 0 475
ZL3VZ 26 5 130 24 5 120 24 8 192 442
VK3YE 16 8 128 28 7 196 16 7 112 436
VK1HW 0 0 0 12 6 72 36 9 324 396
VK3ERA 16 5 80 23 5 115 22 9 198 393
VK3PMG 28 7 196 26 7 182 0 0 0 378
VK2FAIB 17 5 85 20 6 120 22 7 154 359
VK3GK 0 0 0 29 7 203 21 7 147 350
VK6DW 11 5 55 5 5 25 27 9 243 323
VK2GR 26 8 208 18 6 108 0 0 0 316
VK6AAK 18 9 162 0 0 0 17 7 119 281
VK2IG 0 0 0 35 8 280 0 0 0 280
VK2DEK 11 7 77 18 6 108 13 6 78 263
VK5GR 0 0 0 8 3 24 27 8 216 240
ZL2AQL 0 0 0 1 1 1 25 9 225 226
VK2FENG 27 8 216 0 0 0 0 0 0 216
ZL1MXW 7 3 21 24 7 168 0 0 0 189
ZM1W 19 6 114 9 6 54 0 0 0 168
VK4XY 0 0 0 12 5 60 12 6 72 132
VK2ZMT 16 4 64 11 4 44 0 0 0 108
VK6WE 10 7 70 0 0 0 9 4 36 106
VK5WTF 16 6 96 0 0 0 0 0 0 96
VK4ICE 4 3 12 16 5 80 0 0 0 92
VK7HKN 12 6 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 72
VK4FEMO 7 4 28 7 2 14 0 0 0 42
VK2BFC 0 0 0 8 5 40 0 0 0 40
ZL3TE 7 5 35 2 1 2 0 0 0 37
VK4IAA 4 2 8 9 2 18 5 2 10 36
VK6TKR 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 4 7
VK2CEC 3 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
VK3FDAP 1 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 0 5
VK6AS 0 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 4
VK2ACD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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17Jan/17

TRANS TASMAN 2016 CERTIFICATES

All contesters in the 2016 should have received certificates for the most recent running.

Please advise if they have come through to vk4ts@outlook.com

Full write up of results will be out this week as well as the survey monkey survey.

73

Trent VK4TS

 

 

 

 

09Dec/16

CW Contesting Efficiency Calculator

Hi All,

I have developed a tool on VBA that enables CW Contesters to check their
CW copying performance after the contest finishes.

You can download the excel file in the link below.

The file had 3 spreadsheets:

– “AllLog” is the contest log for all 20m QSOs (from Contest Cabrillo File).
– “20m” contains the extract of from log for the period of time where I
want to examine performance.
– “Audio” contains the logged Callsigns by the CW Skimmer after I played
back the contest audio recording for the same period of time (here limited
to about 20 minutes operation just for trial).

When running the macro and clicking “Calculate”, it will take each callsign
from the “Skimmed log” and check in the “20m” spreadsheet if that call was
copied by me or not during the contest. If yes, the callsign will trun
green. If not, the macro will go and check if that station came back and
call me on that band (returning station). If yes, the callsign will turn
yellow. If not, it will turn red (The skimmer copied it but I didn’t. The
station didn’t come back to me on that band).

The macro form will give numbers of:

– Total Callsigns Skimmed by CW Skimmer on that period.
– Callsigns that both Skimmer and I copied
– Percentage of callsigns both Skimmer and I copied against total stations
that called me.

In summary, the macro will give idea on how many calls I copied during the
contest versus all the station who called me on my frequency, I could hear
them, but they left the frequency when they didn’t get my answer in timely
manner, etc.
The non-returned stations percentage will give idea on the missed points
that could’ve been earned if I was more efficient copying callsigns.

You can change the spreadsheet content and calculate your performance. The
macro will know number of lines, etc.

The tool is just very basic now. If someone is interested to develop it
further, let’s discuss.

Link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9AtNpPfAOUMaDE2S1NlNUhQczg/view?usp=sharing

73


Ash ~ 3V8SS/KF5EYY
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