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.


After completion of the contest you need to email your log to vk4ts@outlook.com


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/.


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.




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)


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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