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.

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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)


Aim Of The Contest

The objectives of this contest are for amateurs around the world to contact as many VK shires as possible in the contest period.

VK amateurs are to work the world including VK, whilst the rest of the world can only work VK.

Upcoming Contest Date & Time

The VK SHIRES is always held on the June long weekend, which is the weekend prior to the second Monday of June each year..

Contest Rules

Contest Rules


Held the weekend prior to the second Monday of June every year.

Starts: 06.00 UTC Saturday, June 10, 2017
Ends: 06.00 UTC Sunday, June 11, 2017
I. Contest Period: 24 hours for all stations, all categories.
II. Objectives: The objectives of this contest are for amateurs around the world to contact as many VK shires as possible in the contest period. IE. VK amateurs are to work the world including VK, whilst the rest of the world can only work VK
A) Bands:. 80 Metres 3.500 – 3.700 MHz, 40 Metres 7.000 – 7.250 MHz, 20 Metres 14.000 – 14.300 MHz, 15 Metres 21.000 – 21.350 MHz, 10 Metres 28.000 – 28.600 MHz. Please note there is no 75m dx window permitted for VK stations which means the rest of the world can operate above 3.700 mhz. ie. split operation
B) Modes: SSB and CW only
IV. Class of Competition:
For all categories:
Transmitters and receivers for a fixed station must be located within a 500 meter diameter circle or within the property limits of the station licensee’s address, whichever is greater.
If you are a member of a multi op team you can not partake in the contest as an individual in any way. Please note that you are permitted to have up to two transmitted signals going simultaneously.
All contest operation must be within operator’s licence restrictions and conditions, eg power output, bands used, etc.
Single OP stations are only permitted one transmitted signal at a time.

No operator is permitted to use more than one callsign for the entirety of the contest.

A Rover station is a VK station who goes either portable or mobile for the entirety of the contest and activates more than one shire.

To be considered as a roving station you must activate a minimum of 2 shires.

Please note that all portable equipment can not be set up prior to the Friday preceding the contest and no earlier than at 00.01utc.

The Rover who moves into a new SHIRE may count the same MULTIPLIER more than once per band as long as the Rover is in a new SHIRE location. Such change in location must be clearly indicated in the log.
IE. A Rover station becomes a new QSO to the stations working them when that STATION changes SHIRE locator.

Please note that in all categories below you may change band and mode as often as you like. You may also work the same station multiple consecutive bands/modes one behind the other. EG work VK4XX on 20m SSB then qsy to 15m CW then qsy to 80m CW then qsy to 40m SSB etc

1. VK Single – OP All Band Rover: Single operator(s) must do all contest related things by themself.
2. VK Multi – Two All Band Rover : Is 2 or more operators with maximum of two transmitted signals at any one time. This category MUST USE Software CONTEST LOGGERS. All operators must be fully listed when the log is submitted.
3. VK Single Op All Band….. same conditions as number 1 above
4. VK Multi – Two All Band…. same conditions as number 2 above
5. VK Single Op Foundation: Is a VK foundation licensee who must do all contest related things by themself..
6. DX Single Op—All Band….. Is a single op who must do all contest related things by themself..

V. Exchange: All VK operators to exchange callsign, RST followed by the VK shire abbreviation as per the official list provided . EG…… VK4XX ……59BU4 or 599BU4
Stations outside VK to exchange callsign, RST followed by CQ ZONE.
EG. ZL1AMO 5932 or 59932

VI. Multipliers: For stations outside VK : The multiplier is the number of different VK shires worked per band. A “VK shire” is counted once per band per mode. IE. If you work it on SSB it can be counted again on CW .To enter the contest you must have worked at least one VK Shire –
VII. For VK Stations: The multiplier is each VK shire worked per band and mode as above as well as each CQ Zone worked per band and mode .

Contest Scoring

One (1) point per QSO. Phone and CW can be worked on each band with the same station.

Multiply total QSO points times total number of multipliers worked ( ie. If you worked 33 on 80m, 43 on 40m , 16 on 20m, 21 on 15m and 5 on 10m that would be a total of 118)

Example 1. VK4XX works stations as follows:
600 qsos x 1 point = 600 points
118 vk shires worked + 35 cq zones worked = 153
600 x 153= 91,800
VK4XX final score is 91,800

Example 2. ZL1AMO works stations as follows:
700 QSOs with VK amateurs x 1 point = 700
118 VK shires work
700 x 118 = 82,600
Zl1AMO final score is 82,600

Submitting Your Log

Log Submissions: Log entries must be submitted by July 1st 2017 to be eligible for awards. Submit your electronic log in the Cabrillo format created by all major logging programs.

Send via e-mail attachment to;


You will receive a auto reply, this will save confusion as to if logs had been sent and received.

Subject line: Callsign [used in the contest] only.
VK entrants are reminded to be sure their log indicates their VK shire location. If you go portable or mobile the log must clearly define where you changed location.

If you have a paper log you wish to submit simply go to this website


Computer-generated logs must be e-submitted. Callsigns of electronic logs received are posted and updated regularly on the website.

Contest Results

Results will be published the first week of October every year.

Contest Award

Certificates PDF designed by Frank Scott VK2BFC

Thanks Champion

Logging Software

VKCL http://web.aanet.com.au/mnds/

W3KM http://www.qsl.net/w3km/gen_log.htm

SD Logger http://www.ei5di.com/

Ensure that you have the latest version of the logging software.

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