Remembrance Day Contest

Remembrance Day Contest

Next contest 11th & 12th August 2018

Contest Manager

Alan Shannon VK4SN

Contest Introduction

This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during World War II and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve the operating skills of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased in the southwest Pacific area. 

A perpetual trophy is awarded annually to the Australian state or territory with the best performance. The name of the winning State or Territory is inscribed on the trophy, and that State or Territory then holds the trophy for 12 months. The winning State or Territory is also given a certificate, as are leading entrants.

Aim Of The Contest

Amateurs will endeavour to contact amateurs in VK call areas, ZL and P29 on all bands except WARC bands. Modes allowed are voice, CW and RTTY as per the era remembered.

This Years Contest


Previous Years Contests


SO Phone

1. VK2MT 974
2. VK3XV 625
3. VK4ADC 540


1. VK2GR 758
2. VK2BJ 524
3. VK2WQ 340

SO Mixed

1. VK5LJ 1036
2. VK5GR 1003
3. VK2AZ 778

SO QRP Phone

1. VK2AOJ 419
2. VK3TST 321
3. VK2FHRK 150


1. VK2IG 170
2. VK3AGO 88
3. No Entry

SO QRP Mixed

1. VK7NTK 380
2. VK3YE 102
3. No Entry


1. VK2TUV 1322
2. VK2AU 1178
3. VK3CML 629


1. VK6NC 1437
2. VK4HH 916
3. VK2AWX 753

Top Foundation

1. VK3FMMB 165 SO PH


2. NSW Wombats VK2GR VK2BJ VK2WQ 1622
3. 31 Club VK6AXB VK6BDO VK6ZRW 1255

Rookie – Highest Score

1. VK3FMMB 165

Contest History

Upcoming Contest Date & Time

11th & 12th August 2018

Contest Rules

3. Contest Date & Time
Weekend in August closest to the 15th, 0300 UTC Saturday to 0300 UTC Sunday.
As a mark of respect, stations are asked to observe 15 minutes silence prior to the start of the contest, during which the opening ceremony will be broadcast.

4. Categories
1. Single Operator
2. Single Operator – QRP
3. Multi-Operator – Single Transmitter (Multi-Single)
4. Multi-Operator – Unlimited (Multi-Multi)

5. Sub-Category Modes for Single Operators
1. Phone (AM, FM & SSB)
2. CW (CW & RTTY)
3. Mixed

6. Permitted Bands
1. Contacts may be made on MF (160M), HF and VHF & above bands except for WARC bands (10, 18 & 24MHZ) which are excluded by IARU agreement from all contest operations.

7. Multi-operator Stations
1. Multi-operator single transmitter stations
a. Are only allowed one transmitted signal on air at any time.
2. Multi-operator Unlimited stations
a. Are only allowed two transmitted signals on any band, one per Phone and one per CW as per rule 5.1 and 5.2.
b. Simultaneous transmissions on different bands are permitted.
3. Multi-operator stations are mixed mode only.

8. Teams
Team scenario 1.
A station and two of their friends operate in the contest from their respective home QTH and participate in the contest and submit their logs in the normal manner. They are eligible for any awards in the category they entered as single operators. The contest manager was notified that these 3 stations want to form a team. Their scores are tallied together and that is the team score.
Team scenario 2.
A multi-single club has 2 operators who wish to work from their home QTH. The 2 single operators and the multi-single club contest and submit logs in the normal manner. They are eligible for any awards in the category they entered. The contest manager was notified that these 3 stations want to form a team. The 2 single operators and the club multi-single stations scores are tallied together and that is the team score.

1. A team can consist of only one of the following two options.
a) Three single operator stations
b) Two single operator stations and one multi-single station
2. A team can consist of stations located anywhere in VK, ZL, or P2.
3. An operator can only be included in one team.
4. Clubs may enter multiple teams of 3 call-signs.
5. The ‘Team Leader’ MUST nominate his team to the Contest Manager before the start of the contest. Email to with the subject “RD Team Submission”.
a) Nominations must include the Callsigns and Operators Name. Where multiple teams from one club are submitted, it is suggested to use Team Names, example: Tazzie Devils
b) The Team leader must supply postal details for receipt of any awards.
c) Once the contest has started, team members cannot be changed.
6. The winner of the team initiative will be the highest combined score from any one team.
7. Team scores are not included in the determination of the winning state.

9. Contacts
1. Suggested Call: “CQ RD”, “CQ Contest”, or “CQ Test”
2. Exchange: A valid exchange consists of RS(T) followed by a number as follows:
a. For a single operator, the number of years you have been a licenced Ham. For example, if this is your 1st year as a ham then you will sign RS(T) 001. Round off to the nearest whole number. All zeros are not accepted.
b. For a multi-op or club station, the number of licenced years of the longest licenced Amateur present at the start of the contest.
3. On all bands, stations may be contacted at intervals of not less than THREE hours since the previous contact on that band and mode.
a. FM & SSB count as one mode, as does CW & RTTY count for the CW mode. Therefore one cannot QSO with a station in FM and work them on SSB on the same band before the three hours is up.
4. No cross band contacts are allowed.
5. Exchange of contact information via satellites, telephones, repeaters, Echolink, IRLP, or the internet is not in the spirit of the contest and is banned.
6. Contacts via satellites are not allowed for scoring purposes.
7. Contacts within the same call area are permitted.

11. General Rules
1. W.I.A. General Rules for All Contests apply unless otherwise specified.
2. All operators of single operator stations must perform all operating and logging without assistance.
a. Use of spotting, skimmer, SDR and similar operator assistance software is allowed on all bands, however all replies, exchanges and log entries must be performed by the operator.
3. Holders of more than one licence or callsign MUST use only ONE callsign for the contest duration.
4. Fully automated operation is not permitted; however, computers can be used for logging or CW or RTTY reception and/or keying.
5. All operations must be in accordance with the band plan for the band in use, as published in the current edition of the WIA Callbook.
6. Any station observed as departing from the generally accepted codes of operating ethics or licence conditions may be disqualified.
* QRP stations are limited to 5 Watts average (CW/RTTY) or PEP (SSB) at the transmitter output.

12. WW2 ex Military equipment
1. Operators using Ex WW2 equipment will be awarded with a special certificate acknowledging their participation and use of such.
2. A declaration with the heading of WW2 Equipment will operate said units within the “ORIGINAL manufactures specified operating conditions”, e.g. no mods to boost the output power etc. A copy of the preferred Certificate is available on the on the WIA website at
3. Please include the declaration with your log submission.

Contest Scoring

10. Scoring
1. On 160 metres two points per completed valid contact.
2. On 23cm or higher bands two points per completed valid contact.
3. On all other bands one point. (no WARC bands allowed)
4. On CW and RTTY, irrespective of band, double points.
5. All scores obtained by the transmitting station between 0100 and 0600 LOCAL time, are tripled.

Submitting Your Log

13. Log Submission
1. Electronic Logging
a. Use of logging software is preferred as the output file will be in Cabrillo 3 format which suits our log checking software. See below for logger links.

b. Submit Log via 

c. Or failing b. above, attach your ‘callsign.log’ file to your email and send to

d. Put your callsign in the subject .
e. On receipt of your log, the manager will send an acknowledgement email to you. Just to be sure, it is advised that you flag your email for “confirmation of receipt”, in which case you will receive two emails acknowledging receipt of the log.

2. Paper Logs
a. Hand written logs are not preferred, however if sent must be legible and contain no more than 100 contacts.
b. Entrants are encouraged to enter the paper logs into a logger after the contest and email the Cabrillo log (callsign.log) as indicated above.

c. Paper logs should be accompanied by a Summary Sheet showing all the details as per the log example below and nominated team name if used.
d. Declaration: I hereby certify that I have operated in accordance with the rules and spirit of the contest; signed & dated. Please supply a contact telephone number.
e. Send paper logs and summary sheets to: RD Contest Manager. 43 Jahn Drive, Glenore Grove, QLD 4342. Do not send logs requiring a signature! Collection is an hours return drive away and may not be collected before results are finished.
3. If you genuinely have problems with the above, then acceptance of .xls, .csv, and .txt files will be considered for processing. PDF, DOC(x), MDB or picture files are not accepted.
4. Emailed Logs are to be received by the contest manager no later than 14 days after the contest ends.
5. Paper logs are to be postmarked no later than 8 days after the contest.
6. All logs will be receipted by email or on the website if no email exists for the operator.
7. Logs received after the closing date will not be eligible for processing.
8. Paper logs will not be returned unless a SASE is forwarded requesting return of the log.
9. VK entrants temporarily operating outside their allocated call area, including those outside continental Australia as defined for DXCC, can elect to have their points credited to their home State by making a statement to that effect on their summary sheet or in the ‘soapbox’ field in the Cabrillo file.

Contest Results

14. Contest Results
1. Determination of Winning State or Territory.
State score = (Total points from logs submitted) divided by (number of licencees in the state or Territory), excluding beacons and repeaters as published in the WIA Callbook for that year.
2. Unless otherwise elected by the entrant concerned, the scores of VK0 stations will be credited to VK7, and the scores of VK9 to the mainland call area which is geographically closest. Scores of P2, or ZL will not be included in these calculations, although entrants in those areas are eligible for all certificate awards.
3. Results will be published 90 days after the close of the contest on the W.I.A. website and winners announced in AR magazine as soon as practical.

Contest Award

15. Contest Awards
1. Entrants must make at least 25 contacts to be eligible for awards.
2. Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place certificates will be posted to recipients.
a. Single Operator Phone
b. Single Operator CW
c. Single Operator Mixed
d. Single Operator QRP Phone
e. Single Operator QRP CW
f. Single Operator QRP Mixed
g. Multi-operator – Single Transmitter
h. Multi-operator – Multi Transmitter
i. Team
j. The top three foundation scorers regardless of category.
3. Certificates will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placegetters for each VK call area, and ZL & P2.
a. Categories “a” through “f” as above.
4. Participants using WW2 ex military equipment will receive a special acknowledgement certificate as well as any certificates gained in winning any section.

Logging Software

17. Logging Software
a. VK Contest Log (VKCL) by Mike Subocz VK3AVV, Link
b. John Drew VK5DJ RD logging program Link
c. SD Logger by EI5DI. See (HF logging only)
d. N1MM (HF only) Support files (City and UDC) from vk4sn dot com/contests
2. Remember to check for updates immediately prior to contests to make sure you have the latest software that will contain up to date scoring and rule changes.

Logs are now processed through log checking software that uses Cabrillo V3.0 format.
An example log is as follows:

(brackets indicates option under each tag.)

START-OF-LOG: 3.0 (Options for RD Contest)
CLUB: Your club
EMAIL: your email address
CREATED-BY: Some ones Contest Log (Ver 1.0.0)
QSO: 7000 PH 2017-08-12 0353 VK7?? 59 012 VK3??? 59 003
QSO: 7000 PH 2017-08-12 0358 VK7?? 59 012 VK2?? 59 032
QSO: 7000 PH 2017-08-12 0400 VK7?? 59 012 VK7?? 59 040
QSO: 7000 PH 2017-08-12 0403 VK7?? 59 012 VK2?? 59 027
QSO: 7000 PH 2017-08-12 0407 VK7?? 59 012 VK3??? 59 007
QSO: 7000 PH 2017-08-12 0410 VK7?? 59 012 VK3?? 59 051

Contest Sponsors

VK Classifieds: SO PH Highest scoring station.
CW Operators QRP Club: Highest scoring QRP station.
Sth Pacific Contest Club: MS & MM 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Trent VK4TS: Team Winner.
VKHAM: Highest scoring Rookie.

Files For Download

RD Contest Rules
RD Rules – Quick Reference Guide
RD Paper Log, Summary sheet, and WW2 Equipment Declaration
2012 RD Contest Results
RD Article for WEBSITE 2012 -Rev2.pdf
2011 RD Contest Results
2011 RD Contest Results.pdf
2013 RD Contest Results
RD 2013 State Winner Certificates
RD 2014 Results and Statistics
RD 2014 State Winner Certificates (PDF) (update to VK3 SOPH 23-11-2014)
2015 RD Opening Address
2015 RD Results
RD 2015 State Winner Certificates (PDF)
2016 RD Results -Rev 1
RDArticleForWebsite 2016.pdf
RD 2016 State Winner Certificates Rev 1 (PDF)
2017 RD Contest Opening Address
RD 2017 State Winner Certificates (PDF) Rev 1