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Worked All Europe DX Contest – Rules 2020

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 11:36

(2020-05-13)

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) invites radio amateurs world wide to participate in the annual WAE DX Contest.

Effective of May 2014 are the General Contest Rules of DARC Committee DX and HF Contesting.

1 Times

CW: August, second full weekend
Saturday, August 08, 2020, 0000 UTC until Sunday, August 09, 2020, 2359 UTC

SSB: September, second full weekend
Saturday, September 12, 2020, 0000 UTC until Sunday, September 13, 2020, 2359 UTC

RTTY: November, second full weekend
Saturday, November 14, 2020, 0000 UTC until Sunday, November 15, 2020, 2359 UTC

 

2 Bands

3.5 – 7 – 14 – 21 – 28 MHz.

According to IARU recommendations operation should be avoided outside contest-preferred segments. No operation to take place on:

CW : 3560-3800; 7040-7200; 14060-14350 kHz
SSB: 3650-3700; 7050-7060; 7100-7130; 14100-14125; 14300-14350 kHz.

 

3 Categories
  • SINGLE-OP LOW
    Max. output 100 watts – all bands. Only one signal permitted at any time.
  • SINGLE-OP HIGH
    Output higher than 100 watts – all bands. Only one signal permitted at any time.
  • MULTI-OP
    Band changes are allowed every 10 minutes; this includes all activities of a main station, including QSO & QTC traffic and CQing.
    Only exception: Working of a multiplier. Other transmitters may be used in parallel to the main station to work multipliers on other bands.

Notes:

  • Transmitters, receivers and antennas used in the contest must be located within a 2 km diameter circle.
  • The use of DX spotting nets is allowed in all categories.
4 Off Times

Single Operator stations may only operate 36 out of the 48-hour contest period.

Off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO or QTC is logged.

 

5 Exchange

A contest QSO can only be conducted between a European and a non-European station (exception: RTTY, see §12). The exchange consists of RS/RST and a progressive serial number starting with 001. If the station worked does not send a serial number, log the contact with number 000. Each station can be credited only once per band.

 

6 Multiplier

For non-European stations the multiplier is the number of countries defined in the WAE Country List (see below) worked per band.

For European stations every non-European DXCC entity counts as a multiplier.
Exception: In the following countries up to ten numerical call areas count as multipliers:
W, VE, VK, ZL, ZS, JA, PY and RA8/RA9 and RAØ – without respect to their geographical location.

Examples: W1, K1, KA1 and K3../1 count as W1;
VE1, VO1 und VY1 count as VE1;
JR4, 7M4 und 7K4 count as JA4;
ZL2 and ZL6 are two different multipliers.

Multiplier bonus: Country multiplier points are “weighted” by band. Multiply the number of countries worked on 3.5 MHz by four, on 7 MHz by three, and on 14/21/28 MHz by two. The total multiplier is the sum of the weighted multiplier points of all bands.

 

7 QTC Traffic

Additional points can be achieved by QTCs. A QTC is the report of a contest QSO back to a European station (exception: RTTY, see §12).

The following rules apply:

  1. A QTC contains time, call sign and serial number of the reported QSO. Example: “1307 DA1AA 431” means that DA1AA was worked at 1307 UTC and sent serial number 431.
  2. Each QSO may only be reported once as a QTC. The QTC may not be reported back to the original station.
  3. Every QTC that was correctly transferred, counts one point for the sender and one point for the receiver.
  4. Two stations may exchange up to 10 QTCs maximum. The two stations may establish contact several times to complete the quota.
  5. QTCs are transferred by means of QTC series. A QTC series is a block of one (minimum) to ten (maximum) QTCs. QTC series are numbered using the following scheme: The first figure is the progressive serial number starting with one; the second figure denotes the number of QTCs in the series. Example: “QTC 3/7” means this is the third QTC series transmitted by this station and it contains seven QTCs.
  6. For every QTC series that is transmitted or received, the QTC number, time and frequency band of the QTC transmission must be logged. If any of this data is missing from your log, no credit will be given for this QTC series.
8 Scoring

The final score is the result of total QSOs plus QTCs on all bands multiplied by the sum of all multipliers weighted by the band bonus factor (see §6).

 

9 Disqualification

Violation of the rules of the contest or unsportsmanlike conduct will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification. The decisions of the contest-committee are final.

 

10 Submissions

URL: http://www.waedc.de

Messages to contest manager (no logs): waedc-info(at)dxhf.darc.de

Logs need to be uploaded in Cabrillo-Format here:

URL: https://www.dxhf.darc.de/~waecwlog/upload.cgi?form=referat&lang=en

Log-deadline CW: 17. august 2020, 23:59 UTC

Log-deadline SSB: 21. september 2020, 23:59 UTC

Log-deadline RTTY: 23. november 2020, 23:59 UTC

By submitting an electronic log, the participant claims to fully accept the rules of the contest. A written declaration is not necessary.
Note: After publication of the results all logs will be put into the DARC Contest Logbook (DCL).

Hand-written logs:

After the contest use a proper logging program or LM from DL8WAA to enter your data.

See Link: http://contestsoftware.com/e/home.htm

If you do not have a computer, please ask a friend or family member to import the log.

 

11 DX & Contest Club Competition

The club score is calculated by adding the final results of all participating club members in all three WAE contests, excluding SWLs. To be counted, the name of the club has to be indicated in the log on a separate header line using the keyword “CLUB“.

The club must not be an official national amateur radio club. For a club to be listed, a minimum of three logs must be submitted.

A trophy is sponsored for the top DX (non-EU) and the top EU clubs.

For DL stations participating in the German DARC/VFDB-Clubmeisterschaft put your DOK in the log on a separate header line using the keyword “SPECIFIC“.

 

12 Special Rules for RTTY

In the RTTY portion of the WAEDC there are no continental limits; everybody can work everybody. Only QTC traffic must be performed between different continents.

Every station may send and receive QTCs. The sum of QTCs exchanged between two stations (sent plus received) must not exceed 10 (ten).

The European and non-European multipliers indicated in §6 count for all stations.

 

13 Log Deadline

Log deadline is always seven days after the end of the contest.

 

14 Criteria for WAEDC Awards and Plaques

Continental winners will receive a plaque. Printable online certificates will be availabe for all stations on result publication.

Entries from countries split by numerical call areas for multiplier reasons (see §6) will be listed according to their reported location within their respective geographical call area.

Stations who activate a WAE country for the WAEDC from where no log was received over the last three years will be recognized as “WAEDC Hero” and receive a special prize.

For 2020 these countries are:   1A0, C3, HV, IS0, JW/b, JX, OY, R1F, SV/A, SV5, T7, ZA, ZB

Stations who have been in the Top-Ten/Top-Six list for at least five times can apply for a special plaque.

The WAEDC committee reserves the right to honor special contest activities with additional plaques.

 

15 Audio Recording

The Top 3 entrants of every category (Single OP Low EU, Single OP High EU, Multi-OP EU, Single OP Low DX, Single OP High DX, Multi-OP DX) have to send an audio recording of the received and own signal of the whole operating period. This has to be done ONLY ON REQUEST of the Contestmanager. If a station failed to send the requested recording, all not direct checkable QSOs can be removed. This is not recommended for RTTY.

 

 

WAE Country List

1AØ, 3A, 4O, 4U1I, 4U1V, 9A, 9H, C3, CT, CU, DL, E7, EA, EA6, EI, ER, ES, EU, F, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GM/s, GU, GW, HA, HB, HBØ, HV, I, IS, IT, JW, JW/b, JX, LA, LX, LY, LZ, OE, OH, OHØ, OJØ, OK, OM, ON, OY, OZ, PA, R1F, RA, RA2, S5, SM, SP, SV, SV/A, SV5, SV9, T7, TA1, TF, TK, UR, YL, YO, YU, Z6, Z3, ZA, ZB.[R1M removed]

More:https://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/referat-conteste/worked-all-europe-dx-contest/en/

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Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:44

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated on 14.325 MHz on July 31 at 1500 UTC as Hurricane Isaias [pronounced: ees-ah-EE-ahs] heads toward the US on an uncertain trajectory.  The Volusia County, Florida, and State emergency operations centers were reported at a Level 3 (Monitoring) status.

“For years I’ve said, ‘Just when you think you have Mother Nature figured out, she changes her mind,’” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “Shortly after Advisory 11 for then-Tropical Storm Isaias was issued [at 0300 UTC], an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft found that the tropical storm had strengthened to a hurricane. The maximum winds had increased to 80 MPH with higher gusts making the storm a Category 1 hurricane.”

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast for 0900 UTC called for Isaias to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane during the next 24 hours.

 “Unfortunately, Isaias appears to be taking a somewhat similar track along the US east coastline, such as Matthew in 2016 and Dorian in 2019,” Graves said. “Interests throughout the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and farther north need to keep a close watch on Isaias. This means the Hurricane Watch Net could be running another marathon activation.”

An NHC Advisory issued at 1500 UTC included a Hurricane Watch for portions of the Florida east coast from north of Deerfield Beach northward to the Volusia-Brevard County Line. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for portions of the Florida east coast from north of Ocean Reef northward to Sebastian Inlet and for Lake Okeechobee.

As of 1500 UTC, the NHC said the center of Hurricane Isaias was located near latitude 21.7 N, longitude 74.5 W, moving toward the northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and a general northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected for the day or so followed by a turn toward the north-northwest.  On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will continue to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas today. Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas tonight, and move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas Saturday and near the east coast of the Florida peninsula Saturday afternoon through Sunday. 

“On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will continue to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas today. Isaias is forecast to be near the central Bahamas tonight, and move near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday and near the east coast of the Florida peninsula Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

“Tropical storm conditions are possible along portions of the Florida east coast beginning Saturday, and a tropical storm watch remains in effect. While storm surge watches are not currently needed for this area, they may be required later today, if the forecast track shifts closer to the coast. Heavy rains associated with Isaias may begin to affect south and east-central Florida beginning late Friday night, and the eastern Carolinas by early next week, potentially resulting in isolated flash and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas. Isolated minor river flooding is possible in the Carolinas early next week,” the NHC said. “Hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surges are expected in portions of the Bahamas today and Saturday, and hurricane warnings are in effect for these areas. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.”

The HWN seeks “observed ground-truth data from those in the affected area,” including wind velocity and gusting, wind direction, barometric pressure, and, if available, rainfall, damage, and storm surge. “Measured weather data is always appreciated, but we do accept estimated,” Graves noted.

Source:ARRL

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Source:https://swling.com/

During this session, the [ARRL] Board took the following actions:

Accepted the final recommendations of the Band Planning Committee. Committee chair and ARRL First Vice President Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, introduced the motion to adopt the plan. An earlier draft of the plan was introduced at the Board’s in-person January meeting. After the January Board meeting, the Committee received and considered hundreds of comments from interested amateurs. The final band plan can be viewed on the ARRL website.

The new plan only applies to the HF band and makes no changes to 160 and 60 meters. A couple other notes from the accepted plan:

  • No changes to CW allocations throughout all amateur bands
  • RTTY and all other narrowband, non-ACDS modes permitted wherever data
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As you read through the changes, keep in mind that the new plan addresses expanded Technician HF privileges and also re-defines ACDS (Automatically Controlled Digital Stations) allocations among other modifications.

Technicians will be happy to note they’ll have new phone and image privileges on 80 meters (3,900 – 4,000 kHz), 40 meters (7,225 – 7,300), and 15 meters (21,350 – 21,450 kHz).

Click here to download a PDF of the accepted (final) proposed band plan.

Source: https://swling.com/

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SignalID – Automatic Radio Signal Identification for Android

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 08:24

There’s an incredible amount of radio signals.

It’s impossible to know them all, let alone recognize them.
So why not get help from SignalID?
At the moment, it recognizes about twenty signals (the exhaustive list is below)
With only 5 seconds of recording time, it tries to recognize the signal.

To use it:
Set the frequency and bandwidth properly.
Selecting the frequency range. (0-30 MHz / Other)
Place the microphone of the telephone near the loudspeaker. (The quieter the environment is around, the fewer errors will occur)
Press the big button that dances.
Wait 5 seconds. (Time required for record)

Tips :
The algorithm is based on frequency, a wrong tuning of your radio/SDR will result in an erroneous detection.
The recording is limited to 5 seconds, for practical reasons. Recognition of a signal may require several attempts.

If you notice bugs, have remarks or suggestions, please leave a comment.

Here is the non-exhaustive list of recognized signals :
– RTTY (Commercial 85Hz, 170Hz, 450Hz, 850Hz, Amateur 170Hz)
– PactorI (Standard, FSP, FEC, SELCALL)
– ASCII (170Hz)
– ALIS
– Codan8580 (200Hz, 250Hz)
– CIS36_50
– CIS40_5
– CIS50_50
– STANAG 4285 (GEN, SYS3000 FEC, 8PSK, TFC, IDLE, SYS3000)
– FT4
– FT8
– WEFAX (120, 240)
– 2G ALE
– 3G ALE
– CHIP64
– APRS (Burst)

And more ! Complete list in the application.
– ATIS
– Tetrapol
– POCSAG
– FLEX (2FSK)
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NanoVNA Port Extension using the Electrical Delay setting

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stay tuned for details…

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NEW-CYCLE SUNSPOT ACTIVITY: Solar Cycle 25 is gaining strength. Today there are two new-cycle sunspots on the solar disk: AR2767 and AR2768. Both have magnetic polarities that identify them as members of Solar Cycle 25. Neither appears to pose a threat for strong solar flares, though, so the quiet of Solar Minimum continues. Aurora alerts: SMS Text.

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FCC Fines HobbyKing Nearly $3 Million for Marketing Unauthorized Drone Transmitters

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 07:40

The FCC has issued a Forfeiture Order (FO) calling for HobbyKing to pay a fine of $2,861,128 for marketing drone transmitters that do not comply with FCC rules. An FCC Enforcement Bureau investigation stemmed in part from a 2017 ARRL complaint that HobbyKing was selling drone transmitters that operated on amateur and non-amateur frequencies, in some instances marketing them as amateur radio equipment. The fine affirms the monetary penalty sought in a June 2018 FCC Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL). The FCC said its investigation found that dozens of devices marketed by the company transmitted in unauthorized radio frequency bands and, in some cases, operated at excessive power levels. “Such unlawful transmissions could interfere with key government and public safety services, like aviation systems,” the FCC said.“We have fully considered HobbyKing’s response to the NAL, which does not contest any facts and includes only a variety of legal arguments, none of which we find persuasive,” the FCC said in the FO. “We therefore adopt the $2,861,128 forfeiture penalty proposed in the NAL.”

The FCC pointed out in the FO that it has previously made clear that “[d]evices used in the Amateur Radio Service do not require authorization prior to being imported into the United States, but devices for other services, including the CB service, require Commission approval.” The FCC investigation found that 65 models of devices marketed by HobbyKing should have had FCC certification.

Responding to the NAL, HobbyKing claimed to have ceased marketing the 65 models the FCC identified, but promised only to make “best efforts” not to market other noncompliant RF devices. “HobbyKing has a continuing obligation to market only radio frequency equipment that is properly authorized,” the FCC said. “We therefore remind HobbyKing that continuing to market noncompliant radio frequency devices could result in further significant forfeitures.”

HobbyKing has 30 days to pay the fine. If it fails to do so, the matter will be referred to the Department of Justice for collection.   

SOURCE:ARRL

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ISS MAI-75 SSTV activity planned for Aug 4-5

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 07:33

It is planned Russian cosmonauts will transmit amateur radio Slow Scan Television (SSTV) images from the International Space Station (ISS) during August 4-5 on 145.800 MHz FM (likely using PD-120). It should be receivable across the British Isles and Europe.

On July 9, ESA Education had Tweeted:
“We are expecting the ISS to transmit pictures in the next weeks for the 45th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz test project. This is a perfect opportunity to try this activity for yourself!”
https://twitter.com/ESA__Education/status/1281140713237946370

Apollo–Soyuz was the first international space mission, carried out jointly by the United States and the Soviet Union in mid-July 1975.

ISS SSTV MAI-75 image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng handheld

An announcement made July 27 on the ARISS SSTV Blog says:

The final crew schedule for the week of Aug 3-9 was released recently and it showed a MAI-75 activity scheduled for Aug 4 and 5. This is soon after the Space X Demo-2 undock so changes to that event could impact the schedule.

The current dates and times of the planned activity are as follows:
Aug 4 (12:25-18:10 UTC) is setup and day 1 operations.
Aug 5 (11:15-18:45 UTC) is day 2 operations and close out.

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This is the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment that is active for orbital passes over Moscow, Russia. It has traditional been PD-180 or PD-120 and transmitting on 145.800 MHz.

Source ARISS STV Blog http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

The ISS puts out a strong signal on 145.800 MHz FM and a 2m handheld with a 1/4 wave antenna will be enough to receive it. Many FM mobile and base station rigs can be switched been wide and narrow deviation FM filters. For best results you should select the filter for wider deviation FM (25 kHz channel spacing). Handhelds all seem to have a single wide filter fitted as standard.

The space agency ESA has released a video ‘How to get pictures from the International Space Station via Amateur Radio’ along with a collection of Tutorial videos explaining how to receive ISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) pictures for different computers and mobile devices
https://amsat-uk.org/2020/07/08/esa-promote-amateur-radio-iss-sstv/

Read the Raspberry Pi article Pictures from space via ham radio
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/pictures-from-space-via-ham-radio/

ISS SSTV info and links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Free UK amateur radio online training course https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

Source:AMSAT UK

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