TBI Contest Begins Today!

Hello Cherryland ARC!

Apologies for not getting this announced yesterday – it’s been a doozy at work lately.

LET THE TBI CONTEST BEGIN!

It starts NOW – Nov 2nd – 00:00 UTC!

Here are the official rules!

 

Tom’s Bright Idea – Contest Rules 2017
Rules for all participants

 

1. Aim of the contest

The aims of the contest are to promote amateur radio activity in the greater Grand Traverse area, and to encourage amateur radio communications between amateur radio stations.

2. Eligible entrants

All licensed radio amateurs are invited to participate.

3. Period

Nov 2, 2017 (0000 UTC)  to Nov 30, 2017 (0400 UTC)

That’s Nov 1st, 8pm to Nov 30 Midnight in Eastern Time!

4. Entry Categories

Phone and CW entries will be scored as separate contest with a winner for each.

4.1 Single Operator – Single TX

Single operator means that one person performs all operating, logging and spotting functions without any external assistance.

4.1.1 Stations

  • All Band – High Power 150W and up
  • All Band – Low Power 5W-150W
  • All Band – QRP 5W or less
  • (submitted logs can contain multiple power settings)

5. Frequencies to be used

​CW : (any valid Amateur frequency for this mode)
Phone : (any valid Amateur frequency for this mode)

6. Contest exchanges

  • The contest exchange consists of RS(T) plus serial number sequence starting with 001 (e.g., 59(9) 001).
  • QSO’s after 999 are numbered 1000, 1001, etc.
  • Serial number sequence is to be used only within similar modes; if a station works both CW and Phone contests, each carries an independent serialized sequence.
  • The same station may be worked once per day, per mode on each band.
  • The minimum content of a valid contest QSO is a correct callsign and correct contest exchanges.

7. Scoring

A QSO with correct callsign and received exchange counts for QSO points. QSO’s with stations that do not give the required contest exchange do not count for QSO points.

7.1 Power Levels:

  • QRP stations are worth five (5) points per complete QSO.
  • Low-power stations are worth two (2) points per complete QSO.
  • High-power stations are worth one (1) point per complete QSO.

8. Multipliers
8.1 For Michigan stations:

Any Michigan County, Any State, Any country is valid for 1 multiplier per band.

8.2 For non-Michigan stations:

Any Michigan County, Any State, Any country is valid for 1 multiplier per band.

8.3 For CARC Members:

Any current and valid Cherryland ARC Member is valid for 2 multiplier per band.

8.4 For consecutive contacts:

Number of consecutive days on which you make at least one contact: this is your multiplier per band, per QSO

 

9. Final score

To calculate the final score, multiply the sum of QSO points with the sum of multipliers.

10. Logs

  • Logs must be submitted separately for CW and Phone.
  • QSO’s must be listed in chronological order.
  • Format may be paper or electronic (Cabrillo format).
  • Can email logs to only1kc8rlu@yahoo.com
  • By submitting a log, you agree that your log and the corresponding log checking report may be made open to the public.
  • Leave all your QSOs in the log, dupes included. The log checking software will find the dupes and mark them with zero points.

 

11. Closing date for logs

Cabrillo logs or typed-in paper logs shall be uploaded no later than 7 days (Dec 7, 2017), at 03:59 UTC after the end of the contest. Logs submitted after the deadline will be listed as checklogs.

12. Awards

Depending on the number of participants, the Contest Committee has discretion over the awards.

13. Judging

Violation of Amateur Radio Regulations in the country of the entrant or the rules of this contest, unsportsmanlike conduct, and taking credit for unverifiable QSO’s or multipliers may lead to disqualification.
The decisions by the Contest Committee are final and definite. The right to changes in these rules is reserved.

15. Organizer

The Cherryland Amateur Radio Club (CARC)  is the organizer of the contest.

The contest is administered by a committee composed of appointees.

 

Cherryland ARC Lecture Series

Missed the monthly Cherryland ARC meeting?  Catch the monthly lectures:

  • County Hunters – May 2015 Lecture – click here.
  • Mike Flynn KC8GW – April 2015 Lecture on Yaesu SystemFusion – click here.
  • Mike Leger W8PQ – March 2015 Lecture on Antenna Modeling – click here.
  • Chris Parrish KD8MTT – February 2015 Lecture on J Pole Antennas – click here.
  • Warren Lange W8KAN – September 2015 written lecture notes – click here.
  • Scott Rought KA8SMA – January 2016 Lecture on QRP – click here.
  • Chris Parrish KD8MTT – February 2016 Lecture on Solar Power – click here.
  • Greg Suma K8GL – May 2016 – Radio Contesting – click here.
  • Larry Camp WB8R – October 2016 – ARRL lecture – click here.
  • David Poinsett W8APT – September 2017 – Grounding – click here.

Got Radio? $39 to $53

Cherryland ARC has planned to keep a steady supply of Baofeng UV-5R VHF/UHF Ham radios available for purchase at our monthly meetings and events.  This is a great beginner/backup radio pre-programmed for repeaters from Muskegon to Mackinaw Bridge (75 repeaters).  For $39, you get the Baofeng UV-5R radio with a 3800 mAh battery.  For $53, get the radio, 3800 mAh battery, and 14.5 inch antenna (which greatly improves the radio).  We purchase them from Amazon, program and charge them, and sell them at cost plus a $3 donation to the Cherryland ARC.  If you are interested in Ham Radio (the club can help you to get your Technician license) or a “been-there-done-that” Ham operator, this is a great deal.  The radio package includes:

  • Our Version of a Quick Start Guide and Suggested Accessories
  • Printed List of 75 Local Repeaters Programmed into the Radio; 2 Simplex frequencies
  • The ability to scan local police and fire analog frequencies
  • Listen to broadcast FM stations
  • 7 NOAA Weather Stations; 2 Coast Guard frequencies (16 and 22) are also included

You can buy one at the monthly meetings or send an email to cherrylandarc@gmail.com to reserve one for you.  You can pick it up at my office in Traverse City Monday thru Friday if you can’t make the Swap or monthly meetings.

If you have already bought one, bring it to the monthly meeting and I will load the “updated” list at no charge.

Glen K8SGZ