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Air Force Anniversary QSO Party
[ Scoring Worksheet for the 2000 Air Force Anniversary QSO Party ]

The purpose of the annual event is gathering on the air as many active and former members of the Air Force as possible for a weekend of fellowship and in remembrance of all those who served.

 Dates and Times:

0001 UTC September 16th - 2359 UTC on Sept 17th, 2000

 Scoring Changes for 2000:

  1. Maximum point identifier is now 53 (it was 52 in 1999).

  2. Bonus points for working stations operating from Air Force installations include stations operating from present AND FORMER Air Force installations.

 Station Identification and "Point Identifiers":

All stations operating in the Air Force Anniversary QSO Party must use a "point identifier" which consists of the words "Air Force" (on voice modes) or the characters "AF" (on CW and digital modes) followed by a point value. The point value for a station is determined by subtracting the year the participant entered the Air Force from the year 1999.

For example, people who joined in 1947 will have a point value of 52 (1999 - 1947 = 52) and will identify "/AF52" on CW or digital modes, and "Air Force Fifty-Two" on voice. People who joined in 1989 would have a point value of 10 (1999 - 1989 = 10) and will identify as "/AF10" or "Air Force Ten."

Participants without Air Force experience are most welcome to participate and will identify as "/AF1" or "Air Force One."

Participants may use experience in any Air Force component (active, Air National Guard, or Air Force Reserve) to determine their point identifier.

For example, someone who served in the Air National Guard starting in 1966 would use as their point identifier "/AF33" or "Air Force Thirty-three" (1999 - 1966 = 33).Members of our Air Force auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, will use point identifiers based on when they joined CAP as a cadet or senior member. Previous members of our parent organization, the Army Air Corps, use a point identifier of "AF52."

 Scoring:

Total all point identifiers and multiply by number of different point identifiers worked.

For example, if you work four stations with point identifiers of "AF8", "AF22", "AF8", and "AF4", you would determine your final score by first adding together all of the point identifiers (8+22+8+4=42) and then multiplying that number by three (since you worked three different point identifiers: AF8, AF22, and AF4), for a final total of 126 (42 x 3 = 126).

(Note that you can count each identifier only once for the multiplier. So in this example, you can count "AF8" only once as a multiplier, even though you worked two "AF8" stations).

It will be in the best interest of participants to work as many of the 52 different point identifiers (AF1, AF2, AF3, AF4, etc. through AF52) as possible, since by doing so they will gain a higher multiplier.

 Bonus stations:

Stations Operating on Air Force Bases:

Bonuses are awarded for valid HF (but not VHF or UHF) contacts with stations operating from the premises of Air Force installations worldwide. All stations (club or individual) operating within the boundaries of an Air Force base will identify the name of the base they are on.

For example, K5TYP will identify "K5TYP, Air Force 52, Keesler Air Force Base". For each contact with those stations (even if more than one are on the same base), not only will you count their usual point identifiers (and use them to compute the multiplier above), but you will also earn a bonus of 100 points per valid contact to be added to your final score. If you have four contacts with stations located on AF bases, you will add 400 points to your score.

"AIR" Stations:

Score 300 bonus points for each valid HF contact with any station with the suffix of "AIR".

Note: You get credit for both bonuses when you contact an "AIR" station operating from an Air Force installation.

For example, if you work KAIR (using the point identifier "AF52"), and it is operating from Offutt AFB, Nebraska, you would get 52 points for the contact, 100 bonus points for the contact with a station operating on Offutt AFB, and 300 additional bonus points for contact with an "AIR" station.

 Scoring Summary:

  • Step 1: Add the total of all point identifiers of all stations worked.

  • Step 2: Count the number of different point identifiers worked, and multiply your score from Step 1 by that number (maximum multiplier will be 52).

  • Step 3: Count the number of valid HF contacts with stations operating from Air Force installations. Add 100 points for each of those contacts.

  • Step 4: Count the number of valid HF contacts with stations with the callsign suffix "AIR" (e.g. KØAIR, K1AIR, etc.). Add 300 bonus points to your score for each of those contacts.

A score calculation worksheet is available for download on the Razorback Radio Club Web Site.

For a sample scoring calculation sheet, you can also click here.

 Club Participation:

Clubs may use as their club point identifier the point identifier of any bona fide club member, or may base their point identifier on the date the club was formed (up to a maximum of "AF52").

 Calling Procedure:

Contest CQ calls should be given as "CQ AF" on CW and digital modes, and "CQ Air Force" on voice.

 Exchanges:

Exchanges should consist of callsign with point identifiers and signal reports.

E.G.:
CW/Digital:
"K5HOG/AF25 DE K5XH/AF1 599 K"

Voice:
"K5HOG Air Force Twenty-five this is K5XH Air Force 1, you are five by nine, over."

 Frequencies:

Operation is allowed on any authorized frequency, but we will encourage the following frequencies ending in "47" (to celebrate 1947, the year of our formation as a separate Service) as meeting places.

E.g. 3547, 3947, 7047, 7247, 14047, 14247, 21047, 21347, 28047, 28447 kHz.

 Valid Contacts:

Contact is allowed with each other station only once per band/mode.

 Awards:

Awards for 1999 will include trophies for overall worldwide single and multiple winners, and certificates for first, second, and third place single and multiple operator stations in each country, state, and province.

 Log submissions:

Log submissions for awards must include for each contact: the callsign of the station worked, its point identifier, date, time, frequency, and mode. Each page must have point identifiers totalled at the bottom of that page.

Each log submission must include on the final page the following:

  1. The total of all point identifiers
  2. The multiplier claimed
  3. Bonus points claimed for contacts with stations operating from the premises of a U.S. Air Force installation
  4. Bonus points claimed for contacts with stations having "AIR" as their callsign suffix
  5. Total points claimed
  6. A declaration as to whether the station is competing as a single operator station or a multiple operator station.
  7. Signature of the licensee or other participant.

Logs must be received by The Razorback Radio Club
not later than October 15th, 1999.

They may be mailed to:

The Razorback Radio Club
8437 Wesley Stinnett Blvd
CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD 20732
USA

E-mailed (in ASCII format only) to:

k5hog@aol.com

We look forward to a fun 1999 QSO Party. We hope you’ll spread the word and join us.

Please contact us with comments or questions:

k5hog@aol.com or TigrBeetle@aol.com

 More info at:

Razorback Radio Club Web Site:
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/k5xs/


(Date of info: July 3, 1999) - Source: Bernie Skoch, K5XS

[ Scoring Worksheet for the 1999 Air Force Anniversary QSO Party ]

Please send corrections/changes/new rules/results to:
Jan-Eric Rehn - SM3CER
sm3cer@contesting.com

URL: http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/airfaqp.htm
Copyright © 1998-1999 Jan-Eric Rehn - SM3CER
This page was created April 19 1998
Most recent revision July 5 1999
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