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::.  RULES

ARI International DX Contest
Link to ARI International DX Contest Web Site
Rules for DX entrants
(outside of I & ISØ)

The Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (A.R.I.)
has the honour of inviting radio amateurs
all over the world to participate in the
2004 ARI International DX Contest.


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 Aim:

It’s a world-wide competition. Everybody can work everybody.

 Date and time:

The contest will be held on each first full weekend of May

From 2000 UTC Saturday till 1959 UTC Sunday

Dates for the next years are:

2004: May 1 - 2

2005: May 7 - 8
2006: May 6 - 7
2007: May 5 - 6

 Categories:

  1. Single Operator - CW
  2. Single Operator - SSB
  3. Single Operator - RTTY
  4. Single Operator - Mixed
  5. Multi Operator - Single TX - Mixed
  6. SWL - Single Operator - Mixed

 Bands:

Bands from 10 m thru 160 m (RTTY: 10 m thru 80 m), except WARC bands, are allowed according to IARU Band Plans.

Band AND MODE can be changed only after 10 minutes you have been on it (only Multi Operators).

 Exchange:

Italian stations will send RST and two letters to identify their province.

Other stations will send RST and a serial number from 001. The serial number will NOT restart from 001 on each band/mode.

 Multipliers:

  • Each Italian province (103) count 1 (one) multiplier
  • Each DXCC country (except I & ISØ) count 1 (one) multiplier

The same multiplier (country/province) can be counted once and only once for band.

The 103 Italian provinces (by call-area) are:

I1 AL - AT - BI - CN - GE - IM - NO - SP - SV - TO - VB - VC 12
IX1 AO 1
I2 BG - BS - CO - CR - LC - LO - MI - MN - PV - SO - VA 11
I3 BL - PD - RO - TV - VE - VR - VI 7
IN3 BZ - TN 2
IV3 GO - PN - TS - UD 4
I4 BO - FE - FO (or FC) - MO - PR - PC - RA - RE - RN 9
I5 AR - FI - GR - LI - LU - MS - PI - PO - PT - SI 10
I6 AN - AP - AQ - CH - MC - PS (or PU) - PE - TE 8
I7 BA - BR - FG - LE - MT - TA 6
I8 AV - BN - CB - CE - CZ - CS - IS - KR - NA - PZ - RC - SA - VV 13
FR - LT - PG - RI - ROMA (or RM) - TR - VT 7
IT9 CL - CT - EN - ME - PA - RG - SR - TP - AG 9
ISØ CA - NU - SS - OR 4
  103

 QSO points:

  • QSO/Hrd with own country counts 0 (zero) point but is good for the multipliers credit
  • QSO/Hrd with own continent counts 1 (one) point
  • QSO/Hrd with different continent counts 3 (three) points
  • QSO/Hrd with any Italian (I & ISØ) station counts 10 (ten) points

The same station can be contacted on the same band once on SSB/CW/RTTY but only the first QSO is good for multipliers credit.

PLEASE REMEMBER that I (Italy) and ISØ (Sardinia Island) are NOT country-multipliers.

 Final score:

The sum of QSO-points from all bands times the sum of multipliers from all bands.

 SWL stations:

Listeners are required to log the callsigns of both the station heard and the correspondent station. Score is calculated based only upon the station heard using the same rules as transmitting stations.

A callsign may not appear more than 3 (three) times as a correspondent regardless of mode. SWLs MUST log no more than 1 (one) QSO on each line of their log.

 Log:

Paper logs:
Separate logs are necessary for each band. Logs must show all the QSOs data. A summary sheet is required showing all the scoring details, class of entry, name, callsign, full address of the applicant, callsign of other operators and a signed declaration.

Paper Logs must be mailed within 30 days from the end of the contest and addressed to:

Logs should be mailed to:
A.R.I. Contest Manager
c/o ARI
Via D. Scarlatti 31
I-20124 MILANO (MI)
ITALY

Logs on diskette:
Logs on diskette are really very welcome and accepted in substitution of paper logs. Please send us your log on diskette. Accepted formats are: N6TR, K1EA, EI5DI, UA1AAF, WF1B, OH2GI, DL4RCK, Writelog, Cabrillo as well as the MS DOS software distributed FREE of cost from the Contest Committee. A printed summary sheet must always be enclosed.

E-mail logs:
Alternatively, logs in ASCII format (or as attached files) may be sent via e-mail addressed to:

E-mail entries to:
aricontest@ari.it

You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your log within 48 hours.

 Penalties and disqualifications:

Logs will be carefully checked by the Contest Committee and mistakes may cause a score reduction. Disqualification may apply for:

  • excessive number of unmarked duplicates (more than 2%),
  • violation of the "10 minutes rule" (either for band and mode),
  • excessive declared score,
  • log without the summary sheet.

Instead to disqualify a log, the Committee may decide to penalize it by erasing a percentage of its score.

 Awards:

A plaque with a certificate will be awarded to the top scoring station in each class.

Special plaques can be awarded by the Contest Committee if country / continental / call-area participation will justify the decision.

A certificate will be awarded to No. 2, 3, 4, 5 top scoring stations in each class as well as to the top scoring stations in each country in each class.

 Free software:

A brand new software to handle ARI DX Contest has been written by UA1AAF. It can be used on real-time or either after the contest. It sends CW with the usual interfaces and it can be used in both K1EA or N6TR modes. It is shareware and it can be freely downloaded from <http://www.qsl.net/contest_ari/>.

 All time records:

The ARI DX Contest All Time Records sorted by country, continent and category can be found on <http://www.qsl.net/contest_ari/> and on <http://www.ari.it/>.

On the same pages is availale a set of rules written in other languages.

Date of info: 24 March, 2004 Source: Paolo, I2UIY
and ARI International DX Contest Web Site
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How to prepare and send your log...
Copied from ARI International DX Contest Web Site
 
Sunday, 20:00 UTC, the ARI International DX Contest is just finished. We hope you had fun in the contest! The next step is to submit your log but not now... take your time, there are no prizes for who submits his log immediately. It’s much better do it after several days and, most of all, after you read and checked your log a couple of times.

Remember: we need your log even if you did only few QSOs. It will help us checking all the other logs that we will receive. So, PLEASE, take 5 minutes to send us your file within the deadline that will be a month after the end of the contest. Guess what? You might even end #1 in your country (who knows?) and win a nice colorful certificate.

In these days, E-mail is the best way to submit a log...

  • You will receive a acknowledgement of the reception of your log within few minutes so you will be sure that we have it
  • You will not need to spend money using regular mail
  • You will not risk that your envelope will get lost or damaged in the mail somewhere between your mail-drop and our mail-box

Anyway, if you like to send us a paper log, we will accept it but remember that someone will need to type-in all your QSOs. We got some volunteers but this is a work that we don’t like to do. Computers are very common in these days so we would appreciate very much is you would type-in your QSOs by yourself. There are a large variety of programs that handle our contest and some of them are FREE. Visit the software page to see the list of the available programs.

Please, if you logged on a computer, do not send us a computer printout by regular mail. Please send us a disk or an E-mail with your data. If you are not certain, if you can send the correct files, send us what you have - including an ASCII readable summary sheet and stating what type of software (if any) was used to compile the log.

A log on diskette would work fine but it would be much easier and faster sending us the files by E-mail. Anyway, the right mail address to use is this:

A.R.I. Contest Manager, c/o ARI, Via D. Scarlatti 31, I-20124 Milano (MI), ITALY

Just few words to help you locating the right files to send us. Most of the modern programs can produce a Cabrillo file. That would work fine for us so if you are in doubt about which could be the right file to send us, just use the Cabrillo format. We put together a page dedicated to Cabrillo, just to help who is not familiar with this format, yet. Please remember that if you send us a Cabrillo log, then you don’t need to add anything else (no dupe-sheet, no summary sheet, no multipliers’ list).

If you used an old version of your software that doesn’t has Cabrillo capability, just send us a regular ASCII contest log file in chronological order. CT by K1EA creates a .ALL file, TR by N6TR creates a .DAT file, SuperDuper by EI5DI creates a .LOG file and so on. We will convert your file into the format we need. Just and important recommendation: please do NOT edit the log file. Just leave it as it has been created by the software. In this way we will be able to use our automatic file converters that won’t work if the file has been changed.

If you like using a homemade contest software, please be sure to implement one of the common ASCII contest log formats. Remember: we don’t need to print your log so please do not fill it with special printing characters, these will only make more difficult the conversion into a more friendly format.

Guess who are the two worst enemies for a log checker? A log made with Excel (.XLS) and a log made with Word (.DOC). These are the two worst formats that we can receive. They will require a lot of time for the conversion and, sometimes, it’s easier typing-in all the QSOs from the beginning than spending time with the conversion.

So, now we must assume that we have been able to convince you to handle the contest with one of the most common contest logging software and then to send us your log by E-mail.

Here is a checklist for sending logs by e-mail:

  • This is the E-mail address for your log: <aricontest@ari.it>
  • Your callsign must be in the message subject
  • Your log is preferred in Cabrillo format (but we will accept all formats)
  • All times must be in GMT format
  • When you send an electronic log, you don’t need to split it by bands or modes, just send a single file in chronological order
  • If you’re not familiar with Cabrillo format, please take few minutes to read the Cabrillo specs
  • The contest name in the log looks like this: CONTEST: ARI-DX. Be sure a space follows the colon
  • Your claimed score is not important, we will re-score your log anyway
  • It is not necessary to sign your electronic log. By submitting your log, you automatically declare that you are accepting the contest rules
  • Please attach all files to a single E-mail message. Do not split your logs over several messages
  • Please do not send logs from different stations in a single message. Send one E-mail per callsign and mode
  • Make sure that the category is one of the standards shown on the dedicated Cabrillo information page:

    CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP CW
    CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP SSB
    CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP RTTY
    CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP MIXED
    CATEGORY: MULTI-ONE
    CATEGORY: CHECKLOG

If you have any question, feel free to contact the Contest Manager that will be able to suggest the best way to submit your log. After the submission, you may check the Received Logs page to see if your callsign is listed correctly and with the right category.

Many thanks for your entry!

 
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The Cabrillo format
(Credit: http://www.kkn.net/~trey/cabrillo/)
Copied from ARI International DX Contest Web Site
 
Cabrillo?

Cabrillo is an interface between logging program authors and contest sponsors. It is a simple and practical modification to the ARRL electronic log format, intended to simplify the automation of log collecting and reporting of contest results.

Cabrillo is intended to be a low-tech sort of "least common denominator" format, both easy to generate and easy to read. Different contest administrators use different tools to read the logs, so a format which is both fixed column and space delimited was found to be the least disruptive to present log-checking procedures.

Please note that: the QSO and multiplier data, point value of each QSO and the multiplier count will be computed automatically as part of the log checking procedure. Duplicate QSOs will be assigned a value of zero points automatically as part of the log checking procedure.

All the old-style summary sheet information needed by the contest sponsors is included within the Cabrillo file as well as the dupe sheet data and the multiplier data.

Summary Sheet spec (header)

START-OF-LOG: version-number
Must be the first line of the log submission.
The current version-number is 2.0.

END-OF-LOG:
Must be the last line of the log submission.

ARRL-SECTION: arrl-section
For USA and Canada stations arrl-section must be the ARRL section abbreviation
as shown in http://www.arrl.org/contests/sections.abv.html.
For foreign stations arrl-section must be DX.
This information is required for IARU-HF and for all ARRL contests,
such as ARRL-10, ARRL-DX-SSB, etc.

CALLSIGN: callsign
The callsign used during the contest.

CATEGORY: operator-category band-category power-category [mode-category]
For HF contests the operator-category must be one of the following:
SINGLE-OP, SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED, MULTI-ONE, MULTI-TWO, MULTI-MULTI,
SCHOOL-CLUB
(ARRL-SS-CW and ARRL-SS-SSB only), SWL, or CHECKLOG.
For VHF contests the operator-category must be one of the following:
SINGLE-OP, SINGLE-OP-PORTABLE, ROVER, MULTI-LIMITED,
MULTI-UNLIMITED
or CHECKLOG.

For HF contests the band-category must be one of the following:
ALL, 160M, 80M, 40M, 20M, 15M or 10M.
For VHF contests the band-category must be one of the following:
ALL or LIMITED.

The power-category must be HIGH, LOW or QRP.

The mode-category must be CW, SSB or MIXED and is only permitted for
single operator entries in multi-mode contests that permit single mode entries
such as IARU-HF and the 10 Meter Contest.

The possible categories for ARI International DX Contest are:

CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP CW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP SSB
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP RTTY
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP MIXED
CATEGORY: MULTI-ONE
CATEGORY: CHECKLOG

CATEGORY-ASSISTED: [assisted-status]
The value or assisted-status must be ASSISTED or NON-ASSISTED
and may be specified for any contest.

CATEGORY-OVERLAY: [category-overlay...]
The category overlay of the log submission when appropriate.
In CQ-WPX CW and CQ-WPX-SSB, category overlay may be any combination of
ROOKIE, BAND-LIMITED, TB-WIRES.
In STEW-PERRY, category overlay may be OVER-50.
In IARU-HF, category overlay may be HQ.

CLAIMED-SCORE: n
The claimed-score of the log submission, in integer form such as
1217315 or 19113 or 12.

CLUB: text
Name of the radio club with which the score should be aggregated.

CONTEST: contest-name
The contest-name must be one of the following: AP-SPRINT, ARI-DX, ARRL-10,
ARRL-160, ARRL-DX-CW, ARRL-DX-SSB, ARRL-SS-CW, ARRL-SS-SSB,
ARRL-UHF-AUG, ARRL-VHF-JAN, ARRL-VHF-JUN, ARRL-VHF-SEP, ARRL-RTTY,
BARTG-RTTY, CQ-160-CW, CQ-160-SSB CQ-WPX-CW, CQ-WPX-RTTY,
CQ-WPX-SSB, CQ-VHF, CQ-WW-CW, CQ-WW-RTTY, CQ-WW-SSB,
DARC-WAEDC-CW, DARC-WAEDC-RTTY, DARC-WAEDC-SSB, IARU-HF,
JIDX-CW, JIDX-SSB, NAQP-CW, NAQP-RTTY, NAQP-SSB, NA-SPRINT-CW,
NA-SPRINT-SSB, NEQP, OCEANIA-DX-CW, OCEANIA-DX-SSB, RSGB-IOTA,
SAC-CW, SAC-SSB, STEW-PERRY
or TARA-RTTY..

CREATED-BY: text
Name and version of the logging program used to create the Cabrillo file.

NAME: text
ADDRESS: text
Name and address.

OPERATORS: callsign1 [callsign2 callsign3...]
A space-delimited list of operator callsign(s).
You may also list the callsign of the host station by placing an "@" caracter
in front of the callsign within the operator list, such as OPERATORS: @N6IJ

SOAPBOX: text
Soapbox comments.

QSO: qso-data
QSO data as specified by the Cabrillo QSO data format.


Cabrillo QSO data format (for ARI International DX Contest)

                              --------info sent------- -------info rcvd--------
QSO: freq  mo date       time call          rst exch   call          rst exch
QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn ****** ************* nnn ******
QSO: 14200 PH 2004-05-01 0711 RL3A          59  891    IK2HKT        59  BG
0000000001111111111222222222233333333334444444444555555555566666666667777777777
1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789
 
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This contest is known to be supported by

AALog
by RZ4AG
 
ARIDX
by UA1AAF
(Freeware)
 
CT
by K1EA
(Freeware)
 
GEN LOG
by W3KM
(Freeware)

MixW
by UT2UZ
 
N1MM
Logger
(Freeware)
 
OH2GI
Ham System
 
RCKLog
by DL4RCK

RCKRtty
by DL4RCK
 
RTTY
by WF1B
(Freeware)
 
SD
by EI5DI
 
TR
by N6TR

Wincontest
by I8VKB
 
WriteLog
by W5XD
 
YP-Log
by VE6YP

How to setup SD
for this contest

Go to SM3CER Contest Service Software Page

MORE INFO
Text-only page
ARI Contest Web Site    ARI Web Site    Il regolamento in italiano
- RESULTS -


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

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This page was created December 5, 1997
Most recent revision April 4, 2004