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::.  RULES

ARRL International DX Contest
(Original rules last modified October 5, 2004)

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 1. Object:

1.1. W/VE amateurs work as many amateur stations in as many DXCC countries of the world as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands.

1.2. Foreign amateurs (also including KH6, KL7, CY9, and CYØ) work as many W/VE stations in as many of the 48 contiguous states and provinces as possible.

 2. Date and Contest Period:

2.1. CW: Third full weekend in February

(February 19-20, 2005)

2.2. Phone: First full weekend in March

(March 5-6, 2005)

2.3. Contest Period: 48 hours each mode (separate contests).

Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; ends 2400 UTC Sunday

 3. Entry Categories:

3.1. Single Operator:

3.1.1. All Band:

3.1.1.1. QRP.

3.1.1.2. Low Power.

3.1.1.3. High Power.

3.1.2. Single Band.

3.1.2.1. A participant may submit only one single band entry. If contacts are made on other bands, the log file must clearly be marked as Single Band in the header of the Cabrillo file.

3.1.2.2. The same callsign may not be used by a different operator(s) to generate additional single band entries.

3.2. Single Operator Assisted.

3.3. Multioperator:

3.3.1. Single Transmitter.

3.3.2. Two Transmitter.

3.3.3. Multi-transmitter.

 4. Contest Exchange:

4.1. W/VE stations in the 48 contiguous United States and Canada (except in the islands of St Paul and Sable) send signal report and state or province.

4.2. DX stations send signal report and power (number indicating approximate transmitter output power).

 5. Scoring:

5.1. QSO Points

  • W/VE stations count three points per DX QSO.
  • DX stations count three points per W/VE QSO.

5.2. Multiplier

5.2.1. W/VE stations: Sum of DXCC entities (except US and Canada) worked per band.

5.2.2. DX stations: Sum of US states (except KH6/KL7), District of Columbia (DC), and Canadian provinces / territories: NB (VE1, 9), NS (VE1), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NWT (VE8), NF (VO1), LB (VO2), NU (VYØ), YT (VY1), PEI (VY2) worked per band (maximum of 63 per band).

5.3. Final Score: QSO points x multipliers = final score.

 6. Miscellaneous:

6.1. Your call sign must indicate your DXCC station location (KH6XYZ/W1 in Maine, KG4/W1INF at Guantanamo Bay, etc).

6.2. The same station may be worked only once per band: no cross-mode or repeater contacts.

6.3. Aeronautical and maritime mobile stations outside the US and Canada may be worked by W/VE stations for QSO credit only.

6.4. DXpedition scores may be included in the Medium and Unlimited club totals only.

6.5. Participants are reminded they should be aware of the ARRL Band Plans
(http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/bandplan.html).

 7. Submission:

7.1. Entries for the CW competition must be emailed or postmarked by March 21, 2005.

7.2. Entries for the Phone competition must be emailed or postmarked by April 5, 2005.

7.3. Electronic entries for the CW competition must be emailed to:

E-mail CW logs to:
dxcw@arrl.org

7.4. Electronic entries for the Phone competition must be emailed to:

E-mail Phone logs to:
dxphone@arrl.org

7.5. Submissions that are created electronically must be in the Cabrillo file format and must include the log file.

7.5.1. Paper copies of electronic logs are not an acceptable substitute for the electronic Cabrillo format file. Paper logs that are entered into an electronic medium after the contest are considered electronic logs.

7.6. Hand-written paper entries or diskettes should be marked on the envelope as either DX Phone or DX CW entries and mailed to:

Send logs by mail to:
ARRL
225 Main St
NEWINGTON, CT 06111
USA

7.6.1. Entries for the CW and Phone portions of the competition are considered separate contests and must be submitted in separate emails or envelopes to the appropriate contest address.

7.7. Submissions may be made using the web applet at:
www.b4h.net/cabforms

7.7. Forms for all ARRL contests may be downloaded from the Contest Home Page at:
www.arrl.org/contests

7.8. Contest forms and rules may be requested from the ARRL by sending an SASE with 2 units of postage.

 8. Awards:

8.1. Plaques (if sponsored) will be awarded in the following categories for both the CW and Phone contests.

8.1.1. Top W/VE scorer in each entry category - single operator-all band-QRP, single operator-all band-low power, single operator-all band-high power, single operator-single band (160-10 Meters), single operator assisted, multi-operator-single transmitter, multi-operator-two transmitter, multi-operator-multi-transmitter.

8.1.2. Top scorer in the single operator-all band category worldwide and on each continent. In addition, worldwide leaders in the single operator-all band-QRP, single operator-all band-low power, single operator-single band, single-operator assisted, multioperator-single transmitter, multi-operator-two transmitter and multioperator multi-transmitter categories will receive plaques.

8.1.3. Additional special plaques will be awarded as sponsored.

8.2. Certificates will be awarded to:

8.2.1. Top single operator-all band entries (QRP, low power, and high power) from each DXCC entity and ARRL/RAC Section.

8.2.2. Top single-band entries in each ARRL/RAC section and each DXCC entity.

8.2.3. Top single operator assisted entries in each ARRL/RAC section and each DXCC entity.

8.2.4. Top multi-operator entries (single, two and multi-transmitter) in each DXCC entity, US call area and in Canada.

8.2.5. DX entrants making more than 500 QSOs on either mode will receive certificates.

8.2.6. Additional certificates will be awarded as appropriate.

 9. Other:

9.1. See "General Rules for All ARRL Contests" and "General Rules for ARRL Contests on bands below 30 MHz (HF)" on the ARRL Web at www.arrl.org/contests/rules

9.2. For information, contact contests@arrl.org or by phone (860) 594-0232.

2005 ARRL International DX Pins

The ARRL Contest Branch is again offering pins for the 2005 International DX Contest. The sharp four-color design will prominently display the year 2005. To earn the International DX Contest pin, all you need to do is complete 100 QSOs in either the CW or Phone contest weekends. There are not separate pins for each mode. You may contact the same station on different bands.

The cost is $7 (US) in the US, its possessions and Canada, and $10 for others (postage included). Your pins will be shipped once all logs for the contest have been processed and verified by the log checking team for publication in QST.

To purchase your pin, send a copy of the first page of your Cabrillo log file along with your payment to:

DX Contest Pins
ARRL
225 Main St
NEWINGTON, CT 06111
USA

Pins are only guaranteed for orders received by April 3, 2005. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery after the order deadline.

Date of info: 17 November, 2004 Source: ARRL Web Site
Original rules page last modified: 05-Oct-2004
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ARRL International DX Contest
Cabrillo Log Format V2.0
Source: Cabrillo Standard Summary Sheet Proposal V2.0

 Summary Sheet Specification:

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

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.

CONTEST: contest-name
The contest-name must be one of the following:
ARRL-DX-CW or ARRL-DX-SSB.

CALLSIGN: callsign
The callsign used during the contest.

CATEGORY: operator-category band-category power-category
The operator-category must be one of the following:
SINGLE-OP, SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED, MULTI-ONE, MULTI-TWO,
MULTI-MULTI or CHECKLOG.

The band-category must be one of the following:
ALL, 160M, 80M, 40M, 20M, 15M or 10M.

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

CATEGORY-ASSISTED: [assisted-status]
The value or assisted-status must be
ASSISTED or NON-ASSISTED.

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

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

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

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

NAME: text
ADDRESS: text
ADDRESS: text
ADDRESS: text
ADDRESS: text
... [as many as needed...]
Name and address.

SOAPBOX: text
SOAPBOX: text
SOAPBOX: text
SOAPBOX: text
SOAPBOX: text
... [as many as needed...]
Soapbox comments.

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

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

 Cabrillo QSO Template:
                              --------info sent------- -------info rcvd--------
QSO: freq  mo date       time call          rst exch   call          rst exch   t
QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn ****** ************* nnn ****** n
QSO:  3799 PH 1999-03-06 0711 HC8N          59  700    W1AW          59  CT     0
000000000111111111122222222223333333333444444444455555555556666666666777777777788
123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901

freq:
Integer frequency in kHz;   [ ex. 28032, 14212 ]
if freq not known then 28000, 21000, 14000, 7000, 3500, 1800

mo:
CW or PH

date:
UTC date in yyyy-mm-dd form   [ ex. 2003-02-15 ]

time:
UTC time in nnnn form   [ ex. 1048 ]

call:
callsign

rst:
RST or RS

exch:
contest exchange
(W/VE stations: state or province)   [ ex. CT, FL, ON, PEI... ]
(DX stations: power)   [ ex. 010, 150, 500, 1000... ]

t:
transmitter id 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5
(used in the multi-multi, multi-two or multi-one category)

 Example ARRL International DX Contest log:
START-OF-LOG: 2.0
ARRL-SECTION: DX
CONTEST: ARRL-DX-SSB
CALLSIGN: HC8N
CATEGORY: MULTI-TWO ALL HIGH
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CLAIMED-SCORE: 8123171
OPERATORS: N5KO K6AW W4ZV
CLUB: Northern California Contest Club
NAME: Trey Garlough
ADDRESS: Calle Isabela
ADDRESS: Pto. Baquerizo Moreno
ADDRESS: Islas Galapagos
ADDRESS: Ecuador
SOAPBOX: New QTH is working great!
QSO: 21303 PH 1999-03-06 0000 HC8N          59  700    K9NS          59  IL     1
QSO: 21303 PH 1999-03-06 0000 HC8N          59  700    W3EEE         59  PA     1
QSO: 21303 PH 1999-03-06 0000 HC8N          59  700    K3LR          59  PA     1
QSO: 28495 PH 1999-03-06 0000 HC8N          59  700    W8QZA         59  CA     0
QSO: 21303 PH 1999-03-06 0000 HC8N          59  700    N8II          59  WV     1
QSO: 21303 PH 1999-03-06 0000 HC8N          59  700    K1XM          59  MA     1
QSO: 21303 PH 1999-03-06 0001 HC8N          59  700    K1AO          59  KY     1
QSO: 21303 PH 1999-03-06 0001 HC8N          59  700    KM0O          59  MN     1
QSO: 28495 PH 1999-03-06 0001 HC8N          59  700    KQ6ES         59  CA     0
QSO: 21303 PH 1999-03-06 0001 HC8N          59  700    WA2DES        59  NY     1
QSO: 28495 PH 1999-03-06 0001 HC8N          59  700    N7MAL         59  AZ     0
QSO: 21303 PH 1999-03-06 0001 HC8N          59  700    N0YY          59  IA     1
QSO: 21303 PH 1999-03-06 0002 HC8N          59  700    W1GD          59  NJ     1
END-OF-LOG:


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