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Commonwealth Contest
The Commonwealth Contest promotes contacts between stations in the Commonwealth and Mandated Territories.

A more relaxed contest environment which gives the opportunity to work some choice DX.

Note that the start time has been moved forward two hours to 1000 UTC. With this being the Golden Jubilee year, the Call area award will require contacts with 50 call areas.



9 - 10 March, 2002


Saturday 1000 - Sunday 1000 UTC


3.5, 7, 14, 21, 28 MHz.




RST plus serial number.

 1. Eligible entrants:

UK entrants must be members of the RSGB and may not use special (GB, GX etc) callsigns nor be /MM or /AM.

Overseas - Licensed radio amateurs within the Commonwealth or British Mandated Territories. Apart from section (c), all entries must be single operator and may not receive any assistance whatsoever during the contest, including the use of spotting nets, packet cluster or other assistance in finding new contacts or bonuses.

 2. Sections:

  • (a) Open, no limit on operating time.

  • (b) Restricted, operation is limited to 12 operating hours. Off periods must be clearly marked and be a minimum of 60 minutes in length.

  • (c) Headquarters stations, one only per Commonwealth Call Area and may be multi-operator.

 3. Frequencies:

Entrants should operate in the lower 30 kHz of each band.

 4. Scoring:

Contacts may be made with any station using a Commonwealth Call Area prefix, except those within the entrant’s own call area. Note that for this contest, the entire UK counts as one call area, and therefore UK stations may not work each other.

Each contact scores 5 points with a bonus of 20 points for each of the first three contacts with each Commonwealth Call Area on each band.

 5. Headquarters stations:

A number of Commonwealth Society HQ stations will be active during the contest and will send ’HQ’ after their serial number, to identify themselves.

Every HQ station counts as an additional call area and entrants may contact any HQ station (including in their own country) for points and bonuses.

 6. Logs:

Each entry must be accompanied by a summary sheet indicating the section entered and the scores claimed on each band.
  • (a) Paper Logs: Separate logs and lists of bonuses claimed are required for each band.

  • (b) Computer Logs: In any format approved by the Society, showing clearly the points and bonuses claimed for each contact. In both cases entrants are requested to include a duplicate check list with their entry.

 7. Closing date for logs:

Logs must be postmarked no later than 8 April 2002.

 8. Awards:

  • (a) Open: The Senior Rose Bowl to the overall leader. The Col Thomas Rose Bowl to the highest-placed UK station.

  • (b) Restricted: The Junior Rose Bowl to the section leader. The Ross Carey Rose Bowl to the highest placed UK station.

  • (c) A Commonwealth Medal will be awarded to the entrant who in the opinion of the HF Contests Committee has most improved their score or contributed to the contest over the years.

  • (d) Special certificates will be awarded to every entrant in each section who makes contact with more than 50 Band-Call Areas in the 2002 contest. One certificate per entrant.

    For example, VP9 worked on three different bands counts as three Band-Call Areas. Entrants are asked to note their claimed Band-Call Area total on the summary sheet

Date of info: March 5, 2002 Source: RSGB HF Contesting Online
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Please send corrections/changes/new rules/results to:
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