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::.  RULES

2003 IARU HF World Championship


 1. Eligibility:

All licensed amateurs worldwide.

 2. Object:

To contact as many other amateurs, especially IARU member-society HQ stations, around the world as possible using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.

 3. Date and Contest Period:

The second full weekend of July,

beginning 1200 UTC Saturday and ending 1200 UTC Sunday

July 12-13, 2003

Both Single and Multi operator stations may operate the entire 24-hour period.

 4. Entry Categories:

4.1. Single Operator:

4.1.1. Categories. Phone only CW only Mixed mode

4.1.2. One person performs all operating and logging functions.
4.1.3. Use of spotting nets or packet is not permitted.
4.1.4. All operators must observe the amateur radio regulations of their country at all times.
4.1.5. Single operator stations are allowed only one transmitted signal at any given time.

4.2. Multi Operator, Single Transmitter, Mixed Mode only

4.2.1. Must remain on a band and mode for at least 10 minutes before changing bands or modes.
4.2.2. Only one transmitted signal is allowed at any given time. Exception: Only IARU member society HQ stations may operate simultaneously on more than one band, with one transmitter on each band and mode. Only one HQ station callsign per member society per frequency band is permitted.

4.2.3. All operators must observe the amateur radio regulations of their country at all times.

 5. Contest Exchange:

5.1. IARU member society HQ stations send signal report and official IARU member society abbreviation.

IARU International Secretariat club station NU1AW counts as a HQ station.

Members of the IARU Administrative Council and the three IARU regional Executive committees send "AC", "R1", "R2" and "R3" as appropriate.

5.2. All others send signal report and ITU zone.

5.3. A complete exchange must be logged for each valid QSO.

 6. Valid Contact:

6.1. The same station may be worked once per mode per band for QSO credit.

6.1.1. Mixed-mode entries may work a station once per mode per band.

6.2. A station may only be worked for credit in the portion of the band that is generally accepted for the mode used.

6.2.1. On any band, a station may be worked once on phone (in the phone segment) and once on CW (in the CW segment).
6.2.2. Cross mode, cross band and repeater contacts are not valid QSOs.

6.3. Where contest-preferred segments are incorporated into regional band plans, participants must observe them.

6.4. The use of non-amateur radio means of communications (e.g. telephone or the Internet) for the purpose of soliciting a contact (or contacts) during the contest period is inconsistent with the spirit and intent of these rules.

6.5. Use of self-spotting techniques on packet or other mediums are inconsistent with the spirit and intent of these rules.

 7. QSO Points:

7.1. Contacts within your own ITU zone, as well as QSOs with any IARU-member society HQ stations, count one point.

7.1.1. Contacts with a station in the same ITU zone but on a different continent count one point.

7.2. Contacts within your continent (but different ITU zone) count three points.

7.3. Contacts with a different continent and ITU zone count five points.

 8. Multipliers:

The total number of ITU zones plus IARU member society HQ stations worked on each band (not mode). IARU officials represent a maximum of four multipliers per band (AC, R1, R2 and R3).

8.1. IARU member society HQ stations and officials do not count for zone multipliers.

8.2. To qualify as the special multiplier, Administrative Council and Regional Executive Committee stations may only be operated by the individual licensees as single operators.

 9. Scoring:

The total number of QSO points times the total number of multipliers worked.

 10. Reporting:

10.1. Entries must be postmarked or emailed no later than 30 days after the end of the contest (August 12, 2003). No late entries can be accepted. Entries that are received after mid-October 2003, even if mailed in time, may not be received in time to be included in the official results.

10.2. Electronic entries must conform to the Cabrillo file format.

10.2.1. The Cabrillo file format and specifications may be found at or in the November 1999 issue of QST.
10.2.2. Any entry which has been generated using a computer (either during the contest or after the contest) must be submitted either as an attachment to an email or on a 3.5" diskette.
10.2.3. Electronic files must use the entrant’s callsign as the file name.
10.2.4. The log file must be a chronological list of QSOs as made not separated by band or mode.
10.2.5. Entries sent as attachments to email must be sent to:

E-mail: Email entries must include the callsign used during the contest on the SUBJECT line of the email.

10.2.6. Entries sent on diskette should be mailed to:

Mailing address:
IARU HF Championship
IARU International Secretariat
Box 310905
NEWINGTON, CT 06111-0905
USA Diskettes must be clearly labeled with the station callsign, contest name, entry class and date.

10.3. Paper logs must be in chronological order, not separated by bands, and clearly indicate for each contact: band, mode, date, time (in UTC), callsigns, complete exchanges sent and received, multipliers and QSO points.

10.3.1. Multipliers should be marked in the paper log only the first time they are worked on each band.
10.3.2. Paper logs with more than 500 QSO’s must include dupe sheets (an alpha-numeric list of all callsigns worked, broken down by band and mode).
10.3.3. All contacts in paper logs must be in chronological order, not separated by bands.
10.3.4. Paper logs must be mailed to:

Mailing address:
IARU International Secretariat
Box 310905
NEWINGTON, CT 06111-0905

and postmarked no later than August 12, 2003.

10.4. All paper entries must include an official summary sheet or reasonable facsimile thereof with complete contest information.

 11. Awards:

11.1. A certificate will be awarded to the high scoring entry in each category in each US state, each ITU zone and each DXCC country.

11.2. A certificate will be awarded to the high scoring IARU member society HQ station.

11.3. Achievement level awards will be issued to those making at least 250 QSOs or having a multiplier total of 50 or more.

11.4. Additional awards may be made at the discretion of each country’s IARU member society.

 12. Conditions of Entry:

Each entrant agrees to be bound by the provisions of this announcement, by the regulations of his/her licensing authority, and by the decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee, acting for the IARU International Secretariat.

 13. Disqualification:

Any entry may be disqualified if the overall score is reduced by more than 2%. Score reductions do not include correction of arithmetic errors.

Any entry may be disqualified if more than 2% of duplicate QSOs are left in the log and claimed for credit.

A three-QSO reduction will be assessed for each duplicate QSO found during log checking or for miscopied callsigns in paper logs. For electronic logs, a one-QSO penalty will be assessed for a miscopied callsign or a duplicate QSO claimed for QSO credit.


For contest information, contact or IARU HF Contest Information, P O Box 310905, NEWINGTON, CT 06111-0905, USA.

14.1. Contest forms may be downloaded at:

Date of info: 24 June, 2003 Source: ARRL Web Site
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