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General Rules for RSGB HF Contests
General Rules 2003



These rules apply to all RSGB HF Contests, except where superseded by the specific Contest Rules.


UK means England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.


Entrants must abide by their licence conditions.

 4. Contacts:

  1. A contact consists of an exchange with incrementing serial number commencing from 001 and acknowledgement of receipt of callsign and contest data.

    Incomplete contacts must be logged with zero points claimed.

    Points are not lost if a non-competing station does not send appropriate information, but a report must be logged and any other exchange sent by that station must be recorded.

    The full contest exchange must be sent to all stations worked.

  2. One contact only with the same station per band counts for points, regardless of that station’s operator or callsign. More than one contact with the same operator using different callsigns may not be claimed. Contacts with stations which have no other contest contacts may be disallowed. Duplicate contacts must be logged, with zero points claimed.

  3. Cross-band contacts do not score.

  4. Contacts scheduled before the contest do not count for points. Schedules may only be made during the contest.

  5. Simultaneous transmissions on more than one frequency below 30 MHz are not permitted, ie in multi-operator / assisted events use of VHF / UHF to access the DX Cluster is permitted.

  6. Proof of contact may be required.

  7. For contest purposes, /AM and /MM stations are treated as /M stations in their own country.

    Other stations are regarded as being in the call area / country indicated by their callsign as sent.


Multipliers, where applicable, are scored per band, and consist of:
  1. for UK stations: Countries as per the DXCC countries list, except that JA, W, VE, VK, ZL and ZS call areas count as separate countries

  2. for non-UK stations: one for each UK district

  3. IOTA and SSB Field Day contests, see specific rules

 6. Portable stations:

  1. Entrants must operate from the same site for the whole contest.

  2. Stations must not be located in a permanent building or shelter.

  3. No permanent building or structure may be used as an aerial support (trees are acceptable).

  4. Power must be obtained solely from on-site batteries, portable generators or solar cells, without use of mains.

  5. All equipment, aerials and supports must be set up on site no more than 24 hours before the start of the contest. This does not apply to short term storage of equipment on site.


All operators of UK stations must be RSGB members except visiting amateurs, not normally resident in the UK. UK stations may not use special (eg GB, GX etc) callsigns nor be /MM or /AM.
  1. A single-operator station is operated by one person, who receives no assistance whatsoever from any other person in operating, log-keeping, checking and so on, and who does not receive notification from others by radio (including packet), telephone or any other method, of band or contest information during the contest.

  2. Multi-operator entries are those not covered by 7a. One operator must act as Entrant and sign the Summary Sheet.

 8. Adjudication:

  1. Errors in sending / receiving are penalised by the loss of all points for the QSO.

  2. Points may be deducted or entries disqualified or excluded for any breach of the rules or spirit of the contest. The decision of the RSGB is final.

 9. Entries:

  1. Log entries may be submitted by email, on 3.5 inch disk or on paper. Paper entries are acceptable only if logging during the contest was not done on computer. The adjudicator reserves the right to treat a paper entry derived from a computer as a checklog. Unless specified otherwise in a particular contests rules, the entry must be sent no more than 16 days after the end of the contest. Log entries become the property of the RSGB.

  2. The preferred log format for computer entries is Cabrillo. Where a contest exchange includes information not covered by the basic Cabrillo definition, the contest specific Cabrillo format is defined on the RSGB HFCC webpage

    Entrants unsure of what information is required for a particular contest are encouraged to use software which provides full support for RSGB contests, such as SD by EI5DI.

  3. Computer entries must be named with the stations callsign and the extension .log. Portable stations should use a hyphen, eg g3xyz-p.log. For Cabrillo entries this is the only file that is required. For a limited period other ASCII formats may be accepted and for these, in addition to the log file a summary file (eg g3xyz-p.sum) must also be submitted.

  4. Each RSGB contest has a specific email address for log entries, given in the rules for that contest. Log entries should be sent as an e-mail attachment, and the subject line of the e-mail must include the stations callsign. An automatic acknowledgement of the entry should be received after a short period but if no acknowledgement is received please allow a few days before resending.

  5. Disk and paper logs should be sent to:

    Send the logs to:
    RSGB - G3UFY
    77 Bensham Manor Road
    Surrey CR7 7AF

    Acknowledgement will be sent if a stamped, addressed postcard or IRC is enclosed.

  6. Paper logs (and any not in Cabrillo format) must ensure the following information is shown for each contact: Time, Callsign worked, RS(T)/serial sent, RS(T)/ serial received, other data (specific to the contest), new bonus/multiplier, QSO points. Send a single log in time sequence, not separate logs for each band.

  7. Paper summary sheets should include the following declaration:

    "I declare that this station was operated in accordance with the rules and spirit of the contest and within the conditions of my licence. I agree to the data from this entry being entered into a computer for the purposes of contest adjudication and production of statistics. I agree that the decision of the Board of the RSGB shall be final in all cases of dispute."

    Submission of an entry in Cabrillo or any other format implies acceptance of the wording of this declaration.

  8. Ensure that the section or category being entered is clearly shown in the Cabrillo header or summary sheet. Entrants are encouraged to use soapbox lines in the Cabrillo header to give information about the equipment and antennas used as well as comments about the contest.

 10. Receiving Contests:

The above rules apply, but also:
  1. Only SWLs or holders of licences to transmit only above 30 MHz may enter.

  2. The callsigns of both the station heard (for which points are to be claimed) and the station being worked must be logged.

  3. The same callsign may appear only once in any group of three consecutive entries in the Station being worked column.

  4. The Summary Sheet declaration to include:
    "I do not hold a licence to transmit on frequencies below 30 MHz."

 11. Awards:

Trophies as specified will be presented at the annual HF Convention and will be held for a maximum period of one year for any particular annual event.

Certificates of Merit will be awarded to leading stations in each category / band as appropriate.


A variety of contest logging programs can be used in RSGB contests. The most popular is SD by EI5DI, and it’s the only one which supports all the Society’s contests and produces a correctly scored log.

Full details can be found on the website or by writing to EI5DI, QTHR (e-mail:

If you use a different logging program you must take steps to ensure that your entry is correctly formatted and that QSO points, bonuses and multipliers are correctly shown for each contact.

The demo version of SD is unrestricted for overseas entrants in all RSGB contests with district codes. SDL (SD for Listeners) is a freeware SWL contest logger. It supports RSGB and other major contests.

Date of info: February 7, 2003 Source: RSGB HFCC Web Site
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