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::.  RULES

Winter Formerly called TARA RTTY Sprint

Sponsored by
TARA - Troy Amateur Radio Association



Saturday, December 3, 2005


0000 UTC through 2400 UTC


Amateurs worldwide contact and exchange QSO information with as many stations as possible using digital modes (Baudot RTTY only!).

Any station may work any other station.


  • US: Send RST and State.

  • Canada: Send RST and Province.

  • DX: Send RST and serial number starting with #001.

 Running Rules:

  • Call CQ TARA Mêlée

  • SWL entries please read the SWL Special Rules.

  • Categories:
    Categories Single Operator Multi Operator
    HIGH More than 150 W More than 150 W
    LOW Less than 150 W Less than 150 W
    SWL Receive Only! Receive Only!

  • The total transmitter output power per band for any high power entry in any category is either 1500 Watts PEP or the maximum allowable power level established by the national licensing authority of your country, whichever is lower. All power levels are measured by PEP (Peak Envelope Power).

  • (A) Operate no more than 16 hours.

  • (B) The eight hours of off time must be taken in no more than two blocks.
    Example: You could take two (2) four (4) hour breaks, or one (1) eight (8) hour break.

  • Run Single Transmitter / Single Operator.

    • Single Operator:
      One person performs all operating and logging functions. As of 12/01/2002 the use of spotting nets (operating arrangements involving assistance through DX-alerting nets, etc.) is now permitted. Single operator stations are allowed only one transmitted signal at any given time.

  • Run Single Transmitter / Multi Operator.

    • Multi Operator:
      More than one person operates, checks for duplicates, keeps the log, etc. Limited to 6 band changes (maximum) in any clock hour. Multi operator stations are allowed only one transmitted signal at any given time.

 Operating Modes:



All amateur bands 3.5 - 30 Mhz (excluding 10, 18 and 24 MHz).

WARC band (12, 17 and 30 Meter Bands) QSOs are NOT permitted in the spirit of the gentleman’s agreement that there be no contesting on the WARC bands.

 QSO Points:

Count one (1) point for each completed QSO (anyone can work anyone).

A station may be worked once per band for QSO credit (but not for additional multipliers).


Count only once (not once per band), each US State (except KH6 and KL7) plus the District of Columbia (DC), each Canadian province/territories: NB (VE1, 9), NS (VE1), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NT (VE8), NF (VO1), LB (VO2), NU (VYØ), YT (VY1), PEI (VY2) and each DXCC country.

KH6 and KL7 count as separate DXCC entities. The US and Canada do not count as DXCC countries.

 Total Score:

Total Score = Total QSO Points × Total Multipliers.

Example: 285 QSO Points × 78 Mult’s = 22230


All VALID logs must be received via our Online Score Submission System.

For Ham’s/SWL’s with no internet connection that wish to submit a "CHECK-LOG" should mail the logs to:

Send the checklogs to:
William J. Eddy, NY2U
2404 - 22nd Street
TROY, NY 12180-1901



All logs must be received no later than 31th December 2005 in order to be valid.

Decisions of the TARA Mêlée Committee are final.


  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category.
  • Top SWL score.
  • All scores except "SWL" will be automatically entered into the Tour’ney.
  • The awards for the Mêlée are now part of our OLCAR system.


Do NOT send logs. However, logs must be on hand and furnished if requested.

Fill out the OnLine Score Submission Form to have your score officially logged.

Scores will be posted periodically on the Mêlée Score Web page.

Date of info: November 25, 2005 Source: TARA RTTY Mêlée rules page
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This page was created December 3, 2003
Most recent revision November 25, 2005