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The Top Of Europe Contesters (TOEC)
hereby has the pleasure to invite
all amateur radio stations world wide to participate in the

The aim of the contest is to boost the interest for "Grid hunting" on the HF bands, and to introduce a contest where it is more important to copy the QSO message than in most other similar events.


Link to TOEC Web Site
TOEC Web Site


1200 UTC Saturday 29 September 2007

up to

1200 UTC Sunday 30 September 2007

(24 hours)


CW only.


160 - 80 - 40 - 20 - 15 - 10 m bands are allowed.

Keep the following frequencies free from contest traffic:

  • 3500-3510, 7000-7010, 14000-14010, 21000-21010, 28000-28010 kHz.


There are 12 different classes.
[The Cabrillo category definition of each class is shown inside the brackets].

1) Single Operator. Packet Cluster is not allowed.

a) All band

b) Single band

c) Low power, only all band. Maximum output power 100 W.

d) QRP, only all band. Maximum output power 5 W.

2) Multi Operator. Only all band.
All stations must be located within 500 meters diameter.
Packet Cluster is allowed.

a) Single Transmitter.
Stations must remain on a band for at least 10 minutes.
Faster QSY allowed only for a new multiplier on another band.

b) Multi Transmitter.

3) Mobile stations. Only single op all band.

If more than one Grid Field is activated (JO, JP, KP etc.), all stations may be contacted once again per activated Field and band. The log must clearly show the Fields activated.

Mobile stations includes both /M and /MM stations.


RST + Grid Field/Square identifier, i.e. 599 JP73 (two letters (Grid Field) + two figures (Grid Square)).

A "Grid Field" is a 20 × 10 degree rectangular area, and a "Grid Square" is a 2 × 1 degree rectangular area, as defined by the Maidenhead system.

Read more about the Maidenhead definitions and how to get your locator.


Each Grid Field (JP, KO, EM etc.) worked gives 1 multiplier per band.


    Fixed stations:
  • QSO with own continent (including QSO with own country) gives 1 point
  • QSO with stations outside own continent gives 3 points
  • QSO with mobile stations gives 3 points, regardless of QTH

    Mobile stations:
  • All QSO’s gives 3 points

Each station can be contacted once per band.

Exception: Mobile stations (both /M and /MM) may be contacted again, providing the mobile station has moved to another Grid Field since the previous QSO. These additional QSO’s gives no QSO points, only multiplier credit.

Note! Mobile stations may credit QSO points for additional QSO’s, if working from different Grid Fields (JO, JP, KP etc.).

 Final score:

Multiply the total QSO point score with the total number of Grid Fields worked on all bands.


Electronic submission of logs is encouraged for all who use a computer to log or prepare the logs. The CABRILLO format is preferred. Please ensure that you fill out all of the header information. If you submit a CABRILLO log, no additional summary sheet is required.

CLICK HERE for more information on the CABRILLO format for TOEC WW GRID Contest.

If you cannot submit a CABRILLO log, you may submit the ASCII output from your logging program. The log must be checked for dupes, correct scoring and multiplier credits. Indicate the multipliers only the first time they are worked.

If the log is not in CABRILLO format, a separate summary sheet is required. Please name your files yourcall.log and yourcall.sum.

The log should contain on each row: Frequency or band, mode (CW), date, time in UTC, RST sent, msg sent, station worked, RST received, msg received, multiplier and QSO-points.

The summary sheet should contain: Your call, whole address including your e-mail address and class. The calls of all the other operators if Multi Operator. If you operated /M or /MM, a list of all activated Grid Fields, if more than one.

Example: 7S3A submits a CABRILLO file. It should be named 7S3A.LOG. If 7S3A chose to submit a non CABRILLO file such as TR’s .dat file, he should name the log file 7S3A.LOG and the summary file should be 7S3A.SUM.

Send the logs to:

Mailing address:
Lars Aronsson, SM3CVM
Lillfjällvägen 62

E-mail logs to:


All logs received via e-mail will be confirmed via e-mail.


The log must be postmarked (or sent) not later than 30 days after the contest.

For 2007 the deadline is 30 October, 2007.


Awards will be issued to the top scoring stations in each class, providing a reasonable QSO total has been achieved.

The awards will be sent by e-mail in electronic form (PDF).

Date of info: April 9, 2007 Source: TOEC Web Site
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 The Maidenhead System and how to get your locator:

"The Maidenhead System"
A worldwide QTH-locator system designed for HAM-radio

The earth’s surface is divided into 18 * 18 = 324 "FIELDS",
20 degrees longitude and 10 degrees latitude.

Each field is divided into 10 * 10 = 100 "SQUARES",
2 degrees longitude and 1 degree latitude.

Finally each square is divided into 24 * 24 = 576 "SUBSQUARES",
5 minutes longitude 2.5 minutes latitude.

The fields are given by 2 letters AA - RR.
The squares by 2 digits 00 - 99.
The subsquares by 2 letters AA - XX.

The first character gives the longitude and the second character gives the latitude on each level.

A complete locator is 6 character long.

Example: 59 degrees North, 18 degrees East, give locator JO99AA.


How to get your locator

First you have to find out the longitude and latitude of your QTH (in Sweden you can get it from ENIRO). Then you have a number of choices to get the locator:

  • Some GPS receivers can show both longitude/latitude and the Maidenhead locator.

  • Contact a ham friend who is active on the VHF/UHF bands. He/she usually knows how to calculate the locator.

  • Some of the log software programs have utilities to convert longitude and latitude to QTH-locator.
    One example: EASYLOG by IK1TZO and IW1DGL.
    (Please let me know if you know of other examples)!

  • Download QTHLOC by SMØGCW and do the calculation yourself. QTHLOC is an old DOS software, but still very useable.
    (Curt, SMØGCW is Silent Key).

    You can download QTHLOC.ZIP here! (56.8 kB)

    There are three files in QTHLOC.ZIP:

    • qthloc.exe (104.128 byte)
    • qthloc.hlp (7.559 byte)
    • readme.txt (4.043 byte)

  • Download Loc by LAØFX and do the calculation yourself. Loc is also a DOS software.

    You can download LOC.ZIP here! (25.3 kB)

    It’s one file in LOC.ZIP:

    • loc.exe (79.771 byte)

  • Download WWLoc and do the calculation yourself. WWLoc is a Windows software.

    You can download here! (67.6 kB)

    It’s one file in WWLOC.ZIP:

    • wwloc.exe (140 kB)

    With this program you can get the locator from longitude and latitude or vice versa. You can also get the direction in degrees and the distance in km and miles between two locators.

  • Convert your longitude and latitude to your locator "on-line" on the:
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This contest is known to be supported by:

by RZ4AG
All In One
by W3KM
by LX1NO

by EI5DI
by N6TR
by F5MZN
by I8VKB

by DL1RK
by W5XD

How to setup SD
for this contest

Go to SM3CER Contest Service Software Page

Text-only page    TOEC Web Site    TOEC CABRILLO format

Please send corrections/changes/new rules/results to:
Jan-Eric Rehn - SM3CER

Copyright © 1997-2007 Jan-Eric Rehn - SM3CER
This page was created March 18, 1997
Most recent revision September 26, 2007