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::.  RULES

Worked All Europe DX Contest (WAEDC)
These rules are copied from the
WAEDC-Contest Official Rules - rev. 28.07.04 DL6RAI
on the DARC Committee DX and HF-Contesting Web Site

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) invites radio amateurs world wide to participate in the annual WAE-DX-Contest


 1. Times:

CW: August, second full weekend

Saturday, August 13, 2005, 0000 UTC
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 2359 UTC

SSB: September, second full weekend

Saturday, September 10, 2005, 0000 UTC
Sunday, September 11, 2005, 2359 UTC

RTTY: November, second full weekend

Saturday, November 12, 2005, 0000 UTC
Sunday, November 13, 2005, 2359 UTC

 2. Bands:

3.5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz.

According to IARU Region 1 regulations, operation is not allowed in the following contest-free windows:

CW: 3560-3800; 14060-14350 kHz.
SSB: 3650-3700; 14100-14125; 14300-14350 kHz.

 3. Categories:

  1. Single Operator - max. output 100 watts - all bands.
    Only one signal permitted at any time.

  2. Single Operator - output higher than 100 watts - all bands.
    Only one signal permitted at any time.

  3. Multi Operator.
    Band changes are allowed every ten minutes; this also includes QTC traffic.
    Exception: working of a multiplier. Other transmitters may be used in parallel to the main station to work multipliers on other bands (note: this means, several signals may be on the air on different bands at the same time).

  4. SWL (see part 12)

The use of DX spotting nets is allowed in all categories. Single Operator stations which claim to not use spotting nets will be marked with the special symbol "-" in the final results.

 4. Off Times:

Single Operator stations may only operate 36 out of the 48 hour contest period.

The total of 12 hours off time may be taken in one part but not more than three parts. The off times must be shown on the summary sheet. If operation is interrupted for more than 12 hours the three longest off time periods must be a minimum of 12 hours.

 5. Exchange:

A contest QSO can only be conducted between a European and a non-European station (exception: RTTY).

The exchange consists of RS/RST and a progressive serial number starting with 001. If the station worked does not send a serial number, log the contact with number 000.

Each station can be credited only once per band.

 6. Multiplier:

For non-European stations the multiplier is the number of countries defined in the WAE Country List (see below) worked per band.

For European stations every non-European DXCC entity counts as a multiplier.
Exception: In the following countries up to ten call areas count as multipliers: W, VE, VK, ZL, ZS, JA, PY and RA8/RA9 and RAØ - without respect to the geographic location.

Examples: W1, K1, KA1 and K3../1 count as W1; VE1, VO1 and VY1 count as VE1; JR4, 7M4 and 7K4 count as JA4; ZL2 and ZL6 are two different multipliers.

Multiplier bonus:
Country multiplier points are "weighted" by band. Multiply the number of countries worked on 3.5 MHz by four, on 7 MHz by three, and on 14/21/28 MHz by two. The total multiplier is the sum of the weighted multiplier points of all bands.

 7. QTC Traffic:

Additional points can be achieved by QTCs. A QTC is the report of a contest QSO back to a European station (exception: RTTY, see part 13).

The following rules apply:

  1. A QTC contains time, call sign and serial number of the reported QSO.
    Example: "1307/DA1AA/431" means that DA1AA was worked at 1307 UTC and sent serial number 431.

  2. Each QSO may only be reported once as a QTC. The QTC may not be reported back to the original station.

  3. Every QTC that was correctly transferred, counts one point for the sender and one point for the receiver.

  4. Two stations may exchange up to 10 QTCs maximum. The two stations may establish contact several times to complete the quota.

  5. QTCs are transferred by means of QTC series. A QTC series is a block of one (minimum) to ten (maximum) QTCs. QTC series are numbered using the following scheme: The first figure is the progressive serial number starting with one; the second figure denotes the number of QTCs in the series.
    Example: "QTC 3/7" means this is the third QTC series transmitted by this station and it contains seven QTCs.

  6. For every QTC series that is transmitted or received, the QTC number, time and frequency band of the QTC transmission must be logged. If any of this data is missing from your log, no credit will be given for this QTC series.

 8. Scoring:

The final score is the result of total QSOs plus QTCs on all bands multiplied by the sum of all multipliers weighted by the band bonus factor (see part 6).

 9. Disqualification:

Violation of the rules of the contest or unsportsmanlike conduct will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification.

 10. Logs:

General notes:

All stations are asked to submit an electronic log. All stations claiming a final score of more than 100.000 points must submit an electronic log. Stations that do not wish to be listed in the final results are kindly asked to submit their log as a check log.

All times must be in UTC.

Electronic Logs:

All computer-generated "electronic logs" should be submitted as a file either by E-Mail or on disk. We prefer to receive data either in the Cabrillo format or in the DARC STF format.

By submitting an electronic log, the participant claims to fully accept the rules of the contest. A written declaration is not necessary.

Hand-written logs:

Please use the official WAEDC log forms and summary sheets. These sheets are available on the WAEDC Web site or can be requested by sending an SAE to the contest manager.

The logs are to be organized in chronological order. If more than 100 QSOs are made on a band, a call sign check list is requested. Duplicate QSOs must be marked.

QTCs may either be logged directly on the log sheets or on a separate sheet. The log must include a signed summary sheet and check lists for QTCs and multipliers.

 11. Club Competition:

The club score is calculated by adding the final results of all participating club members in all three WAE contests, excluding SWLs. The club name has to be indicated on the summary sheet for the log to be counted.

The club must not be an official national amateur radio club. Participating club members must live within an area of a circle with a maximum of 500 km (312 miles) diameter. For a club to be listed, a minimum of three logs must be submitted.

A trophy is sponsored for the top DX (non-EU) and the top EU clubs.

 12. Special Rules for SWLs:

SWLs record stations working in the WAEDC. Pariticipation is only possible as a single operator all bands. Every call sign heard - European or non-European station - may be credited only once per band. Both call signs of a contest QSO have to be recorded.

Each station that is logged including the serial number that was sent by that station, counts one point. Every complete QTC which includes all QTC series information (up to a maximum of 10 per station) also counts one point.

Multipliers are counted according to the critera indicated in part 6, but both European and non-European multipliers are counted. A call sign can only be counted as a multiplier, if the serial number it sent was recorded. In the best case, for a completely recorded QSO, two points and two multipliers can be credited.

 13. Special Rules for RTTY:

In the RTTY portion of the WAEDC there are no continental limits; everybody can work everybody. Only QTC traffic must be performed between different continents.

Every station may send and receive QTCs. The sum of QTCs exchanged between two stations (sent plus received) must not exceed ten.

The European and non-European multipliers indicated in part 6 count for all stations.

 14. Log Deadline:

CW: September 15, 2005.

SSB: October 15, 2005.

RTTY: December 15, 2005.

 Criteria for WAEDC Awards and Plaques:

Continental winners will receive a plaque. Country winners in all categories receive an award if they fulfill the following conditions:

The minimum conditions are 100 QSOs in connection with at least one additional condition:

1. for awards:

  1. Continental winner
  2. Member of the Top-Ten/Top-Six (multi operator) list
  3. Country winner
  4. Regional winner in one of the countries which count by call areas
  5. at least half of the score of the respective continental winner
  6. at least 100.000 points

2. for plaques:

  1. Continental winner
  2. Stations who activate a WAE country for the WAEDC from where no log was received over the last three years will receive a special prize.
    For 2005 these are:
    1AØ, GD, HV, JW, JW/b, JX, OJØ, OY, R1F, SV5, SY, T7, ZB.
  3. Stations who have been into the Top-Ten/Top-Six list for at least five times can apply for a special plaque.
  4. The WAEDC committee reserves the right to honor special contest activities with additional plaques.

 WAE Country List:

1AØ, 3A, 4U1I, 4U1V, 9A, 9H, C3, CT, CU, DL, EA, EA6, EI, ER, ES, EU, F, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GM/s, GU, GW, HA, HB, HBØ, HV, I, IS, IT, JW, JW/b, JX, LA, LX, LY, LZ, OE, OH, OHØ, OJØ, OK, OM, ON, OY, OZ, PA, R1F, R1M, RA, RA2, S5, SM, SP, SV, SV/A, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA1, TF, TK, UR, YL, YO, YU, Z3, ZA, ZB.

 Mailing Address:

Mailing address:
WAEDC Contest Manager
Bernhard Buettner, DL6RAI
Schmidweg 17

(no administrative requests, logs only)

(no Logs, administrative requests only)


Date of info: 8 September, 2005 Source: DARC Web Site - WAEDC Contest Official Rules
Original rules updated by DL6RAI: 28 July, 2004
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