The United Kingdom and Ireland Contest Club

UKEICC 80m Contests - Rules   (2019-20 series)

These twice-monthly one hour contests are different. They are timed to coincide with the hours of darkness over most of the UK, Ireland and Europe. They are open to all stations anywhere to enter, and the scoring is distance based - similar to the very successful 160m Stew Perry Contest. The 2019-20 series runs from September 2019 until April 2020 - a total of 14 contests (7 on SSB, 7 on CW).

The contest exchange is simplified - no RST should be sent. These contests aim to encourage high quality operating, where each operator can balance speed of operating against logging accuracy. Those operators that can develop both of these essential skills while working the most stations at the *greatest distances* will always do best.

Scores will accumulate to give overall winners in each section at the end of the series.

These are primarily single-operator events, but individual entrants may also wish to enter our Teams competitions, either by forming a team of 3 entrants, with 1 reserve (i.e. a team of 4, but only 3 scores count in each contest) or as a team of two entrants. You have until the end of November 2019 to register your Team for this Teams competition.

Note - max. points for any QSO = 10pts (5000km)
We don't like to change Rules, but after discussion have agreed that it is fairer for all entrants if there is a 'cap' on the number of points for any single QSO. We have noticed in some contests that a single exceptional DX QSO (which is usually a Unique) can make the difference between being first or second. These are distance-based contests and we want to encourage everyone to make DX QSOs, but when these QSOs are Uniques and skew the results, a 10 point limit seems reasonable (to us!). Just to be clear, Uniques are scored as normal and are not penalised, but we do examine entries that have more than a certain percentage of Uniques. We are still discussing whether NILs should be penalised or not.

Realtime Scoreboard - select SSB or CW

Upload your Cabrillo log here

N1MM+ users - please ensure that you use the new .udc file (see link in section 9 below) and make sure you enter *your* locator in the setup field.

1. Dates

First and last Wednesdays in the months of September through to April inclusive (7 contests on each mode) Excluding December.

           Date Mode    Times
4th September 2019 SSB 2000-2100z
25th September 2019 CW 2000-2100z
2nd October 2019 SSB 2000-2100z
30th October 2019 CW 2000-2100z
6th November 2019 SSB 2000-2100z
27th November 2019 CW 2000-2100z
1st January 2020 SSB 2000-2100z
29th January 2020 CW 2000-2100z
5th February 2020 SSB 2000-2100z
26th February 2020 CW 2000-2100z
4th March 2020 SSB 2000-2100z
25th March 2020 CW 2000-2100z
1st April 2020 SSB 2000-2100z
29th April 2020 CW 2000-2100z

2. Times

All 2019-20 series contests - 2000 - 2100 UTC.   The contest ends 1 second after 20:59:59 - QSOs logged at 21:00 or later will not count

3. Modes / Frequencies

CW   3510-3560 kHz             SSB   3650-3775 kHz

4. Exchange

4-character Grid locator - main square e.g. IO91, IO64, etc only (No RST should be sent)

5. Callsigns

Your normal station callsign or any Special Contest Callsign issued to you by your national licensing authority may be used. (We will link together any previous or new callsigns used by Team members)

6. Sections
(a)  High Power - the maximum permitted by the entrant's licence or 1500W, whichever is the lower.
(b)  Low Power - maximum 100 watts output
(c)  QRP - maximum 5 watts output

Checklogs : Even if you only make a few QSOs, we would prefer that you send in your log as an entry, but Checklogs are very helpful for our adjudication

7. Operator categories

7.1   Single Operator Connected: When the entrant, at any time during the the contest, for the purpose of finding, facilitating, or making QSOs.
(a) Connects, or is connected, to any network crossing the boundary of the entrants station, or
(b) uses any multi-channel decoder e.g. local Skimmer, or
(c) uses any method of communication other than RF corresponding to the frequencies and/or mode(s) of the entry.

7.2   Single Operator Unconnected: When none of the Connected conditions apply.

7.3  Entries in all 6 categories will be listed together in the Results, and also in 6 separate category lists. Separate Certificates will be awarded to the winners in each of the 6 entry categories. The Results will also show UK/EI entrants and DX entrants separately, listed by DXCC entity, again with separate Certificates being awarded.

Note - one aim of these contests is to improve operating skill, which is not necessarily the outcome of using the DXCluster, Skimmer, or RBN. Please consider entering the Unconnected category.

Teams competition - See the separate 'Teams Competition' webpage.

8. Antennas                      

No limits

9. Logging software

Most contest software logging packages now support these contests. If not the template for the Stew Perry Contest may be suitable - however because you are logging QSOs on 80m instead of 160m, you will have to ensure that your Cabrillo logfile logs the 80m frequencies.

Note : if you do not receive a Locator from any station for some reason, please enter one or more spaces or dashes into the Received exchange field - or leave this field empty (some logging software programs will not allow you to log the QSO with an empty Received exchange field)

Some specific advice on using the most common logging software packages for the UKEICC 80m contests :

For Windows OS :

SD by EI5DI - full support, with automatic pre-fill of many grid squares - free from SD website. Select the "UKEICC 80m CW" or "UKEICC 80m SSB" option, as appropriate. Also runs on Linux with Wine, and on Raspberry Pi 3 with Wine and Exagear (Tnx Paul EI5DI)

N1MM+ - Click here to download and info how to install a N1MM+ UDC (User Defined Contest) file for these UKEICC 80m contests - the file name is UKEI80_VHF.udc (thanks Les G4OGB) - N1MM+ website - fully supports these contests - website (Tnx Jim M0CKE)

TR4W - fully supports these contests - TR4W website (Tnx Valery UR7QM)

WriteLog 12.0 - current support level unknown -  Writelog website

Win-Test 4.29.0 - use the 'Top of Europe Contest' template. Select 'TOEC WW Grid Contest' from the pull-down menu. Win-Test website (Tnx Andy G4PIQ)

For Mac OS :

SkookumLogger - fully supports these contests. Free download from SkookumLogger website (Tnx Jonathan G0DVJ and Bill K1GQ)

Notes: (i) The Cabrillo files produced after the contest may contain 59(9) reports even though they are not exchanged on-air during the contest - these will be ignored during the adjudication process. (ii) It does not matter if the Cabrillo log does not show points for each QSO or an overall claimed score.

10. Scoring

The points for each contact depends on the distance between the two stations. This is computed by taking the distance between the centres of the two grid squares.

i.e. 0 - 500 km 1 point
501 - 1000 km 2 points
1001 - 1500 km 3 points etc.

For example, a QSO with a station 1850 km away scores 4 points.

As part of the adjudication process, if your QSO is with a Low Power or QRP station i.e. you were the receiving station in that QSO, your points (for that QSO) are multiplied by the following factors :
Low Power - points are multiplied by 2
QRP - points are multiplied by 4

No multiplication factor will be applied to QSOs with stations that did not submit an entry, or to QSOs with any station signing /QRP or /LP.

Realtime Scoreboard for UKEICC 80m contests (thanks Victor VA2WA)

11. Entries

11.1  Cabrillo logs are required, clearly showing your section and sent exchange, and must be received by the online server within 1 hour of the contest end time. The online log submission page (click on the link below) will ask you to confirm which section etc you are entering.

Upload your Cabrillo log

The results of each monthly contest will be announced on this UKEICC website within 1 hour after the close of log submission i.e within 2 hours of the end of the contest. (Many thanks to Tree N6TR, Mike G3WPH and Pete G4CLA for their software work)

Contest Results here     these *Provisional* results will be online as soon as possible after 2200z

11.2   By entering this contest, you agree to your logfile and the associated UBN file created after the log-checking procedures being available in the public domain.

11.3   Entries from stations attempting to indicate their power level by e.g. signing /QRP or /LP at any time during the contest will be treated as Checklogs.

12. Penalties

12.1    Callsign and/or exchange logging errors in any QSO will result in the loss of points to the value of your average points per QSO value (as calculated from your final unchecked score) times THREE.

12.2    Not-in-Log (NIL) errors, for whatever reason, will result in the loss of points to the value of your average points per QSO value (as calculated from your final unchecked score) times TWO

12.3    Following the completion of the automated log-checking procedures, you will have access to your UBN/LCR file for that contest. Please note that due to the short log-submission time and the fast production of results, no appeals can be made - however we reserve the right to retrospectively rescore logfiles if necessary.

12.4   QSOs with Unique callsigns will not be penalised, but any logfile showing a higher than normal number of Uniques will be scrutinised.


Version 42 : 13th August 2019                                                  E&OE