HARC 90th Anniversary QSO Party

  1. Objective: 

For Amateurs to make contact with as many other Amateur radio stations as possible, working with everyone anywhere in the world. As a means of publicizing the HARC 90th Anniversary; and generating interest within the HARC and elsewhere to get on the air.

For information concerning the HARC 90th Anniversary and HARC, visit: http://www.halifax-arc.org

  1. Operating Period: 

 0001Z, 05 August 2023 to 2359Z, 6th August 2023.   (Halifax Natal Day weekend).  

  1. Categories: 

Single operator, one Call Sign

From anywhere: Fixed Home QTH, Fixed Portable, and Mobile.  All QSO’s merged into one log regardless of location.  Using one Call sign.

One person performs all operating and logging functions. Use of spotting nets (operator arrangements involving assistance through DX-alerting nets, Packet Cluster, etc) and self-spotting is permitted. 

  1. Power: 

Since this is not a competition per se, operators can operate within the power limits of their licenses, excluding the WARC bands

  1. Modes of Operation: 

PH = phone  = Voice = AM, SSB, 

FM = phone = Voice = FM

CW = Morse code telegraphy

RY: all digital modes

  1. Categories of Operation

PH = phone  = Voice = AM, SSB

FM:  phone = Voice = FM

CW = Morse code telegraphy

RTTY = all digital modes, including RTTY

You can choose One of the above, or (CW+SSB), (CW+SSB+RTTY), FM.  This follows the N1MM Log Data Format

  1. Operating Exchange: 

Call CQ HARC.  Exchange RST signal report, QTH (US State, Canadian Province, DX Entity or, DX)

  1. Scoring: 
  1. QSO Points: Each complete contact is worth 1 point, per band.   Dupes do not count.

(B) Multipliers: 

  1. For all stations, each of the following represents a multiplier: US State, Canadian Province, DXCC Entity
  2. A multiplier can be counted once per mode, per band
  3. Bonus points for working these Special HARC 90th Anniversary Call signs: VC1933,   VC1HARC90.  10 QSO (rather than 1) points, per Call Sign, once per mode, per band
  1. Final Score: 

Multiply QSO Points by a total of multipliers

  1. Suggested frequencies: 

Since this is not a competition per se, any operator can operate on any band within the limits of their licenses, on any mode, as per paragraph 5.   Excluding the WARC bands.

9) Miscellaneous: 

(A) Call signs and exchange information must be received by each station for a complete QSO.

(B) No cross-mode contacts; for example: CW contacts must be made to another CW station.

(C) Stations may be worked once per mode, per band.  Dupes do not count.

10) Reporting: 

Entries must be received no later than 7 days after the end of the HARC 90th Anniversary QSO Party.  Therefore by 14th August 2023.   

  1. Method of submitting:
  2. E-Mail. You may submit your operating log results summary via e-mail to HARCQSOPARTY@gmail.com. Preferably submit in a Cabrillo format.
  1. Entrants can use the log-entry form as attached and as published on the HARC 90th Website, But, preferably submit a Cabrillo log file using contest software such as N1MM
  1. Logs must indicate band, power, mode, date, time in UTC, calls, and the sent and received RST, QTH exchanges.
  1. Logs submitted by HARC members must indicate that they are HARC Members; either in the E-Mail subject line; or in the Cabrillo file.
  1. Final results will be posted on the HARC Website, and hopefully announced at the 90th Anniversary Gala Event

11) Awards: 

  1. Certificates will be awarded to top-scoring HARC Members, who are paid-up members of HARC, as per the HARC membership list dated 23rd June 2023
  1. Certificates will be awarded to other top-scoring participants in each Province, US State, or DXCC Entity. 
  1. Special additional awards may be awarded at the discretion of the HARC 90th Planning Committee.

12) Condition of Entry: 

Each entrant agrees to be bound by the provisions, as well as the intent, of this announcement, the regulations of his or her licensing authority, and the decisions of the HARC Planning Committee.

13) Operating Log

Please, preferably, provide a Cabrillo copy of your station log, to HARC for evaluation, with the other logs submitted by all operators.

We recommend using N1MM, as *they* have provided a platform within their Contest Logging software to Log in this QSO Party.

We wish to thank Les, G4OGB, and the N1MM team who have kindly provided an addition to the N1MM Contest Software package.  This will allow participants to use N1MM as their logging software for this event, and generate the required Cabrillo file for submission.

N1MM can be found here: https://n1mmwp.hamdocs.com/

The use of N1MM *UDC* file instructions can be found here: https://n1mmwp.hamdocs.com/?s=.udc&post_type=page 

The *UDC* file required for the HARC QSO PARTY can be found here: https://n1mmwp.hamdocs.com/mmfiles/harcqsop-udc/

From within the N1MM logging program; follow the Menu Tree: File, then: New log in database: ham.S3db, then find  and click on the below:

If this option is unavailable to an operator; their logs can be submitted manually, using the below form.

DateBand (M)ModeTime (UTC)Call signRST ReceivedRST SentDXCC Prefix, US State, Canadian Province

14) Summary of Results

Total # QSOs Points (A)Total # of Multiplier Mode QSOs, (B)Total # ofUS State, Canadian Province(C)Total # of DXCC Entities (D)

Final Score = A x (B + C + D)

Final Score = Total QSO points times the sum of the number of Multipliers

We wish to thank Dave, W3KM for creating, and providing a Cabrillo Evaluator tool in his GENLOG Software package; which will be used to assess the submitted logs for scoring. 

His GenLog software can be found here.  https://www.qsl.net/w3km/.  

His Cabrillo Evaluator software can be found here:  https://www.qsl.net/w3km/cabrillo.htm

15) Questions

Contact by e-mail: HARCQSOPARTY@gmail.com