- For amateur radio stations to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible within the 1 hour time limit
- To improve operator skills
- To have fun!
Results are published under the side-menu link to the right, or by clicking here.
Each Tuesday in April (Autumn) and August (Winter) 0800-0900 UTC (2000-2100 NZST):
- 0800-0829 UTC (2000-2029 NZST) CW only
- 0830-0859 UTC (2030-2059 NZST) SSB only
3. Operator Category
Single Operator, one transmitted signal only, assistance allowed and one of:
- High Power - up to full legal limit (if you must)
- QRP - up to 5W CW or 10W SSB
4. Mode Categories
- Mixed mode - SSB and CW
- CW only
- SSB only
RS(T) report and Outside Temperature to the nearest degree. You can get the temperature from the Metservice website, put a thermometer outside, or take the predicted overnight low from the newspaper/radio. Failing all that, your best estimate. Once you start, don't change it. On CW use “m” to denote a minus if the temperature is below zero.
One point per contact CW or SSB. You can work a station once in the CW section and once in the SSB section.
NOTE: There are no multipliers.
The final score is the sum of the contact points.
7. Suggested Frequencies
- CW 3520-3550 kHz
- SSB 3630-3660 kHz
8. No QSY rule
You do not need to move frequency after you call CQ and work a station. However in the spirit of robust competition it is expected no one will simply sit on one frequency for the duration of the sprint.
9. Example QSOs
ZL3AB: CQ ZL3AB Test
ZL3AB: ZL3XYZ 599 m1
ZL3XYZ: 599 5
ZL3AB: TU ZL3AB Test
ZL3AB: CQ ZL3AB Contest
ZL3AB: ZL3XYZ 59 minus 1
ZL3XYZ: 59 5
ZL3AB: Thank you ZL3AB Contest
Note you may need to use phonetics depending on band conditions and strength of signal
Only logs in electronic format are acceptable. Cabrillo format is preferred however ADIF, plain text, a word document or excel spreadsheet will be accepted. As a minimum the log must contain:
- Name of operator
- Claimed Score
- Incredibly witty Soapbox comment or failing that feedback on what you liked and didn’t like about the sprint.
Download the UDC file for N1MM+ Logger here. Unzip into the This PC/Documents/N1MM Logger+/UserDefinedContests folder.
11. Log Submissions
By email only to firstname.lastname@example.org within 24 hours of the end of the sprint. Results will be sent out on the major email reflectors and published here.
12. Change Log
- First release of the rules
- Altered to incorporate the Autmn Sprints
Last Updated: 30 December 2022