13th STEW PERRY TOPBAND DISTANCE CHALLENGE - RULES
Effective in 2008, the low power and QRP score multipliers have
been changed to 1.5 and 3. This does not affect the QSO point
multiplier that is received for working low power or QRP stations,
which remains at 2 and 4.
1. Contest period: 1500Z December 27th to 1500Z December
28th,2008. Operate for a maximum of 14 hours. Off times are
30 minutes minimum and a maximum of four off periods are
A separate warm-up even will be held on October 18th/19th with
the same time period and entry categories.
2. Bands and mode: 160 meters CW only.
3. Categories: Single operator or multi-operator. Remote or
Cluster spotting shall not be used. All transmitting and receiving
antennas used must be within 100 km of each other. Use of
skimmer like devices are okay for the multi-operator category only.
4. Exchange: Four character grid square (i.e. CN85).
5. QSO Points: The number of QSO points for each contact depends
on the distance between the two stations. This is computed by
taking the distance between the centers of the two grid squares.
Count a minimum of one point per QSO and an additional point
for every 500 kilometers distance. For example, a QSO with
a station 1750 kilometers away will count for 4 QSO points.
No additional distance for long path is allowed.
QSO Points are multiplied by 2X if you work a low power station
and 4X for working a QRP station. This is done based upon
received logs and is computed automatically during the log
Do not worry if your logging software does not compute the
QSO points. Our automated log checking software does this.
6. Score: Final score equals the total number of QSO points.
There is no multiplier for different grids worked. Stations
running 5 to 100 watts output multiply their score by 1.5.
Stations running less than 5 watts multiply their score by 3.
Scores will be grouped by category.
7. Reporting: Your log can be sent via the internet to
TBDC@CONTESTING.COM using the Cabrillo format before January
31st, 2009. Paper entries can be mailed to
BARC 15125 SE Bartell Rd; Boring, OR 97009. If possible, please
provide an electronic copy of your log. You can use the tool
INSTEW.EXE to generate a Cabrillo log from your paper log.
It can be found at http://web.jzap.com/k7rat/stew.html.
Logs for the warm-up event are due by November 18th.
8. Plaques will be awarded for categories we have sponsors for.
To volunteer to sponsor a plaque, contact Lew Sayre, W7EW
A list of the plaques sponsored can be found on the web
There are no plaques or other awards for the warm-up event.
9. Results are published on the web in September or October.
Look for an announcement on the topband and contest
reflectors. Warm-up results will be published before the real
event in December.
73, Petr OK1RP