DARC 10m Contest
The DARC 10m contest is a short contest addressing international participants by various categories. DXCC entities as well as the German DOK count as multipliers. If the band is open to Germany you can easily work some hundred German stations. From the German point of view, in any 10m-Contest there are certainly some first hop stations available, e.g. from EA8, CT or LZ.
The 10m band is a magic band. Whereas in sunspot maximum you will get world wide contacts with low power or even QRP signals, in the sunspot minimum the band behaves like VHF and seems often to be dead. Thus, a good VHF QTH is perfect to gain additional contest fun. However, also in the European winter season there are sometimes significant openings to southern Europe or northern Africa. Loud first hop signals attract German stations to call you. We usually have nearly one thousand DL entries, but you probably might only work a small part of them. Imagine: Besides European and African stations like you, a German small pistol station can certainly work a handful of local stations and some other German mountain top stations as well.
Therefore, mark the date in your contest calendar and check whether the 10m band is open to DL. You will enjoy two hours with nice pile-ups for training and fun. We would be happy to receive your log and will reward you with a PDF certificate.
DARC 10m-Contest - Official Rules
18th Apr 2017, DK9TN
The Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club (DARC) has the honor to invite radio amateurs all over the world to participate in the annual DARC 10m contest.
Effective of May 2014 are the General Contest Rules of DARC Committee DX and HF Contesting.
1. Contest period
2nd Sunday in January, 0900-1059 UTC
14th January 2018
2. Band and modes
CW : 28.000 to 28.190 kHz
SSB: 28.300 to 28.700 kHz
3. Stations to be worked
All - only once
Stations within Germany
- Single operator, mixed, low power
- Single operator, mixed, high power
- Single operator, CW, low power
- Single operator, CW, high power
- Single operator, SSB, low power
- Single operator, SSB, high power
Stations outside Germany
- Single operator, mixed
- Single operator, CW
- Single operator, SSB
Output power: low power = up to 100 watts, high power = more than 100 watts.
- DX cluster support is allowed for all categories
- Transmitters, receivers and antennas used in the contest must be located within a 2 km diameter circle
- Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time
- DL stations send: RS(T) + serial number + DOK or "NM" (no member) if they are not DARC members. NM does not count as a multiplier.
- Stations from foreign countries (outside DL) send: RS(T) + serial number.
6. QSO points
Each valid QSO counts 1 point.
Each WAE country/DXCC entity and each different DOK.
8. Final score
Number of valid QSOs x Number of multipliers (countries/entities + DOKs).
9. Contest awards
Certificates will be awarded to every participant as a PDF file for self-printing.
Violation of the rules of the contest or unsportsmanlike conduct will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification.
The log file has to be uploaded as a Cabrillo file via
The receipt of the log will be automatically confirmed by an email including possible errors in the log format and the password for the access to your UBN file. The logs will be part of the DCL (DARC Contest Logbook). By submitting the log, the participant claims to fully accept the rules of the contest.
12. Log submission deadline
3rd Monday after the contest.
29th January 2018
Email address (for questions only!): 10m-info |at| dxhf.darc.de
(Logs have to be uploaded via the website given above).
Please find further specification details on the Cabrillo file format here.
Note for software developers: during the DARC 10m Contest DL stations send a double exchange consisting of a serial number and a DOK (or "NM" for not member). Especially in the case of Cabrillo files, it is very important that the columns for sent number, sent DOK, received number and received DOK are in the right place, i.e. correct column start and length. Please refer to the example logs listed below.
From DL side (Cabrillo example file)
START-OF-LOG: 3.0 CREATED-BY: LM Version 4.10 (c) 1992, 2013 by DL8WAA LOCATION: DX CONTEST: DARC-10 CALLSIGN: DQ4W CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED CATEGORY-BAND: 10M CATEGORY-MODE: MIXED CLAIMED-SCORE: 20 OPERATORS: DK9TN CLUB: Bavarian Contest Club NAME: Christoph Nufer EMAIL: email@example.com SPECIFIC: Z06 ADDRESS: SOAPBOX: QSO: 28002 CW 2013-01-13 0900 DQ4W 599 001 Z06 VK4DX 599 1 0 QSO: 28485 PH 2013-01-13 0901 DQ4W 59 002 Z06 E7DX 59 3 0 QSO: 28033 CW 2013-01-13 0902 DQ4W 599 003 Z06 DR1A 599 4 L06 0 QSO: 28490 PH 2013-01-13 0905 DQ4W 59 004 Z06 DL1A 59 7 C30 0 END-OF-LOG:
From non-DL side (Cabrillo example file)
START-OF-LOG: 3.0 CREATED-BY: LM Version 4.10 (c) 1992, 2013 by DL8WAA LOCATION: DX CONTEST: DARC-10 CALLSIGN: E7DX CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED CATEGORY-BAND: 10M CATEGORY-MODE: MIXED CLAIMED-SCORE: 20 OPERATORS: E77DX CLUB: NAME: Emir Braco Memic EMAIL: SPECIFIC: ADDRESS: SOAPBOX: QSO: 28001 CW 2013-01-13 0900 E7DX 599 001 DK0MN 599 1 C12 0 QSO: 28485 PH 2013-01-13 0901 E7DX 59 002 DQ4W 59 2 Z06 0 QSO: 28005 CW 2013-01-13 0901 E7DX 599 003 F5IN 599 5 0 QSO: 28472 PH 2013-01-13 0901 E7DX 59 004 G0MTN 59 2 0 END-OF-LOG:
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH [or] CATEGORY-POWER: LOW CATEGORY-MODE: CW [or] CATEGORY-MODE: MIXED
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M HIGH MIXED CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M HIGH CW CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M LOW MIXED CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M LOW CW
Category SINGLE-OP HIGH 10M MIXED Category SINGLE-OP HIGH 10M CW Category SINGLE-OP LOW 10M MIXED Category SINGLE-OP LOW 10M CWThe log robot accepts the Cabrillo 3.0 fields spread over several lines (e.g. CATEGORY-OPERATOR, CATEGORY-POWER, CATEGORY-ASSISTED) as well as in one single CATEGORY line.