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 Rules

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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

4. Categories

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.

Note:

  • 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

5. Exchange

  • 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.

7. Multiplier

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.

10. Disqualification

Violation of the rules of the contest or unsportsmanlike conduct will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification.

11. Logs

The log file has to be uploaded as a Cabrillo file via

http://www.darc.de/referate/dx/contest/10m/logupload/


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

13. Contact

Email address (for questions only!): 10m-info |at| dxhf.darc.de

(Logs have to be uploaded via the website given above).

DARC 10m Contest - Logupload

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DARC 10m Contest - Example Logs

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Example logs

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: dk9tn@darc.de
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:

Categories

Cabrillo 3.0

CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP

CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH   [or]
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW

CATEGORY-MODE: CW      [or]
CATEGORY-MODE: MIXED

Cabrillo 2.0

CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M HIGH MIXED
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M HIGH CW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M LOW MIXED
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M LOW CW

STF

Category     SINGLE-OP HIGH 10M MIXED
Category     SINGLE-OP HIGH 10M CW
Category     SINGLE-OP LOW 10M MIXED
Category     SINGLE-OP LOW 10M CW
The 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.

DARC 10m-Contest Results

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DARC 10m-Contest - Logging Software

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DARC 10m-Contest Certificates

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DARC 10m-Contest Archives

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