Updated

2014-11-18: Fieldyday SSB: final scores, UBNs
2014-10-06: WAEDC SSB claimed scores
2014-09-25:
Fieldday SSB: claimed scores
2014-09-04:
WAEDC CW claimed scores
2014-05-18:
Fieldday CW: UBNs
2014-05-08:
Fieldday CW: Final scores
2014-06-16:
Update CM 2014
2014-05-26:
10m-Contest 2014: final scores
2014-04-05: Update CM 2014
2014-03-12:
DARC-Easter Egg Contest
2014-03-11: X-Mas 2013: Final scores, UBNs
2014-02-27:
WAEDC RTTY 2013: Final scores
2014-02-24: Update CM 2013
2014-02-22: WAEDC SSB 2013: Final scores
2014-02-06:
10m-Contest 2014: claimed scores
2014-02-06:
Update CM 2013
2014-02-05:
X-Mas Contest 2013: claimed scores
2014-01-22: WAEDC CW 2013: Final scores
2014-01-13:
10m-Contest: received logs
2014-01-10:
Fieldday 2013: certificates
2014-01-06: WAG 2013: certificates
2014-01-06: WAG 2013: Final scores

DARC XMAS-Contest

The XMAS-Contest is a very popular short-contest sponsored by the DARC. It's the last competition which counts for the German annual club championship, which ensures a competitive field of participants from all parts of the country. For these, the XMAS-contest which only lasts 2.5 hours truly is a sprint contest, where every second wasted can hurt the score. But there is another feature which makes it unique: The QSY rule. After completing a contact, the station which called CQ on the frequency has to move and leave the frequency to the calling station, Contrary to most contests where the big guns with high power are occupying the run frequencies for most of the contest, in the XMAS contest the skill, speed and experience of the operator is the key to success. And a clean log is a must: More than once, the top places in the XMAS contest changed from the claimed scores to the final results, where bad contacts were removed,

But the XMAS-Contest is also an event where you meet many old and new friends, most of them for the last time in that year, and you often hear the words "Frohes Fest" ("Merry Xmas!") or in CW "FF" after a QSO.

Also the propagation makes the XMAS contest an interesting and challenging event. Especially on 40m, the skip zone is often too large to make contacts within Germany at the start of the contest; yet the multipliers from 40m are needed to achieve a high score. The right strategy and a lot of experience are more helpful than a big amplifier.

We hope to welcome you as a participant in the next XMAS contest. Foreign stations are always welcome to take part, and with the current conditions on 40m, they truly have an advantage in propagation over the DLs.