DARC Easter Contest

Easter Contest Manager

Michael Moog
Feldbergring 14
63477 Maintal



DARC Easter Contest

The XMAS-Contest is a very popular short-contest sponsored by the DARC. It was the only sprint contest in Germany and had developed a large fan base. Now DARC has decided to sponsor a second sprint contest  in the course of the year with exact the same rules

For the competitive field of participants from all parts of the country, the XMAS- as well as the new Easter contest which only last 2.5 hours truly are sprint contests, 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 who has 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 as well as the Easter 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 and Easter Contest have changed from the claimed scores to the final results, where bad contacts were removed,

Also the propagation makes the XMAS and Easter 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. In the new Easter contest these "when-on-which-band" strategies have to get developed new, because the Easter contest will take place every year on the afternoon of Easter Monday. 

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

Rules of the DARC Easter Contest

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Rules of the DARC Easter Contest

The Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club (DARC) has the honor to invite all radio amateurs to participate in the annual Easter Sprint-Contest.

Please have a look into the new General Rules for DARC DXHF-Contests before you start in the contest.


1. Contest Periode

Easter Monday, 22. April 2019, 15.00-17.30 UT
Log submission deadline: 7 days after contest.

2. Bands / Modes

CW3510-3560 khz7010-7040 khz
SSB3610-3650 khz
3700-3775 khz
7060-7100 khz
7130-7200 khz

Each station may be worked one time on 3.5 MHz and one time on 7 MHz.
The station calling CQ must QSY after the QSO, leaving the frequency to the station which answered his/her call.
A maximum of 20 band changes or mode changes are allowed during the contest periode.

3. Categories


  • 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 
  • Checklog 

Output power: low power = up to 100 watts, high power = more than 100 watts

4. Exchange

German stations send RS(T) and their DOK, or "NM" (no member) if they are not a DARC member. NM does not count as a multiplier.
Foreign stations send only: RS(T) + serial number
"NM" does only apply to German stations who aren´t member of the DARC and therefore have no "DOK"

5. Multiplier Points

1 per DOK per band and 1 per prefix per band

6. QSO Points

Each completed QSO counts 1 point

7. Contest awards

Certificates will be awarded to every participant as PDF-file for self-printing.

8. Disqualification

Violation of the rules of the contest or unsportsmanlike conduct will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification.
The decisions of the contest-committee are final.

8. Score

The sum of the QSO points multiplied by the sum of the multiplier points.
Incorrect QSOs will be deleted.

9. Log Submission

Please submit your log in CABRILLO file format via web upload. The web upload is available at 


The receipt of the log will be automatically confirmed by an email with a message of possible errors in the log and the password for the access to your UBN-file. The logs will be part of the DCL (DARC Community Logbook). By submitting the log, the participant claims to fully accept the rules of the contest.

10. Deadline

All entries must be sent within seven (7) days after the contest (for 2019: 29.04.2019).

11. Addresses

for questions: easter-info(at)dxhf.darc.de




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