Rules of the DARC XMAS-Contest

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

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


1. Contest Periode

December 26th, 08:30-10:59 UTC

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. Logs

The log-file has to be submitted only in Cabrillo-format via Webupload 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

The 3rd Monday after the contest (for 2018: 14.01.2019).

11. Addresses

for questions: xmas-info(at)




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