To support QRP/CW operation in Europe and aid contacts between members on the air.
We realise that most members have differing commitments and therefore taking part in a strict sprint may be difficult. We are therefore proposing a 24 hour period in which you can spend as much or as little time operating as suits you. We award points for QSOs based on distance between the two stations, and normalise the scores based on how much time in that 24 hour period you have spent operating.
The next activity day is not scheduled yet.
The core aim is for each station to make as many QSOs as possible between 0000Z and 2359Z on the day of the event.
Points are awarded as follows:
- For each QSO, the short-path vector between the two stations is calculated. If one or both of the stations are outside Europe, the effective position of the station is moved to where this vector intersects the European border (if there are multiple points of intersection, the one that yields the greatest distance is selected). The distance between the two effective QSO endpoints is then rounded up to the nearest 50km and a point is awarded for each 50km covered. If both of the stations are NAQCC members, the number of points for this QSO is then doubled.
- We sum the above score, multiply it by 1.5 if you used a paddle for all QSOs and double it if you instead used a straight key for every QSO.
- We normalise the score based upon the amount of time that you have spent operating.
The above scheme prioritises distance between QSOs over quantity of contacts. There are no multipliers. The normalisation in the last step ensures that stations who spend relatively little time operating but perform well according to our other criteria will score more highly than a station who operates for a larger proportion of the 24 hour period and makes a large number of local QSOs. Clearly, there is no requirement for either station to be in Europe, just as long as the path between the stations intersects with some part of Europe.
The fact that we only count intra-European distances serves to promote our key objective of increasing the QRP/CW within Europe, whilst not excessively penalising those located in other continents who wish to participate.
Please email your log (in whichever format you prefer), time spent operating (rounded up to the nearest half hour), and type of key used (straight key, paddle or other) to challenges [at] naqcc-eu.org.
If no operating time or key type are included in the submission of your log, we shall assume that your key bonus is x1 and that you operated continuously from 15 minutes before your first QSO to 15 minutes after your last.
All stations participating will receive a certificate with their final score and position. The highest-scoring three stations will receive a special version of this certificate.
- All QSOs submitted for credit in the challenge must be 2x CW.
- All QSOs submitted for credit in the challenge must be made using 5W or less of output power measured at the transmitter. The station worked in any QSO may be using any power level.
- Any and all bands may be used.
- There is no requirement for either station to be located within Europe at the time of the QSO: points will be allocated as described above.
- QSOs must be made between 0000Z and 2359Z.
- QSOs made for the activity day may also be submitted for use in challenges.
- Non-members are very welcome to participate in and submit their entries for NAQCC European challenges, but are not eligible for awards. They will be listed in a separate section in the results.
- Logs (as described above) must be received within two weeks of the activity day (email to challenges [at] naqcc-eu.org together with amount of time spent operating and type of key used).