Saturday, 29 August 2015

Practical Wireless 70Mhz (4m) Contest.

Full rules will be published in the September 2015 issue of Practical Wireless (on sale early August). All entrants must read the complete published rules. The following summary is provided for convenience.
In brief:
  • Use ssb, cw, fm or am in the 70MHz (4m) band.
  • There are two sections:
  • Low Power - Transmitter output power limit 10 watts pep.
  • Open - Transmitter output power as per normal licence limit.
  • Date and duration as noted above.
  • Contest QSO exchange: RS(T) report, serial number starting 001, QTH locator.
  • Scoring: one point per contact, with multiplier = number of locator squares (e.g. IO91) worked.
  • The log must include at least one contact with a station in the United Kingdom or Eire.
  • Entries should preferably be sent by e-mail.
  • Paper logs sent by post are also accepted; these must be on A4 sheets, with first contact in each new square highlighted. Duplicate QSOs must be clearly marked.
  • Observe the band plan and avoid frequencies in use by non-contest activity, GB2RS, standard calling frequencies, etc.
  • You must provide all required covering information (see Rule 6 in the full rules), preferably using the online entry system or on a Cover Sheet if sent by post.
  • No repeater or satellite contacts.
  • Entries must be received either by e-mail or post to the address published in the rules by 20th October 2015.
The above is a brief summary and does not present all the conditions of the contest rules. You must read the full published contest rules before entering.
Contest stationery (log sheets and cover sheets) for paper entries are available for downloading here - just click the button.

Your contest log should be sent by e-mail to this address:

Include your log file as an attachment.
The log file that you send should contain the same information that you would put in one sent on paper by post, except that you do not need to highlight the first contact in each locator square, nor do you need to mark duplicate contacts.
Files written by most popular contest logging software can be accepted including .LOG files from SDV or N1MM and REG1 .ADI files from MINOS. 

Keep it as simple as possible: a plain ASCII text file is just fine, so are spreadsheet files, etc..

 70MHz (4m) Excel Log Sheet70MHz (4m) Log Spreadsheet

When sending a file, please give it a file name that includes the callsign of your entry, e.g. G8EQX-P.XLS

You will receive an acknowledgement of your entry, normally within 24 hours of submitting it. If there is anything about your entry that gives problems (e.g. formatting), you will be contacted by e-mail.

If you haven't received a confirmation within 48 hours of sending a log by e-mail, please contact me at

2. Send the covering information

You must also send the covering information required by Rule 6 (see full rules published in September Practical Wireless). The best way of doing this is to use this:

online contest entry system

Using this system not only reminds you to include all the required information, but also performs a number of checks on what you have entered before it is sent, helping to prevent errors. It also enters your information directly into the adjudicator's database, saving time and preventing errors. 
If for some reason you cannot use the online form, then send the Rule 6 covering information to the same e-mail address as the logs.

If you have any questions about this procedure, or other problems with sending your entry, please e-mail me at 

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