Rules FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Last updated April 21, 2013
There are always questions about contest rules. We'll use this section to document questions, answers and rules interpretations so everyone will have the same information. Suggests for improvements in the rules for next year are welcomed as well, send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Logs and dupe sheets?
Multipliers for NE stations?
Multiplier per band?
QSOs per band/mode?
Can I operate aeronautical mobile (/AM)?
Certificates for multi-single efforts?
Power limit for low power or QRP?
Is there an entry fee or cost for certificates?
Should NE stations log NE counties?
How about mobile and portable in the same county?
Does Hawaii county as a state and country?
Are there single band categories?
How about a wire antenna in a tree for a mobile?
A) We didn't write a lot of rules about multi-single, just that there is a category for stations with multiple operators (or a single op using packet). Use the "standard" rules for multi-single - ten minutes between band changes would be fine (as in CQWW), even six per hour (as in ARRLDX). As for a second transmitter on another band for multipliers, that's fine.
A) We put together a list of 5-character abbreviations because there are several counties with the same names in different states. A couple of software programs couldn't handle a 5-charcter abbreviation so we also added an optional 3-character listing for specific logging programs. On the air, and in logs, we prefer that you use the 5-character abbreviation.
A) Electronic entries just need to include a complete Cabrillo format log. If your software doesn't provide that option, include a summary file and log file in a plain text format. Paper entries should use the forms provided - summary and log sheets. Do your best to avoid duplicates, and to check for them afterwards, but no need to send in dupe sheets.
A) Correct, New England stations can work other New England stations for QSO credit but counties do not count as multipliers (states do). The multiplier for NE stations is States(50), Provinces(14) and Countries. Non-NE stations use NE counties (67).
A) Just once for each multiplier, not per band or mode.
A) Yes, the same station can be contacted on CW and SSB on each band for QSO points (digital is considered the same as CW).
A) No, since most awards (DXCC, WAS, state county awards) do not allow /AM QSOs to count, we won't either. But, if you'd like to operate /AM anyway, let us know and we'll make sure be know you'll be on, even if the QSOs won't count in the contest, because there will be a lot of interest in your special operation.
A) Yes, in each state/province/country a certificate will be awarded to the top scorer in each category (high power, low power, QRP, multi-single) as long as the station made 25 QSOs.
Q) Just to make sure, Under the Rules section on "Valid Contacts", shouldn't it read "Mobiles that change counties are considered to be new stations, and can be worked for both multiplier and QSO Point credit".
A) Good clarification, that's correct. We'll make a change to the wording next year so it is clearer.
A) We probably should have specified it - 150w PEP or less for the Low Power category, and 5w PEP or less for QRP.
A) Nope. We have had donations to cover the cost of a mailing to New England clubs, and several clubs and individuals have sponsored plaques. We will certainly send the results out via e-mail where possible. If you earn a certificate we'll be sending it out by mail. We'd be happy if you sent an SASE for printed results or a certificate.
Q) If New England stations can work any other NE station but only count it for state worked credit, is there any value in logging NE counties worked? All they do is complicate the contest file without adding any value to the log from the NE operators point-of-view.
A) If you work a New England mobile station in different counties, it will count for multiple QSOs (and not as a duplicate). You do need to log the county for all NE stations worked (mobile or fixed). A good QSO requires the full exchange to be copied/logged..
Two logs is the only answer. A mobile score is combined (QSO points) over all counties travelled through. Unless you're using the mobile station and mobile antenna at the end location, it can't be combined.
A) No. If you work Hawaii, count it as one of the 50 states, same with Alaska. When counting countries, do not include the USA and Canada.
A) There are no single band
categories. We decided to keep the format simple.
While running mobile in multiple counties, if you stop and throw a wire
into the trees (or bushes, or whatever) does this categorize those
contacts as a "/portable" station vs a continuation of the ongoing
A) Except for the first year, we've counted stations that operate portable in multiple counties in with the mobiles. That gives you the flexibility to take along some extra wires, or a small mast and beam. The price you pay for a better antenna system is that it will take longer to get to new counties and the rush of new QSOs.