The NSARA CONTESTS

Promoting Amateur Radio in Nova Scotia

Revised February 2015

NSARA CONTEST

 

NSARA CONTEST 2015 CHANGES

In light of requests we were asked to review the current contest rules and make some recommendations to the NSARA directors Which was done recently. Over the past several years there have been many suggestions to improve the NSARA contest and promote greater activity. There was discussion about the merits of certain ideas and some rule and scoring changes were made. Over the past few years some further ideas have been passed along, some have been discussed by the NSARA directors and some have not been either brought forward or acted on until now.

Below are the revisions commencing MARCH 1 , 2015

1 – The date of the contest will be moved one week to the first Sunday in March, MARCH 1, 2015

2 – A Rover or Field Day style operation located on a line between 2 counties or at the junction of more

than 2 counties can give all counties with one contact. They must name all counties in the contact.

PROOF OF LOCATION:

Photographs of the set up and if possible a photograph of a GPS screen showing Lat. and Long.

The photographs of the set up should show some indication of location if a GPS photo is not possible.

 

DATE
The  NSARA contest will take place on the first Sunday of March.

March 1, 2015
March 6, 2016
March 5, 2017
March 4, 2018
March 3, 2019
March 1, 2020


Hours:

The contest will run for EIGHT hours – two four hour sessions.

Morning Session: 08:00 AM AST – 12:00 PM AST

Afternoon Session: 02:00 PM AST – 06:00 PM AST

Operating Band:

All contacts for contest credit will take place on the 80 Meter band within the allocation(s) guidelines
of the Radio Amateurs of Canada 80M Band Plan. A PDF of the HF Band Plans can be found here:

https://www.rac.ca/en/rac/services/bandplans/hf/hfplan-20080711.pdf

Exchange:

Nova Scotia Stations will exchange: Call Sign, Signal Report, and County.

Non Nova Scotia stations will exchange: Call Sign, Signal report, and a contact number.

Nova Scotia Stations operating portable or mobile must make it clear they are portable or mobile. See Bonus Points

QSO Points:

Score one point per completed PHONE contact.

Score one point per completed CW contact.

Score one point per completed DIGITAL contact.

The same station can be logged on each mode (e.g. PHONE, CW, DIGITAL (PSK31, SSTV, RTTY etc.)) within the
Band Plan Guidelines.

Multipliers:

The 18 counties of Nova Scotia will count as multipliers.

Any Amateur from anywhere can take part but only Nova Scotia Counties will count as multipliers.

Each multiplier may be counted once on each mode.

Bonus Points: - Added to score after QSO Points X Multipliers

ALL stations:

A bonus of 10 points will be awarded for each “ROVER” or “FIELD DAY” type station worked.

The BONUS is awarded for each mode worked with each ROVER or FIELD DAY station.

            ROVER or Portable stations: 100 BONUS points awarded for each county worked from.

Scoring Example;

Phone QSOs = 61

Multipliers = 15

Total = 915

Bonus Points = 250 (5 Portable or Rover stations worked, plus you gave mobile contacts from 2 counties)

Final Score = 1165

Categories (MODE):

The following 4 categories are eligible for certificates as detailed in the Awards section of the rules.

 PHONE

 CW

 DIGITAL (All digital modes excluding CW)

 MIXED MODE

Category notes:

  1. Single Operator or Multi operator permitted.

  1. Single Transmitter operation ONLY – with no restrictions on the number of operators.

  1. Field Day or Rover type of portable operations to rare counties is encouraged, especially if  BASIC
    operators are involved. See Bonus Points

  1. The contents of a log that is submitted for a specific Category must reflect that Category. In the event
    of a conflict between the actual content of the log and the stated Category in other elements of the entry
    material, the actual contents of the log will be used to determine the Category of entry where possible.
    In the event this cannot be determined or in the event where a log does not identify the entry Category,
    the entry will be classified into the most advantageous Category.

  1. An entrant who enters a specific Category (i.e. PHONE) but who also worked additional contacts outside
    that Category should try to mark (or highlight) the contacts they wish counted for their entry.

  1. Each new multiplier in a Category must be clearly marked in the log.

  1. Multipliers in a specific category entry will be counted for score only in that category.

Logging:

A separate log sheet should be kept for each MODE (Category) of transmission by Call Sign.

The log must clearly indicate the MODE used for the contest contact.

The log must show:

Submit Logs:

Contest Entrants will have one month (30 days) to submit logs after the contest ends.

Entries can be by paper log mailed in.

By E-Mail in plain text

Electronically as an image or attachment on an E-Mail

Files must be submitted in plain ASCII/Text format or a generic spread sheet.

AWARDS:

Certificates:

Anyone who makes 25 or more contacts (any mode) in the contest (regardless of the score), and
submits a log, will receive a `Participation Certificate`. Stations making contacts with all 18
Nova Scotia counties (all modes) will have “Clean sweep” indicated on their certificates and they
will also qualify for the NSARA WORKED ALL NOVA SCOTIA COUNTIES AWARD (WANSC)
without QSL card submission.

Winners:

Winners (1st Place) will be recognized separately for Phone, CW, Digital and Mixed Mode. The
winner will receive a certificate (suitable for framing) as well as having their photo on the NSARA
web page and in TCA and local media if desired.

Nova Scotia County list for use in the NSARA Contest:

ANNAPOLIS

ANTIGONISH

CAPE BRETON

COLCHESTER

CUMBERLAND

DIGBY

GUYSBOROUGH

HALIFAX

HANTS

INVERNESS

KINGS

LUNENBURG

PICTOU

QUEENS

RICHMOND

SHELBURNE

VICTORIA

YARMOUTH


The list can be used to check off the counties as you work them. Some counties have a large number of Amateurs,
while others have only one or two active Hams.

Contest Committee:

The contest committee, comprised of NSARA Directors, will make the final decision in all matters regarding the contest.

The contest committee encourages Clubs or other groups of Hams to do a Field Day type of operation during the contest.

There are no contest restrictions on who can operate using one Call Sign, so a MULTI SINGLE type of operation is
encouraged, especially if BASIC level Hams are involved. This contest experience may encourage them to pass the CW
license requirements as well as experimenting with some of the new modes such as PSK31 or SSTV.

Send Logs to:

NSARA Contest Coordinator

Peter J. Surette

48 Birch Street

Truro, NS

B2N 4X2

Or e-mail them to: ve1pjs at rac.ca or ve1pjs at ns.sympatico.ca

                                  

OFFICIAL LOG
Click here for an official log form.