Ø7Ø Club Three Day Weekend (TDW) Contest
To work as many stations as possible using PSK31 mode during the Three Day Weekent
This event is open to all amateur radio operators licensed to operate on the HF bands.
QRP (max power 5 watts output)
Low Power (max power 25 watts output)
Medium Power (max power 50 watts output)
High Power (max power 100 watts output)
June 4th through June 6th
0000 UTC 4 June 2021 - 2359 UTC 6 Jun 2021
(Note: For the purpose of this contest only, "Member" is a member who has received their 070 number prior to the start of the contest.)
Members send 070 Club Number.
(Exchange example: K9DWR de K5SP 483 QSL? kn).
Non-members send 0000 in place of a 070 Club number.
(Exchange example: K9DWR de KQ4XYZ 0000 QSL? kn).
160 thru 6 meters, no WARC bands. Work each station once/band.
All contacts must be 2-way PSK31.
No repeater, cross-mode or cross-band contacts allowed.
Use no more than the stated maximum for your entry category. Please keep your power output set to a reasonable level to avoid QRMing others. Use the MINIMUM power necessary to make the contact at all times!
QSO points - Each contact counts one (1) QSO point, dupes count (0) points.
Multipliers - Multipliers are the number of unique 070 club numbers worked (including 0000), counted once (not per band).
Final Score = (Total QSO Points) x (Total Different 070 numbers) + (Total Bonus Points) = Final Score.
Each contact with a bonus station counts as one hundred (100) bonus points. You can work each Bonus Station once per band, but please don't ask them to QSY to another band for you. Bonus Stations will try to work as many bands as their equipment and propagation allows to give everyone a chance for extra points, but remember that they are in the contest, too. There is no guarantee that all Bonus Stations will be active on all bands.
The complete list of 2021 Bonus Stations.
Place certificates will be sent for each category. Highest Ø7Ø Club member score gets Top Dawg and a Rollo Dog Tag!
All Ø7Ø Club member entries received will automatically qualify for an endorsement sticker.
All entries must be received by One (1) week after the TDW Contest.
Entries with excessive dupes will be listed as check logs. All entries are subject to verification.
The 070 Club reserves the right to disqualify entries deemed not in accordance with the above rules or are contrary to the spirit of this event.
History of PODXS and the 070 Club part 3
HISTORY OF PODXS AND THE 070 CLUB PART 3
About a year before PODXS launched the 070 Club program, PODXS Contest Manager N3DQU thought that the club needed some sort of tradition to lend itself a bit of class and exclusivity. So in November 1999 on Thanksgiving Day, he bestowed upon his fellow PODXS'ers a tradition in the form of a giant, beat-up beer stein called the PODXS Cup. By itself of course, a giant beer stein with the club name scratched into it doesn't mean a whole heck of a lot, but along with the PODXS Cup came something else, a year-long event in the form of a scavenger hunt, affectionately called The PODXS Cup Challenge! The Points were what the PODXS'ers had to scavenge for and the PODXS Cup was the prize! And being as PODXS is an hf radio club, you had to scavenge for the points...well, on the hf bands, 160 thru 6 meters!
"It is left up to the wiles and ingenuity of each PODXS'er...", N3DQU instructed the members, "... to seek out and schedule QSO's through any and all means at his disposal, utilizing his knowledge of upcoming contests and events, internet search techniques, band propagation, etc." The Points were usually revealed around Christmas morning to the members, and they had from Jan 1 until Dec 31 of the coming year to put as many points in the log as they could before the deadline. And to the winner of the scavenger hunt, earned the privilege and honor of having the PODXS Cup grace a place of honor in his QTH until the winner of next year's scavenger hunt was announced and demanded his prize!
The first winner of the PODXS Cup Challenge was AA8QQ, who swept the 25 Points in record time, requiring the Contest Manager to rethink the difficulty level of the Points. The PODXS Cup Challenge ran from 2000 thru 2006 and is currently in possession of the last winner of record, K8IJ.
Below are links for the 2003 edition of this event. K8IJ managed to make 23 of 25 points that year. Read his log and see just what he went thru to make those 23 Points, a fb effort es fantastic reading! 73 de Jay N3DQU
Next year 2010, will mark the 10th anniversary of the PODXS Ø7Ø Club, and with the upcoming celebrations which are sure to take place, for our members certainly do like to celebrate! , perhaps it is time to finally set down, for the record, the history of the Ø7Ø Club. But before the history of this very active group can be examined, one must first look at the roots of the sponsoring organization, the Penn-Ohio DX Society. The birth of the Penn-Ohio DX Society (PODXS) is an interesting story in itself, perhaps a subject for another time. What follows is a short synopsis, so the reader can understand the driving force behind the Ø7Ø Club and how it came to be.
More commonly known to its members as PODXS (pronounced PO-dix), the Penn-Ohio DX Society is a somewhat obscure independent amateur radio club based in New Castle, Pennsylvania. What some might call a renegade group, PODXS was formed in July 1996 by N3DQU, AA8QQ, KD3MO and AA3KM, with membership being restricted to those licensed General Class and above. Perhaps "renegade" is too strong a term when talking about PODXS, suffice to say that the Penn-Ohio DX Society was formed in response to a very strong, local club environment which supported VHF while virtually ignoring the HF side of amateur radio.
A short time after PODXS was formed, KA3X joined as the fifth member of the group, to bring the total regular membership to five. The regular membership of PODXS has never numbered more than 5 members and currently stands at three: N3DQU, AA8QQ and N3XC. Over time however, a number of honorary members have been privileged to join the PODXS ranks. Except for a yearly meeting and a "changing of the hats", PODXS remained a loose-knit group, putting their efforts into enjoying this great hobby of ours, rather than getting caught up in the mundane organizational aspects that tend to be a drag on what an amateur radio club should be all about.
In the original bylaws, the stated purpose of PODXS was "...to enjoy the traditional aspects of amateur radio and to maintain an active ARRL-VEC testing team in the New Castle, PA area." The phrase "traditional aspects" refers to all those activities that one normally associates with HF operating: sky wires, chasing DX, contests, wallpaper and QSL cards, sunspots, propagation, etc. Not long after the inception of the club, the VEC testing team was dropped for certain reasons, leaving the stated purpose to stand as it has been ever since, "The Penn-Ohio DX Society exists to to enjoy the traditional aspects of amateur radio."
Fast forward to the year 2000. Something new has been happening in the amateur radio world and it is significant in a hobby, where numbers are beginning to be negatively affected as the advance of the internet threatens the hobby's membership base. The "soundcard modes" have emerged, bringing new and old blood back into amateur radio and it looks like PSK31 is leading the pack. But something is missing. There are amateurs out there putting PSK31 on the air to be sure, but except for one-on-one QSO's, there is not much out there for them to do, no base of operations, no flame to congregate around. Enter the Penn-Ohio DX Society.
Jay Hudak, KA3X, affectionately known as the "Old Dood", was the first PODXS member to experiment with the new soundcard mode, PSK31. Once the other members got involved, it became obvious that here was an opportunity for "The PODXS Boys" to give something back to the amateur radio hobby, in a sense to become part of amateur radio history. KA3X and N3DQU decide to form a support group for PSK31, called the Ø7Ø Club, a reference to some of the operating frequencies where PSK31 can be found, with KA3X as the Club Manager and N3DQU doing yeoman service as webmaster, awards boss, et al. On September 21, 2000, the Old Dood, Jay Hudak, KA3X, officially becomes the very first member of the Ø7Ø Club, as Ø7Ø #001. By the end of 2000, the Ø7Ø Club boasted a membership of 25 members, and now at the time of this writing, stands at over 800 members worldwide.
Except for a very short period, the Ø7Ø Club has always offered membership free of charge to all amateurs licensed to operate on the HF bands. The Ø7Ø Club is very proud of the fact that all operating costs have been paid by donations of time and money from the members of PODXS and the Ø7Ø Club.
Of course, the Ø7Ø Club did not blossom to over 800 members over night and there is still quite a bit yet to tell...of endorsements, the TDW, PSKFest, Dayton eyeball QSO's, Honorary PODXS members, APE, LONP and the Low Band Sprints, Rollo, Mona and her cat...all parts of Ø7Ø Club history. But this article is long enough. For now, let me tell you something you probably didn't know. Back in 2001, the Old Dood and I talked about just how far we were going to take the Ø7Ø Club project. After all, it looked like PSK31 was starting to take off on its own and there were other outfits out there that were offering contests and awards for the fledgling mode. We had accomplished what we set out to do, to give something back to the hobby, maybe even make our mark in amateur radio history. So it was decided that, once we hit member #100, we would pull the plug on the Ø7Ø Club and move on to other things!
Little did we realize... 73 de Jay, N3DQU, Ø7Ø #010 ..
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