Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated internationally on 17 March. Named after, um, Saint Patrick, one of the most commonly recognized patron saints of Ireland and originating as a religious holiday, it has gradually become more of a celebration of Ireland and Ireland's culture. Now the Ø7Ø Club brings you an international 24 hour St. Patrick's Day on-the-air party that is now open to all PSK-31 operators!
Who: All licensed PSK-31 operators!!!
What: A 24 hour on-the-air early St. Patrick's Day party - adult beverages are optional!
When: Third Saturday of March - 0000 - 2359 UTC
Where: All HF Bands 160M - 6M (no WARC bands). PSK31 mode only. Work each station once per band only. Dupes do not count for this event.
Why: To compete for the Top Dog Prize (a certificate and a Rollo Dog Tag), get a participation attaboy sticker for your membership certificate,
work new members for LONP credit, and be a wee bit Irish for the day!
Suggested CQ: "CQ Ø7Ø St Pat's Contest"
Exchange: Call sign, signal report, and S/P/C.
Bonus Points: How about a challenge within the contest?
In the same spirit of the Work The World Award Series, using the FIRST LETTER of the suffixes of the stations you work during the contest, spell out the phrase:
Note: a single callsign can only be used once anywhere in the phrase "Erin Go Bragh", even if credit for only two words is claimed.
You need 11 separate qualified QSOs for the full credit of 500 Bonus Points.
Only the first letter of the suffix counts towards the spelling of the words.
Scoring: Total Score = (Total QSO points) X (Total # different S/P/C's) + (Total Bonus Points)
SPC Definition: S = U.S. States, P = Canadian Provinces, C = DXCC Countries
(Use the current ARRL DXCC list for country reference.)
First U.S. station worked counts as two (2) multipliers (country and state).
First VE station worked counts as two (2) multipliers (country and province).
First Alaska station worked counts as two (2) multipliers (country and state).
First Hawaii station worked counts as two (2) multipliers (country and state).
Washington, DC counts as Maryland (MD).
Maximum Output Power: 50 Watts regardless of band
Please use the online contest scorer at http://hamclubs.info/scorer -- You upload your ADIF file there and get immediate confirmation along with a detailed scoring report.
All entries must be received no later than 1 week after the contest. Entries with excessive dupes and/or errors will be listed as check logs. All entries are subject to verification.
Awards: All Ø7Ø Club members submitting an entry will receive a participation attaboy sticker for their membership certificate. The top 3 places in each WØ thru W9 call area, plus the top 3 scoring DX stations will receive a certificate. The Top Dog entry will receive a Special Certificate and Rollo Dog Tag.