Contest Period

Begins: 2018-07-28 at 16:00 UTC
Ends: 2018-07-28 at 21:59 UTC

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Objective

To introduce young amateur radio operators to radiosport and encourage young amateurs to get on the air. All stations may participate, but stations with a majority (greater than 50%) of operators over the age of 30 may only submit check-logs.

Exchange

When calling CQ, use “CQ YARC” or similar to show you’re calling for this contest.

The exchange must be made over radio. Exchange your QTH and Four-Digit Year Licensed. If using a club callsign, use the year the club was founded.

QTH: The 2 letter abbreviation of your US State, Canadian Province/Territory, or DX. See below for a listing of all abbreviations. The WY4RC stations will give YARC# as their QTH, where # is a number 0 to 13.

Scoring

The formula for scoring is:

QSO Points = 3 * (# of Phone QSOs) + 2 * (# of CW QSOs) + 1 * (# of Digital and Internet QSOs)
Total Score = QSO Points * QTH Multiplier * Bonus Multiplier

If the Bonus Multiplier is 0, do not include it in the calculation.

QSO Points

Each Phone contact is worth 3 points.

Each CW contacts is worth 2 points.

Each Digital or Internet-Linked contact is worth 1 point.

You may work any one station exactly once on each mode and band combination, for a maximum of 31 QSOs per station (3 modes, 10 bands, plus Internet-Linked). Although there is no credit for duplicate contacts, there is no penalty either, so please do not remove them from your log, as they help with log checking.

Multipliers

Each US State, Canadian Province/Territory, and DX (non-US or Canada) are multipliers, for a maximum of 64. See the bottom of this page for a complete listing of multiplier QTHs.

Working any WY4RC station: Your bonus multiplier is the number WY4RC stations (WY4RC or WY4RC/#) worked. You may work each WY4RC station once on each band and mode combination. The WY4RC stations will give YARC# as their QTH, where # is a number 0 to 13.

The active WY4RC stations will be:

  • WY4RC/0, operated by KE0QHA
  • WY4RC/4, operated by AB3NJ

Modes

CW (Log as CW): Morse code

Phone (Log as PH): Upper and Lower Sideband, FM

Digital (Log as RY): all commonly used modes, except for JT modes (JT9, JT65, FT8, WSPR, etc). Additionally, internet-linked modes (DMR, Echolink, and IRLP) are allowed. Remember repeater etiquette if using these modes through a repeater.

Bands

160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2, and 1.25 meters, and 70 centimeters.

Log the band/frequency of any Internet-linked QSOs as “INET“.

Entry Classes

All assisted operation, including self-spotting, is allowed for all entry classes. There are no time limits for operating or changing bands or modes.

Single Operator

Category Code Maximum Power # of Transmitters # of Operators
Single, High Power SO-HP > 200 Watts 1 1
Single, Low Power SO-LP <= 200 Watts 1 1
Single, QRP SO-QRP <= 15 Watts 1 1

Multi-Single and Multi-Multi stations should use the year the callsign used on the air was first licensed.

Multi-Single

Category Code Maximum Power # of Transmitters # of Operators
Multi-Single, High Power MS-HP > 200 Watts 1 2+
Multi-Single, Low Power MS-LP <= 200 Watts 1 2+
Multi-Single, QRP MS-QRP <= 15 Watts 1 2+

Multi-Multi

Category Code Maximum Power # of Transmitters # of Operators
Multi-Multi, High Power MM-HP > 200 Watts 2+ 2+
Multi-Multi, Low Power MM-LP <= 200 Watts 2+ 2+
Multi-Multi, QRP MM-QRP <= 15 Watts 2+ 2+

Special Awards Categories

Special awards will be given to the station who scores the highest in each of the following special categories. They are overlay categories, so enter according to the above entry classes and you may also qualify for one of the School Club or New Contester awards:

School Club

School entries must use the appropriate school call sign and operate from the campus station, if one exists. Instead of year licensed, school club entrants should use the year of founding of the club. Any school club member may operate including students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae. May enter in any category.

New Contester

Open to any station who can attest to have participated in 3 or fewer contests. Open to any station in Single Operator Low Power and QRP categories only.

Worked All WY4RC

Any station who works all WY4RC stations at least once during the contest period will receive a “Worked All WY4RC” certificate.

Log Submissions

Logs are due on 2018-08-12 at 15:59 UTC

Logs must be submitted in Cabrillo format here or emailed to kb6ee+logs[at]yarc[dot]world.

N1MM+ User-Defined Contest files:

  • Unfortunately, these do not support logging Internet contacts.
  • Place this in “C:\Users{user}\Documents\N1MM Logger+\UserDefinedContests“
  • Place this in “C:\Users{user}\Documents\N1MM Logger+\SupportFiles”
    • When you create the new log, make sure to hit “Import section file” in that dialog

Cabrillo example (more info). Make sure all the spacing is exactly the same:

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: GA
CALLSIGN: KN8U
CLUB: South East Contest Club
CONTEST: YARC-QSO-PARTY
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: MIXED
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 220
OPERATORS: KN8U
NAME: Zhenhao Yang
ADDRESS: 1111 Fake St
ADDRESS-CITY: Atlantis
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: GA
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 12345
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: UNITED STATES
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.7218.0
SOAPBOX: Comments go here.
SOAPBOX: They can be multiple lines.
                              --------info sent-------- -------info rcvd---------
QSO: freq  mo date       time call          qth    exch call          qth    exch
QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* ****** nnnn ************* ****** nnnn
QSO: 14050 PH 2018-07-19 1704 KN8U          GA     2016 WY4RC         YARC2  2018
QSO: 14050 PH 2018-07-19 1705 KN8U          GA     2016 WY4RC/KH6     YARC13 2018
QSO: 14050 PH 2018-07-19 1705 KN8U          GA     2016 W4AQL         GA     1912
QSO: 14050 CW 2018-07-19 1705 KN8U          GA     2016 W1AW          CT     1914
QSO: 14050 CW 2018-07-19 1705 KN8U          GA     2016 W4AQL         GA     1912
QSO: 14050 CW 2018-07-19 1705 KN8U          GA     2016 W4ATL         GA     1980
QSO: 14050 CW 2018-07-19 1705 KN8U          GA     2016 BT4EXPO       DX     2010
QSO: 14050 CW 2018-07-19 1706 KN8U          GA     2016 KB6EE/QRP     CA     2015
QSO: 14050 RY 2018-07-19 1706 KN8U          GA     2016 W0ONA         FL     2016
QSO: 21050 RY 2018-07-19 1706 KN8U          GA     2016 KJ4IQA        GA     2008
QSO: 21050 RY 2018-07-19 1707 KN8U          GA     2016 VE2HEW        QC     2010
QSO: INET  RY 2018-07-19 1708 KN8U          GA     2016 W2SZ          NY     1911
END-OF-LOG:

If submitting via the online submission form, the QSO section should have the following format:

band  mo time callsign      QTH    exch
20    PH 1704 WY4RC         YARC2  2018
20    PH 1705 WY4RC/KH6     YARC13 2018
20    PH 1705 W4AQL         GA     1912
20    CW 1705 W1AW          CT     1914
20    CW 1705 W4AQL         GA     1912
20    CW 1705 W4ATL         GA     1980
20    CW 1705 BT4EXPO       DX     2010
20    CW 1706 KB6EE/QRP     CA     2015
20    RY 1706 W0ONA         FL     2016
15    RY 1706 KJ4IQA        GA     2008
15    RY 1707 VE2HEW        QC     2010
INET  RY 1708 W2SZ          NY     1911

Exchange QTH Listing

US

AK Alaska
AL Alabama
AR Arkansas
AZ Arizona
CA California
CO Colorado
CT Connecticut
DE Delaware
FL Florida
GA Georgia
HI Hawaii
IA Iowa
ID Idaho
IL Illinois
IN Indiana
KS Kansas
KY Kentucky
LA Louisiana
MA Massachusetts
MD Maryland and DC
ME Maine
MI Michigan
MN Minnesota
MO Missouri
MS Mississippi
MT Montana
NC North Carolina
ND North Dakota
NE Nebraska
NH New Hampshire
NJ New Jersey
NM New Mexico
NV Nevada
NY New York
OH Ohio
OK Oklahoma
OR Oregon
PA Pennsylvania
RI Rhode Island
SC South Carolina
SD South Dakota
TN Tennessee
TX Texas
UT Utah
VA Virginia
VT Vermont
WA Washington
WI Wisconsin
WV West Virginia
WY Wyoming

Canada

AB Alberta
BC British Columbia
MB Manitoba
NB New Brunswick
NL Newfoundland and Labrador
NS Nova Scotia
NT Northwest Territories
NU Nunavut
ON Ontario
PE Prince Edward Island
QC Quebec
SK Saskatchewan
YT Yukon

Other

DX Non-US and Non-Canada