IRTS HF Counties Contest Rules

(These rules apply to the 80 Metres and 40 Metres counties contests)

The IRTS General Contest Rules will apply, except as noted below.

1

Dates and Time

(see Contest Calendar)

1.1 80 Metres:   From 15:00 to 17:00 UTC on a date in January
1.2 40 Metres:   From 12:00 to 14:00 UTC on a date in May
1.3 40 Metres:   From 12:00 to 14:00 UTC on a date in October

2

Sections

2.1 Stations in EI/GI:
     A.  SSB Only Fixed
     B.  SSB Only Portable – 100W max.  (see Requirements for Portable Section Entries in Section 3 below)
     C.  SSB/CW Fixed
     D.  SSB/CW Portable – 100W max.  (see Requirements for Portable Section Entries in Section 3 below)
     E.  SWL   (see Section 7 / General Rules)
2.2 DX Stations (outside EI/GI):
     F.  SSB Only
     G.  SSB/CW
2.3 Whether portable or fixed, entrants must operate from a single location for the duration of the contest.
2.4 In the SSB/CW sections, a station may be worked on both modes provided it remains in the same county/DXCC entity.

3

Requirements for Portable Section Entries

3.1 There may be one antenna only, which must be a single element such as a dipole, vertical, long wire, etc., having not more than two elevated support points and not exceeding 15 metres above ground at its highest point.
3.2 Buildings or man-made structures, other than those brought to, or constructed on, the site within 24 hours before the start of the contest for use during the contest, may not be used as antenna support points.
3.3 Additional standby equipment is allowed on site, but it must not be connected to any power source when the main equipment is in use.
3.4 The station must not be sited in any permanent or semi-permanent building.
3.5 The station must not use the public mains supply.
3.6 Power for all equipment may only be derived from a portable generator, or from solar cells, accumulators or batteries.  Fixed generators are not permitted.  Float charging, if any, must be from a portable generator.
3.7 No equipment or antennas may be installed or erected on the site prior to 24 hours before the start of the contest.  This does not apply to storage of equipment.

4

Exchange

4.1 Signal report, serial number (starting 001 for the first contact) and county e.g. 59 001 WIC.
(See the County Codes / General Rules)
DX Stations send signal report & serial number only

5

Frequencies

5.1 The IARU Region 1 Band Plan should be observed, and in addition:
  •  CW contacts should be made only in the recognised CW end of the band
  •  Use contest-preferred segments of the band, where applicable
  •  As these are local contests, no operation should take place where the Band Plan indicates priority for intercontinental operation
5.2 80m:  CW 3510 – 3560;   SSB 3600 – 3650  &  3700 – 3775
CW centre of activity: 3522
5.3 40m:  CW 7000 – 7040;   SSB 7060 – 7100  &  7130 – 7175
CW centre of activity: 7022
5.4 Only one signal may be transmitted at a time.

6

Scoring

6.1 Stations in EI/GI: SSB QSOs CW QSOs
  •  Any County in EI/GI 4 points 8 points
  •  Contacts outside EI/GI 1 point 2 points
  The final score is the total QSO points multiplied by the number of EI/GI counties plus DXCC entities outside EI/GI worked
 
6.2 DX Stations (outside EI/GI): SSB QSOs CW QSOs
  •  Each contact with EI/GI 4 points 8 points
  The final score is the total QSO points multiplied by the number of EI/GI counties worked
 
6.3 In the SSB/CW sections, for multiplier purposes counties and DXCC entities only count once

7

Awards

(See Rule 6.2 / General Rules regarding the minimum number of QSOs for award eligibility)

7.1 An award will be made to the leading station in each section.
Contest Calendar and Rules page

Updated: 23 October 2017