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International 160m contest named RUSSIAN 160 METER CONTEST sponsored by the Radio Magazine and the Top Band DX Club. In particular, the Contest provides the participants possibility to achieve fulfillment of the Top Band Cup (http://www.topband.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=20&Itemid=21).

Radio amateurs from all over the world may participate in the Contest. Results will be scored separately in three entry groups: European and Asiatic Russia (as per WAC definition), and the Rest of the World (World).

In general, new rules of the Contest are very close to that of the popular RUSSIAN DX CONTEST (exchange numbers, QSO points calculation, multiplier). Traditionally, the Contest is to be held on Friday preceding the third complete December weekend, i.e. from 20.00z to 24.00z in 1.8 MHz band. Modes are CW and SSB. In 2016, the Contest is to be held on December 16.

Only mixed mode entry (MIXED). Participants may work in two entry groups, - SO (single operator) and MO (one TX, 2 or more operators). Only one transmitted signal is allowed at any time.

It is allowed to use open DX networks in the Contest; use of any IP networks for distant reception and/or transmission, including WEB stations, is prohibited.

There are no mode change limits. Dupes are allowed in different modes.

Non-Russian stations send RS(T) and QSO serial number starting with 001. Russian stations send RS(T) and Oblast code, two-letter Oblast (Kraj, Republic) abbreviation they are transmitting from.

Russian stations: QSO with Russian station (within the same continent) scores 2 points; QSO with Russian station from another continent scores 5 points; QSO with another entity in the same continent scores 3 points, QSO with another continent scores 5 points.

Non-Russian stations: QSO with Russian station scores 10 points (regardless of continent); QSO with own entity scores 2 points; QSO with another entity within own continent scores 3 points; QSO with another continents scores 5 points. Use DXCC list for entity definition.

Kaliningrad (UA2) is a separate DXCC entity and a separate Oblast multiplier, but points for QSO with Kaliningrad are counted as for European Russia.

Multiplier is number of entities worked (see DXCC list), plus Russian Oblasts number. Each entity and Oblast count for multiplier only once, regardless of mode. Use common Oblast abbreviations list (for example, see Russia Award rules).

Final result is total QSO points multiplied by total multipliers number.

Logs shall be in Cabrillo format. Lof file shall be named as YOURCALL.log or YOURCALL.cbr. Example: UA4AA.log. Message subject line shall consist your call. Log shall be attached to your message and sent to: contest@radio.ru or uploaded via WEB interface at http://ua9qcq.com/contests/robot.php. Paper logs are still accepted in 2013. They have to be sent to: Radio Magazine, 10 Seliverstov Pereulok, Moscow, 107045, Russia.

When using contest software for your log, do not forget, they are may generate the second Cabrillo file version, and some of them may generate the third Cabrillo version. The differences are not big, - they are about log headers. In order to avoid ‘talks’ with robot, it is necessary to check some positions in the log. Contest name shall be RADIO-160.

SO stations, line CATEGORY-OPERATOR: shall be shown as SINGLE-OP for the third Cabrillo version. Same for the second version, but it is in line CATEGORY:

MO stations, the third Cabrillo version line CATEGORY-OPERATOR: shall be MULTI-OP, the second version line CATEGORY: shall contain MULTI-ONE (note the difference please!). All Cabrillo versions, line LOCATION: for Russian stations shall contain 2-letter Oblast abbreviation.

Logs shall be sent within 15 days after the Contest completion (till January 5, 2013, inclusive).

Top winners in groups are awarded with trophies from sponsors. 2nd and 3rd place winners are awarded with commemorative Radio Magazine contest certificates.

Non-Russians participants are awarded with certificates provided that not less than 50 QSO were confirmed in their logs.

Decisions of Contest Committee are final.






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