This is an almost year-long award scheme open to SDARC (and invited clubs) Members only. It aims to encourage on-air operating, to have some competitive fun playing radio, to raise the profile of SDARC on the air and to reward members making consistent use of their radio gear. Go on, THIS year, why don’t YOU have a go!!
Please be aware that it can take a minute or so for your QSOs to appear in the league table. Please only upload QSOs within a sensible time frame. There is no need to upload your entire log of 100,000 QSOs from 1976 as they aren’t counted.
From time to time we may manually adjudicate your entries and correct any incorrectly logged. You may find your totals change.
To work as many LARGE SQUARES as you can during the Award period, to encourage some competitive fun playing radio, to raise the on-air profile of the club, and to reward members making use of their radio gear. A large square is the first four characters of a Maidenhead locator, eg: IO91.
You will need to upload your ADIF log from time to time so that we can process it and update the league tables. We will automatically calculate who is a member from our master list so you don’t need to worry about how you log it.
If you are an SWL and have yet to gain your licence, you can still take part! Just use “SWL” and some short suffix not already in use. Could be your year of birth or something else distinctive. EG: SWL1066.
QSOs may be made at any time from 1st MARCH to 30th NOVEMBER 2023.
Log ALL QSOs under your own Full Call Sign. QSOs made using your SCC (Short Contest Call) are OK but must be assigned to your main callsign via the Operator field in your log.
Contacts made where YOU used an RF signal on an Amateur band at your end. The propagation of your signal to the other end of the QSO could be a direct RF link (eg 20m or 6M) or could be RF through a repeater (including a Satellite) or even could be a mode that uses an Internet segment (eg DMR or Echolink).
Any mode, band, or power allowed by your licence class is valid.
Work as many squares as you can. You will get ONE point per unique square. We will work out if a square is unique for you, just submit your log.
QSOs will not normally need validating but Judges reserve the right to request confirmation. The Judges’ decision in all matters is final. By entering, you agree that results & photos may be sent to Radcom & the SDARC website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I log my participation in a net? – Yes, log all the participants you made contact with. Perhaps even give signal reports (from the repeater input) if you can.
Can I look up the locator? – Yes. Obviously, if the station is portable, you won’t be able to look it up.
The online table at SDARC.net will show progress. Awards will be presented at the Club Christmas Dinner.