GO QRP night will continue to be run an a monthly competition on the last Saturday of each month in 2021.
A few minor changes are on the table - so please give feedback if you have views on them. If no feedback is received then the changes will proceed as below.
1) Log Validation.
Scoring will be updated so that validated contacts with all mandatory fields correct will receive an extra 2 points for the contact. This is aimed to get as many as possible submitting logs, and to reward people for accurate log keeping. Validated contacts are where both parties submit a log with the mandatory fields for the contact agreeing.
Clarification: For you to receive the bonus points only the details the other party sends you must be correct in your log. The details that you send to the other party count for their validation bonus.
Clarification: QSO points will not be deducted for incorrect logs. QSO's where the logs disagree will receive the base QSO points but will receive no validation bonus.
2) Mandatory log details
The following fields will be mandatory details for a contact:
- Index and RS(T) sent
- Index and RS(T) received
- Both callsigns
- Home station or portable
- QRP or QRO
- Local or DX
Additionally, users are encouraged to record:
Times should agree to the nearest +/- 1 minute to claim the validated contact points. Participants are recommended to 'exchange' the contact time as part of their contact to ensure this.
There have been requests to open the contest up to more bands, and others fearing this will 'disperse' participants too widely.
The suggested compromise is a 2 hour contest - first hour being all HF bands, second hour being 80m only. The start time of the 80m hour will be the same as last year so if you wish to participate as 80m only then the competition will be almost unchanged for you. The start time of the 'any band' hour will be 1 hour before the 80m start time - to attempt to coincide with times when the higher frequency bands are 'open' for DX contacts.
Clarification: The two categories ('80m only' and 'all bands') would be scored separately with winners in each category.
Feedback on this is particularly welcome.
The 'bonus' for DX contacts will be increased to ensure that a DX contact still scores more than a validated local contact.
Clarification: DX contacts will also be eligible for the validation bonus in addition to the DX bonus, where the DX station submits a log.
The finalised 2021 rules will be published in the January Newsletter - so please get any feedback in this week to allow them to be written up.
Feedback can be posted here or emailed to email@example.com.
Matt Briggs - ZL4NVW