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IOTA SWL CONTEST 2009
 
RSGB/HFCC & MDXC/SWL present
Islands On The Air SWL Contest 2009
 

The aim of the IOTA SWL Contest, held in parallel with the IOTA Contest, is to promote the interest of the SWL stations for the Contests and to encourage the SWL applications to the awards of the IOTA Programme.
Remember that the IOTA Programme was established back in 1964 by the late Geoff Watts, BRS-3129, the only SWL ever inducted in the CQ DX Hall of Fame.

2009 Rules
 

Contest Period :
from July 25-2009 12.00 UTC to July 26-2009 12.00 UTC

Bands :
80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 m.

Modes :
CW, SSB, MIXED.

Category Time :
12 hours, 24 hours

Categories :
SWL, Single Operator, 12 hours, MIXED
SWL, Single Operator, 12 hours, SSB
SWL, Single Operator, 12 hours, CW
SWL, Single Operator, 24 hours, MIXED
SWL, Single Operator, 24 hours, SSB
SWL, Single Operator, 24 hours, CW

Exchanges :
RST + QSO number, starting with 001 + IOTA Reference number, if applicable.

QSO Points :
Three (3) points per non-island QSO heard, fifteen (15) points per island QSO heard. Same station can be heard once on each band and mode.

Multipliers :
Each IOTA reference on each band and on each mode.

Scoring :
Sum of QSO points x sum of multipliers = TOTAL SCORE.

Rule of Correspondents :
The callsign of correspondent may not appear more than three consecutive times. There must be at least one other QSO before a series of one to three callsigns is repeated.

Plaque / Awards :
The GEOFF WATTS SWL Plaque to the leader in the 12 hours mixed category. Certificates to the top three stations in each category.

Logs :
CABRILLO format is preferred.
To generate Cabrillo the user friendly program by SP7DQR is available at:
http://sp7dqr.waw.pl/eng/eng/index_en.html. A useful Manual for SWL DQR Log is also available at the site of Ruud: http://swl.veron.nl/Handeng/HandleidingEng.html .
Logs in Excel or in TEXT (with columns separated by spaces) are acceptable.
Log must show: FREQUENCY, MODE, DATE, TIME(GMT), CALLSIGN OF STATION HRD, EXCHANGE MESSAGE SENT BY STATION HRD and CALLSIGN OF CORRESPONDENT.
Hand-written logs are not recommended but still acceptable. Official forms can be requested to the IOTA SWL Contest Manager.

Logs Deadline :
Logs must be received by September 1 to qualify.

E-mail logs to :
iotaswl@mdxc.org
or mail logs to :
IOTA SWL Contest Manager
Dan Rolla, I1-12387
Via N.Sauro 1
I-16018 GIOVI - GE
ITALY

 
Download contest rules in PDF format:  
   
F.A.Q.
 

Is the recording with Perseus allowed ?
No, the possibility to record a large portion of the RF Spectrum to disk for later analysis with Perseus or other softwares would mean a multi-multi-operation and it is not allowed.

Can I put in the log non-island stations in Contest ?
Yes. Also if the Contest title is IOTA, entrants can heard anyone in Contest, island or non-island. This can be strange but these are the rules of the IOTA Contest since the very first edition.

Can I participate without an SWL callsign ?
Yes. In the score there will be your name prefixed by the country prefix. Anyway, if you are interested, SWARL issues SWL calls for free. You have to join the SWARL list at SWARL@yahoogroups.com and ask for a call.

I am a Ham with regular callsign, can I participate in the SWL Category ?
Yes, you are welcome. But, of course you have to listen to the stations in Contest and not to work them. If you send a standard Ham log, only the first three QSO will count for points according to the rule of correspondents.

The RS(T) to put in the log is my report to the station heard ?
No, it is the RS(T) sent in Contest by the station heard.

In the 12-hour category, operation need to be for one continuous 12-hour period ?
No, but, once operation has commenced, off periods must be a minimum of 60 minutes.
Example 1: 1200 to 1600 GMT Saturday, 1900 to 2300 GMT Saturday and 0600 to 1000 GMT Sunday.
Example 2: 1200 GMT Saturday to 0000 GMT Sunday.

If I operated for less than 12 hours, can I declare 24-hour category instead of 12-hour ?
Yes. The checking software will check only the operating time of entries in 12-hour category and will mark with zero points all the QSOs heard over 12 hours of operation.

Is the use of DX Summit and DX Cluster allowed ?
Yes, it is allowed. There is no more distinction between “Assisted” or “Not assisted”, as in previous editions of the IOTA Contest, SWL category.

Can I have an example on how is calculated the total score ?
The score is the total of multipliers multiplied by the total of points for each band added together.
Example:

 

Multipliers No of QSO with Total points
for each band
Band CW SSB Total 3p. SWL 15p. SWL
80M
40M
20M
15M
10M
25
19
39
20
12
6
13
28
16
9
31
32
67
36
21
43
31
72
28
11
42
42
86
46
24
759
723
1506
774
393
Total 115 72 187 185 240 4155

SCORE = 776985

If I heard both sides of a QSO, can I put in the log both the stations ?
Yes, If both sides of a QSO are heard, including exchange digits, they are both valid for points but must be logged in two separate rows. If SWL DQR Log software is used, you can put both the stations on the same row, but do not forget to cross the box “Split SWL Report into two lines” in the Cabrillo Header window.

The logs must be separated for each band ?
No. Please ensure you send a single log in chronological order. Do not send separate logs for each band.

Can I put in the “Station heard”/ “Call 1” column the same call two or more times ?
Yes, but only on a different band or on a different mode (if the category is mixed) .

Can I put in the “Correspondent station”/ “Call 2” column the same call two or more times ?
Yes, but the correspondent’s rule must be observed, i.e. the ‘callsign of station being worked’ may not appear more than three consecutive times. There must be at least one other QSO before a series of one to three callsigns is repeated.

Example of log not compliant with the “rule of correspondents”:

QSO: 14000 CW 2002-07-27 1500 EA5BM 599 0011 ------ G3XTT  
QSO: 14000 CW 2002-07-27 1501 PY1NX 599 0025 ------ G3XTT  
QSO: 14000 CW 2002-07-27 1502 M6T 599 0043 EU-005 G3XTT  
QSO: 21000 PH 2002-07-27 1513 9A7P 599 0013 ------ G3XTT (*)
QSO: 21000 PH 2002-07-27 1517 9M6A 599 0027 OC-088 G3XTT (*)

(*) These QSO will not count for the final score

Why do you recommend the Cabrillo format ?
Because the cross-checking software works only on Cabrillo format and the Ham logs are also in Cabrillo format. To generate Cabrillo a splendid computer program is "SWL DQR Log", made by our friend Marek, SP7DQR with the help of Ruud NL290. This program is freeware and is downloadable from http://sp7dqr.waw.pl/eng/index_en.html . A useful Manual for SWL DQR Log is also available at the site of Ruud: http://swl.veron.nl/Handeng/HandleidingEng.html .
Before logging read carefully the help pages which include a very useful logging example for the IOTA SWL Contest.

 
 

Can I use SWL DQR Log not in real time but after the Contest?
Yes, for sure. You have to set the Off-Line Logging by clicking with the right button of the mouse on the date field. Note that in this configuration you can easily change the time with the page-up and page-down keys.

I have to delete the dupes from the log?
It is not necessary. Duplicates can be leaved in the log. The log checking software will find the dupes. In general it will mark them with zero points, but if the first QSO logged is invalid, the second QSO could be valid for points.

Is another format (not Cabrillo) acceptable?
Yes, but if you use a text format please use plain text with colums separated by spaces (not tabs). Another acceptable format can be Excel (see Appendix 2).

Can I send my log pasted into the e-mail?
Yes, but we do prefer the log as an attachment, not zipped.

Is it necessary to calculate the claimed score?
No, it is not necessary to calculate the claimed score. Your final score will be calculated by the log check software.

I have to write a summary sheet with a declaration?
No, if you use Cabrillo it is not necessary anymore.

I have to write something in the subject of the e-mail with my log?
Yes, your SWL callsign.

How I have to name my log file?
With your call (e.g. I1-12387.cbr). Please do not name your log IOTA CONTEST or similar.

How I will be sure that you received my log via e-mail?
You will receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours. A list of logs received with a provisional score will also be published at http://www.mdxc.org/swl .

What I have to do if my e-mail sent to iotaswl@mdxc.org bounces back?
You can try to send the log to iw1qla@tin.it

When will the online results be available?
The SWL logs will be cross-checked against the Ham logs to get the final score. So, the SWL results will be available a bit later than the Ham results of the IOTA Contest. The Contest results will be published in the MDXC/SWL web site http://www.mdxc.org/swl.

Where can I find other information on the IOTA Programme?
Copies of the IOTA Directory with all the information on the IOTA Programme can be purchased from RSGB at www.rsgbshop.org. A full list of IOTA islands, the annual SWL Listings and other useful information can be found in the RSGB IOTA Web Page at www.rsgbiota.org and in the G3KMA, IOTA Manager’s Website at www.g3kma.dsl.pipex.com.

 

APPENDIX 1 - Example of Cabrillo log

Header section:
START-OF-LOG: 2.0
CONTEST: RSGB-IOTA
CALLSIGN: I1-12387
CATEGORY: SWL MIXED
CATEGORY-TIME: 12-HOUR
IOTA-REFERENCE-NUMBER:
CLUB: MDXC/SWL
CLAIMED-SCORE: 186381
NAME: DAN ROLLA
ADDRESS: VIA SAURO 1
ADDRESS: 16018 GIOVI-GE
ADDRESS: ITALY
ADDRESS:
OPERATORS:
SOAPBOX: EMAIL: iw1qla@tin.it
SOAPBOX: GREAT CONTEST AND GREAT PROPAGATION

Cabrillo SWL QSO template:

          ------station heard---------- correspondent
QSO: freq mo date time call rst ex1 ex2 call
QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn nnnn aa-nnn *************
QSO: 14000 PH 2002-07-28 0659 HC8N 59 0901 SA-004 G3XTT
QSO: 14000 PH 2002-07-28 0659 PY1NX 59 0025 ------ HA1AG
QSO: 28000 CW 2002-07-28 0700 EA5BM 599 0011 ------ G3XTT
END-OF-LOG:        

Note: If you use SWL DQR Log, to have the correct SWL Cabrillo, you have to set the fields configuration as follows:


APPENDIX 2
- Example of log in EXCEL
(Note: the file must include an header section with all the informations shown in Cabrillo header)

  Freq. Mode Date GMT Callsign RST Ser.No. IOTA Ref. Stn wkd
QSO: 14000 PH 2002-07-28 0659 HC8N 59 0901 SA-004 G3XTT
QSO: 14000 PH 2002-07-28 0659 PY1NX 59 0025   HA1AG
QSO: 28000 CW 2002-07-28 0700 EA5BM 599 0011   G3XTT
 
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RSGB & IOTA References
 
     
Software (Tnx Marek SP7DQR and Ruud NL290)
 
     
Announced DX Operations
     
Logs Received
2006
SWL Call Name Category Log format
3V4-002 Achraf SINGLE-OP SSB 12H Cabrillo
BRS-91705 Gordon SINGLE-OP SSB 12-H Cabrillo
DE1WJK Walter SINGLE-OP SSB 24-H Excel
DL-P01-17291 Wolfgang SINGLE-OP SSB 12-H Cabrillo
DE3CDE Claus-Dieter SINGLE-OP SSB 24-H paper log
DL-SWL C. Scherrer Christof SINGLE-OP CW 12-H paper Log
I3-2782/VE Stefano SINGLE-OP CW 24-H Cabrillo
I3-325/VE Fernando SINGLE-OP CW 12-H paper log
JA4-4665/1 Tanio SINGLE-OP CW 12-H Excel
LYR-794 Vilmantas SINGLE-OP MIX 12-H Text
NL-290 Ruud SINGLE-OP SSB 24-H Cabrillo
OH3-911 Veijo SINGLE-OP SSB 12-H Excel
OK1-11861 Josef SINGLE-OP MIX 12-H Cabrillo
SM7-8190 Lars SINGLE-OP SSB 12-H Cabrillo
SP2-0534-BY Tomasz SINGLE-OP SSB 24-H Cabrillo
ZL2001-SWL Brian SINGLE-OP SSB 12-H Cabrillo
ONL-383 Jean-Jacques SINGLE-OP CW 12-H paper log
R3A-847 Vladimir SINGLE-OP MIXED 12-H paper log
YU1RS-461 Milovan SINGLE-OP MIXED 12-H paper log
SP601032 Jwona (YL) SINGLE-OP SSB 12-H paper log
2007
No SWL Call Name Category Log format
1

3V4-002

Achraf

SSB 12-HOUR

Cabrillo

2 4X4-2238 Eyran SSB 24-HOUR Cabrillo
3

ADXB OE-527

Roland

MIXED 24-HOUR

Cabrillo

4 BRS91705 Gordon SSB 12-HOUR Cabrillo
5 DE1BRJ Bettina SSB 24-HOUR Cabrillo
6

DE1WJK

Walter

SSB 24-HOUR

Excel

7

DE7ROW

Rainer

CW 24-HOUR

Cabrillo

8 DL-P01-17291 Wolfgang CW 24-HOUR Cabrillo
9 DL-P46-2901165 Christoph CW 24-HOUR Paper Log
10

EA30

Fran

SSB 12-HOUR

Cabrillo

11 F-10255 Stephane SSB 12-HOUR Excel
12 I3-2782/VE Stefano CW 24-HOUR Cabrillo
13

I-SWL Menon

Stefano

MIXED 12-HOUR

Cabrillo

14 JA4-4665/1 Tanio CW 12-HOUR Excel
15 LYR-794 Vilmantas MIXED 12-HOUR Text
16 NL10133 Eelco MIXED 12-HOUR Cabrillo
17

NL290

Ruud

SSB 12-HOUR

Cabrillo

18

OK1-11861

Josef

MIXED 12-HOUR

Cabrillo

19 OK1-34856 Jan CW 24-HOUR Cabrillo
20 ONL3647 Geo SSB 12-HOUR Excel
21 R3A-847 Vladimir MIXED 24-HOUR Paper Log
22 SM5-1252 Ullmar CW 12-HOUR Picture
23 SP2-0534-BY Tomasz SSB 24-HOUR Cabrillo
24 UA1-143-1 Avinir CW 24-HOUR Paper Log
25 VO1001SWL Allen SSB 24-HOUR Cabrillo
26 YU1RS-461 Milovan CW 24-HOUR Paper Log
27 ZL2001SWL Brian SSB 12-HOUR Cabrillo
2008
No. SWL CALL Name Category Claimed Score Provisional Score (*) Log Format
1 LZ2F319 Iliya MIXED 24H - 2888640 Cabrillo
2 LYR-794 Vilmantas MIXED 12H 1430142 1428714 Text
3 OK1-11861 Josef MIXED 12H 660447 646713 Cabrillo
4 I3-2782/VE Stefano CW 24H 445008 443103 Cabrillo
5 OE-527 Roland MIXED 24H 640575 420480 Cabrillo
6 OK2-31097/DL Richard CW 12H 341712 357765 Paper Log
7 R3A-847 Vladimir MIXED 24H 318978 310170 Paper Log
8 VO1-001-SWL Allen SSB 24H 302016 275355 Excel
9 OK1-31457 Roman MIXED 12H 173355 173355 Cabrillo
10 OH2-836 Kari SSB 12H 242046 123546 Text
11 SP8-20-069 Piotr SSB 12H - 116805 Cabrillo
12 DL-P01-17291 Wolfgang CW 24H 106080 106080 Cabrillo
13 GM21056 Gordon SSB 12H 87000 79866 Cabrillo
14 OK2-9329 Dusan MIXED 12H 87725 71775 Cabrillo
15 DE1WJK Walter SSB 24H - 69576 Excel
16 UA0-103-16 Vladimir SSB 24H 67536 67536 Cabrillo
17 LZ1G42 Stanislav CW 12H 70650 64944 Cabrillo
18 DE7ROW Rainer CW 24H 75468 52404 Cabrillo
19 NL10133 Eelco MIXED 24H 46389 45264 Cabrillo
20 EA2-5412V Antonio SSB 12H 8157 27306 Cabrillo
21 JA4-4665/1 Tanio CW 12H 24390 26016 Excel
22 OK1-34856 Jan CW 24H 25248 25248 Cabrillo
23 W2-SWL B ROSSI Bob CW 12H 32340 14283 Cabrillo


(*) Score calculated before cross-checking the HAM logs, but including check of dupes, correspondent's rule and operating time.
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The IOTA SWL Contest Manager, Dan I1-12387, can be reached by Email at iw1qla@tin.it