20150515 - VK Shires

posted May 13, 2016, 11:36 PM by News Team
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Have you ever worked the VK Shires contest? I haven’t, however I’m thinking about giving it a try this year.

The objectives of this contest are for amateurs around the world to contact as many VK shires as possible in the contest period.

VK amateurs are to work the world including VK, whilst the rest of the world can only work VK. Scoring is one point per QSO, with multipliers for each Shire or CQ Zone worked.

The contest is confined to ALL HF Bands available to Standard licensees, and the modes allowed are SSB and CW and stations can be worked once on each mode.

ROVER stations as well as portable entries make up part of the character of the VK Shires as well as the timing to take place over an East Coast Long Weekend.(Queens Birthday)

  1. VK Single – OP All Band Rover: Single operator(s) must do all contest related things by themself. 
  2. VK Multi – Two All Band Rover : Is 2 or more operators with maximum of two transmitted signals at any one time. This category MUST USE Software CONTEST LOGGERS. All operators must be fully listed when the log is submitted. 
  3. VK Single Op All Band….. same conditions as number 1 above 
  4. VK Multi – Two All Band…. same conditions as number 2 above 
  5. VK Single Op Foundation: Is a VK foundation licensee who must do all contest related things by themself.. 
  6. DX Single Op—All Band….. Is a single op who must do all contest related things by themself.. 
At this point I should point out that Rover, in this context isn’t a dog. Rovers move around from shire to shire, gaining more multipliers for themselves but very importantly providing multipliers to the rest of us.

I advise those considering the contest to use software loggers such as VK Contest Logger. This slick piece of software knows the rules, leaving you to concentrate on making contacts.

The VK Shires is a 24 hour contest for all stations and all categories. You may participate for a shorter time, however everyone is considered a 24 hour entrant.

The VK Shire Contest runs from Saturday 11 June at 0600 UTC through to Sunday 12th June at 0600 UTC.