The SA Sprint Contest - Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

08:56 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments

The SA Sprint Contest, is a ham radio competition that aims at improving the operating skills of its participants, and also provide the ground rules for a fun event by preventing stations from parking endlessly on a frequency throughout the operating time. We have based our rules on the long-term and well established NA Sprint. The NA Sprint, according to many people is: “…the most fun you can have in four hours with your clothes on..” N6TR dixit.

The SA Sprint is a joint effort of several South American Amateur Radio Clubs and Groups.

I – Participants: Licensed amateur radio operators from all over the world.

II – Objective: To contact as many participants as possible according to the rules of the contest.

III – Entry Categories: There are no single band categories, although if an entrant wants to enter on only one band, that is perfectly fine. Nevertheless the results will be adjudicated according to the following categories:
  1. Single Opeator CW
  2. Single Operator SSB
  3. Single Operator Mixed Mode
  4. Novice
  5. YL
  6. Multi Operator *

* Muti Operator stations can have only one transmitted signal at any given time. There are no restrictions to bands/modes changes though.

IV – Contest DateSaturday, July 22nd, 2017.

V – Bands: 40 and 20 meters:

Suggested contest band portions
20 Mts CW: from 14020 KHz to 14075 KHz
20 Mts SSB: from 14120 KHz  to 14190 KHz
40 Mts CW: from  7010 KHz to 7050 KHz
40 Mts SSB: from 7100 KHz to 7200 KHz

VI- Contest Time: From 20 to 24 UTC

VII – QSO / QSY: Stations must follow QSO/QSY rule.
  1. A station calling CQ, after completing a QSO must QSY ± 1 KHz to answer someone else’s CQ or at least ± 3 KHz to call CQ again.
  2. The station answering to someone else’s CQ, after completing that QSO can call CQ on that frequency and complete one additional QSO, after which the participant must follow the preceding QSO/QSY rule described in point 1 of this section.
  3. There are no limits to the bands/mode changes, however no simultaneous transmitted signals from a station are allowed at all times.

VIII – Power: The maximum allowed output power is 100 Watts measured at the output of the last amplifier stage for stations entering Low Power categories. High Power stations: more than 100 Watts output. This apply to both single and multi operator categories.

IX – QSO Points: 1 point per each valid QSO. A station can be worked once per band AND mode. Contacts between stations outside of South America are also worth 1 (one) point.

X – Multipliers: There will be two types of multipliers.
a) South American prefixes worked. Each prefix counts once regardless of the bands and modes.
b) Different countries worked according to the latest ARRL DXCC List. Each DXCC Country also counts once regardless of the bands and modes.

XI – Final Score: Sum of QSO point times the sum of multipliers worked.
Example:    Final score =  100 QSO (100 Points) x  (35 SA Prefixex + 50 Countries) = 100 x 85 = 8500 points.

XII – Contest Exchange:
  1.  RS(T) + consecutive serial number starting by 001
  2. The serial number is consecutive regardless of the bands and modes. (One consecutive serial number per station log)
XIII – Valid Contacts: Contacts will be valid if:
  1. Times of QSO match in both logs ( ± 3 minutes)
  2. Frequencies match in both logs ± 1 KHz
  3. The copied callsign matches
  4. The copied RS(T) – matches
  5. The serial number matches
  6. For a station to count towards the QSO total for the contest result it must appear in at least two (2) of the contest logs received by the organizer.

XIV – Logs: Contest logs mus include the following information.
  1. UTC time of each QSO in four-digit format, e.g. 2030
  2. Frequency of each qso in four or five digit format depending on the frequency
    1. 7040
    2. 14040
    3. etc.
  3. Complete callsign of each worked QSO
  4. RS(T) sent
  5. Three-digit serial number sent,  e.g. 020
  6. RS(T) received
  7. Three digit serial number received, e.g. 050
Logs format, according to our Cabrillo specification, available at
The Cabrillo format for our contest is compatible with the CQ WPX Cabrillo specification, thus, a contest logging softwarte like N1MM, EI5DI, Win-Test, AA-Log, and many others can be used.
FULL Support is provided by the following logging software: See the list here.
N1MM allows for selecting CQ WPX, SSB or CW to start and then change modes. The output will include both SSB and CW QSOs in the right format. We have asked the N1MM team the inclusion of our contest in their supported contest for N1MM+
If the logging software you use, does not produce the expected output the log can be typed in at en

QSO data of our Cabrillo specification
                               --------info sent------- -------info rcvd--------
QSO: freq  mo date       time call          rst exch   call          rst exch   
QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn ****** ************* nnn ****** 
QSO:  3799 PH 1999-03-06 0711 HC8N          59  001    W1AW          59  001    
Column 81 is not used since there is no M2 category in our contest.

XV – Log Submission: Logs must be uploaded and sent through our own Cabrillo Validation/Submittal form:

XVI –Log Deadline: Friday, July 28 2017.

XVII – Certificates: Will be electronically issued to all entrants.

XVIII – Plaques/Trophies: Sponsors are welcome. Please drop us a note to:

XIX – Club / Group Competition: The club competition  is the result of the aggregated scores submitted by their members.
Please us the CLUB section of your Cabrillo file to enter your club/group affiliation.
Please verify your club name according to the standard list of Clubs and Groups available at: Lista de Clubes
There is no distance restriction for submitting your score in favor of a club. However, National organizations such as the JARL, ARRL, DARC, URE, REF, RCA, RCC, RCU, LABRE, etc are note eligible to enter this competition.

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