|# of bands||no change||up to 4||same as ROVER|
|bands available||no change||50 / 144 / 222 / 432|
August UHF: 222/432/903/1296
|same as ROVER|
|power limit||no change||same as SOLP*||same as ROVER|
|QSO limit with|
any one rover
|# of drivers||no limits||no limits||no limits|
|# of operators||maximum of 2||maximum of 2||no limits|
|# of observers||no limits||no limits||no limits|
|# of vehicles|
|score can count|
toward club score
|146.520 MHz:||146.520 FM simplex cleared for all ARRL contests|
|general rules:||General Rules for All ARRL Contests|
|*power limits listed here:||General Rules for ARRL Contests above 50.0 MHz|
|contest-specific rules:||January VHF Contest|
|ARRL blog:||ARRL Contest Branch|
|**For Unlimited Rovers, while there can be multiple vehicles supplying multiple bands under the banner of one callsign, they must travel together. One of the units cannot break away from the location and initiate independent operation using the group callsign from, say, one of the operators' home driveways. --Bart W9JJ (ARRL Contest Director, 10-30-2017)|
Electronically submitting your rover log in the right category requires that your log file contain the proper category description in the Cabrillo format.
Descriptions of the rover categories in ARRL VHF+ and UHF contests can be found in section 2.3 of the General Rules For All ARRL Contests Above 50 MHz, located at:
Use the CATEGORY-OPERATOR tag to specify the number of operators in your Rover. The choices are SINGLE-OP, MULTI-OP or CHECKLOG. If you're roving by yourself, choose SINGLE-OP. If you have two or more operators in your rover operation, choose MULTI-OP. If you choose CHECKLOG, your log will be used in the contest adjudication process, but your score will not count.
Use the CATEGORY-STATION tag to specify your rover category. The choices are:
There must be a hyphen between ROVER and the word LIMITED or UNLIMITED.
Use the CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER tag to specify the number of transmitters that are simultaneously on the air. Your choices are ONE or UNLIMITED.
Use the CATEGORY-POWER tag to specify your power category. The choices for the Rover and Unlimited Rover categories are HIGH and LOW. Limited Rovers have the same power restrictions as Single-Operator Low-Power and must specify power as LOW. QRP is not a valid power selection for any Rover category. Remember that there will be no sub-division of the Rover and Unlimited Rover scores based on power.
Here is a sample Cabrillo 3.0 header for the June VHF Contest, using the bogus call "BØGUS/R" entering as an Unlimited Rover with two operators:
START-OF-LOG: 3.0 ARRL-SECTION: CT CALLSIGN: BØGUS/R CLAIMED-SCORE: 435 CLUB: None CONTEST: ARRL-VHF-JAN CATEGORY-OPERATOR: Multi-op CATEGORY-STATION: Rover-Unlimited CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: Unlimited CATEGORY-POWER: High NAME: Hawley Smoot ADDRESS: 111 1st St. ADDRESS: Bogus, CT 11111 ADDRESS: OPERATORS: KX9X, NN1N SOAPBOX: Gasoline sure is expensive! SOAPBOX: Hilltops are good!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the contest branch manager at
Thanks for your support of the ARRL VHF contests, and be safe when roving.
Sean Kutzko, KX9X former Contest Branch Manager, more recently Media and Public Relations Manager ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio 225 Main Street Newington CT 06111-1494 Telephone: 860-594-0232 Fax: 860-594-0259 email:arrl.org@skutzko (email address intentionally transposed)