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The following are the Official Rules for the FISTS SPRINT.
OBJECTIVE: To exchange specified information with as many U.S. or Canadian FISTS members as possible, using Morse Code only, and within the time frame stipulated.
PARTICIPANTS: Any properly licensed amateur radio operator, FISTS member or non-member is invited to take part in the contest. At least one of the two stations in each QSO must be a U.S. or Canadian station.
DATE AND TIME:
The Winter SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on Second Saturday in February.
The Spring SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on Second Saturday in May.
The Summer SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC 0n Second Saturday in July.
The Fall SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on Second Saturday in October.
Please note times are in UTC; daylight savings time is NOT a factor.
BANDS: Operation is limited to the following amateur bands: 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz amateur bands. Work stations only once per band.
ENTRY CLASSES: There are three entry classes. -- QRP which is limited to 5 watts output power or less; QRO is over 5 watts output power, and Club entries (regardless of power). Entry class MUST be shown on logs to be considered for entry in a particular class, or will be assumed QRO. An entry must be ONE class only. No combination of classes is allowed.
EXCHANGE: The following information must be exchanged by both stations to count as a valid contest QSO --
For FISTS members: first name, RST, U.S. state/Canadian province/DXCC country, FISTS number.
For non-FISTS members: first name, RST, U.S. state/Canadian province/DXCC country, Power output.
DX COUNTRY STATUS: U.S. states and Canadian provinces are those states and provinces that are contiguous and found within the North American continent. DX are those entities listed in the current ARRL DXCC publication, other than the above.
SCORING: QSO POINTS: Each QSO with a FISTS member counts 5 points. Each QSO with a non-FISTS member counts as two points.
MULTIPLIERS: Each U.S. state or Canadian province counts as one multiplier -- count each only once, no matter how many times worked. DX countries count as a multiplier each time worked. If a DX country is worked several times on different bands, each QSO counts as a multiplier.
Sending the logs is what counts, and they will be spot checked for accuracy and correct scoring procedures. Logs not sent to the proper address will NOT be considered for entry.
Please send only paper logs. I have no way to cross reference disc logs. Disc or e-mail logs will not be considered for the contest, and will not be returned.
ENTRY FORM: Complete rules and an entry form
are available for downloading at the FISTS web site http://www.fists.org/.
The entry form is not mandatory, but all info must be included
with your log.
(To save the form, do a FILE/Save as and put it on your hard drive)
Send log and forms to:
Alan M. Tanner W8FAX
1525 Trebein Rd.
Fairborn, OH 45324