2011 QRP-ARCI(sm) PET ROCK CELEBRATION Date/Time: 1500Z to 1800Z on
Saturday 1 January 2011. Mode: HF CW only.
Exchange: Members send: RST, State/Province/Country, ARCI member number
Non-Members send: RST, State/Province/Country, Power Out QSO Points:
Member = 5 points Non-Member, Different Continent = 4 points Non-Member,
Same Continent = 2 points Multiplier: SPC (State/Province/Country) total
for all bands. The same station may be worked on multiple bands for QSO
points and SPC credit. Power Multiplier:
> >5 Watts = x1
> >1 - 5 Watts = x7
> >500 mW - 1 Watt = x10
> >200 mW - 500 mW = x15
> >55 mW - 200 mW = x20
<55 mW = x25
Please remember this is a contest is focusing on rock-bound
For crystal controlled gear add 2,000 points for using rockbound
receiver; add 3,000 points for using rockbound transmitter; or add 5,000
points for using rockbound transceiver. These bonus points are
available per band.
If you are operating PORTABLE using battery power AND a temporary
antenna, add 5000 points to your final score. (You can NOT be at your
shack operating from battery power using your home station antenna to
qualify for this bonus.) This is to help level the playing field for
contesters who work from the field against contest stations with 5
element yagis at 70 ft.
Final Score = Points (total for all bands) x SPCs (total for all bands)
x Power Multiplier + Bonus Points
Entry may be All-Band, Single Band, High Bands (10m-15m-20m) or Low
How to Participate:
Get on any of the HF bands except the WARC bands and hang out near the
QRP frequencies. Work as many stations calling CQ QRP or CQ TEST as
possible, or call CQ QRP or CQ TEST yourself! You can work a station
for credit once on each band.
Email Log Submission:
Submit Logs in plain text format along with a summary stating your
Callsign, Entry Category, Actual Power and Station Description along
with score calculation to [hidden email]
Snail mail Log Submission:
Submit Logs along with a summary stating your Callsign, Entry Category,
Actual Power and Station Description along with score calculation to:
QRP-ARCI Pet Rock Sprint
c/o Jeff Hetherington, VA3JFF
139 Elizabeth St. W.
Canada L3C 4M3
Entries must be postmarked on or before 15 January 2011. (Note this is
14 days after the contest runs)
Will be published in QRP Quarterly and shown on the QRP-ARCI website.
Will be awarded to the top scoring entrant in each category.
Certificates may be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place if entries are
sufficient in a category.
On 12/31/2010 12:02 PM, Byron Servies wrote:
> I'm still a new ham, and not afraid of asking even the dumbest
> question, so here goes:
To quote the almost universally agreed upon response to the above, "The
only dumb questions are the ones not asked".
> What is a "rock-bound" transmitter/receiver?
Many, many years ago (yes, I'm that old), all transmitters were crystal
controlled. And in the mid 50's when I got my Novice license, it was an
FCC requirement that the transmitter be crystal controlled. The
crystals were and are referred to as rocks since they're made of quartz.
There are still a few QRP kits available that are crystal controlled.
For example, I'll be using a Wilderness Radio "SST" which is crystal
controlled on 14.060.
So, if I understand correctly, my VFO controlled K1 is not considered
crystal controlled like the variable crystal oscillator (VXO)
73, Byron N6NUL
> Many, many years ago (yes, I'm that old), all transmitters were crystal
> controlled. And in the mid 50's when I got my Novice license, it was an FCC
> requirement that the transmitter be crystal controlled. The crystals were
> and are referred to as rocks since they're made of quartz. There are still
> a few QRP kits available that are crystal controlled. For example, I'll be
> using a Wilderness Radio "SST" which is crystal controlled on 14.060.
On 12/31/2010 12:26 PM, Byron Servies wrote:
> Thanks, Bob.
> So, if I understand correctly, my VFO controlled K1 is not considered
> crystal controlled like the variable crystal oscillator (VXO)
> controlled SST?
> 73, Byron N6NUL
if a transmitter has ONE frequency by crystal (rock) and has NO tuning
capability, it is crystal controlled.
Thus its a "rock bound radio".
Your K1 is not "rock bound" but you can still participate in the 'test
under a different category.
check the rules for more info.