2GHz & up WW Microwave Contest
Rules are similar to the ARRL 10-GHz+ Contest (except the use of power multipliers). Stations exchange six-digit grid squares. The signal report is optional.
The 6-digit is used to calculate the distance (kM) between stations. New versions of GenLog use [vhf4k.adi] for lookup - an ADIF file. GenLog displays the heading and distance after the square is entered. If your antenna is calibrated to known beam headings (beacons) and you know the station`s beam heading from the 6-digit data, your chances of making a contact are greatly improved. Now you just need to have propagation and find his frequency.
Notes: The 6-digit grid can be entered before making the QSO. A station can be worked more than once on a band if at least one station moved more than 16 kM / 10 miles.
When you move to another location, change the 6-digit grid in the TX Exchange window after loading a log file. When re-loading a log file, the last grid you made a QSO from is inserted into the TX grid field. The distance and beam heading to the station being worked (or to be worked) are calculated based on this entry.
Each new call sign per band scores 100 QSO points.
1 distance point per kM distance between the 6-digits used in the QSO.
Total score = sum of the QSO points plus ( the sum of the distance points X power multiplier ). The distance points depend on band power level multipliers as follows:
TX power up to 5mW = 3X >5mW to 5W = 2X >5W = 1X
Your power multipliers are saved in the datafile: [ wwmw_pwr.ini ] with default values as follows:
Open the file in NOTEPAD, change them and re-save the file as needed. As mentioned in the rules, you can have a different multiplier for each band, but you cannot change the multiplier mid-contest (due to equipment failure for example). On error or in the absence of this file, all multiplier values are defaulted to 1.
At this time, there is no Cabrillo template for this contest. Log submissions must be done as a group or club (no individual submissions). GenLog writes a log file (urCall.log) and a summary file (urCall.sum) to be given to the group or individual submitting the logs. When writing your summary file to submit to the contest sponsor, edit the header for category, Club name, operators etc. As with other file writing functions, GenLog will open the log and summary files after writing them, if NOTEPAD resides in the GenLog folder.
Map datafiles required are here.