FT8 DX International Contest – rules 2021

European FT8 Club

FT8 DX International Contest – Rules

1 – Date

Begins: 10-April-2021 | 12:00 UTC
Ends:    11-April-2021 | 12:00 UTC

2 – Bands and mode

80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters on FT8 mode. Any station may work any other station. Stations may be worked once per band.

3 – Categories

  • Single Operator LOW (100 watts or less)
  • Single Operator QRP (5 watts or less)
  • Multioperator LOW (100 watts or less)
  • Multioperator QRP (5 watts or less)

4 – Exchange

4.1 United States: Signal report and State (except KH6 and KL7).
4.2 Canada: Signal report and Province.
4.3 DX: Signal report and consecutive serial number, starting with 001 (including KH6 and KL7).

5 – Scoring

5.1 QSO Points: One point for each completed QSO.
5.2 Multipliers: Each US state (except KH6 and KL7) plus the District of Columbia (DC), Canadian provinces/territories: NB (VE1, 9), NS (VE1), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NWT (VE8), NF (VO1), LB (VO2), NU (VYØ), YT (VY1), PEI (VY2) and each DXCC country. KH6 and KL7 count only as separate DXCC entities.
5.2.1 Multipliers count only once (not once per band).
5.2.2 The US and Canada do not count as DXCC entities.

6 – Logs

The Cabrillo entries include the header and the complete QSO list. All logs must be emailed by 18-April-2021 at 23:59 UTC in Cabrillo format to europeanft8club@gmx.com

7 – Miscellaneous

Participants must use:

Suggested frequencies are: 3.590-3.600, 7.080-7.100, 14.130-14.150, 21.130-21.150 and 28.160-28.200 MHz.

Set the WSJT-X dial frequency to a multiple of 2 kHz, for example, 14.132 MHz. (Note from Japan: For JA-JA and JA-DX contacts, use 3.522, 7.032, 14.078, 21.078 and 28.078MHz.

Note: The WSJT-X development team proposes that run stations should select integral multiples of 200 Hz as their audio transmit frequencies and check the TX EVEN/1st box. Search and-pounce (S+P) stations should call at frequencies 0, 60, or 120 Hz above the run frequency. The WSJT-X user interface has tools to make these settings easy. Tap your F3 or F5 keyboard keys to see concise lists of relevant keyboard and mouse shortcuts.

8 – Awards

Certificates will be awarded to all participants and can be downloaded online when available.