As we have some prizes this year I thought it would be good to set some challenges that might pique an activators’ interest to focus their efforts over the SOTA LD Weekend. Please don’t take this too seriously, and feel free to ignore this completely - the prizes generally aren’t worth going out of your way for!
As I’ve not done this before I have no idea what a PITA this might be for me, however, let’s at least try it.
Any clarifications to these categories need to be sorted before the weekend commences, otherwise it will be via my arbitrary decision.
For the purposes of these categories the weekend starts at 00:00 UTC on Saturday and ends at 00:00 UTC on Monday.
I’ve come up with five categories of challenge, and you are free to submit logs to support any number of these! They are mutually exclusive, a winner will be awarded in each of the categories.
I will require an ADIF log file for each SOTA activation and/or day covering your activity over the weekend, to be submitted in the week following the LD weekend, with results announced a week later. So if you activate two summits on Saturday and three on Sunday I will require a total of five ADIF log files. The combination of date and location need to be unique for each log file submitted (this applies to chaser categories too).
It would be great if any entries are supported by a short (or long) description of your efforts on the reflector.
Results will be computed automatically by algorithms coded into the ADIF Transformer.
The source code of these algorithms is here.
Here are the five category of awards:
Using the following multiplier tables as a jack of all trades each QSO you make as an activator from a SOTA LD summit will gain points via multiplying the value in the band table and the value in the mode table, and all computed values added together for a total.
These tables were created by taking the inverse cube root of the total QSOs by band and modes tables on the Facts & Figures SOTA Data page then normalised so the most common entry results in one point. You must ensure that any combination of band/mode is legal in the UK and you use the correct section of the band for the mode.
So a VLF AM QSO would gain you 7 x 6 points = 42 points.
|F2_REFLECTION||1||F2 F2 Reflection|
|FIELD_ALIGNED_IRREGULARITIES||1||FAI Field Aligned Irregularities|
|METEOR_SCATTER||6||MS Meteor scatter|
|REPEATER||0||RPT Terrestrial or atmospheric repeater or transponder|
|RAIN_SCATTER||1||RS Rain scatter|
|TROPOSPHERIC_DUCTING||1||TR Tropospheric ducting|
As a happy camper you are attempting as many S2S QSOs as possible from an LD summit. For each successful S2S QSO you will receive the SOTA points allocated to their summit, added together over the weekend. S2S points will be counted for any S2S contact, be it with an activator in LD or anywhere in the world.
As a manic tourist you attempt to activate as many LD summits as possible over the weekend. For each SOTA summit successfully activated over the weekend the points allocated to the summit will be added together for a final score.
As a DX hound you are trying to get as many long distance contacts from one or more LD SOTA summits as possible over the weekend. The total distance of all QSOs will be added together for a final score. Any portable stations you contact not activating a SOTA, WOTA, POTA or WWFF location must have a valid Maidenhead locator specified to count.
One for the chasers, each successful SOTA chase QSO with an activator on an LD summit, where you are not on an LD summit, will gain you the points for the LD summit being activated, all added together over the weekend. You could be located on one or more SOTA summits not in the Lake District, or at home for example.
A note on data modes: in order to be valid the QSO must require manual input from both the activator and station contacted. In this spirit, and as an example, I will accept JS8Call as a valid data mode, but not FT8.
There are bound to be other clarifications required, please ask sooner rather than later.
NOTE: the source code for the contest calculations is here.