Following initial operation of the League Table between May and December 2018, the SRCC Committee has made a couple of changes for the 2019 season based on input from participants. The full rules are shown below but for the benefit of those familiar with the 2018 rules, the changes involve (a) widening the scope by allowing non transmitting members to take part and (b) increasing the rewards for contacting other club members.
The key characteristics of the League Table are as follows:
- entry is restricted to members of SRCC and is entirely voluntary
- points are earned on a monthly basis based on hearing, or having contacts with, one or more of the following:
- different DXCC entities (“countries”) on HF
- Maidenhead Locator “big squares” (eg. IO91) on VHF
- other SRCC members.
- it runs over a 12-month period coincident with the calendar year
- a tabulation of monthly and yearly cumulative scores, plus commentary, is published monthly in the SRCC Newsletter and on the SRCC website
- the SRCC Club Cup is awarded annually to the SRCC member with the highest total number of points for that year
- in order to minimise the effort involved by both entrants in submitting entries and those running the scheme in processing and publishing the results:
- each DXCC entity, Maidenhead square or SRCC member counts only once per month irrespective of band or mode. Greater granularity (eg. points for the same DXCC entity per band, mode or power level) may be introduced in future if there is entrant interest in so doing
- entries are accepted on a trust basis and entrants will not normally be expected to submit logs to provide proof of claimed hearings / contacts (although the SRCC Committee reserves the right to request visibility of logs).
Points are earned on the following basis:
- one point for each separate DXCC entity (“country”) heard on HF during the calendar month (irrespective of band, mode or power level). If the entrant then goes on to make a contact with the station heard, two points are earned
- one point for each separate Maidenhead Locator “big square” (eg. IO91) heard on VHF (irrespective of band, mode or power level) during the calendar month. If the entrant then goes on to make a contact with the station heard, two points are earned
- one point for each SRCC member heard (on either HF or VHF) during the calendar month (irrespective of band, mode or power level). If the entrant then goes on to make a contact with the station heard, two points are earned
- an additional 1 bonus point may be claimed when qualifying stations are heard or contacted during contests. Thus a contact with a station in JO01 square during a 144MHz RSGB UK Activity Contest would earn (2 +1) = 3 points.
Entries for a given month, listing each DXCC entity (HF), Maidenhead square (VHF) or SRCC member claimed and the associated points, should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to the SRCC Contest Co-ordinator (Quin Collier G3WRR, ) by the 15th of the following month and results will be published in the subsequent Newsletter. Thus entries for (say) May would be submitted by 15th June and the results published in the Newsletter issued at the beginning of July.
A suggested submission format is shown below, although adherence to this format is not mandatory provided the information shown is present. If there is demand for it, a web based entry system may be introduced in due course.
Two monthly tabulations are produced:
- a detailed listing for the most recent month, showing for each entrant the number of DXCC entities / locator squares / SRCC members heard / worked and the resultant monthly points. An example is shown below:
- an annual cumulative listing showing monthly and cumulative points for each entrant. An example is shown below:
A brief commentary covering band conditions, details of any particularly interesting stations heard / worked etc. is also provided.
A few points of clarification:
- for the purpose of the league table, “HF” means any amateur band below 30MHz, and “VHF” any amateur band above 30MHz
- “contests” means any contest listed in the Sport Radio column in Radcom for the month in question
- the same DXCC entity (HF) or Maidenhead “big square” (VHF) may be claimed each month for points, but in a given month can only be claimed once even if worked on multiple bands/modes
- contacts made via terrestrial relay based systems (e.g. repeaters or echolink) or during multi-operator activities (e.g. Field Day or a Special Event station) will not count for points
- the list of DXCC entities and prefixes to be used for HF contacts is published by ARRL and at the time of writing the latest version is at the following URL: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/DXCC/2018%20DXCC%20Current.pdf
- the “heard” category is not restricted to those without transmitting licences: licenced stations can claim points for stations heard as well as stations worked. However a station heard that you then go on to work cannot be claimed as both heard and worked!
- Where the same station heard / worked falls into more than one of the categories of DXCC entity / Maidenhead square / SRCC member, it can be claimed for each of the categories that apply. Thus G3WRR in JO01 on 4m could be claimed as both SRCC member and Maidenhead square (provided that square hasn’t be claimed already that month)
- where an entrant operates from more than one location during a given month, the same DXCC entity or Maidenhead square may be claimed only once, for the base callsign of the entrant. Thus G9ABC could only claim a contact with 5X1 once, against the call G9ABC, even if he had worked it from G9ABC, GW9ABC and VE3/G9ABC.