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ARRL DX SSB International contest is a week from today, and will run Friday, March 6th, 19:00 through Sunday, March 8th, 18:00 all day and night. Let's use this thread to coordinate when someone from K9IU will be available in the shack to open it up for K9SOU and Bloomington ARC members. (keeping in mind that a club member needs to be present in the shack but with that dependency met a non-K9IU member with a higher license could act as control op) If we can hammer out some decent coverage before Monday we can announce the operating schedule on the monday night 2m ARES net.
Please familiarize yourself with the contest rules here: http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/intldx.html We will most likely file under Low Power (100w), Multioperator (two transmitter) category.
And if you are new to contesting there is an old but good 'contest primer' here: http://home.comcast.net/~k4nau/contest-handout.pdf
This contest is a little unique in that many of the DX stations will be running in "split mode". This means they will be transmitting on one frequency and listening on a different frequency, usually to get around the differences in international band privileges (for instance, I can transmit on freq. A, where the DX can not, but he can transmit on freq B where I can not, so he will transmit on B, I can hear him on B, and I just have to set the transmitter to "split" mode and transmit on frequency A where he is listening). I'll try to get some easy split instructions for both of our radios posted before the contest. In addition we should probably post some instructions on logging and changing operators within the logging software.
Our exchange will be a signal report (ie. '59', or '57') and state (Indiana). In return we expect to log a signal report and power rating (ie. '1000') from the DX station. Contacts within the US and Canada do not count.
FYI, Last year's score looks like such: 208 QSO, 618 pts x 89 cty = 55,002 points
So, if you are planning on being in the shack sometime, even if tentatively, post below!