Affiliated Society’s Contests 2017


RSGB HF & VHF AFS Contest Calendar 2017

This calendar is provisional. All times, dates and rules are subject to change

VHF AFS Contest Calendar 2017

There are three VHF AFS Contests annually – the Rules below apply to the 432MHz AFS contest, the RSGB 50MHz AFS Contest and the 144MHz AFS Contest.
Sun 5 Feb.
0900-1300
432MHz AFS

O SF
Affiliated Societies contest (S3)
432MHz AFS
Date 5 Feb 17 Time 0900-1300 (UTC)
Band 70cms
Exchange RS(T), Serial Number (starting at 001) and a 6 character (e.g. IO92JL) locator
Scoring One Point per Kilometre
UK Contest Callsigns Not allowed
Sections
Open
(O)
This section is for portable stations and multi-operator fixed stations.
Single Op Fixed
(SF)
Stations must operate from permanent and substantial buildings located at the main station address as shown on the licence validation document. The spirit of the contest will be paramount.
General Rules
General Rules for all RSGB VHF/UHF/SHF contests can be found here
Sun 22 Oct.
0900-1300
50MHz AFS Contest

O SF
Post Codes, Countries and Locators (M3) , Affiliated Societies contest (S3)
50MHz AFS Contest
Date 22 Oct 17 Time 0900-1300 (UTC)
Band 6m
Exchange RS(T), Serial Number (starting at 001) and a 6 character (e.g. IO92JL) locator and UK stations send the first 2 letters of their Postcode
Scoring One Point per Kilometre multiplied by the number of Countries plus Postcodes plus QTH locator squares (M3)
UK Contest Callsigns Not allowed
Sections
Open
(O)
This section is for portable stations and multi-operator fixed stations.
Single Op Fixed
(SF)
Stations must operate from permanent and substantial buildings located at the main station address as shown on the licence validation document. The spirit of the contest will be paramount.
Sun 3 Dec.
1000-1600
144MHz AFS

SF O
Affiliated Societies contest (S3)
144MHz AFS
Date 3 Dec 17 Time 1000-1600 (UTC)
Band 2m
Exchange RS(T), Serial Number (starting at 001) and a 6 character (e.g. IO92JL) locator
Scoring One Point per Kilometre
UK Contest Callsigns Not allowed
Sections
Single Op Fixed
(SF)
Stations must operate from permanent and substantial buildings located at the main station address as shown on the licence validation document. The spirit of the contest will be paramount.
Open
(O)
This section is for portable stations and multi-operator fixed stations.
General Rules
General Rules for all RSGB VHF/UHF/SHF contests can be found here
Special Rules for this Contest
S3 This is an Affiliated Societies contest and is open to both individual entrants (who must be RSGB members), and to teams made up of a number of operators who must all be members of the same affiliated society, but not necessarily RSGB members themselves.

The results from the 6m, 2m and 70cm Affiliated Society contests contribute to the AFS Super League. http://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2016/rSL-thisandnext.shtml

a. All members of the team must operate from within 80Km of the Virtual Meeting Place of the society and must be within the UK. No station may represent more than one society. No operator is allowed to use more than one callsign during the contest. In the case of national societies, each team must define a separate virtual meeting place , and each team member must operate within 80Km of that designated meeting place. See http://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/afsinfo.shtml for more information.

b. QSOs with other members of your team will count for points.

c. Each AFS member will be allocated to one or more teams in descending order of adjudicated score. For the purpose of calculating the overall AFS team score, each member of each team will be placed in one of 4 groups, groups A, B, C etc. The highest placed member of each team will be placed in Group A, the second highest in Section B etc. All stations in each of the groups will have their score normalised against the highest score in that group, with the highest score gaining 1000 points. The final AFS team score will be the sum of the team members individual normalised scores.

 RSGB HF AFS Contest Calendar 2017

There are three HF AFS Contests annually – the Rules below apply to the AFS CW and SSB contests on 80m & 40m, And the RSGB 1.8MHz AFS (Club Calls) Contest
Click here for background information about these HF AFS Contests.
See separate Rules for the three VHF/UHF AFS contests

RSGB AFS 80m & 40m Contests

Changes for 2017 

Reduced log submission time

1. Objective To work as many stations as quickly and accurately as possible on two bands, preferably as part of a club team.
2. Date & Time AFS CW –  Sunday  8th  January  2017,  1400-1800 UTC
AFS SSB – Saturday 14th January 2017, 1400-1800 UTC
3. Frequencies and Power AFS CW –  3510-3560kHz, 7000-7040kHz
AFS SSB –  3600-3775kHz, 7060-7200kHz
A station may be contacted once for points on each band.
Only one signal may be transmitted at any one time.There are 3 Power sections (a) 400W, (b) 100W, (c) 5W
4. Entrants and Sections
(a) Clubs entering the contest must be affiliated to the RSGB. A club may be represented by any number of stations, who may use different power levels.
Teams consist of up to four stations. The adjudication process allocates the four highest-scoring stations for a club to “Team A”, then the next four highest-scoring stations to “Team B”, and so on.
RSGB members may enter as individuals if they are not representing an Affiliated Society.
(b) Each Club must specify a Virtual Meeting Place (VMP), a club-defined reference point, and must e-mail the 6-digit QTH locator of their VMP to afs.query@rsgbcc.org no later than the 1st October each year. Stations representing a Club must be within a radius of 50 miles of the Club’s VMP, and be within the UK&CD. Exceptions to this rule are at the discretion of theHFCC Chair
(c) Where a Club has Branches, e.g. RNARS, it may define a separate VMP for each Branch, and the Team(s) entered by each Branch will be considered to be separate from those entered by other Branches, except in respect of affiliation.
(d) Special Contest Callsigns or Club Callsigns may be used.    All entries are classified as Assisted.
Remote operation is allowed, but only where the remote station complies with the location requirements of 4(b), and where authorisation has been granted by the 
HFCC Chair
5. Exchange RS(T) plus Serial Number starting at 001 and incrementing by 1, irrespective of band. Logging software may interleave serial numbers, but the same serial number must not be sent to two different stations.
If you are not sent a serial number, log a zero.
6. Scoring 1 point per valid QSO.    Individual and team winners will be those with the highest total number of points irrespective of band splits.

RSGB 1.8MHz AFS (Club Calls) Contest

Main rule changes for 2017 : 

    Addition of CW as a mode
Reduced log submission time

1. Objective To participate (ideally) as a member of a Team representing an Affiliated Society. This requires working stations quickly and accurately using both CW & SSB, and searching for multipliers.
2. Date & Time Saturday 11th November 2017
20:00 – 23:00 UTC.
3. Frequencies and Power CW:  1870 – 1890 kHz
SSB:  1892 – 1990 kHz
Maximum licensed power is 32 WattsOnly one signal may be transmitted at any one time.
4. Entrants and Sections
(a) Clubs entering the contest must be affiliated to the RSGB. A club may be represented by any number of stations, one of which must be designated as “Club HQ”, the others being “Club Members”. The Club HQ may optionally use a club prefix (GX, GS, etc.) if the callsign used is allocated to the club.

Team(s) each consist of up to four stations. The adjudication process allocates the HQ station and the club’s three highest-scoring stations to “Team A”, then the next four highest-scoring stations to “Team B”, and so on.

RSGB members may enter as individuals if they are not representing an Affiliated Society.

(b) Each Club must specify a Virtual Meeting Place (VMP), a club-defined reference point, and must e-mail the 6-digit QTH locator of their VMP to afs.query@rsgbcc.org no later than the 1st October each year. Stations representing a Club must be within a radius of 50 miles of the Club’s VMP, and be within the UK&CD. Exceptions to this rule are at the discretion of theHFCC Chair
(c) Where a Club has Branches, e.g. RNARS, it may define a separate VMP for each Branch, and the Team(s) entered by each Branch will be considered to be separate from those entered by other Branches, except in respect of affiliation.
(d) Special Contest Callsigns or Club Callsigns may be used.        All entries are classified as Assisted.
Remote operation is allowed, but only where the remote station complies with the location requirements of 4(b), and where authorisation has been granted by the 
HFCC Chair
5. Exchange Serial Number starting at 001 – sending of RS(T) is optional.
If you are not sent a serial number, log a zero.  
In addition, on SSB send: “Club HQ”, “Club Member” or “No Club”
On CW the equivalent abbreviations to be sent are: HQ, CM or NCClub HQ & Club Member stations also send their club name abbreviation.The RSGB HQ Station (GB3HQ or other pre-announced callsign) may be active during the contest, and will submit a Checklog – log as a “Club HQ”.The four-letter club name abbreviations arelisted here
6. Scoring and Multipliers QSO points:
RSGB HQ Station worked — 15 points
Each Club HQ station worked — 9 points
Each Club Member worked — 3 points
Other stations worked — 1 point
The same station may be worked once on SSB and once on CW.Multipliers:
One for every Club HQ worked
One for the first club member of each club worked
Final score 
Calculated by multiplying the Total number of QSO Points earned (CW plus SSB) by the Total number of multipliers earned (CW plus SSB).