This page contains all the contest dates and rules which RAFARS sponsor and information on other contests which the Society enters

DATE CONTEST SPONSOR VENUE
Sun 2 Dec 2018 Christmas Concert RAFARS N/A
Sat 5 Jan 2019 AFS CW RSGB UK/CD
Sun 13 Jan 2019 AFS Data RSGB UK/CD
Sat 19 Jan 2019 AFS SSB RSGB UK/CD
Sat-Sun 1-2 Jun 2019 NFD RSGB Metheringham Lincs
Thur 5 Sep 2019 Rolling 3 CW RAFARS N/A
Sat-Sun 7-8 Sep 2019 SSB Field Day RSGB Metheringham Lincs
Sun 1 Dec 2019 Christmas Concert RAFARS N/A

RAFARS CHRISTMAS CONTEST RULES

Date: Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time: 1400 – 1600
Bands: 40M 80M 160M & 2Mtrs
Modes: CW, SSB HF and FM on 2M

Sections: Members may only enter one section of the contest:

  1. HF 40M 80M 160M Single Operator. Members can be contacted on different bands and modes (SSB and CW) and claim points.
  2. VHF (2 Mtrs) Single Operator.

Scoring:

  1. 6 pts per HF QSO where both stations are in the same country.
  2. 9 pts per HF QSO where stations are in different country, GM, GW, GI, GD, GJ, and GU are classed as different countries. Example: G3ZDW contacts GM4KTH = 9 points, G3ZDW contacts G3VCA = 6 points.
  3. 6 pts per VHF QSO plus a multiplier for each county and country worked. GM, GW, GI, GD, GJ are classed as different countries.

Log: Time, Band, Mode, Callsign, RS(T) and serial number sent, RS(T) and serial number received, RAFARS number of station worked, (county/country VHF entries only) and points claimed. Logs are preferred as an electronic Cabrillo file if possible, if not, a text file. Paper logs can also be sent in any reasonable form (not post cards or small pieces of paper). If you are not sure please contact me before sending in log. A signed declaration that: The station was operated strictly in accordance with the rules and spirit of the contest and within the conditions of my licence and the entry is a true copy of my log. Entries should be sent, to arrive no later than 8th January 2019, to the RAFARS Contests Manager, G3ZDW, email: contests@rafars.org. Or snail mail to address as per RAFARS Call Book.

Adjudication: Points will be deducted for errors as follows: Errors in callsigns are penalised by loss of all points for the QSO. Errors in other data result in loss of one third QSO points per error.

Awards: Awards will be presented at the AGM to the winners and runners up of each section provided sufficient entries are received.


HF AFS CONTEST - MAJOR CHANGES

The RSGB have changed the rules to this contest and one of them is very much in our favour. As you know in the past we have entered teams from different locations, mainly ‘RAFARS Waddington’ with team members being within 50 miles of RAF Waddington.

We can now enter as ‘RAFARS’ and any member in the UK&CD can join in, the more members who enter the better. The RSGB will split them into team of 4. If in the past you have thought it not worth entering because you would be the only one, this is not the case now. So please consider entering either, CW, SSB or Data, better still all 3! The full Rules can be seen under General Category at: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/hfreadcal.pl?year=2019

CW 5 Jan 19 }
DATA 13 Jan 19} 1300-1700 UTC
SSB 19 Jan 19 }

Any queries contact the Contest Manager. contests@rafars.org


RAFARS ROLLING 3 CW CONTEST RULES

Date: Thursday 5th September 2019
Time: 1730 GMT (1830 local) - 2130 GMT (2230 local).
Enter best scoring three consecutive hours, e.g. 1750 -2050 etc.
Call: CQ RAFARS
Bands: 40M, 80M, 160M. Members can be contacted on different band and claim points.
Scoring: 3 pts per contact
Log: Time, Band, Call sign, RST sent, RST received, RAFARS number received and points claimed. Log extracts will be received in any reasonable form (not post cards or small pieces of paper). A signed declaration that: The station was operated strictly in accordance with the rules and spirit of the contest and within the conditions of my licence and the entry is a true copy of my log. Entries should be sent, to arrive no later than 18th September 2019, to the RAFARS Contests Manager. Address as per RAFARS Call Book, or email: contests@rafars.org. Prefer the log as an attachment.
Adjudication: Points will be deducted for errors as follows: Errors in callsigns are penalised by loss of all points for the QSO. Errors in other data result in loss of one third QSO points per error.
Awards: Awards will be presented to the winners and runners up, provided sufficient entries are received.


FIELD DAYS

During the year the Society takes part in 2 Field Days. The first is National Field Day (NFD), which takes place over the first weekend in June. This is a CW event and RAFARS are always looking for more members to take part, especially if they are proficient CW operators. The SSB Field Day is held during the first weekend in September and again more members are required to operate. Both Field Days are presently taking place at the Metheringham Airfield Visitors Centre near Metheringham, Lincs LN4 3WF. Map Ref TF 1000 5959. RAFARS mobile QRG 144.725 is normally monitored during the day but not guaranteed, depending on workload.

We are also looking for any members who might not wish to operate, for whatever reason, but who would like to assist in the general running of the station, such as setting up and dismantling, or even domestic support, it’s all essential. Members are also encouraged to come along just to see the Society’s Field Day Station in action and have a cup of tea/coffee under field day conditions! Follow this up by having a look around the Visitors Centre, which shows the history of 106 Sqn during the war, which is set up in the old Ration Store. Also look at the following web sites, https://metheringhamairfieldmuseum.co.uk. For more information on Field Days contact me at: contests@rafars.org


AFFILIATED CLUBS ANNUAL CONTEST RULES

This contest is designed to encourage activity between RAFARS Affiliated Clubs and other RAFARS members.

The Contest will take place on an annual basis, from 1 January to 31 December each year, and is open to all RAFARS Affiliated Clubs. The contest winner will be the Affiliated Club deemed to have contacted the most other RAFARS members over the period.

Contacts with RAFARS members, Club Stations and RAFARS sponsored Special Event Stations will be valid in the contest. SWL reports received from RAFARS members may also be counted as valid contacts.

Where an Affiliated Club Station has more than one callsign, e.g. G8FC/G8RAF, both may be claimed. Only one contact per member station or Special Event may count for the contest. Contacts with G3RAF may also be claimed, once for each separate holder of the callsign. Contacts via repeaters are NOT to be claimed.

Contest entries in the form of a log extract containing date, time, band, callsign, RST sent, RST received and RAFARS number, should be sent to the Contests Manager, address as per RAFARS Call Book, or email: contests@rafars.org to arrive not later than 31 January. Prefer the log as an attachment. An official of the Club, stating that it is a true record of contacts made must sign each entry. Club logs and SWL reports must be made available if requested.


RAFARS HOME CONSTRUCTORS CUP RULES - 2019

The RAFARS Home Constructors Cup competition is held at the Society's AGM. The Cup will be awarded to the member or group of members judged as submitting the best "home brew" project for examination by the judges.
VENUE: The RAFARS Home Constructors Cup competition will be held at the AGM at 1030 hours.
STANDARDS: The competition will be judged on all points of construction, including mechanical detail and finish, wiring, soldering and ingenuity. Account will be taken of the commercial content (modules, such as tuner heads etc). Kit projects may be submitted, but only if built from start to finish by the entrant or group of members. Modified commercial equipment may be entered providing a detailed report is attached detailing what exactly has been modified.
JUDGES: The decision of the judges will be final.
NOTICE OF ENTRY: Notice of entry is highly desirable, but not essential unless a member unable to attend the AGM wishes to enter the competition by sending the entry in the hands of a deputy, in which case written notice shall be given to the Contests Manager, G3ZDW, to arrive no later than one week before the AGM. Address as per RAFARS Call Book, or email: contests@rafars.org
ENTRIES: Entries must have been constructed by the competitor personally or group of members and shall be of electronic or electro-mechanical construction, with a function directly related to an aspect of amateur radio. There are no limits to the number of entries per member or group of members. Any entry that fails to win may be re-submitted in subsequent years. Unfinished projects may be submitted.
DESCRIPTION OF ENTRY: Entries shall be accompanied by a card or paper describing their function, together with identification (callsign, RAFARS number and name) of the competitor. Also indicate whether an individual or a group constructed the entry.
QUERIES: Any queries regarding this competition should be addressed to the Contest Manager, G3ZDW. Address as per RAFARS Call Book, or email: contests@rafars.org