THE PEARS NATIONAL VHF/UHF CONTEST
Updated January 2015
PEARS National VHF/UHF contest will take place on 16 18 January 2015, and is
open to all licensed amateurs in the RSA, as well as non-members of the SARL,
including those from the neighbouring states. The aim of a VHF/UHF contest is to
stimulate activity on these bands, make as many long distance contacts as
possible, establish new records, encourage the improvement of VHF/UHF equipment
and advance amateur radio. This is a 44-hour dual contest for analogue and
digital modes, it will reflect changes of propagation over the two days and
offer a wonderful camping period with lots of fun for field stations. Amateurs
are requested to participate in both the contests and keep the bands alive.
Dates and Times.
first 22 hour session of the VHF/UHF contest starts at 18:00 CAT on Friday 16
January and closes at 16:00 CAT on Saturday afternoon 17 January. The second 22
hour session commences immediately after 16:00 CAT on Saturday and ends at 14:00
CAT on Sunday 18 January 2015.
Base Station - a base station is the normal home or fixed station. It may
be operated by one or more amateurs as long as they use their own call signs.
Field Station - a field station is a temporary station set up in a
caravan, tent or motor vehicle and may erect any type of antenna system but must
use their own portable power supply. One or more amateurs may operate it but
they must use their own call signs.
Club Multi-Operator Station - A Club Multi-operator station can only
operate under the Clubs call sign. It may use many operators, since all five
bands can be worked at the same time, and beginners should be encouraged to
participate. A club multi-operator team may operate either from a base or a
field station as desired.
Rover Category A Rover is a mobile station that operates from
a stationary position in any four grid squares during a session. Rover
activity should be encouraged as they create a lot of extra activity during a
VHF contest and could appeal to townhouse amateurs.
Limited Category This category is
limited to a total of 4 hours divided into two 2 hour periods during each
session, and may be scheduled during any part of a session operating from any
fixed grid position as a base or field station or from a stationary mobile.
New 144,400 MHz FM Category The main objective of this new divisional
category is to encourage the younger generation, or even some old-timers, to
participate and get the taste of a VHF contest using simplified rules. You may
operate any type of equipment or antennas on 144,400 MHz FM, fixed or mobile, to
make many contacts and only exchange signal reports, learn about propagation,
have fun and short chats to compare notes etc. You can score 10 points for each
contact that you make in your own division or 20 points from another division.
Stations from other categories and divisions may also QSY to this frequency and
give you some points, of course, they will score their normal one point per
kilometre, but you must give them your grid locator. There are two sessions so
you can work the same station twice and score extra points, or hook up with a
station that you missed during the first session. Sponsors have been approached
in different divisions to provide prizes for their divisional winners in this
category. The names of the sponsors and prizes will be posted on the SARL VHF
Forum. (Rory Norton, ZS2BL, has kindly offered to donate a dual 2M/70cm Yagi
antenna valued at R850-00 to the Division 2 winner in this category. Thank you
50,250 MHz SSB/CW
50,300 MHz Digital
50,400 MHz FM
70,150 MHz SSB/CW
70,175 MHz Digital
70,275 MHz FM
144,250 MHz SSB/CW
144,300 MHz Digital
144,400 MHz FM
432,250 MHz SSB/CW
432,300 MHz Digital
432.400 MHz FM
1296,250 MHz SSB/CW
1296,300 MHz Digital
1296,400 MHz FM
avoid pile-ups on the calling frequencies of 50,200 MHz or 144,200 MHz SSB, it
is suggested when activity is high to call on these frequencies but continue the
contact 5 15 kHz higher up the band, as done during HF DX contests. So tune
around at times.
stations call 1 kHz above the SSB frequency, (for example 50,201 MHz), so as to
be audible to SSB stations too, but must work CW stations 20 kHz higher in
frequency (i.e. 50,220 MHz).
In view of the fact that VHF amateurs are widely spread out across the country,
it is important to know when and in what direction they are transmitting.
Therefore spotting and any form of liaison will be permitted to solve this
*ZU/ZR/ZS amateurs may participate as well as amateurs from the six
neighbouring states i.e. Namibia (V5), Botswana (A2), Zimbabwe (Z2), Mozambique
(C9), Lesotho (7P), and Swaziland (3DA), and only contacts with these states
will count. [*ZU stations are currently not permitted to operate on 50 MHz (6
metres) or 1296 MHz (23 cm) according to the Government Gazette].
Reports & Scoring
valid contact consists of an exchange of call signs, signal reports and the
location, such as the 6 digit Maidenhead Locator or co-ordinates. Stations in
five categories (a e) claim one point per kilometre, but points may only be
claimed for one (1) analogue and one (1) digital contact per station on the same
band during a session. Rover stations can be worked from different grid squares
and will count as new contacts. The number of four digit grid squares worked on
a band by Rovers multiplies the scores on that band.
Separate log sheets are required for digital or analogue, but please separate
the different bands. The top of each log sheet must indicate CATEGORY, FULL
NAME, CALL SIGN, LOCATOR and E-MAIL ADDRESS. All certificates will be e-mailed.
The simplified log sheets require only the DATE, TIME, FREQUENCY, CALL SIGN of
station worked, SIGNAL REPORTS received and LOCATOR of station worked. Please
note that Rover stations must add the suffix /R to their call signs (e.g.
All entries must be submitted to PEARS not later than 15 February 2015 and their
decision will be final. The postal and e-mail addresses are given below. The
names of the winners as well as a complete list of all the scores will be posted
on the SARL VHF Forum and the PEARS website in March 2015.
will award certificates to the analogue and digital winners as listed below, and
sponsors will donate their prizes directly to the respective divisional winners.
The grand overall national winner and first and second runner-up on analogue or
digital modes are based on the stations which scored maximum points on all the
bands in the three categories (a) Base, (b) Field and (c) Club Multi-operator.
The longest distance on analogue or digital achieved on each band exceeding 400
The Divisional overall winners who scored the most points on all the five bands
in each of the three main categories (a, b and c) on analogue or in the digital
modes. This will offer every division an opportunity to win certificates in the
Participants in the Rover and Limited categories, can only qualify as an overall
winner or runner-up based on their maximum scores on all the five bands.
Likewise the 144 MHz FM category will only feature a winner and runner-up but in
their respective divisions.
For further information please contact the Port Elizabeth Amateur Radio Society, PO Box 10402, Linton Grange 6015, Port Elizabeth, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Cell No. O84 612 9600.
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