Once again, the RSGB VHF Contest Committee would appreciate your views on a number of topics to help us set the contest rules for 2021. We're not proposing major changes, so the survey is quite short, but we appreciate all your open comments as well.
We're sorry that this is a little later in the year than usual, but the response to COVID has been keeping us rather busy.
Thank you for taking the time to fill this out.
Andy Cook, G4PIQ
Chair RSGB VHF Contest Committee

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* 1. Currently, there are only a limited number of VHF events where we allow the use of short Special Contest Calls (SCCs) like M6T. At HF, they can be used in any RSGB contest. Should we allow the use of SCCs in all RSGB VHF contests?

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* 2. Currently the Christmas Cumulatives consists of four x 2 hour contests, each covering 4 bands (6m, 4m, 2m and 70cm) simultaneously. This is tricky to juggle and tends to focus activity on 2m. This year's Lockdown VHFNFD, where only one band was active at a time appeared popular, and we were wondering if this would prove a more popular format for the Christmas Cumulatives - 1 band per day. We would retain the rule where only the best three days out of the four count to the final score. 

We also wondered if a move from 1 pt / QSO to 1 pt/km scoring (retaining the square and country multipliers in all cases) would help encourage more activity from the edges of the country.

It has also been suggested that we allow stations to operate in different sections (Open, Restricted, Low Power) on the different bands while still contributing to a single overall score.

Should we (select all options that apply)

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* 3. Currently the power level boundaries between the Open and Restricted sections in the SHF UKACs are set at 50W on 2.3GHz, 10W on 3.4 and 5.7GHz, and 5W on 10GHz.

We have been considering whether we should move these boundaries down a little in order to line up better with the power outputs from commonly available commercial equipment, and to provide a more even split between the two sections.  

Should we move to a 25W boundary on 2.3 GHz, 10W on 3.4 GHz, and 5W on 5.7 GHz and 10 GHz?

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* 4. Currently the 10 GHz Trophy runs in parallel with the 432 MHz Trophy during the first 8 hours of the May UHF Contest. This makes it impossible for Single Operator stations to successfully focus on both bands. We are considering moving the 10 GHz Trophy to 0600-1400 on the Sunday of that weekend.

Should we

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* 5. Our MGM activity contests continue to run with only moderate interest. Our current 2.5 hour evening events, run in months where there is a 5th Tuesday (March, June, August and November for 2021) and operate as standalone 6m and 2m events in parallel. Activity levels are higher on 2m than on 6m, and some entrants have suggested running both bands is counter-productive. Should we

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* 6. At the recent IARU Conference, it was agreed that IARU would support co-ordinated FT8 contests on the 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of every month (2m and 70cm respectively), either by running a parallel event, or by at least signposting these events to their members.  The European events currently run from 1700 - 2000 UTC (http://www.ft8activity.eu/index.php/en/). If we were to run a contest in these slots, we might make the start time later - certainly in the winter.

Should we -  

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* 7. Would you mind telling us your callsign

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* 8. Do you have an additional points you would like to make

Thank you for taking the time to complete this.


RSGB VHF Contest Committee