CAPE FEAR AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY
WINTER FIELD DAY (1900Z 30 January – 1900Z 31 January 2021)
CFARS “Internal Club Competition”
CFARS will conduct an internal club competition this year for the event. All club members are encouraged to participate. There will be a drawing from all eligible members for prizes at the end of the competition. In order to be eligible for the drawings you must:
1) Be a current member of CFARS.
2) Log a minimum of 50 contacts according to contest rules.
3) Submit and have your log accepted by the WFD committee.
One of the prizes included in the drawing will be a new DMR radio.
NOTE: Even if you do not accomplish the 50 contacts to be eligible for the drawing, we ask that you still submit your log. All logs regardless of the number of contacts will be totaled for the CFARS overall score.
2021 Special Club Rule modification:
COVID-19 Pandemic scoring changes for Clubs/Groups: These changes apply ONLY to groups who, due to the Pandemic, won’t/can’t be congregating to compete this year. If your group wishes, you may have a “group/club” score tallied by having individual members fill in the “CLUB:” line in their Cabrillo log file (above). Individual members would send in a log under their own callsign (operating under their own privileges) with the name or callsign of the group noted on the “CLUB:” line. If a simple callsign is used in the “club” line, it cannot be one used in the contest or on another member’s entry log (it’ll confuse the scoring software). If your group uses a club name, be sure to advise everyone in your group to use the exact same unique name. Choose wisely Grasshopper! There are dozens of clubs with the same abbreviation (as in LARC, PARC, etc.), but it’s unlikely there’s more than one Livonia ARC, or Lincoln ARC. Club scores will be the aggregate of the individual members’ scores, regardless of how they operated ad will be posted as distinct “Club/Group” scores once tallied. Your individual members’ logs and scores will be tallied and posted as well (each under their own call), the same as any other entrant. It might be a good idea to have someone in your club/group collect members’ logs and check them to ensure the logs are correct before sending them in. It’ll save us time and you aggravation. “Club/Group” scores will likely be the last to be posted as we can’t be sure all the individual logs are in until the actual log deadline.
LOGGING: Most CFARS use the N3FJP suite of logging software. It is also the software we use for Field Day and the NC QSO Party. It is affordable and contains specific logging programs for individual contests throughout the year. Customized contest specific logs not only ensure that the proper exchange information is recorded, but add to the overall experience and enjoyment of contesting. A description of the software can be found at: http://n3fjp.com/
Other software suites also support contesting such as N1NM, however do not have the back-side and developer support of N3FJP.
For those that do not have a compatible contest logger, and wish to use paper logs, links to contest specific web forms for converting your paper log to cabrillo format can be found here: http://b4h.net/cabforms/?fbclid=IwAR26pqWFMPfOL9oBMm49shkD0-Bk90PqddGq9Nl7bU3cX3cynMsJ3qAmu_s
IMPORTANT NOTE: After the competition and in the preparation of your Cabrillo log, ENSURE that you enter Cape Fear ARS as the club affiliation. It must be entered in this manner or we will not get credit.
We hope that many of you will participate in WFD. I know that many of you aren’t “contesters” but a little time here and there making contacts can add up quickly and help the Club in our overall score. Who knows…you might get addicted? This contest will hopefully set the pace and standard for club participation for the year. I look forward to working with all members in assisting CFARS to excel in 2021. Feel free to contact me for any questions or assistance you may need regarding set-up, participation and operating in contests.
CFARS, Contest Coordinator
PS. Here are a few links about contesting that may be helpful.