The Australian Contest Scene is dominated by the VK Contest Club - this club is unique... it was formed by Mirek VK6DXI, Nick VK2DX ,Mike VK4DX , Bernd VK2IA and Sergey VK2IMM.
ACMA Rules for Special Event Callsigns
The use of a special event callsign is subject to certain rules imposed by ACMA. In addition, the WIA is bound by the Business Rules in respect of callsign pursuant to the Deed between it and ACMA. Those Business Rules repeat what is published by ACMA on its website in relation to special event callsigns, namely:
“Requests for special event callsigns will not be accepted for the purposes of:
• gaining an advantage in on-air competitions; or
• for use during Islands on the Air (IOTA) competitions, DX expeditions, or fox hunts and the like; or
• annual events.”
It is preceded by a short opening address by a Guest Speaker transmitted on various WIA frequencies during the [rd 2010 will run for 30 ] minutes prior to the contest. During this ceremony, a roll call of amateurs who paid the supreme sacrifice during WWII is read.
A perpetual trophy is awarded annually to the Australian state or territory with the best performance. The name of the winning State or Territory is inscribed on the trophy, and that State or Territory then holds the trophy for 12 months. The winning State or Territory is also given a certificate, as are leading entrants.
Amateurs in each VK call area will endeavour to contact amateurs in other VK call areas, ZL and P29 on all bands except WARC bands. On 1.8, 28, and 50 MHz and above, entrants may also contact other amateurs in their own call area.
The aim of the contest is for stations within the Oceania Region is to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible within the 24 hours of the contest on any of the 160/80/40/20/15/10m amateur bands. Each prefix worked on each band is counted as a multiplier.
DX Stations outside Oceania
The aim of the contest for stations outside the Oceania Region is to contact as many amateur radio stations within Oceania as possible within the 24 hours of the contest on any of the 160/80/40/20/15/10m amateur bands. Each prefix worked on each band is counted as a multiplier.
There is a separate contest for both CW and phone, each running for 24 hours.
ALL HF Bands available to Standard licencees - 80~10
Modes are SSB and CW and stations can be worked once on each mode.
ROVER stations as well as portable entries make up part of the character of the VK Shires as well as the timing to take place over an East Coast Long Weekend.(Queens Birthday) early June every year The objectives of this contest are for amateurs around the world to contact as many VK shires as possible in the contest period. around 700 mults per band
VK amateurs are to work the world including VK, whilst the rest of the world can only work VK.
Next week I will outline some of the VK Contest stations who will be active in the WPX and where to find them -
VK4KW has new 80M capability and will be in the DX window for those who need zone 30 on 80M
Photo up tower is me installing the 15M yagi at VK4KW
73 Trent VK4TI
VK4UC CQWW SSB 2010: The team - Scott VK4CZ, Tony VK3TZ, Oliver W6NV, John VK4UC (host), Trent VK4TI (team 'captain'), Bernd VK2IA.
VK4TI installing the 15M Yagi at VK4KW - an old Hy Gain that still works a treat, original balun has been replaced with Coax Choke
Andrew VK4HAM and Peter VK4LAT from St George western Queensland- the Antenna is a 2 element 40M made in Australia by Comantenna
Located North of Toowoomba is the location for John Moyle Field Day for VK4TI and team
typical competitors setup for John Moyle Field Day