1. Contest periods:

October, third full weekend,  1500 UTC Saturday to 1459 UTC Sunday

2020: 17./18. October

2. Modes and bands:

SSB, CW: 3,5 – 7 – 14 – 21 – 28 MHz
To reduce interference with the participants of JOTA,
contest operation is not allowed in the following contest-free sections
(list as pdf):
80m: CW – 3560 – 3800 kHz, SSB – 3650 – 3700 kHz
40m: CW – 7040 – 7200 kHz, SSB – 7080 – 7140 kHz
20m: CW – 14060 – 14350 kHz, SSB – 14100 – 14125 kHz and 14280 – 14350 kHz
15m: SSB – 21350 – 21450 kHz
10m: SSB – 28225 – 28400 kHz
(sideband is part of the signal)

3. Categories:

  • Single operator, CW, low power
  • Single operator, CW, high power
  • Single operator, SSB, low power (New from 2019)
  • Single operator, SSB, high power (New from 2019)
  • Single operator, mixed, low power
  • Single operator, mixed, high power
  • Single operator, mixed, QRP
  • Multi operator
  • SWL, single operator

Output power: QRP = up to 5 watts (hint), low power = up to 100 watts,
high power = more than 100 watts

For Multi operator Band changes are allowed every ten minutes; Exception: working of new multipliers. Other transmitters may be used in parallel to the main station to work multipliers on other bands. This means, several signals may be on the air on different bands at the same time (hint about X-QSOs).


  • Transmitters, receivers and antennas used in the contest must be located within a 2 km diameter circle
  • DX cluster support is allowed for all categories (hint)
  • Only one signal permitted at any time (exception: multi operator for working new multipliers)

4. Exchange:

A contest QSO can only be established between non-German and German stations and also between German stations. Non-German stations give the usual RS/RST + serial number. German stations give RS/RST + DOK (code for local DARC/VFDB chapter).

Single operator participants from Germany (inhabitants and visitors, irrespective of the used callsign), who are not member of the DARC will send “NM” (non member) and will be no multiplier. A station may be worked once per band per mode (hint about dupes).

5. Multipliers:

The multiplier for Non-German stations is determined by the number of German districts worked on each band regardless of mode. The German district is indicated by the first letter of the DOK. From special DOKs (two or more letter/figure or figure/letter combinations) only the first letter counts. Thus a maximum of 26 multipliers per band is possible (letters A …Z; hint). German stations use the current DXCC-entity-/WAE-country-list. Each entity/country counts one multiplier per band regardless of mode.

6. Scoring:

Each complete exchange counts 3 points for non-German stations. German stations get one point for QSO with an other German station, 3 points for an European station and 5 points for a DX-station. The final score is computed by multiplying the total number of QSO points by the sum of multipliers from all bands.

7. Contest awards:


Electronic certificates will be made available for download for everyone that submits an entry.
The 3 highscorers from Germany, irrespective of category, whose first licensing date is no older than 3 years will be awarded.
New from 2019: Plaques are awarded for the winners of each categories, separate for winners from Germany and for winners from outside Germany.

8. Penalties:

Discovered rule violations or unsportsmanlike behaviour will be penalized with different sanctions up to disqualification (hint; see also pt. 4 of General Rules).
For adjucation SDR recordings of the contest will be used.

9. Logs:

The log-file has to be submitted in Cabrillo-format (no stf anymore from 2017 on) via

Webupload DARC Contest Hub

The receipt of the log will be automatically confirmed by an email with a message of possible errors in the log and the password for the access to your UBN-file.

The logs will be part of the DCL (DARC Community Logbook). By submitting the log, the participant claims to fully accept the rules of the contest.

10. Special regulations for SWLs:

All SWLs get one point (SSB) or three points (CW) for logging each new German station with the sent RS/RST + DOK and the call of the station working with the German station. Any corresponding station of DL-stations can appear only once per band and mode in the log (exception: allowed again when the German station is a new multiplier; new rule from 2014 on). The multiplier is determined by the sum of German districts (first letter of DOK – see point 5) heard on each band. Each German station may be counted once in SSB and once in CW on each band.

SWLs send their logs to this mailaddress  wag-info(at)dxhf.darc.de

11. Deadline for log entries:

Log deadline is one week after the contest, the second Monday after the end of the contest.
2020:  October 26.

12. Addresses:

For questions (not for logs): wag-info(at)dxhf.darc.de

Hints & Tips

– Never delete dupes – under no circumstances!
You cannot be sure that a dupe is really a dupe. Deleting dupes can cost you and/or the station worked good QSOs. Our logchecking software only counts every dupe with zero points but gives NO penalty or deduction.

– Please do NOT use /qrp at the end of your call !

– No selfspotting or asking for spots is allowed (see General Rules).

– There is no district J, but there are rare special-DOKs starting with J, which will count as J-multiplier.

– 10-Minute-Rule for Multioperator stations & X-QSO: Working a non-multiplier-station in breach of the 10-Minute-Rule will cause point deductions (loosing up to ten minutes of QSOs).
When working such a station in error, you are not allowed to delete this confirmed QSO (which could be proved by SDR-recordings). Instead mark this QSO with X-QSO: as first item in its Cabrillo log line (instead of QSO:)or inform us per Mail about the contact. Then this QSO will not be counted for you, but it will also NOT be seen  as breach of 10-Minute-Rule anymore and you will not receive point deductions. Also the station you worked can claim full credit for the contact.

– Some examples for unsportsmanlike behaviour are: Operating in the contestfree segments, selfspotting or asking to be spotted, deleting confirmed QSOs or manipulating the log, i.e. times by “rubber clocking”.
Penalties are deleting such QSOs, deducting 2 or 5 or 10 percent of the final score (by a published Yellow Card) or disqualification.

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