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SP DX Contest [CW,Phone | 160,80,40,20,15,10]


The full set of rules can be found here, some basics are explained below.

In the SP DX Contest, competitors are divided into two groups – Polish stations and foreign stations outside of Poland. Only contacts made between SP and non-SP participants are scored, however all entries should be left in the log. Polish stations report their one-letter province (voivodeship) abbreviation (as shown on the map), while others give their sequential QSO number.

Regarding the contest rules, we would like to remind everyone that using the DX Cluster and spotting networks is permitted in the SP DX Contest in all categories, albeit self-spotting or asking to be spotted is not. Please also note that starting in 2017, we have removed the limitation on the number of band/mode changes during a clock hour in all categories.

If you have made any contacts that are outside your declared category (on another band, mode, etc.), please do not delete them from your log, as they will be used for log cross-checking. Also, please do not delete duplicate QSOs from your log. You will not be penalized for any of these.

After the contest, participants should send the station log (in the Cabrillo format) using the link in the upper right-hand corner of this page. Logs sent by e-mail are still accepted, but it is not the recommended way.

Hint: QRP stations – Please do NOT use (transmit) /qrp at the end of your call!


  1. ORGANIZERS: PZK – Polish Amateur Radio Union (Polski Związek Krótkofalowców) in cooperation with the SP DX Club.
  2. OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world to contact as many Polish stations in as many provinces of Poland as possible. Polish stations use the following prefixes: 3Z, HF, SN, SO, SP, SQ.
  3. DATE: The first full weekend of April from 15:00 UTC Saturday to 15:00 UTC Sunday.
  4. BANDS: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m according to the IARU Band Plan.
  5. MODES: PHONE and CW. Contacts on PHONE and CW with the same station in the MIXED category are counted as separate contacts.
  6. CALLING PRACTICE: Polish stations: “CQ CONTEST” on PHONE, or “CQ TEST” on CW; Foreign stations: “CQ SP”.
    • Polish stations send a report, consisting of a signal report (RS or RST) plus the letter of the province designator (e.g., 59 B). The 16 province designators are: B, C, D, F, G, J, K, L, M, O, P, R, S, U, W and Z.
    • Foreign stations send a report consisting of a signal report (RS or RST) plus contact number beginning with 001 (e.g., 59 001).
    Province (Voivodeship) designators:
    B – lubuskie;
    C – łódzkie;
    D – dolnośląskie;
    F – pomorskie;
    G – śląskie;
    J – warmińsko-mazurskie;
    K – podkarpackie;
    L – lubelskie;
    M – małopolskie;
    O – podlaskie;
    P – kujawsko-pomorskie;
    R – mazowieckie;
    S – świętokrzyskie;
    U – opolskie;
    W – wielkopolskie;
    Z – zachodniopomorskie;
  8. POINTS:
    • For Polish stations: A QSO with a DX station (outside Europe): 3 points, a QSO with a station in Europe: 1 point. Contacts between Polish stations: 0 points.
    • For foreign stations: 3 points for every contact with a Polish station.
    • For Polish stations: Countries on the current DXCC list (except SP) contacted on each band, regardless of mode.
    • For foreign stations: Provinces in Poland contacted on each band, regardless of mode, for a maximum of 96 (16 provinces x 6 bands).
  10. SCORING: The total QSO points on all bands multiplied by the sum of the multipliers on all bands.
    • SOAB CW HP
    • SOAB CW LP
    • SOSB CW
  12. GENERAL RULES AND DEFINITIONS: Every participant must declare one entry category only, and only QSOs matching the category description will be scored. Any other QSOs should be left in the log for cross-checking.

    Definition of categories and abbreviations used:

    • MOMulti-operator Single Transmitter means that only one signal may be transmitted at any given time.
    • SOSingle Operator means that all contest activities, station operating, logging and scorekeeping are performed by one person. In addition, only one signal may be transmitted at any given time.
    • SOTBSingle Operator Three Band – SO on any three chosen bands.
    • HPHigh Power – the maximum output power allowed by your license class.
    • LPLow Power – maximum output power is 100 watts.
    • QRP: Maximum output power is 5 watts.
    • ABAll Bands.
    • SBSingle Band.
    • MIXEDMixed Mode.

    Entrants in all categories may use QSO finding assistance. No self-spotting is allowed.

    All station transmitters, receivers and antennas must be located within a 500 meter diameter circle. The use of receiving equipment outside the 500 meter circle is considered unsportsmanlike and may be grounds for disqualification.

    There are no restrictions on the number of band and emission changes allowed each hour for any of the categories. The call sign and the exchange must be correctly copied by both stations in order to receive QSO credit. Duplicate contacts should be left in the log. There is no penalty for any contacts removed from the log by the Contest Committee.

  13. SHORT WAVE LISTENERS (SWL): Polish SWLs must log the callsign, signal report and exchange sent by a foreign station, as well as the callsign of the Polish station. Foreign SWLs must log the callsign and exchange sent by the Polish station, as well as the callsign of the foreign station. Points, multiplier and scoring is the same as for transmitting stations. Both Polish stations and foreign stations can only be logged once per band and mode, except if one of the stations is a new multiplier.
  14. CONTEST LOGS: Electronic logs in the Cabrillo format should be sent via the website. Logs sent via e-mail are also acceptable but Web submissions are preferred. Paper logs are not accepted. All entries must be submitted no later than April 30 of the year of the contest.
  15. CONTEST RESULTS: Preliminary results will be available on the SP DX Contest website ( on May 4, 2019. Any discrepancies and requests for clarification can be submitted to until May 11, 2019. Official results will be published on the SPDX Contest website on May 31, 2019.
  16. AWARDS: The top scores in each category will be awarded certificates. The number of the certificates will be decided by the Contest Committee based on the number of participants in each category as well as the scores of the leading participants in their countries. It is also expected that there will be special awards in categories designated by their sponsors. Every participant will be able to download a ready-to-print electronic certificate, identical to its paper equivalent.
  17. DISQUALIFICATION: Violation of amateur radio regulations in the country of the contestant or violation of the rules of the contest, or unsportsmanlike conduct, will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification.
  18. DISPUTES: The decisions of the Contest Committee will be final.

SP DX Contest Committee
Polski Związek Krótkofalowców