The Holyland DX Contest [CW,SSB,Digital | 160,80,40,20,15,10]

The Aim:

  • To promote contacts between Radio Amateurs around the globe and Israeli Hams.
  • To aid Amateurs to achieve the “Holyland Award” and other Israeli awards.
  1.  All licensed amateurs and SWL’s worldwide.
  2.  To contact as many different Israeli amateur radio stations on as many bands, and from as many ‘Areas’ as possible in different modes CW, SSB and DIGITAL.
  3. Start: Friday, April 15, 21.00UTC.
    End: Saturday, April 16, 21.00UTC.
      1. Single operator – MIX (all bands).
      2. Single operator – SSB only (all bands).
      3. Single operator – CW only (all bands).
      4. Single operator – Digital mode (RTTY, PSK31) (all bands).
      5. Single operator – FT8 only (all bands). instructions
      6. Single operator – QRP 10w (all bands).
    1.  – single transmitter, all modes, all bands
    2.  – SWL.
  4.  CW; SSB; Digital; MIX. (Mixed = minimum 2 modes).

  5. According to the IARU Region-I recommendations: 3.50-3.56, 3.60-3.65, 3.70-3.80, 7.06-7.100, 7.130-7.200, 14.00-14.06, 14.125-14.300, 21.00-21.08, 21.20-21.40, 28.00-28.10, 28.50-28.80 MHz.
    • Worldwide stations send RS(T) + QSO number starting with 001.
    • Israeli stations give RS(T) and ‘Area’.
    • The same station may be contacted in CW, SSB, FT8 and Digital mode on each band. It is thus possible to make up to 24 valid QSO’s with the same station if worked in CW, SSB, FT8 and Digital on each band.
    • Digital mode users may work either RTTY or PSK31, but only once on each band. RTTY and PSK31 are the same Digital mode. FT8 is a new separate category.
    • Neither Cross-Mode nor Cross-Band contacts are permitted.
    1. 2 points for each QSO on 1.8 – 3.5 – 7 MHz,
    2. 1 point for each QSO on 14 – 21 – 28 MHz.
  6.  One multiplier for each ‘Area’ worked once per band.
     A district ‘Area’. See explanation below.
  7.  To calculate the final score, multiply the sum of QSO-points on all bands with the sum of multipliers worked on all bands.
  8.  Electronic submission of logs is required for all entrants who use a computer to log the contest or prepare contest logs.
    1. Each entry shall report: Time UTC, call sign, band, mode, RS(T)S, QSO number sent, RS(T)R (‘Area’ received) and points. A log without all required information may be reclassified to Checklog.
    2. SWL’s shall report on Israeli stations only: UTC, band, mode, call sign, stations worked, RS(T), ‘Area’ sent and points.
    3. The CABRILLO file format is the standard for logs. See the LogUpload page for detailed instructions on filling out the CABRILLO file header. Failure to fill out the header correctly may result in the entry being placed in the wrong category or reclassified as a Checklog.
    4. Web upload is the preferred method of log submission. Web upload of logs is available at Email submission is also available. Logs in CABRILLO format should be sent to Include only the entry call sign in the “Subject:” line of the e-mail.
    5. For NON-CABRILLO electronic logs. If you are not able to submit a CABRILLO format log, please contact the Contest Manager for assistance with submitting another format.
    6. All logs received will be confirmed via e-mail. A listing of logs received can be found at
  9.  Log must be submited not later than May 31.
    1. A trophy for the overall winners – Multi Ops.
    2. A trophy for the overall winner – MIX
    3. A plaque for the overall winner – CW
    4. A plaque for the overall winner – SSB
    5. A plaque for the overall winner – QRP
    6. A plaque for the overall winner – Digital mode
    7. A plaque for the overall winner – FT8
    8. A plaque for the overall winner – SWL
    9. A plaque for each Continental winner – only highest scores
    10. Trophies and Plaques will be awarded to the top scorers in their Winning Categories only when the minimum of 50 valid QSO’s points has been reached
    11. Only Digital Certificates will be awarded
    1. Israeli mobile stations may move and change their location during the contest, up to 10 different ‘Areas’, restricted to an operating time of at least half an hour per ‘Area’. All mobile station are allowed to come back later to operate from the same squares again.
    2. The operation from each ‘Area’ gives that station the status of a different station with another call, thus giving additional contest points and multipliers.
    3. To identify its different location ‘Area’, those stations will change their callsigns by adding a number after their suffix. For example 4Z1SL will use 4Z1SL/1, 4Z1SL/2, 4Z1SL/3…..4Z1SL/9, 4Z1SL/0. (operate from 10 different squares).
  10.  The recommended log software
    1. HolyLogger
    2. N1MM
    3. AATest
    4. Rec3

Explaining the Multipliers:

  1. The country is divided geographically, by the Survey Department of Israel, into a grid system resulting in squares of 10 by 10 Kilometers. North to South coordinates are identified by numbers, while West to East coordinates are identified by letters. The square is defined through the combination of the relevant coordinates i.e. E14.

  2. The country is divided into 23 administrative regions and regions are not multipliers!
    Here is a list of the Regions and their respective abbreviations:

    Region Abb.
    Akko AK
    Ashqelon AS
    Azza AZ
    Beer Sheva BS
    Bethlehem BL
    Hadera HD
    Region Abb.
    Hagolan HG
    Haifa HF
    Hasharon HS
    Hebron HB
    Jenin JN
    Jerusalem JS
    Region Abb.
    Kinneret KT
    Petah Tiqwa PT
    Ramallah RA
    Ramla RM
    Rehovot RH
    Shekhem SM
    Region Abb.
    Telaviv TA
    Tulkarm TK
    Yarden YN
    Yizreel YZ
    Zefat ZF
  3.  An ‘Area’ (multiplier) is made up from the 10 by 10 km. grid reference square and the region. For example: F15TA, E14TA, H08HF. The ‘Area’ is the basis for the “Holyland Award” and the “Holyland DX Contest”. For that purpose the ‘Area’ must contain land and only that land or any waterway in that ‘Area’ is considered to be the ‘Area’.
  4.  The region boundaries are drawn in an arbitrary manner so that often the 10 km grid reference square does cover more than one single region. For example, the square H08 lies partly in the region of Haifa, partly in the region of Hadera and partly in the region of Yizreel. As a result one may work, in the same square, three different Areas – H08HF, H08HD and H08YZ.
    1. Country Road Map with a 1:250.000 scale, comprising 2 sheets (NorthSouth)
    2. Country Road Map with a 1:100.000 scale, comprising 6 sheets.
    3. Region Map with a 1:250.000 scale, comprising 2 sheets.

All logs received by e-mail will be confirmed by e-mail.
ALL FINAL RESULTS can be found on the IARC Web Site Holyland Results Page

Best 73’s & Shalom,

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