The Annual QRP "TAC" Sprint

Telephone Area Code Sprint

Has been canceled.

Look next year for a Sprint that incorporates the National Trail Days.

Log Sheet

Sample Log

Score Sheet

Excel Calculator for your score.

Click here for TAC Sprint Results. Updated 1 August 2006

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS 12 JULY 2006.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON 31 JULY 2006.

Exchange = Call, RST, Name, State, and TAC (Telephone Area Code) or DX Area Code.

PA Stations do not have to send an "X" after their area code.

Note: It was brought to my attention that some places have two area codes in one home. Please use the area code that you think will not be used by someone else.

PA TAC's

North America Telephone Area Codes

International Telephone Area Codes

Categories

QRP - 1 watt to 5 watts of output.

QRPp - Less than 1 watt output.

Note: If you are QRPp add 500 points to your final score. Also if you start out as QRPp you must continue in that power classification for the entire sprint.

Portable - portable station using temporary antennas out in the field or out on any trail for the National Trail Days.

Note: If you are out on the field or on the trail add 750 points to your final score. Operating at the home QTH in the back yard and using the home QTH antennas do not count as Field operation.

National Trail Days Link

Homebrew - you built a radio from scratch or a radio kit.

Classic - this is for any QRP rigs made before 1985.

DX - You must be a DX station.

Note: If entering the Classic Category you must make all contacts with the Classic Radio while transmitting and receiving. You must state the make and model of the radio on the entry form.

You may enter up to 4 possible combination of categories, 5 for DX entries.

If you enter into the QRPp category, you will be competing for the QRPp plaque.

How do you figure out the scoring?

CW Contacts Only = 4 pts.

Sample Log of 2 contacts.

                                                                                                               Standard calculation                             Classic Calculation

#1   N3EPA Ron PA 610  CW mode          ( 10 pts. x 4 = 40 pts.)      ( 20 pts. x 4 = 80 pts.)

#2   W2AGN John NJ 856  CW mode        ( 5 pts. x 4 = 20 pts.)       ( 10 pts. x 4 = 40 pts.)

Standard QRP calculation for above log for QRP / HB category.

PA QSO (10 pts each x 4) + Non-PA QSO (5 pts each x 4) x TAC's (work each TAC per band) + N3EPA QSO's (500 each) + Category Points (1,000 per category) + (750 points if you are in the field or out on any trail) + (500 points if you are QRPp, under 1 watt output) = Total Score

(90 + 35) x 2 + (Trail Pts) + 500 + 2000 = 2,750

Classic QRP calculation for above log for QRP / Classic category.

PA QSO (20 pts each x mode multiplier) + Non-PA QSO (10 pts each x mode multiplier) x TAC's (work each TAC per band) + N3EPA QSO's (500 each) + Category Points + (750 points if you are in the field or out on any trail) +  + (500 points if you are QRPp, under 1 watt output) = Total Score

(180 + 70) x 2+ (Trail Pts) + 500 + 2000 = 3,250

N3EPA will operate on CW only possibly two different bands at the same time.

The SSB and PSK31 modes unfortunately have been discontinues due to lack of interest.

The same station may be worked on different bands for additional QSO points and multipliers. You may also work the same station on the same band in all three modes.

Frequencies = HF bands 10, 15, 20, 40 & 80
No WARC bands. Suggest that you stay *around* the standard QRP frequencies plus or minus 15 kHz.

MULTIPLIER = TAC and DX TAC.

500 pts. X number of QSO's with N3EPA

SCORE = Total score = (QSO points X TAC's) + N3EPA QSO'S + 1000 points for every category that you entered.

POWER = 5 watts or less output.
AWARDS = Certificates for each winner in each category and Awards for 2nd and 3rd place.

Submit your log showing:
Band, Time UTC, Station, Mode, RST Sent & Received, Name, State or Country name and Telephone Area Codes. Please note the rig, antenna and power output that you used in the contest. You can send logs made in Excel Spread Sheet.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS 12 JULY 2006.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON 31 JULY 2006.

To receive a sample log try one of the following.
TAC Sample Log
E-mail = N3EPA

Eastern PA QRP Club, N3EPA
Attn: Ron Polityka
3050 Elm Road
Reading, PA 19605-2343