The SMIRK QSO Party, sponsored by the Six Meter International Radio Klub will be held from 0000Z June 21, 2014 through 2400Z June 22, 2014. Contacts must be made on six meters only, voice and/or CW. No contacts involving another band for one side of the contact count.
One need NOT be a SMIRK member to take part, but we certainly encourage everyone interested in six meters to join. See information below on joining. Or JOIN on the SMIRK Website.
Logs must be postmarked no later than 16 August, 2014 and sent to:
Paul McBride, W3FJ
10 Longview Dr
Williamsport, PA 17701 USA
Logs may also be submitted via electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received no later than 16 August, 2014. Due to the nature of the Internet, SMIRK cannot be held liable for any log submissions not received by the due date because of connectivity failures, et cetera. Logs may be submitted in Cabrillo format or hand prepared, but must include a summary sheet showing the participantís call, name and address, ARRL Section, or country and SMIRK Number if applicable. The summary sheet should also show the number of SMIRK members worked during the Contest, the number of non-SMIRK members worked, the number of Maidenhead grid squares contacted as well as the total score.
A sample log sheet and summary sheet can be downloaded and printed from this site.
All contacts must be made by a single operator. There is no multi-operator category in this contest.
Exchange is callsign, SMIRK number, if applicable, and grid square.
Partial contacts in which one of the above pieces of information are missing, do not count.
All contacts must be made via natural propagation. No contacts using repeaters, or any manmade device for relaying transmissions are allowed.
All participants must observe the rules governing Amateur Radio operation in the participant's country.
Scoring is as follows:
Count 1 point for each completed contact.
If station worked provides a SMIRK number, multiply by 2.
Final score is contact points times grids worked. Log forms and summary sheets are available from W3FJ at the above address. Include an SASE. Or, they may be downloaded from this Website.
Certificates will be issued to the three highest scoring participants submitting valid logs, in each DXCC entity. If different from the above, a certificate will also be awarded to the highest scoring SMIRK member from each DXCC entity from which valid logs are received. To be valid, logs must include the above location information. For the purpose of this contest, a SMIRK member is anyone who has ever been issued a SMIRK number.
All 6 meter operators are encouraged to join SMIRK. To join, send the list of six SMIRK members worked on 6 meters along with $6.00 US to SMIRK Treasurer, Bill Tynan, W3XO.
1054 Indian Creek Loop
Kerrville, TX 78028
Your information will be forwarded to the SMIRK Secretary Paul Mick McBride W3FJ who will issue you a certificate bearing your SMIRK number.
SMIRK recognizes the value and utility of the DX Window from 50.100 to 50.125. Therefore, NO use should be made of frequencies in that range by SMIRK contest participants in the continental US (Call Areas 1 thru 0) or lower tier Canadian call areas, except when working or calling foreign stations outside of these areas. KH6, KL7, VE8 and VO, for example, count as foreign, for this purpose. So, contacts with these and similar areas MAY be worked in the DX Window and counted for SMIRK Contest points.
With regard to the 50.125 MHz calling frequency, unfortunately it is abused all too frequently by too many six meter operators. While there is no SMIRK Contest rule prohibiting the use of 125, it is asked that it be used intelligently, giving others a chance to use it as well. If there are stations on it already, move up the band to call CQ. Of course, on any frequency, you should ask first if the frequency is occupied before calling. If you don't hear anyone on 125, use it to attract attention. This is especially beneficial if the band does not appear to open. But, if you begin to make contacts on the calling frequency, don't hog it. After the second or third Q, announce that you are QSYing up to 50.xxx. Most of the stations waiting to work you will follow you up to the new frequency. The higher power stations with larger antennas have less need to use 125 to attract attention, and can often generate pile-ups quite a way up in the band.
SMIRK members as well as non-SMIRK members are invited to take part in this fun contest. Why not give it a try?
SMIRK is the premier organization for 6 Meter operators having nearly 7000 members worldwide.