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AT Contests – General Rules

Last Revision 22/04/2020

 

Contacts - Validity

  1. To be valid, the contacts must contain at least the two progressive numbers (given and received), the full callsign of contacted station and the operator’s name.
  2. The first progressive number given must always start with 1 (one) and continue progressively without jumps, dupes and/or slashed numbers,  such as 22/bis, 22/ and so on.
  3. Will be considered valid the contacts with AT and non-AT stations, in according to the specific contest rules, only if is possible to cross-check both radio contact data. This means that, if we have a contact with a station that doesn’t send its log, the radio contact will be deleted and won’t be considered for the final result. It is not possible archive controls on possible QSL to confirm the contact carried out during the Contest. Therefore, eventual confirmed QSOs with Qsl but in absence of the corresponding log will be canceled.
  4.  If a contact is deleted to a station, it is also deleted to the contacted station.
  5. The stations can be contacted only once per any contest, unless exceptions are introduced to the rules of that specific contest.
  6. The log for the contest (including the paper version) must be completed by the applicant.
  7. The contact can not be confirmed by others (eg QSL Man).
  8. In every contest the contacts with SES, Dx-peditions or any other kind of activation are not valid.
  9. To be valid, each contact must be written down into an Alfa Tango official log sheet or typed into the AT software contest. Other ways won’t be considered, unless the exception is agreed in advance and with a validity just for that specific contest.
  10. Is allowed, during the contest, to contact again a station on the same frequency in order to correct and/or confirm a previous radio contact.
  11. Is strictly forbidden, except the exception of paragraph 10, ask the corresponding confirmations by other ways like e-mails, Skype and so on,  either during the contest than during the period of sending logs. This behavior is NOT ETHIC and in addition to disqualification may imply a disciplinary action.
  12. It is strictly forbidden, theautospotting on Cluster or other means of communication such as Forum, Facebook, YouTube, various Chat, etc. etc. This anti-ethical behavior can lead to exclusion from the final classification.
  13. It is strictly forbidden to disqualify publish on Cluster, Facebook, YouTube, Forum, Chat Miscellaneous etc. etc. data related to the QSO carried out as the Progressive, also masked in various ways, the published and proven contacts will be canceled.
  14. The use of remotely controlled equipment of any kind is prohibited, as is the prohibition of the use of both receiving or transmitting Web stations. Non-compliance leads to the disqualification and cancellation of all QSOs.
  15. It is possible to blast the connected station without communicating the QSO details.

 

.Log

  1. Logs with only one contact are valid.
  2. The paper logs must always be written using the AT official sheets, in according to the contest to which they refer. The logs not comply will be excluded by the final results and all contacts canceled. The logs must be in DOC format and not as image format, even if the image is pasted or inserted into a document.
  3. The logs manually compiled must be easily readable and the erasures not covering what is written. The illegible logs will be disqualified.
  4. The electronics log are accepted only if they are realized by using the specific software of the contest to which they refer.
  5. The logs must be sent within the period defined by the rules of the contest, anyway not over 30 days after the end of that. The contest manager has the faculty to accept logs received after that date and, if possible, put them in the final results.
  6. The confirmation of reception is shown by the publication of received logs on these web sites:  www.alfatango.org,  www.athq.it and www.1at06.it. If the log doesn’t appear in a very few days, it means the log hasn’t been received or there are other problems. The contest manager is not obliged to confirm the reception of the logs in other ways.
  7. The manual alteration of the log after the end of the contest involves the invalidation of the log and the exclusion in the final results.
  8. If  a log is canceled, all contacts will be also canceled to the corresponding.
  9. It is forbidden to publish your own or someone else's log before of 15 days of  the date of sending logs to the contest manager. The transgression of this rule involves the disqualification and cancellation of all contacts.
  10. Logs received after the established period and before the writing of the rankings,CheckLog will be considered and placed at the last place
     

Points

  1. The points for each contact and any bonus and/or award are set out in the regulation of each Contest.

 

Final Results

  1. The final results, in according to the type of contest, will be partially available only after the expiry of the period for submission of logs. The complete results will be published during the World Meeting.
  2. The final results will be announced with special bulletins and/or published on www.alfatango.org and www.athq.it
  3. After the publish of final results won’t be possible insert logs which for any reason were received late
  4. Changes to the published final results, can be possible only in case of accepted dispute and/or mistakes in the writing of the final results.

 

 Prizes & Awards

  1. The prizes are decided for each event and are considered as part of the Rules of each Contest.
  2. It is faculty of the HQ, in the person of the President, to change the number of winners and prizes, in according to the number of participants. For local Contests, which aren’t organized by the HQ, this faculty is reserved to the manager of the event.
  3. Generally the awards take place during the World Meeting in Asti.
  4. The prizes not directly collected or collected by another unit responsible, won’t be send. They will stay available at the HQ venue. Shipping by postal service is available only with the payment by the recipient.
  5. Electronic certificates of participation might be available, on request, for some events. This option will be highlighted in each regulations.

 

Paper logs, rules for typing

  1. In case of a double contact with the same station, must be always deleted the first one.
  2. In case of a double progressive released, both contacts must be deleted.
  3. In case of a missing progressive (skipped number) must be inserted a blank line and deleted.
  4. In case of missing progressive received, the contact must be deleted.
  5. In case of incomplete callsign, the contact must be deleted.
  6. In the case of an unknown callsign the contact is inserted with the data provided by the holder of the log. The validity checking of the contact will be done during the finals results check.
  7. Contacts with unauthorized stations will be deleted.

 

Anti Ethical Behaviors

In addition to those already mentioned that we repeat here, the following situations are considered non-congruous or anti-ethical behavior

  1. Autospotting on Clusters or other means of communication such as Forums, Facebook, YouTube, various chats, etc. is strictly prohibited. etc. This unethical behavior can lead to exclusion from the final ranking.
  2. It is strictly forbidden, with the exception of Connections Validity point 10, to request confirmations and / or changes to correspondents by any means, Email, Skype etc. both during the contest and within the period for sending the Logs. Such Anti-Ethical behavior in addition to disqualification can lead to disciplinary measures.
  3. It is strictly forbidden, under penalty of disqualification, to publish on Cluster, Facebook, YouTube, Forum, Various Chat etc. etc. data concerning the Qso carried out such as the Progressive, also masked in various ways, the published and proven contacts will be canceled.
  4. The use of robotic equipment of any kind is prohibited, just as the use of Web stations is only possible for both receivers and transceivers. Non-compliance leads to the disqualification and cancellation of all QSOs.
  5. The direct passage of the microphone in the situation of two operators with the same radio is considered Anti Ethical. In this case, in order not to incur anti-ethical behavior, operator A ends the Qso and closes the transmission, operator B calls in turn to make the connection
  6. It is considered highly unethical to call and log connections to another station, with the exception of Multi Operator stations whether or not you participate in the contest, this behavior is subject to disqualification and / or other additional measures both for the calling station and for that put to Log.
  7. The refusal to connect with one or more participants is considered Anti-Ethical.
  8. Any unfair action towards contestants is considered to be an unethical behavior.

Local contest

  1. The local contests should be follow the rules above, for evenness in the contests.

 

Disputes

  1. Any disputes will be friendly solved by the President and at least two Vice-Presidents, who after listening the contest manager and the applicant, will take a decision. This decision will be final and conclusive.

 

Error codes and possible actions can be taken

Cod.

Description

Possible Actions

LMA

Missing check log

Single deleting

ECM

Missing contact in the check log

Single deleting

SCO

Contact missing in the list of participants

Single deleting

PRI

Incorrect reception of the progressive sent

Double deleting

PRR

Incorrect reception of progressive received

Double deleting

PER

Wrong Province - non-aligned or modified

Single deleting

Double deleting

Log deleting

RER

Wrong Region - non-aligned or modified

Single deleting

Double deleting

Log deleting

RPE

Wrong Region and Province - non-aligned or modified

Single deleting

Double deleting

Log deleting

CME

Contact with member's callsign of a multi operators station, which isn’t the station holder participant the contest

Single deleting

Double deleting

Log deleting

CSS

Contact with a Special Station, DX-pedition, IOTA and so on

Single deleting

 

GEN

Error type of Gender

Single deleting

SPV

Station whose prefix is not part of the contest.

Single deleting

Double deleting

The error codes will be applied in  according to the different contests.
In case of errors with more than one possible action, will be applied the most relevant.
It is possible to apply the single deleting for a competitor and the log deleting for the other competitor.
New error codes may be entered in according to the needs for the contacts checking and for the contest interested.

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