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Tesla Cup "TC 2010"

World RADIOSPORT Championship Rules

Tesla Cup is International Amateur Radio World Championship Contest sponsored by TESLA Radio Club to promote international good will, competition, sportsmanship, technical excellence, operating skills and to provide means of measuring and comparison of operator skills and station performance on World, Continental and Country levels.

Phone: Saturday, (last weekend of) September 25, 2010, from 0000 to 2400 UTC

CW: Sunday, September 26, 2010, from 0000 to 2400 UTC

The single operator stations may operate no more than 22 hours out of the 24 hours on each mode. A minimum of two hours of rest time may be taken in one or two rest periods. All multi operator stations can operate the full 24 hour periods.

1. Objective: For amateurs around the World to contact other amateurs in as many Grid Locator Squares (stripes) as possible. To accumulate all time score in stripes for STRIPES Award. All contacts with fixed licensed amateur radio stations around the world, including own country count.

2. Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 Meters, as allowed by the license of the entrant.

3. Exchange: Progressive QSO number starting with 001 and your own four character Grid Locator ID (no Reports).
For example:
 001 FN22. How to calculate your grid locator ID from your latitude and longitude coordinates can be found on http://www.arrl.org/locate/grid.html For US cities the Grid Locator ID can be found on http://www.arrl.org/locate/locate.html  Multi-Multi category M use separate numbering on each band, others progressive numbering regardless of band.

4. Points: Each correctly sent exchange is worth one point, plus each correctly received exchange is worth one point on phone and two points on CW, a total of two on Phone and three on CW points for each error free contact. The same station can be contacted only once on each band and mode for a valid point credit. Contacts with own country and grid count also, everybody can work everybody. NO PENALTIES

5. Multipliers: On each band a multiplier of one for each different first three characters of Grid Locator Square ID - (Square Vertical Stripe - FN2, FN5).

6. Scoring: The final score is the result of the total QSO points from all bands multiplied by the total multipliers from all bands.

7. Categories of competition:

7.1. POWER:
H. High Power- stations using the maximum output power of 1500 Watts
L. Low Power- stations using the maximum output power of 150 Watts
Q. QRP- stations using the maximum output of 5 Watts
Maximum power in each category must not be exceeded during the contest.

In each of the above power groups there are the following

A. Single Operator - All Bands
O. Single Operator - One Band of 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 meters
P. Single Operator - All bands - Packet/Guest/Assisted
E. EXPEDITION - PACK Competition, WRTC style with weight/power limited station packages
S. Multi Operator - Single Transmitter
- Combined
M. Multi Operator - Multi Transmitter- Combined

C. Club/Team Competition - Combined

Combined Phone and CW scores will be used for the main competition listings. Separate Phone and CW results for single operator categories will also be posted and awards issued.

Category A and O can be operated by a single operator, operating his own station or setup (no guest operating) without any other assistance or spotting from other operators via packet, Internet, repeater nets or bulletin boards. Only one signal allowed at any one time. Skimmer running at your location is allowed.

Category P allows single operator, unlimited transmitters, remote stations, skimmer, with packet assistance and guest operating. Remote stations are allowed to use all the equipment within their own grid locator square i.e. FN22.

Category S and M includes club stations, stations operated by more than one operator and using repeater, Packet, Spotting nets or any other assistance while operating.

The multi-single transmitter category stations may use only one transmitter (one signal at a time, one "transmitting" operator) which is connected to the power source during the contest. In case of failure, it may be replaced by another transmitter. Spotting operators may use receivers or transceivers with transmitter disabled only and networked computers.

The multi-multi transmitter category stations may operate one transmitter per band simultaneously (one signal per band at any time).

All transmitters must be located within a 500 meter diameter or within the property limits of the station licensee's address. The antennas must be physically connected by wires to the transmitter. Any remote equipment used and controlled by the operator must be within his own grid square locator. No remote receivers outside of own grid square allowed. 

Category C - Club Competition entries may claim a maximum of one station per category, in a selected power group, on each mode (maximum 22 - eleven on phone and eleven on CW - six one band entries plus one each in categories A, P, S, M, E). The final club score is the addition of individual scores made by the club members on both modes. The club captain must submit a list of stations and their category before the contest. Individual stations use their own calls and QTH and may be located over four neighboring or touching squares (i.e. FN56, FN66, FN55, FN65).

Category E - Expedition - WRTC Team style competition. Two operator teams. The AC power limitation to whole station is not to exceed 1500W.
    All Equipment and antennas must fit the Airline limitations, one set (140 lbs) per person, as follows:
          2 "Checked Bags": Maximum 50 lbs (23 kg) and 62 linear inches (157 cm) (total length + width + height) per piece.
          1 Carry on Bag: Maximum 40 pounds (18 kg) and combined linear measurement (L + W + H) 51 inches (130 cm).
    Power source (AC mains or generator), table, chairs and shelter are not included in the package limitations. All antenna hardware and cables must be included in the package. Internet connection or any outside assistance is not allowed, but no limitation on the computer setup and software. Operating time is full 24 hour segments and All Bands.

8. Awards: First place certificates will be awarded in each category and power group in every participating country or call area where justified. Certificates will be filled out and available on-line, if requested, they will be mailed out.
World, continental and country records will be kept and published. Claimed scores, final results and records will be posted on TESLA CUP home page. Special LOG LOTTERY prize winner
s will be drawn from the top 10 stations in each category (gift certificates, airline tickets).

9. TESLA CUP and plaques will be awarded to the highest scoring stations. If one station would qualify for more than one trophy, the second less significant trophy will go to the next eligible station. Individuals, clubs, societies and companies are encouraged to sponsor a trophy.

10. Log instructions: All participants are requested to submit Cabrillo format electronic logs via e-mail or on a diskette via mail. Al dates/times must be in UTC. All the sent (default exchange indicated) and received exchanges must be logged. Do not use separate log sheets for each band, except for multi operator, multi transmitter stations who should keep separate logs per band. Single operator stations must clearly mark the rest periods in the log by entering "OFF" and "ON" in a callsign field. 
All participants should send the log in regardless of their score. Logs are needed for checking purposes and they must arrive at TC CC within 30 days after the contest in order to be included in the results. One
additional prize winner will be drawn from all the submitted logs.

All entrants must operate within the limits of their chosen category when performing any activity that could impact their submitted score. Transmitters and receivers must be located within a 500 meter diameter circle or within the property limits of the station licensee's QTH. All antennas used by the entrant must be physically connected by wires to the transmitters and receivers used by the entrant. Only the entrant's callsign can be used to aid the entrant's score. A different callsign must be used for each entry.

Station may use their grid square ID as a part of calling CQ instead of "over" or "contest" ("test")

11. Deadline: To be included in the results contest logs must be in hands of TESLA CUP Contest Committee by E-mail within 14 days to K3BU@optimum.net. Diskettes and paper logs (typed) must be received not later than 30 days after the contest at: TESLA CUP, Box 282, Pine Brook, NJ 07058 USA

12. Disqualification: Violation of amateur radio regulations in the country of the contestant, or the rules of the contest, unsportsmanlike conduct, exceeding power limit of selected power category will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification. The use of any non amateur means such as telephones, telegrams, internet, or the use of packet (selfspotting) to solicit contacts during the contest is unsportsmanlike and the entry is subject to disqualification. Actions and decisions of the TC Contest Committee are official and final.

13. Web site for Tesla Cup contest is at the www.TeslaRadio.org/TeslaCup




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