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WORLD WIDE IRON HAM CONTEST
1. PURPOSE
The WORLD WIDE IRON HAM CONTEST is a unique world-wide contest
intended to promote the multi-mode skill of the ham contest community in one
single 24-hour period competition. The GADX Araucaria Dx Group together with
the majority of the Brazilian Contest and DX Clubs (list attached), based upon the
success of the IRON MAN and some other multi-sports competitions, are
sponsoring a different contest alternative where the competitors must use several
alternatives to test their skills in different ham radio modes on all bands around
the clock for 24 hours.
The Liga de Amadores Brasileiros de Rádio Emissão (LABRE) is officially
supporting the contest in line with the joint effort Brazilian tradition.
The objectives of the contest:
· To promote the union of all radio amateurs in the world;
· To promote, CW, PHONE and DIGITAL modes to the entire ham radio
community;
· To promote the integration of different mode operators around the world.
· To promote the integration of IT technologies with the Ham Radio
competition.
· To promote and stimulate the ability for contest planning
· To drastically shorten the time for log submission and results publication
· To create contest alternatives for ham competition.

2. PERIOD
The last full weekend of December for 24 hours starting Saturday 12:00 UTC and
ending Sunday 11:59 UTC.
3. MODES, BANDS & PERIODS
· Mode: CW, PHONE & RTTY
· Bands: 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m;
· The 24 hours contest is organized to have 8 hours of operation on each
mode in periods no shorter than one hour. So if the participant SOAB or
M/2AB start an operation in one specific mode the operator(s) must
remain on this mode for at least one hour.
· During each period no shorter than one hour, a station (SOAB or M/2AB)
may only use one mode.
· Each participant should operate no more than 8 hours on each mode,
independently of the number of periods no shorter than one hour he takes
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· Totally free band change
· Contacts must be made within the modes and sub-bands assigned.
· Contest planning is a must for this contest

4. CATEGORIES
4.1.SOAB Single Operator All bands
For all Single Operator categories, only one person (the operator) can contribute
to the final score during the official contest period.
· Definitions
4.1.1 Single Operator: Those stations at which one person performs all
operating, logging, and spotting functions.
4.1.2 Single Operator participants may change bands without restrictions.
Only one signal can be transmitted at any given time. Total output shall not
exceed 1500 W
4.1.3. Transmitters and receivers must be located within a 500-meter
diameter circle. All antennas used by an entrant must be physically
connected to the transmitters by wires (feeders).
4.2. M2 AB – Multi-operators two Transmitters
4.2.1. Only two transmitted signals at any given time. More than two
different transmitters can be used but only two may be active at any given
time. The competitors in this category must prove that they have used a
mechanism which prevents more than two signals being transmitted at the
same time during all 24 hours. The organizers will use special means to
check this rule.
4.2.2. If the SOAB, or M2AB participants works a station on a different
mode than the chosen mode, the QSOs will count 0 points without
penalties. Please do not delete these QSOs as it will aid in the log crosschecking
process. Such contacts will count for the station worked in
accordance with the present rules.
4.2.3. Due to the character of this contest, there are no separate
categories for single-band operation or other limited band/mode operation.
However, we encourage participation of stations with restricted mode
operation and restricted band operation
4.2.4. Mode Operation Periods
Each mode, CW, SSB, RTTY, can be used for a maximum of 8 hours, in
periods of time no shorter than one hour each. If only 1 or 2 modes are
used, consequently the total participation time is limited to respectively 8
or 16 hours.
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4.3. Packet Cluster & IT Technologies:
DXCluster – The use of DXCluster network is allowed for all categories. The
participants can receive information from DXCluster, however is strictly prohibited
to seft-spot or request, by any means, that others announce you during the
contest.
Promoting a gradual enlargement of the integration between contests and new IT
technologies the WORLD WIDE IRON HAM CONTEST will, in the future, create
new categories to motivate remote operation or other new technologies.

5. CONTACTS
All same-mode-two-way contacts between stations in the same Entity (country)
or different Entities (countries) and Continents are allowed and valid. For
definition of Entities, the official DXCC lists applies. The same station can be
contacted on all bands and all modes.

6. CQ MESSAGE
We suggest the use of IRON HAM, or IH for the contest, but it is allowed to use
simply “CQ test” and from time to time an indication that is IRON HAM Contest.

7. EXCHANGE
All stations: send RS, or RST + CQ ZONE
8. POINTS
8.1. For all participants:
· QSO with same Entity: 1 point;
· QSO with other Entities on same Continent: 2 points;
· QSO with other continents: 3 points.

9. MULTIPLIERS
The multiplier is the number of entities and zones worked by mode independently
of the band.
· Multipliers are counted once per mode but not per band
· Entity and zone multipliers are according to the DXCC list.
· The /MM stations are not multipliers but count 3 points.
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10. FINAL SCORE
The sum of points obtained on a specific mode, multiplied by the sum of
multipliers (Entities + Zones) for that mode is the final score for that mode.
The total score is the sum of the scores for each mode.

11. DISQUALIFICATION & PENALTIES
Excess of unique calls, wrong calls, not in log, will be penalized according to the
well known UBN log checking system as described on section 15.
Apart from that penalties terms mentioned above, the following is also forbidden:
· Using any IP net for the remote transceiving, including web radio stations;
· Self-spotting and soliciting contacts by any non-amateur means during the
contest;
· Using any other call sign than the participation call sign for;
· Holding the operating frequency on other bands or making schedules;
· All other self-spotting manners.
Our aim is to maintain a fair competition and prevent unfair and unsportsmanlike
operations and/or procedures. The decisions of the contest committee are final.

12. DUPES
Dupes are contacts made with the same station on the same band and mode. If
the first contact between stations is valid, dupes have 0 points value. If the first
contact is not valid, a second (dupe) contact is accepted.
· Dupe contacts are not penalized;
· There is no need to mark them in the log submission.
· Moreover, entrants are strictly recommended to leave DUPES in the log.
· DO NOT DELETE DUPES!

13. GENERAL LOG SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
We need electronics logs! The WORLD WIDE IRON HAM CONTEST requires
electronic logs for every possible high-scored entry.
· Submit your log in the CABRILLO format created by all major logging
programs;
· All times must be UTC;
· All sent and received exchanges are to be logged;
· Filename for the log should be your_call.log and must be sent as an
attachment;
· Logs submitted as plain-text email are also acceptable;
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· In the header of the electronic log submission you MUST specify the
category of participation and the full postal address for dispatch to the
participant the results, trophies, awards and certificates. A written
declaration is not necessary;
· Points and final score calculations are not necessary, calculations are
done by our software;
· Logs must be submitted to the contest sponsors within 72 hours. We will
recognize and additional time for DX-pedition or areas where internet is
not available.
· Electronic logs must be submitted via e-mail to: wwih@araucariadx Be
sure to put the station call sign in the “Subject:” line. The server will
automatically acknowledge your e-mail log within 48 hours;
14. IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATION: RECORD THE ENTIRE CONTEST
All competitors whose are competing for the top 5 scores, or records in
each category must maintain availability of a digital recording of all 24 hours of
the contest. The judging committee reserves the right to request such file at any
time during the log checking procedures.

15. CONTEST- RELATED INFORMATION
· All ” WORLD WIDE IRON HAM CONTEST and related information
(Rules, claimed/confirmed scores, FAQ, additional information) will be
posted at the website of the GADX – ARAUCARIA DX GROUP
http://www.araucariadx.com and the other Brazilian Contest Clubs web
addresses accordingly with list attached.
· The results will be published at our above web address.
· All participants, who send a Cabrillo log via e-mail, will receive a UBN-list
with the claimed/confirmed results listed separately by mode period and a
QSO list, containing errors and errors by worked stations.
· Penalties consist the loss of the invalid contact including multiplier credit
plus the removal of triple QSO points, and are assessed accordingly:
Incorrectly logged calls (Bad Call)
Incorrectly logged exchange numbers
QSO not present in the other station log (NIL)
· QSO are neither counted nor penalized for the following:
Other station incorrectly logged entrant’s call
Other station incorrectly logged entrant’s exchange number
QSO time in entrant’s log and other station’s log difference is more
than 3 minutes (except systematic computer errors).
QSO bands or modes in entrant’s log and other station’s log differ.
Dupe QSO which is not in the other station’s log.

16. TROPHIES, PLAQUES AND CERTIFICATES
16.1. World Champion SOAB
The highest SOAB score independently of Continent will receive a special trophy,
the IRON HAM.
16.2. World Champion M2AB
The highest M2AB score a special trophy. IRON HAM TEAM
16.3. Plaques
The highest score for each Continent and Category will receive a special plaque.
16.4. Certificates
All highest scores in each category and each Country will receive a certificate
mentioning the score and position in his Country and Continent.
16.5. Results:
THE WORLD WIDE IRON HAM CONTEST has a firm commitment to gradually
reduce the timing for results publication. We will start in the 2012 Contest with an
objective to announce the results within 60 days. The results are going to be
published on the GADX web page http://www.araucariadx.com and also in the
other Brazilian DX Clubs pages accordingly with list attached.

17. Special Internal competition:
We will use the WORLD WIDE IRON HAM CONTEST to promote other
aspects of the competition. We will annually and gradually add new aspects of
competition and recognition.
In 2012 we will issue special certificates for
· Best mode period score SOAB and M2
· Best hour QSOs rate for each mode period (CW,PHONE & RTTY) for
SOAB M2

18. Special prize:
The WORLD WIDE IRON HAM CONTEST is offering to the SOAB winner
and one representative of the M2 winner a special prize of 4 days free
accommodation in any Brazilian City with a Contest Station combined with total
free contest participation. Before the contest we will announce a list of the
city/stations available and the winners can make their choice accordingly.

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