Results 1st N-SSTV Contest (2017)

SSTV 20m Narrow SSTV Contest RULES

1. Eligibility

The Contest is open to all amateurs licensed to transmit analog image data in the 20-meter amateur band.

2. Periods

The contest will be held once per year.

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2017

00:00UTC to 23:59UTC

3. Modes

Only Narrow modes MP73N,MP110N and MP140N

4. Bands

20 meter band, no contesting on or within 3khz of the 14.230 calling frequency
Suggested frequencies, 14.227 and below and 14.240 and above.

5. Operator Categories

Each participant station may enter one category only.
Single Operator stations are those where all operating, logging and spotting functions are performed by one person using one callsign only. Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time.

SINGLE-OP HIGH – Single Operator High Power: total output power must not exceed 1500 watts.
SINGLE-OP LOW – Single Operator Low Power: total output power must not exceed 100 watts.
SINGLE-OP QRP – Single Operator QRP: total output power must not exceed 10 (ten) watts.
CHECKLOG – use this category if you do not wish your entry to be included among the final results.
SWL. Images with times and dates to be sent via email to

6. Exchange

N-SSTV members send callsign, RSV and membership no. (Example: “EA3EWO 595 N002”).
Non-members send callsign, RSV and progressive serial number starting with 001 for the first contact (Example: “AA3AAA 595 001”).

7. QSO Points

One point per contact between stations in the same DXCC country or entity.
Three points per contact between stations in the same continent, but in a different DXCC country or entity.
Five points per contact between stations in different continents.

8. Multipliers

One multiplier point for each unique DXCC country or entity contacted during the Contest.
One additional multiplier point for each N-SSTV member contacted during the Contest.

9. Scoring

For valid QSOs only, the final score for each station is the result of their total QSO points multiplied by the sum of their multiplier points:

Final score = (sum QSO points) X (sum multiplier points).

10. Log Submission

All logs must be submitted ONLY in the CABRILLO electronic format – no text-on-paper submissions will be accepted. See Correct heading of Cabrillo Format after these rules.

Logs may be submitted in:

Web upload of Cabrillo file: if you have used a logging program during the Contest, use the program to generate and export a Cabrillo file.
Logs to be submitted via email to


11. Deadline

Logs must be submitted before the deadline, which is fifteen (15) days after the end of the Contest. Logs received after the end of the deadline will be treated as checklogs only

12. Awards and Certificates

1st 2nd and 3rd Certificates of Merit will be sent automatically via email in Jpeg format at the end of the contest. Minor placings must be applied for by emailing ON4VT Danny at Final positions can be viewed on the Narrow Band SSTV Website.

13. Additional Notes

All stations may make use of web clusters and packet, but may not spot themselves, nor solicit contacts or QSOs by these means, or by email, telegraph, telephone, or any means other than a SSTV QSO conducted during the Contest and subject to Contest rules.
The Contest is open to operators worldwide, and therefore images transmitted during the Contest must be of a content and standard to be considered inoffensive and acceptable to all parties capable of receiving them.
Operators are strongly recommended to properly calibrate the software or devices used to generate their SSTV signals, in order to minimize or eliminate excessive slanting of the image signal. Calibration may be done against a standard time-signal such as WWV, or by asking a calibrated station to help – this should be done before the Contest begins. For further information on calibration, see Recorded times between stations in a single Contest QSO must differ by no more than fifteen (15) minutes (this is also the time-difference used by the CQWW Contest checking software). Stations participating in the Contest should therefore synchronize their computer clocks, both before and during the Contest, with a time standard. Please note that a station with a poorly-synchronized clock can cause themselves and other stations to lose valuable points and multipliers! (see Section 15)
QSO times should be recorded from the END of the QSO.
All operation must take place from one operating site: in other words, remote operation is not permitted. Transmitters and receivers must be located within a 500-meter diameter circle or within the property limits of the station licensee, whichever is greater. All antennas must be physically connected by wires to the transmitters and/or receivers used by the entrant.
The Contest organizers reserve the right to alter the Rules for the Contest at any time prior to the commencement of the Contest. Contesters must ensure that they operate using the latest Rules for the Contest available at

14. QSO Validation and Penalties

The following rules apply to the validation of, or penalties incurred by, Contest QSOs:

Each station may be contacted once only during the Contest.
Duplicate QSOs (DUPEs) are not penalized, but score zero (0) points. Please do NOT delete duplicate QSOs from your log – your score will not be affected, and it helps the contest scoring software to cross-check results.
QSOs recording errors in exchange lose points and multipliers for the QSO; an additional penalty is incurred, in points but not multipliers, of one (1) equivalent QSO.
QSOs recording errors in callsign lose points and multipliers for the QSO; an additional penalty is incurred, in points but not multipliers, of two (2) equivalent QSOs.
If the recorded times between stations in a single Contest QSO differ by more than fifteen minutes, then the QSO is declared as Not-In-Log (NIL) for BOTH stations. In this case, BOTH stations lose points and multipliers for the QSO, but no further penalties.
Invalid QSOs cannot count towards the multipliers.

15. Disqualification

Entries may be disqualified for any of the following reasons, subject to the discretion of the Contest adjudicators:

Unsportsmanlike conduct during the Contest
Contravention of the current amateur radio regulations in the country/DXCC entity of operation
Claiming credit for excessive numbers of unverifiable QSOs or multipliers
Contravention of these Contest Rules

16. Declaration

By submitting a log for the Contest, you declare that:

You have operated according to the Rules of the Contest as laid out in this document.
You have operated according to the regulations of your licensing authority.
You agree that your log, or your log checking report (UBN) can be made public.

Make sure you have the latest version of these rules before you start the Contest!