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ARSI National Field Day & Hill Topping Contest

Event Dates:  27th & 28th January 2024

Time Duration : Saturday 0330 UTC to Sunday 1230 UTC
(Saturday 9 AM IST to Sunday 6 PM IST).
Total contest duration is 33 hours.

Registration is mandatory to participate in this event. Details of the team-lead whose callsign will be used for operation, along with a scanned copy of the valid Amateur Radio Station License has to be sent along with 6-character Grid-Square location and category of operation. Please send all details to

Important: The operators have to strictly adhere to their emission mode and power output in accordance with their category of license. QSOs submitted outside of the authorized emission modes and power output will not be considered for scoring.

Use the following template to submit your Logs.

Objective of this event:
Promote hams to go out to remote places such as hills, beaches etc. and establish stations to communicate with other hams in the country. This can be treated by individuals as an emergency preparedness, serious contest, and experimentation of antennas or just picnic with friends. However, winning the contest will require smart search of the location and extensive preparations.

Category A – HF Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 M
Category B – VHF, UHF & 6 M 
Category C – HF, VHF, UHF & 6 M

Contest Rules:

  1. Any number of teams can be participating from a single Grid Square. Such team should internally sort out on the exact station location. ARSI will not intervene in any issues surfacing due to team location conflicts
  2. Each team/station should seek permission of local authorities if and where required and make their own accommodation arrangements to stay. ARSI is not responsible or party for these arrangements.
  3. Only one callsign (leader-call) should be used for a team. For Example: VU2LU, VU2GGM, VU3HPG. While in the contest, only leader-call has been declared to the contest manager in advance and should be used for the station by all the operators.
  4. Multiplier points :
    1. Multiplier for UHF and VHF: A distance Multiplier of 1 for every 10 Kms distance between each station will be computed as the Distance Multiplier. The distance multiplier shall be computed from the Grid Location exchanged between stations
    2. 6m, VHF and UHF  contacts earns 1, 2 & 3 QSO points respectively, for each Grid-Square they have contact with (other than their own grid-square).
    3. For HF, each QSO with “VU” hams is 1 QSO Point and DX hams is considered as 2 QSO points
    4. No points for contacting via terrestrial repeaters and on calling frequency 145.500 MHz
    5. Solar or Battery operated station will earn a multiplier of 1.1 on their total score. Proof of activity should be justified with photos.
    6. Station staying outdoors with camping gears will earn a multiplier of 1.2 on their total score. Proof of activity should be justified with photos.
    7. Stations placing Ham Radio promotion banner and inviting school children or VIP guest/s will receive 25 points. To qualify for the points, team should send photos of the station with the guest/s along with log.
    8. Stations using home-brewed transceivers (completely self-made or assembled from a kit) will receive additional 25 points. To qualify for these points, team should send photos of the equipment used with a short description along with the log.
  5. Stations operating from home will be considered under a different (Home Station) category.
  6. Stations should exchange and log grid-square of the location for VHF, UHF and 6 mtrs.
  7. On HF bands (160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10) exchanges are normal signal (RST) reports.
  8. QSO logging should be in UTC time only. Log submission will be due in 15 days time from the contest conclusion. All logs should be converted to computer readable format and sent. No paper logs will be accepted. Logs to be sent as email attachments to The subject of the email should be only the callsign of the team-lead/individual. The log file name should also contain the leader-callsign or individual’s callsign (if it is a lone operator).
  9. This event is open to all Radio Amateurs in India possessing a valid license

Important for field operation:
Carry your Amateur Radio License copy along with a printed copy of the following PDF in case any Government authorities question you on wireless operation in a public place.