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Himalayan DX Contest

Himalayan DX Contest

Date: August 20-21, 2016

Duration: 24 Hours – 1200z Saturday to 1200z Sunday

Contest Exchange: RST + Exchange (see below)

  • Asian and DX stations send RST + Serial Number
  • VU stations will send RST+ Serial Number + 2 letter abbreviation of State/Union Territory


  • Mixed mode – CW & SSB


  • Single Op
  • Multi OP

Power Level:

  • QRP (10 Watts)
  • Low Power (less than 100 Watts)
  • High Power (above 100 watts up to legal limit)




Starts: 1200 UTC Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Ends: 1200 UTC Sunday, August 21st, 2016

1. Objective:

  • For amateurs in Asia, particularly in the Indian subcontinent, to contact maximum number of amateur stations worldwide during the contest period.
  • For DX amateurs to contact maximum number of amateur stations in Asia with a focus on the Indian subcontinent.

For contest purposes, Indian subcontinent shall comprise the following DXCC entities: AP, VU, VU4, VU7, 9N, A5, S21, and 4S7.

2. Period of Operation: 24 hours.

3. Bands: Only the 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz bands may be used. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.

4. Modes: This is a Mixed mode contest. Contacts may be made with each station on either SSB or CW or both modes, on each band, for QSO credit.

5. Terms of Competition for All Categories:

(a) Participants may call “CQ ASIA” or “CQ ASIAN CONTEST” to differentiate from other contests that may be running at the same time.

(b) All entrants must operate within the limits of their chosen category when performing any activity that could affect their submitted score. Only the entrant’s call sign may be used to aid the entrant’s score.

(c) A different call sign must be used for each entry.

(d) Entrants must not exceed the maximum power limit specified by their license, or the power limit of their entry category, whichever is less, on any band. Power is measured at the final output connector of the transmitter.

(e) Self-spotting or asking other stations to spot you on any DX Cluster, soliciting QSOs via email, text messages or any other medium prior or during the contest is not allowed.

(f) Use of QSO alerting assistance like packet/internet clusters and skimmers is allowed. QSO alerting assistance is the use of any technology or outside method that provides call sign and frequency information regarding any other station to the operator.

(g) All operation must take place from one operating site. Transmitters and receivers must be located within a 500-meter radius 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 receivers used by the entrant.

6. Entry Categories:

(a) Single Operator Categories: All operating and logging functions are performed by one person (the operator). Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time.

(i) Single Operator High (All Band): Total output power above 100 watts up to legal limit.

(ii) Single Operator Low (All Band): Total output power must not exceed 100 watts.

(iii) Single Operator QRP (All Band): Total output power must not exceed 10 watts.

(b) Multi-Operator Categories (All Band): More than one person can contribute to the final score during the official contest period. Select category based on number of transmitted signals.

(i) Single-Transmitter (MULTI-ONE): Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time.

(ii) Multi-Transmitter (MULTI-UNLIMITED): No limit to transmitters, but only one transmitted signal (and running station) allowed per band at any time. Use a separate serial number sequence for each band.

7. Exchange: RS(T) + Serial Number   CW: 599 001    SSB: 59 001

VU stations will send serial number + 2 letter state abbreviation. This will be the only double multiplier in the contest.

8. Contact Points:

(a) Contacts by Asian stations within the same country count for 1 point each.

(b) Contacts by Asian stations with other Asian countries count for 2 points each

(c) Contacts between DX stations and Asian stations count for 3 points each.

(d) Contacts between DX stations and those in the Indian subcontinent count for 10 points each.

9. Multiplier: Total of any Asian country worked once on each band.

Double multiplier: Total of any Indian state indicated by two-letter code worked once on each band including the Indian Antarctic Research Base.

10. Scoring: Any Asian station may be worked once each on CW and SSB on each band for QSO point credit.

Single-Operator and Multi-Operator: All-Band score is total contact points from all bands X Total Multipliers

11. Awards: Certificates will be awarded to the top two scoring stations in each of the 5 continents in the above listed entry categories.

Certificates will also be awarded to the top two scoring stations in each of the countries of the subcontinent viz. AP, VU, VU4, VU7, 9N, A5, S21 and 4S7.

12. Instructions for Submission of Logs: We would appreciate receiving all logs in electronic format. Electronic submission of logs is required for anyone competing for an award and for those who use a computer to log the contest or prepare contest logs.

(a) The log MUST show the following for each contact: correct time of QSO, frequency (or band), call, Exchange sent, and Exchange received. A log without all required information may be reclassified to CHECKLOG.

(b) The CABRILLO file format is the standard for logs.

(c) E-mail is the expected method of log submission. Please provide only your call sign in the SUBJECT line of the email. Logs in CABRILLO, Microsoft Excel or text format replicating the above columns may be sent to

(d) Instructions for paper logs: Paper logs using may be mailed to Deepak Pathak, PO Box 9730, Mumbai 400066, India. Please superscribe the envelope in bold as “HIMALAYAN DX CONTEST”. Each paper log entry must be accompanied by a Summary Sheet listing all scoring information, the category of competition, and the entrant’s name and mailing address in BLOCK LETTERS.

(e) Logging Software: N1MM+ User-Defined Contest (UDC) file (click to download)

13. Rule Violations: Violation of amateur radio regulations or the rules of the contest; unsportsmanlike conduct; taking credit for excessive unverifiable QSOs or multipliers; use of any non-amateur means of communication to SOLICIT, ARRANGE, or CONFIRM any contacts during or after the contest will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification.

14. Declaration: By submitting an entry in the ARSI Himalayan DX Contest you agree that:

(a) you have read and understood the rules of the contest and agree to be bound by them,

(b) you have operated according to all rules and regulations that pertain to your amateur radio license,

(c) your log entry may be made open to the public when notifying awards and scores, and

(d) all actions and decisions of ARSI are official and final.

15. Deadline: All entries must be emailed or postmarked NO LATER than September 30th, 2016. Logs emailed or postmarked after the deadline may be ineligible for any awards.

16. Questions:

Any questions pertaining to the ARSI Himalayan DX Contest may be e-mailed to the ARSI Contests & Awards Manager, Deepak VU2CDP, at



Logs received: