The SSB and RTTY Club of COMO and the A.R.I. (Associazione Radioamatori Italiani) are
pleased to announce the details of the 55th “Alessandro VOLTA RTTY DX CONTEST”.
This contest is organized to increase interest in RTTY mode as used by radio amateurs
and to honor the Italian discoverer of electricity, ALESSANDRO VOLTA.
TEST PERIOD: from 12:00 GMT Saturday May 8, 2021 until 12:00 GMT Sunday May 9,
- In the future this event will take place on the second full week-end in May.
BANDS: 3,5 – 7 – 14 -21 – 28 MHz Amateur bands.
“SINGLE-OP ALL” – Single Operator, All Bands.
“SINGLE-OP xxM” – Single Operator, Single Band (where xx=10, 15, 20, 40,
80) Single band entrants who also operate on other bands are
encouraged to submit their logs to aid in the log-checking
process. QSOs on other bands are counted: 0 points, 0
multipliers, 0 QSOs and inserted as checklog. Mark clearly
in the CABRILLO log’s header which band is to be counted
as the single-band entry)
“SINGLE-OP 6H” -Single Operator, All bands 6 hours one person (the
operator) performs all operating and logging functions. May
operate up to max 6 hours. Off-times must be greater than
60 minutes. SOAB6 contestant must enter a Log of their
first six hours of operation. Any contacts made after these
periods must be included in the contest LOG but they will be
treated as a CHECKLOG.
“MULTI-OP” – Multi Operator Single or Multi Transmitter.
“CHECKLOG” – logs for QSO checking
ALL CATEGORIES: Single Band or All Band, Single Operator or Multi Operators, only one
transmitting signal is allowed at any one time; the operator may change bands at any
time. No power subcategories. Use of DX spotting nets is allowed (self-spotting not
SCORING: All two-way RTTY contacts will score points in accordance with the exchange
POINTS TABLE. Contacts between stations within the same DXCC Country or same call
area (for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and USA) will not be valid (count: 0
point, no multiplier, nor as callarea). (e.g.: a JA2 station can work JA1, JA3, JA4 etc, but
not JA2). Hams whose callarea is different from that of the number in their callsign
are invited to add to their callsign the suffix /x (/1, /2 … /9, /0) to allow others
the exact identification of their callareas.
Contacts made outside one’s own continent on 3.5 or 28 MHz are worth double points.
CONTACTS: Station can be worked only once for each band. Additional contacts may be
made with the same station only if a different band is used. A contact with a station which
would count as QSO points will only be valid if that station appears at least in 3 other logs,
or if a contest log is received from that station.
COUNTRIES: ARRL DXCC Country list plus each call-area in Australia, Canada, Japan, New
Zealand and the USA will be counted as a separate country. In those cases, the “main”
Country multiplier (JA-VE-VK-W-ZL) DOES NOT COUNT and ONLY each worked callarea (JA1..0, VE1…0, VK1..8, W1…0, ZL1…ZL4) can be considered.
MULTIPLIERS: A multiplier of 1 (one) is given for each different DXCC Country and for
each different CALL AREA worked. Same Country/CallArea may be claimed again if a
different band is used. An additional multiplier is given for each INTERCONTINENTAL
COUNTRY (DX) worked on at least in 4 bands. A contact with a station which would count
as multiplier will only be valid if that station appears at least in 3 other logs, or if a contest
log is received from that station.
POINTS: Total exchange points multiplied by the total number of multiplier multiplied by
the total number of QSOs. [Points x Multipliers x QSOs = Final score].
MESSAGE: Must consist of: RST – QSO progressive number starting from 001 – Your CQ
Zone number. (es.: 599-001-15)
SWL: no longer expected due to low participation.
AWARD: The SOAB and MO categories will be divided by Continent. A special Plaque
will be awarded to the top stations in each category. Top Italian Ham in each category will
receive a plaque. In addition, all contestants will be allowed to download a new electronic
certificate (.jpg file) from our site.
LOGS: ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: you can use one of the following options (wait
please at least 6 hours before re-sending/re-uploading the LOG):
E-MAIL: send log (VOLTA CABRILLO file format) via e-mail to
email@example.com. In the “Subject:” line of your e-mail message please
include your callsign and the category you entered (e.g., I2DMI SINGLE-OP 20M,
I2DMI MULTI-OP, etc). Logs must be sent as an e-mail attachment, not as the
text of the email.
UPLOAD: use link in main page of our site and follow instructions.
The filename for the log should be yourcall.log (e.g., I2DMI.LOG, I2DMI.txt or
I2DMI.CBR). Rename it before sending.
LOGS will be checked by a Robot that will send a feedback message automatically. If any
error will be found by the ROBOT, you’ll receive an e-mail containing a diagnostic errors
message. You can then correct your log and submit it again. Please check if your call is
listed in the “received LOGs” link in our site. If doesn’t or you have file structure errors
(FSA), send the log to I2DMI (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), asking to convert it.
LOGS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 2021, MAY 31st TO QUALIFY