Clarifying note added 8/3/2016 in response to inquiries:  As in ARRL-sponsored VHF/UHF contests, a single operator low power station may use up to 100 watts power output, measured at the transmitter, on 222/432 and 50 watts on higher bands.  Also, operators at a multioperator station may work that station using their own calls only on 2.3 GHz and above and only by using separate equipment, not equipment also used by the multiop station. This rule is the same as in the ARRL January, June and September VHF contests. 

Rules for the 39th annual August UHF Contest, 2016

1. Objective: To work as many amateur stations in as many 2 degrees by 1 degrees grid squares as possible using authorized amateur frequencies above 222 MHz and all authorized modes of emission. 

2. Date and Contest Period: First full weekend of August. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, ends 1800 UTC Sunday (August 6-7, 2016). Entrants may use as much of this time as they wish. 

3. Entry Categories:

3.1.  Single Operator – Low Power (100 watts output or less on 222 and 432, 50 watts output on higher bands)

3.2.  Single Operator – High Power 

3.3. Rover: A rover station moves any distance exceeding 500 meters during the course of a contest. A rover may have two operators plus drivers and observers.  An operator may perform any or all rover functions, but a driver's function shall be limited to driving the vehicle. Drivers may be switched out during the event. Any number of observers are also allowed, however observers may not perform any rover function at any time. Rover vehicles with only one occupant are allowed to perform all functions listed above. As of the 2016 August UHF Contest, a mobile station that moves over 500 meters but doesn't visit a second grid square may submit a log as a rover  Rovers are encouraged to visit multiple grid squares to provide more contacts and multipliers, but you don't have to do that to be a rover.

3.3.1. A rover vehicle may transport only one station using a single call sign. An exception is provided for members of an immediate family who share a single station in one vehicle. 

3.3.2. A rover may not operate with more than one call sign. 

3.3.3. Rover vehicles must transport all the equipment, power supplies, and antennas used at each operating site. 

3.3.4. Rovers MUST sign "rover" on Phone and /R on CW and digital modes after their call sign. 

3.3.5. All Rovers are encouraged to adopt operating practices that allow as many stations as possible to contact them. 

3.3.6. Rover operators may submit separate logs for single operator (fixed station) in addition to their rover entries. Rovers submitting a score for inclusion in a club competition must also include a secondary summary sheet indicating the portion of the score that counts for the club score if any of the QSOs submitted take place outside of their club's territory. 

3.3.7. A rover may not make more than 100 QSOs with any other one rover. 

3.4. Limited Rover. Limited Rover. Same as the "Rover" class above, but operation is permitted only on the 222 MHz, 432 MHz, 903 MHz and 1296 MHz bands. Output power limits shall be the same as those defined for the Single Operator Low Power category. 

3.5. Unlimited Rover. Same as “Rover” class above, but Unlimited Rovers may use more than two operators and are exempt from rules 3.3.3 and 3.3.7. 

3.6.  Multioperator. 

3.6.1  Multioperator stations may not include QSOs with their own operators except on frequencies higher than 2.3 GHz. Even then, a complete, different station (transmitter, receiver and antenna) must exist for each QSO made under these conditions.

4. Exchange: Four-digit Maidenhead grid-square locator.

4.1.  Exchange of signal report is optional. 

5. Scoring: 

5.1.  QSO points: 

5.1.1.   Count three points for each complete 222- or 432-MHz QSO. 

5.1.2.   Count six points for each complete 902- or 1296-MHz QSO. 

5.1.3.   Count 12 points for each 2.3-GHz (or higher) QSO. 

5.2.  Multiplier: The total number of different grid squares worked per band. Each 2 degree by 1 degree grid square counts as one multiplier on each band it is worked. 

5.3.  Final score: Multiply the total number of QSO points from all bands operated by the total number of multipliers for final score. Example: W1AW works W3CCX in FN20 on 222, 432 and 1296 MHz. This gives W1AW 12 QSO points (3 + 3 + 6) and also three grid-square multipliers. Final score is 12 QSO points X 3 multipliers, or 36. 

5.4.  Rovers only: The final score consists of the total number of QSO points from all bands times the sum of unique multipliers (grid squares) worked per band (regardless of which grid square they were made in) plus one additional multiplier for every grid square activated (made a contact from). 

5.4.1.  Rovers are listed in the contest score listings under the Division from which the most QSOs were made. 

6. Miscellaneous: 

6.1.  Partial QSOs do not count. Both call signs, full exchanges and acknowledgment must be sent and received.

6.2.  A transmitter, receiver or antenna used to contact one or more stations under one call sign may not be used subsequently during the contest period under any other call sign (with the exception of family stations). The intent of this rule is to accommodate family members who must share a rig, not to manufacture artificial contacts. 

6.3.  All equipment and antennas used by entrants must be owned and operated by amateurs. Use of non-amateur owned gear is not prohibited, but use of such equipment places the entrant in a separate category, ineligible for awards. 

6.4.  Contacts made by re-transmitting either or both stations, whether by satellite or terrestrial means, are prohibited. Frequencies regularly occupied by a repeater in a locality may not be used for contest work, even if the repeater is turned off.

6.5. All entrants, regardless of category, are permitted to use spotting assistance or nets including but not limited to DX-alerting nets, internet chat rooms, APRS and other packet, reverse beacon networks and repeaters to identify stations available for contacts and to announce (self-spot) their availability for contacts. Announcements shall be limited to call sign, location, band or frequency, mode and–if applicable–transmitting sequence and listening direction. These methods of spotting assistance may also be used to coordinate antenna peaking prior to initiation of the contact and to explain contest rules, such as the exchange required, for those who need clarification. Such assistance may not be used to facilitate the completion of any contact once the contact has commenced. This means such assistance may not be used to convey receipt or non-receipt of any required element of a contact or to request a repeat of any required element of a contact.

7. Awards: Certificates will be awarded in the following categories: 

7.1.  Top single-operator High and Low power score in each ARRL Division. 

7.2.  Top single operator High and Low power score on each band (222, 432, 902, 1296 and 2304-and-up categories) in each ARRL Division where significant effort or competition is evidenced. (Note: Since the highest score per band will be the award winner for that band, an entrant may win a certificate with additional single-band achievement stickers.) For example, if K2TEO has the highest single-operator multi-band score in the New England Division and his 432-MHz score is higher than any other New England Division single-operator’s, he will earn both a certificate for being the single-operator Division leader and an endorsement sticker for 432 MHz. 

7.3.  Top multi-operator score in each ARRL Division where significant effort or competition is evidenced. (Multioperator entries are not eligible for single-band awards.) 

7.4.  Top Rover, Limited Rover and Unlimited Rover score in each ARRL Division. 

7.4.1.  The Northern Lights Radio Society limited rover award will be presented to the highest scoring rover station that operates on no more than three bands (any three bands).  Winners need not be NLRS members.

7.5.  Additional certificates may be awarded where significant effort or competition is evidenced. 

8. Log submission: Deadline for submission of entries for this contest is 1800z Tuesday, September 6, 2016

8.1.  Paper logs and properly completed summary sheets should be mailed to:  John Kalenowsky, K9JK, 58 N. Oak St., Palatine, IL 60067

8.2.  Cabrillo-formatted logs should be emailed to:   Use exactly the same cabrillo header as last year.

8.3.  Entries postmarked or email dated after the deadline may only be considered checklogs. 

More information about submitting a log is here.